Taiwan Metals Report Q3 2012

  • ID: 2221435
  • August 2012
  • Region: Taiwan
  • 38 pages
  • Business Monitor International
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The Taiwan Metals Report provides industry professionals and strategists, corporate analysts, metals associations, government departments and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on Taiwan's metals industry.

The Taiwanese steel industry is bracing itself for a year of contraction in output as it faces increasingly hostile domestic and regional market trends. We expect 2012 production to decline to 21.8 million tonnes (mnt) from 22.7mnt in 2011. Aggressive property market cooling measures by the Chinese government has significantly affected the prospects of Taiwanese steel manufacturers. This situation is also exacerbated by the current glut in the steel market and the rising protectionist tendencies of European economies. Looking at the sales of the major Taiwanese steel manufacturers from January to May 2012, it has not been a good year so far.

Taiwan's output of basic metals rose by 5.3% year-on-year (y-o-y) in 2011, while its fabricated metal products output grew by 8.4% on the back of a 12.9% y-o-y rise in the value of exports to US$30.65bn.

Taiwanese crude steel production grew 15.4% y-o-y to 22.7mnt in 2011, with the World READ MORE >

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Executive Summary 5

SWOT Analysis 8

Taiwan Business Environmentl SWOT 8

Industry Forecasts 9

Steel: Weak 2012 For Taiwan Steel 9
Table: Taiwan's Steel Industry 11

Macroeconomic Outlook 12
Table: Taiwan – Economic Activity 15

Commodities Forecast 16

Steel To Average US$500/tonne In 2012 16
Table: BMI Steel Forecasts 16
Table: Steel Price Data, (US$/TONNE) 21

Monthly Metals Update 21

Steel Prices Have Topped Out 22

Copper: Relative Outperformer But Still Weak 24

Tin To Outperform 25

Aluminium: Substantial Support Around US$1,900/tonne 26

Nickel: Oversupply Pushing Prices Lower 27

Break Of Support On The Cards For Lead 28

Zinc: Downward Trend Continues 29
Table: Select Commodities – Performance & BMI Forecasts 30

Competitive Landscape 31

Company Profiles 33

China Steel Corporation 33
Table: China Steel Corporation - Financial Results 36

BMI Methodology 37

How We Generate Our Industry Forecasts 37

Cross Checks 37

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