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Metal Plating and Finishing

SIC 3471 | NAICS 332800

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Metal Plating & Treating Services  (view report)
Engraving Services  (view report)

Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Operating conditions
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Five-year growth forecast

Gardner Business Media, Inc.
Products Finishing

Monthly trade publication provides news and information for the electroplating and liquid and powder coating industries, with special features including the annual "Finishing Industry Economic Forecast" (January) and the "Top Shops Benchmarking Surveys" (April/September) which provide operational benchmarks for electroplaters and liquid/powder coaters. Digital editions can be viewed free online.

Metal Coating, Engraving, and Heat Treating

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

National Association of Surface Finishing
Business Barometer

Quarterly survey of member suppliers and job shops provides insights on current business conditions compared with conditions six months ago and expected business conditions six months from now for North America, U.S. by region (e.g.,  East Coast, West Coast, Midwest, and South), Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. Summary and detailed results for suppliers and job shops are available free online.

GIA Research

Market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market for this manufacturing sector in the U.S. and selected other countries, with information provided including historical and forecast sales in U.S. dollars and companies profiled including Allied Finishing Inc., SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts, LLC, Interplex Industries, Inc., Commercial Plating Company, Inc., and Pioneer Metal Finishing Corp.

Supplier Relations US, LLC
Metal Coating, Engraving, Plating, Finishing, and Heat Treating

Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth analysis of this manufacturing sector, with  segments analyzed separately in individual reports including "Coating, Engraving (Except Jewelry and Silverware), and Allied Services for Manufacturers", "Electroplating, Plating, Polishing, Anodizing, and Coloring", and "Heat Treating". Detailed table of contents for these reports can be viewed free online.

Inorganic Metal Finishing Market

Market research report analyzes the demand for inorganic finishing processes on a global basis, with markets analyzed by product type (e.g., pretreatment/surface preparation, inorganic finishing process, and consumables and spares), technology (e.g., anodizing, cladding, conversion coating, electroless plating, and electroplating), and end-use (e.g., automotive, electrical/electronic, industrial, and others).

BCC Research
Global Markets and Technologies for Inorganic Metal Finishing Processes

Comprehensive study provides in-depth analysis of the global market for inorganic finishing processes, with technologies addressed in the report including electroplating, electroless plating, vapor deposition, conversion coating, cladding, thermal spray, ceramic coating, and vitreous enameling. Highlights from the report, "Chapter 1 - Introduction" download, and detailed table of contents are available free online.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Metal Coating, Plating, Engraving, and Treating  Search for "3328" to see reports for specific processes

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Metal Coating, Plating & Treating
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of annual revenue for companies that provide coating and engraving services (e.g., galvanizing, powder coating, and etching), plating and finishing services (e.g., electroplating, buffing, polishing, coloring, and anodizing), and heat treating services. Sample report is available free online.

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Compensation Surveys

Metal Plating, Polishing, Anodizing, or Coloring Services

Free online service provides median salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for job positions in this manufacturing sector such as production manager, chemist, process engineer, chemistry laboratory technician, and plater, with employers for which data is provided including Techmetals Inc., Anoplate Corp., Anomatic Corp., Pioneer Metal Finishing Corp., Danco Anodizing Inc., and Lorin Industries Inc.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Metal Coating, Plating, Engraving, and Heat Treating Services

Annual employment and wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and metro area basis for persons employed by companies in this manufacturing sector, with occupations covered by the survey including personnel who setup, operate, or tend machines used to coat, plate, engrave, or heat treat items in order to decorate or protect surfaces or improve functional properties.

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Business Valuation Resources

Small Business Valuation Multiples

Metal Coating, Plating, and Finishing

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based valuation multiples for small businesses that provide coating services (e.g., hot dip galvanizing, powder coating, enameling, lacquering) and plating and finishing services (e.g., electroplating, cleaning, polishing, coloring, anodizing) for metal products.

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