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Utility Poles Market

Utility Poles Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Type (Transmission Poles and Distribution Poles), By Material (Wood, Steel, Composites, Concrete), Pole Size (Below 40ft, Between 40 & 70ft, and Above 70ft), and Application (Electricity Transmission & Distribution, Telecommunication, Street Lighting, Heavy Power Lines, Sub Transmission Lines, and Others): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019-2026

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Author's: Krunal Yeware | Eswara Prasad
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Utility poles Market Outlook - 2026

The global utility poles market size valued at $45.6 billion in 2018, and is projected to reach $58.8 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 3.2% from 2019 to 2026. Utility poles are also called power poles or electricity poles, which support wires and electric cables that carry electricity from power companies to end users. These support three facilities including electric power, cable television, and telephone. Material used in the production of utility pole is wood, concrete, composite, and steel, and depending on the use of the material, life span of typical utility pole varies.

Some of the factors that drive the utility poles market growth include growing global energy consumption, expansion of the global telecommunication industry, and approval of steel as a green material. Utility poles are mainly employed to support and connect electric wires that carry electric current. Therefore, energy transmission and energy distribution are the two major applications of the utility poles where they play a significant role in supporting utility infrastructure and fulfilling energy needs as per the demand. On the other hand, the rise in trend for underground cables and wiring network limits the growth of the global market. In addition, strict regulations against deforestation are anticipated to challenge the global market growth during the forecast period. Nevertheless, the emergence of composite utility poles that exhibit superior properties and are cost-effective in nature is projected to offer profitable growth opportunities in the next five years. Acceptance of composite material in utility industry is the recently observed utility poles market trends across the globe.

Utility Poles Market

The global utility poles market is segmented into type, material, pole size, application, and region. By type, the global market is segmented into transmission poles and distribution poles. By material, the market is divided into concrete, wood, steel, and composites. By pole size, the market is categorized into below 40ft, between 40 & 70ft, and above 70ft. By application, it divided into electricity transmission & distribution, telecommunication, street lighting, heavy power lines, sub transmission lines, and others. Region-wise, the global market is studied across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

Among all regions, Asia-Pacific emerged as the global leader in this market in 2018. This can be highly credible to presence of highly populous countries such as India and China, which are generating greater demand for electricity and increasing electricity access rate across the region. Expanding electricity transmission infrastructure in response to growth in electricity is also a key factor generating healthy demand for utility in this region.  

Some of the major market players studied and profiled in the global utility poles market are Valmont Industries Inc., Skipper Ltd., Nippon Concrete Industries Co. Ltd., El Sewedy Electric Company, Hill & Smith Holdings PLC, Stella-Jones, FUCHS Europoles GmbH, Omega Factory, Pelco products Inc., RS Technologies Inc., and others.  

For instance, in August 2018 Hill & Smith acquired Ohio- based Engineered Endeavors, Inc. (EE). EE manufactures utility poles for the power distribution and wireless cellular markets. The acquisition helps Hill & Smith to diversify its product portfolio and leverage on EE’s property and customer network

Global Utility Poles Market, by Type

By type, the distribution poles market accounted for the largest utility poles market share in 2018. Increase in energy demand across the globe is the basic factor that drives the energy generation activities, which is further followed by energy distribution as per the demand. Therefore, there is an increase in the demand for distribution poles with growth in the energy consumption.

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Distribution Poles is projected as the most lucrative segment.

Global Utility Poles Market, by Material

By material, the wood segment accounted for the largest market share in 2018, and it is anticipated to be the largest market during the forecast period. Wood is the pioneering material used in the pole making, therefore, it is highly adopted in the utility poles. Utility poles that are made from wood are pressure treated with specific additives to keep woodpeckers, insects, fungi, and fires away from the pole. Douglas fir, Jack Pine, Lodgepole Pine, and Pacific Silver Fir are the types of trees used to make utility poles.

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Wooden Poles is projected as the most lucrative segment.

Global Utility Poles Market, by Pole Size

By pole size, between 40 ft to 70 ft pols are the highly adopted poles and also generated highest revenue in 2018. Utility poles from 40 ft. to 70 ft. size categories are used in both energy transmissions well as energy distribution applications. An increase in the size of the pole offers the ability to handle greater load tension. Therefore, poles with greater ground clearance known for handling higher energy load. Apart from this, the telecom industry is also a significant consumer of this category poles wherein increasing in broadband users is mainly surging demand for poles with 40 ft. to 70 ft. size.

