The global structural steel market size was valued at USD 84.6 billion in 2015 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.5% from 2016 to 2025. Strong recovery of construction industry in developed markets of the U.S., Germany and UK is a key factor driving market growth.
Steel sections such as I-beams, angles, channels and wide flanges are widely used in construction industry owing to their exceptional design flexibility and energy efficiency. Exponential technological advancements in industry for cost reduction and production maximization has fostered the demand of high performance structural steel.
U.S. structural steel market revenue by application, 2014 - 2025 (USD Million)
The product exhibits superior properties such as high strength, excellent ductility and seismic resistance, ease of fabrication and speed of erection. Increasing application scope in a wide range of non-residential applications including healthcare facilities, data centers, big box retail stores, airports and manufacturing facilities is expected to foster the demand.
High economic growth rate in emerging regions has given governments’ significant capital to invest in public infrastructure such as bridges, hospitals, offices, and housing societies. Emergence of private sector construction firms in India, Mexico and UAE is expected to further contribute in construction spending, positively influencing the market growth.
The market has been segmented into residential and non-residential segments. The non-residential emerged as the dominant application segment in 2015, owing to increasing demand for high-quality construction material in industrial, commercial, offices and institutional buildings.
It is most commonly used in industrial building since the immense strength is beneficial not only for structural integrity but also for subsiding potential impact of repairs. It is also ideal for building large bridges owing to its high level of durability and excellent strength-to weight ration which ensures withstanding the weight of cars and pedestrians.
Structural steel market share by non-residential application, 2015
Emerging economies of Asia Pacific including Hong Kong and China have witnessed rapid growth rate in non-residential segment over the past few years owing to the adoption of specialized novel construction techniques such as design-and-build and reclamation methods.
A wide application scope in residential buildings ranging from a single family house to a mixed-space building is leading to augmented demand. The growing importance of environmental friendly products in various infrastructures has also propelled structural steed growth since it is 100% recyclable with no degradation.
Commercial buildings market is witnessing increased number of grocery, drugstore and ‘big box’ stores over the past few years owing to robust online sales coupled with extreme discounts. Increasing investment in public infrastructure and improvement in consumer as well as investors’ confidence further anticipated to boost the market growth in upcoming years.
North Asia dominates the industry owing to, technological advancements, rapid industrial development, high GDP growth rates, and increasing construction spending. China is expected to emerge as the dominant country in the region due to population expansion along with high GDP growth. Increasing number of public-private partnership (PPP) projects are further expected to compliment the demand.
Favorable government policies including Make-in-India along with significant rise in foreign direct investments are likely to remain the key drivers of market growth in South Asian economies. The positive developments in regional economic conditions are likely to foster developments in the residential & housing sector over the forecast period.
North America is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.4% over the forecast period. An increase in the number of building permits released by the U.S Census Bureau has led to a rise in the construction of residential and no-residential buildings. The industrial revival driven by the shale gas deposits in U.S and access to cheaper energy is also likely to positively influence demand.
Key players include Arcelor Mittal S.A., Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Hebei Group, Baosteel Group Co., POSCO, Wuhan Group, Bohai Group, Tata Limited, Anshan Iron & Steel Group Corporation, Anyang Group Co. Ltd., Baogang Group, and Hyundai Steel Co. Ltd. (HSC Ltd.) among others.
HSC Ltd. announced completion of Steel Deformed (SD) 500 and SD 600 earthquake-proof reinforcing bars, manufactured first time in Korea. This innovation is considered to be a result of growing interest on earthquake-resistant reinforcing bars that delay the collapse of building structures and minimize damages when an earthquake hits.
Other prominent companies operating in the industry are also adopting various strategic initiatives including mergers & acquisition to gain a greater competitive advantage and escalate their geographic reach.
Base year for estimation
Actual estimates/Historical data
2014 & 2016
2017 - 2025
Volume in Kilo Tons, Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2016 to 2025
North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North Asia, South East Asia, South Asia, Oceania, MEA, and CSA
U.S., Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Russia, Turkey, Poland, China, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, India, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Brazil
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This report forecasts volume & revenue growth and provides an analysis on the latest trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this report, Grand View Research has segmented the structural steel market on the basis of application and region:
Application Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)
Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)
Rest of Eastern Europe
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