Heating up: Strong demand from the home improvement market will bolster demand

The Plumbing and Heating Supplies Wholesaling industry relies on downstream demand for construction and renovation work, which increased during the period, bolstering revenue. However, increased concentration and price-based competition has hurt the industry, and IBISWorld expects industry revenue to decrease over the five years to 2018. Relatively consistent growth in the residential remodeling market has helped industry performance. However, nonresidential remodeling has slightly declined as higher levels of corporate profit encouraged businesses to rebuild rather than repair. As industry operators adjust to the structural changes resulting from acquisitions during the period and the changing competitive landscape, the industry will be poised to grow 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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Changing homeowner preferences have helped boost demand for some of the industry’s higher-margin products
  • Operators have increasingly contended with price-based competition
  • Demand will continue to hinge on the residential renovation markets
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Plumbing and Heating Supplies wholesale industry has few formal barriers to entry aside from obtaining a wholesale license. Nonetheless, new entrants will find it difficult to compete with the more established players who experience significant advantages from established relationships with manufacturers and downstream customers.Contractual arrangements between existing distributors and downstream customers give established operators a competitive advantage. New entrants will find it challenging to establish similar supply arrangements, which are necessary to compete effectively. In addition, new entrants need to obtain contracts with manufacturers, which may prove to be hard due to existing relationships between suppliers and wholesalers. For...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Plumbing & Heating Supplies Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Plumbing & Heating Supplies Wholesaling Industry are

  • Having strong links and contracts with suppliers
  • Having a good technical knowledge of products
  • Provision of a related range of products and services
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Value of residential construction and Housing starts in the Plumbing & Heating Supplies Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Plumbing & Heating Supplies Wholesaling Industry?

    Companies in this industry wholesale plumbing supplies (e.g. fixtures and valves), heating equipment (e.g. hot water radiators) and other plumbing and hydronic equipment. Industry operators are not involved in wholesaling gas clothes dryers, electric water heaters, electric stoves, refrigerators or air conditioners. The sales and distribution branches of manufacturers (MSBOs) are included in this industry.

    Industry Products
  • Pipes, fittings and valves
  • Other plumbing supplies
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Sump pumps and water treatment equipment
  • Boilers, radiators and related products
  • HVAC equipment
  • Furnaces and water heaters
  • Industry Activities
  • Wholesaling plumbing equipment, including plumbing fixtures
  • Wholesaling hydronic heating and cooling equipment
  • Wholesaling household-type gas equipment and supplies
  • Wholesaling waterworks equipment to private and municipal contractors
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Value of residential construction
  • Housing starts
  • Value of private nonresidential construction
  • Demand from heating and air conditioning wholesaling
  • year conventional mortgage rate

  • Current Performance
  • Strong demand from the construction sector
  • Keeping up with competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Construction markets improving
  • Structural changes
  • Table: Plumbing & Heating Supplies Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Plumbing & Heating Supplies Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Home Builders
  • Apartment & Condominium Construction
  • Industrial Building Construction
  • Home Improvement Stores
  • Hardware Stores
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Heating & Air-Conditioning Contractors
  • Plumbers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Boiler & Heat Exchanger Manufacturing
  • Ceramics Manufacturing
  • Heating & Air Conditioning Equipment Manufacturing
  • Valve Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Other plumbing supplies
  • Pipes, fittings and valves
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Furnaces and water heaters
  • HVAC equipment
  • Sump pumps and water treatment equipment
  • Boilers, radiators and related products
  • Chart: Plumbing & Heating Supplies Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Renovation, repair and maintenance
  • Residential construction
  • Nonresidential construction and industrial

  • Major Markets
  • Residential remodeling and repairs
  • Nonresidential remodeling and repairs
  • New residential building construction
  • New nonresidential building construction
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Plumbing & Heating Supplies Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Plumbing & Heating Supplies Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Plumbing & Heating Supplies Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Ferguson PLC,
  • Table: Ferguson PLC - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Plumbing & Heating Supplies 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 Plumbing & Heating Supplies Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Private spending on home improvements (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Heating, Ventilation And Air-Conditioning (Hvac)
  • Equipment and technology that provides indoor or automotive environmental comfort.
  • Hydronic Heating
  • A method of heating a whole home or building by using hot water, which is often heated by a gas boiler.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (Rfid)
  • A technology that tracks products from the time they leave the assembly line to the time they leave the store by releasing continuous signals from a chip.
  • Waterworks
  • Equipment including water hydrants and water meters.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A popular trend within retail and manufacturing industries whereby producers supply goods directly to retailers, eliminating the middleman.
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