Scrap heap: Competing materials and declining foreign manufacturing has plagued wholesalers

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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

  • Slower Chinese manufacturing growth will likely preclude the very high industry revenue growth rates
  • Rising competition from virgin metals has forced several larger players to reduce the scale of their operations
  • The rising price of steel will constitute a significant cost increase for global manufacturers

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Recyclable Material Wholesaling industry has struggled over the five years to 2017. During this period, industry operators have grappled with both waning demand from manufacturers and the plummeting prices of substitute goods. Specifically, the domestic manufacturing and construction sectors have increased purchases of new steel and plastic materials, thereby reducing demand for postconsumer and recyclable materials. Moving forward, the success of the industry will depend on both the strength of downstream manufacturing industries and the relative costs of competing input materials. China and other growing manufacturing economies are expected to remain vital markets for industry products, though concerns surround China's ability to maintain its recent trend of massive GDP growth...

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    Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Operators in the Recyclable Material Wholesaling industry are commonly located in regions that contain substantial sources of recyclable materials, such as areas of significant industrial activity and regions in which the Recycling Facilities industry (IBISWorld report 56292) is most active. Industry operators are also typically found near major transportation routes, given the high cost of transporting heavy, low-value materials like glass and paper. The location of customers and suppliers can affect the cost of recycling through transportation costs and ease of communication. As a result, wholesalers that operate in this industry are generally located close to key markets. Additionally, many recyclable material wholesalers are located near areas with large populations. Alo..

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    Additional Insights for the Recyclable Material Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Establishment of export markets
  • Effective quality control
  • Having an extensive distribution/collection network
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Industrial production index and Price of plastic materials and resin in the Recyclable Material Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Recyclable Material Wholesaling Industry?

    This industry wholesales automotive scrap, industrial scrap and other recyclable materials, such as waste paper, glass and plastic. Industry establishments include auto wreckers that dismantle motor vehicles to wholesale salvaged scrap material. Also included are establishments that break up, sort and wholesale all forms of scrap iron and steel using power-processing equipment.

    Industry Products
    Ferrous scrap metal
    Nonferrous scrap metal
    Recyclable paper and paperboard
    Industry Activities
    Waste bottle wholesaling
    Waste box wholesaling
    General line scrap wholesaling
    Glass scrap wholesaling
    Metal scrap wholesaling
    Oil scrap wholesaling
    Paper scrap wholesaling
    Plastic scrap wholesaling
    Textile waste wholesaling

    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
  • Industrial production index
  • Price of plastic materials and resin
  • World price of steel
  • World price of crude oil
  • Consumer spending

  • Current Performance
  • Declining demand
  • Growth strategies
  • Industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Competitive pricing
  • Rising downstream demand
  • Uncertainty in China
  • Expanding use of EAF
  • Table: Recyclable Material Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Paper Mills
  • Iron & Steel Manufacturing
  • Nonferrous Metal Refining
  • Nonferrous Metal Rolling & Alloying
  • Ferrous Metal Foundry Products
  • Nonferrous Metal Foundry Products Manufacturing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Ferrous Metal Foundry Products
  • Nonferrous Metal Foundry Products Manufacturing
  • Recycling Facilities
  • Waste Collection Services
  • Wired Telecommunications Carriers

  • Products & Services
  • Ferrous scrap metal
  • Nonferrous scrap metal
  • Other
  • Recyclable paper and paperboard
  • Chart: Recyclable Material Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Manufacturers
  • Other wholesalers
  • Other markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Recyclable Material Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Recyclable Material Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal CompetitionExternal Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Recyclable Material 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 Recyclable Material 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 Recyclable Material Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Industrial Production Index (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Electric Arc Furnaces (Eaf)
  • Furnaces that harness intense electrical discharges to melt scrap metal and produce steel.
  • Ferrous Metal
  • Metal that contains iron, most commonly refers to steel.
  • Landfill Tipping Fee
  • A fee levied on a quantity of waste deposited at a landfill. Also known as a gate fee.
  • Metallurgical Coal
  • Coal that is used in blast furnaces to manufacture steel.
  • Nonferrous Metal
  • Metal that does not contain significant quantities of iron.
  • Scrap
  • Recyclable used materials such as vehicle parts, building materials and used packaging. Often confused with waste, scrap has monetary value and can be reprocessed into new material.
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