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Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Site Preparation Services industry is one of the largest special construction services industries. It 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.

The industry's performance over the past five years has been influenced by the divergent trends in downstream construction markets...

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Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The Site Preparation Services industry has a low concentration of ownership, with the four largest enterprises contributing less than 10.0% of industry revenue. The industry is characterised by its many small- and medium-size businesses, which tend to operate in narrow regional markets. Operating across dispersed markets introduces difficulties in transporting and servicing heavy equipment.

The industry has a fragmented structure and the majority of employer enterprises have a workforce of fewer than 20 people (97.6%) and the majority of businesses generate annual revenue of below $200,000 (52.7%). By contrast, less than 20 operators have a workforce exceeding 200 people and about 7.9% of businesses generate annual revenue exceeding $2.0 million. Sev..

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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

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About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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