Drumming up demand: The weak pound has supported exports, limiting revenue decline

Steel containers are used to protect, preserve and distribute raw materials and finished goods. They are often used in such a way that brand owners can promote their products. Steel containers make up a very small part of the overall packaging market. Industry manufacturers compete with alternative containers made of plastic or composite materials. They must continually innovate to bring down their costs and minimise the environmental footprint of their products by promoting reuse and recycling. Industry revenue is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of 3.9% over the five years through 2018-19 to £92.2 million.The domestic market for steel containers is estimated to be worth £162.3 million in 2018-19...read more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Reconditioning used containers has provided significant competition and revenue has fallen
  • The industry is heavily trade reliant, with the largest proportion of imports being traded with China
  • Increasing industrial production is expected to somewhat support industry demand
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The industry exhibits a moderate level of capital intensity. Capital intensity varies according to the scale of a company's operations. Larger operators can generate economies of scale that bring down depreciation and wage costs per unit of production. Smaller operators tend to be more labour intensive as they usually operate shorter production runs, requiring more retooling, and are less likely to use state-of-the-art, automated, high-volume production lines.Industry labour costs are forecast to account for 15.9% of industry revenue in 2018-19, while firms are expected to spend 21p on capital for every £1.00 they spend on labour. Cap...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Steel Drum & Similar Container Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Steel Drum & Similar Container Manufacturing Industry are

  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Effective cost controls
  • Having links with suppliers
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Industrial production index and Business confidence index in the Steel Drum & Similar Container Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Steel Drum & Similar Container Manufacturing Industry?

    The Steel Drum and Similar Container Manufacturing industry includes operators that manufacture steel pails, cans, drums, buckets and boxes. It does not cover companies that manufacture metal tanks and reservoirs.

    Industry Products
  • 210-litre steel drums
  • Other steel drums
  • Other steel containers
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing pails
  • Manufacturing cans
  • Manufacturing drums
  • Manufacturing buckets
  • Manufacturing boxes
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Industrial production index
  • Business confidence index
  • Demand from organic basic chemical manufacturing
  • World price of steel

  • Current Performance
  • Domestic conditions
  • Imports and employment
  • Export trends
  • Enterprises and profitability
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Downstream industries
  • Competitive pressure
  • Industry consolidation
  • International trade
  • Profit performance
  • Table: Steel Drum & Similar Container Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Steel Drum & Similar Container Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Basic Steel Processing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Dye & Pigment Manufacturing
  • Fertiliser & Nitrogen Compound Manufacturing
  • Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Manufacture of Oil-Based Lubricating Oils or Greases
  • Organic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Paint, Coatings & Printing Ink Manufacturing
  • Pesticide & Other Agrochemical Manufacturing
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Primary Form Plastics Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • 210-litre steel drums
  • Other steel drums
  • Other steel containers
  • Chart: Steel Drum & Similar Container Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Chemical manufacturers
  • Lubricants, oils and additives producers
  • Pharmaceuticals manufacturers
  • Agricultural industry
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Steel Drum & Similar Container Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Steel Drum & Similar Container Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Steel Drum & Similar Container Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Greif UK Ltd, The Metal Drum Company Ltd,
  • Table: Greif UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: The Metal Drum Company Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Steel Drum & Similar Container 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 Steel Drum & Similar Container 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 device and technique used to close or seal a container.
  • Thermal Oxidation
  • A process used to remove residues when reconditioning drums.
  • Tinplate
  • A form of tin-coated steel used to manufacture some types of steel drums.
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