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Plastics Wholesaling in the US: Market Research Report

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Plastics Wholesaling Market Research Report | NAICS 42461 | Nov 2016

Unprosperous performance: Despite strong demand, a continued decrease in plastic prices will drag down growth

IBISWorld’s Plastics Wholesaling market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Increased activity in the construction sector and automobile manufacturing industry will increase demand
  • Higher plastic costs helped increase revenue growth, but have threatened margins
  • Demand from downstream customers will continue to strengthen as the US economy recovers
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Over the five years to 2016, industry revenue is expected to increase as increased activity in the construction sector and some manufacturing industries is expected to increase demand for plastic products. Moving forward, the industry is projected to experience somewhat higher demand from plastic product manufacturers and the construction sector; however, a continued decrease in the price of plastic and resin is expected to drag down growth... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

The Plastics Wholesaling industry has a moderate level of barriers to entry. Although there are no direct regulatory barriers to entry, there are aspects of the Plastics Wholesaling industry that may make it difficult for new entrants. While established wholesalers have relatively low levels of capital expenditure, new ventures are required to invest large amounts of money in equipment, facilities, and initial merchandise, which can preclude less-capitalized operators from entering the industry. New entrants may also struggle to gain market share and customers in such a mature industry. Many potential clients already have well-established relationships with other wholesalers, and it would take considerable amounts of time and effort to lure them away.

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Additional Insights for the Plastics Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Having links with suppliers
  • Having a loyal customer base
  • Having an extensive distribution/collection network
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from plastics and rubber products manufacturing and Price of plastic materials and resin in the Plastics Wholesaling industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Plastics Wholesaling Industry?

    This industry wholesales plastics materials and resins, and unsupported plastic film, sheet, sheeting, rod, tube and other basic forms and shapes. Products sold within the Plastics Wholesaling industry are sold to industrial manufacturers. Manufacturers use plastic products to manufacture durable goods.

    Industry Products
    Plastic pipes, rods, tubes and shapesHigh-pressure laminatesPlastic raw materialsOther plastic materials and basic shapesMisc.
    Industry Activities
    Plastic foam wholesalingPlasticizers wholesalingPlastics basic shapes wholesalingPlastic materials wholesalingPlastic resins 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
  • Demand from plastics and rubber products manufacturing
  • Price of plastic materials and resin
  • Value of construction
  • Consumer spending
  • Current Performance
  • Growth in downstream demand
  • Profit fluctuations
  • Coping with change
  • Falling participation
  • Skilled labor and increasing wages
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Growth in downstream demand
  • Profit fluctuations
  • Coping with change
  • Table: Plastics Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Plastics Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Plastic Film, Sheet & Bag Manufacturing
  • Plastic Pipe & Parts Manufacturing
  • Laminated Plastics Manufacturing
  • Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing
  • Plastic Bottle Manufacturing
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Plastic & Resin Manufacturing
  • Plastic Film, Sheet & Bag Manufacturing
  • Plastic Pipe & Parts Manufacturing
  • Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing
  • Truck, Trailer & Motor Home Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Plastic raw materials
  • Other plastic materials and basic shapes
  • Misc.
  • Plastic pipes, rods, tubes and shapes
  • High-pressure laminates
  • Chart: Plastics Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Manufacturing
  • Other wholesalers
  • Export sales
  • Business users (for consumption)
  • Construction
  • Other customers
  • Retailers and repair shops (for resale or repair)
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Plastics Wholesaling Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Plastics Wholesaling
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Plastics 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 Plastics 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 Plastics Wholesaling Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Price of Plastic Materials and Resin (2007-2021)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
    High-Density Polyethylene
  • A plastic material commonly used for film containers, vitamin bottles, milk jugs and butter tubs.
  • Low-Density Polyethylene
  • A plastic material used for caps, netting, shrink wraps, garment bags and plastic bags.
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate
  • A plastic material used for soft drink bottles, containers and vegetable oil bottles.
  • Polypropylene
  • A plastic material commonly used for butter tubs, containers, bottle tops, carpets and food wraps.
  • Vinyl And Polyvinyl Chloride
  • A plastic material used to make food wraps, vegetable oil bottles, health and beauty bottles.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A popular trend within retail and manufacturing industries where producers supply goods directly to stores.

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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Plastics Wholesaling market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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