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Global nickel short-term outlook August 2017



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Report summary

The upward momentum in nickel prices that was precipitated in July by a pick-up in China's nickel and stainless markets, was spurred on in August by the announced closure of Ravensthorpe and deferral of underground development at Voisey's Bay. Further interruptions to supply will amplify the growing market perception of material tightness at the front end of an electric vehicle powered demand boom.

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Table of contents

    • Key forecasts
    • LME and SHFE nickel stocks, and nickel prices
    • Global nickel quarterly supply-demand balance
    • Quarterly global nickel consumption in stainless steel (kt)
    • Global nickel mine production/capability (kt)
    • Global refined nickel supply-demand balance (kt)

Tables and charts

This report includes 22 images and tables including:


  • Executive summary: Table 1
  • Supply-demand balances: Table 1
  • Demand: Table 1
  • Quarterly refined nickel consumption by first use (kt)
  • Demand: Table 3
  • Quarterly global stainless steel production (kt raw steel basis)
  • Global refined nickel consumption (kt)
  • Global stainless steel production (kt raw steel basis)
  • Supply: Table 1
  • Global nickel smelter production/capability (kt)
  • Global nickel metal production/capability (kt)
  • Supply: Table 4
  • Supply: Table 5


  • Chinese nickel sulphate production capacity
  • Supply-demand balances: Image 1
  • LME cash and 3-month spread
  • Japanese stainless steel product domestic sales and exports
  • Demand: Image 2
  • Demand: Image 3
  • Chinese nickel sulphate capacity - expanding rapidly
  • US stainless sales & exports: mills vs service centres
  • Demand: Image 6

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