Scrap Metal Recycling in Australia: Market Research Report

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

Mixed performance: Metal price volatility contributed to industry revenue declines

IBISWorld’s Scrap Metal Recycling market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Arrium Mining and Materials Arrium Mining and Materials market share
Sims Metal Management Sims Metal Management market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Scrap Metal Recycling industry has been through a tumultuous past five years. Industry revenue is expected to contract by an annualised 4.3% over the five years through 2014-15. Upstream activities have been affected by mixed demand, with demand from manufacturing declining and construction demand growing. This has lowered the supply of scrap metal generated from manufacturing activities. Lower manufacturing levels have also contributed to reduced waste volumes, leading to low growth in scrap metal supplies.

Slight declines in metal prices and reduced output have contributed to industry revenue falls in the past five years. Furthermore, variable economic conditions have been detrimental to the industry's downstream markets, hindering growth in demand for industry products... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The Scrap Metal Recycling industry is estimated to have a high level of market share concentration, with the top two players accounting for an estimated 77.6% of industry revenue in 2014-15. The highly entrenched nature of the incumbent players has meant that the industry is dominated by large, vertically integrated multinationals such as Sims Metal Management (SMM) and Arrium Limited. The capital intensive nature of industry services has precluded smaller firms from effectively competing with industry players.

Over the past five years, market share concentration has increased in line with mergers and acquisitions, particularly by players such as SMM that have looked to aggressively increase market shares in a mature market with limited growth opportunities... purchase to read more


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What is the Scrap Metal Recycling Industry?

Firms in the industry are 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 metal recycling servicesNon-ferrous metal recycling servicesPrecious and other metal recycling
Industry Activities
Ferrous metals recyclingNon-ferrous metals recyclingPrecious metals recyclingFerrous metals recyclingNon-ferrous metals recyclingPrecious metals recycling

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