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Circuit Breakers & Fuses


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  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table US CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE SUPPLY & DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Environment
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS
    • Industrial Sector Trends
      • Industrial Production Trends
        • Table MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS
      • Capital Spending Trends
        • Table PRIVATE FIXED INVESTMENT BY SECTOR
    • Construction Trends
      • Table CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE PRICE DEFLATORS
      • Table CHART II-1 CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE PRICE DEFLATORS, 2002-2022
    • Historical Market Trends
      • Table CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE MARKET, 2002-2012
      • Table CHART II-2 CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE MARKET, 2003-2012
    • Regulations
      • Sulfur Hexafluoride
      • Electric Utility Deregulation
      • Other
  • TECHNOLOGY
    • General
    • Basic Electrical & Electronic Properties
    • Circuit Protection Device Technology
      • Positive Temperature Coefficient Fuses
      • Thin-Film Fuses
      • Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters
      • Complementary Circuit Protection Technology
  • OVERVIEW
    • General
    • Supply & Demand
      • Table CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • International Environment
      • World Supply & Demand
        • Table WORLD DEMAND FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES BY REGION
      • US Foreign Trade in Circuit Breakers & Fuses
        • Table US FOREIGN TRADE IN CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES
        • Table US CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE IMPORTS BY SOURCE
        • Table CHART IV-1 US CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE IMPORTS BY SOURCE, 2012
        • Table US CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE EXPORTS BY DESTINATION
        • Table CHART IV-2 US CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE EXPORTS BY DESTINATION, 2012
  • CIRCUIT BREAKERS
    • General
    • Products
      • Table CIRCUIT BREAKER SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Table CHART V-1 CIRCUIT BREAKER DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET, 2012
      • Molded Case Circuit Breakers
        • Table MOLDED CASE CIRCUIT BREAKER SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table INDUSTRIAL MOLDED CASE CIRCUIT BREAKER DEMAND
        • Table LIGHT-DUTY MOLDED CASE CIRCUIT BREAKER DEMAND
        • Table SPECIALTY MOLDED CASE CIRCUIT BREAKER DEMAND
      • Power Circuit Breakers
        • Table POWER CIRCUIT BREAKER SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Parts & Accessories
        • Table CIRCUIT BREAKER PART & ACCESSORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • Suppliers & Market Share
      • Table CHART V-2 US CIRCUIT BREAKER MARKET SHARE, 2012
  • FUSES
    • General
    • Products
      • Table FUSE SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Table CHART VI-1 FUSE DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET, 2012
      • High-Power Fuses
        • Table HIGH-POWER FUSE DEMAND
      • Cartridge & Plug Fuses
        • Table CARTRIDGE & PLUG FUSE DEMAND
      • Electronic Fuses
        • Table ELECTRONIC FUSE DEMAND
      • Other Fuse Types
        • Table OTHER FUSE DEMAND
      • Parts & Accessories
        • Table FUSE PART & ACCESSORY DEMAND
    • Suppliers & Market Share
      • Table CHART VI-2 US FUSE MARKET SHARE, 2012
  • MARKETS
    • General
      • Table CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE DEMAND BY MARKET & APPLICATION
      • Table CHART VII-1 CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE DEMAND BY MARKET & APPLICATION, 2012
      • Table CHART VII-2 INCREASE IN CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE DEMAND BY MARKET, 2012-2017
    • Electric Power
      • Sector Outlook
        • Table ELECTRIC POWER INDICATORS
      • Circuit Breaker & Fuse Demand
        • Table ELECTRIC POWER MARKET FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES
    • Nonresidential Building Construction
      • Sector Outlook
        • Table NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES
      • Circuit Breaker & Fuse Demand
        • Table NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES
    • Machinery
      • Industry Outlook
        • Table MACHINERY SHIPMENTS
      • Circuit Breaker & Fuse Demand
        • Table MACHINERY MARKET FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES
    • Electronic Equipment
      • Industry Outlook
        • Table ELECTRONIC & COMPUTER PRODUCT SHIPMENTS
      • Circuit Breaker & Fuse Demand
        • Table ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT MARKET FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES
    • Residential Building Construction
      • Sector Outlook
        • Table RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES
      • Circuit Breaker & Fuse Demand
        • Table RESIDENTIAL BUILDING MARKET FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES
    • Nonautomotive Transportation Equipment
      • Industry Outlook
        • Table NONAUTOMOTIVE TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS
      • Circuit Breaker & Fuse Demand
        • Table NONAUTOMOTIVE TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT MARKET FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES
    • Automotive
      • Industry Outlook
        • Table MOTOR VEHICLE INDICATORS
      • Circuit Breaker & Fuse Demand
        • Table AUTOMOTIVE MARKET FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES
    • Electrical Equipment
      • Industry Outlook
        • Table ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS
      • Circuit Breaker & Fuse Demand
        • Table ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT MARKET FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES
    • Other Markets
      • Table OTHER MARKETS FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
    • Industry Composition
      • Table SELECTED CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE SALES BY COMPANY, 2012
    • Market Share
      • Table CHART VIII-1 US CIRCUIT BREAKER & FUSE MARKET SHARE, 2012
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Product Development & Manufacturing
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Company Profiles
      • ABB Limited
      • Bel Fuse Incorporated
      • Bourns Incorporated
      • Carling Technologies Incorporated
      • E-T-A Elektrotechnische Apparate GmbH
      • Eaton Corporation plc
      • Fuji Electric Holdings Company Limited
      • G&W Electric Company
      • General Electric Company
      • Hitachi Limited
      • Hubbell Incorporated
      • Kyocera Corporation
      • L-3 Communications Corporation
      • Littelfuse Incorporated
      • Mersen SA
      • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
      • Powell Industries Incorporated
      • S&C Electric Company
      • Schneider Electric SA
      • Schurter AG
      • Sensata Technologies Holding NV
      • Siemens AG
      • TE Connectivity Limited

