Pumping iron: A decline in the price of iron ore will lead to a drop in revenue

IBISWorld’s Iron Ore Mining market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Strong demand for steel from China and other emerging economies will propel revenue growth
  • The industrialization of China and India has been an overwhelming influence on iron ore prices
  • Revenue will benefit from rising demand and prices without equal adjustments to output

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The US mining sector has grown considerably as the economy has recovered. During the recession, weak demand and subsequent drops in output and prices sent revenue crashing in 2009. The sudden drop in iron and steel demand during the downturn caused iron ore prices to fall significantly, forcing industry operators to curtail production or close mines and processing facilities to reduce costs. Over the coming years, the industry is expected to continue benefiting from expanding foreign demand...

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    Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Iron Ore Mining industry is in the mature stage of its life cycle, despite the fact that industry value added (IVA), or the industry's contribution to the overall economy, is projected to decrease at an annualized rate of 12.0% over the 10 years to 2021. Industry revenue is highly volatile, and so IVA can change substantially as a result of changes to the iron ore price. Booming iron ore prices during much of the past five years boosted the industry's share of US GDP, but the industry's expanding share of the economy was almost completely based on price increases. Similarly, the decrease in IVA recorded at present is largely a result of recent iron ore price falls. In that same period, US GDP is forecast to grow at an annualized rate of 2.1%.


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    Additional Insights for the Iron Ore Mining Industry

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

  • Effective cost controls
  • Ability to comply with environmental laws
  • Availability of resource
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from iron and steel manufacturing and World price of iron ore in the Iron Ore Mining industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Iron Ore Mining Industry?

    Companies in this industry mine iron-bearing ores. In addition to ore extraction, mining includes the development of mine sites and the processing of ore into a concentrated or pellet form. Iron ore and iron ore pellets are then sold as an input for blast-furnace steel production (Iron and Steel Manufacturing industry, IBISWorld report 33111).

    Industry Products
    Iron ore pellets
    All Other including nuggets and agglomerates
    Industry Activities
    Iron ore mining
    Iron ore beneficiating

    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
  • Demand from iron and steel manufacturing
  • World price of iron ore
  • Industrial production index
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Volatile prices
  • Trade
  • Operational trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Production, prices and profit
  • Foreign markets
  • Market entry will continue to remain challenging
  • Table: Iron Ore Mining Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Paint Manufacturing
  • Cement Manufacturing
  • Iron & Steel Manufacturing
  • Nonferrous Metal Refining
  • Nonferrous Metal Rolling & Alloying

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Coal & Natural Gas Power
  • Hydroelectric Power
  • Inland Water Transportation
  • Mining, Oil & Gas Machinery Manufacturing
  • Nuclear Power
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Sand & Gravel Mining

  • Products & Services
  • Iron ore pellets
  • Concentrates
  • All Other including nuggets and agglomerates
  • Chart: Iron Ore Mining Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Steel manufacturers
  • Exports
  • Other industrial markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Iron Ore Mining Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesRent and UtilitiesDepreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Iron Ore Mining

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.United States Steel Corp.ArcelorMittal
  • Table: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: United States Steel Corp. - financial performance
  • Table: ArcelorMittal - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the 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
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Iron Ore Mining Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Exports (2007-2021)
  • Imports (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Price of Iron Ore (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
  • A variety of processes whereby ore extracted through mining is separated into mineral and gangue, the former suitable for further processing or direct use.
  • Iron Ore Pellets
  • Marble-sized balls of an iron ore and clay mixture, baked in a large furnace.
  • Pelletizing
  • The process of compressing or molding a material into the shape of a pellet.
  • Taconite
  • An iron-bearing, high-silica, flint-like rock. It typically contains between 20.0 and 30.0% iron and occurs in the Mesabi Range of northeastern Minnesota.
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