This Market Intelligence Report focuses on the Line Hardware/Pole Hardware manufacturing marketplace in the United States from a supply chain sourcing perspective. The Line Hardware/Pole Hardware industry includes products ranging from cutouts, bolts, nuts, washers, guy hooks, pins and plates, insulators, brackets, connectors, splices, wire holders, ground rods, clamps and fittings, among others. Line hardware falls within the electrical equipment category as a sub-category of the wiring devices market segment. Although wiring devices is a sub-category, it remains a very sizable market at more than $1 billion annually. Primarily a mixed and developing industry, Line Hardware/Pole Hardware has a well developed supplier base and is growing at a low rate. Although economic conditions in the U.S. have slowed, spending on line hardware and power infrastructure is expected to remain at a steady pace over much of the next five years due to aging infrastructure; growth in the demand for energy; investment in alternative power generation, among other reasons. The Line Hardware/Pole Hardware category has a high product segmentation and serves primarily industrial, commercial, and consumer markets. The demand for Line Hardware/Pole Hardware is generated by utilities with primary drivers including overall economic conditions, utility infrastructure investment, and growth in housing starts. Key costs around the Line Hardware/Pole Hardware category include storage, freight and logistics, labor and the cost of metals including steel, aluminum and copper.
Major trends in the Line Hardware/Pole Hardware industry include the incorporation of greater incentives for energy efficiency in utility rate determinations, and the creation of opportunities for infrastructure improvements, among others. Import and export activity in this sector is medium and is exhibiting a neutral trend. The risk outlook for the Line Hardware/Pole Hardware industry is deteriorating based on the macroeconomic environment. Category management best practices around the Line Hardware/Pole Hardware industry include strategic sourcing practices, green initiatives and international market dynamic advantages.
Starting with detailed background information to provide category context, this report provides insight into the market drivers around demand and key costs, including both historical and forecasted commodity pricing. The supply base section covers the top suppliers, including high-level overviews and market news. The report presents the NAICS category cost structure and historical, current and future pricing curves as well as average margins on a current and 5 year basis. The trend section reports new and emerging industry directions. Regulatory considerations include tariff and taxation issues and developing governmental initiatives. Risk outlooks offer a view into upstream drivers that could adversely affect the industry and category. Insights and Best Practices share winning strategies around the management and sourcing of this category.