China’s ferro-chrome market strengthens amid production restrictions

Tightening supply and strong demand supported China’s domestic and imported alloy markets in the week ended Tuesday June 15.

Fastmarkets’ price assessment for ferro-chrome, spot, 6-8% C, basis 50% Cr, ddp China, narrowed upward by 100 yuan per tonne (0.7%) to 7,600-7,800 yuan ($1,187-1,219) per tonne on Tuesday, from 7,500-7,800 yuan per tonne the previous week.
Spot supply has tightened since power shortages led Inner Mongolia and some southern Chinese regions to implement power restrictions on smelters.
In response, suppliers have steadily increased their offer prices, although spot trading remained limited.
“Many smelters currently focus on fulfilling long-term contracts, and there is very little material available for the spot market. Hence there are sellers quoting higher prices, with or without available material,” a ferro-chrome producer said.

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Jon Stibbs

Siyi Liu

June 16, 2021

13:22 GMT

London, Shanghai