Touch wood: The industry is expected to grow despite competition from substitute products

Demand for wooden containers is driven by trends in manufacturing activity, wholesaling activity, UK export levels and the subsequent demand for the transportation and storage of goods. The industry expanded over the past five years after declining during the preceding five-year period. Industry revenue growth is attributable to improvements in wholesaling activity during the start of the period, and growth in manufacturing activity and UK export levels from 2016-17. Increased timber prices also contributed to the industry’s performance as operators raised prices to pass on some of the cost increases to customers. However, moderate import competition and strong competition from substitutes, such as cardboard and steel containers, restricted more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The popularity of substitute products is expected to rise and limit industry expansion
  • Wooden containers are subject to regulation, which can make alternative packaging more attractive
  • Alternative products can be more cost-effective than wooden containers, which makes them popular
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    Comparing the human and capital equipment factors of production, using wages and depreciation costs as proxies, determines the level of capital intensity. Comparatively high depreciation costs indicate substantial investment in depreciable assets, such as buildings and equipment, resulting in high capital intensity. Conversely, comparatively high wage costs indicate high labour intensity.The industry displays a moderate level of capital intensity, with an estimated capital-to-labour ratio of 1:6.94 in 2018-19. This indicates that for every £1.00 spent on capital, an estimated £6.94 will be spent on labour. However, the level of capital intensity varies considerably between industry operators. Lar...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Wooden Container Manufacturing Industry

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

  • Economies of scale
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Providing superior after sales service
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Downstream demand from manufacturing and Demand from cardboard packaging and paper bag manufacturing in the Wooden Container Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Wooden Container Manufacturing Industry?

    This industry manufactures wooden containers such as pallets, boxes, barrels and cable drums. These are used to transport and store a wide variety of goods. The manufacture of containers from compressed wood is not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Flat pallets and pallet collars
  • Box pallets and load boards
  • Cases, boxes and similar packaging
  • Cable drums
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing cases, boxes and other wooden packaging
  • Manufacturing two- and four-way pallets and other wooden load boards
  • Manufacturing barrels, tubs and other wooden coopers' products
  • Manufacturing wooden cable drums
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Downstream demand from manufacturing
  • Demand from cardboard packaging and paper bag manufacturing
  • Timber price index
  • Value of goods exports

  • Current Performance
  • Downstream conditions
  • Growth limitations
  • Margins improve
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand expands
  • Growth constraints
  • Potential problems
  • Margins widen
  • Table: Wooden Container Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Wooden Container Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Spirit Production
  • Fibre-Optic Cable Manufacturing
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Building Material Wholesaling
  • Organic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Pesticide & Other Agrochemical Manufacturing
  • Sawmilling & Wood Planing

  • Products & Services
  • Flat pallets and pallet collars
  • Cases, boxes and similar packaging
  • Cable drums
  • Other
  • Box pallets and load boards
  • Chart: Wooden Container Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Pallet pool operatives
  • General manufacturers
  • Wholesale and shipping firms
  • Other
  • Agricultural industries
  • Exports
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Wooden Container Manufacturing Industry

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

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Scott Group Investments Ltd,
  • Table: Scott Group Investments Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Wooden 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 Wooden 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
    Cable Drum
  • An object that electric cables, tubing, textiles and rope can be spooled onto for storage and transportation.
  • Pallet Collar
  • A device that creates a box on top of a pallet. Pallet collars reduce the risk of goods on top of the pallet slipping and causing an injury.
  • Pallet Pool
  • An organisation that owns and rents pallets to customers, tracks the one-way trip pallets and collects them for reuse.
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