Our expertise in metals

Helping our clients to position themselves in the long run for their strategy and operations, beyond traditional "cycles"

Metals are essential elements of our daily lives, as they enter into the composition of a large number of products we use every day. Thus, there are 86 metals in the table of Mendeleyev, who meet many applications. Their multiple properties and the ability to mix them, in the form of alloys, give them indeed unmatched versatility and flexibility of use. As a consequence, metals are playing a major role in the advent of the upcoming technological revolutions: nanotechnology, medical prostheses, or sustainable mobility, here are themes the success of which will be based, at least in part, on metal engineering.


These appealing features do not exclude that the production and the commercialisation of metals are currently undergoing tremendous challenges around the world.
Some metallic resources becoming deeper to tap or only available in some isolated places, miners are often facing higher costs and longer development processes than in the past. They also need to dedicate extra efforts to the preservation of the environment and to the inclusion of local communities into their projects. The global overcapacity that has been observed for about a decade regarding many metals has depressed prices and hurt many mines. Finally, recycling, crucial for the economic efficiency and for the image of the whole sector, is gradually extending to every metal, constituting both a threat and an opportunity.


In the middle of the value chain, metallurgical groups, among which the steel industry, are consolidating, are running ambitious performance improvement programs and sometimes, are closing down excess capacity. Confronted with the globalization of the flows of semi-finished and finished products, as a result of the integration of the global economy into the WTO, they strive to preserve their conversion margins from the perils of squeezing or volatility, thanks to those constant productivity efforts and to, also, stronger-than-ever lobbying endeavours. In parallel, they keep an eye on product innovation, investing heavily on research and on marketing. Through these initiatives, they intend to cater to their existing clients' needs with ever more relevant and differentiated solutions. But they also try to conquer new customer segments, as evidenced for instance, by the new products brought to market for the last two decades in aerospace, automotive and construction. This regular launch of new offers underlines an intense competition between the metals themselves and with other materials (composites, concrete ...) for dominance in each field of application. To preserve or even increase their market shares, metallurgists are even increasingly engaging in a co-development logic with their customers that is beneficial to both parties.


Distributors and service centres are constantly coming up with new ways to best suit their customer's desires in terms of range diversity, batch sizes and deadlines. They too cultivate customer intimacy through, for instance, the management of deported stocks and the access granted to their own digital systems through specifically-designed portals.
Eventually, equipment makers must offer increasingly digitally-astute, fast and flexible production lines. They are chosen among others on their ability to take the turn of the 4.0 Plant and to commit to a total cost of ownership for the client. Being recognized as specialists excelling in only one part of the metallurgical process or generalists being able to propose an integrated offer is a nodal issue for them.
These various trends at each level of the value chain lead decision-makers to question repeatedly the relevance of their upstream, downstream or integrated positioning and, as a result, the competencies their firm should whether groom in-house or complement through partnerships or mergers and acquisitions. The spreading of the value along the chain changes over time and thus calls for a great agility on the part of the firms belonging to the metal sector.

We cover every kind of ferrous and non-ferrous metals and their products


  • Steel:
    • carbon
    • special
    • stainless
  • Fe resources: ore, scrap, DRI/HBI
  • Major non-ferrous metals: Al, Cu, Mn, Zn, Ni...
  • Other metals and industrial minerals: Ti, Nb, V, Li, rare earths...
  • Precious metals: Au, Pt and platinoids, Ag
  • Superalloys
  • Ferroalloys


  • Flat products:
    • sheets
    • plates
    • hot-rolled coils
    • cold-rolled coils
  • Long products :
    • wire rod
    • bars
    • beams 
    • tubes 
    • merchant bars
  • Semi-finished products:
    • slabs
    • billets
    • lingots