This Market Intelligence Report focuses on the marketplace for steel poles and structures used by U.S. electric utilities for distribution and transmissions lines from a supply chain sourcing perspective. The category includes products ranging from single poles to large steel structures. Primarily a fragmented and mature industry, steel poles category has a well developed supplier base. The steel poles category has low product segmentation and serves primarily industrial markets. The demand for steel poles is generated by electric utilities with primary drivers including economic activity, infrastructure development, residential construction and weather-related outages. Key costs around the steel poles category include materials (cold-rolled steel) and processing costs (labor, energy). The major trends in the steel poles industry include new product design, among others. The risk outlook for the steel poles industry is deteriorating based on the macroeconomic environment. Category management best practices around the steel poles industry include strategic sourcing practices.
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. The trend section reports new and emerging industry directions. Regulatory considerations include 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.