Dear valued client, effective immediately price of "seamless steel" has gone from $900 to $1350 per net ton."
Yes, a 33% price increase. This is what the Fed would call "inflation" if only the Fed measures rising prices correctly.
Impossible you say? Read the following take from The Fabricator industry mag and then reassess:
Steel prices reach levels not seen since 2008
The benchmark price for hot-rolled steel reached a new record high of $1,080/ton last month, according to our check of the market Jan. 11-12. That surpasses the previous high of $1,070/ton recorded by Steel Market Update (SMU) in 2008, and it leaves steel buyers with some important questions:
How much higher can steel possibly go?
When will the price peak?
Will the eventual correction be a gradual decline or a dramatic death spiral as in 2008?
As fabricators and manufacturers are well aware, steel is in tight supply. Mills idled capacity in the spring in response to the coronavirus shutdowns and have been in no rush to bring it all back online. Tariffs imposed by the Trump administration continue to discourage imports. Demand among the steel-consuming industries is surprisingly robust, unlike the service sector of the economy, which is disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.