- Transmission & distribution utilities segment is expected to dominate the circuit breaker market.
- Renewables are projected to be the fastest-growing power source until 2022.
- The Asia Pacific market continues to be the fastest-growing circuit breaker market until 2022.
The global circuit breaker market is projected to reach $8.68 billion by 2022, from an estimated $6.85 billion in 2017, growing at a CAGR of 4.85%, from 2017 to 2022. The market in Asia Pacific was the largest in 2016 and is projected to hold the largest share by 2022, followed by the markets in North America and Europe. The growth of the circuit breaker market is driven by increasing access to electricity in developing countries, growing renewable power generation projects, and increasing construction and developmental activities.
Aging power infrastructure, increasing high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission networks, and upcoming smart cities are expected to create new opportunities for circuit breaker companies. Moreover, the governments of most countries are investing in renewable energy-based power generation to meet the growing energy demand. All these factors are likely to drive the circuit breaker market during the forecast period.
The renewable end-user segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR, from 2017 to 2022.
The renewable end-user segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR, during the forecast period. Increasing investments in renewable energy sources to curb CO2 emissions and the growing need for access to electricity are the major factors driving the growth of the renewable segment of the circuit breaker market. Circuit breakers are used to detect the fault current and protect electrical equipment in the grid.
The high voltage segment is estimated to be the fastest growing circuit breaker market, by voltage, from 2017 to 2022. This segment is expected to witness growth due to rapid industrialization and urbanization. Aging power infrastructure leading to the modernization and upgradation of existing high voltage electrical grids and power plants is also a key factor driving the growth of the high voltage circuit breaker market.
The circuit breaker market in Asia Pacific is projected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period.
Increasing grid investments and plans for electrification in remote areas in countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines is likely to drive the growth of the circuit breaker market in the region during the forecast period. Indonesia aims to achieve a 90% electrification rate by 2025 and countries such as the Philippines and Malaysia have similar plans. Growing investments in smart grid technologies such as distribution grid automation, smart meters, and demand response systems in Japan, South Korea, and Australia, among other countries, would create opportunities for the circuit breaker market in Asia Pacific.
The circuit breaker market is dominated by a few major players that are established brand names with a wide regional presence. The leading players in the circuit breaker market include ABB (Switzerland), Siemens (Germany), Eaton (Ireland), Hitachi (Japan), Toshiba (Japan), Schneider Electric (France), and Mitsubishi (Japan).