United Kingdom Metals Report Q1 2013

  • ID: 2373627
  • January 2013
  • Region: United Kingdom, Great Britain
  • 50 pages
  • Business Monitor International
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BMI's UK Metals Report for Q1 2013 examines how British steelmakers are responding to a high cost,
high risk environment in the short-term and the long-term challenges posed by a structural change in the global steel market with a great focus on quality and niche production over large volume continuous casting. The report also assesses prospects for growth in an increasingly volatile external market as well as domestic stagnation, but warns the chief challenge to competitiveness will remain the UK's high electricity prices, which are putting margins under pressure.

In the first 10 months of 2012, British crude steel output grew 0.7% y-o-y to 8.19mn tonnes (mnt). While the rate of growth appears unimpressive, it was markedly better than the EU average. Output was bolstered by the restart in April of slab production at the Sahaviriya Steel Industries' (SSI) plant in Teesside, formerly known as Teesside Cast Products (TCP) and recently acquired from Tata Steel in 2011.

The outlook for 2013 is poor due to EU-wide synchronised austerity programmes and an unresolved banking and sovereign debt crisis. With European steel demand remaining 25% below pre-recession norms and further READ MORE >

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Executive Summary 5

SWOT Analysis 6

United Kingdom Business Environment SWOT 6

Europe Metals Overview 7

Steel 8

Aluminium 11

Industry Forecast 13
Table: United Kingdom - Steel Production & Consumption ('000 tonnes, unless stated otherwise) 16
Table: United Kingdom - Steel Industry Historical Data ('000 tonnes, unless stated otherwise) 16

Macroeconomic Outlook 17

Still Treading Water 17
Table: United Kingdom - Economic Activity 19

Commodities Forecast 20

Monthly Metals Update 20
Table: Select Commodities: Performance & BMI Forecasts 32

Steel Forecast 33

Steel To Average US$360/tonne In 2013: Short-Term View 33
Table: Steel Forecast 33
Table: Steel Forecasts 39

Competitive Landscape 40

Aluminium 40

Steel 40

Government Policy 43

Company Profiles 45

Rio Tinto 45
Table: Rio Tinto - Key Financial Data 48

BMI Methodology 49

How We Generate Our Industry Forecasts 49

Cross Checks 49

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