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Global nickel short-term outlook March 2021

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31 March 2021

Global nickel short-term outlook March 2021

Report summary

Nickel prices dropped by 20% in early March, triggered by a declaration from Tsingshan that it would soon be able to choose the destination of some of its nickel units between NPI for stainless or matte for batteries. Price pressure from those believing that nickel forms specifically for the batteries route would be in short supply going forward evaporated and prices fell, despite the strength of post-lockdown demand.

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Tables and charts

This report includes 12 images and tables including:

  • The rebound in European stainless production
  • Stainless exports by Columbus Stainless to SE Asia have dropped sharply in past couple of years
  • Aircraft deliveries - only a slight recovery in 2021
  • Quarterly global refined nickel consumption (kt)
  • Quarterly global stainless steel production (kt raw steel basis)
  • Global refined nickel consumption (kt)
  • Global stainless steel production (kt raw steel basis)
  • Global nickel mine production/capability (kt)
  • Global nickel smelter production/capability (kt)
  • Global finished nickel production/capability (kt)
  • Nickel stocks and premiums
  • Global refined nickel supply-demand balance (kt)

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    Global Nickel Short Term Outlook March 2021

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