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Global nickel short-term outlook November 2017



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Report summary

LME bulls push prices up on the electric vehicle story, then a surge in Indonesian ore export permits push them back down again. A weaker Chinese stainless market partly reflects increasing stocks due to imports from Tsingshan Indonesia, where a second 1 Mtpa line is in ramp up mode. A third line is due to start in 2018. That alone should be good for nickel demand and prices. But, as exports of this new stainless to China and around the world increase, so less competitive stainless steelmakers threatened by this new product entering the market may be forced to reduce output.

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Tables and charts

This report includes 17 images and tables including:


  • Indonesian nickel ore export permits issued to date
  • Supply: Table 2
  • Supply: Table 3
  • Supply: Table 4
  • Supply: Table 5
  • Supply: Table 6
  • 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-demand balances: Image 1
  • LME cash and 3-month spread
  • Top ten stainless steel melt producers in China (ranked on 2017)

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