Taiwan Metals Report Q1 2015

  • ID: 3057866
  • December 2014
  • Region: Taiwan
  • 38 pages
  • Business Monitor International
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BMI View: Taiwan's steel producers are facing into increasing headwinds in 2015 as global supply levels tick upwards as a result of a cooling Chinese economy. Chinese exporters are increasingly targeting the Taiwan market, forcing local producers to reduce prices. Meanwhile, Taiwan's own steel export sector finds itself battling against the increasingly protectionist stances of governments in Europe and North America.

While production levels have trended upwards over the past few years, having contracted in 2012, the rate of growth appears to be slowing as local producers come under increasing supply pressure as Chinese steelmakers ramp up exports in an effort to counteract slowing domestic demand. Chinese steel exports to Taiwan were estimated to have increased by more than 400% y-o-y in September 2014, according to analysis from Bloomberg. While Taiwan and other neighbouring countries are receiving the lion's share of China's excess stock, there are reports of exports 'flooding' a number of Asian markets, including Japan,
India and extending as far afield as Latin America.

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BMI Industry View 5


Metals SWOT 6

Industry Forecast 7

Steel: Chinese Import Flood Squeezes Prices 7
Table: Steel Production & Consumption (Taiwan 2010-2018) 12
Table: Taiwan - Major Transport Infrastructure Projects, 2014 12
Table: Taiwan - Major Power Plant And Transmission Grid Projects, 2014 14

Regulatory Development 15
Table: Taiwan - Political Overview 16

Commodities Forecast 17

Commodity Strategy 17

Ferrous Metals 17

Non-Ferrous Metals 19

Aluminium: Sustained Break Unlikely 19

Copper: Prices To Decline Further By 2015 20

Nickel: Increase From Current Lows, But No Return To H114 Highs 22

Zinc: Tighter Supplies To Be Offset By Subdued Demand 24
Table: Select Commodities - Performance & BMI Forecasts 25

Commodities Forecast 26
Table: BMI Steel Price Forecast 26

Short-Term Outlook (three-to-six months) 26

Long-Term Outlook 27

Production Growth Set For Slowdown 28

Consumption Growth To Disappoint 29

Downside Risks To Price Outlook 30
Table: Steel Data & Forecasts 31

Competitive Landscape 32
Table: Taiwan - Largest Listed Metal Companies 34

Company Profile 35

China Steel Corporation 35
Table: China Steel Corporation - Financial Results, 2008-2013 37

Methodology 38

Cross Checks 38

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