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Fabricated Wire Products

This market profile examines strong-growing fabricated wire product lines. Reviews imports for over 85 product categories by type and by material; analyzes top 20 fabricated wire product end-use markets for size and growth. In addition, foreign market potential is evaluated, including export shipments for over 30 product lines. Profiles over 20 worldwide fabricated wire product manufacturers.


Section 1: U.S. Fabricated Wire Product Market Trends
Executive Summary

  • Table 1-1 U.S. Fabricated Wire Product Market Sales, 1977 to 2001 (Dollars)
  • Table 1-2 U.S. Market Sales by Major Product Sector, 1990 to 2001 (Dollars): Wire Springs; Wire Rope, Cable, and Strand; Woven Wire Products; Fencing and Fence Gates; Steel Wire Nails and Spikes; and Other Fabricated Wire Products
  • Table 1-3 Number of U.S. Steel Wire Drawers and Wire Product Fabricators, Plant Profit Margins, and Industry Concentration, 1977 to 1996 (Number and Percent)

Section 2: U.S. Fabricated Wire Product Shipments
Summary of Major Findings

  • Table 2-1 U.S. Shipments of Fabricated Wire Products, 1967 to 2001 (Dollars and Percent): Total U.S. Shipments, Year-To-Year Percent Change, and Percent Gross Domestic Product
  • Table 2-2 U.S. Shipments of Fabricated Wire Products by Major Product Sector, 1967 to 2001 (Dollars): Wire Springs; Wire Rope, Cable, and Strand; Woven Wire Products; Fencing and Fence Gates; Steel Wire Nails and Spikes; and Other Fabricated Wire Products
  • Table 2-3 Distribution of U.S. Fabricated Wire Product Shipments by Major Product Sector, 1967 to 2001 (Percent): Wire Springs; Wire Rope, Cable, and Strand; Woven Wire Products; Fencing and Fence Gates; Steel Wire Nails and Spikes; and Other Fabricated Wire Products
  • Table 2-4 U.S. Shipments by Wire Springs by Product Type, 1967 to 2001 (Dollars): Total Shipments, Precision Mechanical Springs, Upholstery and Furniture Springs, Valve Springs, and Other Springs
  • Table 2-5 U.S. Shipments of Precision Mechanical Springs by Product Line, 1967 to 2001 (Dollars): Total Shipments, OEM Compression-Type, Other Compression-Type, Extension-Type, and Torsion-Type
  • Table 2-6 U.S. Shipments of Upholstery and Furniture Springs by Product Line, 1967 to 2001 (Dollars): Total Shipments, Mattresses and Motor Vehicle Seating, Sleep Furniture, Upholstered Furniture, Unassembled Springs
  • Table 2-7 U.S. Shipments of Noninsulated Ferrous Wire Rope, Cable, and Strand by Product Type, 1967 to 2001 (Dollars): Total Shipments, Rope and Cable, Fabricated Wire Rope Assemblies, Wire Forms, Other Steel Wire Strand,
  • Table 2-8 U.S. Shipments of Woven Wire Products by Material, 1967 to 2001 (Dollars and Percent): Ferrous and Nonferrous Products
  • Table 2-9 U.S. Shipments of Wire Fencing and Fence Gates by Product Type, 1967 to 2001 (Dollars): Total Shipping, Chain Link Fencing; Woven and Welded Fencing; Fence Gates and Fittings; Posts and Fittings; and Ornamental Lawn Fence
  • Table 2-10 U.S. Shipments of Steel Nails, Staples, Tacks, and Spikes and Brads, 1967 to 2001 (Dollars):
  • Table 2-11 U.S. Nail Shipments by Product Line, 1987 to 2001 (Dollars): Total Shipments, Round Wire Nails Collated and Prepackaged, Not Collated and Smooth Shank, and Not Collated Other Than Smooth Shank; and Cut Nails
  • Table 2-12 U.S. Shipments of Non-Collated Round Wire Nails by Product Line and Material, 1987 to 1996 (Dollars): Smooth Shank Galvanized, Vinyl and Other Coated, and Not Coated; and Non-Smooth Shank Galvanized, Other Coated, and Not Coated
  • Table 2-13 U.S. Quantity Shipments of Round Wire Nails Not Collated, Smooth Shank by Material and Average Value Per Ton, 1987 to 1996 (Tons): Galvanized; Vinyl, Resin, or Cement Coated; Other Coated; and Not Coated
  • Table 2-14 U.S. Shipments of Other Fabricated Ferrous Wire Products by Product Type, 1982 to 2001 (Dollars): Wire Chain, Barbed and Twisted Wire, Wire Bale Ties, Welded Steel Wire Fabrics, Wire Garment Hangers, Wire Carts, Steel Wire Cages, Wire Baskets, Wire Shelving, Wire Racks, Other Wire Products, and Products Not Specified by Kind
  • Table 2-15 U.S. Shipments of Select Wire Products Made in Steel Mills and Steel Wire Drawing Plants, 1987 to 1996 (Dollars and Metric Tons): Nails and Staples, Barbed and Twisted Wire, Woven and Welded Wire Fence, Bale Ties, Wire Rope and Cable, Prestressed Concrete Wire Strand, Other Wire Strand, and Woven Wire Netting
  • Table 2-16 U.S. Wholesale Price Trends for Wire Products Shipped from Steel Wire Drawers and Fabricators and Wire Fabricators, 1992 to 1996 (Index): Wire Rope and Cable, Wire Strand, Steel Wire Nails, Wire Staples, Steel Fencing, Woven Wire Products, Welded Wire Products, Wire Springs, and Other Wire Products

