"Malaysia Metals Report Q4 2014" now available at Fast Market Research

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Mon Nov 03 2014

Malaysia's has one of the most developed metals industries in the Asia-Pacific region, however, the industry has found itself increasingly challenged by the pricing strategies of other regional producers which have increasingly started to affect companies profit margins.

The Q4 2014 Malaysia Metals Report analyses developments with the country's steel and tin sectors as well as the strategies being undertaken by companies as they face into an increasingly challenging operating environment. H2 2014 will see Malaysia's status as a leading steel producer come under threat as output growth is set to fall from 8.1% year-on-year (y-o-y) in 2013, to 5.4% this year. The increasing threat posed by Chinese exporters, who have been able to lower prices on a number of products both on the domestic market as well as internationally, is starting to cut into the operating margins of Malaysian producers, many of whom are now expect to begin limiting their capacity utilisation. A more conservative operating will see the country's total steel production growth begin to decelerate over the next few years, a trend that will see Malaysia surrender its status as the fastest growing steel sector in the Asia-Pacific region.

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In contrast, Malaysian tin producers are adopting an increasingly bullish outlook. In terms of tin production, we expect production levels to return to growth following two years of contracting output, with growth set to come in at 1.8% over the year.

Nevertheless, both industries face a number of downside risks over the coming quarters. With the Chinese economy set to cool in 2014 (we forecast GDP growth of 6.7%), Malaysian metals producers will be looking to the domestic market to drive demand, rather than imports, with consumption of both steel and tin. We note that the success of Malaysia's electronics industry is reported to be driving an increase in demand for tin in particular with the industry having attracted achieved USD1.5bn in foreign...

The Malaysia Metals Report has been researched at source, and features latest-available data for steel, aluminium and other major globally-traded commodities. Our analysis covers all primary indicators, including production, exports and price, with our forecasts underpinned by Business Monitor International (BMI)'s macroeconomists global economic outlook. The report analyses trends and prospects and critically evaluates latest industry news, trends and regulatory developments in Malaysia.

BMI's Malaysia Metals Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, business investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the metals industry in Malaysia.

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