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Metal & Metal Ore Wholesaling in the UK: Market Research Report

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Metal & Metal Ore Wholesaling Market Research Report | SIC G46.720 | May 2016

Tough times: Volatile downstream conditions and fluctuating world commodity markets stifle growth

IBISWorld’s Metal & Metal Ore Wholesaling market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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Market Share of Companies
Stemcor UK Limited Stemcor UK Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The industry has faced challenging conditions over the past five years, owing to fluctuations in world commodity markets and volatile conditions in key downstream industries. Metal wholesalers supply the construction market and a wide range of manufacturing industries, including carmakers, building-equipment manufacturers and packaging producers. In the years following the downturn, demand for industry services from major markets improved significantly. However, the economic recovery has come in stops and starts. Consequently, conditions have been volatile, compounded by market-specific demand variances and large swings in metal prices.

Sharp growth in motor vehicle manufacturing at the beginning of the five-year period through 2016-17 spurred demand for metal wholesalers... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Metal wholesalers purchase basic metal products, such as bars, ingots and slabs, in large quantities from producers and importers. The material is held in inventory until it is sold to a customer. Once a sale is made, the wholesaler typically performs some processing services, which can include machining, cutting, bending, punching and coating. Those firms that purchase from metal wholesalers do so because their order size is so small or the processing they require is so specialised that they cannot purchase metal directly from producers or importers. Purchasing from wholesalers offers these firms the advantage of access to large inventories of metals on an ad-hoc basis. Thi.. purchase to read more


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What is the Metal & Metal Ore Wholesaling Industry?

Firms operating in this industry wholesale ferrous and non-ferrous metals and ores. They also wholesale semi-finished metal products, gold and other precious metals.

Industry Products
SteelStainless steel and alloysAluminiumOther non-ferrous metalsPrecious metals
Industry Activities
Wholesaling iron and steelWholesaling non-ferrous metals, such as aluminium and copperWholesaling ferrous and non-ferrous semi-finished metal productsWholesaling precious metals

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