Firms in the Waste and Scrap Wholesaling industry wholesale or resell metal and non-metal waste and scrap. These products are exported or sold to downstream customers, often manufacturers, or to recyclers and processes. Scrap metal is the most common product sold by the industry, while plastic and glass are also major product segments.
The industry has been subject to a high level of volatility since the economic downturn. After collapsing in 2009-10, the industry rebounded strongly in 2010-11. However, despite starting the five-year period strongly, furthers problems came in 2012-13. Global metal prices slumped in response to oversupply and weaker Chinese demand.
Firms in this industry wholesale metal and non-metal waste and scrap for recycling. This involves collecting, sorting and separating waste. It also involves stripping used goods, such as cars, to obtain reusable parts. Industry operators do not process the material they collect in any way.
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.