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Explosives Manufacturing in the US: Market Research Report

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Explosives Manufacturing Market Research Report | NAICS 32592 | Oct 2015

Lit fuse: Stronger demand from metal mining and emerging markets will bolster industry growth

IBISWorld’s Explosives Manufacturing market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • The industry will grow, but uncertainty surrounds the future of domestic coal mining
  • Given the risks associated with transportation, global trade in explosives is limited
  • Improved demand from metal mining will drive industry revenue growth
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Explosives Manufacturing industry is a relatively small component of the United States' overall chemical sector. Over the past five years, explosives manufacturers faced weak demand from the domestic coal market and volatile demand from metal mining, the industry's two biggest downstream markets. Meanwhile, industry exports have remained relatively volatile over the period spurred by the appreciating value of the US dollar. The next five years are set to be more stable for the industry. After struggling due to lack of demand, downstream markets are expected to stabilize and grow modestly, which will help industry revenue rebound. Nevertheless, the industry must contend with the uncertainty facing domestic coal mining... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

Because the mining sector is the largest market for the Explosives Manufacturing industry, operators are mostly concentrated near coal mines and other metal and mineral mining activities. In addition, establishments tend to be located in border regions near Mexico and Canada, the industry's top export and import countries. The following discusses the regional breakdown of industry establishments.


Accounting for 37.2% of explosives manufacturing establishments in 2016, the Southeast region of the United States houses the largest concentration of industry activity. This is not surprising, given that more than one-third of all US coal is mined and produced here. Within this region, Florida is the dominant state, accounting for 7.7% of industry establishments. Flo.. ... purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Explosives Manufacturing Industry

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

  • Having contracts that are favorable to purchaser
  • Effective cost controls
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from coal mining and Industrial production index in the Explosives Manufacturing industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Explosives Manufacturing Industry?

    Operators in this industry manufacture explosives, blasting agents and oxidizers. Industry manufacturers may also be involved in the production of blasting accessories, such as blasting and detonating caps, fuses and cords. This industry does not manufacture pyrotechnics, ammunition, ammunition detonators or percussion caps.

    Industry Products
    Blasting agents and oxidizers to miningBlasting agents and oxidizers to constructionBlasting agents and oxidizers to otherPermissibles
    Industry Activities
    Manufacturing detonating caps, cord, fuses and primers Manufacturing blasting accessories (e.g. caps, fuses, igniters and squibs) and powderDetonators (except ammunition) Dynamite Explosives Gunpowder Pentolite explosive materials Manufacturing safety fuses and blasting

    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
  • Demand from coal mining
  • Industrial production index
  • Value of construction
  • Demand from iron ore mining
  • Price of nonferrous metals
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Current Performance
  • Demand from mining and construction
  • Trade activity gravitates to Canada and Mexico
  • Industry landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand from mining and construction
  • Trade trends
  • Table: Explosives Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Explosives Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Coal Mining
  • Iron Ore Mining
  • Copper, Nickel, Lead & Zinc Mining
  • Stone Mining
  • Construction
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Fertilizer Manufacturing
  • Oxygen & Hydrogen Gas Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Blasting agents and oxidizers to mining
  • Blasting agents and oxidizers to other
  • Blasting agents and oxidizers to construction
  • Permissibles
  • Chart: Explosives Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Mining
  • Export
  • Quarrying and other
  • Construction
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Explosives Manufacturing Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages and depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Explosives Manufacturing
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Explosives Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Orica Limited
    Incitec Pivot Limited
    Austin Powder
  • Table: Orica Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Incitec Pivot Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Austin Powder - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Explosives Manufacturing 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 Explosives Manufacturing Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Exports (2007-2021)
  • Imports (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Industrial Production Index (2007-2021)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Ammonium Nitrate
  • A white crystalline solid used as a fertilizer and as a component of some explosives.
  • High Explosives
  • A chemical compound that detonates and is usually employed for mining and demolition purposes.
  • Low Explosives
  • A combination of a combustible substance and an oxidant that decomposes rapidly. They are normally employed as propellants and include gunpowders and pyrotechnics.

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