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November 2019 | Ferro-alloys

Europe sees much-needed price improvement, with further gains expected in Q1 2020: Ferro-silicon Highlights

After stagnating at unsustainably low levels of €900-920 per tonne in recent weeks, increased trading activity has lifted ferro-silicon, lumpy, basis 75% Si (scale pro rata), delivered Europe prices back to €950-1000 per tonne in late November.

The struggles of the European ferro-silicon market were discussed at length at Fastmarkets’ International Ferroalloys event in Budapest last week. The European ferro-silicon market is in the unenviable position of having the lowest prices of the key regional markets, against rising costs, which have driven European ferro-silicon prices well below average production costs in the region. Declining prices relative to costs have prompted production cuts in recent months, with Ferroglobe cutting ferro-silicon production in France, while Norway’s Finnfjord has also announced cutbacks. ...


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