Steel I Beam Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

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

Steel I Beam Price Trend for the First Half of 2023


During the first half of the year 2023, Steel I Beam observed mixed market trend, especially in China. After having declined continuously in the previous quarters, there were some fresh demands both from domestic and international markets. With Chinese domestic construction and civil engineering sectors attempting a revival, growth was seen in price trend, and as the crude oil prices started normalizing in the global markets, a rise in export queries was also observed. So, an inclination of about 5% in Steel I Beam prices was seen in the first quarter.

However, with little hope in the market after a long time, the suppliers started pushing large amounts of products into the market, which flooded the inventories with oversupply and widened the supply and demand gap even further. Because of this, the prices again shifted gears and started declining in the second quarter and declined about 8% within quarter two.

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Steel I Beam Price Trends

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Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, given the disturbed supply and demand dynamics, the Steel I Beam market performance does not seem to be improving in the upcoming months. Projections do not look very promising.

Steel I Beam Price Trend for the Second Half of 2022


Steel I Beam is a beam made of steel with an L-shaped cross-section; these beams are extensively used in construction and civil engineering sectors, primarily used for its load-bearing support to uphold ceilings and other heavy structures.

During the said time period of H2’2022, China had just come out of an absolute lockdown, which was put in place to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The construction sector faced one of the most severe impacts of this industrial shutdown. Since the market was closed for such a long time, the unused stocks were already lying in the inventories, and the war between Russia and Ukraine had given another blow to the global economy. So, with high inventory levels and limited demands, the Steel I Beam price trend remained on a downward trajectory for most of the discussed time, with around a 13% decline in prices till November. Though the market tried to pick up at the year-end in December, overall sentiments remained dull.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, with the given decline in market trend, the Steam I Beam price trend are projected to improve going forward.

Steel I Beam Price Trend For the First Half of 2022


In the Asian market, concerns regarding the supply in Q2 2022  were also raised, and the production costs associated with rising energy prices continued to have an impact on steel I beam prices. Between the start of Q1 and nearly the end of the quarter, steel I beam prices in Tangshan City rose by 13%, while CFR steel prices throughout Southeast Asia rose by 33%.

Due to suppliers in India, Japan, and South Korea focusing more on the European steel markets as a result of the situation between Russia and Ukraine, emerging Chinese enterprises now have the opportunity to become "dominant" suppliers in the Asian market.

North America

The majority of 2022 had a significant impact on US steel I beam prices from a persistently high supply, conservative service centre purchasing, and sluggish downstream demand. A market oversupply that has continued since steelmakers overshot demand in the fourth quarter of 2021 has caused prices to drop by 48% since the beginning of 2022.

Beginning the second quarter at 1,500 USD/st, the US Hot-Rolled Coil Index matched the year-to-date high reached in early April on an ex-works Indiana basis.


Due to lower manufacturing demand and refilled inventories as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Q2 2022, steel I beam prices in Europe decreased. The typical flat steel product, hot-rolled coil, declined by about a third since reaching a record in March. Since February, steel I beam prices hadn't been below 1,000 EUR/MT (1,042 USD).

For the Fourth Quarter of 2021


In the final quarter of the year, the Chinese steel I beam market price was recorded at 840 USD/MT in October which reduced to 731 USD/MT in December. The rise of the Indian steel industry had been aided by the availability of raw materials such as iron ore and low-cost labour. As a result, the steel sector's contribution to India's manufacturing output expanded dramatically.

In 2022 and beyond, China's crude steel production will most likely be restricted, limiting the annual output to levels close to those in 2021. This action is designed to provide the steel industry with more flexibility as it transitioned to a low-carbon economy, as well as to quiet market speculation about its production reduction, which had caused price volatility.


Prices continued to rise due to a lack of supply. End-user customers were not ready to accept the hikes, while stockists were forced to lower their inventory levels due to limited credit lines. The prices were recorded in the range of 700-1000 EUR/MT.

North America

The market price of the beam was recorded at 1355 USD/MT in the fourth quarter. Imports of some steel products, such as hot-rolled coil, increased in the second half of 2021, as rising US prices made lower-cost imports more tempting despite taxes. As long as regional costs remain much higher than global pricing, imports will continue to play a large role in the US market.

Latin America

Following a year of strong domestic steel demand in 2021, which drove prices to all-time highs, the Brazilian steel sector is projected to suffer downward pressures in 2022 as a result of the economic downturn, full inventories, and diminishing end-user demand.

