World steel pricing history for specialty steel products.
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Stainless, SBQ & tool steel price history

Recent pricing history for special steels.


Price of steel in US $ / metric tonne.
YearMonthStainless CRCCarbon SBQAlloy SBQTool Steel
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20151277772910992989
20152268170210813205
20153259066010513032
20154256165710432990
20155263567310043172
2015626236859903069
2015725536609873069
2015825266719583046
2015924966769703160
20151023946389252952
20151122605969022686
20151222416338632896
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SBQ denotes special bar quality, the US term for engineering steel.

Table last updated: February 2017. Next update: ~ 21st March 2017.



Notes and definitions for the steel pricing data shown in table above

1) Prices are in US $ per metric tonne and describe average European monthly export fob prices.
2) For this purpose, Europe is defined as EU28 excluding Croatia, Malta, Serbia. This geography thus includes Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
3) Product definitions are as follows:

  • Stainless flat rolled cold rolled coil or sheet, 1-3mm gauge, width of 600mm or more, with nickel content > 2.5%
  • Engineering steel (SBQ), carbon quality, round hot rolled bar >80mm diameter with carbon content > 0.25%.
  • Engineering steel (SBQ), alloy quality, round hot rolled bar >80mm diameter.
  • Tool steel, hot rolled round or flat bar (excl HSS).

4) Pricing data is compiled by MCI. It originates from national customs statistics.
5) Note that the latest price points (the last two months in particular) for each special steel product may change, as additional customs data becomes available.
6) Final data point normally shows specialty steel prices that are ~2 months old. [A short delay is necessary to collect the data].