Iron ore price in China sees a further drop
The Ministry of Industry, the State Council Development Research Centre and industry experts predict that an oversupply of iron ore will cause a continual drop in prices. Although this is so, The Vice President of China Steel Industry Association, Wang Qi, felt that the price volatility will be much less than last year. In the first quarter, the national sees a growth rate drop of 2.8%, mainly due to the fall in demand for automotive, cement, machinery and electronic products. The number of steel producers in China have increased greatly over the years, causing vicious competition and the need to cut prices. The booming growth in iron ore a few years ago has attracted many traders to jump onto the bandwagon to earn the extra cash. The only apparent way to resolve the oversupply is for non-competitive enterprises to exit the industry, and to accelerate the technology development process to produce low cost and high quality steel products and services.
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