European FRP (Flat Rolled Products) demand analysed by Cu2 Consulting
According to ‘The market for copper and copper alloy flat rolled products in Europe, 2003-2016’ now available from Cu2 Consulting, in 2016 the total demand for copper and copper alloy rolled products (strips, sheets and plates) in Europe (including EU28, Switzerland and Norway) was in the range of 517.5 kt.
Overall, during the last 13 years, the demand for rolled products in the 30 European countries belonging to the monitored area contracted by 30%, with Roofing rolled suffering the most and bronze and other special copper alloys performing much better than copper and brass flat products for industrial uses.
With reference to the year 2016, the European demand has continued to fall significantly for copper roofing (-9% y-o-y), whereas the drops have been marginal for both brass and bronze (-1% y-o-y), and the copper industry posted a slight increase (+1% y-o-y). On a completely different trend, the evolution of the European demand for other copper alloys posted a vigorous growth last year (+11% compared to 2015).
Germany is by far the largest market for flat products in Europe, accounting for about 40% of the market and still expanding comparatively. The Italian market follows with a 16% share.
Cu2 Consulting monitors also, for the whole area and in single countries, the market share by group of suppliers across the period: in 2016, German suppliers further extended their leadership in Europe, ruling their domestic market and being leaders in all other areas except Italy, where they have still grown their share. For all the countries in the region, the report offers a very detailed and precise analysis, reporting on the evolution of both the demand and the market share for each main supplier/group of suppliers by main group of alloys.
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