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CRU provides a complete view of the steel industry across the value chain through market analysis and forecasts, market-leading price assessments and comprehensive cost services, all driven by a global team of analysts using CRU’s robust and transparent methodologies.

Our market analysis focuses on supply and demand fundamentals, price dynamics and forecasts for the entire value chain, from raw materials to end-user sectors. CRU’s China Steel Service provides unrivalled analysis and the most reliable prices for Chinese steel.

Covering all major markets, our price indices are established benchmarks on which supply chain partners can confidently base transactions. For example, CRU’s US Midwest Hot Rolled Coil price is the leading steel benchmark in North America and is also used in the settlement of futures and options contracts on the CME.

Our cost services bring you detailed data and insights on key steel producers across the world, allowing you to understand the competitive landscape.

Based in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Pittsburgh, Santiago, Shanghai and Sydney, CRU’s steel experts offer invaluable local and global market intelligence. You can reach our analysts by phone, by email or in person to discuss industry developments, prices or any aspect of our methodology in more depth. 


  • Finished Steel
    • – Long Products
    • – Plate
    • – Sheet
  • Iron and Steelmaking
  • Merchant Slab and Billet


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Chinese steel: On the brink of structural profitability

This Special Feature is the first in a series of five that look at the implications for the global steel market of China’s capacity reduction programme. View part two...

By Chris Houlden 20 September 2017


  • Chris Houlden

    Research Manager London
  • Paul Butterworth

    Research Manager, Steel Raw Materials and Steel Costs London
  • Josh Spoores

    Principal Consultant Pittsburgh
  • Matthew Watkins

    Principal Consultant London
  • Linda Lin

    Editor Shanghai

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