Nerves of steel: Revenue will grow, but external competition will dampen growth prospects

The Iron and Steel Manufacturing industry in Canada has struggled with volatile steel prices, global overcapacity and wavering domestic demand for steel products over the past five years. Despite double-digit gains in 2014, the industry resumed the five-year period to 2018 with uncertain performance, as it experienced continued weakness in the US nonresidential construction sector, a key export market for the industry. Ultimately, rising global overcapacity, which occurs when global steel production exceeds global demand, has deflated steel prices over 2014 and 2015, hurting the revenue and profitability of Canadian steel more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has struggled with volatile steel prices, global overcapacity and wavering domestic demand for steel products
  • Domestic producers will increase their competitiveness through a wide range of mechanisms
  • Steel endures strong external competition from other materials in motor vehicle manufacturing
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The concentration of establishments in the Iron and Steel Manufacturing industry in Canada is largely influenced by their proximity to downstream markets, as well as upstream suppliers of key inputs such as iron. Iron and steel manufacturing locations also tend to be correlated with population density and industrial production activity. Hence, the majority of industry establishments are located in Ontario and Quebec. Ontario, which is home to all of the major players' largest facilities, accounts for most of this industry's output in any given year.Ontario accounts for 47.3% of establishments and is the most densely concentrated region for the industry. Due...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry are

  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Output is sold under contract
  • Degree of globalization in the firm
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of steel and Canadian effective exchange rate index in the Iron & Steel Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry?

    This industry manufactures pig iron, steel and ferroalloys. Pig iron may be manufactured in a blast furnace or with newer direct-reduction methods. Steel may be manufactured in basic oxygen furnaces (newly made steel) or in electric-arc furnaces (recycled steel). The industry also includes operators that manufacture basic steel shapes (e.g. bars, plates, rods, sheets, strips and wire) or form pipes and tubes from steel they have produced in-house.

    Industry Products
  • Crude steel
  • Hot-rolled steel shapes
  • Cold-rolled steel shapes
  • Coated steel products
  • Pig iron for other steel mills
  • Industry Activities
  • Direct reduction of iron ore
  • Manufacturing and converting ferroalloys
  • Producing steel through the use of open-hearth furnaces
  • Manufacturing cold-rolled and hot-rolled steel products
  • Manufacturing basic steel shapes (e.g. bar, plate, rod, sheet, strip and wire)
  • Forming pipes and tubes from self-produced steel
  • Manufacturing and converting pig iron
  • Producing steel through the combination of coke and iron ore in blast furnaces
  • Producing steel by melting recycled scrap steel, usually with pig iron, in electric arc furnaces
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of steel
  • Canadian effective exchange rate index
  • Industrial capacity utilization
  • Value of nonresidential construction
  • External competition for the Iron and Steel Manufacturing industry

  • Current Performance
  • Iron out the kinks
  • Changing production and operations
  • Global steel
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Major markets
  • Challenges to come
  • Globalization
  • Table: Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Metal Pipe & Tube Manufacturing in Canada
  • Steel Rolling & Drawing in Canada
  • Ferrous Metal Foundry Products in Canada
  • Car & Automobile Manufacturing in Canada
  • SUV & Light Truck Manufacturing in Canada
  • Truck & Bus Manufacturing in Canada
  • Truck, Trailer & Motor Home Manufacturing in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Coal Mining in Canada
  • Copper, Nickel, Lead & Zinc Mining in Canada
  • Electric Power Transmission in Canada
  • Iron Ore Mining in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Crude steel
  • Hot-rolled steel shapes
  • Pig iron for other steel mills
  • Coated steel products
  • Cold-rolled steel shapes
  • Other
  • Chart: Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Exports
  • Metal wholesalers
  • Construction sector
  • Steel pipes and tubes manufacturers
  • Other manufacturers
  • Transportation sector
  • Steel rolling and drawing companies
  • Steel wire drawing companies
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Rent and utilities and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Iron & Steel Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    ArcelorMittal SA, Algoma Inc., Stelco Holdings Inc., Gerdau AmeriSteel Corporation,
  • Table: ArcelorMittal SA - financial performance
  • Table: Algoma Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Stelco Holdings Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Gerdau AmeriSteel Corporation - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Iron & Steel Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • World price of steel in CAD (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Blast Furnace
  • A furnace used in integrated steelmaking, in which coke and iron ore react together under a hot air flow to form steel.
  • Coke
  • A high-carbon solid produced by heating coal in an oven to drive off volatile components.
  • Electric Arc Furnace
  • A furnace for scrap-based steelmaking, in which scrap steel is melted and recycled.
  • Ferroalloy
  • An iron alloy with a high proportion of one or more other elements that is used in the production of steel as a raw material.
  • Pig Iron
  • The intermediate product of smelting iron ore with coke; usually transferred in molten form to steelmaking furnaces.
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