Out in the cold: Competition and volatile world coal prices will shrink industry revenue

IBISWorld’s Black Coal Mining 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.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Australia is one of the world's lowest cost producers and is a major black coal exporter
  • Current year profitability is forecast to surge as coking and steaming coal prices rebound
  • China's aim to reduce its electricity emissions intensity is likely to limit demand for black coal

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    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.

    The Black Coal Mining industry's revenue is expected to rise by an annualised 0.6% over the five years through 2016-17. Volatile trading conditions have affected industry players over the period...

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    Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The location of coal resources is the prime determinant of the industry's geographic distribution. The majority of Australia's black coal deposits are found in Queensland and New South Wales, while small amounts are also mined in Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania. Victoria, with substantial brown coal reserves, is central to the Brown Coal Mining industry but has limited involvement in the Black Coal Mining industry. However, some enterprises are registered in Victoria while their mining operations are situated in other states.

    The key sites of coal production in Queensland and New South Wales are the Bowen Basin and the Hunter Valley, respectively. Output in Queensland has expanded rapidly over the past five years. Thi..

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    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
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    Industry Products

    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

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    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
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Table: Black Coal Mining Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Products & Markets
    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
    Competitive Landscape
    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
    Major Companies
    BHP Billiton LimitedMitsubishi Development Pty LtdGlencore Operations Australia Pty LimitedRio Tinto Plc - Rio Tinto Limited
  • Table: BHP Billiton Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Glencore Operations Australia Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Rio Tinto Plc - Rio Tinto Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Black Coal Mining Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    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.
  • Force Majeure
  • A common clause in mining contracts that frees either party from any liability when extreme events or weather conditions prevent obligations from being fulfilled.
  • 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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