April 2014

Kobe Steel starts up new hot metal treatment plant

Kobe Steel has commissioned a new hot-metal treatment plant at its Kakogawa works in western Japan as part of a move to increase sales of high-end steel products.

Chinese NPI prices robust as nickel ore imports plunge

Nickel pig iron prices in China have moved further up this week with stainless steel mills lifting their purchase prices.

China’s stainless flats exports surge in March

China’s stainless flats export rose more than 40% in March on attractive prices during the booking period and relatively low volumes in February, according to customs data released on Tuesday April 22.

Taigang raises domestic 304 HRC prices for April

China’s largest stainless steelmaker Taigang released its April domestic list prices on Monday April 21, after a delay of close to a month.

China's domestic manganese flake prices edge up

Manganese flake prices in China edged up over the past week as producers raised offers on costlier raw materials and limited supply, according to market sources within the country.

East Asian stainless prices continue to rise on costlier raw materials

East Asian stainless steel prices continued to rise this week, tracking the surge in nickel prices, although bookings have largely ground to a halt as buyers resist the higher levels.

EU stainless sheet, bar base prices unchanged ahead of Easter break

EU domestic stainless steel grade-304 and 316 sheet and bright bar base prices went unchanged this week, as activity slows ahead of the Easter break, market sources told Steel First on Wednesday April 16.

PRICING NOTICE: UK holidays will affect prices and news coverage

Due to UK national holidays on Good Friday April 18 and Easter Monday April 21, Metal Bulletin’s pricing and news coverage will be reduced.

STEEL VS AL: Automotive aluminium – the start of an era

Ford is making its 2015 model F-150 pickup truck not with a steel body, but with one made from aluminium - a move that has massive implications for the metal's usage.