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Circuit Breaker Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Voltage (Low, Medium, and High), By Installation (Indoor and Outdoor), by Rated Voltage (Upto 500V, 500V – 1kV, 1kV – 15kV, 15kV – 50kV, 50kV – 70kV, 70kV – 150kV, 150kV – 300kV, 300kV – 600kV, 600kV – 800kV, and Above 800kV) and by End-user (Industrial, Commercial, Residential, and Utility) and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Last Updated: June 10, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI100765



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The global circuit breaker market size was USD 18.18 billion in 2023 and is projected to grow from USD 19.52 billion in 2024 to USD 30.09 billion by 2032 at a CAGR of 5.56% during the forecast period (2024-2032). The Asia Pacific dominated the circuit breaker market with a share of 39.22% in 2023.

A circuit breaker is an electrical switching device that can be operated manually or automatically for protecting and controlling an electric power system. A high fault current usually flows through the device that trips the circuit during a short circuit or another type of electrical fault. This aids in protecting the electrical system from damage. It is deployed in small and medium substations, railway systems, high voltage transmission & distribution lines, and other applications to protect the electrical system.

Whenever a fault occurs, the machine detects the overcurrent & triggers the mechanism, which results in the moving contact losing touch with the fixed contact, thereby opening the circuit. Arcing may occur when the two contacts lose touch due to the high voltage difference between the fixed and moving parts. Hence, growing safety measures and awareness for protecting electrical systems drive the demand for breakers in the global market.

The widespread effect of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the total shutdown of businesses in China and India, leading to reduced spending on household appliances by consumers. With more countries announcing lockdown to stop the COVID-19 spread, the utility spending for investing in grid projects has declined rapidly. Additionally, sluggish demand due to a decrease in consumer spending across various applications has impacted global demand. However, the market is expected to gain momentum due to heavy investments in developing energy infrastructures from emerging economies.

Circuit Breaker Market Trends

Increasing Investments in Industrial Sector to Surge Demand

The increasing investment in the industrial sector and the growing investment to leverage the industrial infrastructure increase the demand for electrical switching devices in the global market. These devices are predominantly used in the industrial and commercial sectors. According to the World Investment Report 2021, Asia-Pacific received an inflow of USD 535 billion from Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 2020, which was majorly contributed by China and Singapore. Hence, the increasing investment from the industrial sector necessitates the deployment of these devices in various end-use and manufacturing industries.

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Circuit Breaker Market Growth Factors

Rising Infrastructure to Propel the Adoption of Circuit Breaker Systems

The burgeoning construction of infrastructure worldwide including the residential, commercial, government, and industrial infrastructures owing to the risng population, urbanization, and industrialization is leading to the requirements for circuit breaker systems. For instance, according to the World Bank, the value added to the industrial sector including construction has grown from USD 23.47 trillion in 2019 to USD 27.76 trillion in 2022 globally, which has a huge impact on the expansion of infrastructure. The infrastructure requires circuit breakers to ensure operational safety and efficiency by interrupting electrical circuits in case of overloads or faults, thereby preventing damage to equipment and mitigating the risk of electrical fires. Additionally, the integration of smart technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) into infrastructure projects augments the need for the installation of intelligent circuit protection solutions, further providing a positive outlook to the market.

Increasing Adoption of Electrical Safety Regulations to Augment Growth

The breakers have become a mandatory part of electrical networks in residential and commercial buildings, industries, and utility-scale grids. Every home, office, and others, have an electrical switching deviceinstalled because of rapidly increasing urbanization and modernization, the breakers have become an essential part of every structure. Frequent amendments such as adhering to strict compliance of test procedures for breakers and switchgear used in electrical power distribution systems. Some of the heavy load equipment requires the adoption of individual circuit breakers for safe and reliable operation. Such a regulatory scenario has positively influenced the market dynamics of breaker market sales.


Increasing Competition from the Unorganized Sector to Hinder Market Growth

The increasing investment for advancement in technology for breaking the circuit has enabled the major players to compete in the global market. Competitive pricing strategy among the small competitors and rising competition from the unorganized players to fulfill the demand from industries such as manufacturing, construction, transportation, and processing is likely to act as a major factor restraining the market's growth during the forecast period.

Circuit Breaker Market Segmentation Analysis

By Voltage Analysis

Medium Voltage Circuit Breakers to Have Largest Market Growth

Based on voltage, the market is classified into low voltage, medium voltage, and high voltage. Low voltage breakers are increasingly used in residential and commercial applications. The medium voltage breakers are used more in industrial, infrastructural, and utility-scale applications. The medium-scale breaker applications have the most extensive applications and are expected to show significant market growth.

