Hung out to dry: Increased outsourcing in major markets has boosted industry revenue

IBISWorld’s Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services 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 Threats & Opportunities

  • The hospitality and healthcare sectors are the main markets for the industry
  • Carpet cleaning has remained weak, as other flooring has become popular over carpet
  • Ongoing outsourcing of laundry and uniform rental services is projected to boost industry revenue

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services industry includes establishments that provide dry-cleaning, laundering, linen and uniform hire (in conjunction with laundering services), carpet cleaning and laundrette services to a range of sectors. Key markets include hospitality, health, government and other service businesses. Bulk products are generally collected from client sites, processed and then returned within an agreed time period. Households account for a moderate and declining share of industry demand.

    In 2016-17, the laundering and hiring out of bedding, table linen and uniforms is expected to account for over half of industry revenue, with dry-cleaning accounting for approximately one-fifth. The balance is made up of carpet cleaning and laundrette services...

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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services industry has a moderate capital intensity level. For every dollar required for wages, approximately $0.15 is projected to be invested in capital plant, equipment and vehicles. Wages are a major cost item for the industry due to the large number of required workers, while depreciation expenses are also comparatively high. Large laundering firms in the industry use commercial washing and drying equipment to clean apparel and linen, which requires significant investment. Dry-cleaning firms also invest in large and efficient dry-cleaning equipment to carry out similar tasks. Many industry firms have improved operating efficiencies with greater investment in capital equipment over the past five years. Thi..

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    Additional Insights for the Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services Industry are

  • Having a good technical knowledge of the product
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Having an extensive distribution/collection network
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from accommodation and food services and Demand from health care and social assistance in the Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services Industry?

    Industry establishments provide laundry and dry-cleaning services, as well as linen, uniform and nappy hire services. The services may be accessed through self-service facilities, such as coin-operated facilities, or through facilities operated by industry players.

    Industry Products
    Laundering and rental services
    Dry-cleaning services
    Laundrette provision
    Carpet cleaning services
    Industry Activities
    Automatic, self-service laundry operations (coin-operated)
    Baby nappy hire services
    Carpet, upholstery and rug cleaning
    Clothing, hat or garment cleaning services
    Curtain and drapery cleaning services
    Dry-cleaning services
    Laundry operations and services
    Linen hire and rental services
    Linen sterilisation services
    Uniform and workwear hire services

    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 accommodation and food services
  • Demand from health care and social assistance
  • Road freight service price
  • Population
  • Real household discretionary income

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and profit
  • Laundry services
  • Outsourcing and demand
  • Competition and efficiency
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Segment trends
  • Laundry services
  • Changing structure
  • Table: Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs
  • General Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Motels
  • Restaurants
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Basic Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Mining and Industrial Machinery Wholesaling
  • Power Automation Products and Other Electrical Equipment Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Laundering and rental services
  • Dry-cleaning services
  • Carpet cleaning services
  • Laundrette provision
  • Chart: Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Hospitality sector
  • Private healthcare sector
  • Households
  • Government institutions
  • Other sectors
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services 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 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Spotless Group Holdings LimitedAlsco Pty Limited
  • Table: Spotless Group Holdings Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Alsco Pty Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services 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 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Continuous Batch Washing Systems
  • Require less space and a shorter wash cycle time than conventional systems and can be linked to pass through dryers.
  • Outsourcing
  • Contracting services to a specialist supplier for tasks previously undertaken in-house.
  • Perchloroethylene (Perc)
  • A cleaning chemical used extensively in dry-cleaning.
  • Wet-Cleaning
  • A non-toxic cleaning system that does not use perchloroethylene.
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