Strategic alloys: Rising downstream demand will sustain industry revenue despite volatile input costs

Operators in the Metal Wholesaling industry are expected to generate $208.0 billion in revenue in 2018, making this one of the largest industries in the United States. Metal wholesalers purchase primary metal products in bulk from manufacturers and distribute them to markets on a customized basis. They primarily distribute iron and steel, in addition to nonferrous metals like copper, brass and aluminum. Moving forward, stabilization in metal prices is expected to boost revenue growth. Meanwhile, persistent demand for metal inputs in the manufacturing, mining and construction sectors will reinforce demand for metal wholesaling services. Nevertheless, IBISWorld expects industry revenue to stagnate over the five years to 2023...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Increasing activity in the manufacturing, mining and construction sectors spurs demand for metal inputs
  • Metal prices have faltered, instigated by rising global supply
  • Many US-based manufacturing facilities have used less-costly imports, reducing industry demand
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Barriers to entry into the Metal Wholesaling industry vary depending on the service a new company is planning to offer. Overall, barriers to entry are moderate, but the industry has historically lacked appeal to start-ups because of its low profit margins and high initial start-up costs. Additionally, consolidation within the industry may deter new entrants, as large companies strengthen their relationships with suppliers and end users through acquisitions.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 wholesalers operate on low margins, so high sales volumes are advantageous and often necessary. A m...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Metal Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Effective quality control
  • Ability to control stock on hand and maintain appropriate inventory levels
  • Having links with suppliers
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of steel and Industrial production index in the Metal Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Metal Wholesaling Industry?

    Metal wholesaling operators distribute primary metal products, both ferrous and nonferrous, to industrial and construction markets. Operators maintain inventory and may perform functions like sawing and cleaning on a custom basis and also as part of the distribution service. However, operators do not distribute precious metals, such as gold, silver and platinum, nor do they distribute insulated wire or recyclable metal scrap.

    Industry Products
  • Wholesaling iron and steel products
  • Wholesaling copper and brass products
  • Wholesaling aluminum products
  • Wholesaling other nonferrous metals and products
  • Wholesaling stainless steel and alloys
  • Industry Activities
  • Wholesaling iron and steel products
  • Wholesaling stainless and alloy steel
  • Wholesaling copper and brass products
  • Wholesaling aluminum products
  • Wholesaling other nonferrous metals and products
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of steel
  • Industrial production index
  • Value of construction
  • World price of aluminum

  • Current Performance
  • Industrial production spurs demand
  • Faltering metal prices constrain growth
  • Structural trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industrial production spurs demand
  • Less volatile metal prices
  • Structural trends
  • Table: Metal Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Utilities
  • Construction
  • Tractors & Agricultural Machinery Manufacturing
  • Construction Machinery Manufacturing
  • Mining, Oil & Gas Machinery Manufacturing
  • Truck, Trailer & Motor Home Manufacturing
  • Aircraft, Engine & Parts Manufacturing
  • Space Vehicle & Missile Manufacturing
  • Train, Subway & Transit Car Manufacturing
  • Ship Building

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Aluminum Manufacturing
  • Iron & Steel Manufacturing
  • Metal Pipe & Tube Manufacturing
  • Metal Tank Manufacturing
  • Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
  • Nonferrous Metal Refining

  • Products & Services
  • Wholesaling iron and steel products
  • Wholesaling stainless steel and alloys
  • Wholesaling other nonferrous metals and products
  • Wholesaling aluminum products
  • Wholesaling copper and brass products
  • Chart: Metal Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Manufacturing and mining industries
  • Other wholesalers for resale
  • Building contractors
  • Businesses for end use
  • Other markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Metal Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Metal Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Metal Wholesaling 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 Metal Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • World Price of Steel (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • A metallic mixture of two or more elements created to enhance the properties of its original elements.
  • Mill
  • A manufacturing plant that produces metals.
  • Nonferrous Metal
  • A metal, such as aluminum, that does not contain iron.
  • Original Equipment Manufacturer
  • A company that manufactures products or components that a company purchases and retails under the purchasing company's brand name.
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