IREPAS in Istanbul: Uncertainty prevails in slow market with weak demand

The 89th meeting of IREPAS (the International Rebar Exporters and Producers Association) was held in Istanbul on September 17-19, marking the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the association, in conjunction with the SteelOrbis Fall ’23 Conference. There were 217 representatives from 61 different producers among the 783 registered delegates from a total of 59 different countries. There were also 105 registrations representing 55 different raw... Read More

The program of the 89th meeting in Istanbul

Day 1: Sunday, September 17, 2023 19:00 – 22:00                   Welcome cocktail at Swissôtel The Bosphorus   Day 2: Monday, September 18, 2023 09:15 – 09:30                  Welcome address by Chairman of IREPAS   09:30 – 11:30                    SESSION ONE: Critical changes in the global long steel markets - Keynote speech: Figures and comments from WTO report Illicit... Read More

Short Range Outlook : August 2023

General slowdown in global longs market puts producers under pressure  The global long steel products market is slowing down in general, which is putting pressure on producers. Demand for reinforcing bars and wire rods remains very weak and there is strong pressure on prices from the new exporters – Algeria, Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia – who are in the market with very aggressive offers. Business still stagnant in US, high interest... Read More

Short Range Outlook : June 2023

Global longs market impacted by variety of negative factors, especially low consumption The supply and demand balance in the global long steel products market is not getting any better and the main export destinations are requiring lower offers almost every week. The overriding issue for the market is volume and the lack of volume which is in effect coming from the lack of consumption. Consumption has unfortunately not recovered yet from the pandemic.... Read More

EU extends duty suspension for Ukrainian products for another year

The European Council has renewed the regulation regarding the suspension of all customs duties, quotas and trade defense measures on Ukrainian exports to the EU for another year, until June 2024, effective from June 6. The regulation was adopted in June last year. The renewal will help Ukraine to maintain the stability of its trade relations with the EU and to keep its economy going under very challenging circumstances.  Read More

IREPAS in Barcelona: Challenging times for global longs industry

The 88th meeting of IREPAS (the International Rebar Exporters and Producers Association) was held in Barcelona, on May 7-9, 2023, in conjunction with the SteelOrbis Spring ’23 Conference. There were 157 producer representatives from 58 different companies among the 553 registered delegates from a total of 55 different countries. There were also 81 registrations representing 43 different raw material suppliers. At the opening of the conference, Murat... Read More

The program of the 88th meeting in Barcelona

Day 1: Sunday, May 7,2023 19:00 – 22:00                   Welcome cocktail at InterContinental Barcelona   Day 2: Monday, May 8, 2023 09:00 – 09:10                  Welcome address by Chairman of IREPAS   09:10 – 10:50                    SESSION ONE: Long Products and macro economy - Long products market outlook Overview of global construction sector Steel and long... Read More

Short Range Outlook : April 2023

International business shrinks in global long products market, outlook unsatisfactory Global business and its international scope have been facing some challenging times recently, with declining imports and exports and a lack of supply-demand balance in the global long products market. The reduced total production in 2022 is carrying over into 2023 and is able to satisfy actual consumption. This has resulted in an aversion to imported steel due to... Read More

Short Range Outlook : March 2023

Better demand in global longs market It seems that demand in the global long steel products market is somewhat better after the holiday season. There have been signs of a pickup in demand everywhere in the past month, apart from the EU. The supply in the market has been adjusted accordingly, which has had a positive influence on prices. Consequently, the whole market dynamic has changed. The price spread between Chinese origin reinforcing bars and... Read More

Short Range Outlook : February 2023

Unpredictability persists in global longs market, recession fears may have been exaggerated The global long steel products market is still characterized by unpredictability. China’s impact on the global markets is still an open question and this contributes to the unpredictability for the second quarter. It seems that customers heard too much talk of recession last year and were convinced that all construction would stop in 2023. Actually, it looks... Read More

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