Lit fuse: Stronger demand from metal mining and emerging markets will bolster industry growth

While it makes up only a small part of the overall chemicals sector, the Explosives Manufacturing industry remains a pivotal part of the sector. The industry's stagnation over the past five years is a result of mixed demand from downstream consumers of industry products. As demand for coal declined steadily from 2012 to 2016, coal industries needed fewer explosives to mine. However, demand for explosives from construction industries has increased. Despite this recent stagnation, industry revenue is expected to increase over the five years to 2022. After struggling due to lack of demand, downstream markets are expected to stabilize and grow modestly, helping industry revenue rebound...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry will grow, but uncertainty surrounds the future of domestic coal mining
  • Given the risks associated with transportation, global trade in explosives is limited
  • Improved demand from metal mining will drive industry revenue growth
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The US Explosives Manufacturing industry has a moderate level of market share concentration, which reflects the importance of the three major players within the industry: Dyno Nobel Americas, Orica Mining Services and Austin Powder. Their respective parent companies, Incitec Pivot Limited, Orica Limited and Davis Mining lead the global explosives industry. These three companies are expected to account for 47.1% of US industry revenue in 2017. The concentration of the industry has decline slightly during the period as result of some of the major players, such as Incitec Pivot, focusing more on higher value-added products they manufacturer such as fertilizers, that are not industry relevant. Add...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Explosives Manufacturing Industry

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

  • Having contracts that are favorable to purchaser
  • Effective cost controls
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from coal mining and Industrial production index in the Explosives Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Explosives Manufacturing Industry?

    Operators in this industry manufacture explosives, blasting agents and oxidizers. Industry manufacturers may also be involved in the production of blasting accessories, such as blasting and detonating caps, fuses and cords. This industry does not manufacture pyrotechnics, ammunition, ammunition detonators or percussion caps.

    Industry Products
  • Blasting agents and oxidizers to mining
  • Blasting agents and oxidizers to construction
  • Blasting agents and oxidizers to other
  • High explosives
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing detonating caps, cords, fuses and primers
  • Manufacturing blasting accessories (e.g. caps, fuses, igniters and squibs) and powder
  • Detonators (except ammunition)
  • Dynamite
  • Explosives
  • Gunpowder
  • Pentolite explosive materials
  • Manufacturing safety fuses and blasting
  • 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 coal mining
  • Industrial production index
  • Value of construction
  • Demand from iron ore mining
  • Price of nonferrous metals
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Demand from mining and construction
  • Trade activity gravitates to Canada and Mexico
  • Industry landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand from mining and construction
  • Trade trends
  • Table: Explosives Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Explosives Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Coal Mining
  • Iron Ore Mining
  • Copper, Nickel, Lead & Zinc Mining
  • Stone Mining
  • Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Fertilizer Manufacturing
  • Oxygen & Hydrogen Gas Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Blasting agents and oxidizers to mining
  • Blasting agents and oxidizers to other
  • Blasting agents and oxidizers to construction
  • High explosives
  • Chart: Explosives Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Mining
  • Export
  • Quarrying and other
  • Construction
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Explosives Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWages and depreciationOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Explosives Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Explosives Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Incitec Pivot Limited, Orica Limited, Austin Powder Company,
  • Table: Incitec Pivot Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Orica Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Austin Powder Company - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Explosives Manufacturing 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 Explosives Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Industrial Production Index (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Ammonium Nitrate
  • A white crystalline solid used as a fertilizer and as a component of some explosives.
  • High Explosives
  • A chemical compound that detonates and is usually employed for mining and demolition purposes.
  • Low Explosives
  • A combination of a combustible substance and an oxidant that decomposes rapidly, normally employed as propellants. Include gunpowders and pyrotechnics.
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