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Coronavirus Exposes How Much Global Steelmakers Rely on China

The Wall Street Journal - China has long been the world’s dominant steelmaker, but the spread of coronavirus has exposed how dependent some global producers are on specialized Chinese raw materials to make the metal.

China provides or refines around 97% of the steelmaking ingredient manganese metal and a large slice of silicon and other key raw materials. Prices of these resources rose sharply in January, when the spread of the novel coronavirus hampered refining and distribution of steelmaking ingredients in China.

Some global steelmakers fear these materials will be in short supply if the impact from coronavirus on logistics and workforces continues much longer.

Around the world, industries including pharmaceuticals, electronics and retail are struggling as producers try to source key materials and components from China.

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