Following recent price agreements made by Asian Steel manufacturers, ThyssenKrupp has agreed to a 65 pct price hike for acquiring iron ore from raw material producer Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), a spokesman said.
Last year, the German group bought more than 100 mln tonnes of iron ore.
ThyssenKrupp wants to pass on the higher costs to its clients. "Further price increase will now be unavoidable in the course of the year," ThyssenKrupp steel head Karl-Ulrich Koehler said.
Last week, ThyssenKrupp said it plans to raise steel prices by up to 100 eur a tonne from April 1 to offset soaring production costs.
The rising costs of energy and Iron ore continue to have a major impact on steel pricing around the world.