Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The performance of the Structural Metal Product Manufacturing industry is inextricably linked to the level of construction activity within the building and infrastructure markets and its exposure to substitution by alternative products manufactured using timber, aluminium and glass.
Industry revenue is projected to decline by an annualised 1.5% over the five years through 2013-14, to total $2.4 billion. The sale of structural metal products has been adversely influenced by subdued investment into new housing construction and a downward trend in commercial and industrial building activity... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter
Barriers to entry to the structural steel fabricating industry vary widely across the industry's different market segments. For example, barriers are relatively low at the less skilled end of the market. This end of the market is involved in manufacturing relatively simple and generic products such as doors and hand rails. While entry at this end of the market requires investment in capital equipment, the equipment is relatively simple and long lasting. A relatively low level of labour is required by these types of operators since design input is minimal.
More significant barriers exist for entry into more specialised areas of the market catering to large commercial and industrial clients... purchase to read more