ICDA 2019: Chrome ore production cuts necessary to stabilize alloy market surplus

A cutback in chrome ore production is needed to rebalance the surplus affecting the ferro-chrome supply chain, delegates claimed at this week’s ICDA Chromium 2019 conference in New Delhi, India.

Following prolonged weakness in the metallurgical chrome ore and ferro-chrome markets this year, a number of participants have reduced their FeCr output in recent months, in an attempt to contain the amount of surplus available.
Prices for South African UG2 chrome ore as well as ferro-chrome have been depreciating throughout the year.
Fastmarkets’ chrome ore, South Africa UG2 concentrates index, cif China, was $140 per tonne on November 8, down from $183 per tonne on March 8.
In ferro-chrome, European prices hit a 10-year low earlier this year, and remain weak.
Fastmarkets’ price assessment for ferro-chrome, high carbon, 6-8.5% C, basis 60-70% Cr, max 1.5% Si, delivered Europe, was $0.80-0.85 per lb Cr on November 8, compared with $0.97-1.03 per lb Cr on January 4.
The low-price environment has forced a number of major market participants to reduce their FeCr output to the market.

Published

Davide Ghilotti

November 13, 2019

20:52 GMT

London