Switchgear forms an integral component of the transmission and distribution grid network. Medium voltage pole mount switchgear is interchangeably used with terms such as reclosers and sectionalizers. This study provides a complete overview of pole mounted switchgear, which consists of primary and secondary switchgear. The market, in which utilities are projected to dominate the application, is segmented on the basis of insulation (air and SF6/gas) and enclosure type (metal clad and metal enclosed). Manufacturers from the Far East are providing tough competition in the industry.
Polemount switchgear is interchangeably used with terms such as reclosers and sectionalizers. This study provides a complete overview of polemount switchgear, which consists of primary and secondary switchgear.
– Polemount switchgear represents % of the total global market sales for switchgear, whereas products such as sectionalizers and reclosers as standalone products represent a smaller fraction of the overall sales at around %.
– Utilities are the largest segment for polemount switchgear. Overhead lines are prevalent in rural areas. Storm hardening is expected to influence the demand for underground distribution systems but will not completely eliminate the need for overhead solutions.
– Sales are impacted by the refurbish business, particularly in North America. The refurbish business is estimated to represent between % and % of the total products sold.
– Municipal and cooperatives are more likely to opt for refurbished units because of cash constraints. A retrofitted unit is estimated to cost % lesser than new equipment.
– Market veterans ABB, Schneider Electric, and Siemens accounted for % of the global market in 2015. There is strong competition in the industry from manufacturers from the Far East such as Xiang. Chinese manufacturers are known to sell at % to % below market value.