This month’s key forecasts for ferroalloys have been prepared and posted online by the Fastmarkets team.

Briefly noted: What moves the steel world today?
Ore and alloy prices remain dynamic in Q1

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In a nutshell: Ore and alloy prices increased in January 2021

In a nutshell, in a strong start to the year, January saw ore and alloy price increases across all markets assessed by Fastmarkets.

  • After months of relative price stability, chromium prices have soared in recent weeks.
  • Manganese ore and alloy prices are rising due to supply constraints; not only have several smelters shut down their alloy production, but there are several pandemic-related logistics issues – particularly in South Africa – that are affecting supply.
  • Fastmarkets maintains its positive outlook for vanadium demand in 2021, supported by the continued expansion of global economies recovering from the Covid 19 pandemic and the positive impact of government stimulus programs. Especially with regard to infrastructure spending and thus reinforcement and vanadium consumption.


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