Thursday, June 16, 2011

Who's watching the nickel price?

The current nickel price appears to be falling fast. From a recent high of $29,400 per tonne in February 2011, the LME nickel price has tumbled to just $21,650 / tonne today, with some analysts worried that nickel may soon breach the $20,000/t level. Expanding supply of the metal seems to be the cause of these price movements – especially from China where production of 'nickel pigs' [iron units made from low grade pig iron produced from laterite ore] is reportedly growing fast.


One wonders of course whether stainless steel prices will be following suit. Meanwhile for further comment, see

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Production costs for seamless tube

The economics team has just published a new cost model. For per tonne conversion cost information from billet to seamless tube (‘green pipe’) for a ‘typical’ medium size pipe mill, see seamless tube cost model.  


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