SIC 5051 | NAICS 423510
The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, market research and analysis, financial ratios and salary surveys, and more.
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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:
Monthly trade publication features news and information for the metals distribution and service center industry, with special features including the annual outlook published in January, periodic updates on the outlook for specific end-use markets throughout the year, and the "MCN Top 50 Service Centers" report published each September. Selected articles from current and past issues are available online.
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for metal distributors, fabricators, OEMs, and other end users, with editorial content in each issue including business news, distribution operations, processing technologies, and company profiles, and special features including the "Quarterly Market Report", quarterly "Regional Manufacturing Outlook", and annual "End User Markets Outlook" report.
Metals Tendencies Report
Monthly opinion survey of senior executives at MSCI member centers summarizes their expectations for business conditions over the next three months by product category for carbon and stainless steel and aluminum products in terms of expected industry shipments and plans for ordering more material from their suppliers, with market expectations reported separately for the U.S. and Canadian markets.
Metals Activity Report
Monthly activity report provides detailed data on monthly shipments and inventory levels on a current month and year-to-date basis by product category for carbon steel (e.g., all products, bars, flat rolled, plate, pipe and tubing, and structural), stainless steel (all products), and aluminum (e.g., all products, extruded shapes, plate, rod and bar, sheet, coil, and pipe and tube) products in the U.S. and Canada.
Monthly report provides shipment data for copper and brass alloy products for the most recent month on a current month and year-to-date basis with comparisons to the same periods in the prior year for year-over-year trending purposes, and also includes a look at key business indicators (e.g., incoming orders, lead times, inventory levels, and daily shipment levels) for both service centers and suppliers.
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.
Online benchmarking service allows users to compare their financial and operating performance with other participating firms on a quarterly and annual basis, with financial information provided including income statement and balance sheet data and key financial ratios broken out by annual sales, line of business, and percentage of tons processed. Video tutorial with screen shots is available free online.
Sales, Administrative, Professional & Management Compensation Survey
Biennial salary survey provides base salary, short-term incentives, and total cash compensation data for management, sales, and administrative personnel, with survey results broken out by annual sales, number of full-time personnel, primary line of business, and geographic region. Survey also includes information on employee turnover, drug testing requirements, and employer-provided fringe benefits.
Production Employee Compensation Survey
Biennial salary survey provides base salary, short-term incentives, and total cash compensation data for salaried and hourly production employees, with survey data broken out by total annual sales, total number of full-time personnel, line of business (e.g., general line, flat rolled, stainless/nonferrous, bar, plate and shape, tubing, and aluminum), and plant location (e.g., U.S. region, state, and metro area).