Agents of change: Volatile commodity prices have induced significant fluctuation in industry revenue

Industry operators are involved in the sale of a diverse range of products including fuels, ores, metals and industrial chemicals. Many of these products are essentially intermediate products used by an equally diverse range of industries, ranging from theagricultural sector to numerous manufacturing industries and downstream consumers. In addition, most of the products in question are traded as commodities and are therefore particularly susceptible to fluctuations in global demand and supply.Over the past five years, industry agents have faced several setbacks, including a number of external shocks...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£7.4bn
Annual Growth 15-20
8.8%
Forecast Growth 20-25
Profit
Employment
3,212
Businesses
1,233

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Increasing commodity prices supported industry growth over the past five-year period
  • Falling metal prices exacerbated the decline in industry revenue at the beginning of the period
  • Operators are likely to generate higher sales through online platforms
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The distribution of establishments in the industry correlates highly with levels of economic activity, downstream demand and population density. Demand comes from both end users and consumers of final products, and businesses that transform and use the goods as inputs in their production and manufacturing processes. These businesses tend to be located close to end markets and their customers so as to reduce transport costs and be easily accessible for convenience. The three most important regions in terms of establishment numbers are London, the South East and the North West.LondonLondon is home to the largest proportion of industry establishments, at 19.1% of the total. Lon...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry are

  • Having links with suppliers
  • Access to niche markets
  • Access to secure revenue
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of crude oil and Industrial production index in the Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry?

    This industry includes the activities of commission agents, commodity brokers and other types of wholesalers acting on behalf of others in the sale of fuels, ores, metals and industrial chemicals, including fertilisers. Participants in the industry generate revenue on a fee, commission or contract basis. The industry includes transactions conducted over the internet.

    Industry Products
  • Fuels
  • Metals
  • Ores
  • Industrial chemicals and fertilisers
  • Industry Activities
  • Brokering the sale of commodities
  • fuels, ores, metals, industrial chemicals and fertilisers
  • Agent services facilitating the sale of fuels, ores, metals, industrial chemicals and fertilisers
  • Internet industry products
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of crude oil
  • Industrial production index
  • World price of steel
  • Public concern over environmental issues
  • Total value of construction

  • Current Performance
  • Influence of commodities
  • Slipping down
  • Gas and metal prices
  • A slow recovery
  • Other challenges
  • Profit performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand trends
  • Price fluctuations
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Vegetable Growing
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Freight Rail Transport

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chemical & Fertiliser Mineral Mining
  • Fertiliser & Nitrogen Compound Manufacturing
  • Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Organic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Petroleum Refining

  • Products & Services
  • Fuels
  • Metals
  • Industrial chemicals and fertilisers
  • Ores
  • Chart: Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Downstream demand
  • Wholesale bypass
  • Environmental awareness and consumer preferences

  • Major Markets
  • Industrial customers
  • Wholesalers
  • Retailers
  • Consumers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    WagesPurchasesProfitDepreciationOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Sinochem International Oil (London) Co Ltd,
  • Table: Sinochem International Oil (London) Co Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents 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 Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (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
    Commission
  • A type of payment that an agent or broker receives for the rendering of services.
  • Opec
  • Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
  • Sasac
  • The State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, an organisation responsible for operating Chinese state-owned operations.
  • Vertical Integration
  • The extent to which a firm owns its upstream suppliers and its downstream buyers.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • An emerging trend among retailing and manufacturing businesses where producers supply goods directly to retailers, bypassing the wholesaler.
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