In the shade: The industry is growing but faces competition from imports and substitutes

Demand for wooden containers is driven by trends in manufacturing activity, wholesaling activity, UK export levels and subsequent demand for the transportation and storage of goods. The industry has expanded over the past five years. Industry revenue growth is attributable to improvements in manufacturing activity and UK export levels. Wholesaling activity also improved slightly, despite being adversely affected by intensifying levels of wholesale bypass, and contributed positively. Meanwhile, rising timber prices further aided growth, as operators increased prices in order to pass on some of the cost increases to customers. However, moderate import competition and strong competition from substitutes, such as cardboard and steel containers, has restricted growth to an more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Strong revenue growth is forecast in the current year as manufacturing activity receives a boost
  • Wooden containers face competition from alternative products like cardboard and steel containers
  • The continued depressed pound is likely to support increased manufacturing activity and exports
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The industry has a low level of market share concentration and the four largest players are estimated to have a combined market share of 21.2% in 2019-20. The largest player, Scott Group Investments Ltd, has an estimated market share of 14.4%, but all other players have individual market shares of less than 5%. Therefore, they cannot exert much influence over the industry. However, market share concentration varies considerably between different product lines, geographic locations and market segments.The Wooden Container Manufacturing industry is fragmented and characterised by small players specialising in particular container types, such as pallets or agricultural containers. They mainly supply local manufacturing and wholesaling markets. In ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Wooden Container Manufacturing Industry

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

  • Economies of scale
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Providing superior after sales service
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Downstream demand from manufacturing and Demand from cardboard packaging and paper bag manufacturing in the Wooden Container Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Wooden Container Manufacturing Industry?

    This industry manufactures wooden containers such as pallets, boxes, barrels and cable drums. These are used to transport and store a wide variety of goods. The manufacture of containers from compressed wood is not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Flat pallets and pallet collars
  • Box pallets and load boards
  • Cases, boxes and similar packaging
  • Cable drums
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing cases, boxes and other wooden packaging
  • Manufacturing two- and four-way pallets and other wooden load boards
  • Manufacturing barrels, tubs and other wooden coopers' products
  • Manufacturing wooden cable drums
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Downstream demand from manufacturing
  • Demand from cardboard packaging and paper bag manufacturing
  • Timber price index
  • Value of goods exports

  • Current Performance
  • Demand drivers
  • Growth restrictions
  • Profitability widens
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand widens
  • Growth limitations
  • European uncertainty
  • Margins improve
  • Table: Wooden Container Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Wooden Container Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Spirit Production
  • Fibre-Optic Cable Manufacturing
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Building Material Wholesaling
  • Organic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Pesticide & Other Agrochemical Manufacturing
  • Sawmilling & Wood Planing

  • Products & Services
  • Flat pallets and pallet collars
  • Cases, boxes and similar packaging
  • Cable drums
  • Other
  • Box pallets and load boards
  • Chart: Wooden Container Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Pallet pool operatives
  • General manufacturers
  • Wholesale and shipping firms
  • Other
  • Agricultural industries
  • Exports
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Wooden Container 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 Wooden Container Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Wooden Container Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Scott Group Investments Ltd,
  • Table: Scott Group Investments Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Wooden Container 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 Wooden Container Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Exports (2011-2025)
  • Imports (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Cable Drum
  • An object that electric cables, tubing, textiles and rope can be spooled onto for storage and transportation.
  • Pallet Collar
  • A device that creates a box on top of a pallet. Pallet collars reduce the risk of goods on top of the pallet slipping and causing an injury.
  • Pallet Pool
  • An organisation that owns and rents pallets to customers, tracks the one-way trip pallets and collects them for reuse.
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