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Between 40 & 70ft is projected as the most lucrative segment.

Global Utility Poles Market, by Application

By the application, the energy transmission and distribution segment accounted for the highest market share in 2018. This is due to increase in global energy needs, and therefore results in energy generation activities where electricity is mainly transported and then distributed. This makes energy transmission and distribution segment the largest consumer of utility poles over others.

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Electricity Transmission & Distribution is projected as the most lucrative segment.

Global Utility Poles Market, by Region

By region, Asia-Pacific is the largest as well as the fastest-growing region and is expected to explore multiple opportunities in the future. Asia-Pacific’s positive outlook toward the electronics industry and increase in demand for telecom service drives the growth of the market. The region is witnessing growth in demand for electricity, and therefore, has undertaken major transmission and distribution (T&D) projects for upgrading the transmission network with ultra-high voltage technologies. In addition, rise in focus on technological advancements and presence of several new players are projected to augment the growth of the market in the coming years.           


Utility Poles Market
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North America

Asia-Pacific holds a dominant position in 2018 and would continue to maintain the lead over the forecast period.

Key Benefits for Stakeholders:

  • The report provides an in-depth analysis of the utility poles market forecast along with the current and future market trends
  • This report highlights the key drivers, opportunities, and restraints of the market along with the impact analyses during the forecast period
  • Porter’s five forces analysis helps analyze the potential of the buyers & suppliers and the competitive scenario of the global utility poles industry for strategy building
  • The global utility poles industry closely analyzes the world energy outlook
  • A comprehensive utility poles market analysis covers factors that drive and restrain market growth
  • The qualitative data in this report aims on market dynamics, trends, and developments

Utility Poles Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
Utility Poles Market By Type
By Type
  • Transmission Poles
  • Distribution Poles
Utility Poles Market By Material
By Material
  • Concrete
  • Wood
  • Steel
  • Composites
Utility Poles Market By Pole Size
By Pole Size
  • Below 40ft
  • Between 40 & 70ft
  • Above 70ft
Utility Poles Market By Application
By Application
  • Energy transmission & distribution
  • Telecommunication
  • Street lighting
  • Heavy power lines
  • Subtransmission lines
  • Others
Utility Poles Market By Region
By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, UK, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Rest of LAMEA)
Key Market Players
Key Market Players


Analyst Review

According to CXOs of the leading companies, the global utility poles market highly mature in nature and it is expected to report moderate growth during the forecast period. Traditionally, only wood poles were used in the utility sector, which is now gradually replaced by steel poles. Especially, after the steel’s material profile approved as a green material in 2013. Now, poles made from composite material are showing better benefits over both steel and wood poles and the global market could see a possibility of composite pole replacing steel poles after the next 20 years. This is mainly due to the longest lifespan and better benefits offered by composite poles. But the current utility poles market is mainly dominated by wood and steel poles and their demand is growing significantly across the globe. Increase in energy consumption and expansion of existing electricity infrastructure are the major forces that surge the growth opportunities of this market.

The governments from underdeveloped or developing countries are mainly looking forward to increasing the electricity access rate, which requires heavy investment in the utility sector to set up overall electricity infrastructure. Therefore, countries such as Brazil, Nigeria, and Africa are expected to witness new investment in utility infrastructure in the coming years.

Author Name(s) : Krunal Yeware | Eswara Prasad
Frequently Asked Questions?

The global utility poles market is expected to reach $58.8 billion by 2026

Electricity distribution & transmission market expected to hold major market share in the global utility market

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Use of composite material in utility poles and its increasing acceptance is the major market trends observed in the global utility poles market

The global utility poles market was valuedat $45.6 billion in 2018

Based on top growing big corporation, we select top 10 players.

Market players has been shortlisted based on in depth product portfolio, wide geographical reach, ongoing revenue growth, and investments on the new product development.

Factors affecting the the global utility poles are growth in global energy consumption and resulting increase in energy production activities, rising adoption of utility poles in telecom industry, and emergance of composite utility poles.

Market players have been adopting expansion and mergers & acquisition as a key growth strategies across the globe.

Electricity transmission & distribution, telecommunication, street lighting, heavy power lines, subtransmission lines, others are the major applications of the utility poles.

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Utility Poles Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019-2026