Heavy metal: Australia's iron ore production volumes and exports are expected to rise

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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Iron Ore Mining industry's revenue is expected to decrease at an annualised 4.1%, to $59.7 billion over the five years through 2016-17. Early in the period, strong economic growth in China increased iron ore mining development and drove greater steel production. This fuelled demand for iron ore and contributed to high world iron ore prices. Industry revenue declined in 2012-13, due to higher global iron ore supply and reduced demand from China. However, industry revenue rebounded in 2013-14, on the back of a weaker Australian dollar, higher output, low Chinese inventories and increased Chinese steel output. While iron ore volumes are projected to increase at an annualised 12.1% in the five years through 2016-17, pricing falls pushed industry revenue lower...

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Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

The geographic spread of iron ore revenue and output reflects the location of the mineral resource. Nearly all of Australia's iron ore is mined in Western Australia (about 98.7% of industry revenue estimated in 2016-17) and a high proportion of this output is exported. Small quantities of iron ore are mined in South Australia (about 1.0% of industry revenue estimated in 2016-17), with production used by local steel producers as well as destined for export markets. The balance is from Tasmania.

The importance of South Australia had increased in the past decade, due to a decision by Arrium Limited (formerly known as OneSteel Limited) to develop and mine a magnetite iron ore resource in that state. How..

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What is the Iron Ore Mining Industry?

Industry firms extract iron ore and iron ore sands, and carry out beneficiation processes to refine the mined ore. The industry also includes businesses that produce sinter and other agglomerates.

Industry Products
Lump ore
Iron ore fines
Iron ore pellets
Industry Activities
Iron ore dressing or beneficiating
Iron ore mining
Iron sands mining

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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