Significant growth in nonresidential construction has driven demand increases for commercial condensing units, pressuring prices upward; however, manufacturers’ metal purchase costs have declined, mitigating recent price growth
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 18, 2014
Commercial condensing units have a buyer power score of 2.9 out of 5, which indicates that buyers have moderate leverage in negotiations. Buyers benefit from the market's large number of suppliers. The market’s four largest firms are Wasco, Ingersoll Rand, United Technologies and Johnson Controls; in total, these firms generate about 20.1% of market sales. Thousands of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors, most of which are small operations, sell commercial condensing units. This market structure increases buyers' choices and heightens price-based competition. Some buyers can also purchase condensing units from upstream wholesalers and manufacturers, which allows them to avoid the markups that contractors apply. Buyers should note that manufacturers are restrictive in their sales and generally require their customers to have licensed HVAC technicians on staff to ensure that condensers are installed properly.
Buyer power is also elevated by the market's relatively low level of specialization. Condensing units come in a variety of configurations, which eliminates the need to customize products. Instead, new units are integrated into buyers' air conditioning systems in their stock form. This characteristic makes condensing units with similar specs interchangeable, which shortens lead times and reduces switching costs. Short lead times are critical in this market due to the vital role that air conditioners play in keeping building occupants comfortable. Also, low switching costs benefit buyers by reducing dependence on past suppliers.
However, buyer power is kept in check by this market's moderate and persistent price growth. Prices for commercial condensing units have been pressured upward by growing demand, which primarily results from rising construction activity. Additionally, a growing number of businesses and a rising corporate profit have increased demand for condensers for commercial air conditioning systems. Rising purchase costs are accompanied by high total costs of ownership, as electricity costs far surpass purchase costs for a condensing unit during its life-span. As such, the higher purchase price of a more efficient unit is usually justified by its reduced energy use. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Commercial Condensing Units procurement category market research report page.
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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics
This report is intended to assist buyers of commercial condensing units. Commercial condensing units are heat exchangers that are used to provide cool airflow to a facility in a split-system (i.e. central) air conditioning system. Condensing units are the portion of the air conditioning system located on the side or top of a building.
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