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Electrical Wholesalers - UK - January 2016

“Electrical wholesalers came under intense price pressure in the downturn, which was exaggerated by their reliance on the highly cyclical construction sector. Now the recovery is firmly established, the construction sector is again exaggerating growth compared to the wider UK economy. However, price pressure has remained an issue and margins continue to be tight. The situation is now being furthered by intense competition in the sector, and from outside the electrical wholesaling market by the impact of e-commerce. The construction sector is generally lagging the e-commerce trend, but its development has intensified price transparency and electrical wholesalers are faced with difficult decisions about the ultimate branch/e-commerce blend to maximise potential.”
– Terry Leggett, Senior B2B Analyst

This report answers the following key questions:

  • With the market partly reliant on new construction levels, are prospects now very strong?
  • So what areas are electrical wholesalers concentrating on?
  • What are electrical wholesalers doing about e-commerce?
  • What about individual product trends?

This report covers the market for the wholesale distribution of electrical components and materials, largely, though not exclusively, supplying the building and construction sector.

Distributors stock a wide range of electrical components and materials, including various combinations of the following products:

  • cable management products, including cables, cable ties, conduits, terminals and trunking
  • circuit protection equipment, including circuit breakers, residual current devices, enclosures, panel boards, distribution boards, fuses and fuse boards
  • wiring accessories, including junction boxes, switches, socket boxes, plugs and sockets, connectors, moulded boxes, and earthing clamps
  • lighting equipment, such as lamp holders, lamps, tubes, emergency lighting, security lighting, outdoor lighting, trunking and transformers
  • fire & security equipment, including fire alarms, security alarms, timers, door entry systems and personal security products
  • heating and ventilation products, comprising space heaters, showers, water heaters and relays
  • power supply & control equipment, such as batteries, motor starters and relays
  • tools, including hand tools, fixings, tape and insulation materials

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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • Figure 1: UK electrical wholesalers market, 2011-15 actual and 2016-2020 forecast
        • Figure 2: Product segmentation for UK electrical wholesalers market, 2015
        • Figure 3: Product segmentation for UK wiring accessories market, 2015
      • Market factors
        • Figure 4: UK housing construction market, 2011-15 actual and 2016-2020 forecast
        • Figure 5: UK public non-residential construction market, 2011-15 actual and 2016-2020 forecast
        • Figure 6: UK private industrial construction market, 2011-15 actual and 2016-2020 forecast
        • Figure 7: UK private commercial construction market, 2011-15 actual and 2016-2020 forecast
        • Figure 8: UK repair & maintenance market, 2011-15 actual and 2016-2020 forecast
        • Figure 9: UK electrical contractor market, 2011-15 actual and 2016-2020 forecast
      • Companies
        • What we think
        • Key Issues

            • With the market partly reliant on new construction levels, are prospects now very strong?
              • So what areas are electrical wholesalers concentrating on?
                • What are electrical wholesalers doing about e-commerce?
                  • What about individual product trends?
                  • Introduction

                    • Definitions
                      • Methodology
                        • Abbreviations
                          • Market positioning
                            • Market factors
                            • UK Economy

                              • Overview
                                • Figure 10: UK GDP quarterly development, 2003-15
                                • Figure 11: UK GDP in economic downturns and recoveries since 1979
                              • Inflation
                                • Interest rates
                                  • House prices
                                    • Consumer spending
                                      • Manufacturing
                                        • Figure 12: UK output by industry, 2008-15
                                      • Business investment
                                        • Figure 13: UK GFCF 2003-15
                                      • Imports
                                        • Exports
                                        • Market Size and Trends

