Back in black: The recent surge in black coal prices has returned the industry to growth

Black coal is a key input into steelmaking and energy generation. While black coal deposits are found all over the world, Australia is one of the world's lowest cost producers and is a major black coal exporter. Domestic reserves are high grade, economical to access and in surplus to domestic requirements. As a result, exports account for a large share of total industry revenue, while imports are negligible as domestic demand for black coal falls well below total local production.Revenue from the Black Coal Mining industry is expected to rise at an annualised 4.8% over the five years through 2017-18. Volatile trading conditions have affected industry players over the period...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$61bn
Annual Growth 13-18
4.8%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
33,860
Businesses
698

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Australia is one of the world's lowest cost producers and is a major black coal exporter
  • Profitability has surged as coking and steaming coal prices recovered
  • China's aim to transition to renewable energy is likely to limit demand for black coal
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Black Coal Mining industry is highly volatile, reflecting its exposure to shifts in global supply and demand for coal. Industry players use either open-cut or underground mining techniques to extract two resources: coking coal and steaming coal. Coking coal, also known as metallurgical coal, is used to produce coke, which is then used by steel and iron manufacturers. Steaming coal, also referred to as thermal coal, is used to generate energy through coal-fired power stations. Most of Australia’s black coal production occurs in the Bowen Basin in Queensland and the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. The industry is heavily export orientated, with exports expected to account for 86.9% of total revenue in 2017-18. Ind...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Black Coal Mining Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Black Coal Mining Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Production of premium goods and services
  • Access to a highly skilled workforce
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of coking coal and World price of steaming coal in the Black Coal Mining industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Black Coal Mining Industry?

    Industry firms primarily mine black coal using open-cut and underground mining methods. Mining operations include coal extraction and any associated activities such as coal washing and crushing.

    Industry Products
  • Coking coal
  • Steaming coal
  • Industry Activities
  • Black coal mining
  • Black coal breaking
  • Black coal mine operation
  • Black coal crushing
  • Black coal washing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of coking coal
  • World price of steaming coal
  • Demand from fossil fuel electricity generation
  • US dollars per Australian dollar
  • Public concerns over environmental issues

  • Current Performance
  • Profitability
  • Coking coal
  • Steaming coal
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Carmichael coal mine
  • Capacity expansion
  • Global demand
  • Table: Black Coal Mining Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Black Coal Mining Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing
  • Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Contract Mining Services
  • Petroleum Product Wholesaling
  • Rail Freight Transport
  • Railway Equipment Manufacturing and Repair

  • Products & Services
  • Coking coal
  • Steaming coal
  • Chart: Black Coal Mining Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Coking coal export markets
  • Steaming coal export markets
  • Domestic electricity generators
  • Other domestic industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Black Coal Mining 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 Black Coal Mining

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Black Coal Mining Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Glencore Operations Australia Pty Limited, Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd, BHP Billiton Limited, Rio Tinto Plc - Rio Tinto Limited,
  • Table: Glencore Operations Australia Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: BHP Billiton Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Rio Tinto Plc - Rio Tinto Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Black Coal Mining 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 Black Coal Mining Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Bord And Pillar Mining
  • A form of underground mining where smaller blocks of coal are excavated, leaving pillars of coal to support the mine roof.
  • Coking Coal
  • Coal with a high carbon content that is used to produce coke for steelmaking. Coking coal is also known as metallurgical coal.
  • Longwall Mining
  • A form of underground mining where large blocks of coal are excavated using a shearer. The mine roof then collapses as the shearer retreats.
  • Open-Cut Mining
  • A type of surface excavation in the form of an inverted cone. The shape of the mine opening varies with the shape of the mineral deposit.
  • Saleable Coal
  • Raw coal that has been upgraded through crushing and washing processes.
  • Steaming Coal
  • Coal with a high energy content that is burned as fuel in power stations. Steaming coal is also known as thermal coal.
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