Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
In the past five years, the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling industry has benefited from the mining investment boom, strong foreign demand, and stable domestic growth. Demand from engineering construction for basic metal products (such as structural sections) has been particularly strong, reflecting investment in resource projects and associated infrastructure. Firms supplying other sectors, including automotive manufacturers and the residential housing market, fared less well.
Industry revenue is estimated to increase at an annualised 4.6% over the five years through 2013-14, driven by the strength of the mining investment boom and high foreign demand. Growth would likely have been even stronger if not for the ongoing trend of wholesale bypass... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
New South Wales and Victoria together account for the bulk of the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling industry's revenue and establishments. This concentration reflects the distribution of both population and downstream demand industries, as well as the concentration of metal production facilities in these states. Queensland has the third largest number of industry revenue and establishments, reflecting its ranking in terms of Australia's population.
Western Australia is also an important source of wholesaling revenue due to its status as a rich source of mineral production and accompanying high levels of construction activity... purchase to read more