Environment driving BHP’s investments in nickel

Nickel, traditionally largely consumed in the stainless steel industry, is enjoying strong support from its role as a lithium-ion battery enhancing metal. The use of nickel reduces the need for cobalt, significantly battery reducing costs. Not surprisingly car makers are scrambling to lock up supplies as Chinese battery firms get first to market investing in…

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Nickel, traditionally largely consumed in the stainless steel industry, is enjoying strong support from its role as a lithium-ion battery enhancing metal. The use of nickel reduces the need for cobalt, significantly battery reducing costs. Not surprisingly car makers are scrambling to lock up supplies as Chinese battery firms get first to market investing in...

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Stainless MMI: Tariff exclusion could lead to more capacity

The Stainless Monthly Metals Index (MMI) rose by 1.8% month over month. Although nickel edged up slowly in price, it squeezed into a wedge that is susceptible to big time frame resistance. Prices continue to consolidate within an October-November 2021 …

The Stainless Monthly Metals Index (MMI) rose by 1.8% month over month. Although nickel edged up slowly in price, it squeezed into a wedge that is susceptible to big time frame resistance. Prices continue to consolidate within an October-November 2021 high-low price range. A continuation to the upside with more volume from the bulls could...

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This Morning in Metals: Nickel prices consolidate; NAS reduces fuel surcharge; US LNG exports surged in H1 2021

This morning in metals news: nickel prices have consolidated in December; North American Stainless announced a reduction in its fuel surcharge; and, lastly, the Energy Information Administration reported U.S. liquefied natural gas exports reached a rec…

This morning in metals news: nickel prices have consolidated in December; North American Stainless announced a reduction in its fuel surcharge; and, lastly, the Energy Information Administration reported U.S. liquefied natural gas exports reached a record high in the first half of 2021. Are you under pressure to generate stainless steel cost savings? Make sure...

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India to become net exporter of steel to China; US stainless steel output forecast to rise 16%

News reports indicate India is set to become a net exporter of steel to China but will be surpassed by Indonesia as the world’s second-largest stainless steel producer. A new report by a financial credit rating company has forecast that going by current trends, India would turn net exporter of steel to China in this…

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News reports indicate India is set to become a net exporter of steel to China but will be surpassed by Indonesia as the world’s second-largest stainless steel producer. A new report by a financial credit rating company has forecast that going by current trends, India would turn net exporter of steel to China in this...

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Stainless MMI: Stainless steel market tight, nickel shows volatility

The Stainless Monthly Metals Index (MMI) held flat this month, while the stainless steel market is tight. Nickel prices appear to have consolidated following the late November spike. As with other base metals, nickel has started to show a high degree o…

The Stainless Monthly Metals Index (MMI) held flat this month, while the stainless steel market is tight. Nickel prices appear to have consolidated following the late November spike. As with other base metals, nickel has started to show a high degree of volatility and uncertainty that would suggest a breakout of the current trading range...

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Guest Post: America’s stainless steel shortage

(Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from C.J. Nord, C.P.M., CSCP, founder of the nonprofit Supply Chains for Good, and Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative.) Don’t hold out hope for the U.S.’s stainless steel shortage to get better until you know of new supply coming online. There appear to…

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(Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from C.J. Nord, C.P.M., CSCP, founder of the nonprofit Supply Chains for Good, and Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative.) Don’t hold out hope for the U.S.’s stainless steel shortage to get better until you know of new supply coming online. There appear to...

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This Morning in Metals: European Commission slaps duties on stainless steel products from India, Indonesia

This morning in metals news: the European Commission this week announced anti-dumping duties for stainless steel cold-rolled flat products from India and Indonesia; the Energy Information Administration forecast crude oil prices will decline in 2022; and, lastly, U.S. housing starts declined in October. Stay up to date on MetalMiner with weekly updates – without the…

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This morning in metals news: the European Commission this week announced anti-dumping duties for stainless steel cold-rolled flat products from India and Indonesia; the Energy Information Administration forecast crude oil prices will decline in 2022; and, lastly, U.S. housing starts declined in October. Stay up to date on MetalMiner with weekly updates – without the...

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Stainless MMI: Stainless prices beneath peak but remain bullish

The Stainless Monthly Metals Index (MMI) rose by four points month over month. Nickel continues to be within an overall uptrend. However, LME prices experienced significant volatility throughout October. Prices dropped as low as $17,810/mt in the early…

The Stainless Monthly Metals Index (MMI) rose by four points month over month. Nickel continues to be within an overall uptrend. However, LME prices experienced significant volatility throughout October. Prices dropped as low as $17,810/mt in the early days of the month before they spiked to $20,475/mt by Oct. 21. Prices have since retraced and...

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Stainless MMI: Index declines for first time in five months

The Stainless Monthly Metals Index (MMI) fell by 1.9% for this month’s reading. Do you know the five best practices of sourcing metals, including stainless steel? Base price and surcharge increases North American Stainless (NAS) increased 304, 304L and 316L effective Oct. 1 by reducing the discount by two points. For 304, this is an…

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The Stainless Monthly Metals Index (MMI) fell by 1.9% for this month’s reading. Do you know the five best practices of sourcing metals, including stainless steel? Base price and surcharge increases North American Stainless (NAS) increased 304, 304L and 316L effective Oct. 1 by reducing the discount by two points. For 304, this is an...

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Solid stainless production drives nickel price

When Chinese steel group Tsingshan announced its Indonesian nickel operations would supply matte — a form of the metal used only for stainless steel production — to battery makers back in February, the news undercut the narrative that only refined nickel would be sufficiently high grade for the electric vehicle sector. The price proceeded to…

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When Chinese steel group Tsingshan announced its Indonesian nickel operations would supply matte — a form of the metal used only for stainless steel production — to battery makers back in February, the news undercut the narrative that only refined nickel would be sufficiently high grade for the electric vehicle sector. The price proceeded to...

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