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Sanitary Product Manufacturing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Sanitary Product Manufacturing Market Research Report | SIC C17.220 | May 2017

Competing cleanly: Price competition and rising input costs limit industry profit margins

IBISWorld’s Sanitary Product Manufacturing 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.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Kimberly-Clark Limited Kimberly-Clark Limited market share
SCA Hygiene Products UK Ltd SCA Hygiene Products UK Ltd market share
Sofidel SpA Sofidel SpA market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Price competition has been compounded as cheaper products have improved recently
  • The weak pound inflates the cost of imports but makes UK-made products more competitive overseas
  • Narrow profit margins and difficult operating conditions are expected to push more companies out of the industry
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Sanitary Product Manufacturing industry converts paper stock into sanitary products such as toilet paper, facial tissue and tampons. The industry is in long-term decline, demonstrated by sluggish revenue growth, falling enterprise numbers and rising import competition. The industry decline is partially due to companies moving production overseas to take advantage of lower production costs. Nevertheless, strong economic conditions and a healthy consumer backdrop fuelled tentative revenue growth over the five years through 2017-18. The industry is estimated to have grown at a compound annual rate of 0.4% to £2.6 billion, including growth of 0.9% in the current year... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

The barriers to entering the industry are moderate. Barriers include start-up capital requirements, brand loyalty of incumbent operators and compliance with environmental regulations. Start-up capital will depend on the size of operations, but each business will need machinery and equipment for the production process, which can be costly. Securing finance could also pose a problem for new entrants, especially if credit markets are tight or if the expectation of success is low. This is a declining industry with strong competition, which could be deemed too risky by financial institutions.

The high level of environmental regulation in the industry can be a large barrier for prospective new entrants. Com.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Sanitary Product Manufacturing Industry

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

  • Access to rare inputs
  • Establishment of brand names
  • Production of premium goods/services
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real private consumption expenditure and World price of wood pulp in the Sanitary Product Manufacturing industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Sanitary Product Manufacturing Industry?

    Industry operators convert sanitary paper stock, wadding, pulp or paper into sanitary products such as toilet paper, facial tissues, handkerchiefs, table napkins, kitchen towels, disposable nappies, sanitary towels and tampons. The final products are sold to wholesalers for distribution, straight to retailers or directly to large commercial customers.

    Industry Products
    Personal-care productsToilet paperPaper tablewareFacial tissues and handkerchiefsPaper towels
    Industry Activities
    Manufacturing disposable nappies, sanitary and incontinence pads and tamponsManufacturing facial tissues, paper towels, hand towels, toilet paper, table napkins and other tissue productsManufacturing paper cups, dishes and trays

    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
  • Real private consumption expenditure
  • World price of wood pulp
  • International tourist numbers
  • Demand from takeaway and fast-food restaurants
  • Current Performance
  • Profit sheets
  • Offshoring and exports
  • Raw materials
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Taxation and downscaling
  • The trade deficit
  • Table: Sanitary Product Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sanitary Product Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets
  • Hotels
  • Full-Service Restaurants
  • Takeaway & Fast-Food Restaurants
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity Distribution
  • Glue & Adhesives Manufacturing
  • Plastic Packing Goods Manufacturing
  • Pulp Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal-care products
  • Paper towels
  • Paper tableware
  • Facial tissues and handkerchiefs
  • Chart: Sanitary Product Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers
  • Commercial customers
  • Exports
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sanitary Product Manufacturing Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Utilities
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sanitary Product Manufacturing
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sanitary Product Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    SCA Hygiene Products UK Ltd
    Kimberly-Clark Limited
    Sofidel SpA
  • Table: SCA Hygiene Products UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Kimberly-Clark Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Sofidel SpA - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sanitary Product Manufacturing 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 Sanitary Product Manufacturing Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • Any involuntary leakage from the bladder or bowels.
  • Sanitary Towel
  • A sanitary towel or sanitary pad is an absorbent item worn by people menstruating.
  • Wood Pulp
  • A dry fibrous material prepared by chemically or mechanically separating fibres from wood, fibre crops or waste paper.

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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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