Watch out: Revenue continue to decline as plastic input prices climb

Like most wholesalers, operators in the Safety Equipment and Supplies Distributors industry seek to purchase goods at a discount and sell them at a premium. Unlike other wholesalers, the nature of safety equipment ensures a more stable level of demand thanks to federal and company-specific regulations mandating the use of safety equipment and supplies in certain hazardous work environments. Despite this, industry revenue declined over the five years to 2018, due to a fluctuating industrial production index, reflecting mixed growth and demand from crucial downstream industries. Over the next five years, trends are expected to hold, and industry revenue is expected to continue its slow decline...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Industry revenue performance remains tied to two broad but well-defined downstream markets: manufacturing and construction
  • Construction businesses are another major source of total demand for safety equipment
  • There is expected to be minimal changes in demand for industry products
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Safety Equipment and Supplies Distributors industry is large and fragmented, thus indicating a low market share concentration. IBISWorld estimates the industry's largest company (Air Liquide) only generates an estimated 9.9% of total industry revenue. Instead of market share pooling under the umbrellas of a few large corporations, there are numerous small retailers, dealerships and distributors that collectively supply a majority of the market and generate the lion's share of revenue in aggregate. Further, multiple channels of distribution characterize the industry. Dis...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Safety Equipment & Supplies Distributors Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Safety Equipment & Supplies Distributors Industry are

  • Having a loyal customer base
  • Having links with suppliers
  • Having an extensive distribution/collection network
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Industrial production index and Number of work-related deaths in the Safety Equipment & Supplies Distributors industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Safety Equipment & Supplies Distributors Industry?

    Operators in this industry distribute and deliver safety equipment and supplies to businesses and consumers. Generally, these items are purchased in bulk for manufacturing, construction and other labor-intensive industries. Distributors with retail outlets are included in this industry, but manufacturers with retail outlets and suppliers of goods for medical and healthcare markets are excluded.

    Industry Products
  • Environmental safety products
  • Remediation equipment
  • Safety apparel
  • Industry Activities
  • Distributing and selling safety supplies for manufacturers
  • Distributing and selling safety supplies for construction industries
  • Distributing and selling safety supplies for other industries
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Industrial production index
  • Number of work-related deaths
  • Price of plastic materials and resin
  • Value of construction

  • Current Performance
  • Downstream demand
  • Profit and participation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Continued downstream expansion
  • Profit to remain under pressure
  • Table: Safety Equipment & Supplies Distributors Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Safety Equipment & Supplies Distributors Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Freight Packing & Logistics Services
  • Local Freight Trucking
  • Manufacturing
  • Public Storage & Warehousing

  • Products & Services
  • Environmental safety products
  • Safety apparel
  • Remediation equipment
  • Other
  • Chart: Safety Equipment & Supplies Distributors Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Non-residential construction
  • Food and beverage production
  • Energy and chemical production
  • Other
  • Government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Safety Equipment & Supplies Distributors Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Safety Equipment & Supplies Distributors

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Safety Equipment & Supplies Distributors Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Air Liquide SA,
  • Table: Air Liquide SA - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Safety Equipment & Supplies Distributors 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 Safety Equipment & Supplies Distributors Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Industrial production index (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Air Ionizer
  • A device used to neutralize the potentially harmful effects of electrically charged particles in the air.
  • Hard Hat
  • A hat worn by workers at a building site to protect their heads from falling objects
  • Sorbent
  • A material used to absorb or adsorb liquids or gases.
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