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Steel 2018: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)


The global steel industry remains oversupplied, which has kept the industry under pressure for years. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has reported that global steelmaking capacity contracted by 1% to 2.27-billion tonnes in 2017, compared with 2.29-billion tonnes in 2016. Nevertheless, this modest contraction in capacity is not sufficient, with the OECD estimating that demand will take more than 30 years to absorb the current level of excess capacity, which is estimated at about 730-million tonnes. Further, it is expected that global steelmaking capacity could increase by a further 2% between 2018 and 2020 as new steel investment projects are announced.


In South Africa, the steel sector has been facing many challenges for years. It has been negatively affected by the import of unfairly subsidised steel, mainly from China, and from continued underspending by government on the promised billions of rands of infrastructure investment.


Creamer Media’s Steel 2018 Report examines South Africa’s steel industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the global steel market and particularly into South Africa’s steel sector, and covers production, consumption and main producers, as well as a brief overview of the global and local stainless steel market.


This report draws from material published over the past 12 months and is a summary of other sources of information published in Engineering News and Mining Weekly, as well as of information available in the public domain. This report does not purport to provide an analysis of market trends.


Published on: 31 May 2018.

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