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Iron Ore Pellets Market: Information by Product (Blast Furnace Grade Pellets, Direct Reduced Grade Pellets), Trade (Captive, Seaborne), and Regions— Forecast till 2030

Market Snapshot
Study Period:
2020-2030
Base Year:
2021
Fastest Growing Market:
Europe
Largest Market:
Asia Pacific
CAGR:
5 %
Key Players
ArcelorMittal

Tata Steel

SAIL

Vale

Rio Tinto

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc

The iron ore pellets market size was valued at USD 42,722 million in 2021 and is expected to be valued at USD 65,395 million by 2030. The market is expected to grow at an exceptional growth rate of 5% during the forecast period (2022–2030). Iron ore pellets are small spherical-sized shapes used as raw material for steelmaking applications. The iron ore pellets market represents the sales value and volume of the finished iron ore pellets to steel industries. When considering revenue generation, the global iron ore pellets market is based on the total volume of the commodity shipped annually. The market of iron ore pellets is one of the highly competitive markets, which is dominated by some of the major players in the global industry that are driving the market forward with an impeccable performance

Market Dynamics

Market Drivers

  • Incessant Production of Various Types of Steel Driving Global Iron Ore Pellets Market

The demand for iron ore pellets is expected to be driven by the robust demand for steel in various regions. Steel products are widely used across industries such as construction, automotive, oil & gas, appliances, industrial machinery, and other processing industries. Construction is one of the largest end-use industries of steel products. As per the World Steel Association, construction accounts for more than 50% of the global demand.

Developing requirement for lodging, attributable to expanding populace, is one of the key elements driving the interest in steel. According to World Population Prospects, distributed by the United Nations, the worldwide populace is projected to reach 8.6 billion by 2030. This is projected to fuel the interest for new houses, along these lines, in a roundabout way, adding to the development of steel items and iron ore pellets.

Steel is reasonable and effectively accessible. It shows favorable properties like adaptability, solidness, and strength and is 100 percent recyclable in nature. Underlying steel tracks down a wide scope of uses in private development, business development, and framework improvement. It can likewise be utilized in stockrooms, elevated structures, modern structures, spans, etc. After the pelletizing system of iron ore, uniform pellets of iron metal are created. These pellets are primarily utilized in creating steel as they have high porosity, which works on the speed of the decreased interaction in steelmaking. The pellets have a round shape and, in this way, offer penetrability, bringing about more productive heater activities. Different properties of these pellets, including high strength and uniform substance structure, assist with further developing the steelmaking system.

Reducing grades of high iron ore sources abandon low iron grade, which is overhauled with palletization. Direct utilization of such low iron grades lessens the proficiency of the steelmaking system; consequently, iron metal palletization is a vital interaction. Likewise, moving patterns in the Chinese steel area have pushed the interest for higher-grade iron metal items as higher-grade iron ore, such as pellets, are the key natural substances utilized in the area. This request is expanding essentially because of endeavors to diminish emanations and work on the ecological maintainability of steelmaking. Iron ore pellets are straightforwardly utilized in steelmaking, which diminishes the possibility of wastage.

Market Restraints

  • Availability of Substitutes Proving to be a Major Obstacle for the Iron Ore Pellets Market Growth

The utilization of aluminum as a substitute for steel, basically in-car applications, is projected to limit the interest in steel, influencing the growth of the iron ore pellets market. The critical explanation for the rising utilization of aluminum in vehicles is its lightweight nature alongside solidness. This further develops eco-friendliness and vehicle execution and assists producers with conforming to the tough guidelines forced by different government bodies to somewhere safe and secure and discharge.

Auto producers are under expanding strain to meet the administrative prerequisites relating to the natural effect of vehicles. The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) guideline started in the U.S. has multiplied its objective for normal eco-friendliness from 2012 to 2025 attributable to expanding emanation of ozone harming substances. Essentially, the European Union is additionally improving its guidelines to decrease weight and increment the eco-friendliness of vehicles.

