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February 2022 Nickel & Surcharge Update

February 2022 Update


Thanks for reading the Ram Alloys Monthly Nickel and 316L s/c update, intended to help our valued customers make educated business decisions.

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Current Take

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January's story is LEAD TIMES, some mills are pushing into...2023 DELIVERIES. We are not sharing to scare, only to inform. Hopefully, more capacity comes on line, and this problem eases, but that's the current reality.
PRICING: in January, we received our EIGHTH base price INCREASE in the last 12 months. Heck, even the Chinese mills are raising prices (see article below). Add in the rising surcharges (see table below) and the pricing situation mirrors the lead time frustrations.
Story to watch in 2022 (update): 2021 Energy and Aerospace demand for stainless steel and nickel alloys, while up from 2020, is nowhere near historical levels. Either sector can substantially disrupt an already discombobulated supply chain with traditional consumption.
All indications show demand in both sectors will be higher in 2022. That's certainly good news for business activity, but the counter is: pricing and lead times will certainly be impacted.

Yearly/Monthly 316L s/c and Ni Charts 

316L vs Nickel 22


Ni Price v. Ni Stock Comparison 

NE NI Feb 2022 Prices

USD Index v. Nickel Prices 



NE NI Stock Comparison



Industry News  

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