Malaysia Metals Report 2015

Malaysia Metals Report 2015

BMI View: Both the steel and tin sectors will come under increased pressure over 2015 as a combination offalling price levels and increased regional production continue to eat away at companies' profit margins.

Against this backdrop, we expect Malaysia's metals sectors to take an increasingly defensive stance withprotectionist policy and reduced investment expected to be a repeated feature over the months ahead.

The operating environment for Malaysian metals producers will remain challenging over 2015. On one side,companies, including steel and tin mills, are faced with falling prices, with both steel and tin prices forecastto fall further on a global level over the coming quarters. Meanwhile, both sectors face the increased threatof competition from other producers in the Eastern Asia region. For Malaysia's steel mills, the main threatin this regard stems from China, whose steel exports rose by 50% over 2014 as producers looked to offsetslowing local demand. As of early 2015, the signs are that Chinese exports will continue to rise over theyear, while Malaysia also faces a growing challenge from the Vietnamese steel industry.

BMI Industry View
Metals SWOT
Industry Forecast
Steel: Production To Be Weak Amid Growing Protectionism
Table: Steel Production & Consumption (Malaysia 2012-2019)
Tin: Production To Grow Despite Price Slump
Table: Refined Tin Production, Consumption & Balance (Malaysia 2012-2019)
Regulatory Development
Table: Import Duties - Steel Wire Rods
Table: Political Overview
Commodities Forecast
Table: BMI Steel Price Forecast
Market Balance: Declining Surpluses In Years Ahead
Table: Steel Forecasts
Commodity Strategy
Ferrous Metals
Iron Ore: Price Weakness To Continue Over Coming Years
Steel: Oversupply To Drag Down Prices
Non-Ferrous Metals
Aluminium: Continued Weakness, But No Sharp Downturn
Copper: Recent Relief Rally To Fade
Lead: Prices Weakness To Continue
Nickel: Subdued Prices Due To Weak Demand Growth
Tin: Supply Deficits To Underpin Rally In Tin Prices
Zinc: Positive Multi-Year Outlook, But Increasing Risks In Months Ahead
Table: Select Commodities - Performance & BMI Forecasts
Competitive Landscape
Table: Malaysia - Financial Data Of Key Listed Companies
Company Profile
Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad
Table: MSC - Key Financial Data
Cross Checks

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