GVR Report cover U.S. PC Wire And Strand Market Size, Share & Trends Report

U.S. PC Wire And Strand Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Surface Coatings (Uncoated, Epoxy), By Application (Bridges, Buildings), And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2025

  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-962-3
  • Number of Pages: 72
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The U.S. PC wire and strand market size was valued at USD 228.8 million in 2019 and is estimated to witness a CAGR of 4.6% from 2020 to 2025. The growth is largely supported by the rising construction activities and popularity of prefab or offsite construction in the country.

U.S. prestressed concrete wire and strand  market

Prefab construction involves molding of a structure in a controlled environment, followed by the process of curing. The finished product is then transported to the construction site for erection. Prestressed Concrete (PC) wires and strands are used to provide strength to concrete structures as well as to the prefab structures.

Growth of the construction industry is the major driver for the PC wire and strand sector. The total construction spending dipped after the global financial crisis in 2008 and this dip continued till 2011. However, the recovery of construction sector started in 2012, and led to an upsurge in construction spending, which continued till 2018.

Construction spending in U.S. is anticipated to ascend at a significant rate over the forecast period. According to Oxford Economics, the volume of global construction output is predicted to grow by 85% and reach USD 17.5 trillion by 2030 with U.S., China, and India being the major economies boosting the growth. They are expected to account for 57% of the global growth until 2030. Such positive outlook is projected to provide a suitable platform for the prestressed concrete (PC) wire and strand market growth.

The U.S. PC wire and strand industry is significantly influenced by China. China is a major exporter of the product to U.S. While, majority of uncoated PC strand shipments for pre-tension application are supplied by domestic producers, coated PC strand shipments for post-tension application in U.S. are mainly supplied by exporters from China.

U.S. PC Wire And Strand Market Trends

The growth of construction industry is anticipated to propel the demand for prestressed concrete (PC) wire and strand. Further, the positive outlook of upcoming projects in the U.S. construction industry and favorable government policies for infrastructure is expected to provide a lucrative opportunity market players. For instance, in August 2021, the U.S. government announced infrastructure bill of USD 1 trillion. The investment from this bill is likely to support the construction of bridges, roads, water infrastructure, and high speed internet among others.

Prefab or offsite is a method of construction, which involves the assembling of components of civil structures at a production or manufacturing facility and then transporting the complete assembly to the construction site. Precast structures are cast and hardened before being used for construction purposes. PC wires and strands are major components of prefab construction. These strands are basically used to attain compression or tension in the concrete structures.

Offsite construction is gaining prominence in the U.S. construction industry as the method helps in saving time and avoiding material wastage. This type of construction can be done in any weather conditions. For example, flyovers and bridges can be constructed using prefab construction, wherein PC strands and girders are also used. Thus, growing demand for offsite or prefab construction is likely to drive the demand for PC wire and strand products over the coming years.

The major raw material used in the production of PC wire and strand is hot rolled, high carbon steel wire rod. Most of the manufacturers in the U.S. manufacture steel wire rods by recycling scrap. The manufacturers use steel scrap as a basic raw material. The steel scrap is melted at a steel shop, made up of an electric furnace. After the smelting process, a semi-product steel called as billet is obtained.
The billet is then transformed into different varieties of rod coils in a rolling mill. The rod coils are then utilized to manufacture different products such as steel wire rods, meshes, cables, cords, cold-pressed nuts and bolts, and springs. As a result, the prices of steel scrap are significantly correlated with the price of hot-rolled steel wire rods. Steel scrap, especially busheling scrap is strongly associated with high carbon steel wire rod used to manufacture PC strand.

The uncoated segment of the market is likely to witness a stagnant growth over the coming years. China is the largest exporter of steel-related products such as PC wires & strands and steel ropes & cables to the U.S. Any fluctuation in the market in China has an effect on the dynamics of the U.S. steel market and its related products. However, the recent imposition of import tariffs by the U.S. government is likely to reduce the impact of China on the U.S. steel market.

Surface Coatings Insights

Galvanized was the largest segment in 2018 with a revenue share in 2018. This segment is anticipated to maintain its dominance over the forecast period. Galvanized PC wire and strand is coated in zinc before stranding, which makes it significantly resistant to corrosion. Proliferation in the development of multiple high-rise buildings and commercial buildings is the key factor for the dominance of this segment in U.S.

