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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 2017

Showing some steel: Rising demand and prices supported recent growth after a period of decline

IBISWorld’s Metal & Metal Ore Wholesaling market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Volatile commodity prices have caused revenue to fluctuate significantly over the past five years
  • Rising demand from motor vehicle manufacturers has supported recent growth
  • The entry of niche firms is expected to push up enterprise numbers
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The industry has faced challenging conditions over the past five years, owing to highly volatile commodity prices, and industry revenue has followed a similarly volatile trend. Metal wholesalers supply the construction market and a wide range of manufacturing industries, including carmakers, building-equipment manufacturers and packaging producers. Demand for industry services from major markets has improved helping to sustain industry growth in recent years.

Sharp growth in motor vehicle manufacturing at the beginning of the five-year period through 2017-18 spurred demand for metal wholesalers. Domestic car production has continued to accelerate, but this has not been enough to counteract the slump in commodity markets, which has weighed on returns for industry operators... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

Barriers to entry into the industry are moderate, although they vary according to the type of products and value-added services on offer. The main deterrent to entry is the slim profit margins and the need to deal with often highly volatile metal prices.

Barriers to entry are lowest when the prime focus is on distribution rather than on processing to customer requirements, as a distribution operation requires less equipment. These firms operate on thin margins and rely on high sales volumes to return a profit. They are the most vulnerable to shifts in metal prices because they only offer a low degree of customisation.

Firms that focus on adding value through processing generally face higher barriers in terms of capital investment requirements and technical knowledge. For.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Metal & Metal Ore Wholesaling Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Metal & Metal Ore Wholesaling Industry are

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Having links with suppliers
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Downstream demand from manufacturing and Total value of construction in the Metal & Metal Ore Wholesaling industry impact industry performance... 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 activities also include value-added services such as cutting and shaping of metal products.

    Industry Products
    Steel and ironStainless steel and alloysAluminiumOther non-ferrous metalsMetal oresPrecious metals and other
    Industry Activities
    Wholesaling iron and steelWholesaling non-ferrous metals, such as aluminium and copperWholesaling ferrous and non-ferrous semi-finished metal productsWholesaling precious metals

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Downstream demand from manufacturing
  • Total value of construction
  • World price of gold
  • World price of steel
  • Current Performance
  • Metal prices constrain revenue
  • Manufacturing demand
  • The construction sector
  • Prices and profit
  • Structural changes and challenges
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Downstream demand
  • Stealing the show
  • Industry structure
  • Ongoing challenges
  • Table: Metal & Metal Ore Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Metal & Metal Ore Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Metal Structure Manufacturing
  • Metal Door & Window Manufacturing
  • Radiator & Boiler Manufacturing
  • Electricity Distribution & Control Apparatus Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
  • Trailer, Caravan & Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Iron & Steel Manufacturing
  • Steel Tube, Pipe & Related Fitting Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Steel and iron
  • Stainless steel and alloys
  • Aluminium
  • Other non-ferrous metals
  • Precious metals and other
  • Metal ores
  • Chart: Metal & Metal Ore Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
  • Supply and demand
  • Value-added processing services
  • Wholesale bypass
  • Major Markets
  • Machinery manufacturers
  • Fabricated metal product manufacturers
  • Construction operators
  • Automotive, rail and aviation manufacturers
  • Jewellery manufacturers
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Metal & Metal Ore Wholesaling Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Metal & Metal Ore Wholesaling
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Metal & Metal Ore Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Metal & Metal Ore Wholesaling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Metal & Metal Ore Wholesaling Industry
  • Includes:
  • 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
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • Metal ore used to produce aluminium.
  • Ferrous
  • A ferrous metal contains or consists of iron.
  • Ingot
  • Metal cast into a shape, usually rectangular, that is convenient for storage and transportation prior to subsequent processing.
  • Metal Ore
  • Ores are naturally occurring rocks that contain metal or metal compounds in sufficient amounts to make it worthwhile extracting them.
  • Non-Ferrous
  • A metal that does not contain any iron. Examples include aluminium and copper.
  • Tungsten
  • Metal ore used to produce alloy metals.

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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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