New Delhi: Leading steel producers SAIL and Tata Steel said on tuesday that they have hiked prices of flat steel products by up to Rs 1,000 a tonne on account of improving demand in the country.
However, rate cuts are in the offing for long steel products, used mainly by the construction sector.
Tata Steel Vice-President (Safety and Long products) Hridayeshwar Jha added, “There could be a correction in prices of the long steel products depending on market conditions and the monsoon season.”
State-run SAIL, meanwhile, has already reduced prices of long steel products by up to Rs2,000 a tonne, with effect from 1 August.
Flat steel products are used by consumer durable industries and the automobile sector, while the long steel products are consumed primarily by the construction industry.
“We have increased flat steel products, excluding sheets and mill plates, in the range of Rs800 to Rs1,000 a tonne and cut long steel prices by Rs500 to Rs2,000 per tonne, mainly due to the monsoon season when constructions come down,” a SAIL spokesperson said.
In Jamshedpur, a Tata Steel spokesperson said the company increased prices of its flat products in spot prices in select markets by Rs500 to Rs1,000 a tonne.