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Global cabling market 2018

6-19 structured cabling in LAN & DC. USD million, 2015 to 2023.PNG

BSRIA Worldwide Market Intelligence (WMI) is a leading provider of high granularity global market reports in a wide range of HVAC segments including; heating and renewable technology, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration, energy and smart buildings, structured cabling, lighting, security, fire detection and building controls.

In April 2019, BSRIA WMI published its annual global cabling study revealing that the global structured cabling market had a very good year, increasing by 4.2% to USD 6.7 billion in 2018, a much better performance than 2017 (which saw an increase of just 1.8%).

Sales of cabling to the data centre segment increased by almost 6% in 2018 with many countries showing significant growth. China increased by almost 15% and European countries such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Poland increased by more than 10%. A high proportion of cabling products in data centres are fibre, which continued to increase.

The study also revealed the increasing use of single mode fibre cables in data centres used with pre-terminated devices (MPO/MTP) and for high bandwidth and / or longer distances.

6-19 sales of fibre cables, MM & SM, by region, USD, 2018.PNG

The Local Area Network (LAN) segment also performed well, increasing by almost 4%. Copper products and in particular, copper cable sales, were boosted by; increasing uptake of Cat 6A, the uptake of plenum in Canada, and the implementation of the Construction Products Regulation in Europe (which recommends enhanced fire-resistant cables).

Lone Hansen, Senior Manager – IT Cabling, BACS & Associated Technologies, at BSRIA Worldwide Market Intelligence (WMI), said:

“While the European Union Construction Products Regulation commenced in July 2017, the market impact varies significantly by country as most rely on recommendation rather than enforcements. In the UK, the uptake of Class C cabling increased, now accounting for 25% in 2018 by value. In comparison the uptake of Class B and C accounted for just 4% in Germany and 15% in France.

“This highlights another key trend in cabling for 2018: a shift to premium products. The premium on Class C is today 10 – 40% compared to Class D and E in the UK, depending on supplier. In Canada, new fire regulations have increased the uptake of plenum cables, which are two – three times the cost of PVC cables. The uptake of Cat 6A is also increasing partly due to increasing use of PoE and partly due to lower premiums compared to Cat 6.”

BSRIA’s annual update on the global structured cabling markets includes 17 country reports and a World Overview. The 17 countries researched in 2018 and early 2019 are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Sweden, UK and USA. The World Overview includes data for 39 countries.

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