Global Market Outlook on Cables

APAC will continue to dominate the market in terms of growth prospects through to 2020 and it is expected to grow at 4-5 percent.Increasing demand for electricity in the emerging and developed countries backed by increasing investment in network and building infrastructure is expected to drive the cables market globally

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Global Cables - Market Maturity

Increasing demand for electricity in the emerging and developed countries, backed by increasing investment in infrastructure, is expected to drive the cables market globally. However, slowdown of economy and regulatory policies for interconnection arrangements have been hindering the market growth

Global Cables Market - Trend and Classification

  • The global market of cables is divided into two major industry segments, such as electrical and telecom/datacom cables, which could be used in various end-use applications. They are further categorized into LV energy, Power Cable, Ext & Int. Telecom, Winding Wire, and Fiber Optic Cables 
  • The world’s market value of cables has reached around $181.3 billion in 2018 which increased by 4%. It is projected to reach about $210.47 Billion in 2021, at a CAGR of 4.5-5 percent, from 2018 to 2021
  • It is observed that the growth rate slowed down for the past four years, majorly due to the global economic deflation and depreciation in Euro/Yen.There was a considerable reduction in the prices of copper and aluminum
  • Building wire, vehicle wire, and appliance wire, which are the segments of the LV energy market, hold the major 35 percent of the market, followed by CU and Aluminum power cable. Both these cables have witnessed an upward trend in 2017 and is expected to continue

Global Power Cables Market

  • Among the global cables market, power cables hold a market share of around $123.8 billion, which are categorized as LV, MV, HV, and eHV cables 
  • LV cables hold the largest market share of ~50 percent, which are majorly the building wire and power distribution systems, which fall below 1kV category .This industry is driven by the building wire and vehicle wire market
  • MV cables fall under the range 1–33 kV, which hold the second largest market share globally
  • HV cables are in the range 33–230 kV, and eHV cables are generally above 230-kV voltage range
  • The power cables market is one of the fastest growing markets in the global cables market category. It exhibits a CAGR of 4.4 percent from 2017 to 2021
  • Until 2016, the power cables market witnessed a downward growth rate of 3.0 percent (from 2015) due to weakened demand and price reductions of raw materials.This weak demand was especially felt in Japan and China in the power and infrastructure sectors
  • The North American, Brazilian and Russian markets remained weak with demand from the LV and, oil and gas sector, having fallen sharply, as new investments almost stopped 

  • Later, in 2016, the market witnessed a flat to moderate increase in growth at ~1.5 percent, and it is expected to witness an upward trend

Supply Market Outlook

Global/ Regional Supplier

  • Increase in Innovation –Core technology, with optimized designs, provides significant reduction in “no-load” losses, thus resulting in high energy efficiency
  • Increase in Safety –Launch of non-mineral insulating liquid ensures safety in transformers, thereby reducing risks of fire and are more eco-friendly compared to traditional mineral oil or silicone liquid

Service Providers

  • Service Offering: Many Tier 2 companies are involved in cabling services, such as installation and commissioning, maintenance and repairs, supply of spare parts, engineering, etc., thus supporting customers across all industries, increasing the reliability and increasing its service life

Engagement Trends

Contract : There are generally two types of annual contracts for procurement of cables, such as fixed price contracts and variable price contracts

–In fixed price contracts: the price is fixed for a given duration

–In variable price contracts: the client and the supplier get into an agreement, wherein the final price is subject to variation, based on changes in key raw material prices

Contract Length : Fixed price (24–26 weeks, with a maximum of a year) and variable price (2–5 years)