Chinese high voltage switch markets to experience growth: study

Dublin, Ireland, Jan. 31, 2007 — Research and Markets has announced the addition of China High Voltage Switch Market Report, 2006 to their offering. According to the “Eleventh Five-Year Plan”, by 2010 the increased installed capacity in the electric power industry is expected to reach 250 million KW, the investment in power generation and grids will reach nearly $129 million and over $96 billion respectively. In recent years, as the country is trying to reconstruct power grids, such as power transmission from west to east, China’s high voltage switch industry has developed well, says the report.

Caused by the strong demand in the Asia-pacific electric power market, the global supply of power transmission & distribution equipment was positively affected.

At present, the high voltage switch is mainly produced by several European companies (Siemens, ABB, Slsthom, and Schneicler) and Japanese firms (Mitsubishi, Toshiba and Hitachi).

There are now over 3,000 high voltage switch manufacturers in China, of which about 200 are pillars. Most of them focus on the products below 110 KV. Only 20 manufacturers could produce equipments above 110 KV; and only 3 manufacturers can manage the production of equipments between 330KV-500KV, said the report.

In early 2005, SGCC set a goal of constructing “national backbone grid of UHV power transmission composed by million-voltage AC and 0.8 million-voltage DC.” It is imperative to develop UHV, which is regarded as a historic leap in China power industry, and this will change the Chinese grid structure completely, said the report. Even for EHV, China market is mainly shared by foreign enterprises or joint ventures.

Domestic grid construction has huge market potentials, the report summarized. However, domestic high voltage switch products and technologies are still immature, the report said. Domestic manufacturers need to strengthen independent R&D and they could introduce advanced technologies, equipment and processes through joint ventures, the report recommended.

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