Section 3: U.S. Fabricated Wire Product Imports
Summary of Major Findings

  • Table 3-1 U.S. Imports of Fabricated Wire Products and Share of U.S. Market Sales, 1977 to 1996 (Dollars)
  • Table 3-2 U.S. Imports of Fabricated Wire Products by Major Product Sector, 1990 to 1996 (Dollars): Wire Springs; Noninsulated Ferrous Rope, Cable, and Strand; Woven Wire Products; Fencing and Fence Gates; Steel Wire Nails and Spikes; and Other Fabricated Wire Products
  • Table 3-3 Imports' Share of U.S. Market Sales by Major Product Sector, 1990 to 1996 (Percent): Wire Springs; Noninsulated Ferrous Rope, Cable and Strand; Woven Wire Products; Fencing and Fence Gates; Steel Wire Nails and Spikes; and Other Fabricated Wire Products
  • Table 3-4 U.S. Imports of Steel Wire Springs by Major Country of Origin, 1992 to 1996 (Kilograms and Dollars): Canada, Singapore Japan, Malaysia, Germany
  • Table 3-5 U.S. Imports of Noninsulated Ferrous Wire Rope, Cable, and Strand by Product Type, 1992 to 1996 (Kilograms and Dollars): Stainless Steel, With or Without Fittings, for Prestressing Concrete, Plated With Brass, and Galvanized
  • Table 3-6 U.S. Imports of Noninsulated Ferrous Wire Rope, Cable, and Strand by Product Type and Major Country of Origin, 1993 to 1995 (Kilograms and Dollars): Stainless Steel, With or Without Fittings, for Prestressing Concrete, Plated With Brass, and Galvanized
  • Table 3-7 U.S. Imports of Woven Wire Products by Product Type, 1992 to 1996 (Kilograms and Dollars): Wire Cloth Catalysts, Woven Stainless Steel Cloth, Fourdrinier Wire, Other Steel Woven Wire Products, and Other Copper Woven Wire Products
  • Table 3-8 U.S. Imports of Woven Wire Products by Product Type and by Major Country of Origin, 1993 to 1995 (Kilograms and Dollars): Wire Cloth Catalysts, Woven Stainless Steel Cloth, Fourdrinier Wire, Other Steel Woven Wire Products, and Other Copper Woven Wire Products
  • Table 3-9 U.S. Imports of Wire Fence Products by Product Type, 1992 to 1996 (Kilograms and Dollars): Welded and Not Welded At Intersection, Coated and Not Coated, and Chain-Link and Other Fences
  • Table 3-10 U.S. Imports of Wire Fence Products by Product Type and by Major Country of Origin, 1993 to 1995 (Kilograms and Dollars): Welded and Not Welded at Intersection, Coated and Not Coated, and Chain-Link and Other Fences
  • Table 3-11 U.S. Imports of Steel Wire Nails and Spikes by Product Type, 1992 to 1996 (Kilograms and Dollars): Thumb Tacks; Power Tool Nails; Made of Round Wire One Piece Construction, Coated or Not Coated, With Smooth Shank or Without Smooth Shank, Cut or Not Cut; Constructed With Two or More Pieces, and Staples
  • Table 3-12 U.S. Imports of Steel Wire Nails and Spikes by Product Type and by Major Country of Origin, 1993 to 1995 (Kilograms and Dollars): Thumb Tacks; Power Tool Nails; Made of Round Wire One Piece Construction, Coated or Not Coated, With Smooth Shank or Without Smooth Shank, Cut or Not Cut; Constructed With Two or More Pieces, and Staples
  • Table 3-13 U.S. Imports of Other Fabricated Wire Products by Product Type, 1992 to 1996 (Kilograms and Dollars): Wire Chain by Type, Barbed and Twisted Wire, Belts and Belting, Other Iron or Steel Wire Products, and Nonferrous Wire Products
  • Table 3-14 U.S. Imports of Other Fabricated Wire Products by Product Type and by Major Country of Origin, 1993 to 1995 (Kilograms and Dollars): Wire Chain by Type, Barbed and Twisted Wire, Belts and Belting, Other Iron or Steel Wire Products, and Nonferrous Wire Products

