Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Toy, Doll and Game Manufacturing industry has suffered over the five years to 2016, due to falling demand brought on by poor economic conditions during the earlier half of the five-year period and increasing competition from low-priced imports. Many industry operators had to exit the industry altogether because they could no longer compete with low-cost imports. Moreover, the long-term outlook for the industry is not encouraging. US manufacturers will continue to face increasing competition from low-cost imports and vie for contracts with a shrinking number of retailers. Given the limited amount of shelf space in stores, retailers will place significant pricing pressures on domestic operators to lower their markups, or they will give up shelf space to imported goods... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter
The level of capital intensity in this industry is low to moderate. On average, this industry spends $0.09 on capital for every dollar spent on labor, which reflects the importance of manual labor to the product assembly process and the need for qualified personnel for the design components of production.
The level of capital requirements for manufacturers can be extensive, covering items such as plant and equipment used in the production process. The level of research and development activity undertaken by a company also affects investment in plants and machinery. The development of new products has generally been associated with substantial changes to existing machinery and production processes, and an overall rise in capital investments... purchase to read more