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27 November 2018

Global steel cost summary

Report summary

2018 marked another extraordinary year for steel producers. Almost everywhere, margins have returned to pre-GFC levels with underlying demand drivers undeniably robust. Supply-side reforms in China, protectionism in the US and growing investment in infrastructure and housing construction in India contributed to make less than 1% of our costed assets cash negative in 2018. For the second consecutive year, steel prices have grown faster than costs which further strengthened steelmakers' margins.

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
    • Asia Pacific
    • Americas
    • EMEARC
    • Sinter
    • Coke
    • Pellet
    • Iron production
    • Crude steel production
    • Raw materials pricing
      • Average country costs
      • BOF cash costs
      • EAF cash costs
      • Outlook for cash costs
  • Margins

Tables and charts

This report includes 10 images and tables including:

  • Global finished steel cash cost trend
  • 2018 finished steel cost curve
  • 2018 cash negative costed production
  • 2018 weighted average operating margin and finished steel cash cost by country
  • Asia Pacific steel plant coverage
  • Americas steel plant coverage
  • EMEARC steel plant coverage
  • Raw materials price outlook
  • 2018 weighted average finished steel cash cost by country - BOF
  • 2018 weighted average finished steel cash cost by country - EAF

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