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Steel Companies Hike Prices After 4 Months With a Rise in Iron Ore Prices

Feb 8,2019

Due to the rise in Steel Prices in the global market, domestic primary steel producers have raised prices of the commodity by Rs 750 per tonne from February 1. This is the first hike in domestic steel prices since October.

 

A JSW Steel Official said, "Domestic steel prices were in the range of Rs 42,000-44,000 per tonne depending upon various products. The hike in prices across products is about Rs 750 per tonne."

 

JSW Steel, Naveen Jindal-led Jindal Steel & Power, Tata Steel, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd, and Steel Authority of India (SAIL) are primary steel players in the country, which together control about 60 percent market. Steel prices have risen globally on account of rising iron ore prices-a key raw material used in the making of steel. The $40 per tonne hike in global steel prices has prompted domestic steel producers to raise prices in the domestic market even as local iron ore prices remain weak as against global ore. Global steel price trend is also firm due to falling production in China.

 

Iron ore prices rose in the global markets after an accident in Brazil, one of the major exporters in the World. The global industry is expected the demand to go up from next week, which would support a positive price outlook for the industry.

 

Meanwhile, rating agency ICRA said that supply from Brazil has been impacted due to the tailing dam collapse in one of the mines there and going forward safety measures expected to be more stringent at the mines in Brazil. However, there is sufficient iron ore available in India and is likely to ensure that ore prices do not inch up in the near term due to this global event.

 

Domestic iron ore supplies would exceed the demand by around 25 million tonnes, and the situation is unlikely to change materially in FY20 when most of the merchant mining leases would expire in March 2020.

 

The total iron ore requirement in India for FY19 is 201.2 million tonne, while the estimated domestic iron ore production is 210 million tonne with imports at 15.7 million. This leaves the country with a 24.5 million tonne surplus iron ore during the year. Increased production in Odisha during the fiscal would more than offset the production loss in Goa due to regulatory issues, said the ICRA report.