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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Growth in the Metal Fabrication industry in China has been driven by the developing construction and manufacturing sectors. Over the five years through 2016, revenue for the Metal Fabrication industry in China has been rising at an annualized rate of 8.2% to $167.1 billion.

There are 8,644 enterprises operating in this industry, up from 6,585 in 2011, reflecting annualized growth of 5.6% over the period. The industry employs almost 1.3 million workers with a payroll of $8.0 billion.

Most of the metal fabrication players are also engaged in the Building Construction and Bridge, Tunnel and Subway Construction industries (IBISWorld industry reports 4710 and 4721). By operating across different sectors, they are able to decrease costs and reduce operating and capital risks...

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter


Capital inputs are required for metal fabrication. New companies face high start-up costs to purchase raw materials and equipment, which account for a large proportion of industry revenue. New companies can apply for loans from banks, but it's much more difficult comparing with larger companies of well known reputations to obtain support from financial institutions.


Improvements in production techniques have increased technological barriers for new players within this industry. In recent years, many large metal fabrication manufacturers increased their investment in technology and systems, leading to productivity and efficiency improvements. In ..

Additional Insights for the Metal Fabrication Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Metal Fabrication Industry are

  • Availability of resources
  • Development of new products
  • Proximity to transport
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Downstream Demand - Construction and Domestic Goods Prices - Metals in the Metal Fabrication industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Metal Fabrication Industry?

    The Metal Fabrication Industry in China manufactures metal structure and component parts for the building and infrastructure construction industries as well as other metal fabrication products from iron, steel and aluminum. Products such as metal parts for boats, metal doors and windows are not included in this industry.

    Industry Products
    Steel fabrication products
    Iron fabrication products
    Aluminum fabrication products
    Industry Activities
    Fabricating metal structure and component parts for building construction
    Fabricating metal structure and component parts for bridge construction
    Metal movable house
    Iron and steel scaffolding
    Metal formwork
    Metal holder
    Other metal fabrication

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Downstream Demand - Construction
  • Domestic Goods Prices - Metals
  • Export Market
  • Import Competition
  • Industry Regulation
  • Systems and Technology - by Industry

  • Current Performance
  • International Trade
  • Enterprises, employment and wages
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Table: Metal Fabrication Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Metal Fabrication Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Building Construction
  • Bridge, Tunnel and Subway Construction
  • Wiring and Pipeline Infrastructure Construction
  • Power Grid Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Aluminum Smelting
  • Cutting Tool Manufacturing
  • Iron and Steel Smelting
  • Metal Surface Treating and Heating Processing
  • Steel Rolling

  • Products & Services
  • Steel fabrication products
  • Iron fabrication products
  • Aluminum fabrication products
  • Other
  • Chart: Metal Fabrication Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • China's economic growth
  • Urbanization and population growth
  • Fixed investment in construction
  • Technology development

  • Major Markets
  • Building construction
  • Bridge construction
  • Utility infrastructure construction
  • Offshore oil platform construction
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Metal Fabrication Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Wages
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Metal Fabrication

  • Basis of Competition
  • Raw material access
  • Reputation
  • Product cost performance
  • Brand awareness
  • Technology competence

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Metal Fabrication Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Jinggong Group Co., Ltd.Zhejiang Southeast Space Frame Co. Ltd.Anhui Honglu Steel Construction (Group) Co. Ltd.Zhejiang Hangxiao Steel Structure Co. Ltd.Jiangsu Zhongtai Bridge Steel Structure Co. Ltd.
  • Table: Jinggong Group Co., Ltd. - financial performance
  • Table: Zhejiang Southeast Space Frame Co. Ltd. - financial performance
  • Table: Anhui Honglu Steel Construction (Group) Co. Ltd. - financial performance
  • Table: Zhejiang Hangxiao Steel Structure Co. Ltd. - financial performance
  • Table: Jiangsu Zhongtai Bridge Steel Structure Co. Ltd. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Metal Fabrication Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Metal Fabrication Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Exports (2007-2021)
  • Imports (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Total Assets (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • A large main supporting beam that carries a heavy transverse load in construction projects.
  • Scaffolding
  • A supporting framework or platform used in construction projects to elevate and support workers and materials.
  • Truss
  • A supporting structure that connects member bars with hinges at both ends.
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