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Market Report, "France Metals Report Q1 2014", published


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2013-12-27 12:26:48 - Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "France Metals Report Q1 2014", is now available at Fast Market Research

France's metals sector is set for very modest growth and, in some cases, declines as major producers hold back on investment. Steel will continue to dominate the country's metals industry, but we do not expect any significant new investment. ArcelorMittal and Rio Tinto, the two largest producers in the country, are facing an increasingly hostile and competitive operating environment, with steel still cheap on a relative basis and aluminium being exported from China. We therefore do not expect France to return to pre-2008 rates of production over the foreseeable future.

The relatively strong performance the French steel industry enjoyed in H113 had dissipated in the second half of the year as it struggled with an increasingly sluggish domestic manufacturing sector and

an equally listless European scenario. Uncertainty surrounds the future of ArcelorMittal's Florange steel mill, which has turned into an increasingly fraught political dispute. By December 2012 a deal by the government to save the plant from closure with a five-year investment programme appeared to have failed due to technical difficulties, but it seemed unlikely the government would carry through with its threat to nationalise the facility.

Full Report Details at
- www.fastmr.com/prod/754525_france_metals_report_q1_2014.aspx

While France has been one of Europe's better performing steel-producing countries, output was still 20% below typical pre-2008 levels in 2013 and we estimate that utilisation levels are averaging 70-75%. Cuts in crude steel-making capacity are therefore inevitable in order to ensure the long-term stability of both the French and EU steel industries.

Report Table of Contents:

BMI Industry View
- Little Room For Optimism
SWOT
- Metals SWOT
- Industry Forecast
- Steel: Weak Growth Outlook As Economy Stalls
- Demand: Muted Outlook For Infrastructure And Autos
- Table: France - Steel Production, Consumption And Balance ('000 tonnes)
- Table: France - Steel Industry Historical Data ('000 tonnes)
Commodities Forecast
- Commodity Strategy
- Iron Ore: Prices To Head Lower In 2014
- Steel: Reprieve Unlikely To Last
- Aluminium: Weakness Resuming
- Copper: Continued Weakening
- Lead: Modest Secular Uptrend To Remain Intact
- Nickel: Can't Catch A Break
- Tin: Outperformance To Continue
- Zinc: Likely To Hold Up
- Table: Select Commodities - Performance & BMI Forecasts
- Table: BMI Commodities Strategy
- Commodities Forecast
- Table: BMI Steel Forecast
- Table: Steel Forecast
Competitive Landscape
- Table: Metals Industry - Key Facilities
- Table: Largest Listed European Listed Metals Producers
Company Profile
- ArcelorMittal
- Company Strategy
- Company Details
- Financial Data
- Table: ArcelorMittal - Key Financial Data
- Rio Tinto - Q1 2014
- Company Overview
- Company Strategy
- Table: Rio Tinto - Key Financial Data
Methodology
- Cross Checks

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Business Monitor International (BMI) offers a comprehensive range of products and services designed to help senior executives, analysts and researchers assess and better manage operating risks, and exploit business opportunities, across 175 markets. BMI offers three main areas of expertise: Country Risk BMI's country risk and macroeconomic forecast portfolio includes weekly financial market reports, monthly regional Monitors, and in-depth quarterly Business Forecast Reports. Industry Analysis BMI covers a total of 17 industry verticals through a portfolio of services, including in-depth quarterly Country Forecast Reports. View more research from Business Monitor International at www.fastmr.com/catalog/publishers.aspx?pubid=1010

About Fast Market Research

Fast Market Research is an online aggregator and distributor of market research and business information. We represent the world's top research publishers and analysts and provide quick and easy access to the best competitive intelligence available.

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