Section 4: End-Use Markets and Factors Affecting Demand
Summary of Major Findings

  • Table 4-1 U.S. Fabricated Wire Product Purchases by the Top Twenty End-Use Markets, 1982 to 1996 (Dollars)
  • Table 4-2 Distribution of U.S. Fabricated Wire Product Purchases by the Top Twenty End-Use Markets, 1982 to 1996 (Percent)
  • Table 4-3 Wire Product Purchases by U.S. Concrete Product Plants and by Product Type, 1977 to 1996 (Dollars): Wire Strand and Welded Wire Concrete Reinforcement Mesh
  • Table 4-4 U.S. Industrial Production Trends for Major End-Use Markets, 1992 to 1996 (Index): Motor Vehicles and Parts, Household Furniture, Logging, Tires, Instruments, Paint and Allied Products, Household Appliances, and Structural Metal Products
  • Table 4-5 U.S. Spending on Construction Put in Place by Market, 1972 to 1996 (Dollars and Index): Total, Private, Residential, Nonresidential, and Public
  • Table 4-6 Real U.S. Spending on Construction Put in Place by Market and Building Type, 1987 to 1996 (Dollars): Residential Buildings by Type, Nonresidential Buildings by Type, Public Buildings by Type, Public Utilities by Type, and Public Facilities by Type
  • Table 4-7 Total U.S. Housing Demand and by Sector and by Region, 1990 to 1996 (Units): Existing Home Resales, New Housing Units Completed, and Mobile Home Placements
  • Table 4-8 New Privately Owned U.S. Housing Units Completed by Type of Structure, 1972 to 1996 (Units): Total, Single-Family, Two-Family, 3 and 4 Units, and 5 Units or More
  • Table 4-9 Monthly Private U.S. Housing Units Authorized by 19,000 Building Permit Places and by Region, 1995 and 1996 (Number): Total U.S., Northeast, Midwest, South, and West
  • Table 4-10 U.S. Home Mortgage Interest Rates and Personal Income, 1980 to 1996 (Rates and Dollars): New Home Mortgage Interest Rates and Real Disposable Personal Income
  • Table 4-11 Private Nonresidential Construction Authorized in 17,000 U.S. Permit Issuing Places by Building Type, 1990 to 1995 (Number): Stores, Office Buildings, Industrial Buildings, Amusement Buildings, Service Stations, Religious Buildings, Educational Buildings, and Institutional Buildings
  • Table 4-12 U.S. Sales of Iron or Steel Wire and Wire Products by Metal Service Centers and Offices by Product Line, 1987 and 1992 (Dollars and Percent): Wire; Nails; Wire Rope, Strand, and Strapping; Reinforcement Mesh; Number Carrying Line, Sales, and Percent of Total Service Center Sales

