This thesis examines developments in the East Asian steel industry in the decade to 1998. The data used comes from 1999 Steel Yearbook (2000). Data in the yearbook runs up to 1998. These were the most recent data available at the time of writing, so data after that year are not examined.
The thesis makes clear the evolution of the steel industry of East Asia in relation to the rest of the world in the decade to 1998; and examines the position of Australia as a supplier of iron ore and coking coal to this market. The thesis looks at the East Asian steel industry in terms of production, consumption and net trade; the dominant position of Australia as a supplier of raw materials to the East Asian Steel Mills; and the progression of steelmaking technologies over the decade.
China has become the world’s dominant producer and consumer of steel over the period while Japanese consumption and production has contracted. Both Taiwan and Korea have increased both their production and consumption of steel while Australia has further entrenched its position as the dominant supplier to East Asia of iron ore and coking products.