True steel: Demand is expected to grow, but the prospect of a trade war could hamper recovery

Industry operators produce iron and steel for a range of downstream markets, including construction and automotive industries. Over the past five years, firms have struggled to contend with difficult operating conditions. Overall revenue is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of 5.2% over the five years through 2018-19. IBISWorld estimates that domestic demand for iron and steel manufacturing has been volatile over the past five-year period but has overall been far below pre-downturn levels, contributing to revenue declines. A slowdown of steel production in China caused a fall in global demand for steel during the latter part of the period, hampering industry performance...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£6bn
Annual Growth 14-19
-5.2%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
21,769
Businesses
259

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • International competition is expected to continue putting pressure on the industry
  • High energy costs and expenses related to climate change policies have limited competitiveness
  • The industry’s performance is likely to be heavily affected by the UK’s exit from the European Union
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    YorkshireManufacturing industries in the United Kingdom are traditionally located in the northern areas of England, and this holds true for the Iron and Steel Manufacturing industry. Yorkshire has the highest concentration of industry establishments, with approximately 15.9% of the total. The region offers firms good access to key downstream markets. Major player Tata Steel UK Ltd is among the industry operators that situate their production plants in Yorkshire. The West MidlandsThe West Midlands is home to approximately 14% of industry establishments, making it the second-most concentrated region. It also has a high level of manufacturing activity, which increases its attractiveness for operators. Goo...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry are

  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of steel and Total value of construction in the Iron & Steel Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What's in this report

    What is the Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry?

    Firms in this industry produce iron and steel in blast furnaces or reprocess steel in electric arc furnaces. They make a variety of basic steel products, such as ingots, sheets, plates, bars, rods, girders and sections.

    Industry Products
  • Sections
  • Rods and bars
  • Ingots
  • Wire coil
  • Plates, sheets and strips
  • Tin mill products
  • Railway tracks and other products
  • Industry Activities
  • Producing pig iron
  • Manufacturing ferroalloys
  • Producing angles, shapes and sections of stainless steel, iron, alloy and non-alloy steel
  • Producing bars and rods of stainless steel, iron, alloy and non-alloy steel
  • Manufacturing ingots
  • Manufacturing plates, sheets and strips of iron and steel
  • 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 steel
  • Total value of construction
  • Demand from motor vehicle manufacturing
  • World price of coking coal
  • World price of iron ore

  • Current Performance
  • Market support
  • Energy influence
  • Remoulding industry
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • EU influences
  • Market demand
  • US tariffs
  • Global demand
  • Profit performance
  • Table: Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Railway & Underground Railway Construction
  • Metal & Metal Ore Wholesaling

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Hard Coal Mining
  • Waste & Scrap Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Plates, sheets and strips
  • Rods and bars
  • Sections
  • Ingots
  • Wire coil
  • Tin mill products
  • Railway tracks and other products
  • Chart: Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Construction sector
  • Machinery and equipment manufacturers
  • Fabricated metal producers
  • Automotive sector
  • Other metal goods manufacturers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesUtilitiesDepreciation, rent and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Iron & Steel Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    British Steel Ltd, Tata Steel UK Limited, Celsa (UK) Holdings Ltd,
  • Table: British Steel Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Tata Steel UK Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Celsa (UK) Holdings Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Iron & Steel Manufacturing 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 Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Electric Arc Furnace
  • A furnace that heats charged material by means of an electric arc.
  • Ferroalloys
  • Alloys of iron containing a high proportion of one or more other elements, such as aluminium, manganese, silicon, nickel or magnesium.
  • Ingot
  • A material, usually metal, that has been cast into a shape suitable for further processing.
  • Melt Shop
  • A melt shop melts scrap charge to liquid steel at the required temperature and chemical analysis.
  • Smelting
  • A form of extractive metallurgy. Its main use is to produce a base metal from its ore.
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