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This site offers visitors steel industry news from around the globe; steel pricing data (including raw material prices); steelmaking plant and equipment capex costs; and steel market knowledge (supply and demand). Our consultants provide impartial expert advisory support relating to metal sector modernisation & investment. This includes feasibility assessments and due diligence appraisals.

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Capex Outlays

We maintain a database of capital expenditures for iron and steelmaking plant and equipment. The database, compiled from public sources for over 1000 actual modernisations, covers the following.

  • Input materials: coal washing plants, lime plants, sinter plants, coke making, iron ore beneficiation, pellet plants, DRI.
  • Iron and steelmaking: blast furnaces, BOF, electric arc furnace (EAF), induction furnaces, and continuous casting. We also maintain capital investment cost data for other melt shop equipment such as pig iron desulphurization, pulverised coal injection (PCI), ladle furnaces, vacuum degassing and blast furnace relines.
  • Flat products: steel plate, hot rolled coil, cold rolled coil, hot dip galvanised sheet, tinplate, organic coated sheet, temper rolling (skin-pass mills).
  • Long iron and steel products: heavy sections, rail, carbon steel bar, rod, wire.
  • Tube: welded pipe and seamless tube.
  • Ancillary operations: air separation units, dedusting, power plants, slitting lines, pickling plant, annealing, waste water treatment plant, acid regeneration plants, scrap shredding.
  • Greenfield steelworks: iron ore based integrated mills, mini mills, micro mills.
  • Carbon, alloy and specialty steels.

  • slab plant capital expenditure
  • integrated steel mill capex costs
  • dri plant investment costs
  • billet mill construction cost
  • cost of new mini-mill
  • bar mill cost
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Call us to learn more about our iron and steel capital expenditure database. Our advisors can also help with valuations of second-hand equipment.


Raw Materials & Steel Pricing

pig iron pricing
rebar prices
price of hot rolled coil

Trends & Forecasts

Steelmaking input costs and finished prices have been on a rising trend, and may attain a price peak later this year. Why not check out our pricing pages to learn more about billet, slab, DRI and electrode prices? Or click here to see our five year price projections.

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Selected Steel Industry Maps

We can supply plant location and capacity spreadsheet data and / or prepare digital maps for any group of facilities in most geographies. These territories include Asia, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the United States and South America.


business restructuring advice


Thinking about corporate restructuring? Are you maybe on the road to privatisation? We have much experience in metal sector corporate turnaround assignments and would be pleased to assist you. Call us for a no-obligation discussion.


Cost Models

We can prepare economic models for raw material production (including coke, sinter, DRI), iron and steelmaking (BOF, EAF and induction furnace), casting and rolling (including flat, long or tube products). These models can be prepared for any region of the world, or for any nominated facility. Please contact us for further information.

Example here shows 2020 liquid steel costs for EAF-based steelmaking in a notional 1 mt / year coastal plant in Japan, in US dollars per metric tonne.

Economic models may be supplied for single or linked steel production processes (e.g. EAF + caster + bar mill); and with more or less detail than shown here.

2020 EAF Economics

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Models can also be used for cost curves e.g. hot rolled coil.


feasibility study support


Are you looking for help with an independent feasibility appraisal for a steel plant investment? Do you need a market, technical and financial evaluation as part of this assessment? This is our core business.


Historic Perspectives

Selected Steel Firm: Ascometal

Recent events:
2010: Bloom casting installed at Fos
2010: Le Cheylas EAF melt shop closed
2011: Le Cheylas round rolling mill closed
2012: US fund Apollo Management buys Ascometal from ...
2014: Ascometal goes into administration
2015: JV with China's Ma'anshan for SBQ production ...
2017: Creation of Ascoval JV with Vallourec
2017: Closure of EAF steelmaking at Les Dunes, ...
2017: Asco Industries announces bankruptcy Nov ...

Contact us for a facility overview of this or any other firm.

For earlier Ascometal events,
visit Ascometal history page.

Why not check out our 'history of steel' pages, and learn about the corporate history of the world's 30 largest steelmakers?

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Independent Advice

Our main activity is feasibility study appraisal and due diligence work, for mining and metal sector clients worldwide. Why not call one of our advisors for a no-obligation discussion on +44-775-149-0885 ? Alternatively please email our consultants at

We may be able to help with an independent consumption analysis; with a technical and / or financial review of your investment plans; offer insight into your strategic positioning; and perhaps assist you in obtaining external finance.

Our parent company Metals Consulting International Limited is an independent privately owned firm. MCI is based in London, in the United Kingdom.

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Metals and Mining Consulting Assistance

Other businesses within our Group include Saint Barbara, an independent UK-based metals and mining consultancy; Steel Expert Witness, which provides litigation support to clients involved in steel sector legal disputes; and Metal Expert Witness, which offers techno-commercial advice for cases in the non-ferrous metal sector [including aluminium, copper, lead and zinc, nickel, tin, silver, gold etc].

For further information, please visit the MCI Group website.

performance improvement consulting


Looking to improve your plant's operating performance? We have technical experts in melting casting and rolling, who are able to diagnose manufacturing problems and offer solutions. See our case studies page.


Beginners Start Here

Are you unfamiliar with the world of steel, or with the technical terminology used? Perhaps you don't have a metallurgical or technology background; or maybe you just want to brush up on your steel industry knowledge?

If so, we have some great resources that might be of interest. Click below to see some introductory videos about how steel is made. Another link below will also take you to our steel industry glossary of terms.


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