Philippines Electrical Steel Market SIZE AND SHARE ANALYSIS - GROWTH TRENDS AND FORECASTS (undefined)

Philippines Electrical Steel Market is Segmented By Product Type (Non-grain Oriented, Grain-oriented), By Application (Motors, Inductors, Transformer). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above mentioned segments.

Philippines Electrical Steel Market Trends

Market Driver - Growth in Construction Industry

The construction industry in Philippines has been experiencing significant growth over the past few years and this is directly fueling the demand for electrical steel in the country. More construction projects mean higher need for infrastructure which will require electrical components and equipment. Electrical steel is a vital raw material used in production of transformers, motors and generators that provide power in buildings, factories, townships etc.

As per data from Philippines Statistics Authority, the approved building permits in the country increased by over 35% year-on-year during 2020-2021 period. This clearly indicates higher construction activity is underway. Mega projects like roads, bridges, airports, power grids are in different stages of development. For example, Philippines government's "Build, Build, Build" program launched in 2017 envisions massive infrastructure expansion covering 6,740 projects worth over $180 billion until 2022. Successful and timely completion of these projects will spur secondary growth across many industries including electrical steel.

By 2025, real estate and construction is projected to contribute nearly 13% to the country's GDP as per Philippines Development Plan 2017-2022.

Market Driver – Rising Focus on Renewable Energy

The Philippines government has recently announced ambitious targets for renewable energy and aims to drastically reduce the country's dependence on fossil fuels in the coming decade. This renewed focus on clean and sustainable sources of energy such as solar, wind and hydro are expected to drive significant growth in the country's electrical steel market.

As solar and wind farms increase to meet the rising energy demand, there will be a parallel rise in the need for electrical steel that forms the core component of transformers and generators installed in these renewable energy power projects. Electrical steel is specially produced steel with tight specifications on its magnetic properties to ensure maximum energy efficiency. Both solar farms and wind turbines require step-up transformers to increase the voltage for efficient transmission and distribution.

The Philippines government has set a target of reducing carbon emissions by 75% by 2030 and achieving 35% renewable share in the energy mix according to its 'Nationally Determined Contribution' published in 2020 for the Paris Agreement.

Philippines Electrical Steel Market Key Factors

Market Challenge – Price Volatility of Raw Materials

The volatility in the prices of key raw materials used in manufacturing electrical steel is one of the major factors restraining the growth of Philippines electrical steel market. Electrical steel or silicon steels are grades of alloy steels known for their excellent magnetic properties which make them useful in equipment like transformers. However, manufacturing of electrical steel is a raw material intensive process that requires inputs like iron ore, scrap steel, coking coal etc.

For example, during the pandemic-induced economic slowdown of 2020-21, lockdowns had sharply reduced demand from key steel consuming industries worldwide. This had led to a crash in international steel and iron ore prices which provided brief relief to Philippines electrical steel makers in terms of reduced raw material costs. However, the situation reversed rapidly in 2022 as post-pandemic economic recovery took hold. Demand for steel shot up from China and other developing nations leading to a price surge, whereas global supply could not keep pace due to production constraints during the pandemic years.

Market Opportunity – Developing Transportation Infrastructure

Developing transportation infrastructure presents a huge opportunity for growth in the Philippines electrical steel market. The Philippine government has recently laid significant emphasis on modernizing and expanding the country's road, rail and port networks. Megaprojects like Subic-Clark Railway, North-South Commuter Railway and construction of new roads, highways and bridges will require massive amounts of electrical steel in the coming years.

Electrical steel is a vital material used in equipment related to transportation sector such as electric vehicles, railway tracks, signaling systems etc. The ongoing and planned infrastructure development indicates a steady rise in demand for such equipment. For example, the Department of Transportation aims to construct over 900 Km of rail lines by 2028 under its 'Build, Build, Build' program. This will drive the requirement for electrical steel sheets, rails, transformers and other components used in rail transport.

Moreover, encouraging policies for electric vehicles adoption coupled with growing need for clean mobility will push the EV market. As per the International Energy Agency, the Philippine government aims to put 3.5 million EVs on roads by 2030.