Off-Highway Research offers data and analysis on international markets for mini excavators through its International, Chinese and Indian Database Services, the Global Volume & Value Service and Service PLUS, Equipment Analyses from the European, Indian and Chinese Services, Country Analyses from the European Service and Special Reports on emerging markets.
Mini excavators are compact machines with an operating weight of less than 6 tonnes. The machines may be mounted on tracks or wheels, with the upper body and digging equipment being capable of being turned through 360 degrees. Off-Highway Research classifies mini excavators as being in the range of 0.8-6.0 tonnes.
Although not a traditional product in the region, mini excavators are enjoying remarkable popularity in North America
Sales of mini excavators in Germany exceeded 20,000 units in 2021 for the first time in history. Full order books for suppliers mean similar levels will be seen in 2022.
The post-Covid rebound has been strong and will extend well into 2022 due to long lead times for machines.
Although a niche product, new applications are driving high growth rates and new levels of acceptance for the mini excavator in India.
Following a sharp fall this year, the double impacts of Covid-19 and Brexit mean the UK’s mini excavator market will take several years to return to its former health.