The industry faces rising price competition from international operators.
New York, NY (PRWEB) February 02, 2014
The Hardware Manufacturing industry was forced to contend with increased competition from abroad and recession-driven declines in demand from downstream markets over the past five years. Furniture manufacturing (IBISWorld report 33712CA) and construction markets purchase hardware products manufactured by this industry. Consequently, in 2009, downturns in these sectors contributed to industry revenue plunging. While revenue has been on the rise since 2010, it is still expected to only marginally increase at an average annual rate in the five years to 2014. However, as the economy recovers, demand from downstream industries is expected to go to cheap imports from abroad. Industry revenue is expected to increase slightly in 2014.
Industry sales have been partially slow to recover due to increasing imports. Import penetration in this industry has caused strong competition from countries with lower wages, which are able to manufacture industry products at lower costs. As a result, many companies transferred production from Canada to lower-wage countries, such as China and Mexico. Imports are estimated to satisfy the bulk of domestic demand in 2014. Import competition has led to plant closures and consolidation, as some domestic operators have been unable to compete with less expensive imports. Consequently, the number of establishments is expected to decline at an average annual rate in the five years to 2014. However, due to consolidation, factories closing and companies offshoring to countries with lower wages, overall industry profitability has been recovering since 2010.
The Hardware Manufacturing industry in Canada has a low level of concentration, as the top four largest companies (including Assa Abloy, Ingersoll-Rand Company Ltd. and Stanley Black & Decker) account for less than 20.0% of total industry revenue (see IBISWorld report 33251CA for major player market shares). The majority of industry operators are small- to medium-sized companies. Going forward, a recovery in downstream construction markets, both in Canada and the United States, will drive demand for industry products, presenting an opportunity for industry manufacturers. In the five years to 2019, according to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Omar Khedr, “domestic demand for industry products is anticipated to increase at an average annual rate, underpinned by growing demand for new houses.” Over the same period, “exports are expected to rise at an annualized rate, as the US economy recovers, bolstering revenue,” says Khedr. This growth, however, will be offset by continued increases in import volumes. This setback will cause industry revenue to decline at an average annual rate over the next five years.
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The Hardware Manufacturing industry manufactures various forms of metal hardware. Items produced include metal hinges, metal handles, keys and locks, but exclude time locks and coin-operated locks.
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