Metal and Mineral Wholesaling in Australia: Market Research Report

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Metal and Mineral Wholesaling Market Research Report | ANZSIC F3322 | Nov 2013

Structural setback: Wholesale bypass will constrain industry growth

IBISWorld’s Metal and Mineral Wholesaling market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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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 - Starting a New Business Chapter

Barriers to entry to the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling industry are moderate. Key barriers to entry are the ability to raise substantial amounts of working capital, having established supply and demand industry contacts and more critically, developing a reputation for timeliness and competitiveness.

Firms in the industry generally either compete based on high volumes and low margins, or lower volumes and higher margins. A high volume operator will need to raise substantial amounts of capital to commence operation on a large scale. Barriers to entry are significant for small operators but are smaller for major players in the metal manufacturing and mineral mining industries seeking vertical integration... purchase to read more


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What is the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling Industry?

This industry comprises firms that wholesale a range of mineral and metal products. Key items include coal and coke, pig iron, ingot steel and semi-fabricated products of iron or steel (sheet, strip, bars, rods, sections, structural steel or tubes). Firms may also wholesale metal waste or scrap.

Industry Products
Iron and steelNon-ferrous metalsCoalMetal oresOther metal and mineral products
Industry Activities
Aluminium and aluminium alloy wholesalingCopper and copper alloy wholesalingCoal wholesalingIron and steel wholesalingMetallic ores wholesalingMetal scrap wholesalingMineral wholesalingNon-ferrous metal wholesalingSteel bar, plate, rod, and sheet wholesaling

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