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SSAB Increases Plate Prices by $50/ton, Maintains RMS

Written by Michael Cowden

SSAB Americas aims to increase plate prices by at least $50 per ton ($2.50 per cwt) effective immediately on all non-contract orders confirmed to ship on or after July 3.

The Mobile, Ala-based steelmaker said the price hike would be $65 per ton CAD for customers in Canada.


The increase applies equally to as-rolled, normalized, quenched-and-tempered, and wide cut-to-length products, the company said in letters to customers dated Monday, May 9.

The latest price hike will come in addition to a July raw material surcharge (RMS) scheduled to be announced on Thursday, June 16.

SSAB implemented a raw materials surcharge, or RMS, in March.

The company said published extras and regional freight premiums would also be collected.

SSAB last increased plate prices in April. The May increase is notable in part because the amount of the price hike is the same across all plate products.

In April, in contrast, the company announced a $100-per-ton price hike for Q&T and a $60-per-ton increase for all other products.

SSAB Americas is a subsidiary of Swedish steelmaker SSAB. The company operates plate mills in Mobile and in Montpelier, Iowa.

Plate prices averaged at $1,903 per ton in April, up 3.6% from $1,837 per ton in March and up 5.4% from $1,805 per ton in February, according to SMU’s interactive pricing tool.

Domestic sheet prices have been trending down in recent weeks. Plate to date has bucked that trend.

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