China's metallurgical coke industry is in a state of depression, fighting for survival. The sector started to consolidate in 2013, posting losses of US$400 million in 2014; with demand down by 5% and losses of c. US$2 billion so far in 2015 there is no immediate end in sight. Around half of China's coke firms are loss making according to government sources. To arrest this decline, China's coke industry has proposed entering new value chains.
We expect coke producers to invest in new technology to commercialize output from coking, mainly gas and methanol. Merchant plants will be the primary investors, although access to finance and weak coke demand are two key constraints. These investments are not enough to fix the primary problem of the coke industry – weak steel demand. Higher coke production to chase new markets may actually increase oversupply in China's coke market, with additional exports supressing seaborne coke prices further.
This report includes 1 file(s)
Fighting for survival: will recovery equipment save China's coke industry? PDF - 267.78 KB 6 Pages, 1 Tables, 4 Figures
This Coal Insight report highlights the key issues surrounding this topic, and draws out the implications for those involved.
Participants, suppliers and advisors can use it to look at the trends, risks and issues within the coal industry and gain an alternative point of view when making decisions.
Wood Mackenzie is the only coal industry service provider that offers a market outlook integrated with other sector analyses, including macroeconomics, coal supply, steel markets and gas and power markets.
Our coal analysts are based in the markets they analyse. They work with objective, proprietary data to help you maximise your current and future decision making. From market dynamics to trade patterns, we give you confidence in your strategic planning.
Wood Mackenzie's clients include every major player in the global energy, metals and mining industries. We are recognised as a leading authority by international and national energy, metals and mining companies, leading financial institutions, governments and government agencies. We work with a range of diverse teams within our clients, from strategy and policy makers, business developers and market analysts, through to corporate finance, risk teams and investors.
Having Wood Mac analysis is table-stakes. Others are nice to have.
Analyst Metal Mining Producer
Wood Mac has the highest quality data and is demanded by our staff.
Portfolio Manager Integrated Oil Company
Others can provide data but we value the quality of the Wood Mac analysis above other sources.
As the trusted source of commercial intelligence for the world's natural resources sector for more than 40 years, we empower clients to make better strategic decisions with objective analysis and advice. Find out more...
Insight | Nov 2015
Fighting for survival: will recovery equipment save China's coke industry?
Have questions? Just let us know how to contact you and we will respond to you as soon as possible.