Structural faults: The weakness of the pound continues to inflate the cost of imported inputs

The industry produces a range of products. Steel beams, purlins, trusses and brackets are essential for constructing multi-storey buildings, wide-span structures and roofs. Prefabricated metal buildings are used for applications ranging from classrooms, tourist cabins and sport venues to the construction of site offices and public toilets. The industry has struggled over the past five years due to difficult operating conditions and intense competition from imports. Despite strong demand from the domestic construction industry, metal structure manufacturers have suffered due to the influx of cheap imported steel from China and more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Profit margins are expected to fall as the weak pound inflates the cost of imported inputs
  • Tough economic conditions have led to the closure or deferral of several industry establishments
  • Investment in communications infrastructure supports demand for structural steel foundations
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The performance of the Metal Structure Manufacturing industry has been heavily affected by difficult operating conditions and a significant amount of import competition over the past five years. Even as the domestic economy and conditions in downstream markets improved, UK firms have struggled to compete with low-cost imports and substitute concrete alternatives. The strong pound in the early part of the period compounded the problem for many domestic manufacturers as import competition continued to rise. The weak pound since the referendum presented an opportunity for the industry as some operators have benefitted from rising export revenue. Despite this, the main concern for metal structure manufacturers is the slowdown in demand from commercial contractors in 2018-19. Dem...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Metal Structure Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Metal Structure Manufacturing Industry are

  • Economies of scale
  • Marketing of differentiated products
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from commercial building construction and Demand from residential building construction in the Metal Structure Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Metal Structure Manufacturing Industry?

    Firms in this industry manufacture structural metal products such as metal frameworks, parts for construction and industrial frameworks.

    Industry Products
  • Metal frameworks for construction
  • Metal parts for construction
  • Metal frameworks for industrial use
  • Prefabricated buildings
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing metal frameworks or skeletons for construction
  • Manufacturing metal parts for construction
  • Manufacturing metal frameworks for industrial applications
  • Manufacturing prefabricated buildings mainly made from metal
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from commercial building construction
  • Demand from residential building construction
  • Demand from electricity and telecommunications infrastructure construction
  • Government capital expenditure
  • World price of steel
  • Demand from bridge and tunnel construction

  • Current Performance
  • Difficult conditions
  • Dented demand
  • Major closures
  • Malleable profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand builds up
  • International operations
  • Table: Metal Structure Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Metal Structure Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Bridge & Tunnel Construction
  • Electricity & Telecommunications Infrastructure Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Aluminium Production
  • Iron & Steel Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Metal frameworks for construction
  • Prefabricated buildings
  • Metal parts for construction
  • Metal frameworks for industrial use
  • Chart: Metal Structure Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Commercial property construction
  • Infrastructure construction
  • Residential construction and households
  • Sport and recreation sector
  • Agricultural sector
  • Consumers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Metal Structure Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciationOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Metal Structure Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Metal Structure Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Kingspan Group Ltd, Tata Steel Europe Limited,
  • Table: Kingspan Group Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Tata Steel Europe Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Metal Structure Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Metal Structure Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A formed component used to bear loads on construction projects. Common steel beams include I-beams, H-beams, T-beams and U-beams.
  • Cold-Rolled Structural Shapes
  • Beams, angles, bars and plates that are formed by passing metal through rollers to bend or deform it.
  • Purlin
  • A horizontal structural component in a roof that sits on rafters or beams and supports the load from the roof deck.
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