Category Archives: Metal Miner

A (Not That) New Face: A Long-Overdue Welcome Post for Jeff Yoders of MetalMiner

- April 30, 2014 6:34 AM | Categories: Metal Miner

Over the past couple months we went through another round of new hires: a new editor for MetalMiner, a new editor for Spend Matters UK/Europe, and a marketing manager to be shared by all the blogs. Jeff Yoders was the first of these hires and has been assistant editor of MetalMiner since early March. Being a marathon runner, a Medill graduate, and a Scorpio, Jeff was a natural fit for the company. He has also won a paragraph's worth of journalism awards. Welcome, Jeff!

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Calling All Metal Heads: MetalMiner to Host Aluminum Price and Commodity Risk Webinar With CME Group

Blame the blood moon. Webinars are really more our thing, but our sister site MetalMiner will be hosting a webinar with CME Group on Thursday, May 1, from 10 to 11 am CDT. Join Frederick Penha, Lisa Reisman, and Stuart Burns as they cover a number of high-level, industry-relevant topics, including how metal buying organizations stand to benefit from the new all-in pricing represented in CME Group’s aluminum contract and how that will lead to enhanced liquidity and potentially new commodity risk management strategies.

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Rising Metals Prices: Data, Analysis, Price Forecasting, and You

- September 10, 2013 3:17 PM | Categories: Analytics, Metal Miner

If you buy direct materials – industrial metals, specifically – you've likely seen prices generally rising over the past month. We've seen it too. But of course you don't want to know where prices have been; you'd like some insight into where they're going. Every month, Spend Matters will feature some quick highlights from MetalMiner's latest Monthly MMI® report, including historical metal price data trends for 10 industrial sectors and headline analysis by managing editor Lisa Reisman. Our ultimate goal? To help you shed light onto the future direction of these markets.

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The Aluminum Warehouse Scheme: Should We Blame Goldman Sachs…or the Producers?

- August 5, 2013 9:01 AM | Categories: Lisa Reisman, Metal Miner

Today Spend Matters PRO speaks with MetalMiner about the recent aluminum warehouse scheme that’s been capturing front-page headlines in the New York Times, prompting some drastic changes by some of the market participants. We’ll explain how much companies pay for aluminum, and what components of total cost have recently changed. We’ll also explain the “$3 billion” in hidden cost (and profit) in the supply chain, as well as who is profiting from it. Then we’ll delve into why the outrage isn’t aimed at the producers, such as Alcoa, rather than the investment banks like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. And finally, due to all this, should companies change their sourcing strategy for aluminum??

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A Manufacturing and Procurement Outlook: Construction and Automotive Forecasts

- July 17, 2013 2:28 AM | Categories: Commodities, Metal Miner, Procurement Strategy & Planning

dreamstimefree_142631 Over half a day in a car allows you to catch up on a range of subjects beyond work, such as where the economy is going and how our data and interpretation of third-party data is influencing our research, focus areas, and coverage. With this time – and with the sound of Barney humming in the background for our youngest – I decided to do an ad-hoc interview with Lisa on her views about the economy, manufacturing, metals, China, and more. Below we feature the first installment of this interview.

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Category Management: 2013 Direct Materials Price Forecast and Trends

- December 10, 2012 7:12 AM | Categories: Jason Busch, Lisa Reisman, Metal Miner, Price Forecast

For many procurement organizations focused on manufacturing category management efforts, 2012 proved a challenging year. Demand and price volatility and an uncertain economic picture across North America, Europe, and China often complicated sourcing efforts. And only a minority of organizations we know and work with outside of the CPG world ended up taking risk off the table through a formal hedge strategy. Last week, I spent a few minutes talking to my colleague (and my better half) Lisa Reisman to ask about how MetalMiner is reading the commodity tea leaves heading into 2013. According to Lisa, "Metals are down across […]

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MetalMiner Turns Five!