Section 5: U.S. Fabricated Wire Product Exports and World Trade Activity
Summary of Major Findings

  • Table 5-1 U.S. Exports of Fabricated Wire Products and Share of U.S. Factory Shipments, 1977 to 1996 (Dollars)
  • Table 5-2 U.S. Exports of Fabricated Wire Products by Major Product Sector, 1990 to 1996 (Dollars): Wire Springs, Noninsulated Ferrous Wire Rope and Cable, Woven Wire Products, Fencing and Fence Gates, Steel Wire Nails and Spikes, and Other Fabricated Wire Products
  • Table 5-3 Exports' Share of U.S. Shipments by Major Product Sector, 1990 to 1996 (Percent): Wire Springs, Noninsulated Ferrous Wire Rope and Cable, Woven Wire Products, Fencing and Fence Gates, Steel Wire Nails, and Other Fabricated Wire Products
  • Table 5-4 U.S. Exports of Steel Wire Springs by Major Country of Destination, 1992 to 1996 (Kilograms and Dollars): Canada and Mexico U.S. Exports of Noninsulated Ferrous Wire Rope, Cable, and Strand, by Product Type, 1992 to 1996 (Kilograms and Dollars): Stranded Wire With Fittings, Stranded Wire for Prestressed Concrete, Other Stranded Wire, Rope and Cables With Fittings, and Other Ropes and Cables U.S. Exports of Noninsulated Ferrous Wire Rope, Cable, and Strand by Product Type and by Major Country of Destination, 1993 to 1995 (Kilograms and Dollars): Stranded Wire With Fittings, Stranded Wire for Prestressed Concrete, Other Stranded Wire, Rope and Cables With Fittings, and Other Ropes and Cables
  • Table 5-7 U.S. Exports of Woven Wire Products by Product Type, 1992 to 1996 (Kilograms and Dollars): Wire Cloth Catalysts, Woven Stainless Steel Cloth, Other Stainless Steel Woven Wire Products, Copper Wire Cloth, and Other Copper Woven Wire Products
  • Table 5-8 U.S. Exports of Woven Wire Products by Product Type and by Major Country of Destination, 1993 to 1995 (Kilograms and Dollars): Wire Cloth Catalysts, Woven Stainless Steel Cloth, Other Stainless Steel Woven Wire Products, Copper Wire Cloth, and Other Copper Woven Wire Products
  • Table 5-9 U.S. Exports of Wire Fence Products by Product Type, 1992 to 1996 (Kilograms and Dollars): Welded and Not Welded at Intersection, Coated and Not Coated
  • Table 5-10 U.S. Exports of Wire Fence Products by Product Type and by Major Country of Destination, 1993 to 1995 (Kilograms and Dollars): Welded and Not Welded at Intersection, Coated and Not Coated
  • Table 5-11 U.S. Exports of Steel Wire Nails and Spikes by Product Type, 1992 to 1996 (Kilograms and Dollars): Thumb Tacks, Nails and Related Items, and Staples
  • Table 5-12 U.S. Exports of Steel Wire Nails and Spike by Product Type and by Major Country of Destination, 1993 to 1995 (Kilograms and Dollars): Thumb Tacks, Nails and Related Items, and Staples
  • Table 5-13 U.S. Exports of Other Fabricated Wire Products by Product Type 1992 to 1996 (Kilograms and Dollars): Wire Chain, Barbed and Twisted Wire, Other Iron and Steel Wire Products, and Aluminum Wire Products
  • Table 5-14 U.S. Exports of Other Fabricated Wire Products by Product Type and by Major Country of Destination, 1993 to 1995 (Kilograms and Dollars): Wire Chain, Barbed and Twisted Wire, Other Iron and Steel Wire Products, and Aluminum Wire Products
  • Table 5-15 World Exports of Wire Rope, Cable, Strand, Woven Wire Products, and Wire Fence Products, and for 25 Top Countries of Origin, 1989 to 1993 (Dollars)
  • Table 5-16 World Imports of Wire Rope, Cable, Strand, Woven Wire Products, and Wire Fence Products, and for 26 Top Countries of Destination, 1989 to 1993 (Dollars)
  • Table 5-17 Canadian Steel Wire and Wire Product Shipments, 1989 to 1994 (Dollars): Steel Wire and Rope, Other Wire Products, Woven Wire Products, Barbed Wire, Wire Chain, Steel Wire Nails, and Wire Ropes, Cable, and Strand
  • Table 5-18 Canadian Fabricated Wire Product Imports by Product Line and by Major Country of Origin, 1992 to 1994 (Dollars and Quantity): Insulated Ferrous Rope and Cable, Woven Wire Products, Fencing and Fence Gates, Steel Wire Nails, and Other Fabricated Wire Products
  • Table 5-19 Canadian Fabricated Wire Product Exports by Product Line and by Major Country of Destination, 1992 to 1994 (Dollars and Quantity): Insulated Ferrous Rope and Cable, Woven Wire Products, Fencing and Fence Gates, Steel Wire Nails, and Other Fabricated Wire Products