In terms of volume, epoxy coated is expected to expand at a CAGR of 3.6% over the forecast period. Epoxy coated PC strand have perfect anti-corrosion performance and high fatigue resistance capability. Epoxy coated PC wire and strand is an ideal choice as a cost-effective and corrosion-resistant reinforcing solution for pretensioned concrete applications that are exposed to deicing salts or marine water conditions such as road deck panels and girders, and piling.

The uncoated segment is likely to observe slow growth as compared to its counter parts. The use of this product is largely concentrated for the inner application in precast structures. To avoid corrosion or rusting, this product is kept at minimum exposure to air.

Application Insights

Buildings led the U.S. PC wire & strand market, and accounted for 41.6% of the revenue share in 2018. Significant investment in residential and commercial buildings was the major factor for its dominance. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the residential spending was valued at USD 366,660 million in 2008 and registered a CAGR of 7.9% to reach USD 546,173 million in 2018.

U.S. prestressed concrete wire and strand  market

In terms of volume, utilization of PC strand and wire in bridges is predicted to ascend at a CAGR of 2.9% over the forecast period. The segment is expected to witness steady growth over the forecast period owing to the increasing prominence of PC wires and strands for the restoration of bridges. According to infrastructure report card from the American society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2017, U.S. had 614,387 bridges and roughly 9.1% of the nation’s bridges were found structurally deficient in 2016.

Regional Insights

In addition, construction boom in states such as Nevada is also expected to foster the market growth in the region. For instance, the massive projects in the pipeline in Nevada such as the Las Vegas stadium or Resorts World Las Vegas on the Strip are expected to provide lucrative opportunities for PC strand and wire market in the region. Moreover, the Nevada Department of Correction has identified 225 projects, most of them consisting of maintenance and restoration projects and costing an estimated USD 486.6 million.

The Southwest U.S. states Arizona, Oklahoma and New Mexico are the major states driving the PC wire and strand market in the region. High economic growth and favorable demographic trends are the major factors driving the growth of real estate development in the region. There is moderate growth in housing infrastructure owing to rising relocation of people into the region.

In southwestern U.S states such as Arizona, rising construction of commercial buildings is the major factor driving the growth of PC wire and strand market in the region. Arizona is the second fastest growing state, in terms of real GDP growth. In addition, Arizona and Texas are among the states with very high population growth rate. As a result, there is significant demand for residential buildings, which is expected to drive the PC strand and wire market in the region.

New York City and Boston are some of the largest markets in the Southeast U.S. However, these cities have witnessed a slowdown in the construction sector since the last few years. Multi-family buildings have witnessed a slow-down in recent past. However good growth is to be expected in industrial buildings and high-rise towers, which is estimated to be the primary factor supporting the PC strand and wire market growth in the region.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Insteel; Sumiden Wire Products Corporation; Keystone Consolidated Industries, Inc. (Strand Tech Manufacturing); and Wire Mesh Corporation (WMC) are some of the key regional players. Insteel has emerged to be the leader among the regional players. Direct sales are the popular sales channel among the domestic producers.

Major industry players are implementing the growth-through-acquisition strategy to increase their regional presence. For instance, some key mergers of PC wire and strand industry include the advanced cord manufacturing agreement between Bekaert and Ontario Teachers’ as well as the takeover of American Spring Wire’s wire and strand segment by Insteel Industries in 2015 and 2014 respectively.

U.S. PC Wire and Strand Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 237.4 million

Revenue forecast in 2025

USD 313.6 million

Growth Rate

CAGR of 4.6% from 2020 to 2025

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2014 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2025

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2025

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Surface coatings, application, region

Country scope


Key companies profiled

Insteel; Sumiden Wire Products Corporation; Keystone Consolidated Industries, Inc. (Strand Tech Manufacturing); and Wire Mesh Corporation (WMC).

Customization scope

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at country and regional levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the U.S. PC wire & strand market report on the basis of surface coatings, application, and region:

  • Surface Coatings Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Uncoated

    • Galvanized

    • Epoxy coated

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Buildings

    • Bridges

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • U.S.

      • West U.S.

      • Midwest U.S.

      • Southwest U.S.

      • Southeast U.S.

      • Northeast U.S.

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