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Scrap Metal Recycling in Australia: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

Scrap Metal Recycling Market Research Report | Industrial Machinery, Gas & Chemicals | Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing | Oct 2015

Scrapped: Industry demand has been low as downstream manufacturing levels decline

IBISWorld’s Scrap Metal Recycling market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Sims Metal Management Sims Metal Management market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Scrap Metal Recycling industry has been through a tumultuous period over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to contract by an annualised 5.7% over this time. Upstream activities have been affected by mixed demand, with manufacturing output declining and construction output growing. Overall, this has lowered the amount of scrap metal generated from domestic activities, which has reduced scrap metal volumes for the industry to process.

Declines in metal prices and reduced output have contributed to industry revenue falls in the past five years. Furthermore, lower domestic manufacturing levels have been detrimental to the industry's downstream markets, hindering demand growth for industry services... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The industry has a high capital intensity level due to high capital expenses and relatively low labour costs. To calculate the industry's capital intensity level, IBISWorld uses data from the industry cost structure. Depreciation is used as a proxy for capital, while wages are used as a proxy for labour. In 2015-16, depreciation is estimated to account for 3.3% of industry revenue, with wages estimated to make up for 8.8%. These show that for each $1.00 required to be spent on labour inputs, approximately $0.38 will be invested in capital plant, equipment and vehicles during the year.

The industry uses large and expensive equipment and machinery in its operations. Capital equipment in the industry includes furnaces, shredders, scrap metal balers, shears and magnet generators... purchase to read more


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What is the Scrap Metal Recycling Industry?

Firms in the industry are primarily engaged in the secondary recovery of recycled scrap metal. Recovery involves the manufacture of scrap metal into new usable material. Commonly recycled metals include steel, copper, aluminium, zinc, lead, nickel and titanium.

Industry Products
Ferrous scrap metal recycling servicesNon-ferrous metal recycling servicesPrecious and other metal recyclingFinal metal products
Industry Activities
Ferrous metals recyclingNon-ferrous metals recyclingPrecious metals recyclingMetal product

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