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EU stainless steel scrap – where is the journey heading? – Stainless Espresso

Stainless steel scrap still in short supply in the EU

Due to a widening shortage of stainless steel scrap in the EU, prices had recovered between 18 to 22% in recent weeks. This is a home-grown shortage, as Europe is not considered the number one destination for scrap imports from overseas due to price dumping in the purchasing of domestic producers. Europe’s own exports of semi-finished products and the outflow overseas of stainless steel scrap due to dumped prices further limit availability.

Which, with a scrap demand of more than 90% scrap (ferrous- and stainless steel scrap) in the EAF, has led to a real problem for the domestic mills.

Further stainless steel price increases planned

Now, domestic producers are already positioning themselves for the first quarter of 2024, and seem to be trying to further increase their margins via a two-pronged approach. On the one hand, in sales, price increases for stainless steel seem to be on the agenda from January 2024, and at the same time the mills are trying to optimise their purchasing on the other hand and to push scrap prices down again to a more pleasing level, but one that will lead to a further shortage of availability.