In a bind: Competition from low-cost imports is gradually reducing industry revenue

IBISWorld’s Rope, Cordage and Twine Manufacturing market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.


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 Threats & Opportunities

  • Lower industry output and increased import penetration have constrained growth over the period
  • Since most industry products are generic, margins are relatively low
  • Demand for specialised rope and cord products is expected to increase over the next five years

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Rope, Cordage and Twine Manufacturing industry has faced many challenges over the past five years. Lower industry output and increased import penetration have constrained the industry's growth over the period. Industry products are often used as intermediate inputs in other manufactured goods, such as cut and sewn textiles. Demand for the industry's products from downstream manufacturing industries has fallen over the past five years, as these markets have also faced rising import competition. However, strong demand from agricultural industries and hardware and building supplies retailers provided some growth over the two years through 2015-16...

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    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Industry barriers to entry are low and are expected to remain largely unchanged over the next five years. The major barrier is the industry’s declining life cycle stage, caused by substantial import competition. Imports are expected to rise over the next five years, further discouraging new players from entering the industry.

    Despite this, there are few other barriers to entry, as there are no specific government requirements or licences required to operate in the industry. In addition, there are no dominant firms that can restrict the ability of new entrants to enter by significantly reducing prices. Geographic boundaries are relatively low as industry products are able to be easily posted or shipped to local, interstate and international customers if required.


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    Additional Insights for the Rope, Cordage and Twine Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Rope, Cordage and Twine Manufacturing Industry are

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Effective quality control
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from cut and sewn textile product manufacturing and Demand from construction in the Rope, Cordage and Twine Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Rope, Cordage and Twine Manufacturing Industry?

    Industry firms manufacture rope, cordage, twine, net and similar products. These can be produced from natural or synthetic fibres. Wire-related materials are excluded from the industry. The industry’s products are used by other manufacturers as intermediate inputs and by households and businesses as final products.

    Industry Products
    Other products
    Industry Activities
    Cable (from natural or synthetic fibres)
    Cord (except wire rope or tyre cord)
    Fish net
    Other net
    Rope (except wire rope)
    Textile netting

    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 cut and sewn textile product manufacturing
  • Demand from construction
  • Demand from hardware and building supplies retailing
  • World price of crude oil
  • Demand from agriculture
  • World price of cotton

  • Current Performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry participation
  • Domestic demand
  • Import competition
  • Table: Rope, Cordage and Twine Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Rope, Cordage and Twine Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Forestry
  • Mining
  • Cut and Sewn Textile Product Manufacturing
  • Textile Product Wholesaling

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Mining and Industrial Machinery Wholesaling
  • Synthetic and Natural Textile Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Rope
  • Cordage
  • Netting
  • Twine
  • Other products
  • Chart: Rope, Cordage and Twine Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Maritime firms
  • Construction, mining and forestry firms
  • Agriculture industries
  • Other firms
  • Rail and road transport firms
  • Domestic users
  • Export markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Rope, Cordage and Twine Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Rope, Cordage and Twine Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Rope, Cordage and Twine Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Rope, Cordage and Twine Manufacturing 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 Rope, Cordage and Twine Manufacturing 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
  • Cordage is usually under 5 millimetres in diameter and used as an intermediate input for other products, such as textile blind and other products requiring a light-duty cord.
  • Polypropylene
  • Polypropylene is a synthetic fibre used in the manufacture of some rope and cord products.
  • Rope
  • Rope is made from the braiding or twisting of natural and synthetic yarns and fibres into a stronger and more resilient form for lifting and tying purposes.
  • Sisal
  • The fibres from the Agave sisalana plant, which is native to North and South America. They can be used to create various types of rope and twine.
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