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Silicon-Calcium, Silicon-Barium and Metal Calcium Price Analysis In April 2024

This month, the demand from steel and foundry enterprises remains unchanged, but the upward trend in raw material markets, coupled with reduced production by alloy companies during the previous sluggish market conditions, has led to a bottoming out and rebound in prices. With the increasing number of market favorable factors, the confidence of multi-element enterprises has been boosted, leading to price adjustments.

Silicon-Calcium Price

The price trend of silicon-calcium rebounded in April.

  1. Domestic Market Trend of Silicon-Calcium in April

  2. As shown in the above graph, the mainstream transaction prices in Shaanxi for national standard CA1 market range from 10,700 to 10,800 yuan per ton, in Ningxia from 11,000 to 11,100 yuan per ton, and in Inner Mongolia from 10,800 to 10,900 yuan per ton; the transaction prices in Shaanxi for national standard CA2 market range from 10,600 to 10,700 yuan per ton, in Ningxia from 10,900 to 11,000 yuan per ton, and in Inner Mongolia from 10,700 to 10,800 yuan per ton; in Henan, CA28Si55 transacts at 10,000 to 10,200 yuan per ton, and CA28Si50 at 9,100 to 9,200 yuan per ton (including tax and cash).
  3. Export Market Prices According to export market transaction report data this month, the current export transaction prices for national standard CA1 are 1,450 to 1,500 US dollars per ton, and for CA2 are 1,430 to 1,450 US dollars per ton (FOB Tianjin Port), showing an increase in export prices for silicon-calcium this month.
  4. According to statistics from this website on five national standard silicon-calcium alloy production enterprises, in April 2024, there were a total of three silicon-calcium market furnace-opening production enterprises, with a total of three furnaces opened, and the operating rate of enterprises was about 60%, a decrease of 20% from the previous month. The furnace-opening rate was about 33.33%, a decrease of 22.23% from the previous month. It is estimated that the total market output in April will be around 4,400 tons, a reduction of 1,600 tons compared to the actual output in March (6,000 tons).
  5. With the continuous reduction of market capacity and a slight increase in raw materials, the silicon-calcium market price rebounded to 11,000 yuan per ton ex-factory this month. However, due to the lack of improvement in demand, downstream price pressure remains unabated, resulting in a relatively chaotic actual transaction price in the silicon-calcium market. As of the end of the month, the price difference in the silicon-calcium market was about 400 yuan per ton. During May, some silicon-calcium factories are expected to resume production, so the market trend of silicon-calcium in May still needs to focus on the impact of changes in silicon-calcium market production on supply and demand.

Silicon-Barium Price

This month, the price center of high-barium in Inner Mongolia remained stable, while the market price of low-barium saw a slight increase.

  1. Domestic Market Trend of Silicon-Barium in April

  2. As shown in the monthly price comparison table, the current prices are as follows: high-barium 30# in Inner Mongolia at 7,900 to 8,000 yuan per ton, in Gansu at 7,950 to 8,000 yuan per ton; low-barium 4-6# natural block in Inner Mongolia at 6,900 to 7,000 yuan per ton, in Ningxia at 7,000 to 7,100 yuan per ton, in Qinghai at 6,800 to 7,000 yuan per ton; low-barium 2-3# natural block in Inner Mongolia at 6,900 to 7,000 yuan per ton, in Ningxia at 7,000 to 7,100 yuan per ton; (smelting type) silicon-barium inoculant 4-6#, 1-3mm, 3-8mm in Jiangsu, Anhui at 7,700 to 7,800 yuan per ton, in Inner Mongolia, Ningxia at 7,400 to 7,600 yuan per ton (ex-factory including tax price).
  3. According to incomplete statistics from this website on 18 high and low-barium alloy production enterprises, in April 2024, a total of 8 enterprises (including 3 high-barium production enterprises, 5 low-barium production enterprises, 1 medium-barium production enterprise, and 1 high-low-barium production enterprise) opened furnaces for production, with a total of 11 furnaces opened. The operating rate (by manufacturer) was about 44.44%, an increase of 11.11% from the previous month. The expected output this month is 8,100 tons, an increase of 500 tons from the previous month.

Silicon-Barium Market Outlook

The price center of high-barium in Inner Mongolia remained stable this month. During the latter part of the month, a high-barium factory in Gansu resumed production with lower prices, resulting in more orders and subsequent price increases. In the middle and later part of the month, due to the continuous rise in silicon-iron prices and a slight boost in anthracite, inquiries for downstream silicon-barium increased. Benefiting from this, low-barium factories in Ningxia continuously raised their quotations, Qinghai adopted a wait-and-see attitude, and quotations saw a slight increase, while Inner Mongolia factories maintained stable prices and adopted a wait-and-see attitude. In May, a 12,500 KVA ore heat furnace for low-barium alloy production was put into operation in Qinghai, which has not yet impacted the market. With factory orders and increased production capacity, the factors affecting the long and short sides of the low-barium market are intertwined. Focus should be placed on the trend of silicon-iron after the holiday. There is no expectation of significant improvement in steel mill demand in the short term, but with the increase in high-barium production, the possibility of inventory accumulation cannot be ruled out in the later period, posing resistance to the mainstream price increase in Inner Mongolia.

 

Metal Calcium Price

1. April Domestic Market Trend Chart for Metal Calcium

2. Currently, in Shanxi Province, the mainstream transaction price for crude metal calcium (Ca≥96%) is 19,000-19,500 yuan per ton; in Henan Province, the mainstream transaction price for metal calcium wire (Ca≥97%, Φ6.5-8.5mm (ton bag/iron drum)) is 22,000-22,500 yuan per ton; the mainstream transaction price for metal calcium granules (Ca≥96%, 0-3mm (new barrel)) is 21,500-22,000 yuan per ton (ex-factory including tax cash).

3. During the first half of the month, the price of aluminum ingots continued to rise, providing support for the increase in metal calcium prices. In the latter half of the month, the price of aluminum ingots stabilized and fluctuated, while the price of metal calcium remained stable and observed. The market trend after the holiday is currently uncertain, and it is difficult to determine the later trend of metal calcium. However, there is little hope for a reversal in demand, so it is important to focus on the impact of aluminum ingot prices and market operational changes on prices.

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