                                          • Chapter summary
                                            • Market size
                                                • Figure 14: The UK electrical wholesalers market, 2011-15
                                              • Market segmentation
                                                • Figure 15: The UK electrical wholesalers market, by sector, 2015
                                                • Figure 16: The UK electrical wholesalers’ sales of wiring accessories, by product type, 2015
                                              • Market trends
                                                • Buying groups
                                                  • Pricing
                                                    • E-commerce
                                                      • Seasonality of demand
                                                        • Figure 17: Seasonality of private housing output, 2011-15
                                                        • Figure 18: Seasonality of public housing output, 2011-15
                                                        • Figure 19: Seasonality of public non-residential construction output, 2011-15
                                                        • Figure 20: Seasonality of private commercial construction output, 2011-15
                                                        • Figure 21: Seasonality of private industrial construction output, 2011-15
                                                        • Figure 22: Seasonality of public housing repair & maintenance output, 2011-15
                                                        • Figure 23: Seasonality of private housing repair & maintenance output, 2011-15
                                                      • Regional sales
                                                        • Figure 24: Regional private housing construction output, 2011-15
                                                        • Figure 25: Regional public housing construction output, 2011-15
                                                        • Figure 26: Regional public non-residential construction output, 2011-15
                                                        • Figure 27: Regional private commercial construction output, 2011-15
                                                        • Figure 28: Regional private industrial construction output, 2011-15
                                                        • Figure 29: Regional housing repair & maintenance output, 2011-15
                                                        • Figure 30: Regional private non-residential repair & maintenance output, 2011-15
                                                        • Figure 31: Regional public non-residential repair & maintenance output, 2011-15
                                                    • Demand Structure

                                                      • Chapter summary
                                                        • Electrical contracting
                                                          • Overview
                                                            • Figure 32: Electrical contracting output in Great Britain, 2011-15
                                                            • Figure 33: Analysis of electrical contracting output in Great Britain, by type of work, 2011-15
                                                          • New construction work
                                                            • Figure 34: Segmentation of electrical contracting output for new construction projects in Great Britain, by type, 2011-15
                                                          • Repair & maintenance work
                                                            • Figure 35: Segmentation of electrical contracting output for repair & maintenance projects in Great Britain, by type, 2011-15
                                                          • House building
                                                            • Figure 36: Housing completions in the UK, 1970-2015
                                                            • Figure 37: Analysis of private housing construction output in Great Britain, 2011-15
                                                            • Figure 38: Private new housing starts and completions in England, 2010-15
                                                            • Figure 39: Analysis of new public housing construction output in Great Britain, 2011-15
                                                            • Figure 40: Public housing starts and completions in England, 2010-15
                                                            • Figure 41: Trends in the gross supply of affordable housing in England, by tenure 2010-15
                                                            • Figure 42: Forecast private housing output in Great Britain, 2016-20
                                                            • Figure 43: Forecast public housing output in Great Britain, 2016-20
                                                          • Public non-residential construction
                                                            • Figure 44: Long term trend in public non-residential construction activity in Great Britain, 1970-2015
                                                            • Figure 45: Analysis of public sector non-residential construction output in Great Britain, 2011-15
                                                            • Figure 46: Analysis of public sector non-residential construction in Great Britain, by type, 2011-15
                                                          • Health
                                                            • Education
                                                              • “Other” sector
                                                                • Figure 47: Forecast public non-residential construction output in Great Britain, 2016-20
                                                                • Figure 48: Forecast of public non-residential construction in Great Britain, by type, 2016-20
                                                              • Private industrial construction
                                                                • Figure 49: Long term trend in private industrial construction output in Great Britain, 1970-2015
                                                                • Figure 50: Analysis of private industrial new construction work in Great Britain, by sector 2011-15
                                                                • Figure 51: Forecast private industrial construction output in Great Britain, 2016-20
                                                                • Figure 52: Forecast of private industrial new construction work in Great Britain, by sector 2016-20
                                                              • Private commercial construction
                                                                • Figure 53: Long term trend in private commercial construction output in Great Britain, 1970-2015
                                                                • Figure 54: Analysis of private commercial construction in Great Britain, by type, 2011-15
                                                                • Figure 55: Forecast private commercial construction output in Great Britain, 2016-20
                                                                • Figure 56: Forecast of private commercial construction in Great Britain, by sector, 2016-20
                                                              • Repair & maintenance
                                                                • Figure 57: Segmentation of the R&M activity in Great Britain, 2015
                                                              • Public housing
                                                                  • Figure 58: Analysis of Decent Homes backlog programme allocations, 2012-15
                                                                  • Figure 59: Analysis of repair & maintenance output in the public housing sector in Great Britain, 2011-15
                                                                • Private housing
                                                                    • Figure 60: Analysis of repair & maintenance output in the private housing sector in Great Britain, 2011-15
                                                                  • Public non-residential
                                                                    • Figure 61: Analysis of repair & maintenance output in the public non-residential sector in Great Britain, 2011-15
                                                                  • Private non-residential
                                                                    • Figure 62: Analysis of repair & maintenance output in the private nonresidential sector in Great Britain, 2011-15
                                                                    • Figure 63: Forecast repair & maintenance construction output in Great Britain, 2016-20
                                                                    • Figure 64: Forecast repair & maintenance construction output in Great Britain, by type, 2016-20
                                                                  • Public housing
                                                                    • Figure 65: Forecast repair & maintenance output in the public housing sector in Great Britain, 2016-20
                                                                  • Private housing
                                                                    • Figure 66: Forecast repair & maintenance output in the private housing sector in Great Britain, 2016-20
                                                                  • Private non-residential
                                                                    • Figure 67: Forecast repair & maintenance output in the private non-residential sector in Great Britain, 2016-20
                                                                • Industry Structure

