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IBISWorld’s Metal and Mineral Wholesaling market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Volatile metal and ore prices have limited revenue growth over the past five years
  • Increases in multi-unit developments and dwelling commencements have contributed to higher demand
  • Foreign demand for industry goods and higher forecast metal pricing will support moderate growth

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Operators in the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling industry have suffered from volatile metal and ore prices over the past five years, which have limited revenue growth. However, these fluctuations have been largely offset by higher volumes, minimising the effect on revenue. Demand and revenue growth have been mixed across different markets. Demand from commercial and industrial building construction for basic metal products, such as structural sections, has increased. In contrast, industry firms supplying other sectors, such as automotive manufacturers, have generally fared less well.

    Industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 0.8% over the five years through 2016-17...

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    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    There are moderate barriers to entry for new firms into the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling industry. Key barriers to entry are the ability to raise substantial amounts of working capital, establishing key supply and demand industry contacts, and developing a reputation for timeliness and competitiveness. New industry companies that can achieve these targets are more likely to be successful over the long term.

    Firms in the industry generally either compete based on high volumes and low margins, or lower volumes and higher margins. A high-volume operator will need to raise substantial amounts of capital to commence operation on a large scale. Alt..

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    Additional Insights for the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling Industry are

  • Having links with suppliers
  • Establishment of export markets
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Base metals price index and Demand from primary metal and metal product manufacturing in the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling Industry?

    Firms in the industry wholesale a range of mineral and metal products. Key items include coal and coke, pig iron, ingot steel and semi-fabricated products of iron or steel. These can take the form of sheets, strips, bars, rods, sections, structural steel or tubes. Industry firms may also wholesale metal waste or scrap.

    Industry Products
    Iron and steel
    Non-ferrous metals
    Metal ores
    Other metal and mineral products
    Industry Activities
    Aluminium and aluminium alloy wholesaling
    Copper and copper alloy wholesaling
    Coal and coke wholesaling
    Iron and steel wholesaling
    Metallic ores wholesaling
    Metal scrap wholesaling
    Mineral wholesaling
    Non-ferrous metal wholesaling
    Precious metal scrap dealing and wholesaling
    Steel bar, plate, rod, and sheet wholesaling

    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
  • Base metals price index
  • Demand from primary metal and metal product manufacturing
  • US dollars per Australian dollar
  • Demand from commercial and industrial building construction
  • Demand from heavy and civil engineering construction
  • World price of coking coal

  • Current Performance
  • Demand and revenue
  • Residential and commercial construction
  • Running on empty
  • Wholesale bypass and consolidation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Mixed downstream demand
  • Industry bright spots
  • Substitution and wholesale bypass
  • Table: Metal and Mineral Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Metal and Mineral Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Steel Pipe and Tube Manufacturing
  • Structural Steel Fabricating
  • Sheet Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Iron and Steel Casting
  • Iron and Steel Forging
  • Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Aluminium Smelting
  • Copper, Silver, Lead and Zinc Smelting and Refining
  • Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing
  • Mining

  • Products & Services
  • Non-ferrous metals
  • Iron and steel
  • Metal ores
  • Coal
  • Other metal and mineral products
  • Chart: Metal and Mineral Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Foreign metal and mineral buyers
  • Domestic construction industries
  • Domestic metal fabricators
  • Other domestic industries
  • Electricity generators
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling 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 Metal and Mineral Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Glencore Holdings Pty Limited
  • Table: Glencore Holdings Pty Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling 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 Metal and Mineral Wholesaling 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
  • A bivalent iron compound or simply a material containing an appreciable amount of iron.
  • Non-Ferrous Metal
  • A metal that does not contain any significant proportion of iron, such as aluminium, copper, lead and zinc.
  • Ore
  • A type of rock that contains minerals composed of important elements including metals. The ores are extracted through mining and refined to extract the valuable element(s).
  • Radio-Frequency Identification
  • The use of a tag applied to or incorporated into a product, animal or person for the purpose of identification and tracking using radio waves.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A popular trend within retail and manufacturing industries, where producers supply goods directly to retailers.
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