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IBISWorld’s Metal and Mineral Wholesaling market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.


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

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 - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Metal and Mineral Wholesaling industry is in the mature phase of its life cycle. Industry value added, which is the industry's contribution to national GDP, is expected to increase at an annualised 1.4% over the decade through 2021-22. This is lower than Australia's GDP growth over the same period, which is forecast at an annualised 2.5%. Although there have been general declines in establishment numbers in the past five years, these are forecast to increase in the five years through 2021-22 as industry revenue increases at a stronger rate.

The industry primarily serves smaller firms, which includes buyers and sellers of metals and minerals. Larger metal and mineral producers tend to deal directly with metals and minerals processors, skipping the wholesaler. Alt..

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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 Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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