Taiwan Metals Report Q1 2015

Date: December 17, 2014
Pages: 38
US$ 1,295.00
Report type: Strategic Report
Delivery: E-mail Delivery (PDF), Download
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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.
BMI Industry View
Metals SWOT
Industry Forecast
Steel: Chinese Import Flood Squeezes Prices
  Table: Steel Production & Consumption (Taiwan 2010-2018)
  Table: Taiwan - Major Transport Infrastructure Projects, 2014
  Table: Taiwan - Major Power Plant And Transmission Grid Projects, 2014
Regulatory Development
  Table: Taiwan - Political Overview
Commodities Forecast
Commodity Strategy
Ferrous Metals
Non-Ferrous Metals
Aluminium: Sustained Break Unlikely
Copper: Prices To Decline Further By 2015
Nickel: Increase From Current Lows, But No Return To H114 Highs
Zinc: Tighter Supplies To Be Offset By Subdued Demand
  Table: Select Commodities - Performance & BMI Forecasts
Commodities Forecast
  Table: BMI Steel Price Forecast
Short-Term Outlook (three-to-six months)
Long-Term Outlook
Production Growth Set For Slowdown
Consumption Growth To Disappoint
Downside Risks To Price Outlook
  Table: Steel Data & Forecasts
Competitive Landscape
  Table: Taiwan - Largest Listed Metal Companies
Company Profile
China Steel Corporation
  Table: China Steel Corporation - Financial Results, 2008-2013
Cross Checks
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