Power Plants Lead Demand from Global LV and MV Switchgear Market
Switchgears are the switching devices designed to protect, regulate and control power generation, transmission and distribution equipment and electric motor control systems. Switchgears are located on both the low-voltage and high-voltage side of large power transformers in substations. In terms of components, the global LV and MV switchgear market is bifurcated into three segments: circuit breakers, relays and others (enclosure, fuses, bus bars and switches). Maximum voltage rating for low voltage switchgear is 1.1 kV and medium voltage switchgears are offered under the voltage range of 3.3kV to 40 kV. Low voltage (LV) and medium voltage (MV) switchgear are used in different industry segments including power plants, oil & gas, pulp and paper, utilities sectors and mining among others.
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Growing demand for safety and protection in electric transmission and distribution in industrial infrastructure and construction sectors in developing nations has triggered the demand for LV and MV switchgear. Moreover, rapid electrification and advent of smart grid technology in emerging countries have also positively impacted the growth of LV and MV switchgear market. In addition, renewal of old and faulty transmission and distribution networks in developed country will also drive the growth of LV and MV switchgear market during the forecast period from 2014 to 2020. Increasing demand for renewable energy sources in power sector is estimated to have positive impact on growth of MV switchgear market during the forecast period.
The global LV and MV switchgear market has been segmented into four broad regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and RoW. Asia Pacific accounted for the largest market share in 2013, which is expected to see heavy investments during the forecast period from 2014 to 2020. Increasing electrification in rural and urban areas in countries from Asia Pacific has fuelled the growing demand for LV and MV switchgear market in that region. Moreover, increasing increase in installed capacity of transmission and distribution network in the power sector of India, China and other countries from Asia Pacific has also triggered the growth of LV and MV switchgear market. In Asia Pacific, increase in investment in electric transmission and distribution for commercial and residential real estate sector will also positively impact the growth of LV and MV switchgear market during the forecast period.
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The global LV and MV switchgear market has been segmented by voltages ranges: less than 1kV to 38kV. Low voltage switchgears contributed largest share of total switchgear market in 2013. Wide applications of switchgears in the voltage range less than 1kV in both residential and commercial electrification projects, power plants and other industrial sector is the key factor behind the largest market share of LV switchgear. In terms of application, power plants are the largest contributor in LV and MV switchgear market. Demand for safety products related to electric transmission and distribution and modernization of electricity network in power plants are driving the application of LV and MV switchgear in power sector. Considering positive impact of growth drivers, power plants is anticipated to remain the top application sector for LV and MV switchgears during the forecast period.
Some of the leading players in the market are ABB Ltd. (Switzerland), Powell Industries Inc (U.S.), Siemens AG (Germany), Schneider Electric SE (France), Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (India), Crompton Greaves Ltd. (India), Eaton Corp. (Ireland), Hyosung Corp.(South Korea), Mitsubishi Electric Corp.(Japan), GE Co. (U.S.) and OJSC Power Machines (Russia) among others.