Testing times: International agreements on safety standards could reduce industry demand

The Materials Testing Services industry tests a range of items or substances used to construct, produce, manufacture and wholesale many outputs, such as machinery, equipment, property, infrastructure, textiles and final goods. These items include metals, polymers, concrete, asphalt, ores, metals and chemicals, and consumer products. For example, soils might be tested for particle size and compaction in the construction sector, whereas bricks and concrete might be tested for durability and consistency.As Australia has an established and sophisticated regulatory system, the industry's testing services are an essential requirement for suppliers of goods, property and infrastructure...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$641m
Annual Growth 13-18
1.2%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
3,611
Businesses
610
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Australia's regulatory environment fuels demand for the industry's services
  • Larger players have benefited from the growing demand for industry services
  • Greater price competition across the major players is expected to decrease profit margins over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Business locations in the industry are heavily skewed towards the eastern states, as these areas are home to the majority of Australia's population. The industry's role in servicing the construction and manufacturing sectors means that the industry is heavily reliant on industries and businesses that are closely linked to population distribution. However, as mining firms are also a significant market for materials testing firms, the industry also has a considerable presence in Western Australia. The industry's largest player, ALS Limited, is based in Queensland, which means that a high proportion of industry revenue is derived from the state. An estimated 22.9% of industry revenue will be derived from Queensland in 2017-18, despite having 20.1% of the population...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Materials Testing Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Materials Testing Services Industry are

  • Effective cost controls
  • Recommendation or accreditation from authoritative source
  • Qualified work force
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from heavy and civil engineering construction and Demand from machinery and equipment wholesaling in the Materials Testing Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Materials Testing Services Industry?

    Industry firms test materials for a variety of applications and downstream industries. Materials testing includes analysing metals, composites, ceramics, polymers, textiles, concrete and geomaterials.

    Industry Products
  • Consumer goods testing
  • Construction and mining materials testing
  • Intermediate input materials testing
  • Equipment testing
  • Consulting and training services
  • Industry Activities
  • Construction materials testing
  • Consumer product testing
  • Polymer products testing
  • Metals and chemical testing
  • Electronic component testing
  • Equipment testing
  • Other materials testing
  • 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 heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Demand from machinery and equipment wholesaling
  • Demand from manufacturing
  • Demand from mining
  • Demand from motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts wholesaling

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and profit growth
  • Company growth
  • Construction and mining demand
  • Safety standards
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Future revenue and profit growth
  • Construction demand
  • Mining and other demand
  • Safety standards and consolidation
  • Table: Materials Testing Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Materials Testing Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Wholesale Trade

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer and Computer Peripheral Wholesaling
  • Industrial and Agricultural Chemical Product Wholesaling
  • Measurement and Other Scientific Equipment Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Intermediate input materials testing
  • Construction and mining materials testing
  • Consumer goods testing
  • Equipment testing
  • Consulting and training services
  • Chart: Materials Testing Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Mining and construction firms
  • Wholesaling firms
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Governments and utilities firms
  • Other firms
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Materials Testing Services 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 Materials Testing Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Materials Testing Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    ALS Limited, SGS Australia Holdings Pty Ltd,
  • Table: ALS Limited - financial performance
  • Table: SGS Australia Holdings Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Materials Testing Services 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 Materials Testing Services 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
    Accc
  • The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is the regulatory body responsible for the enforcement of Australian consumer law.
  • National Association Of Testing Authorities (Nata)
  • A regulatory body in Australia that is responsible for the accreditation of testing bodies in Australia.
  • Polymers
  • Materials that are made up of a structurally strong chemical compound
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