Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Eramet global nickel supply and demand forecast to improve

Eramet global nickel supply and demand forecast to improve

France ERAMET Group has recently released the 2008 global nickel supply and demand conditions forecast. According to the forecast of nickel oversupply situation in 2008 than in 2007 would improve. January 2008 to December apparent consumption of nickel is expected to 1.435 million tons, output was 1.455 million tons, the excess 20,000 tons. The actual supply and demand of nickel in 2007 the number of the world were: consumption of 1.368 million tons, output of 1.436 million tons, 68,000 tons surplus. Therefore, the 2008 is still excess supply of nickel, but lower than in 2007 improved.

Apparent consumption of nickel is based on the global stainless steel production. World stainless steel production in 2007 28.099 million tons, annual output is expected to 3019 2008. Million tons, an increase of 7.4% over 2007. It is expected that in 2008 the world consumption of nickel may be more apparent increase of 4.9% in 2007.

However, ERAMET said China nickel pig iron production of nickel in 2008 will affect supply and demand. Chinese nickel pig iron production by the impact of the increased possibility of oversupply of nickel.

ERAMET said, China's imports of nickel ore stocks lower estimated 8.5 million tons, nickel content 10 tons. Market sources said that if the batch processing of nickel ore into nickel pig iron, nickel supply the world market will be uncertain to what extent.

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