                                                                  • Chapter summary
                                                                    • Industry development
                                                                    • Company Profiles

                                                                      • CEF Holdings

                                                                            • Figure 68: Financial analysis of CEF Holdings, 2010-14
                                                                          • Company strategy
                                                                          • Cleveland Cable Co

                                                                              • Figure 69: Financial analysis of Cleveland Cable Company, 2010-14
                                                                            • Company strategy
                                                                            • Edmundson Electrical

                                                                                  • Figure 70: Financial analysis of Edmundson Electrical, 2010-14
                                                                                • Company strategy
                                                                                • Eyre & Elliston Holdings

                                                                                      • Figure 71: Financial analysis of Eyre & Elliston Holdings, 2010-14
                                                                                    • Company strategy
                                                                                    • Holland House Electrical

                                                                                          • Figure 72: Financial analysis of Holland House Electrical Company, 2011-15
                                                                                        • Company strategy
                                                                                        • Rexel UK

                                                                                              • Figure 73: Financial analysis of Rexel UK, 2010-14
                                                                                            • Company strategy
                                                                                            • Stearn Electric Co

                                                                                                • Figure 74: Financial Analysis of Stearn Electric Company, 2010-2014
                                                                                              • Company strategy
                                                                                              • William Wilson

                                                                                                  • Figure 75: Financial analysis of William Wilson, 2010-14
                                                                                                • Company strategy
                                                                                                • Forecast

                                                                                                  • Chapter summary
                                                                                                    • Market size
                                                                                                      • Electrical contracting
                                                                                                        • Figure 76: Forecast electrical contracting output in Great Britain, 2016-20
                                                                                                        • Figure 77: Forecast analysis of electrical contracting output in Great Britain, by type of work, 2016-20
                                                                                                        • Figure 78: Forecast segmentation of electrical contracting output for new construction projects in Great Britain, by type, 2016-20
                                                                                                        • Figure 79: Forecast segmentation of electrical engineering output for repair & maintenance activity in Great Britain, by type, 2016-20
                                                                                                      • The wholesale market
                                                                                                          • Figure 80: Forecast UK electrical wholesalers market, 2016-20
                                                                                                        • Industry
                                                                                                        • Further Sources and Contacts

                                                                                                          • Trade associations
                                                                                                            • Trade magazines
                                                                                                              • Trade exhibition

                                                                                                              Companies Covered

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                                                                                                              Electrical Wholesalers - UK - January 2016

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