From my knowledge of the plate steel business there are not that many really good producers of this material around the world - and supplies have been difficult to secure in the past few years because of high demand. Olga Antonovskaya, London Peter Marsh: But whether this matters very much in terms of the overall economic health of the UK is very much open to question. I think this is very likely. As for base metals, my feeling is that prices will stay fairly strong, given the decent condition of much of the global economy. Arcelor Mittal has minority stakes in three Chinese steelmakers. But in aeroplanes, the main metal that the new composites may displace is aluminium. John Jose, London Peter Marsh: Only in the past two or three years has the company been profitable. The FT has reported that China was the single largest source of foreign steel in the US in the second half of last year which has also led to claims of dumping of steel onto the US market. Many people from India feel a cultural affinity for historical reasons with Britain - where Corus has most of its plants and people - and this must surely help Tata assimilate Corus.
But the biggest help in this direction has been the big rise in world steel prices. Much depends on whether they feel like giving up a certain autonomy by joining up with others. The Indian group Tata had the gumption to go after - and win - Corus not just because it felt it had access to the necessary funds. In fact there are probably more applications for such forms of steel than in the past. To answer the second question, I would have thought you would have a very good chance to work for an investment bank with your credentials. In pursuing this merger Tata is making a big gamble that by buying Corus it will be extending its operations considerably in the whole of Europe and that this will be beneficial not just to Tata Steel but to the other parts of the Tata group, for instance its vehicle and consultancy operations. SSAB is a very good company but is probably too small and specialised for Arcelor Mittal to want to buy, at least for now. Mr Steinbruch will undoubtedly be looking at opportunities for expansion in the US, following in the footsteps of Gerdau, another Brazilian steelmaker that has followed this route quite successfully. Maxim Perrin, London Peter Marsh: But then it has not demonstrated that this is the route that it really wants to follow. I think Gerdau on Brazil may also be in a good position to look at acquiring a mid-sized steel company in Europe, to follow its efforts in this direction in the US. Those companies whose competencies in these areas are rather shaky - and Corus was a good example - may find it more of a struggle. On the plus side, taking over Corus gives Tata Steel access to some highly interesting and sophisticated customers for steel in Europe, chiefly in industries such as construction, packaging, white goods and - to a lesser degree - automotive. But often when I try to look at this website I cannot get access to it and others I have spoken to have had the same experience. But a better option for him might be to realise he is never going to make it into the big league of steelmakers and sell up to a large global company, or one with aspirations to go in this direction. Also CVRD is making a huge amount of money through high prices for iron ore and this might encourage it to make the appropriate cash outlays that would be needed. I would like to know what is the estimated steelmaking capacity in China and world ex China, and what kind of expansion is expected in and The steel industry has been through big changes over the past few years, driven largely by the surge in consumption and production in China and also by a spate of mergers and acquisitions that have given the big companies more power to set prices and dictate terms to customers. Of course we will not know for some time whether Tata actually has the management acumen to run Corus successfully. The legal judgment has gone against ThyssenKrupp which means it is unlikely the company will be able to buy Dofasco after all. In particular, the prospects of any company - from any part of the world - feeling they could take over running a large Japanese steelmaker and do it successfully are not very high. Do you foresee a takeover of a major Chinese producer by a foreign player such as Mittal or Posco? How you work out the degree to which governments subsidise - or do not subsidise - industrial or agricultural producers is a very complex area. Jonathan Ruffell, London Peter Marsh: What is your forecast on base metals prices? What is your view on the future of smaller, more specialised and focused players like, for example, SSAB of Sweden? Sometimes the arguments have been tenuous.
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