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Global Compact Excavators Market 2021-2026

March 19, 2021
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  • In the Indian market, acceptance of mini excavators has been growing and they are now being increasingly demanded by customers, which has risen above 1,000 units per year. Even though they are still being used in specialist niche applications and demand
  • Sales of construction equipment in China reached an all-time high in the pandemic year almost around 500,000 units.
  • Currently, OEM’s are launching compact excavators with a closer timeframe, which indicates the customer demand all over the world.
  • Compact excavators are the perfect machines for developing countries and Urban areas, providing the customer low operating cost.



Today’s modern machines are designed to dig every day, all day long, and every manufacturer strives to set themselves apart to make their machines at any size more comfortable for the operator. Intuitive and user-friendly designs enhance both operator comfort and performance and cab comfort is the key.

Compact equipment is growing in popularity in markets such as India, China and Latin America according to manufacturers, but low labour costs in these countries are preventing any rapid market development. Although not strictly considered a compact machine, the excavator is popular in most underdeveloped markets because it is versatile and cheaper than other compact equipment and is growing the fastest in India.


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In the Asia Pacific, meanwhile, where labour is still cheap and heavy equipment is generally preferred, compact machines are becoming more popular. Mini excavators in particular are growing, albeit slowly, in this region. Developing areas are moving along – as more large-scale construction projects are completed the more it needs to do maintenance work and this is where the compact machines are needed.


Emissions standards in Europe, Japan and the US have shaped many aspects of the construction equipment industry over the last 15 years or more. This applies to the compact equipment sector, where the cost of onboard engine emission technology is a significant part of the overall machine price. But at the lower engine power ratings found in compact equipment, regulation has been lighter than for bigger units. It is similar in Japan, where both power bands do not have to exceed the requirements of Tier 4a – the EU Stage V and US Tier 4 Interim equivalent. Things are more demanding in the US, where everything is now a Tier 4 Final level.

Compact excavators – engines of this size are not normally found in machines below about 10 tonnes in weight. However, it is more of an issue with the larger sizes of compact tracked, wheeled and skid-steer loaders and the introduction of Tier 4 Final in the US has driven several new machines that have been introduced in the last 12 months.

Compact wheeled excavators have been popular in Europe, however, they remain a rare commodity on many North American job sites. But in the right applications, these machines offer many advantages over other machine forms, especially in crowded urban environments.

The total number of wheeled excavators sold in North America over the last several years has been more or less static. Globally, the growth in the wheeled excavator category has been steady and significant. There are places where they are more popular than others. It should be no surprise that almost 100% of the wheeled excavators built in the world are built in Europe and South Korea.

The U.S excavator market is very competitive when it comes to performance and reliability demands. It is important to look at a job site as a whole and assess what size excavator you will need based on dig depth and lifting capacity.




The global compact excavator market is estimated at $XX Billion in 2020 and growing at XX% CAGR till 2025.






Bobcat Company Introduces 6-ton R2-Series Compact Excavator In the latest release in the new R2-Series line-up of Bobcat compact excavators, which includes the conventional tail-swing, 4-ton E42 and minimal tail-swing.


Doosan Shows Prototype Electric Compact Excavator for the first time in North America during CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020


Caterpillar has introduced three new NextGen excavators – designed to offer higher productivity and lower operating costs to the 15- and 17-ton class of machines. Models are available in Europe and North America.


The new Kubota KX057-5 and the U55-5 compact excavators offer various upgrades from their previous units. Technology features on the vehicle include a new full-color, seven-inch LCD screen. Optional keyless start and also the engine can be started with a four-digit code.





Sl no Topic
1 Market Segmentation
2 Scope of the report
3 Abbreviations
4 Research Methodology
5 Executive Summary
6 Introduction
7 Insights from Industry stakeholders
8 Cost breakdown of Product by sub-components and average profit margin
9 Disruptive innovation in the Industry
10 Technology trends in the Industry
11 Consumer trends in the industry
12 Recent Production Milestones
13 Component Manufacturing in US, EU and China
14 COVID-19 impact on overall market
15 COVID-19 impact on Production of components
16 COVID-19 impact on Point of sale
17 Market Segmentation, Dynamics and Forecast by Geography, 2021-2026
18 Market Segmentation, Dynamics and Forecast by Product Type, 2021-2026
19 Market Segmentation, Dynamics and Forecast by Application, 2021-2026
20 Market Segmentation, Dynamics and Forecast by End use, 2021-2026
21 Product installation rate by OEM, 2021
22 Incline/Decline in Average B-2-B selling price in past 5 years
23 Competition from substitute products
24 Gross margin and average profitability of suppliers
25 New product development in past 12 months
26 M&A in past 12 months
27 Growth strategy of leading players
28 Market share of vendors, 2021
29 Company Profiles
30 Unmet needs and opportunity for new suppliers
31 Conclusion
32 Appendix


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