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Metal industry is highly cyclical as its nature is determined by underlying economic growth, unpredictable energy costs and periodic supply/demand trade deficits. New technology innovations, emerging niche markets, extensive applications, improved electrical, magnetic, and mechanical performance of metals and readily available improved materials represent the major factors influencing the demand for global metals market. Demand for metals is also subject to increasingly demanding regulation and review by numerous environmental and governmental policies, political and economic uncertainties, and inter-material competition. With continuing demand for base metals and massive international investments in infrastructure and automotive industries, developing nations, in particular China will be key demand determinant for growth.
Increasing demand from existing and niche market applications in areas such as building and construction, electrical and electronic equipment, consumer products, and telecommunications will stimulate global copper market. Growth of demand in end markets fluctuate extensively based on various factors, such as spending patterns of automotive and/or telecommunications equipment providers, introduction of new consumer products entailing high copper content, favorable economic outlook and encouraging industry standards.
The global steel industry delivered unprecedented results in recent times and is projected to continue its growth trajectory in the future, albeit at a slower rate. The industry is expected to witness marked differences in consumption in different regions of the world. Steel requirement would be in two basic sectors, mass market and high-end market. Developing nations would mostly derive demand from mass products, which would be addressed by the expanding steel production and trade volumes. On the other hand, the high-end market inclusive of the automobile industry would require better product and performance quality from the steel industry. In addition, increasing industry consolidation and sustained high cost of raw materials is expected to bring about stability in steel prices.
Metal mining is a capital-intensive business and capital investment costs have risen sharply during the past years. In addition, the spiraling natural gas prices and growing substitution, has made it less profitable to operate in metal industry, resulting in further closures of inefficient capacities and consolidation. Besides, metal industry is overwhelmed with issues related to air and water pollution, ground water contamination toxic gases emission, global warming and increasing wastes.
The report titled "Metals: A Global Outlook" provides a collection of statistical anecdotes, market briefs, and concise summaries of research findings. The report provides a bird's eye view of the prevalent scenario in the base metals, and precious metals market, among others. The abstracted research commentaries in this section is tagged, and punctuated with 45 information rich market data tables, which help capture consumption patterns by region/country, product type, and end-use segments, in key markets verticals, such as, Copper, Aluminum, Nickel, Zinc, Lead, Tin, Gold, Silver, Platinum Group Metals, and steel, among others. The reader also stands to gain an introductory prelude to regional markets such as the US, Canada, Japan, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Australia, China, Indonesia, India, Brazil, and Venezuela, among few others. The report also provides a recapitulation of recent mergers, acquisitions, and other noteworthy strategic corporate developments, in addition to an indexed, easy-to-refer, fact-finder directory listing the addresses, and contact details of 509 companies worldwide.
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