Short Range Outlook : August 2017

Good demand in global long steel products market backed by reasonable growth Demand in the global long steel products market is good and steady as reasonable growth is seen to be globally providing support for steel consumption. Chinese steel exports at 2014 levels playing huge role in global supply-demand balance Chinese steel exports are down to 2014 levels after having been considerably higher for the past three years. Obviously the reduced supply... Read More

Short Range Outlook : July 2017

Threat of new trade measures weighs on global long products market The threat of new trade measures in the US and of a counterreaction by the EU is weighing on all market players. The G20 summit will show us how the US administration and President Trump will move forward – whether he will prefer to continue with confrontation and the blockage of imports or whether he will soften his stance and come to a mutual agreement. Will the US become ‘an... Read More

Short Range Outlook : June 2017

Exporting countries under pressure amid protectionism and increased capacities in traditional import markets The supply-demand balance in the global long steel products market has been worsening over the last few weeks. Protective actions such as antidumping and countervailing duty (CVD) cases and import taxes, coupled with increasing capacities in some traditional import markets, have put export-dependent countries in a difficult situation. Protective... Read More

Short Range Outlook : May 2017

Better supply-demand balance in global longs market but China, trade measures and strong price competition keep the pressure on The supply-demand balance  in the global long steel products market has been stable and more in equilibrium recently, compared to previous times, especially in China. Such a balance has been helping buyers to maintain their positive sentiment although, on the other hand, price volatility in raw materials and final products... Read More

IREPAS in Budapest: Market players optimistic about outlook for steel

The 76th meeting of IREPAS (International Rebar Exporters and Producers Association) was held in Budapest, Hungary on March 26-28, 2017. There were 107 producer representatives among the 352 registered delegates from 40 different countries. There were also 58 registrations representing 35 different raw material suppliers. At the opening of the conference, Murat Cebecioglu, chairman of IREPAS said that the steel industry has once again succeeded in... Read More

Short Range Outlook : March 2017

Still improving supply-demand balance creates brighter picture in global longs market The supply-demand balance continues to improve in regions like the US, Europe and Asia, contributing to a brighter picture in the  global long steel products market. US market boosted by restocking and infrastructure spending expectations Demand has improved in the US as buyers have been restocking. In addition, President Trump’s promise to spend one trillion... Read More

Short Range Outlook : February 2017

Europe, US and Asia lead the way for demand in global long steel products market Expectations for demand and order books in the supply chain of the global long steel products market made a reasonable start to business in 2017, although a sharp correction in scrap prices caused people to hesitate a bit in the EU and the US. However, market sentiment has not changed much and demand is still showing good prospects for 2017 in Europe, the US and Asia. Turkish... Read More

The programme of the 76th IREPAS meeting

March 26th, Sunday 19:00 – 22:00      Welcome cocktail at Intercontinental Budapest March 27th, Monday 09:00 – 09:15      Welcome address by Chairman of IREPAS 09:15 – 10:15        SESSION ONE – Global economic outlook - Global economic developments and expectations Gergely Tardos, OTP Bank / Chief Economist Where is the European economy heading? Current situation and expactations for Chinese economy Prospects... Read More

Short Range Outlook : January 2017

Fears recede in global long steel market amid upbeat sentiment for 2017 There has been no significant change in the global long steel products market compared to last month in terms of supply and demand balance. Demand remains relatively weak, but we have seen better discipline on the supply side, which has had a positive impact on pricing dynamics. Demand is expected to pick up in the coming weeks. Economic numbers are strong and most fears regarding... Read More

Short Range Outlook : December 2016

Clear switch to positive sentiment in global long steel products market Conditions in the global long steel products market have improved significantly and a clear change to positive sentiment has been observed in the industry, something not seen in recent years. Chinese demand and supply restructuring boost prices and margins Domestic demand in China, together with a restructuring of supply at all levels from raw materials to finished products, is... Read More

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