The ferroalloys producer met with officials from Goiás, Brazil's second largest niobium-producing state.
The Brasfels yard near Rio de Janeiro, which just laid off 500 workers, has not been paid by Petrobras' rig-building affiliate Sete Brasil since June, according to a metalworkers' union.
China's iron and steel association responds to a joint statement from nine steel associations in Europe and the Americas that are concerned about China's attempt to obtain market economy status at the end of next year.
BNamericas talks to Cochilco's Jorge Cantallopts about the red metal's price plunge and its implications for the Chilean copper industry.
The energy transition law, which requires 60% of electricity to come from renewable sources by 2050, will lumber the steel sector with higher energy prices and fines, according to industry chamber Canacero.
Spot copper closed up 2.77% at US$4,667/t (US$2.117/lb) on the London Metal Exchange.
Steelmakers say they are experiencing the worst crisis in the local industry's history as they revise down forecasts for this year and next.