Weak current: Competition from fibre-optic cables has limited the industry's expansion

The Other Electronic Wire and Cable Manufacturing industry is expected to perform fairly well over the five years through 2018-19, with revenue expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 1.4% to reach £1.9 billion. Growing activity in the construction sector, the largest downstream market, has been a driving force behind the industry's robust performance. Export growth has also supported revenue, as highly reputable UK products have become more price competitive following the significant depreciation of the pound since 2016-17. However, high import penetration has continued to limit industry expansion, despite the weak pound weighing on import growth...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£1.9bn
Annual Growth 14-19
1.4%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
9,246
Businesses
235

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The weak pound has increased the price competitiveness of the industry’s products
  • Low-cost imports have placed significant pricing pressure on the industry
  • Copper cables are expected to be replaced by fibre-optics, limiting demand
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The barriers to entering the Other Electronic Wire and Cable Manufacturing industry are moderate. They include the cost of establishing manufacturing facilities, customer relationships and product distribution arrangements; the presence of economies of scale and scope; and the costs of obtaining technology.The start-up costs required for a prospective entrant are relatively high, which can often deter entrepreneurs. This is compounded by the fact that the larger firms can benefit from economies of scale, allowing them to offer their products at lower prices. Large firms have more leverage when negotiating with raw material suppliers, which can make a big difference because these costs absorb a large proportion of revenue...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Other Electronic Wire & Cable Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Other Electronic Wire & Cable Manufacturing Industry are

  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • Undertaking technical research and development
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from electricity and telecommunications infrastructure construction and Total value of construction in the Other Electronic Wire & Cable Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Other Electronic Wire & Cable Manufacturing Industry?

    Firms in this industry manufacture cables and wire products for use in the communications, construction, power-transmission, industrial and other sectors. These cables are made of copper, steel or aluminium. Fibre-optic cables and products are not included in this industry (see IBISWorld report C27.310). The manufacture of computer cables, printer cables and USB cables is also excluded.

    Industry Products
  • Building wires and cables
  • Power wires and cables
  • Electronic wires and cables
  • Telephone wires
  • Control and signal wires
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing cables and wires
  • Manufacturing insulated steel wires and cables
  • Manufacturing insulated copper wires and cables
  • Manufacturing insulated aluminium wires and cables
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from electricity and telecommunications infrastructure construction
  • Total value of construction
  • Business confidence index
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • World price of copper

  • Current Performance
  • Building demand
  • Trends in trade
  • Profit performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Construction growth
  • Manufacturing sector
  • Import competition
  • Potential disruptions
  • Table: Other Electronic Wire & Cable Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Other Electronic Wire & Cable Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Wired Telecommunications Carriers
  • Electricity Transmission
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Television Programming & Broadcasting

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Copper Production

  • Products & Services
  • Building wires and cables
  • Power wires and cables
  • Electronic wires and cables
  • Telephone wires
  • Other
  • Control and signal wires
  • Chart: Other Electronic Wire & Cable Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Construction sector
  • Electricity generation, transmission and distribution
  • Manufacturing sector
  • Communications sector
  • Other
  • Rail sector
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Other Electronic Wire & Cable Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciationOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Other Electronic Wire & Cable Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Other Electronic Wire & Cable Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Prysmian Cables & Systems Ltd, Tyco Electronics UK Ltd,
  • Table: Prysmian Cables & Systems Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Tyco Electronics UK Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Other Electronic Wire & Cable Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

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

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Other Electronic Wire & Cable Manufacturing Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Fibre-Optic Cable
  • A bundle of glass threads, each of which is capable of transmitting messages modulated onto light waves.
  • Medium-Voltage Cables
  • Defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission as having a voltage rating of between one kilovolt and 100 kilovolts.
  • Non-Ferrous Metal
  • A metal that does not contain iron in appreciable amounts.
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