How sweet it is: A weak Australian dollar is boosting industry export earnings

IBISWorld’s Sugar Manufacturing market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Sugar Manufacturing industry has faced volatile commodity prices and fluctuating weather patterns over the past five years. Despite these trends, industry revenue is forecast to grow at an annualised 2.8% over the five years through 2016-17, to reach $3.0 billion. Domestic sugar prices have remained high for the majority of the past five years, although they have trended downwards over most of the period. Additionally, domestic sugar production has increased over the past five years. These two factors have boosted industry revenue over the period. Industry revenue is forecast to grow 19.9% during 2016-17, due to soaring world sugar prices in Australian dollar terms.

The industry derives a large share of its revenue from exports...

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Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The industry exhibits a moderate level of capital intensity. In 2016-17, for every dollar spent on labour the average sugar manufacturer will invest $0.23 in capital. Over the past five years, the introduction of new technology has slowed after a period of extensive capital improvements when the industry upgraded its machinery. This is particularly true in the sugar-refining segment where, in the past decade, many refineries have introduced high-speed production lines. This has allowed manufacturers to significantly raise production without a corresponding increase in employment. Capital intensity is expected to remain stable over the next five years. This is because machinery is maintained and refurbished, but not replaced or significantly modernised frequently.


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Industry Products

What is the Sugar Manufacturing Industry?

Industry companies primarily manufacture raw or refined sugar or molasses from sugar cane, raw cane sugar or sugar beet.

Industry Products
White sugar
Brown sugar
Raw sugar
Cafe products
Other products
Industry Activities
Brown sugar
Cane syrup
Caster sugar
Icing sugar
Icing sugar mixture

Table of Contents

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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