EUROPE HRC: Poor demand from auto sector drives domestic prices down further

Domestic prices for hot-rolled coil in Northern Europe and Italy moved downward on Tuesday October 19 on increased supply to the spot market resulting from lower consumption by the automotive sector, sources told Fastmarkets.

As a result, buyers have been cautious in their purchasing because they believed that cheaper prices would be available soon.
Auto-industry output – and, consequently, steel demand – has fallen due to a global shortage of semiconductors for use in vehicles’ onboard electronics. Market sources have reported that mills supplying the automotive sector have booked about 30% less steel than would normally be expected.

A few sources also said that the car industry will stop production at European sites this year, which would cause...


Maria Tanatar

October 19, 2021

15:32 GMT