I need to use only one word to describe companies that are of the same industry. "Competitors" is not right under this context. Is there a noun that means "of the same industry" or "in the same business"? Thanks!!
Player is often used to denote a competitor without the 'competing' connotation:
- a participant, esp a powerful one, in a particular field of activity.
- All active players in the financial industry.
Sector is the most common and used in finance and stock talk. Examples:
The IT sector is booming.
The Auto sector is heading south.
Another common way is to refer by the name of the industry itself. Examples:
Banks are steady.
Technology had a field day today after Samsung announced their results.
Pharma looks good.
Biotech has shining prospects.
I have used the word "Affiliates": We can partner with industry affiliates....