Date: Nov 19, 2017

As the ferro-alloys community prepares to gather in Lisbon, Portugal, Metal Bulletin looks at some of the key topics likely to dominate discussions at this year’s International Ferro-alloys Conference.

What shape will the European vanadium market take in 2018? Chinese ferro-vanadium and vanadium pentoxide have been priced out of the European market for much of the year, with stronger prices available in the domestic market. Given changes to rebar legislation and a ban on China’s imports of vanadium in the cards, Chinese demand looks set to remain firm, making exports to Europe unappealing next year. Chinese producers have reportedly opened long-term negotiations with a request for marginal to no discounts against third-party price references, reflecting a lack of enthusiasm to do export business. If that is the case,…

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