“Inventory levels are not too high but reasonable,” Damstahl said, noting that recent volatility in the nickel price has created uncertainty.
Stainless steel distributors told Metal Bulletin on January 27 that they were remaining cautious and intended to reduce their inventory levels
should the nickel price continue to drop.
At the time, one distributor also voiced scepticism about whether lead times were lengthening, noting that delivery times at Finnish stainless steelmaker Outokumpu have remained at March for roughly a month.
However, the London Metal Exchange three-month official nickel bid/offer spread jumped sharply by $845-850 per tonne week-on-week to $10,380/10,385 per tonne on February 6, after the Philippines’ Department of Environmental & Natural Resources (DENR) ordered several nickel mining operations to be shut down
The nickel price had previously fallen on news that the Indonesian government had relaxed its...