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Why this subscription report is unique, and a must-read for the flat steel industry?
The Flat Steel Insider is a valuable resource necessary for examining the global flat steel market. This content-rich report covers the following key aspects:
- How are flat steel prices performing in major markets?
- What happened in the flat steel market over the past month and what to expect in the short term?
- How are the end users of steel products performing?
- Is the market in surplus or deficit and what is the inventory status?
- How does the competitor landscape look like?
- What are the leading trends and developments in the market?
- What are the significant economic risks for the market?
Why do you need to subscribe to the flat steel report?
This report is a must-read for understanding the current global steel sheet and its future direction. The report addresses the following key issues:
- Price discovery and forecasts of flats steel products in the main regions
- Price assessments of hot-rolled coil (HRC), cold-rolled coil (CRC) and hot-dip galvanised (HDG) by regions
- 22 different flat steel price series
- Demand and supply analysis
- Analysis of various downstream industries such as construction, energy and automotive
- Capacity changes and M&A updates
- Tracking trade barriers
- Key recent economic developments which can impact market sentiments
- Analysis is supported by charts, tables and dashboards
Who should buy this report?
- Flat steel producers
- Flat steel service centre, distributors and traders
- Suppliers of raw materials such as iron ore, metallurgical coal, scrap and, ferroalloys
- End users of flat steel such as automotive, construction and packaging
- Suppliers of equipment and machinery
- Financial institutions
- Government bodies
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- Unlike other steel consulting and research companies, our forecasts are not depending on historical trends or mere conjectures. We put a lot of thoughts and knowledge into our forecasts which rest on cornerstones of downstream industries.
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- We constantly consult market participants and incorporate their opinions in our analysis.
- We employ both quantitative and qualitative methods to derive robust analysis.
- All our forecast data are supported by our proprietary econometric and excel based models.
Table of Contents
Section-1 Executive summary
Section-2 Prices dashboard
Section-5 Central and South America
Section-6 North America
Section-9 Downstream markets
Section-10 Competitor landscape
Section -11 Economic sentiment
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The Global Steel Rail Market Outlook to 2027£2,678.00
Infrastructure plays a vital role in the economic development of a country. Most matured economies allocate a significant portion of their annual budget for refurbishing and upgrading infrastructure. Similarly, developing countries are also racing for building up their infrastructure by funding through fiscal coffers and lending. Commodity Inside believes that due to growing population and urbanisation there is significant pressure on infrastructure and multi-billion infrastructure projects have been announced across the world. The US government plans to spend around $1 trillion on infrastructure over the next ten years.
Railways is a vital component of the infrastructure industry and currently going through significant overhauls across the world. Over the past few years, we saw some rail producers complaining about the limited growth and cost pressures and started to offload their rail units. Longs steel producers usually prefer to produce sections and other construction products due to better demand fundamentals. Most of the recently added rail capacity was in China due to domestic demand and non-market forces. Iran also entered the rail market with Esfahan Steel added 400,000 tonnes/year rail capacity to its portfolio in 2016.
Indeed, limited demand growth has been one of the culprits deterring new entrants or new capacity additions. Demand and supply also remained range-bound over the past few years. However, we have recently identified some growth pockets across the world which are going to underpin demand over the next decade. High-speed rail, electrification and new rails projects would be some of the fundamental drivers increasing demand for rails.
The Chinese initiative to improve connectivity through One Belt One Road (OBOR) would have a phenomenal impact on the rail industry. A large number of rail projects are planned under the OBOR initiative across Asia and Africa. The aim is to connect China with major trading regions including Europe. The train transport has already started between China and Europe where first Chinese freight train arrived in the UK in January 2017 while the first ever direct train from London to China full of goods completed its journey in April 2017. More recently, in November 2017, a train with 41 containers reached Xi'an Port in China from Finland's Kouvola. It was the first Central European train between China and the Nordic countries. The cargo included electromechanical equipment and various commodities. Dozens of European cities have now direct rail links with China.
The Global Aluminium Market Outlook to 2027£1,695.00
China which is the key player in the aluminium market has been slashing its aluminium capacity to help stabilise the market as well as reduce pollution. It is estimated that China will cut around 3-4 million tonnes of aluminium capacity this year. This may result in tighter market balance for some time and increase prices. The current price surge is more driven by non-market forces, though a downward price correction is expected due to weak demand and overproduction. We expect that China’s capacity closures will help in better market fundamentals in the short term. However, once the environmental compliance procedure completed, the new and cost efficient supply growth will substantially increase, which may impact the global aluminium market.
The current US administration understands the Chinese origin materials as a significant threat to its industry and is planning to limit it through tariff and other trade barriers arguing to protect its domestic industry and create jobs. However, we expect that this will likely to impact the automotive sector in the US and will result in higher production costs. Aluminium is not the exception, and other materials such as steel have also been the target of rising trade barriers. If these proposals materialised then, it would result in a global trade war.
