Kitchen Knife Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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The Kitchen Knife Manufacturing has seen growth in recent years that will continue through 2013, before declining sharply through the rest of the five-year period. Despite this strong growth, revenue will only barely top the levels realized in 2007, due to such drastic decreases during the recession. Imports make up more than 50.0% of industry revenue, eating away at manufacturers income, and will continue to do so through 2017. Rising input costs will also cut away at revenue, contributing to the industry's decline. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Kitchen Knife Manufacturing in the US industry to its growing industry report collection.

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A recent surge in sales has offset declines brought on by import penetration and the recession

Demand for domestically manufactured kitchen knives has collapsed over the last decade. The decline has been primarily driven by rising import competition, which has encouraged domestic retailers to source a growing portion for their kitchen knives from abroad. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Nima Samadi, as the recession hurt consumers, the rate of new household formation slowed and since most kitchen knives are purchased when people move into new homes, demand for kitchen knives and other cutlery followed. However, rising consumer spending and export demand has allowed revenue to post gains in 2010 and 2011. Over 2012, revenue is projected to increase 2.7% to $166.9 million, capping an annualized fall of 0.1% since 2007.

The Kitchen Knife Manufacturing industry has faced rising import penetration in the past decade. The low complexity associated with manufacturing the industry's products has made it easy for operators in some countries, such as China and Mexico, to exploit low labor costs and offer competitively priced products for import into the United States. Imports accounted for 22.8% of domestic demand in 2002 and grew to 54.5% by 2012. Key selling industries of kitchen knives also suffered large hits during the past five years. General merchandise stores experienced sharp declines in 2009, and home-furnishing stores (including specialty retail stores that sell kitchen products) suffered an annualized revenue decline of 2.0% since 2007. The decline in these key downstream retail markets' performance resulted in lower demand for kitchen knives. Over the five years to 2017, the industry is expected to continue its decline despite some growth at the beginning of the five-year period. “As the economy picks up, US housing starts are projected to increase strongly, along with a rise in income and consumer sentiment, helping drive demand for kitchen knives,” said Samadi. However, imports will limit industry growth and ultimately push back into a downward trend.

The Kitchen Knife Manufacturing industry has a low level of market share concentration. The top four operators will account for about 35.0% of industry revenue in 2012. CUTCO Corporation, the industry's largest player, holds a significantly larger portion of revenue than any of its competitors at 31.0% of the industry's total. The next largest player is Dexter-Russell, accounting for only 3.0% of industry revenue. The disparity shows the importance of brand name among the industry's participants. Large companies benefit from brand recognition and consumer preferences. Still, intense and mounting external competition from imports has defined the environment for some of the smaller players in the Kitchen Knife Manufacturing industry over the past five years. Imports have limited some domestic players' contribution to industry revenue. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Kitchen Knife Manufacturing in the US in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This industry comprises establishments that manufacture kitchen knives for home and commercial use. The industry does not include firms that manufacture knives made of precious medals (e.g. silverware).

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalization & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

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