Steel Framing Services Procurement Category Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Prices have fallen in the three years to 2014 due to decreasing operating costs for steel framing contractors, but high and growing demand has prevented prices from free-falling; in the three years to 2017, prices are forecast to grow, although at a slow, rate as construction activity continues to pick up. For these reasons and to help procurement professionals make better buying decisions faster, business intelligence firm IBISWorld has added a report on the procurement of Steel Framing Services to its growing collection of procurement category market research reports.

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Prices are forecast to grow, though at a slow rate, as construction activity continues to pick up

IBISWorld estimates that steel framing services have a buyer power score of 3.6 out of 5, indicative of moderate buyer power in the market. Low market concentration and intensifying competition among steel framing contractors raise buyer power. Despite a few notable players, such as Schuff International Inc. and Sarens Group, most service providers are small contractors operating on a local or regional basis, says IBISWorld analyst Deonta Smith. Large firms offer a myriad of related services and specializations including light- and heavy-frame work and can leverage their expertise in steel framing to craft more effective and creative solutions; however, smaller contractors typically specialize in providing standardized services. Nonetheless, more new players are likely to enter the market to take advantage of the rebounding construction sector, thus ensuring market competition, which will underpin buyer power.

During the past three years, buyers have benefited from falling steel framing service prices and low price volatility. Low price volatility means buyers can take time in making their purchasing decisions without fear of major price spikes in the near future. Therefore, favorable price trends and low volatility boost buyer power for steel framing services, continues Smith. Unfortunately, steel framing service prices are expected to increase during the forecast period as vendors' operating cost are anticipated to rise on the back of higher steel prices.

Moreover, there is a wide range in price for steel framing services, which makes it challenging for buyers to budget their costs. Nevertheless, the need for steel framing services is anticipated to remain stable during the next three years due to consistent demand from downstream residential, nonresidential and road and highway construction sectors, which serves as a catalyst for steel framing solutions. The demand growth has been favorable for contractors, and prices are expected to slightly rise at an annualized rate of 0.9% in the three years through 2017. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Steel Framing Services procurement category market research report page.

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This report is intended to assist buyers of steel framing services. Steel framing service providers install bars, rebar, setting rods, cages and mesh in structures to reinforce cooling towers, metal storage tanks and poured-in-place concrete. Steel framing is used to create a skeleton frame to support the roof, walls and floors of a building.

Executive Summary
Pricing Environment
Price Fundamentals
Benchmark Price
Pricing Model
Price Drivers
Recent Price Trend
Price Forecast
Product Characteristics
Product Life Cycle
Total Cost of Ownership
Product Specialization
Substitute Goods
Quality Control
Supply Chain & Vendors
Supply Chain Dynamics
Supply Chain Risk
Competitive Environment
Market Share Concentration
Market Profitability
Switching Costs
Purchasing Process
Buying Basics
Buying Lead Time
Selection Process
Key RFP Elements
Negotiation Questions
Buyer Power Factors
Key Statistics

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IBISWorld is one of the world's leading publishers of business intelligence, specializing in Industry research and Procurement research. Since 1971, IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, IBISWorld’s procurement research reports equip clients with the insight necessary to make better purchasing decisions, faster. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld Procurement serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-330-3772.

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