US Chromium Demand to Increase 2.0% Yearly in Volume Terms to 2022


Cleveland, OH, November 28, 2018 — US demand for chromium ferroalloys and metal is forecast to advance 2.0% per year in volume terms through 2022, according to Chromium: United States, a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports. Advances will be driven by growth in stainless steel production, supported by expected production gains in machinery and building products. In addition, an ongoing shift toward stainless steel types with higher levels of chromium content will aid gains. However, a slowdown in motor vehicle production growth will restrain faster advances.

Demand for high-carbon ferrochromium, the dominant material segment, is projected to advance 2.1% per annum through 2022. Rising stainless steel production levels will drive gains, boosted by expanded activity in the construction and durable goods sectors. High-carbon ferrochromium will continue to represent the dominant material specified in stainless steel production. The domestic steel industry is expected to benefit somewhat from the Trump administration’s tariffs on foreign steel. However, relatively weak growth prospects for US motor vehicle production will weigh on gains in domestic stainless steel production and demand for ferrochromium.

These and other key insights are featured in Chromium: United States. This report forecasts to 2022 US chromium demand in metric tons of chromium content. Total demand is segmented by material in terms of:

  • high-carbon ferrochromium
  • low-carbon ferrochromium
  • other materials, such as chromium metal and ferrochromium silicon

Total demand is also segmented by end use as follows:

  • stainless and heat-resisting steel
  • other steel
  • superalloys
  • other alloys and uses, such as aluminum alloys, cobalt alloys, and nickel alloys

To illustrate historical trends, total demand, trade, and the various segments are provided in annual series from 2007 to 2017.

Demand represents the net weight of chromium-containing materials consumed in the US. Chromium is defined as chromium ferroalloys and chromium metal. Chromite ore, foundry sand, refractories, chromium chemicals, and same-site reuse of stainless steel scrap are excluded from reported demand figures.

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