Brazil outages could boost US silicon prices

Jul 24, 2014 | 06:30 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  Brazil, silicon, silicomanganese, ferromanganese, manganese alloy, Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — Silicon production outages in Brazil could lead to supply shortfalls and spot price increases if the situation continues, North American silicon market participants said, although manganese alloy suppliers expect little impact on their market.

Spiking energy prices have led some Brazilian ferroalloy and silicon metal producers to temporarily suspend operations, according to trade association Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Ferroligas e de Silício Metálico (Abrafe) (, July 21).

U.S. silicon metal prices have increased significantly over the past month, with sources noting that continued problems from power issues in Brazil had reduced U.S. imports.....

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