Energy cable analysis

Markets: China 9M 2017 cable consumption steady but slower

CRU Subscriber Content
28 Sep 2017
 | Region: 
Asia (China)
 | Topic: 
Demand, Production, Economic

This month we are introducing a section specifically on China, as we have removed China from our Rest of the World figures. We shall therefore cover China separately from now onwards and it will no longer form data in our Rest of the World tables.

Markets: Japan, Korea & Taiwan show improvement

CRU Subscriber Content
28 Jun 2017
 | Region: 
Asia (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan)
 | Topic: 
Demand, Economic

There has been an improvement in copper wirerod used in wire and cable production in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, with a collective growth of 3.5% y/y for H1 2017. Most of the growth was seen in South Korea, with a rise of 9.5% y/y to 229,000 tonnes of copper conductor, followed by Taiwan with an increase of 2.0% to 143,000 tonnes. Japan recorded the lowest increase over H1 2017, up only 0.3% y/y to 339,000 tonnes of copper conductor.

Monthly Market Snapshot: May 2017

CRU Subscriber Content
26 May 2017
 | Region: 
Global
 | Topic: 
Prices, Trade, Demand, Economic

The Monthly Market Snapshot is an overview of raw materials price developments and economic indicators that impact wire and cable. The Snapshot is published at the end of each month and features copper, aluminium and oil prices, a polymer index as well as our metallic Cable Index and currency developments.

Prices: Lower metals prices pull down Cables Index

CRU Subscriber Content
25 May 2017
 | Region: 
Global
 | Topic: 
Prices

The Cable Index for aluminium and copper conductor cables fell by around 1-2 index points in May. The main reason for the decline is lower aluminium and copper prices. Steel prices have also declined, causing the raw materials index for steel to fall two index points.

Markets: W Europe Q1 growth down, Russia improves

CRU Subscriber Content
25 May 2017
 | Region: 
Global
 | Topic: 
Prices

Despite a year of uncertainties, copper wirerod used in wire and cable production for the whole of Europe was up 1.1% for FY 2016, mainly on improved demand in Russia, Poland, Germany, Italy and Spain. However, for Q1 2017, the picture reversed somewhat with growth declining 0.1% y/y.

Monthly Market Snapshot: April 2017

CRU Subscriber Content
27 Apr 2017
 | Region: 
Global
 | Topic: 
Prices, Trade, Demand, Economic

The Monthly Market Snapshot is an overview of raw materials price developments and economic indicators that impact wire and cable. The Snapshot is published at the end of each month and features copper, aluminium and oil prices, a polymer index as well as our metallic Cable Index and currency developments.

Prices: Aluminium cables index up, copper down

CRU Subscriber Content
27 Apr 2017
 | Region: 
Global
 | Topic: 
Prices, Trade, Production

Slightly firmer aluminium prices have raised aluminium cable indices by one point for April, while a fall in copper prices knocked off five points from copper conductor cable indices. With the exception of LLDPE and aluminium the CRU Raw Materials Index saw a decline for copper (six points lower), steel (two points lower) and PVC (down one point). This brings aluminium and copper conductor cables slightly closer for April.

Markets: India slows slightly, Brazil recovers

CRU Subscriber Content
25 Apr 2017
 | Region: 
Africa, Asia (China, India), Australasia, Central & South America (Brazil)
 | Topic: 
Demand, Production

Q1 2017 data for copper wirerod used in wire and cable production shows a remarkable recovery in Brazil, while in India, demand has slackened slightly. In China wirerod used in wire and cable production is as expected.

Markets: Mexico beats US and Canada by a mile

CRU Subscriber Content
30 Mar 2017
 | Region: 
Global
 | Topic: 
Prices

North America saw a 1.3% increase in copper wirerod used in wire and cable production for 2016 to 1.46 million tonnes for 2016.

Monthly Market Snapshot: March 2017

CRU Subscriber Content
30 Mar 2017
 | Region: 
Global
 | Topic: 
Prices, Trade, Demand, Economic

The Monthly Market Snapshot is an overview of raw materials price developments and economic indicators that impact wire and cable. The Snapshot is published at the end of each month and features copper, aluminium and oil prices, a polymer index as well as our metallic Cable Index and currency developments.