Danger, unsafe: Difficult conditions in downstream markets have reduced demand

The Safety Equipment and Supplies Distributors industry provides safety workwear, footwear, personal protective equipment, safety signs and other equipment to various workplaces, including construction and mining sites, hospitals and factories. Government health and safety regulations mandate the use of safety equipment on worksites and other locations, which ensures stable industry demand. Additionally, the threat of legal action or bad publicity resulting from workplace injuries or fatalities encourages businesses to invest in health and safety equipment.Lower demand from the construction, mining, and manufacturing sectors over the past five years has reduced demand for industry products. This has been partly offset by greater demand from healthcare and transport industries...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$2bn
Annual Growth 14-19
-0.2%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
3,749
Businesses
696

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Government health and safety regulations mandate the use of safety equipment
  • Capital expenditure on mining has declined, reducing demand for some safety equipment
  • Employment in downstream industries will remain a major driving force for industry revenue growth
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Safety Equipment and Supplies Distributors industry is characterised by low concentration, with the four largest players projected to account for less than 40% of revenue in 2018-19. Wesfarmers is the largest distributor of safety equipment and supplies in Australia and operates several businesses in the industry. Brady Australia also has a significant presence in the industry. However, outside these players, the industry is highly fragmented with a large number of small players.As many of the products in the industry are imported, no single operator has a monopoly on the supply channel which significantly reduces barriers to entry. Fur...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Safety Equipment and Supplies Distributors Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Safety Equipment and Supplies Distributors are:

  • Having a loyal customer base
  • Having a good technical knowledge of the product
  • Having a wide and expanding product range
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from construction and Total employees in the labour force in the Safety Equipment and Supplies Distributors industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Safety Equipment and Supplies Distributors Industry?

    The industry distributes a range of generic safety equipment and supplies to businesses and consumers. It also distributes specialised safety materials for medical, construction and agricultural industries. Industry items are typically purchased in bulk for hospitals, work sites and factories.

    Industry Products
  • High-visibility and safety workwear
  • Protective footwear
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Safety signage
  • Height safety equipment
  • Other safety products
  • Industry Activities
  • Distributing industrial workwear and protective footwear
  • Distributing personal protective equipment
  • Distributing high-visibility workwear
  • Distributing height safety equipment
  • Distributing hazardous-goods safety equipment
  • Distributing safety signs and other safety equipment
  • 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 construction
  • Total employees in the labour force
  • Actual capital expenditure on mining
  • Work accident rate per 1,000 employees
  • Demand from manufacturing

  • Current Performance
  • Safe demand
  • Construction and mining
  • Other downstream markets
  • Industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Downstream demand drivers
  • National employment
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Safety Equipment and Supplies Distributors Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Safety Equipment and Supplies Distributors Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining
  • Meat Processing
  • Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing
  • Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Medical and Surgical Equipment Manufacturing
  • Telecommunications Services

  • Products & Services
  • High-visibility and safety workwear
  • Protective footwear
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Other safety products
  • Height safety equipment
  • Safety signage
  • Chart: Safety Equipment and Supplies Distributors Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Construction industries
  • Mining industries
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Other industries
  • Health and community service providers
  • Transport, warehousing and logistics industries
  • Agriculture industries
  • Emergency services providers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Safety Equipment and Supplies Distributors 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 Safety Equipment and Supplies Distributors

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Safety Equipment and Supplies Distributors Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Wesfarmers Limited, Brady Australia Holdings Pty Ltd,
  • Table: Wesfarmers Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Brady Australia Holdings Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Safety Equipment and Supplies Distributors 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 Safety Equipment and Supplies Distributors Industry
    Includes:
  • 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
    Chemical Cartridge
  • A respirator component that cleans pollution from air, enabling employees to breathe in hazardous environments.
  • Mining Refuge Chamber
  • Refuge chambers provide temporary shelter for miners in the event of a fire or other disaster.
  • Whs/Oh&S Acts
  • The laws and regulations designed to protect the work health and safety of all workers across Australia.
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