Materials RiskDateline: Commodity market insights across your supply chain
The continued emergence of developing countries onto the world stage has met with a seemingly insatiable demand for commodities to feed their growing economies. At the same time, in the developed economies of the West there has been an increasing focus on reducing the environmental impact of economic development and a greater awareness of resource scarcity and the increased competition for resources. The success of individual businesses is naturally determined by their ability to keep costs as low as possible, maximising revenues and ensuring that they utilise materials in an environmentally sustainable way. In a world where these factors may be increasingly determined by the price and environmental impact of underlying commodities, whether directly or indirectly, Materials Risk seeks to uncover key economic and commodity stories that a business owner in a particular market may not have been aware of, highlighting key risks and directing the business to the most appropriate means of managing that risk. Materials Risk focuses particularly on global markets for crude oil, cotton, steel and aluminium.