Short Range Outlook : May 2022

Global longs market faces challenges and uncertainties amid ongoing war in Ukraine Some oversupply is observed here and there in the global long steel products market. The market situation is getting worse. In particular, there is a vacuum in Western markets due to the war in Ukraine. Price hikes were very rapid and very steep, which could be a reason. Energy prices have negatively impacted manufacturing, especially in Europe. Inflation is another... Read More

The program of the 86th meeting in Istanbul

Day 1: Sunday, May 29,2022 19:00 – 22:00                   Welcome cocktail at Four Seasons Hotel Bosphorus Istanbul   Day 2: Monday, May 30, 2022 09:00 – 09:15                   Welcome address by Chairman of IREPAS   09:15 – 10:00                    SESSION ONE: Critical changes in global long steel markets - Long products market outlook Overview of global construction... Read More

Short Range Outlook : April 2022

War in Ukraine a major gamechanger for global longs market The war in Ukraine has changed sentiment in the global long steel products market as well as fundamentally altering the flow of raw materials and finished products almost overnight. There is more demand than secure supply in the market. Before the war, the expectations were that demand would determine the direction of prices, contrary to 2021 when supply was the driving factor. Today, however,... Read More

Information on 86th IREPAS meeting in Istanbul

We are delighted to confirm that our first meeting in 2022 will be held in our traditional in-person format after two years! The 86th IREPAS meeting conference will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Bosphorus in Istanbul, on May 29-31 in conjunction with the SteelOrbis Spring’22 Conference. You may find all details including the agenda and registration information at the following link.  Read More

Short Range Outlook : March 2022

Global longs market at unprecedented juncture after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine The global long steel products market has entered a new and completely unprecedented situation as a result of the war in Ukraine. The current situation means one of the largest suppliers of many raw and semi-processed materials will be completely excluded from the market for an unforeseeable period of time, with the consequences being almost impossible to predict at... Read More

86th IREPAS meeting will be held in Istanbul, Turkey

The 86th IREPAS meeting will be held on May 29th to 31st, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey in conjunction with the SteelOrbis Spring’22 Conference. Details will be announced later.  Read More

Short Range Outlook : February 2022

Global longs market boosted by improving demand and many positive factors Demand is picking up in the global long steel products market after the holidays and it will be even better once the weather becomes warmer in the northern hemisphere. It seems the market is getting back to normal. Section 232 is practically over. General demand is strengthening with the pandemic possibly coming to an end. Bottlenecks seem to be easing somewhat, such as breakbulk... Read More

Short Range Outlook : December 2021

Demand slows in global longs market, higher costs to reduce price erosion Demand is slowing down in the global long steel products market as we have entered the slow season in the northern hemisphere and the holidays are approaching. Market activity may remain slow until the Chinese New Year holidays and so we may see further price erosion in the coming weeks. However, such erosion should be limited due to higher costs of production. There is an energy... Read More

Ukraine increases export duty on ferrous scrap significantly

On December 2, 2021, Ukraine increased the export duty for steel scrap to €180/mt from the previously valid €58/mt. Earlier, there had been an initiative to raise the tax to €200/mt but the final rate was approved at a lower level. Ukraine-based steel producers had been lobbying for the export tax imposition and its gradual increase for some years now, claiming that strong export activity harms their costs and margins, while preference should... Read More

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

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