Strong base: Higher base metal prices have driven industry expansion over the past five years

The performance of the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling industry has been supported by higher base metal and ore prices over the past five years. These price rises have been accompanied by higher sales volumes, particularly from foreign buyers. However, demand and revenue growth have varied considerably across different markets. For example, while demand for basic metal products, such as structural sections, from commercial and industrial building construction markets has risen, industry firms that supply declining markets like automotive manufacturers have performed poorly over the period.Overall, industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 2.4% over the five years through 2018-19, to $25.6 billion. This includes a 1.7%...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$26bn
Annual Growth 14-19
2.4%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
13,900
Businesses
1,759
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Profit margins have remained low, due to the highly elastic nature of commodities trading
  • Increases in commercial and industrial building construction have boosted industry demand
  • Despite lower prices, greater demand for industry goods will support revenue growth
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Metal and Mineral Wholesaling industry has grown moderately over the past five years. Higher metal and mineral prices have contributed to industry growth, while the supply of many metals, minerals and steel products has also increased as mining volumes have risen. Although the ongoing trend towards wholesale bypass has created challenges for many industry operators over the period, these effects have been limited due to the geographic isolation of many mine sites. The remote location of these sites, far away from potential markets means that many producers find it more convenient to operate through industry wholesalers, taking advantage of their established distribution networks and customer contacts. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling 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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    What is the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling Industry?

    Industry firms wholesale mineral and metal commodities. Industry firms also wholesale steel products, including pig iron, ingot steel and semi-fabricated products. These products 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
  • Aluminium
  • Iron ore
  • Coal
  • Copper
  • Steel
  • Zinc and other minerals
  • 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

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    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
  • Wholesale bypass and product trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Products and markets
  • The decline of coal
  • Growth prospects
  • 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

  • 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
  • Aluminium
  • Copper
  • Coal
  • Zinc and other minerals
  • Iron ore
  • Steel
  • 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
    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
    Glencore Operations Australia Pty Limited,
  • Table: Glencore Operations Australia Pty Limited - financial performance

  • 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
    Table: Industry Data for the Metal and Mineral Wholesaling Industry
    Includes:
  • 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
    Ferrous
  • A bivalent iron compound or 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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