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Jobsite and Standby/Emergency Commercial and Industrial Generators in the U.S.

Backup or emergency power issues affect virtually every business enterprise in the United States. Some of the most obvious are hospitals, supermarkets, computer data centers and banks, for which the costs of an outage are most easily observed and calculated. Other entities are also critically reliant on power, including those in high-rise buildings, government agencies (particularly those with a security aspect, such as courts, prisons and customs) and gas stations. Important markets for commercial generators include uses that aren’t critical to life and limb, but necessary all the same, such as construction jobsites and special events.

Despite dipping below $2 billion in 2007, the U.S. market for jobsite and emergency/standby commercial and industrial generators registered a healthy 9% compound annual growth rate for the 2003-2007 period. SBI estimates that U.S. manufacturer shipments increased in 2007, but the overall market supply contracted due to a drop in imports and a jump in exports. Growth of U.S. exports has outpaced that of imports since 2003, and in 2007 nearly half the dollar value of U.S. shipments was exported. Despite a weak U.S. economy and rising raw materials prices in 2008, SBI expects robust growth during the forecast period through 2012 as businesses continue to grapple with the threat of power interruptions. Growth will also be driven by a rebounding construction market, the increasing energy demands of developing countries, the rental market and new environmental and regulatory requirements.

This study covers generators that are used on-site at commercial and industrial locations for emergency, standby or backup power. It does not include prime power, cogeneration, large-scale uninterruptible power, distributed generation, peak shaving or demand response power. Report data were obtained from government sources, trade associations, trade publications, business journals, company literature and investment reports. Shipment statistics were derived from the U.S. Census Bureau and estimated by SBI. Import and export data were derived from the U.S. International Trade Commission. Historical data are provided for 2003 through 2007, with forecast data from 2008-2012. The report also looks at market drivers, the competitive landscape, distribution and promotion, and the end user.


