Nerves of steel: Industry revenue is set to rise despite ongoing energy cost issues

The Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing industry has faced mixed operating conditions over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to fall at an annualised 1.6% over the five years through 2018-19, to total $10.9 billion. This includes expected growth of 3.2% in the current year. Global trends have heavily affected the industry over the period. The global steel market was oversupplied over the two years through 2015-16, due to enormous production volumes from Chinese steel mills. Chinese mills can produce steel at a lower cost than Australian firms. However, the domestic industry has since benefited from slowing Chinese steel output over the past three years, as global oversupply has more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Competition from overseas products has been strong over the past five years
  • Firms have cut back on staff numbers in response to adverse trading conditions
  • Construction and manufacturing activity are projected to increase, supporting demand
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing industry exhibits high barriers to entry and these have remained steady over the past five years. The initial cost of establishing production can be substantial for prospective firms. A large amount of capital is required to start new steel manufacturing operations. There are significant costs in acquiring industrial furnaces, ovens and other equipment, and in maintaining and upgrading existing facilities. Additionally, further capital expenditure is needed to establish large-scale operations that are necessary to take advantage of economies of scale, to reduce or minimise marginal costs and improve profitability...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing are:

  • Establishment of export markets
  • Use of most efficient work practices
  • Use of production techniques that add value to base product(s)
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from construction and World price of coking coal in the Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing Industry?

    Industry firms primarily smelt or refine 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 steel 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 products
  • Other carbon steel products
  • Metal-coated carbon steel
  • Painted carbon steel
  • Other ferroalloys
  • Industry Activities
  • Iron or steel bar
  • Ferroalloy, including alloys of manganese, silicon or chrome
  • Iron or steel flat-rolled product
  • Pig iron
  • Rail fastenings or other rail accessories
  • Steel roof-decking
  • Stainless steel
  • Steel alloy
  • Structural steel shapes, excluding fabricated steel
  • Tin-plate sheet or strip
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from construction
  • World price of coking coal
  • World price of steel
  • Electricity service price
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Global policy impacts
  • Arrium voluntary administration
  • Downstream conditions
  • Cost pressures
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Domestic demand
  • Global outlook
  • Operating conditions
  • Table: Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Steel Pipe and Tube Manufacturing
  • Structural Steel Fabricating
  • Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
  • Iron and Steel Forging

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Black Coal Mining
  • Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation
  • Iron Ore Mining

  • Products & Services
  • Other carbon steel products
  • Metal-coated carbon steel
  • Painted carbon steel
  • Iron products
  • Other ferroalloys
  • Chart: Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Construction industries
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Rural sector and other domestic markets
  • Export markets
  • Mining industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    BlueScope Steel Limited, A.C.N. 004 410 833 Limited,
  • Table: BlueScope Steel Limited - financial performance
  • Table: A.C.N. 004 410 833 Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Blast Furnace
  • A furnace used for making integrated steel, in which coke and iron ore react together under a hot air flow to form steel.
  • Coke
  • An input that is used in steel manufacturing, which is produced by roasting coal in a coke oven.
  • Electric Arc Furnace
  • A furnace for scrap-based steelmaking, in which scrap steel is melted and recycled.
  • Ferroalloys
  • Combinations of metals that include iron and other alloying agents such as carbon or chromium.
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