Supply Chain Disruptions, High Energy Costs, and Labour Strikes Continue to Impact Steel Prices Globally.

The steel industry has experienced significant developments and challenges since the beginning of Q1 2023. Supply chain disruptions, inflation, and geopolitical factors have continued to impact the steel market, leading to fluctuating prices and uncertain outlooks. In this blog post, we will provide you with the latest information on steel prices and the factors influencing them.

International Steel Prices: Volatility and Uncertainty

International steel prices have become increasingly volatile in recent months. While there was a slight increase in prices at the end of 2022, the market has since experienced fluctuations driven by various factors. Geopolitical tensions, trade disputes, and economic uncertainties in different regions have contributed to this volatility.

For instance, the ongoing trade tensions between major steel-producing countries such as the United States, China, and the European Union have created an atmosphere of uncertainty. Tariffs, trade restrictions, and policy changes have directly affected the global steel market, resulting in price fluctuations.

Supply Chain Disruptions Persist

Supply chain disruptions continue to pose challenges to the steel industry. The shortage of shipping containers, coupled with ongoing logistical challenges, has caused delays and increased transportation costs for steel manufacturers. These issues have hampered the efficient movement of steel products, further impacting prices and availability.

Labour Strikes and their Impact

Labour strikes at ports, rail networks, and steel manufacturing facilities have disrupted the availability and delivery of steel products in several regions. For example, labour strikes at the Port of Liverpool at the end of 2022 have led to ongoing delays and reduced access to steel products. Similar strikes in other parts of the world have also contributed to the challenges faced by the industry.

Inflation and Rising Costs

Inflationary pressures and rising costs across various sectors have had an impact on the steel industry. Energy costs, in particular, have seen significant increases, which have directly affected steel production. The surge in energy prices has led to higher input costs for steel manufacturers, making it difficult for them to maintain stable prices for consumers.


The steel industry is facing ongoing challenges and uncertainties in the current market environment. Fluctuating international steel prices, supply chain disruptions, labour strikes, and rising costs continue to impact the availability and pricing of steel products. Manufacturers and consumers need to stay vigilant and adaptable to navigate these evolving market conditions. It is crucial to closely monitor the latest industry updates and leverage the available resources to make informed decisions.

Here in the UK, steel providers are looking at minimising the impact on their customers by analysing the stock they need to hold, current prices, market conditions, and the right timing to buy.

At ADS Laser Cutting, we constantly monitor these situations to minimise any disruptions and reductions in supply. As a customer, working with ADS Laser Cutting means you won’t have to worry about fluctuating steel prices as we are constantly striving to get the best prices for your project and ensuring we don’t run out of certain stocks.

If you are involved in projects requiring steel fabrications, you will know that some materials are becoming difficult to obtain. Although there is uncertainty, ADS Laser Cutting aims to take the headache away from its customers and make this situation as easy as possible for them.


To stay informed about the latest developments in the steel industry, here are some updated resources:

  • “The State of the Global Steel Industry” by the World Steel Association provides valuable insights into current trends, challenges, and industry updates.
  • “Steel and Energy: A Powerful Future Together” by the International Energy Agency explores the evolving relationship between steel production and energy consumption, considering the latest market dynamics.
  • “Managing Supply Chain Disruptions” by Harvard Business Review continues to offer relevant insights and strategies for mitigating supply chain risks and disruptions, which can be useful in navigating the current challenges in the steel industry.