Section 6: Economic Structure of U.S. Steel Wire and Wire Product Plants
Summary of Major Findings

  • Table 6-1 Number and Revenues of U.S. Steel Wire Drawers and Fabricators and Wire Fabricators, 1977 to 1996 (Number and Dollars): Number of Companies and Plants, Plant Revenues, and Revenues Per Plant
  • Table 6-2 Plant Operating Ratios and Profit Margins for U.S. Steel Wire Drawers and Fabricators, 1977 to 1996 (Percent): Payroll, Other Labor Costs, Material Costs, and Gross Profit Percent Total Plant Revenues
  • Table 6-3 Number of Plants, Revenues, and Operating Ratios by Facility Product Specialization, 1987 and 1992 (Number, Dollars, and Percent): Wire Springs; Wire Rope, Cable, and Strand; Woven Wire Products; Fencing and Fence Gates; Steel Wire Nails and Spikes; and Other Fabricated Wire Products
  • Table 6-4 Number of Plants, Revenues, and Operating Ratios by Facility Plant Product Specialization and by Wire Drawers and Wire Fabricators, 1992 (Number, Dollars, and Percent): Wire Rope, Cable, and Strand; Ferrous Woven Wire Products; Fencing and Fence Gates; and Other Fabricated Wire Products
  • Table 6-5 U.S. Shipments of Select Fabricated Wire Product Sectors by Type of Producing Plant, 1977 to 1996 (Dollars and Percent): Wire Rope and Cable, Ferrous Woven Wire Products, Fencing and Fence Gates, and Other Fabricated Wire Products; Wire Drawers and Wire Fabricators
  • Table 6-6 Materials Purchased by Kind and by U.S. Steel Wire Drawers and Fabricators and Wire Fabricators, 1982 to 1992 (Dollars): Steel Rod, Steel Wire, Other Metal Shapes and forms, Industrial Fasteners, Plastic Products, and Other Materials
  • Table 6-7 U.S. Market for Carbon Steel Wire Rods and Wire, 1987 to 1994 (Tons and Dollars): Carbon Steel Wire Rods, Carbon Steel Wire
  • Table 6-8 U.S. Steel Wire Shipments by Material and by Product Type, 1987 to 1994 (Metric Tons): Carbon, Alloy, and Stainless Steel; Flat, Round, and Other Shapes, and by Diameter for Select Product Types
  • Table 6-9 U.S. Wholesale Price Trends for Steel Wire Rod and Steel Wire, 1992 to 1996 (Index): Made in Steel Mills and Steel Wire Drawing Plants; and by Wire Type-Plain, Galvanized, Other Coated, and Stainless Steel
  • Table 6-10 Plant Labor Situation for U.S. Steel Wire Drawers and Fabricators and Wire Fabricators, 1977 to 1996 (Number, Dollars, and Percent): Number of Employees, Shipments Per Employee, Production Workers Percent Total Employees, Average Hourly Wages, and Average Weekly Hours
  • Table 6-11 New Capital Expenditures of U.S. Steel Wire Drawers and Fabricators and Wire Fabricators, 1987 to 1994 (Dollars and Percent): Total Expenditures, Growth Analysis, Percent Value Added, and Percent for New Building and New Machinery
