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Coal Mining in the US: Market Research Report

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Coal Mining Market Research Report | NAICS 21211 | Nov 2015

Ground pressure: Slower economic growth in major global markets will limit demand for industry products

IBISWorld’s Coal Mining market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$35bn
Annual Growth 10-15
-4.1%
Annual Growth 15-20
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Profit
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Employment
79,264
Businesses
1,276
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Coal Mining industry has been volatile over the five years to 2015 and revenue is expected to decline. The prices of thermal and metallurgical coal surged over the five-year period, peaking in 2011. Australian coal reentering the global market after flooding in 2011, the emergence of natural gas as a substitute for coal in electricity generation, a slowing Chinese economy and mild winters in the United States that reduced demand for thermal coal all contributed to price volatility.Natural gas will continue to erode coal demand over the next five years, as the appetite for alternative sources of electricity is expected to expand globally... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The Coal Mining industry is highly capital intensive, with most of its assets held in the form of land holdings, stocks and equipment. Establishing a new mine or expanding an existing one requires large amounts of capital for mine site development and specialized equipment, including items such as draglines (used to remove overburden at open-cut operations), longwalls (shearers and accompanying hydraulic supports and coal extraction conveyors) and coal washing plants.

Ongoing investment requirements largely depend on coal prices. If coal prices are too low, then an operator might reduce production; it might not be economical to extract coal from the mine at a cost that might surpass the expected market price... purchase to read more

 


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What is the Coal Mining Industry?

Operators in this industry mine various types of coal. This will often occur either underground or in surface pits. Most coal mines consist of bituminous coal or anthracite (types of black coal), but companies might also excavate lignite (brown coal). Industry operators also develop coal mine sites and prepare the coal for sale by washing, screening and sizing the material.

Industry Products
Bituminous coalSub-bituminous coalLigniteAnthracite
 
Industry Activities
Bituminous coal and lignite surface miningBituminous coal and lignite underground miningAnthracite mining


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