Copper competition: The availability of alternative materials has subdued downstream demand

The Copper Tubes and Wire Manufacturing market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The past five years have been difficult for the Copper Tubes and Wire Manufacturing industry. The industry engages in high levels of international trade and re-exporting, and is therefore exposed to any fluctuations in the Australian dollar. An appreciating domestic currency over the three years through 2012-13 resulted in cheaper imported goods and made Australian exports comparatively more expensive in overseas countries. Industry operators face extensive competition from imports and substitute goods made from materials such as plastic, steel and aluminium. The increasing use of fibre optic cables in telecommunications is hurting demand for copper cables from electric cable and wire manufacturers...

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Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The industry exhibits moderate market share concentration. MML Holdings, the industry's only major player, is estimated to account for just over 48.0% of revenue in 2015-16. Fletcher Building was also a major player in the industry before it closed its copper tubing manufacturing facility in September 2014. This trend, coupled with MML Holdings' market share remaining fairly steady, has caused the industry's overall market share concentration to fall slightly over the past five years.

Aside from the industry's major player, many smaller scale firms manufacture copper tubes and wires. According to ABS counts of business data, in 2014-15 no enterprises employed more than 200 staff, while 68.0% of the companies in the industry generated less than $2.0 million in revenue. The..

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What is the Copper Tubes and Wire Manufacturing Industry?

Companies in the industry are primarily engaged in non-ferrous metal hot and cold rolling, drawing and extruding. Firms that manufacture non-ferrous metal powders and flakes are also included in the industry. Aluminium product manufacturing is excluded from the industry.

Industry Products
Copper and other base metal products
Silver and platinum products
Scrap waste and other products
Industry Activities
Copper tube
Copper wire
Non-ferrous metal bar
Non-ferrous metal rod
Non-ferrous metal tube
Non-ferrous metal wire
Non-ferrous metal sheet
Non-ferrous metal powder and flake

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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