Testing times: Falling R&D spending has reduced demand for industry lab services

The Environmental Science Services industry provides a range of testing services to businesses. Mining firms are significant users of industry services, as well as companies in other industries that invest significantly in research and development. Industry testing services include geotechnical modelling for stress analysis (typically provided to miners), meteorological services and weather station operation by the Bureau of Meteorology, and material testing services for the Manufacturing division.Industry revenue is forecast to decline at an annualised 0.8% over the five years through 2018-19, to $5.0 billion...read more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Falling demand from miners and manufacturers has hindered the industry’s revenue performance
  • Increased demand from the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing division has supported revenue growth
  • Rising demand from the Mining and Manufacturing divisions should support industry revenue growth
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The industry exhibits low capital intensity. For every dollar spent on capital, an estimated $8.04 is spent on wages. Capital costs principally relate to the depreciation expense of laboratory equipment, and laboratory and office premises. Operators require up-to-date, high-tech equipment to ensure that they can provide information and conduct reliable tests in a fast time frame. Capital intensity is expected to rise with a projected increase in the mechanisation of testing.Despite continued demand for capital investment, the industry relies heavily on the knowledge and skill of staff to process technical testing. The industry's heavy dependence on high-cost technical testing, measuring equipment and software is expected to result in industry depreciation charges absorbing 5.0% o...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Environmental Science Services Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Environmental Science Services are:

  • Effective cost controls
  • Recommendation/accreditation from authoritative source
  • Prompt delivery to market
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from mining and Demand from scientific research services in the Environmental Science Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Environmental Science Services Industry?

    Industry operators primarily provide scientific testing services to customers within the agricultural, mining, manufacturing and construction divisions. Industry firms also collect, analyse and forecast meteorological information. Other industry segments include pollution monitoring services, forensic sciences and general laboratory operations that may undertake testing for product safety and quality.

    Industry Products
  • Meteorological services
  • Forensic testing
  • Pollution monitoring
  • Mining technical services
  • Other testing and services
  • Material testing
  • Industry Activities
  • Forensic science consulting (other than pathology)
  • Geological and geophysical testing
  • Laboratory operation (providing chemical, food, electrical engineering or other technical services)
  • Materials strength testing
  • Weather station operation and meteorological services
  • Non-destructive testing
  • Pollution monitoring
  • Wool testing
  • Wine testing
  • 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 mining
  • Demand from scientific research services
  • Demand from water supply, sewerage and drainage services
  • Demand from agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • Demand from manufacturing
  • Private research and development expenditure

  • Current Performance
  • Mining demand
  • Other demand trends
  • Profit and employment trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Operating landscape
  • Profit and

    industry structure

  • Table: Environmental Science Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Environmental Science Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining
  • Petroleum Refining and Petroleum Fuel Manufacturing
  • Water Supply
  • Road and Bridge Construction
  • Scientific Research Services
  • Agribusiness
  • Police and Firefighting Services

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer and Computer Peripheral Wholesaling
  • Industrial and Agricultural Chemical Product Wholesaling
  • Measurement and Other Scientific Equipment Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Mining technical services
  • Other testing and services
  • Meteorological services
  • Forensic testing
  • Pollution monitoring
  • Material testing
  • Chart: Environmental Science Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Mining division
  • Manufacturing division
  • Public Administration and Safety division
  • Other markets
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing division
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Environmental Science 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 Environmental Science Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Environmental Science Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    ALS Limited, Bureau of Meteorology, SGS Australia Holdings Pty Ltd,
  • Table: ALS Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Bureau of Meteorology - financial performance
  • Table: SGS Australia Holdings Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Environmental Science 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 Environmental Science 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
    Geotechnical Modelling
  • A methodology used to investigate subsurface conditions and materials.
  • Metallurgical Analysis
  • A process whereby a metal compound is analysed to determine its physical or chemical properties.
  • Meteorology
  • The study of the atmosphere using several scientific disciplines with the focus on weather processes and forecasting.
  • Seismicity
  • The frequency of earthquakes in an area.
  • Stress Analysis
  • Testing methodology to determine the amount of force that can be applied to the testing object.
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