A wave of health consciousness has been supporting demand for athletic equipment
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 15, 2013
The Gym and Exercise Equipment Manufacturing industry produces a variety of equipment, including treadmills, exercise bikes and weights, which it then sells to retailers and wholesalers. Revenue is heavily affected by sports participation, downstream demand from retailers and wholesalers and exchange rates. Exchange rates, in particular, have been strong indicators of the industry's direction; the increase in imports and the decrease in exports in recent years have led to a slow decline for the entire manufacturing sector.
In 2013, the Gym and Exercise Equipment industry is expected to record its second consecutive year of revenue growth after more than 10 years of decline, with revenue rising a modest 1.2%. Nonetheless, in the five years to 2013, IBISWorld estimates that revenue has declined an average 2.3% annually to $3.9 billion. Growth in the volume of sporting goods imported into the United States has created a significant obstacle for manufacturers, leading to decreased sales for domestic manufacturers. In addition, the recession caused consumer demand for discretionary goods, such as sporting and athletic equipment, to decline. This factor has created a buildup in inventory at the retail level, translating to decreased demand for manufactured goods. As a result of year-on-year revenue declines, the number of industry operators has declined in 2013, as companies consolidated or left the industry.
A recovering economy will result in improved sales at the retail level. As consumers become increasingly health conscious and the government ramps up its antiobesity programs, demand for athletic equipment will increase, leading to steady growth in revenue. Despite a rise in demand, the number of employees in this industry is projected to fall over the five years to 2018. Companies are expected to continue lowering their labor costs by decreasing production in the United States. As a result, the outsourcing of jobs overseas will become more prevalent, and import penetration will steadily increase.
For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Gym and Exercise Equipment Manufacturing in the US industry report page.
Follow IBISWorld on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/IBISWorld
Friend IBISWorld on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/IBISWorld/121347533189
IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics
Operators in the Gym and Exercise Equipment Manufacturing industry manufacture gym and exercise machines, including treadmills, exercise bikes, weights and other equipment for both home and fitness centers. Following the design of sample products, manufacturers buy raw materials and transform these into a range of athletic equipment. The finished products are then marketed to wholesalers and retailers.
Key External Drivers
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Products & Services
Globalization & Trade
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
About IBISWorld Inc.
Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.