Heavy metal: Decreasing steel prices caused the price of iron ore to crash, taking revenue down with it

The Global Iron Ore Mining industry's financial performance has nosedived over the past five years. Greatly affected by fluctuations in the world iron ore price, the industry weathered sharp spikes and double-digit declines from 2012 to 2017. Industry revenue is highly affected by movements in the price of iron ore. Recent price weakness has been driven by both high levels of supply on global markets and weakening demand from emerging markets, most notably China. Industry performance is expected to continue declining over the five years to 2022...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Stronger-than-expected growth in the Chinese economy and a potential import duty placement have helped prices rebound
  • The price of iron ore has consistently trended in the same direction as steel prices
  • Steelmakers are expected to continue vertically integrating with suppliers
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The geographic spread of iron ore production broadly reflects the distribution of iron ore resources. World resources are estimated to exceed 800.0 billion metric tons of crude ore containing more than 230.0 billion metric tons of iron.The Ukraine, Russia, Brazil, China, Australia, India and Kazakhstan account for the vast majority of the world's recoverable iron ore reserves. The regions that these countries are located in South America (Brazil), North Asia (China), Oceania (Australia), India and Central Asia (India and Kazakhstan) and Europe (the Ukraine and Russia), are the main iron ore producing areas...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Global Iron Ore Mining Industry

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

  • Access to high-quality inputs
  • Effective cost controls
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of iron ore and GDP of mainland China in the Global Iron Ore Mining industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Global Iron Ore Mining Industry?

    This industry consists of companies that mine iron-bearing ores (primarily hematite, magnetite and taconite). In addition to ore extraction, mining includes the development of mine sites and the processing of ore mined into a concentrate or pellet form. The iron ore and iron ore pellets are then sold as an input to blast furnace steel production.

    Industry Products
  • Iron ore fines
  • Iron ore pellets and pellet feed
  • Industry Activities
  • Mining iron bearing ore
  • Processing iron bearing ore into pellets
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  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of iron ore
  • GDP of mainland China
  • GDP of the BRIC nations
  • Industrial production index of OECD countries

  • Current Performance
    Steel drives industry revenueVolatile revenue, but rising productionPrices rise and fallProfitabilityShortened time frames
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
    Growing supply and unstable demandHigh levels of International trade to continueProfit performance
  • Table: Global Iron Ore Mining Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Global Copper, Nickel, Lead and Zinc Mining
  • Global Iron and Steel Mills

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Global Electric Utilities
  • Global Mining and Oil and Gas Field Equipment Manufacturing
  • Global Oil and Gas Mining Support Services
  • Global Oil and Gas Refining and Marketing
  • Other Global Mining and Quarrying

  • Products & Services
  • Iron ore fines
  • Iron ore pellets and pellet feed
  • Chart: Global Iron Ore Mining Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Steel manufacturers: China
  • Steel manufacturers: rest of the world
  • Iron ore processors and other industrial markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Global Iron Ore Mining Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Global Iron Ore Mining

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Global Iron Ore Mining Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Vale SA ADR Class A, Rio Tinto Group, BHP Billiton Limited, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd,
  • Table: Vale SA ADR Class A - financial performance
  • Table: Rio Tinto Group - financial performance
  • Table: BHP Billiton Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Fortescue Metals Group Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Global Iron Ore Mining Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

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

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Global Iron Ore 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 Iron Ore (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A finely crushed or powdered ore.
  • Hematite
  • A red-colored form of iron ore that occurs in crystalline, massive or granular forms and typically contains at least 70.0% iron.
  • Iron Ore
  • Rocks or deposits containing compounds from which iron can be extracted.
  • Iron Ore Pellet
  • Marble-size balls of an iron ore and clay mixture, baked in a large furnace.
  • Magnetite
  • A natural black oxide of iron, typically containing 65.0% to 72.0% iron.
  • 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.
  • Taconite
  • An iron-bearing, high-silica, flint-like rock, typically containing 20.0% to 30.0% iron.
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