BMI View : Japan's metal industry will see minimal growth to 2018 owing to the country's relatively weak long-term economic growth prospects . The country's construction , automotive, and infrastructure industries will see declining growth in the coming quarters . Moreover, subdued global steel prices on account of continued overcapacity , as well as the relatively high costs of production in Japan, will put downward pressure on Japanese steel producers.
We expect multi-year metal production and consumption to see minimal growth. Our metals industry forecasts are in line with our below-consensus outlook for Japanese economic growth in the coming quarters, which we see expanding 0.9% in 2014 and 0.8% in 2015. While Japan remains one of the largest producers and consumers of various industrial metals, it faces a declining share of world output and demand, as both China and India expand their global share of production and consumption. Moreover, we believe the positive impact of government stimulus measures in 2013 looks to be wearing off, and with companies facing pressures to hike wages, continued growth in capital expenditure will be hard to come by. This will act as a further headwind to domestic metal demand.
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Overall, we expect production of refined metals to outpace growth in demand, leading to an output surplus over the coming years. Indeed, we expect Japan to become a larger net nickel exporter from 2014 onward. We therefore expect Japan's exports of refined metals to increase, with the primary export market being China, a market we expect to remain reliant on imported metals, at least in the short- to medium-term.
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