Cast into the fire: Enterprise numbers have fallen as manufacturing demand has rusted away

The Iron and Steel Forging industry has struggled with difficult demand conditions over the past five years. Deteriorating demand conditions across many of the industry's key downstream markets have contributed to a significant decline in the industry's performance. Industry revenue is expected to decline at an annualised 5.1% over the five years through 2018-19, to $499.6 million. This includes an anticipated 5.7% fall in the current year.The industry's performance has been negatively affected by the end of domestic passenger vehicle manufacturing over the past five years. Prior to the exit of the major local vehicle manufacturers, forged industry products were important inputs into the manufacturing process, and this market represented a valuable source of industry more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The closure of local car manufacturers has driven down sales of forged steel products
  • Difficult demand conditions have driven smaller operators out of the industry
  • Revenue will strengthen due to improved demand for construction, mining and railway equipment
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Iron and Steel Forging industry exhibits a high level of market share concentration. The industry's four largest operators are expected to account for approximately 80% of revenue in the current year. Market share concentration has increased over the past five years, following the acquisition of Moly-Cop, Comsteel, and Donhad by Grinding Media Pty Ltd.With the exception of Grinding Media, the industry is highly fragmented and consists primarily of small-scale firms that compete in narrow product and regional markets. According to the latest data from the ABS, approximately 95% of industry operators employ fewer than 20 people, and approximately 79% generate less than $2 million annually. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Iron and Steel Forging Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Iron and Steel Forging are:

  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Effective cost controls
  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from construction and Demand from mining in the Iron and Steel Forging industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Iron and Steel Forging Industry?

    Industry operators are primarily engaged in forging iron and steel products. Forging involves shaping iron and steel into different forms. The forging process alters the physical properties of the metals, resulting in improved strength and durability.

    Industry Products
  • Grinding media
  • Railway parts
  • Forged fasteners
  • Rigging equipment
  • Automotive parts
  • Other products
  • Industry Activities
  • Steel chain forging
  • Iron or steel fitting
  • Horseshoe
  • Iron tube fittings and pipe fittings
  • Iron or steel valve
  • Other forged iron or steel products
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from construction
  • Demand from mining
  • Demand from motor vehicle manufacturing
  • Demand from railway equipment manufacturing and repair
  • Electricity service price
  • Private capital expenditure on machinery and equipment

  • Current Performance
  • International Trade
  • Industry structure
  • Downstream markets
  • Profit and participation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Downstream markets
  • Profitability and other trends
  • Technological change
  • Table: Iron and Steel Forging Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Iron and Steel Forging Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Horse Farming
  • Mining
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
  • Shipbuilding and Repair Services
  • Railway Equipment Manufacturing and Repair

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
  • Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing
  • Machine Tool and Parts Manufacturing
  • Power Automation Products and Other Electrical Equipment Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Grinding media
  • Forged fasteners
  • Railway parts
  • Rigging equipment
  • Automotive parts
  • Other products
  • Chart: Iron and Steel Forging Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Mining firms
  • Construction firms
  • Transport firms
  • Other customers
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Iron and Steel Forging Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Iron and Steel Forging

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Iron and Steel Forging Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Grinding Media Pty Ltd,
  • Table: Grinding Media Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Iron and Steel Forging Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

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

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Iron and Steel Forging Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A device used to alter an object's form and shape. The device may have either a flat or a contoured surface depending on the final product.
  • Flash
  • Excess metal by-product in forging processes that is generally removed in subsequent processing steps.
  • Grinding Media
  • Grinding media are the means used to crush or grind material in a mill.
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