Global Steel Price News from MEPS (International) Ltd.

 Steel price news, stahlpreis nachrichten, de acero noticias de precios, nouvelles prix de l'acier, 钢材价格新闻, صلب سعر أخبار

  Home Company Profile Steel Industry Analysis Meps Publications Consultancy Independent Studies
 
MEPS Steel Prices On-line MEPS Steel Reports On-line MEPS Industrial Sector Steel Price Index

Company Profile
Steel Industry Analysis
MEPS Steel Publications
Steel Consultancy
MEPS World Steel Prices
Independent Studies
Request Free Publications
MEPS Index Steel Prices
Subscribe to Publications
Steel Statistics
MEPS Steel News
Industry News
MEPS Sponsored Events
Steel Links
Subscription Rates
Add Link To Website
Content for Websites
Contact Us
Site Map
 
World Carbon Steel Price
World Carbon Steel Price Index
EU Carbon Steel Price
EU Carbon Steel Price Index
Asia Carbon Steel Price
Asia Carbon Steel Price Index
North American Carbon Steel Price
North American Carbon Steel Price Index
Flat & Long Carbon Steel Price
Flat & Long Carbon Steel Price Index
All Products Composite Steel Price & Index - Free
Stainless Steel World Price
Stainless Steel World Price Index
EU Stainless Steel Price
EU Stainless Steel Price Index
Asia Stainless Steel Price
Asia Stainless Steel Price Index
North American Stainless Steel Price
North American Stainless Steel Price Index
Home > MEPS Steel News - 19.03.2013

INVENTORY DEPLETION PHASE CONTINUES IN EU STEEL MARKET - MEPS

Conditions in the European flat products market are exceptionally quiet at present, leading to renewed downward pressure on basis values. As consumption has not improved, both end-users and distributors are reluctant to place forward orders of any significant volume. The mills are so short of business that their determination to lift prices appears to be crumbling. However third country offers are no longer attractive since the euro has started to weaken.

The German mills still have free capacity for the second quarter as order intake is slow. Buyers, who are currently in negotiations for that period, expect to pay less, once deals are concluded. Service centres are trying to keep inventories as low as possible because they have little confidence in the performance of the market, either in terms of price or consumption.

End-user activity remains subdued in France, with very short order books and completion times. As a result, steel demand from distributors is weak. Consumption by the auto sector is down, while activity in the remainder of industry is stable at a modest level.

The Italian economy is very depressed. The results of the recent election have produced an uncertain political scenario. Steel market conditions are described as “tough”, with few buyers. Final demand is weak and, consequently, distributors are sourcing only limited quantities as they try to cope not only with a lack of sales opportunities but also payment issues with their customers.

There is little, or no, import threat in the UK at present because the exchange rate is favourable for the domestic producers. Certainly, some, if not all, of the proposed 30 per tonne rise, announced in early February, has been secured. However, service centres are keeping inventories at a low level as resale values are not moving up as quickly as mill figures.

There has been no improvement in Spanish demand. Service centres are struggling as a result of minimal profit margins. They are fighting over every available order. End-users say they can virtually put their business out to tender if they have any to place.

Source:
MEPS - European Steel Review

Sign up for free MEPS steel news alerts

Enter e-mail address *Required

Name:      


Company: 
If you are a journalist please tick here:       


MEPS International Ltd - Serving the Global Community