This has incited an adjustment of the principles and approaches concerning auto vehicle weight across the globe. The decrease of vehicle weight using aluminum is set to assume an urgent part in meeting the administrative necessities.

One pound of aluminum can supplant up to 1.8 pounds of ordinary steel, accordingly lessening the general load of a vehicle. Lightweight vehicles have better dealing with and slowing down, which diminishes battery power utilization in electric vehicles. The properties of aluminum, like gentility and mark and erosion opposition, permit automakers to further develop imprint obstruction of vehicles. Therefore, the substance of aluminum in vehicles is on the ascent.

What Are Future Key Opportunities in Global Iron Ore Pellets Market?

  • Rising Penetration of Metal Additive Manufacturing Offering New Growth Avenues

Iron ore pellets are the key materials utilized in steelmaking; in this way, its rising interest in steel prone to help the iron metal pellets market over the long haul. Steel is one of the prudent materials utilized in metal added substance fabricating. Tempered steel contains chromium and nickel and has high hardness and great versatility. The utilization of metals in added substance-producing (AM) has been conspicuous among AM providers.

AM assists with creating outstanding parts with high intricacy and exact aspects and is, accordingly, acquiring noticeable quality in low volume creation in clinical and aviation ventures. These enterprises have seen a quick entrance of AM because of diminished part weight, the need for less materials, and the capacity to produce muddled parts.

The most well-known and conventional advances used to deliver metal parts utilizing added substance fabricating are immediate metal laser sintering (DMLS) and specific laser liquefying (SLM). These advancements help with making parts by warming powdered metal with the assistance of a warming source. Be that as it may, because of the great liquefying points of metals, these advances require a hearty modern climate and strong lasers.

A few 3D printing organizations have begun printing underlying parts utilized in development. For example, UK-based firm Arup has presented a valuable technique in underlying printing components utilized in development applications. This is projected to aid in the quicker creation of steel items with less functional time.

Impact of Covid-19 on the Global Iron Ore Pellets Market

The overall iron ore pellets market has largely been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and witnessed both upsides and downsides in the first half of 2020. Mandatory shutdowns in manufacturing operations during the lockdown period followed by strict norms compelled companies to work at minimal capacities, which disrupted the demand-supply chain in the metals industry. With the reduction in the demand for steel, inventory pile-up for steel reached higher levels in 2020. The effect of the pandemic isn't restricted to the unrefined substance stage yet is unfriendly for a portion of the end-use markets too. The effect of COVID-19 was extreme on the steel business and its connected business sectors in the main portion of 2020. The assembling and mining tasks have started as the public authority of different nations have facilitated lockdowns and limitations; be that as it may, the quantity of COVID-19 cases keep on expanding across the world, which might influence the market in not so distant future.

Segmental Insights: Iron Ore Pellets Market

The global iron ore pellets market share is segmented by product and by trade. By product, the global iron ore pellets market is classified into blast furnace grade pellets and direct reduced grade pellets. The direct reduced grade pellets segment is the dominating segment with an estimated market value of USD 28,958 million by 2030 at a CAGR of 5%, which shows an amazing growth from the earlier market figures of 2021 that stood at USD 18,384 million.

Direct decreased iron is an exceptional natural substance utilized in steelmaking. The direct decrease process includes the utilization of DR iron pellets, wherein artificially bound oxygen is eliminated from pellets and irregularity ores without dissolving. Direct decrease iron has high iron ore and low copper alongside other unwanted metals and minor components. The steel produced using direct decreased iron can be utilized in an assortment of utilizations like consistent cylinders, plates, fashioning bars, fine wire, and drawing items.

The requirement for a dependable and clean wellspring of iron is projected to increase by expanding steel interest over the next few years. This is probably going to help the interest for DR grade iron metal pellets.

The blast furnace grade pellets segment also has a significant market share that stood at USD 22,287 million in 2021 and is valued at USD 38,439 million by 2030 at a CAGR of 5%. Blast furnace pellets utilization patterns are generally affected by the steel creation pace in China. China's steel creation is fundamentally overwhelmed by the essential oxygen heaters. Almost 89.6% of the general rough steel delivered in China is steered through fundamental oxygen heaters. This technique for steelmaking requires an enormous amount of blast furnace-grade pellets.