Circuit Breakers & Fuses

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. Gains will be supported by favorable conditions in most of the industries and sectors that utilize these products. Demand will be bolstered by strong growth in electricity generation and ongoing increases in construction activity by electric utilities. In addition, circuit breaker and fuse producers will benefit from solid growth in both residential and nonresidential building construction. Conditions in the manufacturing sector will also support expanding circuit breaker and fuse sales. Production of machinery, motor vehicles, and aerospace equipment will increase at improved rates, and electrical and electronic equipment manufacturing will rebound from the declines experienced during the 2007 to 2012 period. Furthermore, renewed strength in fixed investment spending will drive additional circuit breaker and fuse sales.

Residential construction to be fastest growing market
The residential construction market will post the strongest gains of any market, growing 8.4 percent per year to $290 million in 2017. This will be a considerable improvement from the declines registered during the 2007 to 2012 period. Market expansion will be the result of a major turnaround in residential construction activity, with 14 percent yearly spending increases forecast through 2017. The residential market will continue to be dominated by circuit breakers, as these products have replaced fuses in most single unit homes.

The electric power market will remain the largest end-user of circuit breakers and fuses through 2017. This was the fastest rising market during the 2007 to 2012 period, aided by increases in utility construction spending, and healthy gains are forecast to continue through 2017. Further efforts to update the US electrical grid will aid gains, as will the continued adoption of wind and solar power.

Power circuit breakers to post strongest gains
Circuit breaker sales will outpace fuse sales through 2017, and power circuit breakers will post the strongest gains of any individual product category during that time period. 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.

Domestic shipments to improve from recent declines
Shipments of circuit breakers and fuses from US manufacturers are forecast to increase 4.7 percent per year to $4.1 billion in 2017. This will be an improvement from the declines in shipments posted during the 2007 to 2012 period, but overall gains will lag demand forecasts. Growth will be supported by improved conditions in domestic demand and the reshoring of some circuit breaker and fuse-using manufacturing operations. However, manufacturers will continue to face intense competition from producers in regions with lower labor costs, particularly at the lower end of the market. Import growth will outpace export growth, and the US trade deficit in these products will expand through 2017.


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