"China Mining Report Q4 2014" Published

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Wed Sep 10 2014

More Chinese miners will come under duress from the economic slowdown in China over the coming years. Falling mineral prices and Beijing's gradual embrace of free market economics will threaten the survival of many small and private min ing operations.

We believe the economic slowdown in China will turn a decade-long mining boom into bust for many domestic miners. With cost containment being the key lever in the face of falling commodity prices, Chinese miners will be forced to recalibrate their investment approach over the coming quarters. While state-owned miners are generally more insulated from the weakness in mineral prices, Beijing's gradual embrace of free market economics should pave the way for some much needed consolidation and restructuring in the mining industry.

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In a bid to tame overcapacity and reduce environmental pollution, the Chinese government plans to shut down smaller and inefficient mines, while mid-sized mines will be merged and production consolidated into giant, vertically integrated state-owned outfits. For instance, there is a national drive in the coal sector to create 14 giant 'coal-power-rail' hubs with each having a production capacity of at least 100mn tonnes per annum (mntpa). That said, the production losses that will inevitably occur with the closure of smaller mines will give way to output gains down the road due to the efficiency gains associated with bigger and more integrated mining operations.

The downshift in China's economy is set to force a growing number of miners to scale back their ambitions as they struggle to maintain profit margins in the face of falling mineral prices. However, we expect miners operating in certain sectors to prove more resilient. For instance, lead mining will be less affected given its primary use in the production of lead-acid batteries. In contrast, other minerals such as iron ore and bauxite will experience weaker...

The China Mining Report has been researched at source and features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s mining and commodity forecasts for metals, minerals and gems, covering all major indicators including reserves, production, exports and values. The report also analyses trends and prospects, national and multinational companies and changes in the regulatory environment.

BMI's China Mining Report provides industry strategists, service companies, company analysts and consultants, government departments, trade associations and regulatory bodies with BMI's independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the mining industry in China.

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