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.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022
Employment ('000)

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • There is an apparent decline in the number of coal mines operating around the globe
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Coal plays a vital role in the world's ability to generate electricity and manufacture steel. Coal's position in global electricity markets stems from its relative accessibility, affordability and distribution around the globe. As coal prices continue downward, the Global Coal Mining industry's revenue is anticipated to fall further. In the five years to 2022, demand for coal is anticipated to continue declining overall. Even though developing nations such as India will continue expanding infrastructures to supply populations with reliable and affordable electricity, developed nations will further solidify their shift towards other sources for electricity generation...

    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 including lignite 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 79.9% of global coal production (by volume) consists of thermal coal. Thi..

    Additional Insights for the Global Coal Mining Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Global Coal Mining Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Ability to find new resource deposits
  • Must have license
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of steaming coal and World price of coking coal in the Global Coal Mining industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    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
    Thermal coal
    Coking coal
    Industry Activities
    Bituminous coal and lignite underground mining
    Bituminous coal and lignite surface mining
    Anthracite mining

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of steaming coal
  • World price of coking coal
  • GDP of mainland China
  • World price of iron ore

  • Current Performance
  • The costs of coal
  • The importance of trade
  • Industry structure
  • Technology and regulation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Cooling trade
  • Steel demand
  • Environmental concerns
  • Table: Global Coal Mining Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Global Coal Mining Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Global Iron and Steel Mills
  • Other Global Manufacturing
  • Global Electric Utilities

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Global Basic Inorganic Chemicals Manufacturing
  • Global Mining and Oil and Gas Field Equipment Manufacturing
  • Global Wholesale Trade

  • Products & Services
  • Thermal coal
  • Coking coal
  • Chart: Global Coal Mining Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Electricity generators
  • Industrial users
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Global Coal Mining Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent and utilities and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Global Coal Mining

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Global Coal Mining Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Global Coal Mining Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Global Coal Mining Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • World price of steaming coal (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • A form of underground mining in which smaller blocks of coal are excavated, leaving pillars of coal to support the mine roof.
  • Coking Coal
  • Coal with high carbon content used to produce coke for steelmaking. It is also known as metallurgical coal.
  • Geosequestration
  • The technology of capturing greenhouse gas emissions from power stations and pumping them into underground reservoirs. It is also referred to as carbon capture and storage.
  • Lignite Coal
  • Coal, usually brown in color, with high water content that is used almost exclusively to generate power. It is also known as brown coal.
  • Longwall Mining
  • A form of underground mining in which large blocks of coal are excavated using a shearer. The mine roof collapses as the shearer retreats.
  • Open Cut Mining
  • A type of surface excavation in the form of an inverted cone; the shape of the mine opening varies with the shape of the mineral deposit.
  • Thermal Coal
  • Coal with a high energy content that is burned as fuel in power stations. It is also known as steaming coal.
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