Construction equipment market has been witnessing strong growth over the last few years on account of increasing demand from construction sector across the globe. Construction equipment demand has been increasing owing to increasing government spending on infrastructure development including residential and non- residential projects in emerging countries such as India, china and Brazil. Continuous growth in infrastructure is anticipated to enhance the application scope of construction equipment. Increasing mining activities is the key factor expected to drive the market over the foreseeable period. Due to the scarcity of crude oil and natural gas, major mining industries started operating at deep sea levels. Increasing mining activities in deep sea level and ultra deep sea level require advanced equipment for the safe operation of mining activities. This requirement of advanced equipment for mining activities has been supporting the construction equipment market growth over the last few years and the trend is expected to continue over the forecast period. Handling construction equipment requires skilled labor and complete observance with safety regulations. High operating and maintenance cost of this equipment is the key challenge for market players to handle their working capital. Moreover, reducing green house gases emission and meeting regulatory mandates from EPA is one of the challenging factors for the market participants. Technological development facilitated the real time monitoring in order to detect and monitor equipment failure.
Earth Moving equipment was the largest product segment in 2013 on account of increasing demand from construction activities such as foundation building and trench digging. Earth moving equipment mainly comprises loaders, excavators, loaders and graders. Among all earth moving equipments, loaders held the major share in 2013, and are expected to hold their position over the foreseeable period. Material handling equipment is anticipated to witness strong growth over the next five years on account of significant growth in application areas. Material handling materials mainly include trailer mounted cranes, crawler cranes and truck mounted cranes. Concrete and road construction equipment has been witnessing strong demand over the last few years on account of increasing construction projects across the BRICS region. Growing residential and non residential projects coupled with increasing population in India and China is anticipated to boost the demand for construction sector over the forecast period. Increasing demand for construction is anticipated to augment construction equipment market growth over the next five years. Increasing government spending on infrastructure development including roads, metro rails, flyovers and commercial complexes is anticipated to surge the market growth over the forecast period.
Asia pacific was the largest regional market for construction equipment over the last few years and is expected to remain the dominant regional market over the next five years. Increasing construction activities on account of infrastructure development in emerging nations such as India and China is the key factor expected to drive the market in this region. Asia Pacific has given tough competition to well established North America and Europe markets over the last few years. North America has been witnessing significant growth over the recent past on account of increasing demand from coal mining industries in this region. Growing Infrastructure in Brazil is anticipated to boost the construction equipment demand in the region over the forecast period.
Major market players in Europe and North America has been increasing their investment in R&D for the development of technologically advanced equipment to lower the production cost and meet the mandates set forth by regulatory boards such as EPA. Major players in construction equipment market include Caterpillar Inc., Komatsu Limited, Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., John Deere, Terex Company and CNH Global.
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