Absorbing shock: Growth is forecast over the next five years, but trade barriers may limit this

The Sanitary Product Manufacturing industry converts paper stock into sanitary products such as toilet paper, facial tissue and tampons. The industry is in long-term decline, demonstrated by an overall decrease in revenue, faltering enterprise numbers and rising import competition. Another factor is companies moving production overseas to take advantage of lower production costs. Meanwhile, the stronger brands are being challenged by low-cost alternatives and higher input costs, putting pressure on prices and squeezing profit margins. Industry revenue is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of 0.4% to £2.6 billion over the five years through 2018-19, including a fall of 0.6% in the current year...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Consumers have been opting for cheaper products, which has fuelled price competition
  • The weak pound inflated the prices of imported products and boosted the competitiveness of exports
  • Demand and industry input supply may be hampered by potential tariffs imposed on European trade
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Sanitary Product Manufacturing industry has a high level of capital intensity. Applying wages as proxy for labour and depreciation for capital investment, the industry has a capital-to-labour ratio of 1:2.57 in 2018-19. This indicates that for every £1.00 spent on capital, industry operators will spend £2.57 on wages. Conversely, for every £1.00 spent on wages or labour, firms would spend 39p on capital. Over the past 15 years, the computerisation of systems has allowed for better efficiency in production. Improving economic conditions at the start of the period helped to boost capital investment expenditure. The increasingly automated nature of the production process means many previously labour-intensive roles have been replaced by machinery. Nev...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Sanitary Product Manufacturing Industry

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

  • Access to rare inputs
  • Establishment of brand names
  • Production of premium goods/services
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real private consumption expenditure and World price of wood pulp in the Sanitary Product Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Sanitary Product Manufacturing Industry?

    Industry operators convert sanitary paper stock, wadding, pulp or paper into sanitary products such as toilet paper, facial tissues, handkerchiefs, table napkins, kitchen towels, disposable nappies, sanitary towels and tampons. The final products are sold to wholesalers for distribution, straight to retailers or directly to large commercial customers.

    Industry Products
  • Personal-care products
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper tableware
  • Facial tissues and handkerchiefs
  • Paper towels
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing disposable nappies, sanitary and incontinence pads and tampons
  • Manufacturing facial tissues, paper towels, hand towels, toilet paper, table napkins and other tissue products
  • Manufacturing paper cups, dishes and trays
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real private consumption expenditure
  • World price of wood pulp
  • International tourist numbers
  • Demand from takeaway and fast-food restaurants

  • Current Performance
  • Profit pressures
  • Imports and exports
  • Environmental perception
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Trade tariffs
  • Downscaling
  • Barriers to growth
  • Table: Sanitary Product Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sanitary Product Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets
  • Hotels
  • Full-Service Restaurants
  • Takeaway & Fast-Food Restaurants

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity Distribution
  • Glue & Adhesives Manufacturing
  • Plastic Packing Goods Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Paper tableware
  • Facial tissues and handkerchiefs
  • Personal-care products
  • Chart: Sanitary Product Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers
  • Commercial customers
  • Exports
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sanitary Product Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sanitary Product Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sanitary Product Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Essity UK Ltd, Kimberly-Clark Limited, Sofidel SpA,
  • Table: Essity UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Kimberly-Clark Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Sofidel SpA - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sanitary Product Manufacturing 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 Sanitary Product Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Any involuntary leakage from the bladder or bowels.
  • Sanitary Towel
  • An absorbent item worn by people menstruating.
  • Wood Pulp
  • A dry fibrous material prepared by chemically or mechanically separating fibres from wood, fibre crops or waste paper.
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