Study #: 2593 | Published: 01/2010 | Pages: 229 | Individual User License: US$ 4,700

US demand for gears and gear assemblies will rise 3.9 percent annually through 2013. Gains will be supported by rebounding levels of motor vehicle production, and by value gains from product improvements and upgrades such as transmissions with higher numbers of speeds. Vehicular gear assemblies will register the strongest growth.

This study analyzes the $25 billion US gears industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 1998, 2003 and 2008, and forecasts for 2013 and 2018 by gear material (metals, plastic), product (e.g., vehicular gear assemblies, speed reducers and changers, gearmotors, individual gears) and market (e.g., motor vehicles, aerospace equipment, machinery).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 35 industry players, including General Motors, Ford and Eaton.

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Table of Contents

Introduction viii

Executive Summary

Market Environment


Macroeconomic Environment

Manufacturing Outlook

Nonresidential Fixed Investment Outlook

Historical Market Trends

Pricing Trends

Technological Innovations

World Gear Market

US Foreign Trade

US Imports

US Exports




Ferrous Metals

Nonferrous Metals




Vehicular Gear Assemblies

Powertrain Gear Assemblies

Steering Gear Assemblies

Other Gear Assemblies

Speed Reducers & Changers





Gearmotors & Other Assemblies




Worm & Other

Individual Gears







Demand by Market

Demand by Source

Motor Vehicles

Industry Outlook

Gear Demand by Application & Vehicle Type


Driveline Components

Steering Equipment

Accessories & Other Gear Applications

Gear Demand by Source



Aerospace Equipment

Industry Outlook

Gear Demand


Industry Outlook

Gear Demand by Machinery Type

Agricultural Equipment

Construction Equipment

Industrial Trucks & Tractors

Process Manufacturing Machinery

Material Handling Equipment

Mining Equipment

Other Machinery

Demand by Source

Marine Equipment

Industry Outlook

Gear Demand

Other Markets

Industry Structure


Industry Composition

Market Share

General Motors





American Axle & Manufacturing

Allison Transmission

Aisin Seiki

Other Suppliers

Financial Issues

Product Development & Manufacturing

Marketing & Distribution

Cooperative Agreements

Mergers & Acquisitions

Company Profiles

Aisin Seiki Company Limited

Allison Transmission Incorporated

Altra Industrial Motion Incorporated

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Incorporated

ArvinMeritor Incorporated

Baldor Electric Company

BorgWarner Incorporated

Bosch (Robert) GmbH

Boston Gear, see Altra Industrial Motion

Browning, see Emerson Electric

Caterpillar Incorporated

Chrysler Group LLC

Clyde Blowers Limited

Daimler AG

Dana Holding Corporation

David Brown Gear Systems, see Clyde Blowers

Deere & Company

Delphi Corporation

Detroit Diesel, see Daimler

Durst, see Regal-Beloit

Eaton Corporation

Emerson Electric Company

Ford Motor Company

General Motors Company

Grove Gear/Electra-Gear, see Regal-Beloit

Honda Motor Company Limited

Horsburgh & Scott Company

Hub City/Foote Jones, see Regal-Beloit

Huco Engineering Industries, see Altra Industrial Motion

Joy Global Incorporated

Leeson Electric, see Regal-Beloit

Linamar Corporation

Magna International Incorporated

Morse Industrial, see Emerson Electric

Nexteer Automotive, see General Motors

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Nuttall Gear, see Altra Industrial Motion

OC Oerlikon Management AG

Regal-Beloit Corporation

Rexnord LLC

Richmond Gear/Velvet Drive, see Regal-Beloit

Sypris Solutions Incorporated

Textron Incorporated

Toyota Motor Corporation

TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation

Visteon Corporation

WM Berg, see Rexnord

Xtek Incorporated

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Additional Companies

List of Tables

Executive Summary

Summary Table

Market Environment

Macroeconomic Indicators

Manufacturers' Shipments

Nonresidential Fixed Investment

Gear Market, 1998-2008

Gear Price Deflators

World Gear Demand by Region

US Foreign Trade in Gears

US Gear Imports by Source

US Gear Exports by Destination


Gear Demand by Material

Ferrous Metal Gear Demand by Product

Nonferrous Metal Gear Demand by Product

Plastic Gear Demand by Product


Gear Supply & Demand

Vehicular Gear Assembly Supply & Demand

Powertrain Gear Assembly Demand

Steering Gear Assembly Demand

Other Gear Assembly Supply & Demand

Speed Reducer/Changer Demand

Gearmotor & Other Assembly Demand

Individual Gear Supply & Demand

Individual Helical Gear Demand

Individual Bevel Gear Demand

Individual Spur Gear Demand

Other Individual Gear Demand


Gear Demand by Market & Source

Motor Vehicle Industry Outlook

Motor Vehicle Gear Demand by Application & Vehicle Type

Motor Vehicle Transmission Gear Demand

Motor Vehicle Driveline Gear Demand

Motor Vehicle Steering Gear Demand

Motor Vehicle Accessory & Other Gear Demand

Motor Vehicle Gear Demand by Source

Motor Vehicle OEM Gear Deman by Supplier & Vehicle Type

Motor Vehicle Aftermarket Gear Demand by Vehicle Type

Aerospace Equipment Shipments

Aerospace Gear Demand

Machinery Shipments by Type

Gear Demand by Machinery Type

Agricultural Equipment Gear Demand

Construction Equipment Gear Demand

Industrial Truck & Tractor Gear Demand

Process Manufacturing Machinery Gear Demand

Material Handling Equipment Gear Demand

Mining Equipment Gear Demand

Other Machinery Gear Demand

Machinery Gear Demand by Source

Marine Equipment Shipments

Marine Gear Demand

Other Markets Gear Demand

Industry Structure

Gear Sales by Company, 2008

Composite Financial Ratios: Selected Gear Manufacturers

Selected Cooperative Agreements

Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures

List of Charts

Market Environment

Gear Market, 1999-2008

Gear Pricing, 1998-2018

World Gear Demand, 2008

US Gear Imports by Source, 2008

US Gear Exports by Destination, 2008


Gear Demand by Material, 2008


Gear Shipments by Product Type, 1998-2018

Individual Gear Demand by Product, 2008


Gear Demand by Market, 2008

Gear Demand by Source, 2008

Motor Vehicle Gear Demand by Application, 2008

Industry Structure

US Gear Market Share by Company, 2008

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