South Korea Metals Report Q4 2014

Date: September 17, 2014
Pages: 54
US$ 1,295.00
Report type: Strategic Report
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BMI View: South Korean metals consumption growth is set to moderate in H214 and 2015, as the country's exports of manufactured goods are hit by a global economic slowdown and an expected contraction in Europe. South Korea is a major producer of steel and slab zinc, but domestic mining output of ferrous and nonferrous metals is small and reliant on imports for the raw materials required by the metals industry. Domestically produced metals and metal products are fundamental to the country's industrial base, as well as trade.

South Korea has very small reserves of copper and the production level of both mined and refined copper is insufficient to meet domestic demand. The country has to rely on imports to supplement domestic production, and is the world's sixth largest importer of refined copper and the world's fifth largest importer of copper blisters and anodes, which are unrefined forms of copper.
BMI Industry View
Modest Growth In Output
Metals SWOT
Industry Forecast
Steel: Steady Growth Outlook
  Table: Steel Production & Consumption (South Korea 2010-2018)
  Table: South Korea - Steel Production And Trade, 2003-2011 ('000 tonnes, unless stated otherwise)
Copper: Reliance On Imports To Wane
  Table: Refined Copper Production, Consumption & Balance (South Korea 2010-2018)
Zinc: Korea Zinc To Drive Growth
  Table: Refined Zinc Production, Consumption & Balance (South Korea 2010-2018)
Regulatory Development
  Table: South Korea - Political Overview
Commodities Forecast
  Table: BMI Steel Price Forecast
Short-Term Outlook
Core View
Surplus Set To Slim
Production: Reining In Growth
Consumption: Deceleration Ahead
No Respite From Chinese Exports Over Coming Months
Arbitrage Set To Grow Between East And West
Risks To Price Outlook
  Table: Steel Data & Forecasts
  Table: Global Steel Prices By Region & Product, USD/tonne (average)
Commodity Strategy
Ferrous Metals:
Iron Ore: Bounce Won't Last, Weakness In 2015
Steel: Long Road To Price Recovery
Non-Ferrous Metals:
Aluminium: Elevated Prices In Coming Weeks
Copper: Strength To Turn To Weakness By Q414
Lead: Price Bounce Underway
Nickel: Prices To Cool In Coming Months
Tin: Market Tightness To Drive Prices Higher
Zinc: Prices To Moderate By Q414
  Table: Select Commodities - Performance & BMI Forecasts
Competitive Landscape
Recent Developments
  Table: Largest Metal Companies - Financial Data
Company Profile
  Table: POSCO - Financial Results
Korea Zinc
  Table: Korea Zinc - Financial Results
Cross Checks
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