Metal Products in Asia Pacific

December 2018

Asia Pacific remains the world’s largest metal producer, led by booming Chinese industry. Growing global demand for and prices of iron, steel, precious and non-ferrous metals plays a significant role in the region’s industrial growth. China, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea remain global leaders in hi-tech production, fuelling demand for precious and non-ferrous metals. Asia Pacific metal exports are projected to slow down as a result of rising trade tension between China and the US.

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Key Findings

Asia Pacific to sustain a world-leading position in metals production, with China remaining a main player

Asia Pacific remains the largest metal producer in the world, with China alone accounting for nearly half of global metals production. The region is plentiful of metal resources with only a fraction currently being exploited, and thus a fast-growing economy and modernisation of mining technologies allows Asia Pacific to enjoy solid growth in metal extraction and manufacturing.

Expanding production of hi-tech goods and electric vehicles to continue fuelling demand for precious and non-ferrous metals

China, Japan and South Korea remain among the world’s leaders in hi-tech and electric vehicle (EV) production, with Asia Pacific manufacturing up to 70% of the world’s hi-tech production. Fast-growing demand for hi-tech goods and EVs is projected to further support demand for metals, primarily benefiting China, Japan and Malaysia’s precious and non-ferrous metals producers.

Growing automotive and construction sectors to continue supporting demand for iron and steel

In line with a growing economy Asia Pacific countries enjoy an uptick in construction markets and heavy investments into infrastructure projects. Major construction activities have boosted demand for metal products, and are projected to further support domestic demand. Moreover, Asia’s automotive sector records solid growth, adding to demand for steel.

US tariffs to weigh down on China’s exports of steel

As of 2018, the US has imposed import tariffs of 25% and 10% on steel and aluminium respectively to protect US steel makers from cheaper Chinese imports. Despite Chinese government efforts to re-negotiate trade deals with other countries, the world steel production leader is projected to slow its production growth rate, in line with declining exports and rising worries about oversupply.


Key findings

Production Outlook

Asia Pacific to remain the leader of lobal metal production
Rising global demand for metals to fuel production in Asia Pacific
China maintains leading position in global metals markets
Rising demand for non-ferrous metals stimulates industry’s growth
China, Japan and Malaysia to drive region’s growth of non-ferrous metals
Iron, steel, precious and non-ferrous metals dominates the region

Competitive Landscape

Chinese metal market remains dominated by small companies
Competitive landscape in key countries

Foreign Trade

Despite export decline Asia Pacific remains the largest exporter globally
Metal imports remain vital, but continue declining

Country Snapshots

China: production context
China: foreign trade landscape
India : production context
India: foreign trade landscape
Indonesia: production context
Indonesia: foreign trade landscape
Malaysia: production context
Malaysia: foreign trade landscape
Japan: production context
Japan: foreign trade landscape
Bangladesh: production context
Bangladesh: foreign trade landscape
Thailand: production context
Thailand: foreign trade landscape
South Korea: production context
South Korea: foreign trade landscape
Philippines: production context
Philippines: foreign trade landscape
Kazakhstan: production context
Kazakhstan: foreign trade landscape
Uzbekistan: production context
Uzbekistan: foreign trade landscape
Vietnam: production context
Vietnam: foreign trade landscape
Pakistan: production context
Pakistan: foreign trade landscape
Hong Kong, China : production context
Hong Kong, China : foreign trade landscape
Azerbaijan: production context
Azerbaijan: foreign trade landscape
Singapore: production context
Singapore: foreign trade landscape
Taiwan: production context
Taiwan: foreign trade landscape

Appendix: Competitor Analytics

Competitor Analytics tool
Market Overlap
Overlap Matrices

Appendix: Industry Forecast Model

About Euromonitor International’s Industry Forecast Model
Soft drivers and the Industry Forecast Model
Growth decomposition explained
Significance and applications for growth decomposition
Key applications for Industry Forecast Models


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