This Market Intelligence Report focuses on the stainless steel marketplace in the United States from a supply chain sourcing perspective. The category includes products ranging from ingot to sheet and bar. Primarily a concentrated and mature industry, the stainless steel market has a well developed supplier base and is growing at a low rate. The category has medium product segmentation and serves primarily industrial markets. The demand for stainless steel is generated by various downstream industries with primary drivers including economic growth, the automotive industry, construction, and the food processing sector. Key costs around the stainless steel category include iron ore, coking coal, steel scrap, and nickel. The major trends in the stainless steel industry include capacity decreases and industry consolidation. Import export activity in this sector is high and is exhibiting an increasing trend. The risk outlook for the stainless steel industry is deteriorating based on the macroeconomic environment. Category management best practices around the stainless steel industry include strategic sourcing practices, green initiatives and international market dynamics advantages.
Starting with detailed background information to provide category context, this report provides insight into the market drivers around demand and key costs, including both historical and forecasted commodity pricing. The supply base section covers the top suppliers, including high-level overviews and market news. The report presents the NAICS category cost structure and historical, current and future pricing curves. The trend section reports new and emerging industry directions. Regulatory considerations include tariff and taxation issues and developing governmental initiatives. Risk outlooks offer a view into upstream drivers that could adversely affect the industry and category. Insights and Best Practices share winning strategies around the management and sourcing of this category.