The high voltage automatically operated electrical switch are used in utility-scale applications and rarely in some industries. These breakers have been gaining traction with the advancement of electrical technology. The market size of high voltage breakers is increasing due to the introduction of high voltage DC cables.

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By Installation Analysis

Outdoor Segment to Hold a Dominant Market Share

Based on installation, the market is segmented into indoor and outdoor. Majority of the breakers installed are outdoor automatically operated electrical switch. The market size of outdoor breakers is almost double that of indoor breakers. It is used in switchgear assembly, which is majorly used outdoors for utility-scale applications. Few industrial machinery and equipment require outdoor breakers. Indoor breakers are used majorly in residential, commercial, and industrial breakers.

By Rated Voltage Analysis

15-50kV Rated Voltage Segment is Dominating the Market

Based on rated voltage, the market is segmented into 500V, 500V – 1kV, 1kV – 15kV, 15kV – 50kV, 50kV – 70kV, 70kV – 150kV, 150kV – 300kV, 300kV – 600kV, 600kV – 800kV, and Above 800kV. The breaker having a rated voltage less than 1kV is in the low voltage category. Electrical switching devices with a rated voltage between 1kV to 70kV are in the medium voltage category. Breakers with a rating capacity of 15 – 50kV dominate the market share due to a wide application in commercial projects and industrial applications. Breakers having rated voltage above 70kV are in the high voltage category. Low-rated voltage and medium rated voltage are generally used in residential and industrial end-user, which drives the demand for electrical switching devices in the global market.

By End-user Analysis

Increasing Adoption in Industrial Applications to Promote Growth

The market is segmented into residential, commercial, industrial, and utility-based on end-user. Residential end-users use miniature circuit breakers (MCB) or molded case circuit breakers. Commercial structures also use similar types of breakers due to higher rated voltage and current. Both commercial and residential buildings use majorly low voltage breakers. The use of elevators and escalators in residential and commercial buildings requires medium voltage breakers.

Medium and low voltage breakers are extensively used in the industrial sector. The safety of industrial machinery and equipment is dependent on breakers. Air circuit breakers (ACB) and vacuum circuit breakers (VCB) and MCB and MCCB, are used in industrial applications. The electric utility requires the use of all voltage range of breakers. Majorly medium and high voltage switching devices are used for utility applications. Due to environmental concerns, SF6 circuit breakers are losing popularity in utility-scale applications, and alternative for SF6 based automatically operated electrical switch is under research, development, and demonstration phase.


The market has been analyzed across five key regions: North America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, Europe, and Latin America. 

Asia Pacific Circuit Breaker Market Size, 2023 (USD Billion)

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The Asia Pacific region currently holds the largest market share and is anticipated to dominate the global market during the circuit breaker market forecast period. The growth of the region is attributable to the increasing infrastructural development, commercial projects, and industries. Asia Pacific region is the manufacturing hub across the globe, and a variety of electrical switch are used in every industrial and manufacturing unit. A growing number of manufacturing and industrial trip units in the Asia Pacific region is expected to boost the demand of this market in the region.

Breakers are further used in railways, metros, commercial centers, bullet trains, IT hubs, and others, which require a stable and reliable electricity supply. Rapid urbanization has increased the demand for electrical switch. The increase in power generation plants and power transmission infrastructure has increased the demand for automatically operated electrical switch. China, the Republic of South Korea, Japan, India, are some of the leaders in the technology and production of these breakers globally.

Europe and North America are expected to experience steady growth in the global market. The modernization and automation of existing industries in these regions are projected to boost the market. Increasing investments in developing infrastructure have helped the market to grow in Europe and North America.

Africa has the highest potential for the growth of the market. The rapid industrialization and urbanization of the African continent will propel the market in the coming years. The Middle East, Europe, and North America are enriched with oil and gas platforms provided with direct high voltage supply cables that use electrical switch. The offshore wind production units worldwide use high voltage cables to feed into the grid on the mainland. Hence, the growing industrial investment and rapid urbanization, drive the demand for in the global market.

List of Key Companies in Circuit Breaker Market

Innovative Product Launches by Major Companies to Consolidate Their Market Positions

The market is consolidated owing to the strong product portfolio and remarkable distribution network of major companies in developed and emerging countries. ABB, GE, Schneider Electric, Eaton, and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation currently holds a major market share in 2020. These players are constantly focusing on new product development and merger & acquisitions in the market. For instance,

  • In January 2020, Siemens acquired C&S Electric, a manufacturer of electrical and power electronic equipment, to cater to the growing need for electrification products. The scope of the acquisition included the Indian operations of C&S Electric’s low-voltage switchgear components and panels, low and medium voltage power bus bars, and protection and metering devices businesses.

