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World Steel Industry Trends.

Global trends in industry structure and competition

Please click below to learn about world steel industry trends in the following areas. (These pages are accessible to all site visitors).

  • Steel consumption, demand mix and substitution issues and related market matters. Discussion topics include the relevance of GDP to steel demand levels, demand cyclicality, and the probable strong growth over time of the relative importance of higher-value carbon and alloy steels.
  • Process technology and energy use including technology developments. We consider the growing importance of DRI, and the industry impact of direct strip casting.
  • Steel and raw material price trends and industry adaptation. The relationship between steel costs and prices is discussed; as is the importance of capacity utilisation to industry economics. Raw materials availability and vertical integration trends are considered also.
  • Labour force, environmental and water availability and associated issues. The discussion includes a commentary on the relative importance of labour cost to overall cost competitiveness.

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