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, have fared less well.
Industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 1.1% over the five years through 2014-15, driven by increased mining investment and high foreign demand. However, growth has been constrained by 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 at a combined 61.1% and 61.9%, respectively, in 2014-15. These high proportions reflect 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 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