Circuit Breakers & Fuses

Demand will be bolstered by ongoing efforts to upgrade the US electrical grid, increases in electricity generation levels, and from rebounding levels of construction spending.

US demand to rise 5.5% annually through 2017

US demand for circuit breakers and fuses is expected to increase 5.5 percent per year to $5.1 billion in 2017. Demand will be bolstered by ongoing efforts to upgrade the US electrical grid and increases in electricity generation levels following declines experienced during the 2007-2012 period. In addition, circuit breaker and fuse manufacturers will benefit from rebounding levels of construction spending. Growth will be particularly strong in the residential market, as building activity rebounds from the housing crisis. Suppliers will also find significant new sales opportunities in the nonresidential construction segment, as favorable economic conditions spur construction spending. Growing output in the manufacturing sector will also support expanding circuit breaker and fuse sales. Production of machinery, motor vehicles, and aerospace equipment will increase at faster rates, and electrical and electronic equipment manufacturing levels will bounce back from recent declines.

Residential construction to be fastest growing market

Healthy gains are forecast to continue in the electric power market, the largest end user of circuit breakers and fuses. Ongoing efforts to update the US electrical grid will support gains, as will the continued adoption of wind and solar power. Residential construction will post the fastest gains of any market, growing 8.4 percent per year to $290 million in 2017. Market expansion will be the result of a major turnaround in residential construction activity, with spending increases of 14 percent annually forecast through 2017. The residential market will continue to be dominated by circuit breakers, as these products have

Circuit breaker sales to outpace fuse sales

Circuit breaker sales will outpace fuse sales through 2017. Power circuit breakers will post the strongest gains of any individual product category, growing 6.3 percent per year during that timeframe. Demand for power circuit breakers will be driven by efforts to update the US electrical grid, as well as by the increasing utilization of these products by independent power producers and nonutility generators. Furthermore, technological advances will support sales of higher value power circuit breakers. New construction applications will continue to be the dominant source of circuit breaker and fuse demand. Sales increases in this segment will outpace those forecast in both original equipment manufacturing and maintenance/repair/operations applications. Rebounding building construction activity and continued increases in electric utility construction will support gains.

Study coverage

This study analyzes the $3.9 billion US circuit breaker and fuse industry. It presents historical demand data for 2002, 2007 and 2012, and forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by product (e.g., molded case circuit breakers, power circuit breakers, high-power fuses, cartridge and plug fuses, electronic fuses) and market (e.g., electric power, nonresidential building construction, machinery, electronic equipment, residential building construction, nonautomotive transportation equipment, automotive, electrical equipment).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 23 industry players, including Eaton, General Electric, and Schneider Electric.

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  1. Circuit Breakers & Fuses

    $5,100.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $142.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $184.00

      1. Table | US CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE SUPPLY & DEMAND

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $1,857.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Environment

        $264.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS

      3. 3.3 Industrial Sector Trends

        $523.00

        1. 3.3.1 Industrial Production Trends

          $256.00

          1. Table | MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS

        2. 3.3.2 Capital Spending Trends

          $221.00

          1. Table | PRIVATE FIXED INVESTMENT BY SECTOR

      4. 3.4 Construction Trends

        $137.00

        1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

      5. 3.5 Pricing Trends

        $100.00

        1. Table | CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE PRICE DEFLATORS

        2. CHART II-1 CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE PRICE DEFLATORS, 2002-2022

      6. 3.6 Historical Market Trends

        $130.00

        1. Table | CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE MARKET, 2002-2012

        2. CHART II-2 CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE MARKET, 2003-2012

      7. 3.7 Regulations

        $626.00

        1. 3.7.1 Sulfur Hexafluoride

          $132.00

        2. 3.7.2 Electric Utility Deregulation

          $357.00

        3. 3.7.3 Other

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    4. 4 TECHNOLOGY

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      1. 4.1 General

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      2. 4.2 Basic Electrical & Electronic Properties

