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Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The construction and housing markets will continue to grow, spurring demand for electrical equipment products
  • More states have implemented renewable portfolio standards
  • The aging electrical infrastructure will drive demand for energy-efficient electricity

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Demand from building, developing and general contracting largely determines revenue growth for the Electrical Equipment Wholesaling industry. Additionally, demand for many of the industry's products depends on industrial production and electrical power consumption. As manufacturing increases and those companies invest in equipment they purchase industry goods to outfit their factories and as intermediary components. Over the five years to 2022, the construction and housing market is expected to continue growing, albeit at a slower pace. This should maintain demand for electrical equipment products and boosting industry revenue...

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    Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Electrical Equipment Wholesaling industry is highly fragmented, with the six largest operators in the industry only accounting for an estimated 19.7% of industry revenue. While there are large players with national distribution networks, several thousand independent wholesalers operating on a local, statewide or regional basis account for the majority of the market. Companies employing fewer than 10 workers are expected to account for 68.7% of industry operations.

    Despite a low level of concertation, the industry is becoming increasingly concentrated. Larger operators have opened more establishments to increase the reach of their distribution network and, in many cases, have pursued this end inorganically by acquiring smaller players. Acq..

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    Additional Insights for the Electrical Equipment Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Electrical Equipment Wholesaling Industry are

  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Having links with suppliers
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from building, developing and general contracting and Electric power consumption in the Electrical Equipment Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Electrical Equipment Wholesaling Industry?

    This industry includes operators primarily engaged in the merchant wholesale distribution of electrical construction materials, wiring supplies, electric light fixtures, light bulbs, security systems and electrical power equipment for the generation, transmission, distribution or control of electric energy (e.g. switchboards, circuit breakers, switches and fuses). This industry does not wholesale electronic components.

    Industry Products
    Lighting fixtures and light bulbs
    Relay and industrial controls
    Switchgear and switchboard apparatus
    Motors and generators
    Power and distribution transformers
    Other electrical equipment
    Industry Activities
    Light fixture and light bulb wholesaling
    Motor and generator (except motor vehicle) wholesaling
    Relay and industrial control wholesaling
    Cable or wire wholesaling
    Security system wholesaling
    Switchgear and switchboard wholesaling
    Transformer (except electronic) wholesaling
    Electrical transmission equipment wholesaling
    Other electrical equipment wholesaling

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from building, developing and general contracting
  • Electric power consumption
  • Housing starts
  • Price of semiconductor and electronic components
  • Private investment in industrial equipment and machinery

  • Current Performance
  • Key influences on demand
  • Green opportunities
  • Market structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Regulations
  • Demand factors
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Electrical Equipment Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Electrical Equipment Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Electric Power Transmission
  • Electricians
  • Major Household Appliance Manufacturing
  • Automobile Electronics Manufacturing
  • Lumber & Building Material Stores

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Battery Manufacturing
  • Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
  • Lighting & Bulb Manufacturing
  • Power Conversion Equipment Manufacturing
  • Wire & Cable Manufacturing
  • Wiring Device Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Other electrical equipment
  • Wiring
  • Lighting fixtures and light bulbs
  • Switchgear and switchboard apparatus
  • Relay and industrial controls
  • Motors and generators
  • Power and distribution transformers
  • Chart: Electrical Equipment Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Industrial controls
  • Power and distribution transformers
  • Motors and generators
  • Lighting fixtures

  • Major Markets
  • Construction
  • Industrial users
  • Commercial, institutional and governmental
  • Utility
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Electrical Equipment Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciationRent, utilities and other expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Electrical Equipment Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Electrical Equipment Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Electrical Equipment Wholesaling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Electrical Equipment Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • US Electricity Consumption - Retail Sales (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
  • The buying and selling of products or services over electronic systems, such as the internet and other computer networks. Businesses engaged in e-commerce are often called e-tailers.
  • Industrial Control
  • Systems that control industrial production and distribution
  • Relay
  • An electromechanical or solid-state device operated by variations in the input which in turn operate or control other devices connected to the output.
  • Switchboard
  • A panel containing buttons for connecting and disconnecting telephone or electrical circuits.
  • Switchgear
  • The aggregate of switching devices for a power or transforming station, or for an electric motor.
  • Transformer
  • An electrical device by which alternating current of one voltage is changed to another voltage.
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