The flourishing steel making business and overall modern engineering landscapes remain the mainstay of ferroalloys production worldwide. The rise and expansion of Industry 4.0 is significantly driving the global ferroalloys market. With Industry 4.0 causing the transformation of steel industry that makes up for over 75% of the ferroalloy demand, the global ferroalloys market will discover a prospering growth outlook. Besides, ferroalloys are widely applicable in super alloy production and speciality steel manufacturing. Wide adoption for turbine engines, furnaces, power plants, and pollution control equipment also drives the growth of ferroalloys market to a significant extent. An ongoing study of Fairfield Market Research digs deeper into the market dynamics, growth strategies, and forecast through 2025.
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China Remains Strong with Dominance in Steel Making
North America, particularly the US, has been the top importer of ferroalloys in global market. Although the region is currently witnessing a modest growth outlook, it continues to import ferroalloys from the key exporters, including China, Russia, South Africa, Australia, and Malaysia. China, among these, remains the largest steel producing country with more than half the global steel production volume. The country’s magnificent investments in steel industry prevail, pushing the ferroalloys market, further supported by surging stell consumption for infrastructural development. However, the persistent trade war between the US and China, and dramatically declined steel, iron, and ferroalloy demand from the automotive industry due to COVID-19 pandemic will hold a longstanding impact on market.
Energy- and Cost-intensive Nature Creates a Vulnerable Spot for Market
The process of ferroalloy production is highly coke- and energy-intensive and the producers spend more than half of their production costs on energy. High energy consumption ultimately leads to greater carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making the entire process environmentally-unsustainable. High power tariffs further add to this stumbling block facing manufacturers in the ferroalloys market. The industry participants thus deal with a highly volatile production-utilisation rate.
Ferroalloy Manufacturers Strive to Attain Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
The developed world, being at the forefront of energy-efficiency compliance in all industrial verticals, demonstrates high potential to achieve the same in steel making, and ferroalloy production as well. North American and Europe-based companies maintain their focus on technological innovations to attain radically reduced levels of carbon and GHG emissions. Many have been investing heavily in the development of production technologies with reduced energy consumption, improved resource efficiency, and lowered environmental footprint. Charcoal, and biomass are being increasingly considered as potential replacements for fossil coal. While the Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) is working on the potential use of waste gases for the production of electricity at the facility, Norway-based Finnfjord AS has become the world’s most eco-friendly and energy-efficient ferroalloys production facility with the high power-generating novel heat recovery system.
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Companies Target Self-reliant Production of Ferroalloys
The competition landscape is largely fragmented and some of the leading players in the global ferroalloys market include Ferro Alloys Corporation Limited, Jindal Group, Samancore Chrome, Glencore, Shanghai Shenjia Ferroalloys Co. Ltd., Tata Steel Limited – Ferro Alloys & Minerals Division, S.C. Feral S.R.L, China Minmetals, Arcelor Mittal and SAIL. The recent past has been witnessing acquisitions of smaller active players by established manufacturing companies. While China and India have been the top producers, the type of ferroalloys is a decisive factor in shaping the overall supply dynamics of the global marketplace. To achieve energy and cost efficiency, several players such as SAIL (India) are shifting to in-house production capacities to build up self-reliance in case of ferroalloys/input material. The focus on capacity expansion and integrated production capabilities.
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