        $117.00

      3. 4.3 Circuit Protection Device Technology

        $697.00

        1. 4.3.1 Positive Temperature Coefficient Fuses

          $98.00

        2. 4.3.2 Thin-Film Fuses

          $82.00

        3. 4.3.3 Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters

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        4. 4.3.4 Complementary Circuit Protection Technology

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    5. 5 OVERVIEW

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      1. 5.1 General

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      2. 5.2 Supply & Demand

        $114.00

        1. Table | CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE SUPPLY & DEMAND

      3. 5.3 International Environment

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        1. 5.3.1 World Supply & Demand

          $115.00

          1. Table | WORLD DEMAND FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES BY REGION

        2. 5.3.2 US Foreign Trade in Circuit Breakers & Fuses

          $312.00

          1. Table | US FOREIGN TRADE IN CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES

          2. Table | US CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE IMPORTS BY SOURCE

          3. CHART IV-1 US CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE IMPORTS BY SOURCE, 2012

          4. Table | US CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE EXPORTS BY DESTINATION

          5. CHART IV-2 US CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE EXPORTS BY DESTINATION, 2012

    6. 6 CIRCUIT BREAKERS

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      1. 6.1 General

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      2. 6.2 Products

        $1,008.00

        1. Table | CIRCUIT BREAKER SUPPLY & DEMAND

        2. CHART V-1 CIRCUIT BREAKER DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET, 2012

        3. 6.2.1 Molded Case Circuit Breakers

          $590.00

          1. Table | MOLDED CASE CIRCUIT BREAKER SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. Table | INDUSTRIAL MOLDED CASE CIRCUIT BREAKER DEMAND

          3. Table | LIGHT-DUTY MOLDED CASE CIRCUIT BREAKER DEMAND

          4. Table | SPECIALTY MOLDED CASE CIRCUIT BREAKER DEMAND

        4. 6.2.2 Power Circuit Breakers

          $194.00

          1. Table | POWER CIRCUIT BREAKER SUPPLY & DEMAND

        5. 6.2.3 Parts & Accessories

          $82.00

          1. Table | CIRCUIT BREAKER PART & ACCESSORY SUPPLY & DEMAND

      3. 6.3 Suppliers & Market Share

        $90.00

        1. CHART V-2 US CIRCUIT BREAKER MARKET SHARE, 2012

    7. 7 FUSES

      $942.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $87.00

      2. 7.2 Products

        $760.00

        1. Table | FUSE SUPPLY & DEMAND

        2. CHART VI-1 FUSE DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET, 2012

        3. 7.2.1 High-Power Fuses

          $171.00

          1. Table | HIGH-POWER FUSE DEMAND

        4. 7.2.2 Cartridge & Plug Fuses

          $108.00

          1. Table | CARTRIDGE & PLUG FUSE DEMAND

        5. 7.2.3 Electronic Fuses

          $210.00

          1. Table | ELECTRONIC FUSE DEMAND

        6. 7.2.4 Other Fuse Types

          $97.00

          1. Table | OTHER FUSE DEMAND

        7. 7.2.5 Parts & Accessories

          $82.00

          1. Table | FUSE PART & ACCESSORY DEMAND

      3. 7.3 Suppliers & Market Share

        $95.00

        1. CHART VI-2 US FUSE MARKET SHARE, 2012

    8. 8 MARKETS

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      1. 8.1 General

        $221.00

        1. Table | CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE DEMAND BY MARKET & APPLICATION

        2. CHART VII-1 CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE DEMAND BY MARKET & APPLICATION, 2012

        3. CHART VII-2 INCREASE IN CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE DEMAND BY MARKET, 2012-2017

      2. 8.2 Electric Power

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        1. 8.2.1 Sector Outlook

          $151.00

          1. Table | ELECTRIC POWER INDICATORS

        2. 8.2.2 Circuit Breaker & Fuse Demand

          $179.00

          1. Table | ELECTRIC POWER MARKET FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES

      3. 8.3 Nonresidential Building Construction

        $311.00

        1. 8.3.1 Sector Outlook

          $150.00

          1. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

        2. 8.3.2 Circuit Breaker & Fuse Demand

          $112.00

          1. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES

      4. 8.4 Machinery

        $309.00

        1. 8.4.1 Industry Outlook

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          1. Table | MACHINERY SHIPMENTS

