Reports

Research on the Asian Metal Markets / Regional Studies

In the early 1990s, world consumption growth of the non-ferrous metal markets was attributed to the considerable expansions in Chinese and South East Asian demand, induced by the industrial growth in these areas.

The Asian financial turmoil since 1997 has remarkably changed the situation of the Asian non-ferrous metals markets and the global markets. MERI/J has allocated significant resources on the analyses of the Asian non-ferrous metal markets.

Research has covered the region's major developments in the non-ferrous metal industries.
Current Situation and Future Perspective of Chinese Copper Mining, Smelting and Refinery.(March, 2002)

  • Copper Industry in Indonesia (Mar. 2006)
  • Copper Industry in India (Mar. 2006)
  • Foreign Funded Companies and Taxation System in China - Study on Value-Added Tax (Nov. 2005)
  • Current Trends in the Chinese Copper Industry and Outlook to 2015 (published by Metal Bulletin Research at Sep. 2005 in English language)
  • Current Stiuation and Future Perspective of Chinese Zinc Industry (March, 2002)
  • Current Situation of Economy and Copper Industries in East Asia Part III(November, 2001)
  • Current Situation of Economy and Copper Industries in East Asia Part I,Part II.(October, 2000)
  • Influence of Asian Financial Turmoil on Supply and Demand in Non-ferrous Metal Markets (February, 2000)
  • Chinese Copper Industry - its Current Situation and Future Perspective Part I (September, 1998), Part II (October, 1998), Part III (December, 1998)
  • Asian Refined Copper Consumption and Global Copper Markets (August, 1997)
  • Supply and Demand in Chinese Refined Copper Markets (August, 1997)
  • Supply and Demand in Chinese Zinc Markets (July, 1997)
  • Supply and Demand in Chinese Refined Copper Markets (January, 1997)
  • Industrial Structure of Asian Wire Mills (November, 1996)
  • Current Situation of Asian Wire Mills (September, 1996)

Research on the World Metal Industry and Markets (Including Technology)

Since metals are global commodities, MERI/J has been keeping a close eye on the world metal market and industry. We offer our member companies on this theme report.

  • Current Trends in the World Zinc Industry and the Strategy in Japan (Mar. 2006)
  • Globalization of World Cable Industry (Mar. 2006)
  • Corporation Study “BHP Billiton” - the Birth of the World Largest Mining & Natural Resources Company (Dec. 2005)
  • World Flow of Copper Concentrate - Regional Analysis and Transportation Survey (Jul. 2005)
  • Current Tendency of the Zink Smelter in the World (Mar. 2005)
  • Role and Strategy of Exploration Activity in the Copper Mining ? Copper Mining from Exploration to Refined Copper Production (Mar. 2005)
  • Copper Electro-Refining Process (Nov. 2004)
  • World Flow of Copper ? Concentrates, Cathodes, Fabricates, Blister and Scrap (Mar. 2004)
  • Copper Smelting Process ? Changes and Future Perspectives (Mar. 2004)
  • Emission Control of Sulfur Dioxide from Copper Smelting Plant (Mar. 2004)
  • Sluggish Electric Wire & Cable Industry in US (Mar. 2004)
  • History of Rio Tinto 1873-1975 ?Exploring the Roots of the Global Corporation (Oct. 2003)
  • Strategy of Securing Copper Resources by Mining Majors (Sep. 2003)
  • Worldwide Exploration Activities by Majors and Juniors (Mar. 2003)
  • Reorganization of European Electric Wire & Cable Industry (Mar. 2003)
  • Revision of the Mining Act of the Republic of South Africa and Its Influence to the Metal Market (Dec. 2002)
  • Analysis and Forecast of Copper Consumption in the World (Nov. 2002)
  • Main, By and Co-Products Relationship among Base Metal Production by Mines and Our Exploration Target (May. 2002)
  • Background for the Emergence of British Mining Giants (Mar. 2002)
  • Strategies of Major Non-Ferrous Metals Producing Companies and their Future (Feb. 2002)
  • Change of Zink Supply Structure (Jun. 2001)
  • Corporation Study “Phelps Dodge” - the Birth and the History of the World Largest Private Copper Producing Company (Mar. 2001)
  • The Copper Belt, State of Art and its Influence to the World Copper Market (Mar. 2001)

Research on Environment Aspect in Metal Industry

MERI/J recognizes that there are many environmental issues to be studied in order to promote effective non-ferrous metal production, consumption and related business. It is extremely important to obtain proper and correct knowledge and information on these environment-related matters so that we can make adequate corporate planning.

  • Study on the Re-treatment and Recovery of Mining Residues (Mar. 2006)
  • Progress of the Environmental Regulation and Future Trends in EU (Mar. 2006)
  • Progress of the Environmental Regulation in EU (Mar. 2004)
  • Environmental Measures of Electric Wire & Cable and Related Industry in EU (Mar. 2004)
  • Environmental Regulation on Non-ferrous Metals in EU (Mar. 2003)
  • Environmental Regulation in China and East Asia (Mar. 2002)

Research on Scrap Markets

From the environmental point of view, recycling of non-ferrous metals can be seen as energy efficient and as a proactive approach towards the preservation of the world's finite mineral resources. Recycling of metals is promoted internationally. There are also many environmental issues related to industrial waste management that are researched.

MERI/J recognizes that there are many issues to be studied in order to promote effective non-ferrous metal recycling system.

  • Status Quo and Task Ahead of Recycle of Electric Wire & Cable (Mar. 2003)
  • Typical Rear-Metal Used in IT products (Jun. 2001)
  • Supply and Consumption of Copper in Japan (February, 2000)
  • The Copper Scrap Markets in Asia (May, 1997)
  • Other Reports (Scrap markets are analyzed in various reports)

Quantitative Metal Markets Analysis

In order to establish a reasonable investment strategy for non-ferrous metal suppliers, the forecasting of demand is an essential research topic; however, the forecasting of non-ferrous metal demand is not an easy task.

MERI/J has been studying trends in non-ferrous metal demand, using econometric tools. Notably, non-ferrous metal demand is effected by the activities in the manufacturing sectors, such as electronics, telecommunications and automobile, and construction business.

  • Quantitative Analysis on Long-run Perspectives on Global Copper Demand (March, 2002)
  • Quantitative Analysis on Long-run Perspectives on Global Zinc Demand (February, 2001)
  • Quantitative Analysis on Long-run Perspectives on Global Copper Demand (November, 1999)
  • Quantitative Analysis on Long-run Perspectives on Global Nickel and Aluminum Demand (February, 1999)
  • Quantitative Analysis on Long-run Perspectives on Global Nickel and Stainless Steel Demand (January, 1999)
  • Quantitative Analysis on Long-run Perspectives on Copper, Lead and Zinc Demands in Korea, China and Taiwan (January, 1999)
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