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U.S. Market for Residential Generators


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  • Executive Summary
    • Scope of the Report
      • Methodology
      • Product Definitions and Classifications
        • Table Comparison of Residential Generator Capabilities
        • Table U.S. Consumer Purchases of Portable Generators, by Watts of Output, 2003-2005 (% of units purchased)
    • Market Size and Growth
      • Global Market Size by Revenue
      • North American Market Size by Revenue
      • U.S. Market Size by Revenue, Units and Ownership
        • Table U.S. Retail Sales of Residential and Commercial Generators, 2003-2006 (in thousands of units)
        • Table Estimated U.S. Household Ownership of Generators, 2002-2006
      • U.S. Market Size by Shipments, Imports and Exports
        • Table U.S. Shipments, Imports and Exports of Generators, by Size, 2002-2006 (in million $)
        • Table U.S. Shipments of Gas/Gasoline Engine-Driven Generators up to 15 kW, 2002-2006(E) (in million $)
        • Table U.S. Imports of Gas/Gasoline Engine-Driven Generators, 2002-2006 (in million $)
        • Table U.S. Exports of Gas/Gasoline Engine-Driven Generators, 2002-2006 (in million $)
      • Five-Year Forecast
        • Table Forecast of U.S. Retail Sales of Generators, 2007-2011 (in thousands of units)
        • Table Forecast of U.S. Shipments, Imports and Exports of Generators, 2007-2011 (in million $)
    • Trends and Dynamics
      • Fragile and Overburdened Power Grid
        • Table Causes of Power Outages, 2006
      • Portable Generators Move from Commercial to Residential Focus
      • Larger Range of Applications for Generators
      • Economic Factors
      • Short Lifecycle Fuels Replacement Market
      • Government Regulation
      • Environmental Issues
      • Safety Concerns
      • Consumer Attitudes
    • Competitive Scenario
      • Table Consumer Identification of Leading Portable Generator Brands, Based on 2003-2005 Purchases (%)
    • Distribution
      • Table U.S Portable Generator Sales by Channel, 2006 (%)
    • End User
      • Commercial End Users
      • Consumer End Users
      • Simmons Survey Findings on End User Behavior
        • Table Percentage of U.S. Adults Owning or Renting a Portable Generator (past 12 months), 2003-2006
  • The Market
    • Scope of the Report
      • Methodology
      • Product Definitions and Classifications
        • Table Comparison of Residential Generator Capabilities
        • Table U.S. Consumer Purchases of Portable Generators, by Watts of Output, 2003-2005 (% of units purchased)
        • Table Share of Portable Generators Purchased by U.S. Consumers, by Watts of Output, 2003-2005
    • Market Size
      • Global Market Size by Revenue
      • North American Market Size by Revenue
      • U.S. Market Size by Revenue, Units and Ownership
        • Table U.S. Retail Sales of Residential and Commercial Generators, 2003-2006 (in thousands of units)
        • Table Estimated U.S. Household Ownership of Generators, 2002-2006
      • U.S. Market Size by Shipments, Imports and Exports
        • Table U.S. Shipments, Imports and Exports of Generators, by Size, 2002-2006 (in million $)
        • Table U.S. Shipments of Gas/Gasoline Engine-Driven Generators up to 15 kW, 2002-2006(E) (in million $)
        • Table U.S. Imports of Gas/Gasoline Engine-Driven Generators, 2002-2006 (in million $)
        • Table U.S. Exports of Gas/Gasoline Engine-Driven Generators, 2002-2006 (in million $)
      • U.S. Trade Scenario
        • Table U.S. Imports and Exports of Generators, 2002-2006 (in million $)
        • Table Share of Total U.S. Generator Imports by Top Countries, 2006 (%)
        • Table Total U.S. Imports of Generators by Top 10 Countries, 2002-2006 (in million $)
        • Table Share of U.S. Gas/Gasoline Engine-Driven Generator Imports (Output < 1.5 kW), by Top Countries, 2006 (%)
        • Table U.S. Imports of Gas/Gasoline Engine-Driven Generators (Output < 1.5 kW), by Top 10 Countries, 2002-2006 (in million $)
        • Table Share of U.S. Gas/Gasoline Engine-Driven Generator Imports (Output 1.5-5 kW), by Top Countries, 2006 (%)
        • Table U.S. Imports of Gas/Gasoline Engine-Driven Generators (Output 1.5-5 kW), by Top 10 Countries, 2002-2006 (in million $)
        • Table Share of U.S. Gas/Gasoline Engine-Driven Generator Imports (Output > 5 kW), by Top Countries, 2006 (%)
        • Table U.S. Imports of Gas/Gasoline Engine-Driven Generators (Output > 5 kW), by Top 10 Countries, 2002-2006 (in million $)
        • Table Share of Total U.S. Generator Exports by Top Countries, 2006 (%)
        • Table Total U.S. Exports of Generators by Top 10 Countries, 2002-2006 (in million $)
        • Table U.S. Exports of Gas/Gasoline Engine-Driven Generators (Output < 5 kW), by Top Countries, 2006 (%)
        • Table U.S. Exports of Gas/Gasoline Engine-Driven Generators (Output < 5 kW), by Top 10 Countries, 2002-2006 (in million $)
        • Table U.S. Exports of Gas/Gasoline Engine-Driven Generators, Electric (Output > 5 kW), by Top Countries, 2006 (%)
        • Table U.S. Exports of Gas/Gasoline Engine-Driven Generators (Output > 5 kW), by Top 10 Countries, 2002-2006 (in million $)
    • Market Growth
      • Factors Contributing to Growth
      • Market Outlook
        • Table Comparison of Electricity Projections, 2015 and 2030 (billion kW hours)
      • Five-Year Forecast
        • Table Forecast of U.S. Retail Sales of Generators, 2007-2011 (in thousands of units)
        • Table Forecast of U.S. Shipments, Imports and Exports of Generators, 2007-2011 (in million $)
  • Trends and Dynamics
    • Overview
      • Fragile and Overburdened Power Grid
        • Table Causes of Power Outages, 2006
        • Table Electricity System Disturbances, U.S. and Canada, 1996-2006
