Hastelloy C-276 is a nickel-chromium-molybdenum alloy. It is a corrosion resistant alloy that is used in a variety of applications. This alloy is commonly found in pollution control, food processing, chemical processing, pulp and paper, and marine applications.
This alloy is highly corrosion resistant and is a strong alternative to Inconel 625. Typically, this alloy has low carbon content. Because of this, it is less prone to carbide precipitation during welding. The alloy also has excellent corrosion resistance in oxidizing environments.
Another benefit of Hastelloy is its high strength. Although it has a low chromium content, it has a high nickel content. A nickel-chromium-molybdenum blend, Hastelloy is one of the best corrosion resistant metals on the market.
Due to its ability to resist grain boundary precipitates in weld heat-affected zones, this alloy offers superior corrosion resistance. Additionally, the alloy has an excellent thermal conductivity. In addition, it is highly resistant to chlorite, hypochlorite, and wet chlorine gas.
Hastelloy prices climbed significantly in the first quarter of 2022. This was due to a sharp increase in the cost of raw materials. At the same time, tight supply and increased demand from end users drove up the price.
The resurgence of COVID in China, which translates into an increase in inflation rates, had a two-fold impact on the prices of Hastelloy. As a result, firms are not only cautious about spending but also drawing down their inventories.
Nonetheless, the market is still bullish. As long as the manufacturing industry in China continues to expand, there will likely be an inflection point in the commodity market.