HORIZONTAL DIRECTIONAL DRILLS

CONTENTS | FEBRUARY 2008          REPORT OVERVIEW:

NORTH AMERICAN SALES

   Sales Breakdown by Size
   Sales Breakdown by Region
   Market Segments
   Market Trends
   Market Shares

NORTH AMERICAN PRODUCTION

IMPORTS AND EXPORTS

COMPONENT SUPPLY

FIELD POPULATION

FORECAST

MANUFACTURER SUMMARY


   Case
   Charles Machine Works
   Vermeer
   Offshore HDD Manufacturers

MANUFACTURER CONTACT INFORMATION

CURRENT MODELS AND TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS


The concept of horizontal directional drills (HDD) used in construction began in the early 1970s with a unique product for underground construction developed by Martin Cherrington and his company, Titan Contractors. A few customized rigs were manufactured for contractors with special jobsite needs during the following years before Charles Machine Works introduced its first directional drilling products in 1989, followed by Vermeer in 1991 and American Augers in 1995.

Today, we have been able to identify a total of 12 suppliers of horizontal directional drills in the North American market. This is a decline from 20 suppliers at the time of our previous analysis on HDDs written in 2002. The market for HDDs went through a deep slump during the years 2001 through 2003 with a number of suppliers leaving the business. The current 12 suppliers compete in several major end market segments telecommunications, water and sewer lines, gas distribution, oil and gas pipelines, and electrical installation. In all, they offer the market roughly 60 different models.