Just Released: "Germany Metals Report Q2 2013"

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Fri May 03 2013

Germany's metals sector will continue to feel the squeeze in the coming quarters as output prices remain low and costs stay stubbornly high. We forecast subdued growth in consumption of key metals such as steel, copper and aluminium, chiefly due to a muted outlook for economic activity in the country. Moreover, ongoing political and economic malaise in the eurozone will ensure demand from the most important export market remains muted.

Illustrative of challenges faced by the wider metals sector, steel mills will remain under significant pressure, as low output prices squeeze margins. This will encourage consolidation of operations and dampen output growth. We forecast steel production will post only erratic growth in the coming years as low prices will continue to bite. We forecast steel output of 43.0mn tonnes (mnt) in 2017, which would be just 0.7% above 2012 output and 11.4% below the 2007 peak level.

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Three firms dominate steel production in Germany. ThyssenKrupp is Germany's largest steel maker and will be implementing significant job cuts in 2013. ArcelorMittal has a further 8.0mntpa capacity located at sites in Bremen, Duisburg, Eisenhuttenstadt and Hamburg. Due to its proximity to Poland, the Eisenhuttenstadt steelworks exports nearly half its output to Central and Eastern Europe. The other three ArcelorMittal facilities are reliant on West European markets for their exports. Salzgitter AG is the third largest steelmaker with plants in Salzgitter and Peine in the middle of the country.

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