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March 2019 | Steel Raw Materials

Iron ore retreat expected to continue: Iron Ore Market Analysis

Although higher utilization reported this year may be to some extent attributed to capacity cuts, blast furnace iron output shows similar patterns.

Winter cuts have been less severe so far this year. As the first chart alongside illustrates, blast furnace utilization rates across China’s regions usually stay in a narrower range closer to the average level, but the range tends to widen during winter cuts. We explained previously how Chinese steelmakers in some regions compensated for the loss of iron and steel production in other regions last year, and this year the scenario appears to have been repeated. Cuts happened mainly in the North and...


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