Passing grade: Revenue will grow as increasing regulatory standards cause companies to seek testing

The Laboratory Testing Services industry comprises companies that help businesses and manufacturers perform tests on items ranging from consumer and food products to industrial materials. In an increasingly regulated society, pressure on operators to ensure the safety and quality of their products is higher than ever. A greater number of government safety regulations and consumer lawsuits have led to rigorous testing of manufacturers' goods prior to sale. The industry has grown over the past five years, driven by renewed consumer spending and corporate investment in the development of new products. As companies accommodate stricter environmental regulations and invest in new products over the next five years, demand for laboratory testing services is expected to grow. A...purchase to read more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • As more consumer products are produced, demand for industry services has grown
  • Increased regulation for manufacturers generated demand for the industry
  • Rapid wage growth indicates that demand for skilled workers will intensify
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Barriers to entry into the Laboratory Testing Services industry are high due to relatively high setup costs and high competition for limited contracts. The costs of setting up a testing facility are extremely high, and require specific and often expensive testing equipment. The cost of employing qualified staff is also high. In 2017, the average income for an industry employee is expected to reach about $63,699. A start-up company in this industry will require a significant amount of liquid capital (bearing in mind that, in most cases, neither funding nor any contracts have been secured upon starting). As a result, many of the larger laboratories were set up years ago, before the prohibitive expenses became significant...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Laboratory Testing Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Laboratory Testing Services Industry are

  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Recommendation/accreditation from authoritative source
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Research and development expenditure and Consumer spending in the Laboratory Testing Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Laboratory Testing Services Industry?

    Companies in this industry perform physical, chemical and other analytical testing for commercial purposes. Such testing may occur in a laboratory or an on-site facility (i.e. where the product is manufactured or developed). Most results from industry-led tests are checked against government regulations and environmental, industrial and product standards. This industry excludes medical and veterinary testing labs.

    Industry Products
  • Agriculture and food testing
  • Environmental testing
  • Product performance and safety testing
  • Product certification
  • Biological and chemical testing
  • Other testing
  • Industry Activities
  • Acoustics and vibration testing
  • Biological testing
  • Electrical testing
  • Environmental testing
  • Providing forensic services
  • Geotechnical testing
  • Industrial testing
  • Mechanical testing
  • Product testing
  • Radiation testing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Research and development expenditure
  • Consumer spending
  • Corporate profit
  • Total trade value
  • Government consumption and investment
  • Total health expenditure

  • Current Performance
  • Regulatory overhaul generates demand
  • Shrinking profit margins
  • Industry landscape expands
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Regulatory overhaul generates demand
  • Environmental legislation
  • Industry landscape expands
  • Table: Laboratory Testing Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Laboratory Testing Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Water Supply & Irrigation Systems
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Baking Mix & Prepared Food Production
  • Generic Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Engineering Services
  • Environmental Consulting

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chemical Wholesaling
  • Glass Product Manufacturing
  • Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Laboratory Supply Wholesaling
  • Organic Chemical Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Product performance and safety testing
  • Environmental testing
  • Product certification
  • Biological and chemical testing
  • Agriculture and food testing
  • Other testing
  • Chart: Laboratory Testing Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Government regulations
  • New technologies

  • Major Markets
  • Construction and Restoration Companies
  • Consumer and industrial product manufacturers
  • Other
  • Government
  • Household consumers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Laboratory Testing Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchases and depreciationRent and utilitiesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Laboratory Testing Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Laboratory Testing Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    SGS SA, Bureau Veritas Group,
  • Table: SGS SA - financial performance
  • Table: Bureau Veritas Group - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Laboratory Testing Services 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 Laboratory Testing Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Research and Development Expense (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • A test that establishes the relationship between the values of quantities indicated by a measuring instrument and the corresponding values realized.
  • Certification
  • Confirmation that a product has passed a certain test.
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • A category of engineering that uses the principles of soil and rock mechanics to evaluate subsurface conditions for the safety and risks of earthwork or foundation construction.
  • Outsource
  • To procure goods or services under contract with an outside supplier.
  • Research And Development (R&D)
  • Creative work undertaken by a company in order to increase knowledge, which can then be applied to developing a new product or improving an existing one.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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