Southern European HRC Steel prices down to €418 per ton
The Southern European hot rolled cold (HRC) steel prices down by €2 per ton week-on-week to €418 a ton during the week ended May 13, as per the latest figures from the Steel Index.
Trading activity in the South of Europe was robust, as buyers placed orders with domestic mills in the absence of import alternatives and HRC prices remained close to the €420 a ton mark.
With negotiations for H2 2016 automotive contracts approaching, steel producers seem to be determined to keep European prices on an upward track, while buyers have one eye on events in Asia where steel and raw materials prices continue to tumble.
Asking prices from North European producers continued to increase this week with some mills heard offering HR coil as high as €450 a ton.
However, this price level is yet to be seen in the spot market, as transactions were mostly concluded in the €410-420 a ton range, taking TSI’s North European index to €416 a ton by the end of the week.
Reports about fire at ThyssenKrupp’s plant in Bochum and possible supply disruptions in the region sparked speculations that mills would be soon introducing further price hikes.