Scrap Metal Recycling in Australia - Market Research Report

Scrap Metal Recycling industry trends (2014-2019)

poll Average industry growth 2014–2019: -5.4%

The past five years have been difficult for operators in the Scrap Metal Recycling industry. Although demand from building construction has increased, downstream demand from local manufacturing has declined. This mixed demand, combined with Arrium Limited's entry into administration in April 2016, has lowered the amount of scrap metal generated from domestic activities over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to decline at an annualised 2.6% over the five years through 2019-20, to $2.16 billion. This includes expected revenue growth of 1.9% in the current year, primarily due to growth in the world price of steel and a slight rise in the base metals price index. Rising metal prices over the past five years have constrained declines in i...
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Scrap Metal Recycling industry outlook (2019-2024)

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The Scrap Metal Recycling industry is projected to slowly grow over the next five years. Forecast improvements in some key downstream sectors, and rising export volumes, are likely to support industry revenue growth. Processing volumes and world steel prices are both forecast to increase, supporting the industry's expansion. Domestic and global construction activities are also projected to rise over the next five years, supporting demand for steel products. As a result, the industry's output is anticipated to increase, minimising price movements and thereby reducing some price uncertainty. However, demand from primary metal and metal product manufacturing is projected to decline, which will constrain the industry's performance. Additionally, the ban...
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Scrap Metal Recycling industry statistics

  • attach_money Market Size: $2bn
  • business Number of Businesses: 202
  • poll Average Industry Profit Margin: x.x%
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  • supervisor_account Industry Employment: 2,083

Biggest companies in the Scrap Metal Recycling industry

The companies holding the largest market share in the Scrap Metal Recycling in Australia industry include Sims Metal Management Limited.

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What is Scrap Metal Recycling industry?

Industry Definition

Industry firms are primarily engaged in the recovery of recycled scrap metal. Recovery involves the manufacture of scrap metal into new, usable material or products. Commonly recycled metals include steel, copper, aluminium, zinc, lead, nickel and titanium.

Industry Products and Services

  • Ferrous scrap metal recycling services
  • Non-ferrous metal recycling services
  • Precious and other metal recycling
  • Final metal products
  • All Others

Industry Activities

  • Ferrous metals recycling
  • Non-ferrous metals recycling
  • Precious metals recycling
  • Metal product manufacturing

Market research report - table of contents

Industry Definition

Industry firms are primarily engaged in the recovery of recycled scrap metal. Recovery involves the manufacture of scrap metal into new, usable material or products. Commonly recycled metals include steel, copper, aluminium, zinc, lead, nickel and titanium.

Main Activities

  • Ferrous metals recycling
  • Non-ferrous metals recycling
  • Precious metals recycling
  • Metal product manufacturing

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Industry Statistics Snapshot

Industry Structure

Executive Summary

Key External Drivers

The trade-weighted index measures the value of the Australian dollar against a basket of currencies from Australia's major trading partners. As many produ...
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Trade-weighted index
Base metals price index
World price of steel
Demand from primary metal and metal product manufacturing

Current Performance

Scrap metal supply trends
Domestic market trends
Export market trends
Consolidation trends
 Chart: Revenue Growth

Industry Outlook

Demand and cost trends
Future industry developments
 Table: Scrap Metal Recycling in Australia - Market Research Report Industry Revenue Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Life Cycle Reasons
 Chart: Benchmarking - Scrap Metal Recycling in Australia - Market Research Report Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

Supply Chain

Key Buying Industries

Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing in Australia
Aluminium Smelting in Australia
Non-Ferrous Metal Casting in Australia




Key Selling Industries

Motor Vehicle Manufacturing in Australia
Mining and Construction Machinery Manufacturing in Australia
Consumers in Australia




Products & Services

The Scrap Metal Recycling industry carries out four main functions: ferrous scrap metal recycling, non-ferrous scrap metal recycling, and precious and oth...
Other domestic industries
Domestic metal smelting industries
China export markets



Demand Determinants

Demand for scrap metal recycling is highly contingent on trends prevailing in export metal markets and downstream industries, particularly from key source...
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Major Markets

Other domestic industries
Domestic metal smelting industries
China export markets




 Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Scrap Metal Recycling in Australia - Market Research Report Industry

International Trade

Business Locations

Chart: Business Locations by State Chart: Business Locations by State

Market Share Concentration

The Scrap Metal Recycling industry has a moderate market share concentration. The four largest players are expected to account for less than 60% of indust...
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Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Profit, Purchases, Wages, Other Costs
 Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Scrap Metal Recycling in Australia - Market Research Report

Basis of Competition

Internal competition
External competition

Barriers to Entry

 Table: Barriers to Entry Checklist for the Scrap Metal Recycling in Australia - Market Research Report Industry

Industry Globalization

Sims Metal Management Limited (SMM) is one of the world's largest scrap metal and electronics recyclers. The company employs over 4500 people across 250 l...
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Sims Metal Management

 Table: Sims Metal Management - financial performance

Capital Intensity

The Scrap Metal Recycling industry has a high level of capital-intensity. It is expected that in 2019-20, for every dollar invested in capital, an estimat...
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 Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Scrap Metal Recycling in Australia - Market Research Report Industry
 Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

Technology & Systems

Revenue Volatility

Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

Regulation & Policy

Industry Assistance

Table: Industry data Table: Industry Data for the Scrap Metal Recycling in Australia Industry

Industry Revenue (2007-2026)
Industry Gross Product (2007-2026)
Establishments (2007-2026)
Businesses (2007-2026)
Employment (2007-2026)
Exports (2007-2026)
Imports (2007-2026)
Wages (2007-2026)
Domestic Demand (2007-2026)

Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data

Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Dat Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data

Table: Industry Financial Ratios Table: Industry Financial Ratios

Liquidity Ratios
Coverage Ratios
Leverage Ratios
Operating Ratios
Cash Flow & Debt Service Ratios (% of Sales)
Assets, %
Liabilities, %

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