|Frost & Sullivan Research Service||Published: 31 Dec 2009|
This Frost & Sullivan research service titled The High Voltage Cable and Overhead Conductor Market in South Africa provides a technology and product trend analysis, an in-depth market analysis and detailed lists of key infrastructure projects planned till 2020. It also provides industry challenges, transmission grid efficiency and reliability analysis, market success factors, product trends and growth opportunities. In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following markets: environment (overhead versus underground), material used (aluminium, copper, type of insulation), capacity requirements (kV rating) and end user – Eskom and municipalities.
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Large Infrastructure Programmes by Eskom Power the South African High Voltage Cable and Overhead Conductor Market
South Africa’s Eskom is on a massive infrastructure development drive to stimulate the country’s economy, giving hope to the beleaguered local high voltage cables and conductors market. The $1.532-billion power plant integration and grid strengthening programmes offer a plethora of opportunities to cable manufacturers, as these plants need to be connected to the main transmission grid infrastructure. Many African countries including Botswana, Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mauritius and Ethiopia are embarking on new generation infrastructure, which have to be integrated into the existing ones. Local cable manufacturers will be keen to have a share of this pie. They will also feel buoyed by the average age of equipment in the transmission network. The government will be looking to maintain the integrity of the network by regularly replacing the existing networks, most of which are 31 years old and some, more than 50 years.
Despite such active support from Eskom, local cable and conductor manufacturers are feeling the heat of the competition from cheap imports manufactured in Brazil, China, India and Zambia and are struggling to maintain their market positions. They also have to deal with decreasing tariffs and free trade agreements (FTAs), and these market dampeners are compelling them to find novel ways to hold on to their market shares. However, their major challenges are the funding uncertainty for key end users and working capital constraints, which place added pressure on production processes and product pricing. “Uncertainty regarding demand forecasting and illiquidity in working capital can have considerable impact on local manufacturers that hold large quantities of stock in raw materials to meet customer demand,” says the analyst of this research service. “Eskom’s inability to raise adequate capital to fund their development programmes has led to festering apprehensions about future contracts.” Manufacturers have reacted to the uncertainty by imposing tighter controls over operations by reducing headcount, mothballing production facilities and investing in increasingly advanced production tolls to boost efficiency.
Apart from improving production efficiencies, cable manufacturers also have to focus on providing extensive, value-added and radical business services to key end users to stay afloat in the market. “They will not be able to compete on price or volume due to foreign manufacturers’ subsidies and manufacturing capabilities,” notes the analyst. “Developing and maintaining working relationships with end users after product delivery can help ensure that they maintain market share over the next five years.”
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1. Executive Summary
2. Aim & Objectives for the Study Slide
3. Research Methodology
4. Market Definition & Segmentation
5. Technology & Product Trend Analysis
6. The South African High Voltage Grid
7. Industry Challenges
8. Market Analysis
9. Key South African Market Dynamics
10. Market Success Factors & Growth Opportunities
11. Value Chain Analysis
12. Competitive Analysis
13. Strategic Recommendations
14. About Frost & Sullivan
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