        2. 8.4.2 Circuit Breaker & Fuse Demand

          $137.00

          1. Table | MACHINERY MARKET FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES

      5. 8.5 Electronic Equipment

        $486.00

        1. 8.5.1 Industry Outlook

          $288.00

          1. Table | ELECTRONIC & COMPUTER PRODUCT SHIPMENTS

        2. 8.5.2 Circuit Breaker & Fuse Demand

          $171.00

          1. Table | ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT MARKET FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES

      6. 8.6 Residential Building Construction

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        1. 8.6.1 Sector Outlook

          $120.00

          1. Table | RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

        2. 8.6.2 Circuit Breaker & Fuse Demand

          $166.00

          1. Table | RESIDENTIAL BUILDING MARKET FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES

      7. 8.7 Nonautomotive Transportation Equipment

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        1. 8.7.1 Industry Outlook

          $145.00

          1. Table | NONAUTOMOTIVE TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS

        2. 8.7.2 Circuit Breaker & Fuse Demand

          $136.00

          1. Table | NONAUTOMOTIVE TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT MARKET FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES

      8. 8.8 Automotive

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        1. 8.8.1 Industry Outlook

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          1. Table | MOTOR VEHICLE INDICATORS

        2. 8.8.2 Circuit Breaker & Fuse Demand

          $144.00

          1. Table | AUTOMOTIVE MARKET FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES

      9. 8.9 Electrical Equipment

        $252.00

        1. 8.9.1 Industry Outlook

          $163.00

          1. Table | ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS

        2. 8.9.2 Circuit Breaker & Fuse Demand

          $82.00

          1. Table | ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT MARKET FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES

      10. 8.10 Other Markets

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        1. Table | OTHER MARKETS FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES

    9. 9 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

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      1. 9.1 General

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      2. 9.2 Industry Composition

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        1. Table | SELECTED CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE SALES BY COMPANY, 2012

      3. 9.3 Market Share

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        1. CHART VIII-1 US CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE MARKET SHARE, 2012

      4. 9.4 Competitive Strategies

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      5. 9.5 Product Development & Manufacturing

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      6. 9.6 Marketing & Distribution

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      7. 9.7 Mergers & Acquisitions

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        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      8. 9.8 Company Profiles

        $4,397.00

        1. 9.8.1 ABB Limited

          $289.00

        2. 9.8.2 Bel Fuse Incorporated

          $122.00

        3. 9.8.3 Bourns Incorporated

          $110.00

        4. 9.8.4 Carling Technologies Incorporated

          $146.00

        5. 9.8.5 E-T-A Elektrotechnische Apparate GmbH

          $171.00

        6. 9.8.6 Eaton Corporation plc

          $632.00

        7. 9.8.7 Fuji Electric Holdings Company Limited

          $125.00

        8. 9.8.8 G&W Electric Company

          $108.00

        9. 9.8.9 General Electric Company

          $189.00

        10. 9.8.10 Hitachi Limited

          $206.00

        11. 9.8.11 Hubbell Incorporated

          $82.00

        12. 9.8.12 Kyocera Corporation

          $160.00

        13. 9.8.13 L-3 Communications Corporation

          $110.00

        14. 9.8.14 Littelfuse Incorporated

          $259.00

        15. 9.8.15 Mersen SA

          $159.00

        16. 9.8.16 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

          $151.00

        17. 9.8.17 Powell Industries Incorporated

          $106.00

        18. 9.8.18 S&C Electric Company

          $95.00

        19. 9.8.19 Schneider Electric SA

          $228.00

        20. 9.8.20 Schurter AG

          $158.00

        21. 9.8.21 Sensata Technologies Holding NV

          $207.00

        22. 9.8.22 Siemens AG

          $232.00

        23. 9.8.23 TE Connectivity Limited

          $326.00

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