Hampered: Industry firms are being hung out to dry as environmental concerns slow growth

The Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services industry has had mixed results over the past five years, with weak growth in household incomes partly offsetting greater outsourcing from hospitals and the hospitality sector. The industry includes companies 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 households, health care and hospitality firms. Products such as sheets and towels are generally collected from client sites by industry firms, processed and then returned within an agreed time period.Households account for a large, but declining, proportion of industry demand...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The healthcare and household sectors are the main markets for the industry
  • Carpet cleaning demand has remained weak, as other types of flooring have become more popular
  • Ongoing outsourcing of laundry and uniform rental services is projected to boost industry revenue
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services industry has a moderate capital intensity level. For every dollar required for wages in 2018-19, approximately $0.21 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...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services 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 health care and social assistance and Real household discretionary income in the Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services industry impact industry performance..

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    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

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from health care and social assistance
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Population
  • Road freight service price
  • Demand from accommodation and food services

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

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry 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

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

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Downer EDI Limited, Alsco Pty Limited,
  • Table: Downer EDI Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Alsco Pty Limited - financial performance

  • 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
    Table: Industry Data for the Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Continuous Batch Washing Systems
  • Require less space and a shorter wash cycle time than conventional systems and can be linked to pass through dryers.
  • 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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