Five Burning Themes In Global Coal

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Five Burning Themes In Global Coal
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BMI View : Despite the environmental benefits of replacing coal with cleaner energy sources, we expect economic imperatives to ensure that coal remains central to the global economy in the coming years. Emerging markets such as China and India will drive demand growth on the seaborne market, as rising consumption outstrips domestic supply. Significant growth in coal trade volumes will present numerous opportunities and challenges for related industries.

In this report, we consider the five 'burning themes' in the global coal industry, which are as follows:

1. Writing On The Wall For US Coal

2. China & India To Crave For More

3. Africa Joins In The Coal Rush...Gradually

4. From Atlantic To Asia-Pacific

5. Panamax Rates In Calmer Waters

We then look more specifically at how these themes will affect the two main segments of the coal industry, namely thermal and coking coal. Our focus on thermal coal details our view for prices to prove resilient in the coming years, despite averaging lower year-on-year for the third consecutive year in 2013. For coking coal, our relatively downbeat forecast for Chinese steel production growth leads us to identify further headwinds for the coking coal industry.

Despite the environmental benefits of replacing coal with cleaner energy sources, we expect economic imperatives to ensure that coal remains central to the global economy in the coming years. Emerging markets such as China and India will drive demand growth on the seaborne market, as rising consumption outstrips domestic supply. Significant growth in coal trade volumes will present numerous opportunities and challenges for related industries.

Business Monitor International (BMI) has published a Special Report laying out the themes set to dominate the global coal sector. The report focuses on the opportunities and challenges across mining, power, infrastructure, metals, shipping and freight.

Key topics evaluated in the report include:

  • Is the era of coal coming to an end?
  • Will China and India continue to ramp up imports in the coming years?
  • Which countries will emerge as significant coal producers?
  • Will coal prices trend higher over the coming years?
  • What are the differing outlooks for thermal and coking coal?

The report identifies the challenges and opportunities that will be created by ongoing shifts in the enormous global coal industry.

It draws upon BMI’s expertise to provide maximum integration of our industry analysis and data. The views are integrated, forward looking and independent. The breadth of our sector analysis, data and forecasts makes this report an invaluable guide to critical themes for a range of industries over the coming years, from mining to shipping, helping you assess the role that changes in the global coal market could play in your company’s growth strategy for 2014 and beyond.