This Market Intelligence Report focuses on the wire and cable marketplace in the United States from a supply chain sourcing perspective. Wire and cable includes products ranging from building wire to power cables. Primarily a mixed and mature industry, wire and cable has a well-developed supplier base and is growing at a medium rate. The wire and cable category has medium product segmentation and serves primarily industrial, commercial, or government markets. The demand for wire and cable is generated by various downstream industries with primary drivers including economic growth, new construction, aging utility infrastructure and storm replacements. Key costs around the wire and cable category include metals (aluminum, copper and steel), thermoplastic resins, manufacturing labor, energy, logistics and freight costs. The major trends in the wire and cable industry include continued solid utility infrastructure demand and reducing production backlog, among others. Import export activity in this sector is medium and is exhibiting an increasing trend. Regulatory considerations include potential tariff exposure that ranges from zero to 65 percent, dependent on country of origin. The risk outlook for the wire and cable industry is increasing based on the macroeconomic environment. Category management best practices around the wire and cable 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.