Building up: Construction activity is expected to remain resilient, supporting continued growth

The Construction Supplies Wholesaling industry is made up of both large-scale, multi-branch companies with operations spanning manufacturing and wholesaling, and small-scale independent merchants serving local markets. Operators sell items used in the construction process such as timber, paints and glass. Industry performance has been strong in recent years, and although uncertainty following the EU referendum result was initially expected to dampen growth in construction activity in the United Kingdom, the construction sector has remained resilient, with the total value of construction increasing by 5.7% in 2016-17 and expected to rise again in the current year. This is expected to support industry growth, and allow revenue to expand by 6.2% during more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Construction activity is expected to remain resilient, supporting revenue growth this year
  • Rising property transactions have supported demand for supplies for repair, maintenance and improvement
  • Extensive downstream assistance is expected to significantly industry demand over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Operators in the Construction Supplies Wholesaling industry wholesale building materials and products ranging from structural timber to finishing paints and varnishes. As the industry sells materials that are required by the downstream housing, non-residential building and infrastructure construction markets, its performance is largely dependent on activity in the construction sector. Demand for industry products is generated by hardware retailers, construction contractors and tradesmen. Overall, the industry has performed well over the past five years, and industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 5.9% over the five years through 2017-18 to reach £32.7 billion. Con...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Construction Supplies Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Having a clear market position
  • Having a diverse range of clients
  • Production of goods currently favoured by the market
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Construction materials price index and Demand from commercial building construction in the Construction Supplies Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Construction Supplies Wholesaling Industry?

    Businesses that operate in this industry carry out distribution operations to either retailers or other users of building and construction materials, except steel and other metals. The products sold are the materials that go into a construction, rather than the tools used for construction. Businesses may also have manufacturing or retailing operations, though industry revenue only reflects the wholesale function.

    Industry Products
  • Timber products
  • Floor and wall coverings
  • Paint, varnish and adhesives
  • Aggregate and cement
  • Glass
  • Industry Activities
  • Timber product wholesaling
  • Paint, varnish and adhesive wholesaling
  • Aggregate and cement wholesaling
  • Floor and wall coverings wholesaling
  • Glass wholesaling
  • Sanitary equipment wholesaling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Construction materials price index
  • Demand from commercial building construction
  • Demand from residential building construction
  • Total value of construction
  • Demand from hardware and home improvement stores
  • Real private consumption expenditure

  • Current Performance
  • Shaky foundations
  • Government initiatives
  • Home improvements
  • Remaining resilient
  • Industry profitability
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Blueprints for growth
  • Consolidation activity
  • Supply and demand
  • Table: Construction Supplies Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Construction Supplies Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Hardware & Home Improvement Stores

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Ceramic Sanitary Fixtures Manufacturing
  • Flat Glass Manufacturing
  • Paint, Coatings & Printing Ink Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Timber products
  • Aggregate and cement
  • Other
  • Paint, varnish and adhesives
  • Floor and wall coverings
  • Glass
  • Chart: Construction Supplies Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • The value of construction
  • Other factors

  • Major Markets
  • Residential building contractors
  • Non-residential building contractors
  • Trade retail outlets
  • Other retailers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Construction Supplies Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Construction Supplies Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Construction Supplies Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Travis Perkins plc, Saint-Gobain SA, Grafton Group plc, SIG plc,
  • Table: Travis Perkins plc - financial performance
  • Table: Saint-Gobain SA - financial performance
  • Table: Grafton Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: SIG plc - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Construction Supplies Wholesaling 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 Construction Supplies Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Stands for do-it-yourself. This market typically consists of homeowners who purchase products and complete their own projects.
  • Screeding
  • The act of levelling a wall or ceiling surface in plasterwork.
  • Vertical Integration
  • The extent to which a firm owns its upstream suppliers and its downstream buyers. Wholesale activities are commonly owned by manufacturers or retailers.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • When retailers source products directly from manufacturers or importers.
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