Far from the tree: Increasing wholesale bypass trends have contributed to revenue declines

The Timber Wholesaling industry has endured difficult trading conditions over the past five years. Increasing wholesale bypass trends and substitution for non-wooden manufacturing and building materials have contributed to industry revenue declining over the period. Industry operators supply a range of products, including structural timbers, dressed wood panels, plywood products and veneers. The industry's markets include builders, manufacturers, retail hardware chains, independent hardware stores and garden supply centres. Industry revenue is expected to fall by 2.4% in 2018-19, largely due to weaker demand from residential building construction.Timber wholesalers have lost market share to alternative building materials such as steel...read more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Wholesale bypass and material substitution have contributed to industry revenue declines
  • The industry has undergone significant structural change over the past five years
  • Demand from residential and non-residential building construction is forecast to improve
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Timber Wholesaling industry is in the decline stage of its economic life cycle. Industry value added (IVA), which measures an industry's contribution to the economy, is expected to decrease at an annualised 1.9% over the 10 years through 2023-24. This represents an underperformance of real GDP growth, which is projected to increase at an annualised 2.7% over the same period.The structure of industry ownership is changing, as timber manufacturers set up their own wholesaling operations to deal directly with clients. Furthermore, enterprise and establishment numbers have decreased over the past five years due to significant price-based competition. Furthermore, the industry is increasingly subject to wholesale bypass, as downstream manufacturers seek to improve profit margins...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Timber Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Timber Wholesaling are:

  • Having a good technical knowledge of the product
  • Output is sold under contract - incorporate long-term sales contracts
  • Upstream vertical integration (ownership links)
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from residential building construction and Demand from non-residential building construction in the Timber Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Timber Wholesaling Industry?

    Industry operators wholesale sawn timber and other wood products to retailers such as hardware stores, commercial and residential construction companies, carpenters and furniture manufacturers.

    Industry Products
  • Hardwood and particle board timbers
  • Carpentry and joinery timbers
  • Plywood and veneer timbers
  • Other timber products
  • Industry Activities
  • Plywood wholesaling
  • LVL, LSL, glulam and I-beam products
  • Veneer wood wholesaling
  • Particle board wholesaling
  • Dressed timber wholesaling
  • Rough sawn timber wholesaling
  • Wood panel wholesaling
  • General timber hardwood and softwood dealing (except firewood)
  • 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 residential building construction
  • Demand from non-residential building construction
  • Demand from wooden structural component manufacturing
  • Demand from wooden furniture and upholstered seat manufacturing

  • Current Performance
  • Profitability
  • Industry structure
  • Downstream conditions
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Downstream conditions
  • Competition and industry structure
  • Profitability
  • Table: Timber Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Wooden Structural Component Manufacturing
  • Wooden Furniture and Upholstered Seat Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Hardware and Building Supplies Retailing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Fabricated Wood Manufacturing
  • Log Sawmilling
  • Pallets and Other Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Timber Resawing and Dressing
  • Wooden Structural Component Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Carpentry and joinery timbers
  • Hardwood and particle board timbers
  • Plywood and veneer timbers
  • Other timber products
  • Chart: Timber Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Residential contractors and tradespeople
  • Non-residential contractors and tradespeople
  • Wooden component manufacturers
  • Retailers and general consumers
  • Furniture manufacturers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Timber Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent, depreciation and utilities
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Timber Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Timber Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Wesfarmers Limited, Metcash Limited,
  • Table: Wesfarmers Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Metcash Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Timber 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 Timber Wholesaling 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
  • Glued laminated timber. An engineered structural product produced by bonding together a number of graded and seasoned laminates with a structural adhesive to form a solid product.
  • Vertical Integration
  • The extent to which a firm owns its upstream suppliers and its downstream buyers.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • The process through which retailers source products directly from manufacturers or importers.
  • Wood Veneer
  • A thin slice of wood that can be glued onto surfaces to produce the effect of a solid wood panel.
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