What is happening right now is quite stunning…
Skyrocketing Prices And Shortages
March 29 (King World News) – Peter Boockvar: Recovering from the weather shock in February, along with the previous factors of the need for inventory rebuilding that is getting clogged up with logistical issues and raw materials, in addition to getting prepared for further reopenings, the Dallas manufacturing index in March rose to 28.9 from 17.2 and well better than the estimate of 16.8.
New orders, backlogs, production, shipments, capital spending and inventories (though still below zero) all were up sharply m/o/m. To the ongoing supply problems, Delivery Time jumped to 31.2 from 9.5. This in turn led to prices paid and received rising to the highest levels since 2008. We also saw a rise in employment and a 12 pt jump in Wages and Benefits. It is the wage/benefit side that will be a key determinant in seeing how transitory or not the current price pressures we are seeing will be. The impact of generous unemployment benefits is in part being blamed for rising labor costs.
The overall 6 month outlook was little changed however as there still seems to be a lot of moving parts here. The revenue side is becoming more clear but the cost side is becoming less. Here are some comments on the cost challenges, including labor:
Chemical Manufacturing: “We are experiencing the real cost of inflation with much higher raw material and labor costs. We are passing along price increases where we can, but we are seeing marginal business go away. I am very concerned with the 6 month forecast and unable to meet deadlines.”
Primary Metal Manufacturing: “Business demand remains strong, but there’s a raw material supply shortage that hopefully will correct itself by the end of the 2nd quarter or first of the 3rd quarter.”
Fabricated Metal Manufacturing: “With the significant increase in demand, steel shortages and manufacturing/logistics capacities are limiting factors. We can do very little about steel shortages. Government transfer payments are making finding labor problematic.”
“We have a good backlog, but it is not going to be predictable for six months to a year out. Bank willingness to renew or add to our loan program has been problematic even though we have never been in default. The bank now wants to limit capital expenditures, including maintenance.”
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Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing: “Order volume is steadily increasing, week by week. As such, we’ve begun hiring to fill vacancies caused by the layoffs we experienced in 2020, in addition to filling positions to assist with production shortfalls. As with every hiring cycle, we are having problems getting in applicants in general. The extension of unemployment benefits may be a cause for concern since in some cases the benefits plus the extra is more than what an employee makes in a week.”
Machinery Manufacturing: “We are seeing increased costs for raw materials and components. We have not yet evaluated the scope and size of the increases to determine if our prices must be adjusted. We will continue to accumulate data in the weeks to come.”
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing: “Demand continues to strengthen broadly. Peer lead times continue to stretch, and many are raising prices. I have not seen this dynamic in my 30+ years in the industry. Many peers are requiring 12-month noncancelable, nonreschedulable orders. I believe it is hard to know what you will require in March of 2022, for example, and that will likely lead to over-ordering.”
“Supply chain delays continue to plague the environment, which has caused delays leading to mismatched labor, inflated inventory and other generally increased costs. Efficiency has been lower the last few months. On one hand, there are positive signs of activity. On the other hand, we cannot count on accurate and timely delivery from suppliers, which is causing inefficiency internally. We can’t get what we need when we need it, and raw material costs and freight are rising and we now see wage pressure on the horizon. In these environments, some companies over-order or desire safety stock, which creates more strain in the short term, and then when the supply chain catches up and inventory stabilizes, those orders are pulled back.”
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing: “The recent stimulus package that extends unemployment benefits and increases payments is making it more difficult to hire production workers and is increasing wage pressure to hire and retain competent staff. We have been very successful hiring higher-paid professional positions, but we have had a very difficult time hiring competent labor positions below $20 per hour. We attribute this in part to extended unemployment benefits, which reduce the need for people to work (some have told us as much).”
Paper Manufacturing: “Our March increase was mainly due to catch-up from February’s lost week due to temperatures. The outlook is still positive at this time. We are seeing tremendous price increases in raw materials at this time. We are passing them on to unhappy customers due to the shortage of supply.
Food Manufacturing: “All of our raw-ingredient input costs, such as corn, cardboard boxes and plastics, have risen. Our electric cost has slightly risen as well. Our main costs are approximately 15 percent higher across the board than in December of 2020. Price inflation is here, and it has caused our organization to start raising wholesale product pricing to our clients. The vast majority of our clients are wholesale buyers. They, in turn, will need to raise prices to stay in business.”
Misc Manufacturing: “All raw materials used in our production—brass, steel, stainless steel and aluminum—have experienced large increases in price and extended lead times. What once had a 60-day lead time now has an 11-month lead time. Supply disruption and skyrocketing prices have slowed our sales.”
Something Big Is Happening In Fiji
Kalo Gold Announces Drill Results From First Two Holes at Vatu Aurum Gold Project Confirming Multiple Thick, Near-Surface Gold Intersections
- First hole drilled, KGD-01, recorded multiple thick, near surface gold intersections, over an interval of 101m averaging 0.94 g/t Au, starting at surface
- KGD-01 intersected multiple higher-grade intersections, including 2m at 6.00 g/t Au at 8m depth, 16m at 2.08 g/t Au at 69m depth including 2m at 5.36 g/t Au at 69m depth.
