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This Special Report traces the development and current structure of the UK stainless steel market, identifying key trends of the past 25 years.
The standards for stainless steels do not give any indication of the availability of each grade. Specifiers and designers can therefore be misled into selecting a steel which has little practical chance of being used. This article attempts to describe the availability of each grade for both flat and long products to avoid specifying an inappropriate one.
The BSSA plays an important part supporting the growth in the use of stainless steel in the UK; Nigel Ward will highlight the key areas of activity for the Association ? help and advice, training and education, market development ? and outline its future plans.
The Metals Forum comprises the leading ferrous and non-ferrous trade associations and represents the interest of the metals industry to government; John Parker, also Chief Executive of Cast Metals Federation, will describe some of the key issues facing our industry including energy supply and costs, climate change, transport and REACH.
Presentation made by Markus Moll of Steel and Metals Market Research, BSSA Lunch 2004, Sheffield
The membership of the International Stainless Steel Forum now represents more than 90% of world stainless production which gives Peter Kaumanns a unique insight into both the global development in consumption and production of stainless steel and the implications for the industry.
A Presentation for the BSSA Distribution Forum, June 2004, by Vanessa Davidson – Research Manager Special Steels & Alloys CRU International Ltd. The Western European stainless steel market is showing signs of maturity. Future growth in consumption is therefore likely to be considerably lower than was experienced between 1985-2000. The ability of western European mills to export CR flat products to China will decrease sharply from now on. Best case scenario – China is self sufficient in CR flat products by 2008; Worst case scenario – China is a major net exporter of CR flat products by 2008. European melt shop capacity utilisation will be supported by HR exports in the short term, but this won?t last forever. Shift in export product mix to greater % of hot rolled products will adversely affect revenue. With rising European imports and reduced exports, European producers could struggle to maintain high cold rolled stainless steel prices in the home market.