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Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing in Australia: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing Market Research Report | ANZSIC C2110 | Sep 2016

Cold blast: Falling demand and production volumes have significantly reduced industry revenue

IBISWorld’s Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing industry has undergone tough structural change over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to decline at an annualised 8.4% over the five years through 2016-17, to $9.1 billion. Falling demand from downstream markets, lower steel prices and competition from import markets have created industry production overcapacity. Falling iron and steel production volumes are also likely to contribute to a 7.9% drop in industry revenue over 2016-17. Although lower prices can boost demand for steel products, the net effect is generally negative, as manufacturers generate less revenue per product... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing industry is characterised by a moderate level of capital intensity. For every dollar paid as wages, an estimated $0.27 is spent on capital investment. Capital intensity varies with the size of industry operators, as larger firms benefit from economies of scale and are more capital-intensive, while smaller operators are labour-intensive with high wage costs relative to depreciation. Despite this, high levels of capital expenditure on machinery and equipment are required to operate in the industry. Capital equipment such as electric arc furnaces, blast furnaces, charging buckets and casting machines are very expensive and can be highly customised... purchase to read more


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What is the Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing Industry?

Firms in the 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 operators that convert steel into primary shapes by hot- or cold-rolling them into sheets, bars and rods. Companies that mainly produce carbon and stainless steel from iron alloyed with other elements (such as carbon and chromium) are also part of the industry.

Industry Products
Iron productsOther carbon steel productsMetal-coated carbon steelPainted carbon steelOther ferroalloys
Industry Activities
Iron or steel barFerroalloy, including alloys of manganese, silicon or chromeIron or steel flat-rolled productPig ironRail fastenings or other rail accessoriesSteel roof-deckingStainless steelSteel alloyStructural steel shapes, excluding fabricated steelTin-plate sheet or strip

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