      • Portable Generators Move from Commercial to Residential Focus
      • Larger Range of Applications for Generators
      • Economic Factors
        • Table U.S. Single Family Houses Started, Sold and Completed, 2002-2006
        • Table U.S. Per Capita Disposable Income, 2002-2006
        • Table Forecast of U.S. Interest Rates, 2005-2030 (%, nominal)
        • Table Average Zinc Prices, 2002-2006
        • Table Forecast of U.S. Fuel Prices, 2005-2030 (cents per gallon)
      • Short Lifecycle Fuels Replacement Market
      • Government Regulation
      • Environmental Issues
      • Safety Concerns
      • Consumer Attitudes
        • Table Residential Sector Electricity Use, 2005, 2015 and 2030 (in billion kilowatthours)
      • Competition
      • Outlook
  • Competitive Profiles
    • Table Consumer Identification of Leading Portable Generator Brands, Based on 2003-2005 Purchases (%)
    • Table Major Residential Generator Manufacturers, by Type
    • American Honda Power Equipment Div.
      • Table American Honda Power Equipment Div.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Honda Generator Product and Brand Portfolio
      • Performance
        • Table Annual Revenues of Honda Motor Co., 2002-2006 (in billion ¥)
        • Table Annual Revenues of Honda's Power Product and Other Businesses Segment, 2002-2006 (in billion ¥)
      • Company News
    • Briggs & Stratton
      • Table Briggs & Stratton
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Briggs & Stratton Generator Product and Brand Portfolio
      • Performance
        • Table Annual Revenues of Briggs & Stratton, 2002-2006 (in million $)
        • Table Annual Revenues of Briggs & Stratton's Power Products Segment, 2002-2006 (in million $)
      • Company News
    • Carrier North America Home Comfort
      • Table Carrier North America Home Comfort
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Carrier Generator Product and Brand Portfolio
      • Performance
        • Table Annual Revenues of Carrier, 2002-2006 (in million $)
    • Coleman Powermate
      • Table Coleman Powermate
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Coleman Generator Product and Brand Portfolio
      • Performance
    • Cummins Power Generation, Inc.
      • Table Cummins Power Generation, Inc.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Cummins Generator Product and Brand Portfolio
      • Performance
        • Table Annual Revenues of Cummins, 2002-2006 (in million $)
        • Table Annual Revenues of Cummins' Power Products Segment, 2002-2006 (in million $)
      • Company News
    • Generac Power Systems, Inc.
      • Table Generac Power Systems, Inc.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Generac Residential Generator Product and Brand Portfolio
    • Kohler Co.
      • Table Kohler Co.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Kohler Residential Generator Product Portfolio
        • Table Estimated Annual Revenues of Kohler, 2002-2006 (in billion $)
      • Company News
    • Subaru Robin
      • Table Subaru Robin
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Subaru Generator Product and Brand Portfolio
      • Performance
        • Table Annual Revenues of Fuji Heavy Industries, 2002-2006 (in million ¥)
        • Table Annual Revenues of Fuji Heavy Industries' Industrial Products Segment, 2002-2006 (in million ¥)
    • Winco, Inc.
      • Table Winco, Inc.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Winco Residential Generator Product and Brand Portfolio
      • Performance
      • Company News
    • Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
      • Table Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Yamaha Consumer Generator Product and Brand Portfolio
      • Performance
        • Table Annual Revenues of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., 2002-2006 (in billion ¥)
        • Table Annual Revenues of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.'s Power Products Segment, 2002-2006 (in billion ¥)
      • Company News
  • Product Distribution and Promotion
    • Distribution of Portable Generators
      • Table U.S Portable Generator Sales by Channel, 2006 (%)
      • Table Forecast of U.S. Home Improvement Retail Sales, by Store Type, 2005-2010 (in billion $)
      • Distribution of Standby Generators
      • Promotion
      • Regionality
        • Table Top 10 U.S. States by Total Number of Electric Customers, 2004 (in millions)
        • Table Major Electric Disturbances and Unusual Occurrences, 2006
      • Seasonality
  • End User
    • Commercial End Users
      • The Ultimate End User: The Consumer
      • Simmons Survey Findings on End User Behavior
        • Table Percentage of U.S. Adults Owning or Renting a Portable Generator (past 12 months), 2003-2006
        • Table Adults Who Own Portable Generators, by Age Group (baseline index = 100)
        • Table Adults Who Own Portable Generators, by Race (baseline index = 100)
        • Table Adults Who Own Portable Generators, by Region (baseline index = 100)
        • Table Adults Who Own Portable Generators, by Educational Attainment (baseline index = 100)
        • Table Adults Who Own Portable Generators, by Employment Status (baseline index = 100)
        • Table Adults Who Own Portable Generators, by Job Type (baseline index = 100)
        • Table Adults Who Own Portable Generators, by Employment Income and Household Income (baseline index = 100)
        • Table Adults Who Own Portable Generators, by Number of Employed Adults in Household (baseline index = 100)
        • Table Adults Who Own Portable Generators, by Marital Status (%)
        • Table Adults Who Own Portable Generators, by Number of People in Household (baseline index = 100)
        • Table Adult Homeowners Who Own Portable Generators, by Value of Residence (baseline index = 100)
  • Appendix

