GLOBAL FERRO-SILICON WRAP: Chinese, European prices suffer from weak mill demand

Chinese ferro-silicon prices softened this past week on weak domestic demand, while the European market similarly retreated following recent price gains after consumers remained sidelined.

  • Chinese domestic ferro-silicon prices widen lower on weak mill demand
  • Chinese export prices hold on thin trading amid uncertainty from US-China trade negotiations
  • Europe market retreats after short-lived recovery
  • US market flat in dormant market

Chinese ferro-silicon price softens on weak mill demand

Fastmarkets assessed the price for ferro-silicon 75% Si min, in-whs China at 6,100-6,400 yuan ($865-908) per tonne on Wednesday August 14, widening downward by 100 yuan per tonne from 6,200-6,400 yuan per tonne on August 7.
Weakened downstream demand was the main reason behind the price drop, according to market participants.

Hesteel, a major carbon steel producer in China and whose monthly ferro-silicon tender price is considered a benchmark in the market, kept its tender price for August unchanged from the prior month at 6,450 yuan per tonne. But the amount of ferro-silicon that the steel producer is looking to...

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Chris Kavanagh

Declan Conway

Nikki Ni

August 20, 2019

10:21 GMT

New York, Shanghai, Galway