One of our main services is the collection, processing and analysis of the following stainless steel relevant market data: Raw material market developments (chromium, nickel, molybdenum, scrap; also: cobalt, titanium, vanadium tungsten)
Economic situation in general and in the stainless steel consuming sectors (focus: automotive, mechanical and plant engineering, chemicals, construction)
Foreign trade: Imports and exports (EU-27) by stainless steel products (flat, long and tube products with respective differentiation by sub-products)
EHV stock statistics (quantitative stock sales and inventories)
In recent years, foreign trade restrictions in the steel sector have increased sharply worldwide. Today, many stainless steel products are also affected by trade policy measures (anti-dumping / anti-subsidy duties and safeguards), which poses considerable challenges for European steel distribution in particular when importing from third countries. These entail business risks: In the event of information deficits, every company faces the risk of having to pay considerable amounts of customs duties.
We are constantly on the ball here, with years of experience and a clear view of what the risks are for our member companies:
Permanent monitoring of international trade policy developments (trade press, EU sources, association reports).
Safeguard monitoring: Regular timely reports on the current utilization of quotas, fill level developments and estimation of the ranges for the individual RSH products.
The climate policy challenges for the entire steel sector are increasing rapidly: In June 2022, EU ministers launched one of the most comprehensive climate protection packages in the history of the EU. They agreed on far-reaching tightening of existing climate protection requirements. For example, the volume of CO2 allowances in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme will be gradually reduced by 61% by 2030 compared with 2005 (previously 43%). This tightening affects EU steel producers in particular. But steel distribution will also face new challenges because third-country imports are to be included in the climate protection measures in the future: From Jan. 1, 2023, the EU will introduce a CO2 border adjustment mechanism (CBAM, Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism), initially with a transition phase of three years. In this phase, there will initially “only” be additional administrative work for importing companies. Subsequently, steel imports from third countries which cause high CO2 emissions will become more expensive.
Here, too, we are there to advise our member companies on developments.
Member companies have the opportunity for personal contacts in a competitive space. We offer specialist group meetings, conferences and, together with Informationsstelle Edelstahl Rostfrei (ISER) and the publishing house Focus Rostfrei, we are organizers of the Düsseldorf Stainless Steel Days, which have established themselves as an important industry event.
We give lectures at events, accompany training courses and, if required, are also active directly on site at our member companies to impart knowledge.