Expanding flock: Strong price growth of wool has benefited 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 margins...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
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 contributed to fluctuating export demand for wool
  • Domestic wool production is projected to increase, supporting industry revenue growth
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The spread of businesses operating in the industry is mainly concentrated in New South Wales and Victoria, which cumulatively make up more than 70% of industry enterprises. Wool brokers tend to be located near major wool growing regions and wool selling centres. Auctions are held in Sydney; Newcastle, NSW; Melbourne; Fremantle, WA; and Launceston, TAS. The number of wool-selling centres has been reduced to less than half the number that existed in the mid-1980s. This has been in part a cost-cutting exercise, but it has been facilitated by new technology allowing electronic trading.The nature of the wholesale function means industry enterprises attempt to be near major production centres, though it is not essential to the conducting of business. As ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Wool Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Wool Wholesaling Industry 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
    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 (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • 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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