Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Structural Metal Product Manufacturing industry has faced several major challenges over the past five years. Demand for a range of industry products from downstream residential, commercial, industrial and institutional building construction markets has been subdued. As a result, industry revenue is expected to fall at a compound annual rate of 2.0% over the five years through 2014-15. Structural metal products manufactured by the industry include garage doors, window shutters, metal doors, door and window frames, railings, steel grating, and curtain walls. International trade is low in the industry, as structural metal components are typically very large and expensive to transport over long distances... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter
The industry displays a low level of capital intensity. In 2014-15, for every dollar spent as wages, an estimated $0.11 is invested in capital. The industry is highly fragmented, with firms manufacturing a wide range of products. Many small-scale manufacturers that use basic machinery and highly skilled staff operate in the industry, contributing to its low capital intensity level. Capital intensity generally does vary depending on the type of products that are made and the scale of operations.
Standardised products such as garage doors and metal window frames require little labour input into design and production. Many industry products are custom made and designed for particular customers... purchase to read more