Staying afloat: Despite a decline in orders, military shipbuilding and modernization will bolster revenue

Over the past five years, the Ship Building industry has slowly sailed rough seas as demand from the military and commercial markets fluctuated. As a result of pressured military funding and recession-induced commercial backlog decline, demand for shipbuilding declined in the early part of the five-year period. However, the boom in US oil and natural gas production has recently led to a surge in demand for energy-related vessels. Over the next five years, the industry is anticipated to catch more wind from renewed funding for military ships and continued demand for energy industry-related vessels. As the US Navy attempts to meets its objective of creating a fleet to meet the challenges of the coming years, demand for new naval vessels will more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
Market Share of Companies
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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The Pentagon’s increased emphasis on maritime operations is anticipated to lead to steady demand for new naval vessels
  • Due to the industry’s lack of competitiveness, exports are insignificant
  • Demand from the US Navy will remain essential for industry growth
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    This industry has high barriers to entry, largely due to enormous capital costs and the level of industry concentration. The two largest players dominate the Ship Building industry. These operators benefit from production efficiencies that give them a competitive edge over smaller players. These efficiencies are the result of substantial capital investments.Reputation is also an important basis of competition. Well-established firms benefit from existing relationships with clients, which is particularly true of naval contracts. Only the two largest operators (Huntington Ingalls Industries and General Dynamics) construct the largest naval vessels and five of the six largest companies derive the majority of their revenue from military contracts. Man...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Ship Building Industry

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

  • Financial structure of the company
  • Undertaking technical research and development
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Federal funding for defense and Private investment in industrial equipment and machinery in the Ship Building industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Ship Building Industry?

    Shipbuilders operate shipyards, which are fixed facilities with dry docks and fabrication equipment capable of building a ship. A ship is defined as watercraft typically suitable or intended for use other than for personal or recreational purposes. Shipyard activities include ship construction, repair, conversion and alteration; the production of prefabricated ship and barge sections; and specialized services, such as ship scaling.

    Industry Products
  • Military shipbuilding
  • Nonmilitary shipbuilding and repair
  • Military ship repair
  • Industry Activities
  • Building barges
  • Building cargo ships
  • Building passenger ships
  • Building submarines
  • Building drilling and production platforms
  • Repairing ships
  • Converting or altering ships
  • Producing prefabrication ship and barge sections
  • Building military ships
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Federal funding for defense
  • Private investment in industrial equipment and machinery
  • US oil and gas production index
  • Consumer spending

  • Current Performance
  • Military dominance
  • Commercial market and trade
  • Competitiveness and profitability
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Government demand remains crucial
  • Commercial market sails slowly
  • Other trends
  • Table: Ship Building Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Ship Building Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Oil Drilling & Gas Extraction
  • Iron Ore Mining
  • Ocean & Coastal Transportation
  • Port & Harbor Operations
  • Stevedoring & Marine Cargo Handling
  • National Security and International Affairs
  • Sightseeing Transportation

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Aluminum Manufacturing
  • Engine & Turbine Manufacturing
  • Hardware Manufacturing
  • Metal Pipe & Tube Manufacturing
  • Navigational Instrument Manufacturing
  • Paint Manufacturing
  • Screw, Nut & Bolt Manufacturing
  • Steel Rolling & Drawing

  • Products & Services
  • Military shipbuilding
  • Nonmilitary shipbuilding and repair
  • Military ship repair
  • Chart: Ship Building Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • US government
  • US commercial shipping clients
  • Exports
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Ship Building Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent, utilities, depreciation and marketing
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Ship Building

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Ship Building Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.General Dynamics Corp.
  • Table: Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: General Dynamics Corp. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Ship Building 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 Ship Building 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)
  • Federal Funding for Defense (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • A flat-bottomed boat that is built mainly for river and canal transport of heavy goods.
  • Dry Dock
  • A narrow basin that allows a vessel to be floated in and is then drained to allow the vessel to come to rest on a dry supported platform.
  • Shipyard
  • A fixed facility with dry docks and fabrication equipment capable of building a ship.
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