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Bulk steel alloys short-term outlook May 2022

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06 June 2022

Bulk steel alloys short-term outlook May 2022

Report summary

As the blowback from the Russia-Ukraine crisis continues to ripple through western alloy markets, the economic fallout related to strict lockdowns has had a more marked impact in China. These lockdowns have curtailed downstream consumption, introducing some downside to China alloy prices. At the same time, ore prices stalled after a sustained rally, due to weaker buying sentiment in this uncertain environment. In western markets, tight margins at steel mills have eroded demand for alloys, causing prices to fall, despite elevated costs.

Table of contents

  • Chromium
  • Manganese
  • Ferrosilicon and silicon metal
    • Ore prices lose steam as sentiment sours
    • Elevated ferrochrome prices in line to soften
    • High-grade ore price loses momentum, while premium remains high
    • Manganese alloy prices fall as demand softens
    • Cost and consolidation offer manganese metal upside
    • Ferrosilicon prices slide through May
    • Silicon metal prices face downward pressure in May
  • Crude steel trends
  • Stainless steel trends
  • Chromium
  • Manganese
    • Ferrosilicon
    • Silicon metal
    • Chromium ore outlook unchanged, ferrochrome adjusted upwards
    • Ferrochrome supply
    • Manganese ore supply
    • Manganese alloy supply
    • Manganese metal supply
    • Ferrosilicon
    • Silicon metal

Tables and charts

This report includes 30 images and tables including:

  • Key forecasts
  • Key forecasts
  • Key forecasts
  • Crude steel production (Mt)
  • Stainless steel production (Mt)
  • 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
  • Global ferrosilicon price forecast
  • Silicon metal monthly prices
  • 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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