  • Table 6-12 Inventory Trends for U.S. Steel Wire Drawers and Fabricators and Wire Fabricators, 1977 to 1996 (Ratio): Steel Wire Drawers and Fabricators, Wire Springs, Other Wire Fabricators
  • Table 6-13 Shipments and Operating Ratios for U.S. Steel Wire Drawers and Fabricators and Wire Fabricators by State, 1992 (Dollars and Percent): Plant Shipments, Shipments Per Plant, and Payroll and Material Costs Percent Plant Shipments
  • Table 6-14 Number of U.S. Steel Wire Drawing and Fabricating Plants and Wire Fabricators by State and by Number of Employees, 1993 (Number): Total Plants and Plants With 20 or More Employees
  • Table 6-15 Number of Plants, Distribution of Plant Shipments, and Plant Operating Ratios for U.S. Steel Wire Drawers and Fabricators and Wire Fabricators by Number of Employees, 1987, 1992, and 1993
  • Table 6-16 Number of U.S. Manufacturers by Product, Type of Producing Plant, and Average Company Shipments, 1987 and 1992 (Number and Dollars): Wire Springs, Wire Rope and Cable, Woven Wire Products, Fencing and Fence Gates, Steel Nails and Spikes, and Other Fabricated Wire Products
  • Table 6-17 Share of U.S. Shipments of Steel Wire Drawers and Fabricators and Wire Fabricators by the Top 4, 8, 20, and 50 Largest Manufacturers, 1972 to 1992 (Percent): Steel Wire Drawers and Fabricators, Wire Springs, Other Wire Fabricators
  • Table 6-18 Sales and Profit Trends for Thirteen Steel Wire and Fabricated Wire Product Manufacturers, 1992 to 1996 (Dollars): Bridon Plc, Handy & Harmon, Insteel Industries, The Interlake Corp., Ivaco, Inc., Keystone Consolidated Industries, Inc., Laclede Steel Co., Leggett & Platt, Inc., Matec Corp., Mid-West Spring Manufacturing Co., Inc., National-Standard Co., Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., Stelco, Inc.)
  • Table 6-19 Sales Estimates for Forty-five Additional U.S. Fabricated Wire Product Manufacturers, 1994 (Dollars)

Section 7: Company Profiles and Recent Developments
Summary of Major Findings
Methodology, Sources, and Objectives Adelaide Brighton Ltd.
Bridon Plc Carpenter Technology Corp.
Handy & Harman
Harris Steel Group, Inc.
Insteel Industries, Inc.
The Interlake Corp.
Ivaco, Inc.
Keystone Consolidated Industries, Inc.
Kuhlman Corp.
Laclede Steel Co.
Leggett & Platt, Inc.
The Matec Corp.
Mid-West Spring Manufacturing Co., Inc.
National-Standard Co.
Newell Co.
Northwestern Steel and Wire Co.
Stelco, Inc.
Thai Wire Products Public Co. Ltd.
THT, Inc.
United Capital Corp.
UNR Industries

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