Global Coal Mining: Market Research Report

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Global Coal Mining Market Research Report | Jul 2016

The global economy presents its own set of opportunities and threats for businesses in a range of industries. IBISWorld’s Global Coal Mining global market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at an international 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.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Coal India Coal India market share
ShenHua Group ShenHua Group market share
Industry Statistics & Forecast
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Coal's position in global electricity markets stems from its relative accessibility, affordability and distribution around the globe. Global thermal and metallurgical coal prices recovered rapidly as demand for electricity generation stabilized following the recession, especially in the developing world. However, environmental concerns surrounding coal-generated power have increased in the past five years, and are expected to continue doing so in the next five years. In the five years to 2021, demand for coal is anticipated to be moderate. Developing nations will continue expanding infrastructures to supply populations with reliable and affordable electricity. Consequently, industry revenue is expected to grow over the next five years.

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Industry Investment

The Global 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. Evidently, levels of capital expenditure by the industry are typically very high. For every $1.00 spent on labor, IBISWorld estimates that companies will spend $1.05 on capital.

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What is the Global Coal Mining Industry?

This industry mines various types of coal. Most coal mines consist of bituminous coal or anthracite (types of black coal), but operators may also mine lignite (brown coal). Mining occurs underground and in surface pits. Industry enterprises may also develop coal mine sites and prepare the coal for sale by washing, screening and sizing it.

Industry Products
Lignite coalThermal coalCoking coal
Industry Activities
Bituminous coal and lignite underground miningBituminous coal and lignite surface miningAnthracite mining

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