World Steel Associations (WSA) has stopped giving away its free annual Steel Statistical Yearbook. What a shame. It was quite good to get an idea about the steel industry.
Why World Steel Associations (WSA) stopped its free annual Steel Statistical Yearbook?
Yes, WSA stopped providing its annual Steel Statistical Yearbook for free. The free version is now called a concise version. It has very little information. Most of the data is quite high-level and does not provide in-depth details by product segmentation.
I think the free version is not much use unless to pay €100 for the extended version.
It will affect students the most as they do not have the money. Not all universities would be kind to pay for their student research. It was a good source for the African steel market and I was waiting for it. But it really surprised me with the paid version.
The €100 price is still reasonable, given the valuable data it provides about the health of the steel industry.
As much as I am aware, almost all steel associations around the world charge for their statistical yearbooks. So, no surprises if WSA also started charging its users.
The steel industry itself is struggling with weak demand and low prices, so I think WSA also took the brunt of the subdued market conditions.