The industry has faced a challenging backdrop over the past five years, owing to fluctuations in world commodity markets and volatile conditions in key downstream industries. Metal wholesalers supply the construction market and a wide range of manufacturing industries, including carmakers, building-equipment manufacturers and packaging producers. In the years following the downturn, demand for industry services from major markets improved significantly. However, the economic recovery has come in stops and starts. Consequently, conditions have been volatile, compounded by market-specific demand differences and large swings in metal prices.
Firms operating in this industry wholesale ferrous and non-ferrous metals and ores. They also wholesale semi-finished metal products, gold and other precious metals.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.