- December 5, 2012 7:12 AM | Categories: Jason Busch, Metal Miner

Our sister-site, MetalMiner, has been celebrating a birthday. A fifth birthday, to be exact. You can track all of the festivities, including a number of award giveaways, on the MetalMiner site. In five years since launch (when it was just an advertising vehicle for a consultancy), MetalMiner has become the largest online metals trade publication site by a significant margin. It's also become part of the Spend Matters family of sites (we acquired it back in 2010). MetalMiner is also our largest site in the Azul Partners portfolio, although there is a friendly competition underway for Spend Matters to catch […]

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Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Law: Headaches for Metal Supply Chains

- November 20, 2012 4:11 AM | Categories: Jason Busch, Lisa Reisman, Metal Miner, Supply Chain

Spend Matters PRO is the only source of analyst research and opinion that consistently provides the level of insight procurement practitioners, providers and consultants need to make decisions. Sign up today for a free trial. Contact Sheena Moore (smoore (at) spendmatters (dot) com). Today on Spend Matters, we feature an excerpt from a recent PRO analysis authored by metals sourcing expert, Lisa Reisman: Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Law: Headaches for Metal Supply Chains. As the old adage goes, "the devil lies in the details" – and that aptly describes the challenge many diversified US manufacturers find in meeting the new conflict-free […]

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Friday Fun: Happy (Almost) 5th Birthday, MetalMiner!

- November 9, 2012 12:11 PM | Categories: Metal Miner, Sheena Moore, Spend Humor

As MetalMiner's 5th birthday approaches, we'd like to introduce you to the team behind the largest US metals trade publication. Just try to keep up, will you? A trim figure isn't free -- but this month, a few subscriptions to our metal pricing service, MetalMiner IndX, will be! Sign up to win a free subscription here. Check back on for an entire month of celebration, including more amazing videos like the one above as well as a ton of giveaways and prizes. Happy (upcoming) Birthday, MetalMiner! - Sheena Moore

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Welcoming D&B as An Affiliate Sponsor and Supply Markets Intelligence Partner

- November 5, 2012 7:11 AM | Categories: Jason Busch, Metal Miner, Sponsorship

We're excited to announce that D&B recently joined Spend Matters' sister-site MetalMiner, as a lead sponsor, and opted to maintain a presence on this site by becoming an affiliate sponsor. D&B is well known among procurement and supply chain practitioners, but actually not that well understood. Part of the challenge is that they're both an applications and data provider. Increasingly, D&B is making their supply risk, diversity, basic enrichment and related content more easily available through a range of third-parties including Ariba based on their new D&B Direct offering. Earlier this year, we noted that D&B's Direct offering provides: " […]

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Rare Earth Metals — Will China Lose Pricing Power?

- September 25, 2012 7:09 AM | Categories: Jason Busch, Metal Miner, Sourcing, World Trade

Over on our sister site, MetalMiner, my colleague Stuart Burns recently explored declining prices for certain classes of light rare earth metals (read his full commentary here and here). Not too long ago, we were all reading headlines about China erecting export restrictions to prop up prices. What's changed? According to Stuart, "the greatest movement has been in the lighter rare earths, which are also the most plentiful. Most observers believe they have the furthest to fall, as heavier rare earths will be supported by still-constrained supply." Stuart observes in summary that "the benefit for rare earth consumers will be […]

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SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rules: MetalMiner Interviews BravoSolution’s Mickey North Rizza

- August 23, 2012 7:08 AM | Categories: Breaking News, Lisa Reisman, Metal Miner, Sourcing

Yesterday, the SEC promulgated rules associated with section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act, or the Conflict Minerals Law as we informally call it. We intimated in a post yesterday that this rule would have a profound impact on manufacturing organizations. Many organizations "are already doing it," according to Mickey North Rizza, now vice president of Strategic Services at BravoSolution, and formerly of AMR Research and Gartner. "This is all about risk management." Readers can review the rules in their entirety. We asked Rizza to describe what she sees as the steps manufacturing organizations will need to take to comply with […]

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