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Report: Baosteel expects China's demand for steel to decline in 2018
Apr 11, 2018 16:05CST
Source:SMM
Lower prices of steel in 2018 are likely to depress the demand for steel in China this year, according to Baoshan Iron & Steel's (Baosteel) chief financial officer, Wu Kunzong

Steel prices are likely to be lower in 2018 as Chinese demand is expected to be weaker, according to Baoshan Iron & Steel's (Baosteel) chief financial officer, Wu Kunzong at the company's annual performance conference on April 10. 

Regulations in China and the escalating US-Sino trade tension will affect China's steel exports and demands. In 2017, China launched a series of policies to reduce cut excess capacities in steel production. This bolstered prices of steel and operating income at Baosteel grew 17%. The company saw an operating income of 289.5 billion yuan and net profits of 19.1 billion yuan last year. 

China produced 830 million mt crude steel in 2017, up 5.7% from 2016.


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