  • In September 2020, Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies announced the expansion of the Endurant Automated Transmission lineup with the launch of the Endurant XD series. The series is an high-performance automated transmission designed for on-highway applications, such as double and triple trailer trucks, and severe-duty on/off-highway applications like dump and logging trucks.

Circuit breakers offer a secure and reliable power supply to maintain the continuity of supply. This factor is projected to lead to the healthy growth of the market by 2028. The other key players, such as Super Electrical Co, Roopal Automation Pvt. Ltd., and Square D, have entered the market for providing innovative electrical switching devices to end-users.


  • ABB (Switzerland)

  • General Electric (U.S.)

  • Schneider Electric (France)

  • Eaton (Ireland)

  • Siemens AG (Germany)

  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Japan)

  • Larsen & Toubro Limited (India)

  • CG Power and Industrial Solutions Limited (India)

  • Kirloskar Electric Company (India)

  • Camsco Electric (Taiwan)


  • Salzer Group (India)

  • Atom Power, Inc. (U.S.)


  • September 2020 - Siemens launched the type SDV-R non-arc-resistant and type SDV-R-AR arc-resistant medium-voltage outdoor distribution electrical switching devices designed for renewable energy applications, such as wind power generation.

  • August 2020 - Ideal Power Inc. signed a partnership worth USD 1.2 million with Diversified Technologies, Inc. to demonstrate B Tran enabled high efficiency direct current electrical switching device.

  • March 2020 - Phoneix Contact, a global manufacturer of electrical and cable accessories, introduced a thermomagnetic circuit breaker that is useful for large surge protection in electrical MCC panels and long cable paths.


The market research report presents a comprehensive industry assessment by offering valuable insights, facts, industry-related information, and historical data. Several methodologies and approaches have been adopted to make meaningful assumptions and views to formulate the market research report. Furthermore, the report covers a detailed analysis and information as per market segments, including voltage, installation, rated voltage, end-user, and regions, helping our readers to get a comprehensive overview of the global industry.

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CAGR of 5.56% from 2024-2032


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By Voltage  

  • Low Voltage

  • Medium Voltage

  • High Voltage  

By Installation

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor  

By Rated Voltage

  • Upto 500V

  • 500V – 1kV

  • 1kV – 15kV

  • 15kV – 50kV

  • 50kV – 70kV

  • 70kV – 150kV

  • 150kV – 300kV

  • 300kV – 600kV

  • 600kV – 800kV

  • Above 800kV

By End-user

  • Residential

  • Commercial

  • Industrial

  • Utility

By Region

  • North America (By Voltage, By Installation, By Rated Voltage, By End-user, By Country)

    • U.S. (By End-user)

    • Canada (By End-user)

  • Europe (By Voltage, By Installation, By Rated Voltage, By End-user, By Country)

    • Germany (By End-user)

    • U.K. (By End-user)

    • France (By End-user)

    • Italy (By End-user)

    • Spain (By End-user)

    • Russia (By End-user)

    • Rest of Europe (By End-user)

  • Asia Pacific (By Voltage, By Installation, By Rated Voltage, By End-user, By Country)

    • China (By End-user)

    • Japan  (By End-user)

    • India (By End-user)

    • Australia (By End-user)

    • Southeast Asia (By End-user)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By End-user)

  • The Middle East & Africa (By Voltage, By Installation, By Rated Voltage, By End-user, By Country)

    • GCC (By End-user)

    • South Africa (By End-user)

    • Rest of the Middle East & Africa (By End-user)

  • Latin America (By Voltage, By Installation, By Rated Voltage, By End-user, By Country)

    • Brazil (By End-user)

    • Mexico (By End-user)

    • Rest of Latin America (By End-user)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 18.18 billion in 2023 and is projected to surpass USD 30.09 billion by 2032.

In 2023, the Asia Pacific market size stood at USD 7.13 billion.

The market will grow at a CAGR of 5.56% during the forecast period (2024-2032).

The medium voltage segment is anticipated to hold a significant share and dominate the market during the forecast period.

An increase in electrification initiatives and electrical safety regulations is the major factor driving the market growth.

GE, Schneider Electric, Eaton, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Siemens AG, and CG Power and Industrial Solutions Limited are some of the major players operating in the global market.

The Asia Pacific dominated the market in terms of share in 2023.

The product works for opening and closing the circuit under fault conditions. It is deployed in power plants, industries, and residential and commercial applications where there are huge fire or explosion hazards possibilities.

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