GLOBAL FERRO-SILICON WRAP: China faces mixed fortunes: Europe market consolidates recent gains

China’s ferro-silicon market was split between a weakening export price and a steady domestic price last week, with exporters battling soft demand and supplier competition while production cuts supported domestic rates.

In Europe, prices have consolidated recent price gains, although the recent rally looks short-lived because export offers into Europe have appeared from Kazakhstan. There are no anti-dumping duties on Kazakhstan exports into the European Union, only a standard 3% import tax.
  • Chinese export price drops on demand, competition
  • Chinese output cuts underpin domestic prices
  • European market maintains gains, but fresh offers cap stronger run
  • US prices hold amid muted spot activity

Weak demand drags Chinese exports, domestic steady
Domestic and export ferro-silicon prices in China diverged over the past week, with persistently weak demand and tough international competition dragging down offer prices from China.
Chinese export ferro-silicon prices have dropped amid persistently weak demand and against aggressive offer prices from other suppliers in Asia. Those two factors have knocked consumer appetite for Chinese ferro-alloys, which are more expensive than other material in the international market.

Fastmarkets’ price assessment for ferro-silicon...


Chris Kavanagh

Susan Zou

Declan Conway

October 22, 2019

04:25 GMT

Galway, Shanghai, New York