Recyclable Material Wholesaling in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated

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The Recyclable Material Wholesaling industry will continue to surge forward, driven by strong demand from metal manufacturers that will increasingly use scrap metal as part of the production process, stimulating revenue growth, and in the five years to 2019, emerging economies will also continue demanding scrap metal to meet demand for steel in their markets, ultimately resulting in heightened scrap metal prices. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Recyclable Material Wholesaling industry in its growing industry report collection.

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Strong global growth will spur industrial production, bolstering demand for scrap metal

The Recyclable Material Wholesaling industry's performance is subject to price volatility, and industry revenue growth is largely dictated by demand from downstream scrap metal manufacturers. Global demand for steel supports this market, since scrap metal is used in the production of steel. Prior to the recession, increased demand for scrap caused average annual steel and iron scrap metal prices to skyrocket, translating to higher revenue for industry operators. Conditions changed considerably during the recession, however, with excess supply and falling demand dragging prices down and putting a pinch on wholesalers. Wholesaler revenue has slowly recovered over the five years to 2014, largely due to sales of scrap metals to emerging economies. IBISWorld estimates that revenue for the Recyclable Material Wholesaling industry increased an average 4.5% annually to $64.5 billion in the five years to 2014. As global economic activity continues to ramp up, revenue is expected to grow 2.8% in 2014.

According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Nick Petrillo, “Though the industry is relatively fragmented, several vertically integrated steel manufacturers have absorbed recyclable material wholesalers to gain greater supply chain control.” The pace of industry acquisitions peaked in the period leading up to the recession, though mergers and acquisitions continue to be major activities for industry leaders like Sims Metal Management, Steel Dynamics and Nucor Corporation. Surging steel prices have prompted steel manufacturers to acquire recyclable material wholesalers to widen their margins, since high steel scrap prices are positively correlated to steel-based product prices.

“Overall, the industry's outlook for the next five years is strong,” says Petrillo. Continued global demand for metal manufacturing will increase industrial production, which will bolster demand for the scrap metal heavy manufacturers require. Also, steel manufacturers' demand for scrap metal will increase as these players increasingly use electric arc furnaces (EAF), machines that use scrap metal instead of coal to make steel. Emerging economies will continue to demand scrap metal to meet demand for steel in their growing markets, ultimately pushing up scrap metal prices. As a result of these positive trends, industry revenue is expected to grow in the five years to 2019. There is some concern, however, over the global market price of steel. The world price of steel has been declining annually since 2012 and may squeeze industry profit margins over the five years to 2019.

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The Recyclable Material Wholesaling industry wholesales automotive scrap, industrial scrap and other recyclable materials. Industry establishments include auto wreckers that dismantle motor vehicles for the purpose of wholesaling scrap material. Also included are establishments that break up, sort and wholesale all forms of scrap iron and steel using power-processing equipment.

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