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Coal Mining in the US: Market Research Report

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Coal Mining Market Research Report | NAICS 21211 | Jul 2014

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
$46bn
Annual Growth 09-14
2.2%
Annual Growth 14-19
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Employment
78,842
Businesses
582
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Coal Mining industry has lost steam over the past five years. This is because the emergence of natural gas-generated electricity has increased competition for the industry. Emerging market demand for metallurgical coal has created need for this export, as developing countries are extensively building infrastructure and demanding steel-making coals at increasing rates. Additionally, coal stockpiles have remained high around the globe, depressing prices and causing industry revenue to contract. In the five years to 2019, slower growth in emerging economies will hurt demand for US metallurgical coal and cause prices to stagnate. Furthermore, natural gas will continue to erode coal demand, as the appetite for alternative sources of electricity expands globally... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

There are substantial barriers to entry into the Coal Mining industry. A large amount of capital is required to develop a new mine, usually several hundred million dollars. Other barriers to entry include the lengthy approval process (such as environmental approval and licenses to explore and mine) and the ability to secure favorable contracts with end users.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), under the US Department of the Interior, presents additional barriers to entry. The BLM is responsible for coal leasing on about 570 million acres, where the federal government owns the coal mineral estate. The land surface could be controlled by the BLM, the US Forest Service, private land owners, state land owners or other federal agencies... purchase to read more

 


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What is the Coal Mining Industry?

Operators in this industry mine various types of coal, and 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 excavate lignite (brown coal) as well. 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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