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Off-highway research forecasts continued high in global construction equipment sales

Global sales of construction equipment sales are expected to stabilise in 2019, following two years of strong growth, according to specialist forecasting and market research company Off-Highway Research.


Worldwide equipment demand grew by 27 per cent in 2017, following a period of decline which had run from 2012 to 2016. Further double-digit growth in 2018 took the global market to 1 million unit sales with a retail value of almost US$100 billion. Demand of this magnitude is on a par with previous recent highs in the market which were seen in 2011 and 2007. While the volume achieved in 2018 is expected to represent the peak of the current cycle, equipment sales in 2019 are forecast to remain close to last year’s.

Chris Sleight, Managing Director of Off-Highway Research said, “After two years of solid and largely synchronised growth, the picture for the world’s major equipment markets is now looking more mixed. There will be moderate declines in a number of key markets in 2019, but the falls are not expected to be steep and will be partially offset by continued growth elsewhere. As a result, sales will remain above 900,000 units per year over the medium term, with a value in the region of US$100 billion.”

Worldwide Sales and Forecast Sales of Construction Equipment, 2017-2022* (Units)

New special reports for 2019

Off-Highway Research is exhibiting at Bauma in Hall B5, on stand 426, as part of the UK Pavilion. It is using the event to launch new Special Reports covering the construction equipment industries in Malaysia and The Philippines, updating popular studies previously published in 2012 and 2014 respectively. The new reports will be available to buy in the second half of 2019.

In addition, Off-Highway Research will be updating its databases of construction equipment sales and production figures ahead of Bauma to include actual figures for 2018 and a forecast to 2023. These new insights will be available to clients via our Chinese, Indian and International Database Services, Global Volume & Value Service and Service PLUS and the Annual Reviews in our Chinese, European and Indian Services.

Source: Off-Highway Research