Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing in Australia: Market Research Report

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Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing Market Research Report | ANZSIC C2110 | Apr 2014

Testing their mettle: Industry revenue contracts as steel output falls

IBISWorld’s Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing industry has undergone a difficult period of structural change over the past five years. Industry revenue is estimated to fall at a compound annual 7.2% over the five years through 2013-14, due to limited demand from construction industries, fluctuating steel prices, competition from import markets and a strong Australian dollar. Revenue is anticipated to decline by 1.0% in 2013-14 to reach $14.0 billion. Profitability has also struggled, declining from 15.1% of revenue in 2008-09 to an estimated 0.7% in 2013-14. Production volumes, imports and exports have all decreased, contributing to the industry's poor performance over the past five years... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

The industry exhibits high barriers to entry, as the cost to start production is substantial. A large amount of capital is required to begin new steel manufacturing operations and to maintain and upgrade existing facilities. In addition, an even higher level of capital expenditure is needed to establish large scale operations, in order to take advantage of greater economies of scale and reduce marginal costs. Barriers to obtain lucrative supply contracts are also high, as most incumbent operators generally have strong existing relationships with their suppliers or have their own vertically integrated supply chain. For example, Arrium Ltd has its own upstream iron ore mining operations and owns a downstream steel tube manufacturer... purchase to read more


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What is the Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing Industry?

Firms in this industry are primarily involved in smelting or refining iron ore or iron sands into basic iron products, such as ingots, billets and slabs. The industry also includes hot or cold steel rolling into primary shapes such sheets, bars and rods and scrap ferrous metals recycling. Companies that mainly produce carbon and stainless steel from iron alloyed with other elements, such as carbon and chromium, are also included.

Industry Products
Iron productsOther carbon steel productsMetal-coated carbon steelPainted carbon steelOther ferroalloys
Industry Activities
Iron or steel barFerroalloy production, including alloys of manganese, silicon or chromeIron or steel flat-rolled productsPig iron productionRail fastenings or other rail accessoriesSteel roof-deckingStainless steel productionSteel alloy productionStructural steel shapes, excluding fabricated steelSheet or strip tin plate production

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