Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld has Been Updated

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Demand for audio and video equipment will continue to revive as key downstream markets like automobile manufacturing and movie theaters improve; still, imports will remain a significant threat, and major firms will move production offshore to benefit from lower costs in labor. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing industry in its growing industry report collection.

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Demand from key markets is on the rise, but import penetration will pose a threat

The changing landscapes in technology and the consumption of audio and video content have shaken the Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing industry over the past five years. A steep decline in consumer and business spending, paired with fast-paced offshoring, has caused revenue to decline significantly. Furthermore, consumers have substituted some of the industry's products with built-in alternatives in mobile phones and computers. As a result, IBISWorld estimates that industry revenue will decline at an average annual rate of 14.9% to $2.8 billion in the five years to 2013, down from $6.3 billion in 2008. However, as the broader economy recovers, revenue is expected to grow slightly in 2013 as downstream demand from the Car and Automobile Manufacturing (IBISWorld report 33611a) and the Movie Theaters (51213) industries increases. As a result, revenue is expected to rise 0.2% in 2013. Offshoring manufacturing to countries with cheaper labor is a dominant trend, especially for former major operators in the US industry. “Multinational corporations, such as Samsung, LG and Hitachi, have moved operations to low wage-cost countries, resulting in significant growth in import penetration as industry revenue declines,” says IBISWorld analyst Andrew Krabeepetcharat. The industry remaining in the United States mainly consists of high-quality sound-system producers, such as Bose. A recent exception includes Element Electronics, which in May 2012 became the first American company to open a US television manufacturing facility in decades.

Additionally, the industry has experienced increased industry consolidation as a result of constricted demand and offshoring. For example, Voxx International purchased Klipsch in 2011, significantly increasing its market share. Due to consolidation and offshoring, the number of industry enterprises is expected to decline at an annualized rate of 3.1% to total 404 during the five years to 2013. Concurrently, employment is anticipated to fall at an average rate of 14.7% per year to total 6,548 people. Continued offshoring and growing imports over the next five years will offset growing demand for industry products from consumers and downstream industries, including movie theaters and car manufacturers. During this time, industry revenue is projected to continue decreasing, albeit at a much more gradual pace. IBISWorld forecasts that industry revenue will decline in the five years to 2018.

The top four firms in the Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing industry account for about 87.3% of industry revenue in 2013. Although these same firms only accounted for less than 58.0% of industry revenue in 2008, despite significant differences in the companies domestic manufacturing revenue. Other large firms, such as Hitachi, have moved a significant amount of production abroad during this time, shifting the major companies and significantly reducing the revenue garnered by the industry. According to Krabeepetcharat, concentration has also increased over the past five years as a result of this subsequent revenue decline. When including importers, industry concentration is significantly lower. Manufacturers located in Japan, South Korea and China are the major source of audio and video products supplied in the United States. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This industry includes firms primarily engaged in manufacturing electronic audio and video equipment for home entertainment systems, vehicles and public areas.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalization & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

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