Short Range Outlook : December 2019

Tight margins and cautious sentiment in global longs market despite output cuts at BFs There is still no clarity and no sign of economic recovery around the globe. Nevertheless, European and US production cuts at blast furnaces for extended periods have given much needed relief to the rest of the steel industry. The global long steel products market is picking up due to the production cuts, as anticipated. However, there may not be a considerable... Read More

IREPAS in Duesseldorf : Changing trade flows and market challenges discussed against backdrop of protectionism, trade conflicts and depressed conditions

The 81st meeting of IREPAS (the International Rebar Exporters and Producers Association) was held in Duesseldorf, Germany on September 22-24, 2019 in conjunction with the SteelOrbis Fall’19 Conference. There were 138 producer representatives among the 426 registered delegates from a total of 46 different countries. There were also 78 registrations representing 38 different raw material suppliers. At the opening of the conference, Murat Cebecioglu,... Read More

Short Range Outlook : September 2016

Increased stability and reduced price spreads in global long steel market The global long steel products market has seen some stability over the last few weeks as the increase in Chinese origin offer prices halted the weakening of global long product prices. The spread between Chinese and Turkish origin reinforcing bar prices has narrowed significantly and is becoming even narrower. Likewise, the price spread between the most expensive FOB or ex-works... Read More

Short Range Outlook : July 2016

Volatility in pricing and availability still a challenge for global long steel products market The global long steel products market has been going through a volatile period since March this year. Volatility in pricing has led to swings in availability of both steel and steel scrap, and this continues to be a challenge for the business environment. With low inventories in general throughout the supply chain comes larger pricing swings. Mills currently... Read More

Short Range Outlook : February 2016

Slightly better conditions in global long steel market but significant risk still exists Conditions in the global long steel products market are slightly better as we can see a “better” supply and demand balance in China and the US due to output cuts at the end of 2015 and amid the restocking cycle in North America and Europe during the first quarter of 2016.  On the other hand, there has not been much  improvement on the demand side. Buyers... Read More

Short Range Outlook : January 2015

Lull in markets due to holiday period The global long steel products market has been quiet recently mostly because of the holidays in many countries, with business volumes shrinking to low levels. The market situation has deteriorated with strong and agressive offers in terms of volumes and prices, with demand stagnating. Many consumers of deformed reinforcing bars are squeezed by low prices and strong pressure from the construction side. What will... Read More

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