Germany Mining Report

Providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the mining.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, Industry Forecasts, BMI's Petrochemicals Risk Reward Index, Economic Forecasts, Company Profiles and Global, Regional and Country Industry Overviews.

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Germany Mining Report
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BMI View: Germany's coal sector is one of the largest in Europe and is the main driver of mining activity in the country.

Germany Mining Industry Value
2014e 2015e 2016f 2017f 2018f 2019f 2020f
e/f = BMI estimate/forecast. Source: Eurostat, BMI
Mining Industry Value, USDbn 4.70 4.20 4.01 4.09 4.24 4.39 4.50
Mining Industry Value, USDbn, % y-o-y -14.14 -10.65 -4.63 2.01 3.81 3.45 2.40

Latest Developments & Structural Trends

  • Germany's mining sector is heavily focused around coal mining, with the country currently the largest producer of lignite, or brown coal, in the EU and boasting the eight highest annual output in global terms. Located primarily in the Rhineland region in Western Germany, the lignite mining industry remains a major employer. The industry's lobbying efforts and its obvious important to local employment have so far helped coal miners to withstand pressure from regional government and environmental groups to scale down their activities.

  • On March 1, 2016, Germany's energy and mining union IG BCE, which represents about 650,000 workers within the country's mining, power and chemicals sector, stated the intention to negotiate with the government on the future of the most-polluting coal-fired power plants.

  • The German government stated that it will reduce domestic excess steel capacity by 100-150mn tonnes (mnt) over the coming years. According to discussion document's, on the government's website, Germany will attempt to phase out lignite from 2030 onwards.

  • We forecast the country's total coal production to increase by 0.50% y-o-y in 2016 to 2013mnt. We expect growth to increase slightly over the medium-term in line with increased economic output and hence demand for energy provision. Growth will average 0.5% y-o-y over 2016-2020, reaching 205.9mnt by the end of the period.

BMI Industry View
Table: Germany Mining Industry Value
Industry Forecast
Coal: Lignite Production Under Pressure
Table: Coal Production Forecast (Germany 2014-2020)
Playing Field Turning More Competitive
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Europe: Majority To Be Low Risk-Reward
Table: Europe - Mining Risk/Reward Index
Regulatory Development
Commodities Forecast
Commodities Outlook
Table: BMI Commodities Price Forecasts
Competitive Landscape
Table: Germany - Largest Listed Mining & Metals Companies
Company Profile
Table: Recylex - Key Financial Data
Table: RWE - Financial Results
Regional Overview
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The Germany Mining Report has been researched at source and features BMI Research's mining and commodity forecasts for metals, minerals and gems, covering all major indicators including reserves, production, exports and values. The report also analyses trends and prospects, national and multinational companies and changes in the regulatory environment.

BMI's Germany Mining Report provides industry strategists, service companies, company analysts and consultants, government departments, trade associations and regulatory bodies with BMI's independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the mining industry in Germany.

Key Benefits

  • Use BMI's independent industry forecasts on Germany to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and planning in this mining market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Germany's mining sector through our reviews of latest mining industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Germany.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. KPIs and latest activity), Key Projects Tables and Competitive Landscape Tables.


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key forecasts and industry analysis, covering mining reserves, supply, demand and prices, plus analysis of landmark company developments and key changes in the regulatory environment.

Industry SWOT analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the mining sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecasts

Historic data series (2009-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for key industry and economic indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key risks to the main forecasts. Indicators include:

  • Mining industry: Industry size (USDmn), real growth (%), % of GDP, employment (‘000), workforce as % of total workforce, average wage (USD).
  • Output: Production volumes (‘000 tonnes, carats etc.) for all major metals, minerals, ores and gems mined in each state, including bauxite, copper, gold, coal, lead, silver, tin, titanium, uranium, zinc etc.
  • Exports: Value of exports (USDmn) for all major metals, minerals, ores and gems mined in each state.
  • Commodity markets: Global demand, supply, stocks and benchmark prices (USD) for aluminium, copper, lead, nickel, tin, zinc, gold and steel.

BMI’s Mining Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (mining companies and support service providers) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Competitive Landscape Tables & Analysis

Comparative company analyses and tables detailing USD sales, % share of total sales, number of employees, year established, market cap/NAV, ownership structure, production and % market share.

Key Projects

Details and analysis of all current and planned developments (new ventures, capacity expansion and other investments) across the sector broken down by metal/ore.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.


The Mining reports are based on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations (UN, WB, IMF), national chambers of commerce and industry, national statistical offices, government ministries and central banks, and multinational companies.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.