Ferrochrome Market Outlook

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Ferrochrome Market Outlook

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  • Two full reports per year – in March and September
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CRU's Ferrochrome Market Outlook Update, published Friday 8th July 2016, features an upgrade in our price forecasts for FeCr and chrome ore. CRU Principal Consultant Mark Beveridge writes: "Chinese stainless steel mills' renewed reliance on domestic supply reflects a tightening in supply in South Africa, where plants with a combined nameplate capacity of roughly 0.8mtpy closed within the last year."

The Essential Resource for the Ferrochrome Market

The difficulties currently facing South African production have changed the landscape for the global ferrochrome industry. Power shortages in the country have resulted in higher tariff rates and utilisation limits, meaning South African producers are unable to operate at full capacity. Combined with an ongoing currency appreciation of the South African Rand and increasing interest in the use of UG2, these challenges have forced production costs at local producers higher and comparatively less competitive on an international scale.

With these difficulties set to continue for some time, not only are the parameters of the industry changing but a host of opportunities are arising for market participants around the world. It is against this changing background that CRU provides our Ferrochrome Market Outlook and Ferrochrome Cost Service – providing independent and detailed examinations of the ferrochrome industry around the world.

Ferrochrome Market Outlook draws upon CRU’s established standing within the industry and the expertise of our London and Beijing offices to provide a rigorous examination of the market. Addressing the key questions facing the industry through the coming years, including:

  • What impact has higher tariff and utilisation limits had on South African producers and their cost bases?
  • When will these challenging conditions begin to ease?
  • What opportunities have been created by South Africa’s difficulties, and who will capitalise on them?
  • To what extent will the usage of UG2 increase, and what impact will this have on the market?

Our Ferrochrome Market Outlook provides a thorough examination of the industry through the next five years. Our service analyses supply, demand, trade and prices for ferrochrome in all major countries and regions around the world, and provides CRU’s independent five-year forecasts for all market fundamentals.

A subscription to the service provides two comprehensive and fully-updated reports per year – published in March and September – to ensure you always have the latest information on which to act.


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