Over 4,700 units of rough terrain cranes will be sold in 2018 and the market is likely to witness a steady growth with 3.7% year-over-year (y-o-y) in 2018 over 2017, per a Fact.MR evaluation. Overall growth of the rough terrain (RT) crane market can be attributed to,
- A steady stream of construction projects in the pipeline
- Improving landscape of rough terrain crane rental services
- Demand in multiple industries ranging from civil constructions to government projects
“After a significant period of stabilizing demand, the rough terrain crane market is coming to the fore and witnessing a steady progress. As the governments emphasize on capacity expansion of the utilities sector and infrastructure development, demand for rough terrain cranes has witnessed a constant upward trend in the past decade and a market of nearly US$ 2,400 million is anticipated in 2018,” says a senior analyst at Fact.MR.
According to the study, the sales of rough terrain cranes with up to 35 tonnes lifting capacity will witness a surge of nearly 60 units in 2018 as compared to the previous year. Increasing demand for compact yet efficient heavy-duty equipment in the construction sector has led to the significant adoption of up to 35 tonnes RT cranes.
Demand for up to 35 tonnes Rough Terrain Cranes on the Rise
The study opines that RT crane with 35-50 tonnes lifting capacity is witnessing a rapid adoption on the back of increasing demand for greater lifting capacity. Although the units sold remains greater for lower lifting capacity RT cranes, in terms of value the RT cranes market will garner increased revenues from the higher lifting capacity cranes owing to higher equipment pricing. On the same lines, 35-50 tonnes rough terrain cranes will occupy almost US$ 100 million more than up to 35 tonnes RT cranes in 2018.
The RT cranes market continues to witness growing demand in oil & gas industry. The Fact.MR study finds that the oil & gas industry will hold over one third sale of RT cranes in 2018. The higher demand can be attributed to increasing efforts of rental companies and original equipment manufactures for market share expansion.
Demand for RT cranes in the construction sector is expected to follow the oil & gas industry wherein steady development in the construction sector across global countries will lead to sales of over 1,080 units in 2018. Growing government emphasis on renewable energy generation is expected to be the prime factor responsible for the rapid growth of RT cranes market in wind farms at over 4% y-o-y in 2018 over 2017.
Japan Held Nearly One Third Rough Terrain Crane Market Share in 2017
The study estimates that Japan with the headquarters of leading manufacturers in the rough terrain crane market will continue to occupy nearly one third of the market share in 2018. Manufacturers such as Tadano and Kobelco are making greater strides in the RT cranes market by capacity expansion and increasing global footprints.
The study shows that APEJ (Asia/Pacific Excluding Japan) closely follows Japan in terms of rough terrain crane sales. A significant focus on the infrastructure development in APEJ countries growing investments of crane manufacturers in the region has led to a generation of over one fourth of the total sales in 2018.
Considering the cost-intensive nature of the rough terrain cranes, rental services are thriving as end users continue to prefer renting over owning. Further, identifying the emerging opportunities of increasing investments in non-residential infrastructure and government work, companies are improving distribution tie-ups with rental companies.