POLISH STEEL MARKET
The Polish steel market in 2006 amounted to ~10.3 mt finished steel products. The Polish steel market is therefore just a little smaller than the steel market in the UK [2006 apparent demand ~12.9 mt] although the Polish population is significantly smaller.
– Poland 38.1 million
– UK 60.5 million
Recently, Polish steel demand is growing fast.
– 2006 demand was ~28% up on 2005
– 2007 demand [based on H1 2007 data] is estimated at ~12mt
– 2007 consumption will be ~17% up on 2006
- Statistics describing steel market demand are shown in the presentation attached.
- Routes to market [direct and via intermediates from production and imports] are shown also.
SERVICE CENTRE SECTOR OVERVIEW
Currently ~100 ‘players’ with gradually diminishing distinction between the stockholder and the service centre.
- Across the 100 firms, multiple sites [especially for larger sites] mean that across Poland as a whole there are perhaps ~250 locations where customers may purchase steel / get access to simple mechanical services such as cutting. - Largest stockholders / distributors include ThyssenKrupp Energostal, Grupa Polska Stal, Sambud-2, Bowim, Stalexport.
GROWTH PROSPECTS FOR STEEL STOCKHOLDING IN POLAND
Polish steel market has been growing fast. MCI assess that a pause in growth will be probable in 2008, but that subsequent moderate demand growth will continue.
- Current West European steel demand is ~412 kg/capita. In Poland it amounts to ~270 kg/capita.
- If half this difference was eliminated in 5 years, Polish demand intensity would increase to ~340 kg/capita, predicting overall steel demand of 12.8mt by 2012.
- With steel deliveries via intermediaries maintained at ~40%, total SSC mediated sales would rise from ~4mt in 2006 to 5.1mt in 2012.
Events of last three years can be summarised in terms of
– The move away from the highly fragmented industry structure of the late 1990s
– Merger and consolidation, with Zlomrex leading the field
– Much foreign investment [even by traditionally very risk averse firms]
- In sectors/applications: including auto, white goods, construction, roofing
- In high value steels including alloy, stainless
- In product specific SSCs [heavy plate, coated steels, rebar]
- Broadly, in keeping up with needs of Western investors
Since 2005, we are witnessing much reorientation of the typical 'Polish steel depot' as follows:
from 'Stockholder' ... to 'Stockholder Plus' ... to 'Service Centre'.
Number of players at 250+ suggests that high competition, poor margins and small average size [sales under 10kt/year] are likely to be key weaknesses.
Know-how in terms of sophisticated add-on services / advanced customer needs is also judged by MCI to often be problematical
Market understanding also is likely to be:
– Often limited;
– Typically highly local;
– Typically lacking broader / international perspective
Access to capital also considered to be a significant weakness for many smaller operators
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