Electrical Equipment Manufacturers

Industry Profile Report

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Industry Overview Current Conditions, Industry Structure, How Firms Operate, Industry Trends, Credit Underwriting & Risks, and Industry Forecast.

Call Preparation Call Prep Questions, Industry Terms, and Weblinks.

Financial Insights Working Capital, Capital Financing, Business Valuation, and Financial Benchmarks.

Industry Profile Excerpts

Industry Overview

The 1,600 electrical equipment manufacturers in the US produce goods that generate, control and distribute power. The industry manufactures a wide range from products including light fixture components; electric motors, generators, and components; power substation transformers; electrical panels and components for buildings; and electrical controls used in machinery.

Reliance on Construction Spending

Electrical equipment manufacturers’ sales are affected by the health of the construction sector.

Electric Grid Modernization

The need to modernize and expand electric grids is a positive for electrical equipment manufacturers.

Industry size & Structure

A typical electrical equipment manufacturer employs 88 workers and generates about $27 million annually.

    • The electrical equipment manufacturing industry consists of about 1,600 companies which employ about 141,400 workers and generate about $44 billion annually.
    • Most companies are small, independent operators - about 84% have a single location.
    • The industry is concentrated: the 20 largest firms represent 53% of industry revenue.
    • Customer industries include electric power generators and distributors, lighting equipment manufacturers, industrial machinery manufacturers, motor manufacturers and repair services, electrical component wholesalers and retailers, and electrical contractors.
    • Large companies include General Electric, Honeywell, Schneider Electric, Emerson, and Eaton.
                                  Industry Forecast
                                  Electrical Equipment Manufacturers Industry Growth
                                  Source: Vertical IQ and Inforum

                                  Recent Developments

                                  Jan 25, 2024 - Pricing Outstrips Rising Industry Wages
                                  • Electrical equipment manufacturing industry wages were up moderately in Q4 2023 over the same period a year earlier. However, producer prices charged by electrical equipment manufacturers grew faster than wages in Q4 compared to year-earlier levels, perhaps signaling that firms’ margins are under fewer pressures from wage growth. Industry employment was mostly flat in Q4 compared to year-earlier levels.
                                  • The value of US commercial construction starts is expected to be mixed in 2024, depending on project type, according to a recent forecast by Dodge Construction Network. Marking a potential record level of activity for the sector, manufacturing construction will rise 16% to $112 billion in 2024, supported by the CHIPS and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act. Amid a pullback in planned investments by major warehouse builders Walmart and Amazon, the value of warehouse construction is expected to decline 11% in 2024 to about $44 billion. Low occupancy and weaker demand will reduce office construction spending to about $37 billion in 2024, down 6% compared to 2023. Office projects will be mostly confined to alterations to existing buildings. Speculative office construction, where offices are built before securing a tenant, has become less common.
                                  • Demand for electrical equipment used in the automotive industry may hold steady, but the 2024 outlook for light vehicle demand is uncertain. According to S&P Global Mobility, US light vehicle sales are forecast to reach 15.9 million units, about 2% higher than 2023. S&P Global Mobility’s manager of North American light vehicle sales forecasting, Chris Hopson, said, "The good news is that incentives and inventory levels are progressing in the right direction. The not-so-good news is that this has not yet translated to momentum for sales levels. This could be a stouter signal that US consumers are tapped out, which would be a heightened risk for auto demand as new vehicle consumers continue to face affordability issues by way of high interest rates, tight credit conditions and slow-to-recede vehicle prices."
                                  • Home builder confidence improved in December amid moderating mortgage rates that remained well below 7%, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Home builder sentiment, as measured by the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), rose seven points to 44 in December 2022, which marked the second consecutive month of strengthening confidence. Any HMI reading over 50 indicates that more builders see conditions as good than poor. The NAHB said that while lower interest rates have improved affordability and drawn more buyers back to the market, 2024 could bring supply-side headwinds, including shortages of workers, materials, and available lots.
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