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Global transformer market to almost double by 2020

Emerging countries’ extensive power plant capacity additions, economic growth and the need to improve access to electricity, will see the global power transformer market increase from US$10.3 billion in 2013 to US$19.7 billion in 2020, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.6%, forecasts research and consulting firm GlobalData.

The increase in electricity demand by China, India and the Middle East is the major boost behind the global power transformer market’s forecast growth. Between 2013 and 2020, global electricity consumption is expected to increase from 20,248 terawatt hours (TWh) to 25,415 TWh. Although the global power transformer market is highly fragmented, seven leading companies accounted for more than 50% of its share in 2012. ABB led the market with a 12% share, followed by Tebian Electric Apparatus Stock Co. (TBEA) with 11%, Siemens with 10% and Alstom Grid with 7%.

Sowmyavadhana Srinivasan, GlobalData’s senior analyst covering power, says, “The growth of global electricity demand is driving the construction of new power plants, as is the need to improve the connectivity of the electricity grid and ensure that demand is met.”

Additionally, the need to replace and upgrade old transformers in North America and Europe will also be a key market driver. “The UK grid is already old and it is expected that unless substantial replacement and upgrade works are undertaken, there could be blackouts in the country. Similarly, in other European countries, such as Germany, continuous refurbishment activities are underway in the grid and in power plants to achieve a stable grid,” Srinivasan says.

However, pricing pressures on power transformer companies, along with an increase in raw material costs and the global economic slowdown, could restrain the market in the foreseeable future.