Chain reaction: Improvements in downstream markets have supported demand recently

Industry operators are involved in the sale of a diverse range of products including fuels, ores, metals and industrial chemicals. Many of these products are essentially intermediate products used by an equally diverse range of industries, ranging from the agricultural sector to numerous manufacturing industries and downstream consumers. In addition, most of the products in question are traded as commodities and are therefore particularly susceptible to fluctuations in global demand and supply.Over the past five years, industry agents have faced several setbacks, including a number of external shocks. In particular, they have had to contend with volatile global commodity prices and equally dramatic falls in demand in response to subdued domestic and global economic more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Improvements in key downstream markets have recently slowed the industry’s decline
  • Profit has been quite constrained, with many agents cutting fees in a bid to retain customers
  • The projection for low global oil consumption is likely to adversely affect revenue streams
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The barriers to entering the industry are medium. Aside from the general competitive pressures new entrants face in an industry with narrow profit margins that relies on high volume of sales, a major obstacle they must overcome is securing long-term supply contracts. This has proven to be a challenge for participants in the industry, which has resulted in most of the companies that remain in the industry today being vertically integrated, with agent activities being only a small part of their total operations.Wholesale bypass is a trend evident throughout the economy and this industry is no exception. For...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry are

  • Having links with suppliers
  • Access to niche markets
  • Access to secure revenue
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of crude oil and Industrial production index in the Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry?

    This industry includes the activities of commission agents, commodity brokers and other types of wholesalers acting on behalf of others in the sale of fuels, ores, metals and industrial chemicals, including fertilisers. Participants in the industry generate revenue on a fee, commission or contract basis. The industry includes transactions conducted over the internet.

    Industry Products
  • Fuels
  • Metals
  • Ores
  • Industrial chemicals and fertilisers
  • Industry Activities
  • Brokering the sale of commodities
  • fuels, ores, metals, industrial chemicals and fertilisers
  • Agent services facilitating the sale of fuels, ores, metals, industrial chemicals and fertilisers
  • Internet industry products
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of crude oil
  • Industrial production index
  • World price of steel
  • Public concern over environmental issues
  • Total value of construction

  • Current Performance
  • Crude oil prices
  • Other commodities
  • Recovering prices
  • Profit margins
  • Market challenges
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Downstream demand
  • Volatile prices
  • Challenges and pressures
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Vegetable Growing
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Freight Rail Transport

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chemical & Fertiliser Mineral Mining
  • Fertiliser & Nitrogen Compound Manufacturing
  • Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Organic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Petroleum Refining

  • Products & Services
  • Fuels
  • Metals
  • Industrial chemicals and fertilisers
  • Ores
  • Chart: Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Downstream demand
  • Wholesale bypass
  • Environmental awareness and consumer preferences

  • Major Markets
  • Industrial customers
  • Wholesalers
  • Retailers
  • Consumers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent, utilities and depreciation
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Sinochem International Oil (London) Co Limited,
  • Table: Sinochem International Oil (London) Co Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents 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 Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A type of payment that an agent or broker receives for the rendering of services.
  • Opec
  • Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
  • Sasac
  • The State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, an organisation responsible for operating Chinese state-owned operations.
  • Vertical Integration
  • The extent to which a firm owns its upstream suppliers and its downstream buyers.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • An emerging trend among retailing and manufacturing businesses where producers supply goods directly to retailers, bypassing the wholesaler.
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