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CORPORATE NEWS


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NLMK launches pre-painted steel with improved decorative ...
Wed 26th Apr 2017 01:00 GMT
NLMK Group has brought a new multi-layered pre-painted steel to the Russian market. The multi-layered polymer coating is more robust and attractive thanks to its lacquer finish [see article]

Buyers stay put as Southeast Asia billet import prices ...
Tue 25th Apr 2017 07:20 GMT
However, a rebound in domestic prices in Chinas Tangshan area, in the north east of Hebei province, on Tuesday, brought some slight optimism to traders who have been trying to get firm bids from customers in the region. Philippines Last week [see article]

China's production cuts add luster to aluminum prices
Tue 25th Apr 2017 03:23 GMT
To tackle this more than decade-long problem, the government in January announced a 30% production cut in aluminum for Hebei, Shandong, Henan and Shanxi Provinces by the end of November. Beijing previously hinted at cutting production of aluminum [see article]

RAW MATERIAL NEWS


China crude steel output up 4.6% in Q1 (Xinhua)
Wed 26th Apr 2017 01:00 GMT
Workers load steel products at a logistics park in Yichang, Hubei province. Photo/China DailyBEIJING - China's crude steel output grew 4.6 percent year-on-year to 201.1 million tons in the first quarter of 2017, an industry association said Wednesday. In the first three months, China's steel expor [see article]

Newton Resources : Announcements and Notices - Continuing ...
Tue 25th Apr 2017 19:41 GMT
As such, SCIT is an associate of Shougang Hong Kong and a connected person of the Company the comparable market price shown for the iron ore in the applicable Platts Iron Ore Index in SBB Steel Markets Daily (or such other index that is commonly [see article]

ArcelorMittal is again counting on the strengths of the ...
Sun 23rd Apr 2017 18:14 GMT
The earlier model drag chain conveyor was ordered in 1998 by the then Brazilian arm of the Luxemburg steel company Arbed, CSBM, Companhia Siderurgica Belgo Mineira of steel and 7.1 million tonnes of iron ore [see article]

Premier Li urges Shandong to foster new growth drivers
Sat 22nd Apr 2017 21:10 GMT
After being briefed on the capacity-cut progress at Jinan Iron and Steel Company, Li told employees that the drive needs support from both central and local authorities, and the government will ensure that workers made redundant in the process will be [see article]

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CAPEX

STEEL PLANT CAPITAL INVESTMENT COSTS



BOF SLAB PLANT

BOF-cc-slab
All cost estimates are in 2016 US dollars.
For further info visit our steel capex page.

Capital costs describe investment for an integrated slab plant with continuous casting, typically with coke, sinter etc. Representative investments include:

  • CSA slab mill investment in Sepetiba, Brazil
  • CSN investment in Itaguai, Brazil
  • CVRD-Baosteel joint venture in Vitoria, Espirito Santo in Brazil
  • Sinosteel Corporation's investment in Jharkand, India.

Average cost: $4300m
Average capacity: 4210 kt
Sample size: 12
Average cost/tonne: $1050/t


INTEGRATED HOT STRIP MILL

BOF-cc-hsm
All cost estimates are in 2016 US dollars.
For further info visit our steel capex page.

Chart describes investments in ore-based integrated steel plants with hot strip production and sometimes other additional downstream rolling capability. Typical examples include:

  • Wuhan Iron & Steel investment in Fangchengang Port in China
  • ArcelorMittal investment in Karnataka, India
  • Tata Steel joint venture with VSC & Vicem for investment in Vung Ang in Vietnam.

Average cost: $7560m
Average capacity: 6660 kt
Sample size: 16
Average cost/tonne: $1200/t

Notes
Analyses above were last updated in January 2016. For further item-specific capital investment data see our steel capex database page.




EMPLOYMENT BENCHMARKS



steel sector employment benchmarks

Chart above shows current employment levels at 114 different steel firms around the world - companies that make flat, long and/or tubular carbon steel products. An average steel producer with a production capacity of ~3 mt steel/year typically thus has ~4000 employees. If your steel company employs more than this, please call us - our technical experts can assist with steel plant productivity improvement.

To discuss the interpretation of this chart and/or further information (including employment benchmarks for specialty steel production) please email us at the address shown at the foot of the page.




INDUSTRY SUPPLY & DEMAND FORECASTS FOR YEARS 2017-2018

Table below shows global crude steel production volumes and capacity figures - as assessed by World Steel Association and by the OECD to 2017 - and resulting calculation of steelmaking capacity utilisation. The overall picture for 2017 as compared to 2016 is that the global capacity surplus will get marginally worse [increasing from a capacity excess of ~784mt to ~790mt]. MCI's own estimates suggest that excess global crude steel capacity is likely to remain between 750-800 million metric tonnes in 2018.



Year
Production
million t
Capacity
million t
Capacity
Utilisation
2012
1560
2102
74.2%
2013
1650
2273
72.6%
2014
1670
2322
71.9%
2015
1620
2368
68.4%
2016
1623
2407
67.4%
2017
1632
2422
67.4%
2018
1640
2425
67.6%
Source: MCI analysis. Table last updated 22-Dec-16.

Graph below shows the relationship between steel prices and the global level of capacity utilisation - and indicates (both for HRC and for rebar) that prices fall ~$27/tonne per 1% drop in capacity utilisation.



world steel price levels

In 2017, on the basis that world capacity utilisation remains largely at 2016 levels of approx 67.4% (see table), MCI's consultants expect steel prices to remain at 2016 levels. In 2018, assuming a very small improvement in global capacity utilisation, we forecast just a tiny increase in steel price levels of the order of $5/tonne (hot rolled coil and reinforcing bar). For other products and / or for steel price forecasts through to 2020, please contact us.