Metallurgical Coal Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2018 - 2028

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Metallurgical Coal Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2018 - 2028

Status : May, 2021 | Chemical & Materials

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Metallurgical Coal Market - Introduction

Besides generating electricity, metallurgical coal is witnessing a rapid adoption for the production of steel across various cities of the world. Metallurgical coal is the key ingredient in the production of steel from blast furnace and nearly 800 kg of this coal is consumed to produce steel worth one ton. Demand for steel has been growing in parallel to the urbanization for the production of automotive, electronic devices, and construction products, which is anticipated to fortify the demand for metallurgical coal market.

Another crucial by-product obtained by heating the metallurgical coal in coke ovens is coal tar. Demand for coal tar produced by metallurgical coal is ascending from the healthcare industry, in order to treat various skin conditions, on account of its anti-parasitic, anti-itching, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties. Utilization of coal tar as a generic medication and its over the counter availability is one of the strong growth drivers for the metallurgical coal market.

Metallurgical Coal Market – Novel Developments

  • Contura Energy Inc. and Alpha Natural Resources have recently entered into a merger, in order to be the largest metallurgical coal producer in the U.S. The operations of this merged company will be held in West Virginia & South Virginia. The merger is anticipated to save up to about $50Mn per year. This deal will aid Contura and Alpha in increasing its scale and financial muscle, which in turn will lend more capital to the companies for further acquisition.
  • Peabody Energy Corp., a leading metallurgical coal producer, recently acquired Shoal Creek Seaborne metallurgical coal mine for US$ 387 Mn. The transaction includes preparation plant, mine, and logistical assets. The company believes that acquisition will offer it crucial strategies and finances in order to create additional shareholder value. The company expects the latter to integrate its operations into Peabody’s operation with as minimum friction costs as possible.

Some of the most prominent competitors operating in the competitive landscape of global metallurgical coal market include –

  • Anglo American
  • Arch Coal
  • BHP
  • Corondo Global Resources Inc.
  • Teck Resources
  • Alpha Natural Gas
  • Ram River Coal Corp.
  • West Cumbria Mining
  • New Colombia Resources
  • Contura Energy Inc.
  • Alpha Natural Resources
  • Peabody Energy Corp.
  • Murray Energy Corp.
  • Alliance Resource Partners LP
  • Blackjewel LLC
  • NACCO Industries, Inc.
  • CONSOL Energy Inc.
  • Global Mining Group LLC
  • Blackhawk Mining LLC
  • Warrior Met Coal Intermediate Holdco LLC

Metallurgical Coal Market Dynamics

Convergence of Technology and Coal Producing Methodologies to Foster the Growth of the Metallurgical Coal Market

The global metallurgical coal market is witnessing significant breakthroughs in the mining industry, on account of technological advancements. With the increasing shift towards automation, the operations of the mining industry are eased by the developments in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics. The mining companies are leveraging next-gen technologies like Internet of Things and big data to create a connected network, in order to collect, monitor and process the data. This helps the mining companies in controlling their resources and trigger the growth of metallurgical coal market.

In addition to the mining methodologies, the drilling techniques are transforming too. Advanced diesel-hydraulic engine allows the resources to drill more efficiently and securely. Ease of producing metallurgical coal is expected to reflect positively on the global metallurgical coal market.

China Dominates the Global Metallurgical Coal Market, Owing to its Large-scale Production Capacity

Metallurgical coal has been traditionally consumed for two applications - for

 generating electricity and producing steel. Among the significant countries of the world, who are engaged in producing metallurgical coal, most of them primarily carry out the activity for export. On the contrary, China, the world’s largest coal producer, consumes almost all the coal domestically.

Increasing rate of population in China have pervasive need for electricity. Moreover, rapid urbanization and industrial revolution underpinned by technology have in turn created demand for electricity. This has resulted in an acute demand for metallurgical coal for generating electricity.

Rising Environmental Concerns Will Restrain the Growth of the Metallurgical Coal Market

There has been growing concerns about environmental degradation, on the back of the extensive utilization of fossil fuels, like metallurgical coal, across various geographies. As a result, stringent laws and promulgation pertaining to the air quality standards are legislated, on the back of the emission of nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and photochemical ozone.

Besides degrading the atmosphere, the emission of harmful gases produced by the heating of metallurgical coal, in turn, damages the natural habitat of the aquatic systems and forests. The ambient air quality standards to restore healthy atmosphere is one of the most crucial factors restraining the growth of the global metallurgical coal market.

Metallurgical Coal Market Segmentation

Metallurgical coal market can be classified on the basis of coal grade, regions, and applications.

Metallurgical Coal Market – Coal Grade

The metallurgical coal market can be segmented divided into the following:

  • Hard Coking Coals
  • Pulverized Coal Injection
  • Semi-soft Coking Coal

Metallurgical Coal Market – Applications

Depending upon the applications, the metallurgical coal market can be classified into:

  • Steelmaking
  • Non-steelmaking

This study provides a particularized anatomy according to the L.E.A.P mechanism

  • Latest trends and cardinal growth prospects
  • Existing and future insights in growth
  • Ascensions in technology
  • Pain points

The regional analysis offers market assays across:

  • North America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • The Middle East and Africa

The study, prepared through the L.E.A.P mechanism adds a dimension of infallibility and assures precise information on all the growth dynamics.

Latest Trends and Cardinal Growth Prospects

The study assists in burnishing the knowledge of the stakeholder in terms of the emerging trends. The study provides an expansive coverage on the latest developments and novel profit-yielding sources that augur well with the market. A dedicated and determined team of experts conduct an out-and-out research on diverse aspects to offer ultimate breakthroughs in the market.

Existing and Future Insights in Growth

The interfusion of ubiquitous primary and secondary research through modern tools invites perfection and accuracy in every aspect. Primary research is circumspectly conducted through exhaustive interactions and interviews of experts. These valuable opinions are then neatly inducted in the report to allow the stakeholder for reaping the benefits. A treasure of secondary data is extracted via famed paid sources, yearly estimates and statements, renowned journals, and government documents. These sources assist in creating a robust database comprising existing and subsequent growth dynamics.

Ascensions in Technology

Diverse technological advancements and cutting-edge innovations in the market have been covered in this study to assist the stakeholder in research and development activities. Recent upgrades have also been added in the study, thus helping the stakeholder to paint the strokes of growth on the canvas of the market.

Pain Points

The study presents a plethora of challenges and obstacles that can hinder the growth of the market to allow the stakeholder to prepare their strategies accordingly.

The world ushered in the new decade with the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. The outbreak has damaged the growth prospects of several businesses and has crippled the entire economy. The study is in tandem with the changing dynamics of the market due to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. The study focuses on the coronavirus pandemic and analyses every aspect that impacts the growth positively or negatively.

An aerial perspective of the regions covered in this study enables the stakeholder to design strategies accordingly. The 360-degree assessment of every aspect associated with growth offers information on a rainbow of growth opportunities available across the market.

The exhaustive study motivates the stakeholder to take the 'LEAP' of faith and achieve success!

This report is the key to questions such as:

What are the prominent factors that will help in reshaping the market growth?

Which trends have the potential to bring expansive growth for the market?

What are the necessary strategies to overcome the ill-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Which regions will emerge as champion growth contributors for the market?

Which aspects will serve as game-changers for the market?

What are the latest innovations in the market?

Which factors will hinder the growth of the market?