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Hard Coal Mining in the UK: Market Research Report

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Hard Coal Mining Market Research Report | SIC B05.100 | Apr 2016

Plumbing the depths: The industry has declined heavily, a trend that is expected to continue

IBISWorld’s Hard Coal Mining market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Celtic Energy Limited Celtic Energy Limited market share
Scottish Resources Group plc Scottish Resources Group plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

In both European and global terms the United Kingdom is a minor producer of coal. Production has fallen sharply since the early 1970s, plunging as mines were closed in the mid-1980s. This trend has continued in the past decade, although it reversed slightly between 2009 and 2011. Industry revenue is expected to decrease at a compound annual rate of 20.7% over the five years through 2016-17, reaching £322.2 million. During the current year, revenue is anticipated to drop by 18.6%. The fall over the past five years largely reflects the effects of plummeting global coal prices since 2011, which heavily affected industry operators. A number of firms have been unable to weather the storm and have been forced to exit the industry, while others have struggled to continue operating... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter


Scotland accounts for 44.2% of industry establishments. This high number reflects the geology of the Central Belt around the Clyde and Ayrshire. These areas have traditionally been heavily involved in coal mining and the associated activities. The industry here is dominated by opencast mining; the last deep mine closed in 2002 after running into financial difficulties that led to liquidation. Opencast mining predominantly takes place in Ayrshire, Fife, and Dumfries and Galloway, with many of the mines owned by Hargreaves Services. Scotland's share of the industry has increased slightly over the five years through 2016-17, mainly due to more closures in mining regions of England.


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What is the Hard Coal Mining Industry?

Firms in this industry mine black coal from underground or opencast mines. Mining includes the extraction of the coal and the associated activities, such as washing, grading, pulverising and compressing, which are necessary to prepare the coal for sale. The industry does not include support activities, test drilling or the manufacture of hard coal briquettes.

Industry Products
Opencast coal mining
Industry Activities
Underground hard coal miningOpencast hard coal mining

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