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Professional Portable Power Tools Market Report - UK 2013-2017 Analysis 

  • March 2013
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  • AMA Research
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  • 85 pages


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AMA Research are pleased to announce the publication of the fourth edition of the report ‘Professional Portable Power Tools Market Report – UK 2013-2017 Analysis’. The report provides an informed and up-to-date review of this market including information on the recent trends and issues that impact the market.

The report contains:

DETAILED ASSESSMENT OF THE MARKET - market sizes, product mix, product trends, market structure and developments in the market.
REVIEWS OF SUPPLY &DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS - key channels including industrial distributors & specialists, with Internet increasing.
ANALYSIS BY PRODUCT GROUP – drilling, driving & breaking, cutting & grinding and carpentry & woodworking.The professional portable power tools market performance is primarily influenced by activity levels in new build & RMI construction and engineering & manufacturing industries, as well as a range of industry-specific influences including product development and legislation. It is a relatively mature market which is primarily dependent on replacement purchases, although recent product developments have helped to underpin the market to a certain extent during the economic downturn.

Areas of particular interest:

Analysis of market performance in 2010-12
Product Mix – sector sizes 2007-17, trends, recent and future changes..
Review of key suppliers – product profiles, market shares etc.
Product development – lithium-ion batteries, brushless motor technology
Distribution channels - key channels, changes etc.
Forecast of market performance to 2017.

Some of the companies included:

Atlas Copco, Axminster Power Tool Centre, B&Q, Brammer, Clarke Power Products UK, Cromwell Tools, CTS Ironmongery, Dewalt Industrial Power Tools Company, Draper Tools, Erbauer, Eriks Industrial Services, Fein Industrial Power tools (UK), Grafton Group, Hilti (Great Britain), Homebase, ITW Construction Products, JCB, Machine Mart, Makita (UK), Metabo (UK), My Tools Shed Northern Tool and Equipment Co. (UK), Panasonic Electric Works, Robert Bosch , Saint-Gobain Building Products Distribution, Screwfix Direct, SIG Fixings, Stanley Black & Decker, Techtronic Industries Co, The Power Tool Centre, The Site Box, Tool Shop Direct, Toolbank, Tool-Net, Tools & Accessories, Tools4trade, Toolstation, Toolstop, Travis Perkins, Wickes.

Key areas covered in the report include:

The professional portable power tools market – market definition, size, factors influencing market.
Overall market size in value terms from 2007-2012, with forecasts to 2017.
Key market influences including product development such as lithium-ion batteries boosting sales of cordless products, compact tools and brushless motor technology, as well as the impact of economic downturn and legislation.
Product groups reviewed – driving, drilling & hammering, cutting & grinding and carpentry & wood working.
Identification of key suppliers and distribution channels – manufacturers’ market shares, key distributors etc.


Product groups reviewed – drilling, driving & breaking, cutting & grinding and carpentry & woodworking.
Estimated shares of main product groups 2012 within the overall market.
Product group analysis – definition, product mix and market size 2012 with forecasts to 2017.
Product sectors – review of products within the sector including recent trends and factors affecting sector.

Profiles of leading manufacturers – overview of market shares, turnovers, company structure, market positioning etc.
Review of distribution – distribution structure, key distribution channel shares.
Review of leading distributors – market shares, leading players - general industrial product distributors, power tool specialists, builders merchants and DIY multiples etc.


Forecasts of market development 2012-2017.
Positive and negative factors affecting market growth - new build & RMI, engineering & manufacturing industries, product development and legislation. Intense competition, volatile prices of raw materials, fuel & energy costs, dependence on replacement purchases in relatively mature market etc.
Outlook for the professional portable power tools market through to 2017.The 4th edition of the professional portable power tool market provides a comprehensive analysis of the different product sectors (drilling, driving & breaking, cutting & grinding and carpentry & woodworking). The report also provides a forecast of market prospects up to 2016. Reviews of the supply and distribution channels are provided.

The professional portable power tools market is a specialised sector of the overall portable power tool market and is defined as power tools that are designated as such and are understood to be designed and manufactured to 'professional' or 'trade' standards. ‘Portable' means that the tool is carried and operated by one person. The market is relatively mature and dependent on a wide range of end-use sectors so is not generally subjected to such large swings in market performance. The market has a strong reliance on replacement purchases and is also impacted by homeowners preference for GSI or DIY, trends that tend to fluctuate depending on the prevailing economic environment.

Following sustained growth to 2007, the market declined in 2008 and 2009, due to the impact of the economic downturn and its effects on key-end-use sectors. The market stabilised at an estimated size of £200m in 2010. Whilst the market is forecast to experience marginal decline in 2013, recovery in 2014 is forecast to be followed by continued growth to 2017 reaching an estimated market size of £223m.

This is a competitive, concentrated market, with around 70% of sales generated by 3 suppliers. Makita continue to be market leaders and have increased their share in recent years, with other significant players including Stanley Black & Decker, Bosch, Techtronic Industries, Hitachi, and Metabo.

The key distribution channel for professional portable power tools is the general industrial products distributors, a category that includes Screwfix. Other key distributors include the power tools specialists and builders merchants with the Internet gaining share. DIY multiples have also gained share in recent years with the main companies involved in this channel being B&Q and Wickes. The former have targeted tradesmen and have introduced TradePoint to all their stores and the latter have increased the number of branded portable power tools offered.

The drilling, driving & breaking sector continues to dominate sector the market, accounting for just over half of the market. The other two sectors, cutting & grinding and carpentry & woodworking, account for almost a quarter of the market respectively.

Product development has helped to underpin the market to a certain extent during the economic downturn. Li-ion technology dominates the rechargeable battery chemistries, which has helped to boost the cordless tool sector of the market (now accounting for over half of the market). More recently there has been a trend towards compact tools and the introduction of brushless motor technology that may offer the potential to boost sales significantly in the future.

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