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Metal Wholesaling in the US - Industry Market Research Report

Metal Wholesaling in the US

Operators in the Metal Wholesaling industry are expected to generate $208.0 billion in revenue in 2018, making this one of the largest industries in the United States. Metal wholesalers purchase primary metal products in bulk from manufacturers and distribute them to markets on a customized basis. They primarily distribute iron and steel, in addition to nonferrous metals like copper, brass and aluminum. Moving forward, stabilization in metal prices is expected to boost revenue growth. Meanwhile, persistent demand for metal inputs in the manufacturing, mining and construction sectors will reinforce demand for metal wholesaling services. Nevertheless, IBISWorld expects industry revenue to stagnate over the five years to 2023.

Metal wholesaling operators distribute primary metal products, both ferrous and nonferrous, to industrial and construction markets. Operators maintain inventory and may perform functions like sawing and cleaning on a custom basis and also as part of the distribution service. However, operators do not distribute precious metals, such as gold, silver and platinum, nor do they distribute insulated wire or recyclable metal scrap.

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Industrial production index
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2018)
    • Table Business Locations 2018
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs. growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
    • Table Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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