The U.S. market for residential generators is closely tied to major disturbances in the power system. While hurricanes and winter storms are most closely associated with electrical power interruptions, they are only part of the problem. The overloaded and out-of-date power grid is also a major factor, as evidenced by recent brownouts and blackouts. Consumers are increasingly sensitive to these power interruptions with the rise of home offices and in-home use of electric-powered medical devices, which has broadened the market for generators beyond portables to stationary or standby units that automatically provide uninterrupted power. Consumer lifestyles have also led to broader applications for portable generators. No longer content to “rough it,” people enjoying activities such as camping and tailgating use portables to power stoves, computers, televisions, coolers and more. These trends have driven U.S. shipments of consumer generators (represented by gasoline-powered generators with an output up to 15 kilowatts) to $723 million in 2006 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21% since 2002. The market is expected to remain strong with retail sales of portable and standby units growing at a combined 19% CAGR through 2011.

U.S. Market for Residential Generators contains comprehensive data on the U.S. market for generators, including historical (2002-2006) and forecast (2007-2011) market size data in terms of the number of units sold and the dollar value of unit shipments. The report identifies key trends affecting the marketplace and driving growth, and also profiles major marketers and consumer demographics.

Report Methodology
The information in U.S. Market for Residential Generators is based on data from the U.S. Department of Commerce and Department of Energy, along with information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, business journals, company literature and websites, and research services such as Simmons Market Research Bureau.

What You’ll Get in This Report
U.S. Market for Residential Generators makes important predictions and recommendations regarding the future of this market, and pinpoints ways current and prospective players can capitalize on current trends and spearhead new ones. No other market research report provides both the comprehensive analysis and extensive data that U.S. Market for Residential Generators offers. Plus, you’ll benefit from extensive data, presented in easy-to-read and practical charts, tables and graphs.

How You’ll Benefit from This Report
If your company is already doing business in the residential generator market, or is considering making the leap, you will find this report invaluable, as it provides a comprehensive package of information and insight not offered in any other single source. You will gain a thorough understanding of the current market for residential generators, as well as projected markets and trends through 2011.

This report will help:

  • Marketing managers identify market opportunities and develop targeted promotion plans for residential generators.
  • Research and development professionals stay on top of competitor initiatives and explore demand for residential generators.
  • Advertising agencies working with clients in the banking and retail industries understand the product buyer to develop messages and images that compel consumers to buy residential generators.
  • Business development executives understand the dynamics of the market and identify possible partnerships.
  • Information and research center librarians provide market researchers, brand and product managers and other colleagues with the vital information they need to do their jobs more effectively.


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