Back to black: Strong exports and recovering world coal prices have supported industry growth

Black coal is a key input into steelmaking and energy generation. Although black coal deposits are found all over the world, Australia is one of the world's lowest cost producers and a major black coal exporter. Domestic reserves exceed domestic demand, are high grade and economical to access. As a result, exports account for a large share of industry revenue. Imports are negligible in the industry, as total local production has been higher than domestic demand for black coal.Industry revenue is expected to rise at an annualised 10.4% over the five years through 2018-19. Volatile trading conditions have affected industry players over the period...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$79bn
Annual Growth 14-19
10.4%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
31,650
Businesses
176

Industry Threats & Opportunities

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

    Operators in the Black Coal Mining industry extract two types of black coal: coking coal and steaming coal. The industry's major products are segmented based on the share of revenue each segment generates. Coking coal accounts for the biggest share of industry revenue.Coking coalCoking coal, also referred to as metallurgical coal, is used to produce coke, which is then used to manufacture iron and steel. Coke, to a much smaller extent, is also used to smelt and cast other base metals. Coking coal accounts for a smaller share of total output compared with steaming coal, but accounts for the largest share of revenue due to its higher market price. Aus...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Black Coal Mining Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Black Coal Mining 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 Domestic price of black coal and Demand from fossil fuel electricity generation 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 extracting coal and any associated activities such as washing and crushing coal.

    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
  • Domestic price of black coal
  • Demand from fossil fuel electricity generation
  • US dollars per Australian dollar
  • Public concern over environmental issues

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

  • Industry Outlook
  • Carmichael and future coal projects
  • 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
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    BHP Group Limited, Glencore Operations Australia Pty Limited, Yancoal Australia Limited,
  • Table: BHP Group Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Glencore Operations Australia Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Yancoal Australia 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 (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
    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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