Undermined: Revenue has fallen over the past five years due to reduced mining demand

IBISWorld’s Site Preparation Services 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.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2013 - 2018
Annual Growth
2018 - 2023

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Divergent trends in downstream construction markets have influenced the industry's performance
  • Demand from residential building construction has grown slightly over the past five years
  • Demand is anticipated to strengthen due to a return to growth in most construction markets

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Site Preparation Services industry is one of the largest special construction services industries. The industry provides services that are integral to the early stages of most construction and mining projects. Most industry participants are small-scale contractors that supply heavy construction equipment (excluding cranes) with operators. However, the industry's larger firms typically take full responsibility for site preparation work on building projects, roads, infrastructure and mining developments.

    Divergent trends in downstream construction markets have influenced the industry's performance over the past five years...

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    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Three key barriers inhibit the entry of new competitors into all segments of the industry: the relatively high capital costs, market fluctuations and the importance of reputation when tendering for contracts.

    Capital costs in the industry are generally high and although many operators lease the necessary machinery and equipment rather than purchase it, there are still substantial costs associated with equipment hire, maintenance and transportation. New entrants must establish their financial stability to lease equipment. Typically, a small-scale operator will own or have ready access to various types of bulldozers, graders, compaction equipment, water-pumping equipment and tip trucks.


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    Additional Insights for the Site Preparation Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Site Preparation Services Industry are

  • Having a good technical knowledge of the product
  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Having a good reputation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from building construction and Demand from heavy industry and other non-building construction in the Site Preparation Services industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Site Preparation Services Industry?

    Industry companies primarily conduct earthmoving work, such as levelling construction sites, excavating foundations, digging trenches or removing overburden from mine sites. The industry also includes companies that hire out earthmoving equipment with operators (wet hire).

    Industry Products
    Wet hire on building sites
    Wet hire on infrastructure projects
    Specialist mine preparation
    Demolition work
    Specialist services
    Industry Activities
    Demolition of buildings or other structures
    Earthmoving and trench digging
    Explosives laying
    Ground dewatering and removal of overburden
    Hiring out earthmoving plants with operators (wet hire)
    Land clearing (urban and rural)
    Levelling (construction sites)
    Mine site preparation

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from building construction
  • Demand from heavy industry and other non-building construction
  • Actual capital expenditure on mining
  • Demand from road and bridge construction
  • Natural disasters

  • Current Performance
  • Infrastructure demand
  • Building demand
  • Profit and employment
  • Competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Building construction rebounds
  • Mining and infrastructure markets
  • Profit and jobs growth
  • Table: Site Preparation Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Site Preparation Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining
  • House Construction
  • Road and Bridge Construction
  • Heavy Industry and Other Non-Building Construction
  • Commercial and Industrial Building Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Farm and Construction Machinery Wholesaling
  • Fuel Retailing
  • Gravel and Sand Quarrying
  • Machinery and Scaffolding Rental
  • Rock, Limestone and Clay Mining

  • Products & Services
  • Wet hire on building sites
  • Wet hire on infrastructure projects
  • Specialist mine preparation
  • Specialist services
  • Demolition work
  • Chart: Site Preparation Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Engineering construction demand
  • Road construction demand
  • Building construction demand

  • Major Markets
  • Road contractors and authorities
  • Residential building contractors and developers
  • Mining companies
  • Non-residential building contractors and developers
  • Other infrastructure developers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Site Preparation Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Site Preparation Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Site Preparation Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Site Preparation Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Site Preparation Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Dry Hire
  • The hire or lease of plant and machinery without an operator. Dry hire can be paid on an hourly, daily or weekly basis.
  • Ground Dewatering
  • The removal of excess water from the soil through pumping, and the application of absorbent clays or sealing with shotcrete and aggregate.
  • Removal Of Overburden
  • The removal of the loose material that overlies an ore deposit.
  • Soil Stabilisation
  • Preparation of land for building or other use by stabilising the soil through dewatering, grassing, and shoring with rocks, aggregate or concrete.
  • Wet Hire
  • The hire or lease of plant and machinery with a suitably qualified operator working under the direction of the prime contractor. Wet hire can be paid on an hourly, daily or weekly basis.
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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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