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

Short Range Outlook : November 2016

Global long steel products market enjoys its best environment since 2013 The global long steel products market is currently enjoying its best environment since 2013, while sentiment has improved significantly. Supply and demand in the market are now a lot more in equilibrium compared to previous months. Fewer offers from China and Russia seen in global market Demand had made a weak start to October, as sellers were continuing with their seasonal fourth... Read More

W.Schmiedel / BIR: Spike in coking coal prices to increase scrap usage

Speaking at the BIR World Mirror on Ferrous Metals event organized by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), BIR president William Schmiedel, also president of US-based scrap recycling company Sims Group Global Trade Corporation, has stated that in August this year Chinese exports of finished and semi-finished steel decreased from June’s level of 10.9 million mt to 9.1 million mt. While this is a good sign, the latter total of 9.1 million... Read More

Italy includes Ferriere Nord and Riva Acciaio in cartel probe

The Italian Competition Authority has included two Italian reinforcing bar producers, Ferriere Nord and Riva Acciaio, in its investigation launched in October 2015 on major Italian companies that produce and sell reinforcing bar and steel mesh. This inclusion came after a separate investigation regarding Nuovo Campsider Association, a branch of the Italian steel association Federacciai, found that market information regarding scrap was shared among... Read More

IREPAS in Vienna: Global longs market focuses on challenges amid signs of stabilization

The 75th meeting of IREPAS (International Rebar Exporters and Producers Association) was held in Vienna, Austria on September 25-27, 2016. There were 94 producer representatives among the 285 registered delegates from 33 different countries. There were also 44 registrations representing 30 different raw material suppliers. On the last day of the conference, producers of long steel products and steel billets, as well as traders and raw material suppliers,... 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

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