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 can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
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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 Key Buyers Chapter

The four largest companies in the US Coal Mining industry account for an estimated 30.7% of industry revenue. Industry concentration has increased during the past five years. Coal mine operators have strived to acquire metallurgical coal to meet surging export demand, resulting in frequent merger and acquisition activity. Strong demand from Asia has underpinned this growth in demand. As a result of surges in infrastructure-related investments in Asia, economies in this region are searching for the means to create steel. The industry's major players have thus looked to increase their holdings of metallurgical coal, which is needed to produce steel... 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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