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Bulk steel alloys short-term outlook April 2022

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High costs and tight supply continue to keep bulk alloy prices supported in western markets, while in China renewed price support will come in the form of high ore and reductant costs. In ore markets, supply side constraints, including logistics bottlenecks in South Africa, may prolong the current understocking. The impacts of the Ukraine-Russia crisis, particularly to alloy production cost inputs, will be protracted but heavily skewed towards western markets.

Table of contents

  • Chromium
  • Manganese
  • Ferrosilicon and silicon metal
    • Ore prices maintain upward momentum on low stocks
    • Rising costs, bottlenecks boost ferrochrome prices
    • High-grade ore price firm but set to turn downwards
    • Little further upside in manganese alloy prices
    • Manganese metal price normalises, refined ferromanganese to follow
    • Ferrosilicon prices pushed up by direct impacts of Ukraine war
    • Ferrosilicon prices rise through April
    • US silicon metal prices remain anomalously high
  • Crude steel trends
  • Stainless steel trends
  • Chromium
  • Manganese
    • Ferrosilicon
    • Silicon metal
    • Ore supply on track for 9% growth in 2022
    • Ferrochrome supply
    • Manganese ore supply
    • Manganese alloy supply
    • Manganese metal supply
    • Ferrosilicon
    • Silicon metal

Tables and charts

This report includes 31 images and tables including:

  • Key chromium forecasts
  • Key manganese forecasts
  • Key silicon forecasts
  • Annual crude steel production
  • Quarterly global stainless steel production
  • Stainless steel production growth vs scrap ratio by region, 2021-2024
  • Quarterly chromium consumption by first use
  • Quarterly chromium consumption in stainless steel by region
  • Manganese alloy and metal consumption outlook
  • Quarterly chromium ore prices and forecasts
  • Quarterly high-carbon ferrochrome prices and forecasts
  • Quarterly manganese ore price forecast
  • Quarterly silicomanganese price forecast
  • Quarterly high-carbon ferromanganese price forecast
  • Quarterly MC FeMn and manganese metal price forecast
  • Ferrosilicon monthly prices
  • Silicon metal monthly prices
  • Global ferrosilicon price forecast
  • Global silicon metal price forecast
  • Quarterly ferrosilicon consumption by first use
  • Quarterly ferrosilicon consumption by region
  • Quarterly silicon metal consumption by first use
  • Quarterly silicon metal consumption by region
  • Quarterly chromium ore supply by region
  • Quarterly ferrochrome supply by region
  • Quarterly manganese ore supply by region
  • Quarterly silicomanganese supply by region
  • Quarterly high-carbon ferromanganese supply by region
  • Quarterly medium carbon ferromanganese supply by region
  • Global ferrosilicon production
  • Global silicon metal production

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