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Consultancy Services from Fastmarkets MB Research

Independent business strategy solutions and market data services for the mining and metals industries

Fastmarkets MB Research was established to provide specialist independent market research and consulting services exclusively for the mining, metals and industrial mineral markets.

As the research-focused part of Fastmarkets, our team of consultants can draw on an unparalleled wealth of knowledge and networks accumulated since the company was founded in 1913.

With a large team of consultants in our offices around the world, the company provides regular and tailor-made solutions, market/price analysis and outlooks, and company-specific strategy recommendations within the global metals markets.

Our clients are metals producers, consumers, traders, financial institutions, government authorities, service providers and other consultancy firms.
Our competencies, services, product coverage and market sectors

Why should you approach us for your consultancy requirements?

What our customers say about us
The Fastmarkets MB Research consultancy team has extensive industry-wide experience gained from previous employment with Corus Steel, Arthur D Little, Accenture, Maanshan Iron & Steel Co, McKinsey & Co, Dubal, Harsco Metals, JBWere, Bloomberg, Alcan, Emirates Steel, Outokompu Oyj, Ispat Industries, Mitsui & Co, KPMG and many more.
For a no-obligation 30-minute consultation to discuss any aspect of our services, or to receive a competitive quotation, please contact:

Brian Levich
Consultancy Director
Call: + 44 (0)207 556 6020

Our competencies, services, product coverage and market sectors


Multi-commodity coverage of operating, marketing, technical, general business and purchasing strategies from a globally recognized independent management consultancy firm.

Project valuation and implementation
Advising companies and financial institutions on brownfield/greenfield project assessments, IPOs, financial inputs and modelling, risk-adjusted valuation models and internal business plan analysis.

High-performing databases and market information services
Extensive access to multi-commodity market and company-specific price and company databases – bringing transparency and accuracy where such data does not normally exist in the public domain. We deliver high-value data and information to you, your stakeholders and business partners as an independent third-party authority.

Market sectors:
  • Commodity producers, traders and service centres
  • Commodity end-users including:
    • Automotive and component suppliers
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Construction
    • Packaging
    • Defence
    • Railway transportation
    • Shipbuilding
    • Aerospace
    • Oil/gas/water distribution
    • Other energy, including green technologies
  • Commodity-related financial derivatives, indices and instruments

Core product coverage
  • Steel
  • Steel raw materials
    • Scrap
    • Iron ore
    • Coking coal
    • Coke
    • DRI/HBI
  • Tube and pipe
  • Ferro-alloys
  • Stainless steels
  • Aluminium
  • Copper
  • Tin
  • Zinc
  • Lead
  • Nickel
  • Ores and concentrates
  • Gold/silver/PGMs
  • Industrial minerals
  • Minor metals
  • Power/energy/gas/oil
  • Wire and cable
  • Fundamental, competitive and project/business risk and viability assessments
  • Pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, competitor expansion assessments and growth strategy recommendations
  • Fundamental market and price analysis and forecasts. As an independent, authoritative source, we help you really understand the future demand, supply and price trends you face
  • Uniquely extensive and granular databases, multi-commodity forecasting models and executive networks – all fully accessible by our clients
  • Management surveys and interviews from key end-users (such as automotive and packaging companies) and metals producers
  • Procurement best practice. Are you paying a fair market price for your commodity?
  • Market price transparency specific to your product range and requirements
  • Budget planning support
  • Market entry advice and identification of new value-adding opportunities for producers
  • Financial and project valuation modelling and capital-raising assistance
  • Price-risk hedging strategies and recommendations
  • Training and support to companies and advisors operating in the metals/mining sector
  • Commodity workshops – identifying new investment opportunities for the financial community
  • Marketing and contract negotiation support
  • Information technology services feeding our data straight into client spreadsheets and models
  • Preparation of internal marketing documentation and conference presentations
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Why should you approach us for your consultancy requirements?

  • We are a leading commodity market research firm known for its reliability, independence and integrity.
  • Fastmarkets MB Research is well known for market research and we have extensive contacts through the steel industry that facilitate this. Our powerful brand opens doors to high-level executives within the metals industry.
  • We provide regular, in-depth analysis of global markets, business conditions and consultancy for a range of clients.
  • Our degree of regular specialism in analyzing the metals markets means we are ahead of the game compared with our multi-disciplined and multi-sector competitors. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel.
  • Our consultancy business aims always to provide its clients with a flexible-consulting unit that is in tune with the marketplace, providing the very highest standards of client service, speed of response and attention.
  • We have a proven track record of forecasting accuracy, and innovative and provocative research established over more than a decade of continuous publication and bespoke assignments.
  • Our clients, in more than 70 countries, include producers, banks, fund managers, metal-driven consumers, brokerages, leading management consultants, economists, strategists, corporate officers and other professionals at the world's leading financial institutions and metals-related corporations.

Since 2011, Fastmarkets MB Research analysts have taken the Top 4 and Top 5 positions on the overall APEX leader board for price forecast accuracy in copper and aluminium, with an accuracy rate of over 94%. The APEX survey is Fastmarkets' service that tracks performance of more than 20 top base metal price forecasters, including leading global financial institution analysts. We ranked fifth overall in all base metal forecasts.

  • Our research embraces fundamental valuation and market analysis and forecasting through globally integrated models and extensive databases, and is supplemented by a team of specialist consultants and researchers.
  • Our extensive and experienced consultant team reflects the company’s highest standards of excellence and expertise, with many having previously held senior positions at the world’s leading metal producers, management consultants and metal purchasers.
  • We value diverse perspectives and our projects teams reflect the company’s many global offices, particularly centred on the emerging markets.
  • We believe that the volume of repeat business we receive highlights how reliably we meet our primary objective of delivering total customer satisfaction.
  • In an independent survey conducted by the Berne Group in 2011, 64% of respondents regarded Fastmarkets MB Research as the best steel information provider of all key competitors in terms of quality of analysis.
  • Since October 2006, the Fastmarkets has been part of Euromoney Institutional Investor plc, which is a FTSE-250 company. The latest financial reports can be obtained from
  • As part of Fastmarkets, which includes the leading global metals pricing business Fastmarkets MB, North America's leading daily metals price reporting agency Fastmarkets AMM and their associated events businesses, we have access to an invaluable network of international contacts.
  • BCA Research and Ned Davis, leading economics consulting companies, are also fully owned subsidiaries and work closely with us on our long-term economic-based modelling.
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What our customers say about us

“MBR's study provided real and penetrative insights into a complicated area of research. Based on their work for me, I would be happy to recomment MBR to other clients interested in metals/mining research” Director, Davy

“Your in-depth market study was extremely insightful, useful and we really appreciated your patience with the myriad questions we funnelled to you to best assist us with our financing of our metals project. I have no problem recommending you to others and we will be using you in future bankable feasibility type work.” CFO, Al-Rajhi Group

“Metal Bulletin Research is analytical, data-rich and dependable. I can recommend them for high-level market and price forecast studies.” Head of Marketing, Ezz Steel

“The services are extremely detailed, and a very useful tool for any participant. I can recommend MBR.” Trader, Standard Bank

“A trusted and reliable business intelligence provider in determining my global tube and pipe business strategy” Director – Tube & Pipe Division, Duferco SA

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