Drained: Revenue declines due to wholesale bypass and subdued building construction activity

IBISWorld’s Plumbing Goods 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.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Subdued growth in building construction has restricted the industry's performance
  • The winding back of federal funding for school refurbishment has had an adverse effect on demand
  • A forecast increase in demand from non-residential building construction will support growth

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Plumbing Goods Wholesaling industry has reported lacklustre growth over the past five years, with revenue expected to contract in 2016-17. Companies in the industry sell bathroom fixtures and fittings, hot water systems, gas pipes and fittings, downpipes, guttering and plumbing tools. Wholesalers compete with manufacturers and retailers that engage in wholesale bypass, which eliminates the wholesale function. Subdued growth in building construction has restricted the industry's performance over the past five years, while modest demand for replacement and repair parts from plumbing service providers has assisted some industry operators. Residential and non-residential construction activity is expected to decline in 2016-17, contributing to a 3.9% drop in revenue for the current year...

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    Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Plumbing Goods Wholesaling industry has a moderate market share concentration. In 2016-17, the four largest players are projected to account for approximately 54% of total revenue. The industry is defined by a high level of price competition, low to medium profit margins on products and moderate barriers to entry. Reece is the dominant player in the industry with an estimated market share of 36.3%, almost four times the size of its main rival Fletcher Building. The majority of industry firms are smaller wholesalers that employ less than 20 people. Industry firms have consolidated over the past five years, to improve purchasing power, streamline operations and compete against wholesale bypass activities. As a result, market share concentration has risen over the period.


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    Additional Insights for the Plumbing Goods Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Plumbing Goods Wholesaling Industry are

  • Establishment of brand names
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Easy access for clients
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from plumbing services and Demand from residential building construction in the Plumbing Goods Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Plumbing Goods Wholesaling Industry?

    The industry primarily wholesales a range of plumbing goods, including baths, basins, toilets, showers, sinks, taps, hot water systems, downpipes, guttering and fittings.

    Industry Products
    Bathroom, kitchen and laundry fixtures
    Pipes and tubes
    Fittings and valves
    Metal guttering
    Industry Activities
    Bath wholesaling
    Bathroom and toilet fitting wholesaling
    Downpipe and guttering wholesaling
    Gas fitting wholesaling
    Hot water system wholesaling
    Pipe and pipe fitting wholesaling
    Plumbing tool wholesaling
    Sink and basin wholesaling
    Toilet 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
  • Demand from plumbing services
  • Demand from residential building construction
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Demand from commercial and industrial building construction
  • Demand from institutional building construction

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and profitability
  • Construction trends
  • Wholesale bypass and competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue and profitability
  • Construction trends
  • Wholesale bypass and competition
  • Table: Plumbing Goods Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Plumbing Goods Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • House Construction
  • Roofing Services
  • Plumbing Services
  • Commercial and Industrial Building Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Ceramic Product Manufacturing
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Heating, Cooling and Ventilation Equipment Manufacturing
  • Plastic Flooring and Other Polymer Product Manufacturing
  • Sheet Metal Product Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Bathroom, kitchen and laundry fixtures
  • Pipes and tubes
  • Fittings and valves
  • Other
  • Metal guttering
  • Chart: Plumbing Goods Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • House construction contractors
  • Retailers
  • Commercial and industrial building contractors
  • Institutional building contractors
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Plumbing Goods Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Plumbing Goods Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Plumbing Goods Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Reece LimitedFletcher Building LimitedWesfarmers Limited
  • Table: Reece Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Fletcher Building Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Wesfarmers Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Plumbing Goods 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 Plumbing Goods 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
  • Do-it-yourself. Consumers that undertake hardware and home improvement projects without the aid of professionals.
  • Occupational Health And Safety (Oh&S)
  • Laws that ensure workplaces are safe for employees and other visitors.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A trend where manufacturers supply goods directly to stores, eliminating the need for wholesalers.
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