U.S. Imports of Power, Distribution, and Specialty Transformers Remained Relatively Stable in the Recent Years

Electric Motors And Generators June 17, 2016
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Photo: © xuanhuongho / Bigstockphoto

The U.S. ranks second in global imports of power, distribution, and specialty transformers, following China (17%) with a 15% share (based on USD). In 2015, U.S. power, distribution, and specialty transformer imports totaled 3,698 million USD, which was 41 million USD (1%) more than the year before.

From 2007 to 2015, the U.S. power, distribution, and specialty transformer imports remained relatively stable with slight fluctuations, rising with a CAGR of +0.6%. However, imports showed a slight decline from 2013 to 2014, followed by a 1% rebound in 2015.

U.S. imports are still in the recovery phase of the economic cycle. They have to grow another 8% to reach the pre-recession level of 2008.

The U.S. continues to be one of the biggest markets for global exporters. However, the attractiveness of the U.S. market is lowered by depressed import growth rates.

Mexico was the main supplier of power, distribution, and specialty transformers into the U.S., with a combined 37% share of total U.S. imports in 2015. However, China (+2.0% per year, ranking second) and Canada (+2.6% per year, ranking third) were the fastest growing suppliers from 2007 to 2015. China strengthened its position in U.S. import structure, increasing from 13% in 2007 to 15% in 2015. By contrast, Mexico saw its share slightly reduced by 2015.

From 2007 to 2015, the U.S. was a net importer of power, distribution, and specialty transformers. However, exports grew a bit faster than imports on average over the period under review.

Net US imports of power, distribution, and specialty transformers remained relatively stable over the last three years, with minor fluctuations. This industry ran a trade deficit of 2,392 billion USD in 2015.

Source: U.S. Power, Distribution, And Specialty Transformer Market. Analysis And Forecast to 2020