BMI View: Belgium ' s steel sector is starting to enter a period of relative stability. Having witnessed significant decline over recent years, we are now beginning to see production levels stabilising due to gradually improving consumption levels and the diminished output capacity of producers.
As we move into 2015, there are increasing signs that the depression in Belgian steel production has bottomed out. Total output grew by 4.5% year-on-year (y-o-y) during the first eight months of 2014 to September, with full year growth estimated at 3.6%. With production forecast to average just over 1% a year over 2015-2018, we expect output to have found a stable footing following periods of sharp contraction, intermingled with sharp rebounds over the past few years.
While our outlook for the sector appears increasingly positive, we note that the current levels of growth are partly the result of low base effects as output has contracted significantly from pre-downturn levels. Producers, including the country's largest steel mill, Arcelormittal, have either cut or temporarily sidelined capacity to reflect weakening market conditions.
Indeed, consumption levels, both domestically and across the wider European market, remain considerably below long-term averages and continued to fall through 2013. Uncertainty surrounding steel demand across the region has been promulgated by ongoing weakness in the major European economies, which also include Belgium's major export markets.
The concern of many producers has been mirrored in recent comments by the World Steel Organisation, who has voiced fears that mills will have to make significant redundancies if consumption levels continue to bump along the bottom.
Domestic crude steel consumption is expected to follow production in remaining weak over the mid-term, with average growth forecast at 1.2% y-o-y over 2015-2018.
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A comprehensive summary of the impact and implications of the latest regulatory developments and key forecast indicators covering metals production, consumption and upside/downside risks to our outlook. The Metals SWOT analysis outlines strategic factors that affect the basic assumptions underpinning BMI’s forecast analysis, and taken together with BMI’s political, economic and business environment SWOTs, it gives a complete overview of market climate.
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