First published in 1998, this weekly publication provides in-depth coverage of the markets for stainless steel, stainless steel scrap, nickel, chromium and molybdenum.
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Roskill’s Stainless Steel & Alloys Weekly.
Each edition includes an up-to-date commentary of the major developments in the market, as well as an extensive appendix covering statistics on prices and trade. Stainless Steel & Alloys Weekly is essential reading for industry participants requiring regular, detailed analysis and statistics for the production and trade of stainless steel and its raw materials.
Roskill’s Stainless Steel and Alloy Metals Weekly is provided on an annual subscription basis comprised of 50 weekly editions.
Stainless Steel market growth has outpaced lead, copper, zinc, aluminium and carbon steel markets over the past three decades. China has been the main driver behind recent market growth. The country’s breakneck industrialisation rate has driven domestic stainless steel demand and spurred increases in domestic production capacity that have also made China a significant exporter of hot and cold-rolled stainless steel. The sheer size of China’s export market has caused other producing countries to impose trade protection measures.
Stainless Steel Scrap is an opaque market, but decades of experience have allowed Roskill Pariser to assemble a solid knowledge base on the market. Trends in the use, availability and price of stainless steel scrap are of immediate importance to producers of stainless steel mills, as well as suppliers of raw materials, whose material may compete with secondary feedstocks.
Nickel is mostly consumed in stainless steel, with the material accounting for around two-thirds of primary nickel consumption. The balance is consumed by the alloy steel, nickel-base alloy, foundries, plating and battery industries. The market has seen a succession of surpluses in recent years, leading to price weakness and an accumulation of exchange stocks. Low nickel prices caused a supply-side response, with nickel plants closing worldwide.
Chromite production is centred in South Africa, which produces over half of global output ahead of Kazakhstan, India, Tukey and Finland. Over 90% of chromite consumption is in metallurgical applications and stainless steel alone represents more than two-thirds of total chromite consumption. Trends in stainless steel production are, therefore, the main determinant of levels of both chromite and ferrochrome demand.
Molybdenum production is dominated by China, which accounts for approximately 40% of global supply. Low prices and demand have resulted in some production cutbacks in recent years. The production of steel products remains the largest end-use application of molybdenum products, mainly consumed in the production of stainless and full-alloy steels.