GLOBAL FERRO-SILICON WRAP: China market on hold, awaits tenders; Europe follows suit [CORRECTED]

Chinese ferro-silicon smelters held their offer prices, which earlier this month hit a 27-month low, last week in expectation of renewed demand from consumers in the steel sector ahead of a national holiday next week, while in Europe steelmakers seemed in no rush to replenish their ferro-alloys feedstocks.

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The majority of ferro-silicon smelters in China held their offer prices unchanged in the week to Friday September 20 amid traditional stockpiling demand among consumers who are preparing feedstocks for their operations during the China National holiday (October 1-7), and ahead of the expected release of October alloys tender prices.

Fastmarkets assessed the price for ferro-silicon, 75% Si min, in-whs China at 5,900-6,000 yuan ($832-846) per tonne on Wednesday.

“Consumers have to top up their inventories of feed for steel production during the national holiday,” a trader said, adding that high logistics cost before and during the week-long holiday should encourage smelters to firm their...


Chris Kavanagh

Susan Zou

Declan Conway

September 23, 2019

21:07 GMT

Galway, New York, Shanghai