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State of the global steel industry: The struggle to survive and thrive By: Lichtenstein The global steel industry is engaged in a two-pronged battle that must be won. Losing either of these battles could have a crippling impact on the industry for many years to come.
The issues at stake are: Containing the flood of low-priced exports mainly from China that has wreaked havoc in nearly every steel market around the globe.
Escalating steel trade conflict The global steel trade war continues to gather momentum and is actually being waged on three levels: Starting with direct trade, the consensus is that the root cause is Chinese excess capacity. Between andsteel exports as a percentage of global steel output reversed its year declining trend and surged from 27 percent to 31 percent.
The G7 countries specifically issued a strong announcement regarding the crisis although China was not singled out. At the same time, a record number of trade cases have been launched, with nearly all major steel industry associations aligned around a common set of messages.
The second level, indirect trade—exports of steel-intensive manufactured goods—has been rising since the turn of the century.
These indirect imports can restrict local market growth and weaken both steel customers and producers. The third level is the acquisition of stakes outside of China to increase capacity, especially in Europe and Brazil. Far from an arbitrary development, overseas growth by Chinese steel companies is a specific policy objective.
From a global perspective, this is counterproductive to the goal of eliminating global excess capacity. Some carmakers are responding to regulatory and consumer demands to improve fuel economy by using lighter-weight body panels in their vehicles.
The rapid response of the steel industry—coupled with innovation in the form of advanced and ultra, high-strength steels—is averting the dire scenarios and market share losses predicted a few years ago.
At the same time, the ability of carmakers to reduce weight means that steel companies face a huge challenge in being compensated for the value that their products generate. For years the industry has discussed the need to move from a weight-based pricing system tons to an application or value-based system.
As the new steels consume comparable line time but generate lower sales revenue on the basis of tons, this becomes even more essential for the financial health of the industry. Inevery dollar of automotive industry output contained 26 cents of ferrous industry inputs.
Conversely, the automotive industry consumes almost 20 percent of steel industry output and accounts for a much higher percentage of profits for many companies.
Conclusion Winning the global steel trade and unique industry battles will likely take a strategic combination of operational and technological changes. The steel companies that start innovating now—with some short-term breathing room being afforded by current trade cases—are most likely to emerge victorious.
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Chinese steel demand peaked in and might be expected to. May 20, · ArcelorMittal is one of the leading global producers of automotive steel, accounting for around % of the world’s automotive steel sheet market in Steel is the dominant material in.
Steel is a critical industry worldwide, and steel products are a heavily traded commodity. In recent years, market changes, shifts in import and export levels, and weakness in the global demand for. Mar 02, · It accounted for a whopping 49% of the billion metric tonnes of steel produced globally last year, according to industry group Worldsteel.