Click go the shears: Growing domestic wool prices bulk up industry revenue

The Wool Wholesaling industry has displayed strong revenue growth over the past five years. While varying weather conditions have influenced domestic production volumes, strong price growth has supported the industry's expansion. Moreover, the depreciation of the Australian dollar over the period has improved the competitiveness of Australian wool in export markets, benefiting industry operators that act as agents of international trade. However, increased global competition from lower cost synthetic fibres has constrained overseas demand growth. In response, wholesalers have consolidated operations to reduce overhead costs and improve average profit more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Increased market penetration of synthetic fibre alternatives has affected demand for wool
  • Developments in man-made fibres have affected export demand for wool over the period
  • Domestic wool production is projected to increase, supporting industry revenue growth
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Wool Wholesaling industry has performed strongly over the past five years. External factors, such as global demand, wool and lamb prices, and the volume of domestic wool production have largely determined the industry’s fortunes. The relationship between wool and lamb prices typically dictates wool production, with farmers often switching between wool and lamb production to benefit from the highest prices or to minimise production costs. This, in turn, influences the volume of wool supplies available to wholesalers, creating movements in revenue. Industry revenue is expected to rise at an annualised 7.0% over the five years through 2018-19, to reach $3.7 billion. Thi...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Wool Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Output is sold under contract - incorporate long-term sales contracts
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Ability to effectively manage risk
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Wool production and Domestic price of lamb in the Wool Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Wool Wholesaling Industry?

    Industry businesses primarily wholesale wool. This involves purchasing bulk volumes of wool from farmers to sell to downstream markets.

    Industry Products
  • Fine wool
  • Medium wool
  • Coarse wool
  • Industry Activities
  • Wool wholesaling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Wool production
  • Domestic price of lamb
  • Domestic price of wool
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Production and prices
  • Global wool demand
  • Changing structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Future prospects
  • Competition and prices
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Wool Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Synthetic and Natural Textile Manufacturing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Grain-Sheep or Grain-Beef Cattle Farming
  • Sheep Farming
  • Sheep-Beef Cattle Farming
  • Wool Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Fine wool
  • Medium wool
  • Coarse wool
  • Chart: Wool Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Wool traders and buying houses
  • Other wholesalers
  • Wool processors
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Wool 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 Wool Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Agrium SP Holdings Pty Ltd, Ruralco Holdings Limited,
  • Table: Agrium SP Holdings Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Ruralco Holdings Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Wool 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 Wool 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
  • A form of measurement used to express the diameter of a wool fibre. The lower the micron, the finer the wool.
  • Turn-Off Rate
  • The number of sheep or lambs the farmer sells to meat processors.
  • Wool Clip
  • The total quantity of wool shorn from a flock or flocks of sheep in a particular region or country in one year.
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