The blast heater process for steelmaking requires more capital contrasted with the direct decrease process. Moreover, the previous requires coke for steelmaking. Hence, DR grade iron metal pellets notice higher entrance contrasted with BF grade iron ore pellets. Blast furnace grade iron metal pellets have high Fe (Iron) content as they are made from poor quality ores, which go through ore beneficiation.

The global iron ore pellets market, when segmented by trade, is further classified into captive and seaborne, where the seaborne segment dominates the market with an estimated revenue of USD 35,414 million by 2030 at a CAGR of 5%, from the early figures where the market valued at USD 21,958 million in 2021. Seaborne exchange alludes to press metal pellets moved through the ocean. In particular, mass items represent a significant offer in the worldwide seaborne exchange, particularly ores and metals.

Over the course of the past ten years, iron metal has been driving the exhibition of dry mass items. Likewise, iron metal exchange development has been a lot quicker than in some other freight portions. In light of assessments of Clarksons Research, the iron metal exchange saw the development of more than 250% over the most recent twenty years. The Captive trade segmentation accounts for the second most market value with a market share of USD 18,719 million in 2021 and growing to USD 29,981 million by 2030 at a CAGR of 5%.

Captive trade incorporates the iron ore pellets delivered for self-utilization or regional interest cooking. A portion of the organizations which are coordinated across the worth chain has their own hostage mines, which guarantee a reliable inventory of unrefined substances.

Regional Insights: Iron Ore Pellets Market

The global iron ore pellets market share is primarily segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. The Asia-Pacific region dominates the global market with an estimated market value of USD 31,649 million by 2030 at a CAGR of 6%, from the earlier figures of USD 18,485 million in 2021. The growth of the region is attributed to emerging economies like China, India, and South Korea, which are seeing expanding spending in assembling fragments alongside opposite end-user enterprises and have a wide rough steel creation industry. China, India, and Japan are the best 3 driving makers of rough steel. Regarding creation, Asia-Pacific holds an offer of more than 70% in the global market. Europe is the second most dominant region with a market value of USD 12,139 million in 2021 and is expected to grow to USD 17,835 million by 2030 at a CAGR of 4%. Middle-East & Africa, along with North America hold third and fourth positions among the top four segmented regions, which account for a market value of USD 11,705 million and USD 2197 million, respectively, by 2030.

Top Companies Covered

  • ArcelorMittal
  • Tata Steel
  • SAIL
  • Vale
  • Rio Tinto
  • Cleveland-Cliffs Inc
ATTRIBUTES DETAILS
ESTIMATED YEAR 2022
BASE YEAR 2021
FORECAST YEAR 2030
HISTORICAL YEAR 2019-2020
UNIT Value (USD Million/Billion)
BY REGION

North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa

Recent Development

  • In March 2022, ArcelorMittal partnered with Greenko Group India to establish a strategic renewable energy partnership.
  • In September 2021, Sail supplied over 48,2oo tonnes of Steel for the Purvanchal expressway highway project, which is a record break supply.
  • In December 2021, Tata Steel featured in the top 10 companies in the global steel industry in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).
  • In March 2022, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc expanded its partnership with Cleveland Cavaliers and announced Cliffs jersey’s patch on Cavs jersey.

Global Iron Ore Pellets Market Segmentation

By Product

  • Blast Furnace Grade Pellets
  • Direct Reduced Grade Pellets

By Trade

  • Captive
  • Seaborne

By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The market will be estimated to grow from the years 2022 to 2030.
The rising penetration of metal additive manufacturing creates a window of key opportunities in the market during the forecast period.
ArcelorMittal, Tata Steel, SAIL, Vale, Rio Tinto, and Cleveland-Cliffs Inc are the top players in the market.
The market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 5% over the forecast period.
Direct reduced grade pellets segment is expected to be the leading segment in the market during the forecast period.
The market in the Asia Pacific was valued at USD 31,649 million by 2030
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