  • Executive Summary
    • Scope of the Report
      • Methodology
      • Product Definitions and Classifications
    • Market Size and Growth
      • Global Market Size by Revenue
      • U.S. Market Size by Shipments, Imports and Exports
        • Table U.S. Market for Commercial/Industrial Generators, by Size, 2003-2007(in million $)
        • Table NAICS and HTS Codes Selected to Represent Commercial/Industrial Generators
      • Unit Shipments
        • Table U.S. Gen-Set Production, by Size (18-500kW), 2006 (in units)
        • Table Forecast of U.S. Gen-Set Production, by Size (18-500kW), 2007-2011 (in units)
      • The U.S. Trade Scenario
        • Table U.S. Imports and Exports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, 2003-2007(in million $)
        • Table U.S. Imports and Exports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, 2003-2007(in units)
      • Imports of Commercial/Industrial Generators by Country
        • Table U.S. Imports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, by Top Three Countries, 2007 (% based on value of imports)
        • Table U.S. Imports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, by Top 10 Countries, 2003-2007(in million $)
      • Exports of Commercial/Industrial Generators by Country
        • Table U.S. Exports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, by Top 5 Countries, 2007 (% based on value of exports)
        • Table U.S. Exports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, by Top 10 Countries, 2003-2007(in million $)
      • Market Outlook for 2008
      • Five-Year Outlook
    • Market Drivers
      • Fragile and Overburdened Power Grid
      • Cost of Power Outages to Business
      • Economic Factors
      • Growth of Export Markets
      • Environmental Issues
      • Regulatory Issues
      • The Rental Market
    • Product Distribution and Promotion
      • Distribution
      • Promotion
      • Regionality and Seasonality
    • End Users
      • Contractors/Jobsite Users
      • Rental Equipment Companies
      • Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Facilities
      • To Buy or Not to Buy?
  • The Market
    • Scope of the Report
      • Methodology
      • Product Definitions and Classifications
    • Market Size and Growth
      • Global Market Size by Revenue
      • U.S. Market Size by Shipments, Imports and Exports
        • Table U.S. Market for Commercial/Industrial Generators, by Size, 2003-2007(in million $)
        • Table NAICS and HTS Codes Selected to Represent Commercial/Industrial Generators
      • Unit Shipments
        • Table U.S. Gen-Set Production, by Size (18-500kW), 2006 (in units)
        • Table Forecast of U.S. Gen-Set Production, by Size (18-500kW), 2007-2011(in units)
      • The U.S. Trade Scenario
        • Table U.S. Imports and Exports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, 2003-2007(in million $)
        • Table U.S. Imports and Exports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, 2003-2007 (in units)
        • Table U.S. Commercial/Industrial Generator Imports and Exports, by Size, 2003-2007(in units)
        • Table Average Unit Price of U.S. Commercial/Industrial Generator Imports and Exports, by Size, 2003-2007
      • Imports of Commercial/Industrial Generators by Country
        • Table U.S. Imports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, by Top Three Countries, 2007 (% based on value of imports)
        • Table U.S. Imports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, by Top 10 Countries, 2003-2007 (in million $)
        • Table U.S. Imports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, by Top 10 Countries, 2003-2007 (in units)
        • Table U.S. Imports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, by Size and Top 5 Countries, 2003-2007 (in million $)
        • Table U.S. Imports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, by Size and Top 5 Countries, 2003-2007 (in units)
      • Exports of Commercial/Industrial Generators by Country
        • Table U.S. Exports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, by Top 5 Countries, 2007 (% based on value of exports)
        • Table U.S. Exports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, by Top 10 Countries, 2003-2007 (in million $)
        • Table U.S. Exports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, by Top 10 Countries, 2003-2007 (in units)
        • Table U.S. Exports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, by Size and Top 5 Countries, 2003-2007 (in million $)
        • Table U.S. Exports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, by Size and Top 5 Countries, 2003-2007 (in units)
      • Market Outlook for 2008
      • Five-Year Outlook
        • Table Forecast of U.S. Market for Commercial/Industrial Generators, 2007-2011 (in million $)
  • Market Drivers
    • Overview
      • Fragile and Overburdened Power Grid
        • Table Major Electric Utility System Disturbances in the U.S. and Canada, 1996-2007
        • Table Comparison of U.S. Electricity Sales Projections, 2015 and 2030 (in billion kilowatt hours)
        • Table Causes of Power Outages
      • Cost of Power Outages to Business
      • Economic Factors
        • Table U.S. Construction Spending: Total and Residential vs. Non-residential, 2003-2007 (in billion $)
        • Table U.S. Non-residential Construction Spending by Type, 2003-2007 (in billion $)
        • Table U.S. Housing Units Started and Completed, 2003-2007 (units in thousands)
        • Table U.S. Annual Average Prime Interest Rate, 2003-2007
        • Table Average Annual Producer Price Index for Steel, 2003-2007
        • Table Average Annual Producer Price Index for Aluminum, 2003-2007
        • Table Average Annual Producer Price Index for Copper, 2003-2007
      • Growth of Export Markets
        • Table U.S. Exports of Commercial/Industrial Generators, by Size, 2003-2007 (in million $ and units)
      • Environmental Issues
      • Regulatory Issues
      • The Rental Market
  • Competitive Profiles
    • Aggreko
      • Atlas Copco
      • Gillette Generators
      • Kubota
      • Marathon Electric
      • Multiquip
      • Terex
      • Titan
      • Wacker
      • Winco
    • Baldor Electric Company
      • Table Baldor Electric Company
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Baldor Electric's Generator Product Portfolio
      • Performance
        • Table Baldor Electric Revenues, 2003-2007 (in million $)
        • Table Baldor Electric Net Income, 2003-2007 (in million $)
        • Table Baldor Electric Generator Sales, 2003-2007 (in million $)
    • Caterpillar, Inc.
      • Table Caterpillar, Inc.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
      • Performance
        • Table Caterpillar Revenues, 2003-2007 (in million $)
        • Table Caterpillar Net Income, 2003-2007 (in million $)
        • Table Caterpillar's Electric Power Revenues, 2003-2007 (in million $)
    • Cummins Power Generation, Inc.
      • Table Cummins Power Generation, Inc.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Cummins Power Generation's U.S. Product Portfolio
      • Performance
        • Table Cummins Revenues, 2003-2007 (in million $)
        • Table Cummins Power Generation Sales, 2003-2007 (in million $)
        • Table Share of Cummins Power Generation Sales by Product 2007
        • Table Cummins Power Generation Joint Venture Sales, 2003-2007 (in million $)
      • Company News
    • Generac Power Systems
      • Table Generac Power Systems
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Generac's Commercial/Industrial Generator Product Portfolio
      • Performance
    • Katolight
      • Table Katolight
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Katolight's Commercial/Industrial Generator Product Portfolio
      • Performance
      • Company News
    • Kohler Co.
      • Table Kohler Co.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
      • Performance
    • Siemens
      • Table Siemens
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Siemens'U.S. Product and Brand Portfolio for Commercial/Industrial Generators
      • Performance
        • Table Siemens Revenues, 2003-2007 (in million €according to U.S. GAAP)
        • Table Siemens Net Income, 2003-2007 (in million €)
  • Product Distribution and Promotion
    • Distribution
      • Promotion
        • Table Key Associations Relevant to the Commercial/Industrial Generator Market
      • Regionality and Seasonality
        • Table Major and Unusual Electricity Disturbances by Region, 2007
  • End Users
    • Contractors/Jobsite Users
      • Table U.S. Construction Spending: Total, Residential and Non-residential, 2003-2007 (in billion $)
      • Table Building Construction Workers, 2003-2007 (in thousands)
      • Rental Equipment Companies
      • Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Facilities
        • Table Number and Floorspace of U.S. Buildings Using Electricity (Excluding Malls), by Primary Building Activity, 2003
      • Purchase Decisions
        • Table Potential Cost of a Power Outage by Facility Type

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