Latin America Metal Works Sectors : A Company and Industry Analysis (August 2007)

  • ID: 656275
  • August 2007
  • Region: America, America (exc North), Latin America
  • 28 pages
  • Mergent
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This report looks at the metal works industry in Latin America, with a focus on Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela
Current Environment - Key Points
- In 2006, prices of commodities including copper, aluminum, zinc and tin struck historically high levels, creating windfall profits for numerous companies and regions, including Latin America. - The elevated prices were largely the result of great demand, constrained supply and low inventories leading to very stiff market conditions and greater investor speculation in base metals
- After enjoying solid increases for the first half of this decade, Latin America faced its second successive year of waning raw steel production in 2006
- Steel companies- share prices rose strongly in the first part of 2007, with Brazilian companies leading the pack. - Shares of the region-s leading company, Gerdau Group, performed better than the indices of the stock markets on which these shares are traded. - ILAFA figures show that Argentina-s output rose 5.2% to 5.7 million tons, while production in Chile climbed 1.1% to 1.6 million tons. The single largest increase was in Ecuador, where production READ MORE >

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Current Environment
- Sector Overview
- Sector Performance
- Leading Companies

Industry Profile
- Steel Production
- Steel Imports and Exports
- Sector Investment
- Policy and Regulatory

Market Trends and Outlook
- Copper Shines Brightly in

Latin America-s Future
- Larger Mergers Continue to

Change the Industry
- The Industry Struggles with a

Lack of Capacity
- Labor Costs Start to Rise

- Market Outlook
Country Profiles
- Brazil
- Chile
- Mexico
- Peru
- Venezuela
Currency Conversion Table
The Scope of this Report
Key References
Comparative Data

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