Besides demand from office buildings, hospitals, hotels, shopping malls, condominiums, transport building, and car parks that contributed to high demand levels for the low voltage switchgear market, the increasing electricity consumption and improved business climate in the economies of Southeast Asia are also helping the market along. The commercial buildings segment in the region experienced a 30 percent growth in 2008 compared with 2007 figures.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (energy.frost.com), Asia Pacific Low Voltage Switchgear Market, finds that market earned revenues of over $6,177.3 million in 2008 and estimates this to reach $6,851.5 million in 2015.
"Growth for large residential projects is strongest in Vietnam with a slew of multi-tower apartment projects slated for sites in and around Ho Chi Minh City," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Do Thai Son. "Growth also remains strong in Hong Kong and Taiwan where mega projects covering several hundred thousand square meters of residential floor area are coming on stream."
These developments open up huge opportunities for the electrical industry and indicate that its fortunes strongly depend on the ongoing power sector reforms and capacity building programs. Also, governments across the Asia Pacific are unleashing stimulus packages aimed at encouraging spending and investment.
However, the recession has led to credit constraints for electricity distribution companies and will deter the market in the short term. Most companies facing budgetary concerns are likely to curtail capital spending for the installation or up gradation of power systems.
The repercussions of the economic crisis were felt in the chemical and semiconductor industries in 2008, especially in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia, where manufacturing is the backbone of the economy. Petrochemical producers in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and South Korea have reduced operating rates, closed facilities, and performed maintenance shutdowns earlier than scheduled because of the sharp reduction in demand.
"The fourth quarter of 2008 saw a drastic drop, with roughly 25.0 percent shutting down capacity in the Asia Pacific region," says Thai Son. "As many switchgear suppliers are holding inventory that was acquired while prices were high, they are unable to reduce the earlier price quotes based on the current price of products and hence find it difficult to capture or retain orders."
Nonetheless, manufacturers across the globe are attracted to the Asia Pacific, especially in Southeast Asia to achieve better economies of scale in production. The Asia Pacific low voltage switchgear market is highly competitive with numerous local and multinational companies. Local companies have the advantage of selling the products at a lower price and reasonable quality. Multinational companies are left to deal with the pricing race, which is challenging their margins and profit.
As price remains a key concern for customers in purchasing decisions, the challenge for well-known participants is to walk the tightrope between low price requirements and maintaining product quality. This pushes manufacturers to produce products with varied specifications. Offering products with value added services that include highly integrated technologies in terms of multifunction and synchronization at an affordable price is of vital importance, determining success or failure in the low voltage switchgear market. In addition, manufacturers must ratchet down production costs, seek new customers, and partner with local companies.
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