Doctor's orders: Australia's ageing population is boosting demand for medical equipment

The Medical and Scientific Equipment Wholesaling industry has grown strongly over the past five years, supported by steady demand growth from the health sector and research industries. Australia's ageing population has boosted government funding and driven demand for medical and surgical equipment from hospitals and medical centres. In contrast, demand for electronic measuring and exploration equipment has weakened due to lower demand from the mining sector. A high proportion of the medical and scientific equipment wholesaled by industry firms is imported. Products range from high-end medical diagnosis equipment manufactured in Germany and the United States, to basic medical supplies, such as bandages and swabs, from lower cost countries...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$17bn
Annual Growth 13-18
3.0%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
25,150
Businesses
2,128
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Steady demand growth from the health sector and research industries has supported the industry
  • Australia’s ageing population has contributed to strong demand for industry products
  • Steady growth in the health sector is forecast to drive industry demand over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Entry barriers to the industry are generally at a moderate level and have remained relatively steady over the past five years. Establishing a sales and distribution network can be costly and can takes considerable time. Firms must develop a trained sales force, and a means to efficiently distribute products to customers. This enables wholesaling firms to sell medical and scientific equipment to key markets, and deliver these items in a timely manner. Further, the cost of accumulating inventory may deter some potential players from entering the industry. Nonetheless, overall investment requirements are relatively low, which aids the entry of new operators.A major barrier to success for new entrants is access to high quality products that have strong brand names. Exi...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Medical and Scientific Equipment Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Medical and Scientific Equipment Wholesaling Industry are

  • Having contracts that are favourable to the wholesaler
  • Having an extensive distribution and collection network
  • Offering clients a range of payment options
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total health expenditure and Trade-weighted index in the Medical and Scientific Equipment Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Medical and Scientific Equipment Wholesaling Industry?

    Industry firms wholesale scientific, medical or other professional equipment. Most industry operators undertake sales and administrative activities, marketing and advertising of products, and storage and transportation of stock. Wholesalers establish relationships with manufacturers and retailers to ensure a reliable supply of, and demand for, stock.

    Industry Products
  • Surgical and medical instruments and supplies
  • Laboratory apparatus and other instruments
  • Dental equipment and supplies
  • Surgical and medical appliances and apparatus
  • Measuring equipment
  • Process control instruments
  • Industry Activities
  • Aeronautical instruments wholesaling
  • Dental instruments or equipment wholesaling
  • Mathematical instruments wholesaling
  • Medical equipment and instruments wholesaling
  • Meteorological instruments or equipment wholesaling
  • Nautical instruments wholesaling
  • Ophthalmic instruments wholesaling
  • Seismic instruments wholesaling
  • Surveying instruments wholesaling
  • Veterinary instruments or equipment wholesaling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total health expenditure
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Demand from scientific research services
  • Demand from manufacturing
  • Demand from mining
  • Population aged 70 and older

  • Current Performance
  • Imported products
  • Medical and surgical equipment
  • Professional and scientific equipment
  • Profitability, wages and enterprises
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue and industry growth
  • Professional and scientific equipment
  • Profit and industry participation
  • Currency risks and industry issues
  • Table: Medical and Scientific Equipment Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Medical and Scientific Equipment Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining
  • Scientific Research Services
  • University and Other Higher Education
  • Health Services

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Measurement and Other Scientific Equipment Manufacturing
  • Medical and Surgical Equipment Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Surgical and medical appliances and apparatus
  • Surgical and medical instruments and supplies
  • Measuring equipment
  • Process control instruments
  • Dental equipment and supplies
  • Laboratory apparatus and other instruments
  • Chart: Medical and Scientific Equipment Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Public hospitals
  • Private medical practices and hospitals
  • Industry and mining firms
  • Other sectors
  • Dentists
  • Research organisations
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Medical and Scientific Equipment 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 Medical and Scientific Equipment Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Medical and Scientific Equipment Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Medical and Scientific Equipment 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 Medical and Scientific Equipment Wholesaling Industry
    Includes:
  • 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
    Irradiation Apparatus
  • Devices that use X-rays, beta-rays and gamma-rays to carry out medical diagnosis and evaluation for patients.
  • Research And Development (R&D)
  • Work that contributes to product innovation and advancements.
  • Trade-Weighted Index
  • An index of the average value of the Australian dollar as measured against the currencies of Australia's major trading partners.
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