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 Key Buyers
The five largest companies in the Global Coal Mining industry generate less than 10.0% of total industry revenue, indicating that industry concentration is in the low range. Although the largest companies are substantial operators, there are also substantial numbers of small- and medium-sized operators that generally operate on slimmer profit margins. Typically, these companies mine deposits that are smaller than those sought after by the larger companies. Concentration has been consistent over the past five years and is not expected to change markedly in the five years to 2021... read more