This Market Intelligence Report focuses on the underground construction marketplace in the United States from a supply chain sourcing perspective. Underground construction includes products related to utility lines, transmission cables, and telecommunications beneath the ground. Primarily a mixed and mature industry, underground construction has a well developed supplier base and is maintaining its size and stability. The underground construction category has medium product segmentation and serves primarily industrial and commercial customers. The demand for underground construction is generated by various construction related projects with primary drivers including economic growth, electricity consumption, and growth in housing starts. Key costs in the underground construction category include labor, freight, and pipe. The major trends in the underground construction industry include increased government investment and the expansion of green initiatives for solar and other renewable technologies, among others. The risk outlook for the underground construction industry is improving based on the microeconomic environment, principally in increased government stimulus. Category management best practices around the underground construction industry include strategic sourcing practices and green initiatives.
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 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.