Metal Wholesaling in the US: Market Research Report

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Metal Wholesaling Market Research Report | NAICS 42351 | Jan 2014

Sheet metal: As domestic demand and construction activity increases, revenue will recover

The Metal Wholesaling market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Metal Wholesaling industry was severely hammered by the recession. This is because metal wholesalers and service centers supply metal products to almost every manufacturing and construction industry, and the economic downturn hit these downstream buyers hard. However, resurgence in demand for metal products from these downstream markets, including the increases in residential and nonresidential construction, will aid profit... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

Barriers to entry into the Metal Wholesaling industry vary depending on the service a new firm is planning to offer. Overall, barriers to entry are moderate, but the industry has historically lacked appeal to startups because of its low profit margins.

Barriers to entry are relatively low for general line service centers, which primarily focus on distribution rather than processing. These centers do not need to invest in expensive processing equipment. However, these firms operate on low margins, so high sales volumes are advantageous and often necessary. A moderate level of investment in stock is therefore required to enter the industry as a general line service center... purchase to read more


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What is the Metal Wholesaling Industry?

Companies in this industry primarily wholesale metal products and contain service centers that maintain inventory and perform functions such as sawing, shearing, bending, leveling, cleaning and edging. Services provided by the Metal Wholesaling industry also include cutting-to-length, slitting, shearing, roll forming, shape correction, surface improvement, blanking, tempering, plate burning and stamping.

Industry Products
Steel platesSteel pipes and tubesSteel barsAluminum shapes and formsStainless steel and steel alloysOther nonferrous metalsSteel coilsSteel structural components
Industry Activities
Wholesaling cast iron pipeWholesaling metal barsWholesaling metal ingotsWholesaling metal pipeWholesaling metal platesWholesaling metal rodsWholesaling metal sheetsWholesaling metal spikesWholesaling nailsShaping and processing metals to customer specifications

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