A fuse circuit breaker, or fuse in short, is, in both electricity and electronics, a safety device that is designed to open an electrical circuit when the electrical current in it reaches a dangerous current value (or in most cases a given current value) for a specified time, thereby reducing the current intensity of that current to zero.
U.S. demand for circuit breakers and fuses was expected to increase by 5.5% per year to $5.1 billion US dollars in 2017. In 2016, the market for the distribution of electronic components grew by 3.5% in Europe and by 3.6% in France to reach 1166.17 million euros. The fuse market is dominated by some well-established industrial groups, leaving little room for new entrants.
The numerous takeovers are typical of the highly concentrated fuse sector.
The impact of international competition, particularly from Asia, suggests a new strategy for companies in the fuse sector, which is now focusing on new markets with higher added value.
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