London, United Kingdom (PRWEB) January 29, 2013
The main products manufactured by the Precious Metals Production industry are refined silver, platinum and gold. Platinum sales are heavily influenced by the automotive industry where it is used for the manufacturing of catalytic converters. Gold and silver are both used for jewellery manufacturing and for investment purposes, although silver has many other industrial uses as well.
According to IBISWorld industry analyst Lewis Sutton, “the industry has been highly volatile over the past few years, reflecting dramatic shifts in the world prices for precious metals, declining industry participation and unsteady demand from downstream markets”. The industry is expected to generate revenue of £1.22 billion in 2012-13, compared with £1.45 billion in 2007-08. This equates to a compound annual decline of 3.3%. Industry revenue is expected to decline by 5.1% in 2012-13 as downstream markets falter.
Industry participation, in terms of the amount of firms present in the industry, has been declining for a number of years. Intense import competition has been responsible for driving many operators overseas, to take advantage of lower production costs. The numbers of industry establishments and enterprises have both fallen over the past five years, at compound annual rates of 3.9% and 3.5% respectively. Participation is expected to continue falling, but at a slower rate. The importance of international trade has grown substantially over the past five years, with imports now accounting for 74.7% of domestic demand and exports representing approximately 74% of revenue. This is expected to remain more stable over the coming years.
Industry revenue is expected to perform better over the next five years and with less volatility. Revenue is forecast to return to modest growth over the five years through 2017-18. Sutton adds, “this will reflect fairly stable output and gradually inflating world prices for precious metals.” Although participation will fall slightly over the coming years, this will be offset by improving conditions in the motor vehicle and jewellery manufacturing industries.
The Precious Metals Production industry has a moderate level of market share concentration with the four largest operators in the industry holding a combined market share of 59%. However, market share is heavily skewed towards the leading two operators, Johnson Matthey and Baird & Co, which account for approximately 54.5% of industry revenue.
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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics
Firms in this industry refine precious metals like gold, silver and platinum. They may also undertake plating with precious metals.
Key External Drivers
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Products & Services
Globalisation & Trade
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
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