Some say price assessment is a thankless task. There is a grain of truth in that statement. When buyers and sellers use prices to settle physical or financial contracts, there will almost always be one counterparty who would like the published number to be something different.
CRU provides a wide range of services to the global mining, metals, and fertilizer industries. Our independent analysis, consulting and events services help industry stakeholders to understand in detail the markets in which they operate, the issues impacting their business, and their strategic and commercial opportunities now and in the years ahead.
Our offering is built upon three core strengths: our independence, our multicommodity coverage and our global presence. Our absolute independence allows customers to rely on our impartial and trustworthy views. Our multicommodity coverage ensures we understand both direct and indirect market issues, so that our research is not conducted in isolation. Finally, our overseas offices and analysts based in key commodity hubs across Asia, Europe and the Americas allow us to build strong relationships to gather local information from the regions driving our industries, so we can bring our customers deep insights into local markets across global supply chains.
Market analysis of global commodities
CRU delivers independent market analysis on a comprehensive range of global commodities. Our in-depth market analysis and forecasts provide reliable and authoritative views, developed using first-hand data, by our experienced analysts and economists. CRU’s global teams ensure that our insights are up-to-date, objective and reflective of the latest industry events and market trends.
We also provide cost services to help users gain an understanding of industry cost structures, rank facilities against each other, investigate investment opportunities and conduct accurate strategic planning.
Price assessments for the mining industry
CRU publishes detailed specifications of more than 500 price assessments and complies with the IOSCO code of best practice. We base assessments on a strong and transparent methodology, with trained price assessors and expert analysts working together to ensure prices are unbiased and accurate.
An example of CRU’s strength in prices is the Mid West Hot Rolled Coil price, which is the established and dominant index in North America, used by 85% of buyers and sellers who use any benchmark. CRU has a strong position in many commodities including bulk ferroalloys, chrome, aluminium, minor metals, stainless steel, fertilizers and other finished steel markets.
We have a global team of price specialists and analysts who contribute to our price assessments, including staff in London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Pittsburgh, Santiago and Shanghai.
Specialised consulting services
CRU has a dedicated consultancy arm, CRU Consulting, which provides customers with practical advice and tailored business solutions to help their operations. CRU Consulting benefits from unrestricted access to all of CRU’s research, analysis and forecasting, as well as being located in key commodity regions around the globe.
CRU Consulting meets customers with a range of challenges across commodity sectors. These include metal producers and consumers, financial institutions, government bodies, industry regulators as well as product and service providers to the mining industry. We cover the full value chain in a very wide range of commodities, being the trusted source of information on supply, costs, demand, prices and of unparalleled expert insight and analysis.
Our experience includes helping investment funds analyse mining companies with exposure to multiple commodities, and helping mining and metals companies in the process of diversification. CRU Consulting assists providers to the mining and metals industry by helping them to understand the demand for their services and products; equipment and service providers value our information and insight to make important strategic decisions; and we also work with infrastructure providers to support multi-billion-dollar investment decisions.
Commercial and technical events for the mining sector
CRU Events is a leading provider of commercial and technical events for the global mining, metals, cable and fertilizer industries. From networking forums to strategic conferences, each of our events offers a blend of high level content, industry-leading presentations and superb networking opportunities, allowing delegates to make new contacts, share knowledge with industry counterparts and consolidate existing relationships.
Our intimate knowledge of the industries and the markets we operate in ensures we provide conferences which are topical and relevant to customers’ business activities. CRU Events typically attracts senior level participants from around the world representing all the main sectors of our industries.
We wanted to confirm our belief that CRU’s hot-rolled coil price – published every Wednesday in CRU’s Steel Sheet Products Monitor, and known by many as ‘The CRU’ – is the leading steel benchmark in the US market.
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