LME Steel Scrap wins industry award on first anniversary

8 December 2016

The London Metal Exchange’s (LME) steel scrap contract last night won a prestigious industry award one year after its launch. LME Steel Scrap won the Futures and Options World (FOW) award for the most innovative new contract in the commodities and energy sectors, reflecting a successful year with more than 450,000 tonnes traded to date in 2016.

LME Steel Scrap saw record monthly trading in October 2016 with 147,000 tonnes traded in a single month, and participation from users in Europe, North America and Asia. Steel scrap open interest is also steadily building and stood at 49,130 tonnes at the end of November. LME Steel Rebar has also experienced strong growth in 2016 with 78,060 tonnes traded to date, including a record 5,000 tonnes transacted in a single day on Friday 2 December.

For the first time, the global industry can take advantage of a 15-month tradable forward curve for steel scrap and rebar with bid/offer spreads as tight as $0.50.

“We are delighted to have won this award which is a testament to the strong growth in trading of our scrap contract over the last year. With open interest gradually increasing, both our steel scrap and rebar contracts are being embraced as powerful risk management tools for the steel industry,” says Matthew Chamberlain, Head of Business Development at the LME.

The cash-settled steel scrap and rebar futures contracts can be traded monthly out to 15 months and have a lot size of 10 tonnes.


Notes to editors

  • The monthly settlement price for LME Steel Rebar is delivered by Platts, using the Platts Rebar FOB Turkey Port Price.
  • The monthly settlement price for LME Steel Scrap is delivered by The Steel Index (TSI), using the TSI Turkish Imports HMS #1&2 80:20, CFR Iskenderun Port Price.

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For further information or to speak to an LME spokesperson, please contact:  

Miriam Heywood
Tel: +44 (0)207 113 8538

Bianca Blake
Tel: +44 (0)207 113 8534

About the London Metal Exchange

The London Metal Exchange, a member of HKEX Group, is the world centre for industrial metals trading.

The majority of global non-ferrous metals business is conducted on our three trading platforms: LMEselect (electronic), the Ring (open outcry) and the 24-hour telephone market. The world’s metal community uses the LME to trade futures and options, and to hedge against adverse price movements. Prices that are discovered on our markets are used as the global reference prices.

Participants can trade aluminium, aluminium alloy, copper, tin, nickel, zinc, lead, molybdenum, cobalt, steel rebar and steel scrap, and four regional aluminium premiums contracts. In 2016, 156.5 million lots were traded on the LME, the equivalent of 3.5 billion tonnes and $10.3 trillion in notional value.

At the close of the year, approximately 3.6 million tonnes of material was held on LME warrant in more than 600 storage facilities across 34 locations internationally.