2013-02-21 09:08:33 - Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "South Korea Metals Report Q1 2013", is now available at Fast Market Research
South Korean metals consumption growth is set to moderate sharply in 2013 and 2014 as the country's exports of manufactured goods are hit by a global economic slowdown and an expected contraction in the European market. South Korea is a major producer of steel and slab zinc, but domestic mining output of ferrous and nonferrous metals is small and the country is reliant on imports for the raw materials required by the metals industry. Domestically produced metals and metal products are fundamental to the country's industrial base, as well as trade.
South Korea has very small reserves of copper and the production level of both mined and refined copper is insufficient to meet domestic demand. As such, the country has to
rely on imports to supplement domestic production. South Korea is the world's sixth largest importer of refined copper and the world's fifth largest importer of copper blisters and anodes, which are unrefined forms of copper.
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The deep decline in infrastructure activity suggests that the stimulus measures initiated by the government since 2009 are fast receding, with a subsequent impact on construction metal products, such as steel rebar and sections, aluminium panels and extruded products and copper pipes.
Below-Consensus Views Bearish For Production
Our below-consensus views on the Chinese economy will have a significant impact on South Korea's export sectors as they pan out, as China is South Korea's largest export market with a 25% share of total exports. Inflationary pressure is mounting in the Chinese economy and we expect to further tightening measures, which would likely exacerbate weaknesses in the Chinese housing market. Given that the property sector has been the main engine of growth for the entire mainland economy, a correction would inevitably hurt Chinese demand for South Korean metal goods.
Two of South Korea's other sizeable export markets, Hong Kong (5.4% of total exports) and Taiwan (3.2%), are very dependent on the Chinese economy, meaning demand from these two destinations may face similar downward pressure. The slowdown in the Chinese economy is also leading to overcapacity, with Chinese metal products flooding the Asian market. Indeed, we remain below consensus across base metals based on our China view and this will subdue production growth. As we do not expect a sustained recovery in prices, expecting metals to head broadly lower over 2013 and 2014, it is likely that expansion plans will be delayed and new projects curtailed.
As part of its programme to encourage firms to build up their inventories, the Public Procurement Service (PPS) is setting up a physical metal-backed exchange traded fund (ETF) with a bonded warehouse in Busan port with capacity to store about 100,000 tonnes of copper or 70,000 tonnes of primary aluminium. Unit prices of the ETF will be based on the cash London Metal Exchange prices and premiums for spot metal at the buying time and the main suppliers will be international trading houses.
Report Table of Contents:
BMI Industry View
- Table: Table: South Korea - Steel Production & Consumption, 2009 - 2017
- Table: Table: South Korea - Steel Production & Consumption, 2004 - 2012
- Table: Table: South Korea - Refined Copper Production & Consumption, 2009 - 2017
- Table: South Korea - Zinc Production, Consumption & Balance, 2009 - 2017 (kt)
- Monthly Metals Strategy
- Iron Ore: Holding Up, For Now
- Steel: Bleak Outlook
- Aluminium: Major Gains Over
- Copper: Global Stockpiles Pose Downside Risk
- Lead: Heading Lower
- Nickel: No Return To 2012 Highs
- Tin: Continued Outperformance
- Zinc: Bounce Is Coming To An End
- Table: BMI Commodity Price Strategy
- Table: Select Commodities: Performance & BMI Forecasts
- Steel Forecast
- Table: BMI Steel Forecast
- Table: Steel Forecast
- Table: Table: Selected Companies & Indexes Financial Data
- Table: POSCO - Financial Results
- Korea Zinc
- Table: Korea Zinc - Financial Results
- How We Generate Our Industry Forecasts
- Cross Checks
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