Short Range Outlook : November 2021

Supply and demand balanced in global longs market, energy costs and logistics bring uncertainties Supply and demand are balanced in the global long steel products market, as regional producers are now back to almost normal lead times.  Energy prices are soaring and logistical challenges have made business more uncertain, though underlying demand remains solid in Europe and North America. The ongoing weakness in China may slow its imports, which could... Read More

85th IREPAS meeting : Markets have never been better, great time to be in steel business

The  85th meeting of IREPAS (the International Rebar Exporters and Producers Association) was held as a virtual event to ensure the health and well-being of all participants, on October 18, 2021 in conjunction with the SteelOrbis Fall’21 Conference. There were 223 producer representatives among the 918 registered delegates from a total of 70 different countries. There were also 69 registrations representing 31 different raw material suppliers. At... Read More

Short Range Outlook : October 2021

Demand to be driver of global longs market from now on, supply no longer an issue Supply is no longer an issue in the global long steel products market, and demand will be the driving factor from now on, though it will probably be rather slow for a while because prices are normalising and delivery periods are becoming shorter. That said, this situation should be temporary. The cost of producing steel is increasing, especially on the energy side. Demand... Read More

Short Range Outlook : September 2021

Supply and demand balancing out in global longs market, freight still incredibly high In the global long steel products market, there are signs that supply has caught up with demand and that the supply-demand balance is becoming more neutral. The market seems to be getting back to normal in terms of lead times, prices, etc. We are now in a period where things have to get back to normal, which in fact may be different from where it all started. A price... Read More

Short Range Outlook : July 2021

Global longs market still positive overall despite logistical costs and delays Overall, the global long steel products market still looks positive, supported by strong demand, even though business has become more difficult due to higher logistical costs and time delays in getting goods from one place to another. Exporters are all under pressure due to the increase in freight costs. Container shipments are also very problematic. The only steel moving... Read More

EU extends steel safeguard measures for another three years

The European Commission has announced the extension of the EU’s safeguard measures encompassing 26 steel product categories for another three years until June 30, 2024, preserving traditional trade flows on a per-product-category basis. The Commission has also increased the quota volumes by three percent, and a 25 percent tariff duty will be applied on the products if the tariff rate quotas are exceeded. There will be a review to determine whether... Read More

Short Range Outlook : June 2021

Boom continues in the global longs market, how long will it last? There is still a shortage of steel everywhere in the global long steel products market. Demand remains high in the sheltered markets. On the other hand, there is pressure from the Chinese government to reduce steel prices. It is hard to imagine that this will lead to anything but more supply shortages. If we look back at the previous price booms in the global market, circumstances... Read More

Short Range Outlook : May 2021

Global longs producers hold whip hand amid strong demand, short supply, rising prices Demand in the global long steel products market has continued to increase recently, and particularly demand in China and developed economies continues to push the market up. At the same time, international supply has tightened even further. Most mills are offering a few months ahead, thereby contributing to upward movement of prices. There are imbalances in rebar... Read More

Short Range Outlook : April 2021

Producers dominate in global longs market, outlook appears very positive Lead times are longer than ever in the global long steel products market and there is still strong demand, encouraging mills to continue increasing their prices. The situation has certainly become better from the producers’ point of view. They are all making money and their lead times are elongated. Shortages of material keeps prices and margins high It was somewhat surprising... Read More

Short Range Outlook : March 2021

Spring brings generally bright prospects for global long steel market The current situation and sentiments are generally very good in the global long steel products market. Order books are mostly filled to above average levels. The holiday season is over, winter in the northern hemisphere is coming to an end and vaccinations are progressing. These factors as well as stimulus activities, a will to return to normal, and strong investments are all strong... Read More

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