The global aluminium demand is still weak but will show some strength over the next ten years. The automotive sector has remained the key driver behind the growth. Most OEMs and auto body producers are located in developed markets so consequently the automotive sector dominates aluminium market in these markets. The usage of aluminium in the automotive sector is growing as aluminium is lighter than steel which makes it more ideal for vehicles. Light vehicles improve fuel efficiency, reduce carbon dioxide emission and are environment-friendly. The current wave of substituting steel with aluminium is mainly supported by the EU emissions scheme and the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulation in the US.
Global Steel Sheet Products Market 2017-2022
It is a difficult time for steel producers as they have been struggling to improve their margins and defending their market share. Protectionism is also on the rise as manufacturers, particularly in matured markets in Europe and North America, are facing fierce competition from cheap imports from elsewhere. Antidumping trade cases and Section 232 investigation are some of the latest measures the affected markets have taken to protect their industries. For instance, the USA has more than 190 tariffs, new laws and a federal investigation on imported steel and the EU has 39 antidumping or anti subsidy measures on steel, with 17 against China.
Despite high marginal costs and low capacity utilisation in most markets, millions tonnes of sheet capacities are still coming online every year globally, further worsening the market conditions. The demand-side story is not much different; automotive producers are opting for alternative materials such as aluminium and carbon composites to keep the costs and body-in-white down. Lacklustre mining and construction markets to some extent have also been affecting the yellow goods sales. There are also various trends and developments in energy and infrastructure markets which are having some impact on the sheet market.
Currently, most companies are cutting their costs on market research for various reasons. However, in such weak and fast changing market conditions, it is essential for the steel industry to keep informed about both short and long-term future direction in the market. Our aim is to provide knowledge to our clients and value for their money. Therefore, this report is devised in a unique way, that unlike other reports in the market, it provides both short and long terms analysis under only one subscription. Moreover, it also provides analysis for downstream industries, which our competitors lack
The Global Rare Earths Market Outlook 2016-2021£1,695.00
Rare earths market has entered in a critical situation where uncertainty is looming around the future of some high probable rare earths mining projects. Chinese overflow in supply and plummeted rare earths prices have remained some major culprits behind the recent market distortions. All in all, they are also to a great extent responsible for the recent bankruptcies of Molycorp and Great Western. Moreover, the falling rare earths prices have also led to an indefinite hold on various mining projects.
The lustre in the rare earths market has been gradually vanishing, and miners are getting difficulty to lure investors. Some potential rare earths miners have also changed their names recently and ditched the once lucrative mining terms ‘rare earths’ and ‘rare metals’ from their corporate names. For instance, Avalon Rare Metals is now Avalon Advanced Materials and Texas Rare Earth Resources becomes Texas Mineral Resources.
Indeed factors such as cash costs, ratios of heavy and light rare earths elements, infrastructure, processing facilities, end users, rare earths prices etc will confront the viability of rare earths projects. Yet, above all them, it is ‘China’ which any potential investor needs to add in their profit equation to avoid failure.
Major end users are also exploring new ways to minimise the use of rare earths in their products. Japanese automaker Honda co-developed a hybrid battery without the use of heavy rare earths aiming to reduce reliance on Chinese rare earths. Stockpiling of rare earths is another option, albeit conventional, for end users to avoid any disruptions in supply, though it will be a menace to take any position without knowing the future price direction.
The Global Metal Packaging Market out to 2026£1,695.00
The global metal packaging industry has shown some signs of revivals as aluminium premium and tinplate prices have softened, though the market has still not been fully out of doldrums. Matured metal packaging markets exhibited stable growths at low levels, while emerging markets benefited from swift shifts towards the high-growth plateau. However, some of these high growth markets remained more fragmented in terms of the competitive landscape which rendered producers less control on margins. For instance, almost all multinationals cans manufacturers in China are currently struggling to make profits due to numerous reasons including overcapacity and a peculiar cost-profit relationship in the market.
However, the overcapacity problem does not only exist in China but also in more matured markets such as North America. Commodity Inside understands that food and beverage cans are standardised products, and producers gain very little command over product differentiations in the mass containers market. In the backdrop of fierce competition, light metal packaging manufacturers have been making some advances to improve their margins through market consolidations, conversion of beverage cans production lines from tinplate to aluminium, new speciality cans, slim and sleek designs etc.
Meanwhile, substrate suppliers passing through more turbulent market conditions due to high inflow of Chinese materials, volatility in raw materials prices (e.g iron ore and metallurgical coal) etc. In the past, metal packaging manufacturers were buying substrates on a regional basis as well under long-term contracts. However, due to overcapacity in China and falling metal prices, some leading regional metal packaging manufacturers now outsource from China, and on a comparatively short-term basis. This has exacerbated the market conditions, particularly in tinplate market. A number of tinplate plants closed over the past few years whilst few are on the verge of closures.
Drilling down further, food sector will continue to remain a major end-use sector for light metal packaging. However, demand for metals in volume terms are set to curb due to a number of reasons including falling containers’ weight. Looking at the downside risks for metal packaging in the food sector, Bisphenol A (BPA) will create serious headwinds in spite of whether BPA would in reality harm consumers health or not. In the medium-to-heavy metal packaging market, steel drums and gas cylinders will continue to be the main drivers, though plastic drums will continue cannibalising the steel drums market.