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Waste & Scrap Wholesaling in the UK: Market Research Report

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Waste & Scrap Wholesaling Market Research Report | SIC G46.770 | Nov 2016

On the scrapheap: Falling metal prices have led to heavy declines in revenue

IBISWorld’s Waste & Scrap Wholesaling market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
European Metal Recycling Limited European Metal Recycling Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Rising recycling rates have somewhat cushioned falling revenue in recent years
  • The decline of the British steel industry has heavily affected demand fromsteel manufacturers
  • The result of the referendum is expected to limit demand from construction industries
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Firms in the Waste and Scrap Wholesaling industry wholesale or resell metal and non-metal waste and scrap. These products are exported or sold to downstream customers, often manufacturers, or to recyclers and processors. Scrap metal is the most common product sold by the industry, while plastic and glass are also major product segments.

The industry has been subject to a high level of volatility over the past five years, owing to price and demand fluctuations in key global metal markets. Global metal prices have slumped in response to oversupply and weaker Chinese demand. Scrap material availability has decreased as a result, due to upstream suppliers of scrap and waste limiting output in hope of future price increases... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The four largest firms operating in the industry are estimated to account for 12.2% of revenue in 2016-17, indicating that the industry has a low concentration level. There are several medium-size firms operating in the industry, but the majority are small, independently operated companies. The fragmented nature of the industry can be illustrated by the fact that 86.3% of industry operators employ fewer than 10 people and just 0.8% employ 50 or more.

Although the concentration level is low, it has increased over the past five years. This is largely due to consolidation. Sims Group UK Limited has acquired several recycling and e-cycling companies over the past few years, which has contributed to revenue and market share growth. Eur.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Waste & Scrap Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Economies of scale
  • Having links with suppliers
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from iron and steel manufacturing and Demand from plastic packing goods manufacturing in the Waste & Scrap Wholesaling industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Waste & Scrap Wholesaling Industry?

    Firms in this industry wholesale metal and non-metal waste and scrap for recycling. This involves collecting, sorting and separating waste. It also involves stripping used goods, such as cars, to obtain reusable parts. Industry operators do not process the material they collect in any way.

    Industry Products
    Paper and cardboardMetalPlasticGlassRubber
    Industry Activities
    Wholesaling metal waste and scrap for recyclingWholesaling non-metal waste and scrap for recycling

    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
  • Demand from iron and steel manufacturing
  • Demand from plastic packing goods manufacturing
  • World price of iron ore
  • Public concern over environmental issues
  • Current Performance
  • Demand fluctuations
  • British steel
  • Profit volatility
  • Environmental trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Steady output
  • Constructing demand for metals
  • Moderate growth
  • Table: Waste & Scrap Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Waste & Scrap Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Sorted Material Recovery
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Consumers
  • Metal Structure Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Metal
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Rubber
  • Other
  • Chart: Waste & Scrap Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Recyclers and processors
  • Manufacturers
  • Other industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Waste & Scrap 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 Waste & Scrap Wholesaling
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Waste & Scrap Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    European Metal Recycling Limited
  • Table: European Metal Recycling Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Waste & Scrap 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 Waste & Scrap Wholesaling Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • Recycling components or metals contained in used electronic equipment.
  • Recyclate
  • Recycled materials that are then used to produce other materials.
  • Reprocessing
  • Waste and scrap reprocessing involves sorting, cleaning, melting and grinding to recycle materials.

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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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