- Two new targets were identified within the 2.5 km Qiriyaga Zone priority area
VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA, MARCH 29, 2021, KALO GOLD HOLDINGS CORP. (TSX.V: KALO) (“Kalo,” “Kalo Gold,” or the “Company”), a discovery-driven company with high-grade gold opportunities in Fiji, is pleased to announce initial assay results from the first two holes from recent drilling activities in the Qiriyaga Zone on Kalo Gold’s 100% owned Vatu Aurum Gold Project. Initial drilling results help confirm the presence of near-surface gold mineralization.
KGD-01 and KGD-02 were each drilled at the same angle and depth of -50 degrees and 200 metres, respectively. KGD-01 was drilled between KCD-17 and KCD-25 and confirmed the continuity of mineralization between these holes (refer to the Company’s website (https://kalogoldcorp.com/project-maps/) for the locations of these drill holes. KGD-01 intersected 101 metres of gold mineralization averaging 0.94 g/t from surface. Gold mineralization occurs within intercalating fiamme breccia and mudstone-siltstone and several hydrothermal breccias (intersected between 74m-87m) that are generally highly oxidized. The zones of higher-grade gold mineralization are generally characterized by more intense silicification and of mm-size quartz veinlets stockworks. The zones of low gold grades exhibit weak silicification.
The significant intervals are shown in the table below.
The location of KGD-02 was approximately 35 metres to the south of KGD-01. It did not intersect the mineralized hydrothermal breccia and other mineralized intercepts in KGD-01, suggesting a possible displacement between KGD-01 and KGD-02. Further drilling to the south of KGD-02 will depend on completion of the geophysical survey (induced polarization or IP). The IP Survey is expected to start during the second week of April.
The Company continues drilling the third hole, KGD-03, approximately 130 metres northwest of KGD-01, at a targeted depth of approximately 350m. The planned exploration program consists of eight confirmation and step-out diamond drill holes totaling 1,800 metres in the Qiriyaga zone targeting Qiriyaga Hill and Vuinubu Ridge areas, as well as soil sampling and ground geophysics. Qiriyaga Hill’s historical drilling results confirmed the presence of several high-grade zones with selective drill intersections including 8.75m* at 36.02 g/t Au (61.25m to 80m) and 10m at 27.18 g/t Au (76m-86m) including 120 g/t Au between 80m to 83m in drill hole KCD-17.
Further mapping by the Company’s technical team identified the presence of 300 metres by 700 metres northeast trending altered zone in Vunikulukulu area located 500m northeast of Qiriyaga Hill. The altered zone is characterized by the presence of clay-silica alteration, hydrothermal breccia, vuggy silica and banded chalcedony in outcrop and rock floats. This is in addition to a 50-metre-wide intensely clay-altered zone with a series of northwest trending vuggy quartz veinlets that are up to 40cm wide. It is exposed along a recently constructed drill access in Vuinubu Ridge which is located 500m southeast of Qiriyaga Hill.
The texture of the quartz veinlets is different from those observed on the drill core at Vuinubu Ridge. This new discovery is significant because in contrast to the main northeast trend of the known mineralization of the Vuinubu Ridge mineralization, this zone is trending northwest. The upcoming IP survey will include the two new targets and its results, in conjunction with the soil geochemistry and rock sampling, should provide the technical team with sufficient information on drill targets.
As previously announced on March 10, 2021, the soil sampling program in Qiriyaga Zone (License 1464) where Qiriyaga Hill, Vuinubu Ridge and Vunikululu are located and in Coqeloa (License 1511) was recently completed and the assay results are pending.
Sampling, Analysis and QAQC
The drill core was sampled at 1m interval and cut into half with an electric-powered core saw at the at the Company’s exploration camp. The core samples were submitted to ALS Minerals laboratory in Brisbane, Australia (“ALS”) for sample preparation and analysis. The gold was analyzed using Au-AA24 method (50g split). Multi-element analysis was also carried out using ME-ICP61m method. Kalo’s Quality Control and Quality Assurance (QAQC) protocol for drill core samples includes: 1) field measurement of half core sample weights, 2) insertion of certified reference materials at 1 in 20 frequency, 3) insertion of blank sample at 1 in 40 frequency, and 3) insertion of duplicate core samples. ALS has internal QAQC protocols that include analysis and results monitoring for certified reference materials, blank samples, and duplicate core samples.
*The qualified person has not completed sufficient work to verify the historical technical data and information regarding the property.
About Kalo Gold
Kalo Gold is a mineral exploration company focused on the Vatu Aurum gold project on Fiji’s north island, Vanua Levu. Kalo holds two mineral exploration licenses covering over 36,700 hectares of land and on trend with many of the largest gold deposits in the world in the Southwest Pacific Ring of Fire.
The technical information in this news release was reviewed by Fred Tejada, P.Geo, a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101, and a director and officer of Kalo Gold.
On behalf of Kalo Gold
Chief Executive Officer and Director
For more information contact, please contact Kevin Ma, President and Director, at [email protected] or +1-604-363-0411.
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