Slight rusting: Volatile metal prices have continued to plague industry revenue growth

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

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
  • Metal wholesalers will benefit most from growth in nonresidential construction

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Operators in the Metal Wholesaling industry distribute primary metals and metal products to manufacturing, utilities and construction industries and businesses for end-use. Oversupply of steel, aluminum and other metals over the past few years has put downward pressure on prices, reducing the value of inventory and weakening the industry's profit margins. Recovering manufacturing and construction activity has spurred growing demand for metal inputs, underpinning some growth for metal wholesaler services. Even so, drastic price drops in steel and aluminum drove the industry into decline during the majority of the five-year period to 2017...

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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Metal Wholesaling industry exhibits a low to moderate level of capital intensity. For every dollar spent on labor in 2017, roughly $0.13 will be spent on capital. Still, capital expenditures and wages account for only a small proportion of annual revenue due to the nature of wholesaling industries, in which purchases make up the majority of the cost structure.

    In general, capital expenditures reflect the purchase of new manufacturing machinery, equipment and facilities designed to improve product quality, increase manufacturing efficiency, lower production costs and meet regulatory requirements. However, capital intensity varies according to the focus of a company's operations. Man..

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    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
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    Industry Products

    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

    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
  • 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
  • Faltering metal prices constrain growth
  • Structural trends
  • Table: Metal Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Products & Markets
    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
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther 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
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Metal Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • World Price of Steel (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
  • 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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