Out of fuel: Declining world prices for crude oil have pushed down industry demand

The Ethanol Fuel Production market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Ethanol Fuel Production industry is running on fumes. The industry has struggled to maintain market share over the past five years as the cost competitiveness of ethanol-blended fuel (EBF) has been squeezed by lower world crude oil prices and falling demand from the local Petroleum Refining and Petroleum Fuel Manufacturing industry. Continued government subsidisation has been the principal factor supporting the industry. In 2014, Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (now Office of the Chief Economist) suggested that without government assistance, the industry would collapse as it is otherwise economically unviable to produce ethanol as a substitute for petrol in Australia...

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What is the Ethanol Fuel Production industry?

The industry uses feedstock, such as wheat, sugar by-products and sorghum, to distil ethanol. The ethanol produced is treated as a homogenous commodity by major markets. The industry's products and services can be broken down by the manufacturing process used, which in turn affects the ability of producers to compete on price.

Ethanol distilled from starch

The dominant industry product is ethanol fuel manufactured from the starches and other products remaining after wheat is processed. The industry's largest player, Manildra Group, operates production facilities using this production technology and derives economies of scope from using wheat by-products, which are an output from wheat processing. The...

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Products & Brands

Major products in this industry
Ethanol distilled from starch
Ethanol distilled from sorghum
Ethanol distilled from sugar by-products
Examples of brands in this Industry
Dalby Bio-Refinery
Wilmar BioEthanol

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
Major Markets

Globalisation & Trade

Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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