Association memberships is one rough gauge of the number of purchasing decision
makers for this product among the Professional Residential and Commercial
The combined membership of the largest five associations is 274,616.
- American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Members: 5500.
- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Members: 19000.
- Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Members: 34416.
- National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Members: 208000.
- National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Members:
- National Frame Builders Association (NFBA) Members: 700.
There are more than 150 publications dedicated to this industry.
There is highly suggestive evidence that the worldwide demand, for a product of
this type, is quite strong.
- Between its introduction in 1968 and 1981 over 10 million Black &
Decker Workmates® were sold worldwide.
- B&D currently sells four different versions of the Workmate®
- There are four other brands of virtually identical products.
- A fifth manufacturer, Rockwell, has recently entered this market with
a similar design (a vise on a stand) of similar capabilities.
- The top three US portable saw horse manufacturers (Trojan, Fulton
and Crawford) regularly report sales of $9M - $11M annually
It is difficult to get a precise handle on the market size in dollars. Eli Tables fit in
NAICS 3332103396 ("Parts, attachments, and accessories for woodworking
machinery sold separately excluding saw blades and cutting tools"), but products of
this type only account for 35% - 40% of the entire category.
The worldwide demand, for this NAICS category as a whole, is estimated at $4.6B,
over the next five years* . [$4.6B x 35%/40% = $1.6B - $1.8B]
Accordingly, over the next five years* a 10% market share would be approximately
This worldwide demand is not evenly distributed.
Asia accounts for about 35%,
Africa Europe and the Middle East about 33%,
North America and the Carribean about 23%,
Latin America 7% and Oceania 1%
The modularity of the design also opens up a second revenue stream in renting and leasing parts on an as-needed basis.
The information herein contained was obtained from Public Records, Dun &
Bradstreet Reports and other resources available at the Science, Business &
Industry Library (NYPL).
* The estimate of market size and worldwide distribution relies on “The 2007-2012
World Outlook for Woodworking Machinery Parts, Attachments, and Accessories
Sold Separately Excluding Saw Blades and Cutting Tools” by Professor Philip M.
‘ Professional Residential and Commercial
‘ Homeowners, Owner-Operators and Do-it-Yourselfers
‘ Multi-Use and Reconfigurable Manufacturing Facilities
Marketing Mix Strategy
The overall marketing strategy is informed by Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Tipping
Point”. The basic objective is to get Eli Table sets into the hands of influential early
One such group are the professional Theatrical and Event Services providers,
among whom I have many contacts. Another group are the community based home
No effort should be spared to get favorable exposure on the D-I-Y programs on PBS
and in the trade media.
Separate, but coordinated marketing efforts to governmental agencies and large
contractors should also be undertaken
Another marketing objective is ready availability. In the North American region e.g.
Eli Tables should be available both in the big-box stores and via the major online
Because Eli Tables represent a paradigm shift, a new way of doing things, serious
promotion will be required.
One such might be a demonstration tour through the big-box store locations.
Another might by organizing “Guiness Book” events. There is no theoretical limit to
the size of an Eli Table. Getting a large group of owners together to create one.the
size of a Home Depot parking lot; would make that point very vividly and attract
A key conceptual component of Eli Tables is their use as a platform for user built jigs
and fixtures. Design competitions and/or prizes for interesting applications and an
Internet accessible knowledge base “Tips & Tricks” would also be useful. It is
probably no longer possible to have a product which does not have (in addition to a
website) a presence on thee social networks.