For First, Second and Third Quarters of 2021


Steel I beam prices were recorded at 638 USD/MT at the start of the year, which then rose to 796 USD/MT in September. Prices continued to soar, with benchmark hot-rolled coil (HRC) commodities reaching an all-time high of 58,000 INR/MT (ex-Mumbai) as a result of supply constraints and increased demand from the construction, automotive, and white goods industries.

In Mumbai commodities market in January 2020, the same grade of HRC was selling for 37,500 INR/MT. At the end of the fiscal year ending March, domestic flat Hot Rolled Coiled (HRC) prices had climbed by 40% since April 2020. Within this one-year period, prices for long steel, or TMT, were nearly 30% higher.


Steel I beam prices in the first three quarters was recorded in the range of 970-1000 EUR/MT. There was a 13.3% rebound in the demand for structural steel. Due to stringent trade restrictions, central and southern European clients' demand increased dramatically, resulting in the highest beam price level in Europe, at 950 EUR/MT.

Prices in southwest Europe were 50 EUR/MT lower. However, several consumers in Spain got emails indicating that a major local maker had stopped taking new orders, which some linked to the company's plan to sell at higher prices later.

North America

Steel I beam prices were recorded in the range of 1315-1355 USD/MT in the first half of the year. The huge discrepancy between demand and supply, as well as the time it took for supply to catch up and replenish depleted supplies of the alloy, kept prices high.

During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, several factories in the United States halted production, assuming the world was on the verge of a deep recession. Iron ore and steel demand, on the other hand, experienced a temporary decline in demand. The impact of the pandemic on consumer spending habits and consumption patterns resulted in much higher demand in the industry than expected.

Latin America

The market price in Mexico for the first three quarters was recorded in the range of 9000–9500 MXN/MT. A restocking campaign on the distribution side benefited steel factories in Brazil. In 2021, crude steel production increased 14.7% year over year to 36.03 MT, with the industry operating at 73% of its capacity. Imports accounted for the majority of market replenishment in 2021, accounting for 4.97 MT, up 144.1% from 2020.

For the Year 2020


In 2020, the Chinese steel I beam prices were recorded at 565 USD/MT in January and 570 USD/MT in December. Despite the fact that China's industrial steel production increased by 150% in the same year, the country's imports of the alloy increased by 150% to 38.56 MT.

Imports rose as businesses struggled to fulfil increasing demand driven by the government's efforts to pull the economy out of a coronavirus-induced slump. The prices recovered from a deep trough in April 2020, and continued to rise throughout the rest of the year as economic and industrial activity picked up.


Average steel I beam prices were recorded at 425 USD/MT due to decreased consumption. This was the steepest drop in the alloy’s consumption in the EU's history. Imports fell even more in 2020, following a downward trend that began in 2019, but this time owing primarily to the pandemic's influence on domestic demand.

The economic and industrial lockdown implemented in response to the Covid-19 epidemic resulted in an exceptionally low demand for the alloy in the second quarter of 2020. After the government's COVID restrictions were partially lifted in the third quarter, industrial activity restarted, and steel I beam prices dropped.

The average weekly price assessment for domestically delivered steel reinforcing bar (rebar) in Northern Europe was 573 EUR in December 2020, according to the upstream market.

North America

In 2020, steel I beam prices were recorded on an average of 500-800 USD/MT.  During the coronavirus epidemic, the demand dropped at first, but swiftly rebounded.

Latin America

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mexican government introduced a USD 14.2 billion infrastructure investment plan with private sector enterprises for 29 projects in October 2020 as a part of the Economic Recovery Agreement. Brazilian steel I beam market price were recorded at 4.29 USD/kg.

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Steel I Beam is basically a beam with an I shaped cross-section. The horizontal or parallel section of this beam are called flanges while its vertical section is known as a ‘web’. Steel I Beam is represented by dimensions of web and flange. Further, in I-Beam, the size of web is greater than the size of flange unlike the H-beam.

Steel I Beams are usually made of structural steel and are widely utilised in construction and civil engineering. It is commonly termed an “I” beam because of its shape, which provides great load bearing support when used horizontally or standing as columns.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Steel I Beam
Industrial Uses Pillars, Roofs, Walls, Floors, Stairs , Truck-trailers, EOT cranes and its gantry, Ship building/construction, Factory sheds, Conveyors and boilers, Agricultural equipments
Supplier Database Jindal Steel & Power Ltd, G.D. Metsteel Pvt. Ltd, Ferrite Structural Steels Private Limited, Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.
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 Process

  • Production of Steel I Beam via Fabrication and Welding

In order to fabricate Steel I Beam, beam parts are assembled and SAW welded on an on-line assembly machine and corimpex welding machine. Welding is often carried out using submerged arc welding machines as this enhances the quality of weld.


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