Dull growth: Weak demand from domestic metal manufacturing markets has constrained growth

IBISWorld’s Metal Coating and Finishing 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.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Most production supplies goods and components to heavy industrial and construction markets
  • Profit has declined due to deteriorating demand in the mining and infrastructure markets
  • Industry consolidation is projected to cause enterprise and establishment numbers to fall

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Metal Coating and Finishing industry has displayed a highly volatile pattern of revenue growth over the past five years. This volatility is reflected in the initial surge of demand for treated metal parts and equipment from heavy and civil engineering construction markets through to a peak in 2013-14, and the sharp decline in recent years. Demand conditions have remained subdued in the downstream building markets and the industry has faced deteriorating demand from the local metal product manufacturing industries.

    The industry treats a range of metal products to improve durability, provide protection against rust and corrosion and to present a decorative finish...

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    Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Industry services can be differentiated based on job size, product features and performance differences. In most cases, finished products, rather than input components or raw materials, are coated, engraved or heat-treated. Industry operators inspect metal products for wear, corrosion, erosion, stress and other flaws and generally have the capability to process metal products to meet various customer requirements.


    Galvanising is the most frequently used metal coating process in the industry. The process involves coating target metals, often iron and steel, with zinc layers to increase their resistance to rust and corrosion. The..

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    Additional Insights for the Metal Coating and Finishing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Metal Coating and Finishing Industry are

  • Ability to vary services to suit different needs
  • Having a diverse range of clients
  • Technical knowledge
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    Industry Products

    What is the Metal Coating and Finishing Industry?

    Companies in the industry are mainly engaged in engraving, polishing, heat-treating, plating, galvanising, anodising, colouring, plastic dipping, ceramic coating and finishing metals or metal products that customers supply. Firms that galvanise steel sheets or strips are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
    Electroplating and colouring
    Electroless plating
    Engraving and polishing
    Industry Activities
    Brass finishing and plating
    Cadmium, chromium, copper, gold, nickel and silver plating
    Metal enamelling and engraving
    Metal galvanising
    Metal heat-treating
    Metal polishing and finishing
    Metal plastic and powder coating
    Manufactured metal painting
    Vitreous enamelling

    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 heavy and civil engineering construction
  • World price of zinc
  • Demand from building construction
  • Demand from fabricated metal product manufacturing
  • Household consumption expenditure

  • Current Performance
  • Profit wanes
  • Downstream markets
  • Zinc prices
  • Other trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue and profitability
  • Building demand galvanised
  • Table: Metal Coating and Finishing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Metal Coating and Finishing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Nut, Bolt, Screw and Rivet Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Manufacturing
  • Mining and Construction Machinery Manufacturing
  • Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
  • Metal Drum, Can and Bin Manufacturing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Basic Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Copper, Silver, Lead and Zinc Smelting and Refining
  • Paint and Coatings Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Galvanising
  • Electroplating and colouring
  • Electroless plating
  • Heat-treating
  • Engraving and polishing
  • Chart: Metal Coating and Finishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Construction industries
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Defence and safety industries
  • Mining industries
  • Gas and water supply industries
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Metal Coating and Finishing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Utilities
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Metal Coating and Finishing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Metal Coating and Finishing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    PPG Industries Australia Pty LtdValmont Group Holdings Pty Limited
  • Table: PPG Industries Australia Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Valmont Group Holdings Pty Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Metal Coating and Finishing 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 Metal Coating and Finishing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • An electrochemical process that thickens and toughens naturally occurring oxides.
  • Electroplating
  • A process used to improve the appearance or corrosion resistance of a surface by electrodepositing a thin layer of a desired metal.
  • Metal Heat-Treating
  • A combination of heating and cooling operations applied to a metal or alloy in the solid state to obtain desired conditions or properties.
  • Sherardising
  • A galvanising process where target metals are heated in an airtight container with zinc powder, and the zinc then evaporates and diffuses into the target metal.
  • Tempering
  • A heat-treating process for reducing brittleness and removing strains.
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