Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Metal and Mineral Wholesaling industry has suffered from lower metal and ore prices over the past five years, which have contributed to revenue falls. However, these pricing declines have been largely offset by higher volumes, minimising the impact on revenue. Demand and revenue growth have been mixed across different markets. Demand from engineering construction for basic metal products, such as structural sections, has been particularly strong, reflecting investment in resource projects and associated infrastructure. Industry firms supplying other sectors, such as automotive manufacturers and the residential housing market, have generally fared less well.
Industry revenue is expected to decrease at an annualised 0.8% over the five years through 2015-16... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
New South Wales and Victoria account for the bulk of the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling industry's revenue and establishments. This 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 share of industry revenue and establishments, reflecting its proportion of Australia's population and its high mining levels.
Western Australia is an important source of wholesaling revenue due to its high mineral production and accompanying construction activity. The size of the state's land mass and the remoteness of resource projects mean wholesalers cannot service the market from only a few locations... purchase to read more