Having reached a record high of almost 200,000 units sold last year, demand for hydraulic excavators in China has started to decline, according to a new Equipment Analysis report from Off-Highway Research.
There were record sales of excavators in the early months of 2021, but the momentum had clearly changed by the second quarter of the year. While there were one-off factors which influenced the slowdown, including poor weather, local government elections and a nationwide inspections following a series of construction accidents, the fundamentals of the slowdown were apparent.
“The most important factor is the lack of project funding, which not only slowed down the commencement of approved projects but also resulted delayed payments for work already done. Although more funds have been released during the second half of 2021, a considerable part of these will be spent next year.
“Moreover, soaring prices of raw materials have discouraged contractors from carrying out work as originally planned if they were not able to negotiate acceptable compensation for their increased material costs.
“Last but not least, it is unlikely that new machine sales will be increased by the injection of funds during the rest of this year since many customers have already purchased machines for the approved projects and have waited long enough for them to start,” said the report.
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