Steel production in India likely to grow 7.3% annually during 2016 - 2020

Steel production in India likely to grow 7.3% annually during 2016 - 2020

Steel production in India, the world's third largest producer, is expected to grow annually at an average of 7.3 per cent during 2016 to 2020, and touch 127.1 million tonnes (MT), a report by BMI Research said.

The growth will be driven by state-run giant SAIL and Tata Steel, the firm part of the Fitch Group said.

"India will be the global steel production growth bright spot as demand from construction, auto and infrastructure industries continue to accelerate," it said.

Besides, government has been spearheading the push towards the boost in steel production capacity, with upgrades being made to existing steel mills and state-owned companies stepping in to build new steel plants, it added.

"We forecast India's steel output to average annual growth of 7.3 per cent during 2016-2020, higher than 5.3 per cent during 2011-2015. India's steel output will grow from 92.7 MT in 2016 to 127.1 MT by 2020," BMI Research said.

The country's share of global steel production will accelerate from 5.8 per cent in 2016 to 7.8 per cent in 2020, it added.

On global steel market, the research firm said it will remain in oversupply as a slowdown in Chinese consumption will push the market into surplus. From 2017 onwards, steel prices will gradually edge higher as the global steel surplus will narrow due to Chinese supply moderation.

The global steel market will see a surplus of 5.2 MT in 2016, a decrease from a 2015 surplus of 13.8 MT. From 2018 onwards, the global market will tighten, with the surplus decreasing to 1 MT in 2017, shifting into deficit thereafter.

Overall, the market's deficit will deepen from 0.8 MT in 2017 to 4.3 MT by 2020. While trending lower, this supply metric will remain elevated by historical standards, capping price growth, it said.

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