Global Coal Mining: Market Research Report

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Global Coal Mining Market Research Report | Feb 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 provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies globally and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

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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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Employment ('000)
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The global recession negatively impacted the Global Coal Mining industry's performance, as both thermal and metallurgical coal prices tanked in light of reduced downstream demand. However, their prices recovered rapidly as demand for electricity generation stabilized, especially in the developing world. The importance of coal in electricity markets is present in both developed and developing worlds; in the future, coal is expected to continue supplying the world with reliable and affordable energy. In the five years to 2021, demand for coal is anticipated to be moderate. Developing nations will continue expanding their infrastructures to supply their populations with reliable and affordable electricity.

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Industry Products

The Global Coal Mining industry produces two types of coal: black coal and brown coal (also known as lignite). Black coal can be further broken down into thermal coal and coking coal. Coal is categorized based on its contents of carbon (i.e. energy) and moisture, which in turn determine its value.

Thermal coal

Thermal coal (also known as steaming coal) is used to convert to electricity as a source of energy. Thermal coal generally contains less carbon than coking coal, making it unsuitable for steel making; instead, it has relatively high energy content, thus suiting it for electricity generation. Currently, an estimated 73.8% of global coal production (by volume) consists of thermal coal... read more


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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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