Delhi: Dampening the enthusiasm of the cheerleaders
of Tata steel's acquisition of Corus, a report on the
steel sector by ICRA indicates a likely softening of the
growth in global steel consumption.
to ICRA, the slowdown in growth could be a significant
5.2 per cent in 2007 from a healthy 8.9 per cent in 2006.
"The world steel consumption growth is expected to
slow down from 8.9 per cent in 2006 to 5.2 per cent in
2007 and 4.2 per cent in 2010," the ICRA industry
The ICRA report said the decline in growth would mainly
be caused by China, where the rate of consumption increase
is likely to drop from 14.4 per cent in 2006 to eight
per cent in the next four years.
India, the growth in consumption would come down marginally
in 2007 to 9.1 per cent from 10 per cent in 2006.
major drop in the growth would come from the European
Union and the NAFTA region. According to the report, the
EU is likely to see a negative growth of 1.1 per cent
in 2007 as against positive of 8 per cent in the previous
year. Similarly, the NAFTA region may see a de-growth
of 0.7 per cent from a positive of 8.7 per cent.
ICRA industry monitor said the volatility was likely to
continue in prices, which would be governed by the cost
of raw materials. "High steel prices have also been
driven by significant increases in prices of inputs, especially
iron and coal," the report said.
Tata Steel share's had declined by over 10 per cent yesterday
on the announcement of the Tata`s acquiring Corus on apprehensions
of the deal being "over-valued", to which Tata
Group chairman Ratan Tata had said that the market was
taking a short-term view.