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Nuclear Fuel Processing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Nuclear Fuel Processing Market Research Report | SIC C24.460 | Sep 2016

Important reaction: the decommissioning of nuclear power plants has negatively affected revenue

IBISWorld’s Nuclear Fuel Processing market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Sellafield Ltd Sellafield Ltd market share
Urenco Limited Urenco Limited market share
Westinghouse Electric UK Holdings Limited Westinghouse Electric UK Holdings Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Revenue fell sharply at the start of the period, but the industry has grown more recently
  • The Fukushima disaster led to a contraction in the number of firms operating in the industry
  • Prolonged weakness in the value of the pound could significantly increase input costs
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

This industry produces nuclear fuel for use in power stations by processing new material or reprocessing spent fuel. Due to the considerable health, safety and environmental concerns associated with the industry, operators are highly regulated by both the Euratom Supply Agency (ESA) and by the UK government. The industry, which is dominated by just three firms, is expected to generate revenue of £717.3 million in 2016-17. Revenue is estimated to contract at a compound annual rate of 0.5% over the five years through 2016-17. In 2016-17, revenue is expected to grow by 3.6%, supported by a rise in exports due to the depreciation of the pound.

The Nuclear Fuel Processing industry handles fuel rod fabrication... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The Nuclear Fuel Processing industry is estimated to have a low level of capital intensity. Using depreciation and wage costs as proxies for capital and labour, IBISWorld estimates that operators spend an average of £10.37 on wages for every £1.00 they invest in depreciable assets. The high labour intensity is due to the fact that all processes need to be closely monitored.

Necessary capital equipment investments include kilns and fluidised bed reactors to produce uranium hexafluoride (an intermediate product in the fuel processing cycle) from uranium oxide. The uranium hexafluoride is highly corrosive, particularly if it is moist. When heated, it becomes a gas suitable for use in the enrichment process. At .. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry are

  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Ability to negotiate successfully with regulator
  • Must have licence
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from electricity production and World price of uranium in the Nuclear Fuel Processing industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry?

    Firms in this industry produce nuclear fuel for use in electricity generating plants.

    Industry Products
    Nuclear fuel fabricationSpent fuel reprocessing
    Industry Activities
    Production, smelting and refining of uraniumProducing nuclear fuel from enriched or unenriched uranium Reprocessing depleted nuclear fuelEnrichment of uranium

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from electricity production
  • World price of uranium
  • EU carbon price
  • World price of steel
  • Current Performance
  • Output powers down
  • Fukushima disaster
  • Decaying uranium prices
  • Regulatory environment
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Input prices
  • Slow burner
  • Table: Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Electricity Production
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Consultant Engineering Services
  • Electricity Production
  • Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Nuclear fuel fabrication
  • Spent fuel reprocessing
  • Other
  • Chart: Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Electricity generation
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases and utilities
  • Depreciation and other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Nuclear Fuel Processing
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Urenco Limited
    Springfields Fuels Limited
    Sellafield Ltd
  • Table: Urenco Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Springfields Fuels Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Sellafield Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Nuclear Fuel Processing Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • A process that increases the content of isotope U-235, the cornerstone of nuclear fuel production.
  • Nuclear Fuel Rod
  • A long tube, often made of a zirconium alloy and containing uranium-oxide pellets, that is stacked in bundles of about 200 to provide the fuel in certain types of nuclear reactor.
  • Yellow Cake
  • Uranium oxide: the basic input to nuclear fuel processing.

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