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Ferrochrome & Chrome Metal

Ferrochrome, or Ferrochromium (FeCr) is a type of ferroalloy, that is, an alloy between chromium and iron, generally containing 50% - 70% chromium. It is produced in an energy intensive process in electric furnaces from chrome ore, iron ore, and coal. FeCr is used in the production of stainless steel, special steel and castings. Ferrochrome is divided up in three main products which are Low Carbon FeCr, Medium Carbon FeCr and High Carbon FeCr. In 2020, we observed Ferrochrome prices at 1.53 - 3.77 €/kg Cr and Chrome Metal Lump prices at 6.25 - 6.85 €/kg Cr.

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Chrome is mainly used in the production of stainless steel, special steel, refractories, and chemicals.

NamePrice Range 2020AbbreviationSize (mm)Cr Content (%)
High Carbon Ferrochrome 1.59 - 1.70 €/kg CrHCFeCr 0.5-10 (fines) 65-75
High Carbon Ferrochrome 1.53 - 1.64 €/kg CrHCFeCr 10-100 (lumpy) 65-75
Medium Carbon Ferrochrome 2.80 - 3.30 €/kg CrMCFeCr 10-100 65-75
Low Carbon Ferrochrome 2.78 - 3.77 €/kg CrLCFeCr 10-100 65-100
Chrome Metal Lumps 6.25 - 6.85 €/kg CrCr metal 5-80 99-100
Nitrided Ferrochrome5.30 - 6.00 €/kg CrNFeCr10-5060-75

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High Carbon Ferrochrome (HCFeCr):

Ferrochrome, like ferromanganese, is classified by the amounts of carbon contained in the alloy. High Carbon Ferrochrome  contains a minimum chromium content of 65 wt% and a maximum carbon content of 9 wt%. More than 80% of the world's ferrochrome production is used for the production of corrosion and heat resistant stainless steels, which can have a chromium content of more than 10.5 wt%.

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Medium Carbon Ferrochrome (MCFeCr):

Ferrochrome alloy with a minimum Chromium content of  65 wt% and a maximum carbon content of 2 wt%.



Low Carbon Ferrochrome (LCFeCr):

Ferrochrome alloy with a minimum Chromium content of  60 wt% and a maximum carbon content of 0.1 wt%.



Nitrided Ferrochrome (NFeCr):

In stainless steels elements like Nickel can be substituted partly by Nitrited Ferrochrome to reduce production costs. 



Chrome Metal briquettes (Chrome briqs):

Chrome metal is available in the form briquettes reducing dust loss and improving handling



Chrome Metal lumps (Chrome lumps):

Besides briquettes, Chromium metal can also be available in lumpy form.



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