Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
This industry manufactures ball bearings and roller bearings, which are small machines that constrain motion and reduce friction between moving parts of vehicles and other equipment. The industry depends on demand from a variety of transport and manufacturing markets, with foreign markets generating nearly half of the average operator's revenue. Revenue is also responsive to the price of steel, which is a key input into bearings and influences the price operators charge for their products. Revenue has grown modestly since 2010, but is expected to fall in 2015 due to a drop in steel prices. In the coming years, import penetration and increasing competition for key export markets is likely to constrain revenue growth... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter
Despite the presence of few explicit barriers to entry, some logistical factors may deter entry. Significant financial investment is required to acquire, maintain and update plants and equipment. Companies that are unable to finance themselves through equity (issuing shares) and that are unable to take on extensive debt would thus be deterred from entering. Companies also need a workforce that is relatively skilled and can operate the machinery and offer effective aftermarket services, though the costs of hiring and training tend to be insignificant.
The procurement of raw material may present another barrier to entry. Generally, incumbents in this industry maintain strong relationships with upstream suppliers to ensure a steady supply of steel and other raw material... purchase to read more