Revenue flows: Numerous government initiatives support demand for the industry

The industry is heavily influenced by the performance of the plumbing, heating, construction and home improvement industries. Over the five years through 2018-19, industry revenue is expected to rise at a compound annual rate of 5.9% to reach £14.7 billion. A fall in construction activity at the beginning of the five-year period meant there was less work available for contractors, resulting in the industry starting on a low base. Following this, stronger business confidence stimulated the commercial construction market, spurring demand for industry operators serving this sector.The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has resulted in the level of construction activity becoming more volatile, affecting demand for industry more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Government initiatives are expected to support industry demand over the next five years
  • Government initiatives to stimulate the housing market have supported industry demand
  • The government’s Heat Networks Investment Project should support demand for the industry
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    As in the rest of the wholesaling sector, establishments in the industry are primarily located close to retailers, which are in turn predominantly situated around major population clusters and areas where household wealth and incomes are relatively high. However, due to the effect construction activity has on the industry, the distribution of operators also mirrors the spread of construction activity across the United Kingdom.The South EastThe South East accounts for the most establishments, with 14.8% operating in the region, more than its 13.7% share of the UK population. Its proximity to London ensures that operators have access to both regions. Wholesaling operators tend to operate large warehouses, distributing their products nationwide. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Hardware, Plumbing & Heating Equipment Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Hardware, Plumbing & Heating Equipment Wholesaling Industry are

  • Having links with suppliers
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Having a diverse range of clients
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from plumbing, heating and air conditioning installation and Total value of construction in the Hardware, Plumbing & Heating Equipment Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Hardware, Plumbing & Heating Equipment Wholesaling Industry?

    Companies in this industry wholesale a wide variety of hardware, plumbing and heating equipment and supplies. This includes locks, water heaters, fittings and fixtures, and tools such as hammers and screwdrivers.

    Industry Products
  • Hand tools
  • Fixtures and fittings
  • Water heaters
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Other equipment
  • Industry Activities
  • Wholesaling hardware
  • Wholesaling fixtures and fittings
  • Wholesaling water heaters
  • Wholesaling tools
  • 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 plumbing, heating and air conditioning installation
  • Total value of construction
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • Capital expenditure on dwellings
  • Demand from hardware and home improvement stores
  • Real household disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • EU referendum uncertainty
  • Hard-wearing demand
  • Pressure on profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Inflating expectations
  • Government support
  • Residential funding
  • Skills shortage
  • Profit performance
  • Table: Hardware, Plumbing & Heating Equipment Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Hardware, Plumbing & Heating Equipment Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Installation
  • Hardware & Home Improvement Stores

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Ceramic Sanitary Fixtures Manufacturing
  • Fastener & Screw Machine Product Manufacturing
  • Lock & Hinge Manufacturing
  • Tool Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Hand tools
  • Water heaters
  • Fixtures and fittings
  • Other equipment
  • Chart: Hardware, Plumbing & Heating Equipment Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Construction markets
  • Wholesale bypass

  • Major Markets
  • Plumbing and heating contractors
  • Other construction contractors
  • Hardware retailers
  • Other retailers
  • Manufacturers
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Hardware, Plumbing & Heating Equipment Wholesaling 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 Hardware, Plumbing & Heating Equipment Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Hardware, Plumbing & Heating Equipment Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Wolseley UK Ltd, Travis Perkins plc,
  • Table: Wolseley UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Travis Perkins plc - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Hardware, Plumbing & Heating Equipment Wholesaling 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 Hardware, Plumbing & Heating Equipment Wholesaling 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
  • Fasteners are used to connect two objects. Examples include nuts and bolts.
  • Rmi Market
  • The market for renovations, maintenance and improvement of property, also known as the home improvements market.
  • Water Heater
  • A heater and storage tank that supplies heated water to a building.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A trend whereby retailers purchase directly from manufacturers, without going through wholesalers.
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