Shed Distributor Wars

Posted on : February 11, 2011

Who are the market leaders in Australia by number of Shed Distributors?

The Shed Distributor Leader Ladder (by number of distributors per state)

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

  1. Fair Dinkum Sheds, Ranbuild and Total Span
  2. Others

A three way tie for first place in Canberra.  Commercial land is prohibitively expensive and is as rare as hens teath in the ACT so most of the distributors set up camp in nearby NSW border towns of Queenbeyan and Murrumbateman!

The top 3 have most of the market!

New South Wales (NSW)

  1. Ranbuild
  2. Fair Dinkum Sheds
  3. Wide Span Sheds
  4. Capital Steel Buildings
  5. The Shed Company
  6. Garge World
  7. Allgal
  8. Titan
  9. Totalspan
  10. Sidach Sheds
  11. Sheds Online
  12. Metromax
  13. Others

The top 3  have over 56% of the market.

Northern Territory (NT)

  1. Ranbuild
  2. Sheds Online , Sidach Sheds, Fair Dinkum Sheds
  3. Others

Queensland (QLD)

  1. Ranbuild
  2. Titan
  3. Fair Dinkum Sheds
  4. Totalspan
  5. Wide Span Sheds
  6. Garge World
  7. Tuff-Span
  8. The Shed Company
  9. Sheds Online
  10. Australian Garages and Carports
  11. Capital Steel Buildings
  12. Others

The top 3 have 47% of the market.  QLD is clearly a very mature shed market as is evident by the very equal distribution of distributors across the top half a dozen.  When you take a look at the origins of many Australian Shed Companies, QLD is where it all began.

South Australia (SA)

  1. Fair Dinkum Sheds
  2. Ranbuild
  3. Wide Span Sheds
  4. Garage World
  5. Sidach Sheds
  6. Others

The top 3 have over 75% of the market.

Tasmania (TAS)

  1. Sidach Sheds
  2. Fair Dinkum Sheds
  3. Ranbuild
  4. Widespan
  5. Others

Victoria (VIC)

  1. Sidach Sheds
  2. Ranbuild
  3. Fair Dinkum Sheds
  4. Totalspan
  5. Wide Span Sheds
  6. The Shed Company
  7. Capital Steel Buildings
  8. Garage World
  9. Sheds Online
  10. Others

Top 3 have 74% of the market.

Western Australia (WA)

  1. Ranbuild
  2. Wide Span Sheds
  3. Fair Dinkum Sheds
  4. Garage World
  5. The Shed Company
  6. Sheds Online
  7. Others

There is some real competition in the distributor sector, even when you consider that the big guys own quite a few of the biggest players.  There is clear domination in some state, with others laying the battle ground as brands extend from their founding locations, it is starting to heat up!  Watch this space.

Who exactly are each of these distributors?

Ranbuild started small in 1949 and was then know as the R & N Building Company, and was based in Newcastle, NSW.  Ranbuild was purchased by Lysaght (Bluescope) in 2004 and is now the biggest wholesaler group in Australia.  Ranbuild is a powerful brand in the Shed industry and it easily identified by the muscle bound builder.

Fairdinkum Sheds, trading as AG&S Building Systems Pty Ltd was purchased by Stramit in August 2007.  Fairdinkum Sheds is the second largest wholesaler shed group in Australia and it too has a very powerful brand, the slogan “Get it into your head, get a Fairdinkum Shed” is a classic!  Fairdinkum sheds operates in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (trading as Contour Steel Buildings) and South Africa.

Totalspan is part of the Versatile Buildings group and is a major player in the shed wholesaler game.  They have numerous distributors spread throughout Australia and NewZealand.  The Versatile group also owns Spanbilt Sheds.  Totalspan sources its materials from Lysaght (Bluescope).

Wide Span Sheds is another big player and was founded in Queensland (most of the shed companies in Australia started in QLD, see why here) in the year 2000.  They have an even spread of distributors around Australia.  Widespan Sheds sources its materials from Lysaght (Bluescope).

The Shed Company is a shed wholesaler and distributor franchise system founded in late 2004, effectively the same as most of the other players with more discrete boundaries for its distributors.  The Shed Company sources its materials from Stramit and has a good coverage of distributors across Australia.

Garage World / Shedboss is owned by the same company as Fairdinkum Sheds.  Stramit, also know as Fletcher Building Group acquired the Morinda group (who owns both the ShedBoss and Garage World brands) in May 2008.

Titan Garages & Sheds is a privately owned family business that has been around since 1991.  Titan is unique to its peers in that it has complete verticle integration in the shed supply chain, being the distributor, wholesaler and manufacturer.  They are very strong in QLD and are starting to make inroads into other states.

Sidach Sheds is another privately owned family business that started from the opposite end of the country, in sunny Tasmania.  The have grown aggressively and dominate Tasmanian and Victoria.  They currently source their materials from Lysaght (Bluescope).

Metromax is one of the few distributors that does not pay ball in the rollforming arena of Lysaght and Stramit.  The have a “close association” with Metroll and source their materials from them.  They don’t have a great deal of distributors, however they leverage Metrolls network of sites.

Tuff-Span is a player in the QLD market and unlike their competitors they deal with Fielders to source their materials.  Fielders is a small player in the shed market relative to its massive peers, however Fielders does have is own brand called Fielders Endurance Sheds & Structures.

There are still a few missing from this list, they will be added shortly.

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One Response to “Shed Distributor Wars”

  1. Craig said...

    Hi
    Very interesting article on the key players in teh shed industry. At dunlop we are developing a new insulation speciifically for the sheds etc.
    Is there any figures on the actual size of this category? & how many sheds get insulated?

    Thank you
    Craig

    Moderator: Apologies for late reply – slipped through the screen, you can contact Shedeye via email on data availability costs!

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