Historic specialty steel prices.

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Recent pricing history for special steels.


Specialty steel prices in US $ / metric tonne.
YearMonthStainless CRCCarbon SBQAlloy SBQTool Steel
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2017124465848622759
2017225556028832759
2017326136359002794
2017426516549182893
2017527026809612781
2017626547079673113
20177263373310323097
20178253771610052834
20179260477110313121
201710266477010023143
201711266677310433137
201712273679610402950
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SBQ denotes special bar quality, the US term for engineering steel products.

Table last updated: ~23rd March 2021. Next update: ~24th April 2021.



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].





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