2013-10-07 17:26:07 - Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "Japan Metals Report Q4 2013", is now available at Fast Market Research
Japan's metal industry is set for slight growth over the coming years, driven by continued reconstruction efforts from the earthquake over two years ago. In addition, the government is pursuing stimulus measures which should given a boost to construction industries. However, given our bearish view on steel prices, as well as the relatively high costs of production in Japan, there will only be modest growth as the economy nears saturation levels.
Over the long term we expect production and consumption trends to fall back to low single figures, in line with growth forecasts for the Japanese economy as a whole. Japan remains one of the largest producers and consumers of these metals, but faces a declining share of world output and
demand, as China and up-andcoming India rapidly increase production and consumption in most metals.
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Although steel prices have dipped since the start of 2012, we expect to see a rebound in 2013. We expect steel production to rebound on the back of increased demand as construction efforts get underway, but it will be short-lived, with production growth experiencing a steady decline from 2014-2016.
Overall, we expect production of refined metals to outpace growth in demand, leading to an output surplus over the coming years. Indeed, we expect Japan to become a larger net nickel exporter from 2013. We therefore expect Japan's exports of refined metals to increase, with the primary export market being China, a market we expect to remain reliant on imported metals, at least in the short- to medium-term.
Our forecasts are based on the premise that the Japanese economy will slowly recover from recession and the March 2011 earthquake, and will then continue its pre-crisis trend of slow growth. Consequently, there are downside risks to our forecasts depending on the performance of the wider economy. If the country shows signs of a slower than expected recovery we will consider revising down our forecasts.
Report Table of Contents:
BMI Industry View
Steel: Headwinds Beckon, But Collapse Not Near
Table: Japan - Steel Production & Consumption (kt, Unless Stated Otherwise)
Table: Japan - Historical Steel Production, Consumption & Trade (kt, Unless Stated Otherwise)
Aluminium: Modest Growth As Sector Recovers
Table: Japan - Refined Aluminium Production & Consumption Forecasts ('000 tonnes, unless stated otherwise)
Copper: Production On Stronger Support
Table: Japan - Refined Copper Production & Consumption Forecasts (kt, unless stated otherwise)
Steel Price Forecast
Table: BMI Steel Forecast
Table: Steel Forecast
Monthly Metals Strategy
Aluminium: Still Further Declines
Copper: Continued Weakness
Nickel: Persisting Fall
Zinc: Holding Steady, For Now
Table: Select Commodities - Performance And BMI Forecasts
Table: Global Commodities Strategy
Table: Japan - Largest Listed Metal Companies
Table: Nippon Steel - Financial Data
Table: JFE Holdings - Financial Data
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