New Market Report: Australia Metals Report Q1 2015

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Mon Nov 10 2014

Australia will see subdued growth in both production and consumption of most metals as a weakening global commodity market continue s to take its toll on the economy. While significant additional global monetary stimulus should help to boost metal prices in the near term, the bout of loosening measures will be insufficient to stem the slowdown and the medium-term outlook for metals remain s weak.

We expect a slowdown in the metals industry in Australia on the back of slowing demand in China. Weak demand from slowing domestic construction and a cooling export market will continue to undermine Australia's steel industry in 2015 and beyond. We do not expect crude to approach pre-crisis levels for many years. The country's two dominant steel producers, BlueScope Steel Ltd and Arrium Ltd (previously known as OneSteel Ltd), have embarked on a series of consolidation plans and restructuring programmes aimed at reducing operating costs and curbing overcapacity amid an environment of weak demand and declining steel prices.

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Most of Australia's refined metal output is for export, with Asia and particularly China accounting for the largest share. We therefore assign downside risks to our forecasts on the back of a continued slowdown in China's economy. Although economic data from China improved slightly in Q214, we believe this is a temporary phenomenon and expect the downturn for Australia's largest trading partner to resume in 2015. The impact of falling export demand from China in 2014 hinted at the devastating effect further weakness in the Chinese economy will have on the Australian metal sector, as companies fire workers to keep operations profitable and postpone or cancel investment plans. Domestic demand for refined metal production is dependent on the country's economic growth rate, which we forecast will be modest until at least 2016. Hence, any reduction in...

The Australia 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 Australia.

BMI's Australia 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 Australia.

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