Stainless Steel Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of Stainless Steel in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).

Stainless Steel Price Trend for the First Half of 2023


The high level of inventories and slow movement of the downstream industries caused the price trend of stainless steel to fall in the first quarter of 2023. The raw materials in the region also remained scarce, and the consumers also moved with caution, which ultimately led to a fall in industrial demand.

In April, an incline in the cost of nickel metal positively supported the price trend of stainless steel in China market. But soon, the excess supply attributed to the high extraction rates of the nickel and feeble demand from industries in the later months caused the price trend of stainless steel to decline.


In the first quarter, the prices of stainless steel were stable as the supply of the product was restricted while the demand from downstream industries remained high. In addition to this, the stainless-steel market in the first quarter was also supported by the raw material costs and return of consumption levels to the green zone. This trend continued till the first phase of the second quarter, after which the prices fell dramatically.

The upsurge in prices of nickel raw material negatively impacted the cost of production and, in turn, the price trend of stainless steel. Additionally, the downstream market’s appetite also declined, and the traders had to compete with the cheaper imports from Asian countries and thus were forced to reduce their prices.

North America

The North American region was positively influenced by the rise in demand for stainless steel from the construction industry amid the financial crisis. The rising costs of production due to the economic crises led to the fall in production rates of stainless steel and thus caused the depletion of inventories in the region. Just like the European region, the trend inclined till the first half of the second quarter but then declined as it was negatively impacted by the rising rates of inflation and the steep downfall of the economic conditions of the North American region.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price trend of Stainless Steel is estimated to follow a declining trajectory given the fluctuating global economic conditions and the subdued demand from the end-user industries.

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Stainless steel is a popular alloy of iron and chromium with trace amounts of carbon, nickel, and molybdenum. This steel has high resistance to corrosion along with high strength and durability. Due to its high corrosion resistance, it finds application in various industries such as construction, transportation, oil and processing and related sectors. Its high ductility enables it to be reformed into various shapes according to the specific requirements.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Stainless Steel
Industrial Uses Construction, Transportation, Oil and gas, Chemical and petrochemical, Medical and pharmaceuticals
HS Code 72181000
Supplier Database Acerinox S.A, Aperam Stainless, ArcelorMittal, Jindal Stainless, Nippon Steel Corporation, ThyssenKrupp Stainless GmbH
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery

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Production Processes

The scrap steel material is first subjected to an arc furnace and after molting, the matter is purified and then cast into solid structures. Another heat treatment of these cast materials with subsequent cleaning and polishing gives stainless steel as the end product.


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