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Compact Construction Equipment Market Size - By Equipment (Mini Excavators, Compact Wheel Loaders, Skid Steer Loaders, Compact Track Loaders, Backhoe Loaders), By End User (Construction, Agriculture, Mining, Utility Works), By Application & Forecast, 2024 - 2032

  • Report ID: GMI8249
  • Published Date: Feb 2024
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Compact Construction Equipment Market Size

Compact Construction Equipment Market was valued at USD 59 billion in 2023 and is likely to register a CAGR of over 4% between 2024 and 2032, due to the increasing investments in expanding manufacturing facilities. Companies including Wacker Neuson Group are allocating significant resources to enhance production capacity and introduce advanced technologies.

Compact Construction Equipment Market

Compact construction equipment offers versatility and efficiency, enabling operators to accomplish diverse tasks with a single machine. From landscaping to utility work, these machines excel in various applications. Their compact size enables easy maneuverability in confined spaces, enhancing productivity on job sites where larger equipment may struggle. As a result, contractors and construction firms favor compact equipment for their ability to streamline operations and optimize resources, thereby contributing to market growth.

Meeting stringent emission regulations and safety standards poses a significant challenge for compact construction equipment manufacturers. Compliance often necessitates costly upgrades to engine technology and emission control systems, increasing production costs. Moreover, ensuring adherence to evolving safety standards requires continuous investments in research & development. Failure to meet these regulatory requirements may lead to fines & penalties along with undermining brand reputation and market competitiveness. Thus, navigating the regulatory landscape while balancing cost considerations remains a critical challenge for industry players.

Compact Construction Equipment Market Trends

The increasing electrification of compact construction equipment is driving lucrative growth in the market. Electrified machines offer benefits, such as reduced emissions, lower operating costs, and quieter operation, aligning with environmental regulations & sustainability goals. For instance, in March 2023, CASE Construction Equipment, a brand under CNH Industrial, expanded its mini excavator range to become one of the most varied and comprehensive industry players. This expansion included the introduction of two new electrified models: the CX15EV and the CX25EV. Both excavators are equipped with a lithium-ion battery that can be charged either by the onboard 110V/220V charger or by an external rapid charger, offering exceptionally fast charging times.

Growing advancements in autonomous technology are fostering lucrative growth in the compact construction equipment market. Autonomous features, such as GPS navigation, obstacle detection & automated operation, streamline construction processes, reducing labor costs and enhancing productivity. These technologies also improve safety by minimizing human error and mitigating risks on job sites. As construction firms seek to optimize efficiency and reduce operational expenses, the demand for autonomous compact equipment continues to rise, propelling expansion and innovation in the market.

Compact Construction Equipment Market Analysis

Compact Construction Equipment Market Size, By Equipment, 2022 – 2032, (USD Billion)

Based on equipment type, the market is divided into mini excavators, compact wheel loaders, skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, backhoe loaders, and others. In 2023, the skid steer loaders segment is growing at high rate, as the demand for skid steer loaders equipped with higher breakout force capabilities is augmenting segment growth. Higher breakout force enables these machines to tackle more challenging tasks, such as excavation & material handling, with greater efficiency and effectiveness. Furthermore, the driver's station has been redesigned, incorporating an enhanced iteration of Manitou's patented folding door mechanism.

Global Compact Construction Equipment Market Share, By End-user, 2023

The construction segment accounted for over 43% market share in 2023. The increasing adoption of decarbonization practices in construction is driving growth in the compact construction equipment market segment. With a focus on reducing emissions and promoting sustainability, construction firms are increasingly seeking compact equipment powered by electric or low-carbon technologies. For instance, in November 2023, Volvo Construction Equipment collaborated with CRH, a provider of building materials solutions, to accelerate decarbonization efforts in construction. This strategic alliance prioritizes electrification, the development of charging infrastructure, the utilization of low-carbon fuels, and the integration of renewable energy. These initiatives collectively hold significant potential for reducing emissions across the construction sector.

Asia Pacific Compact Construction Equipment Market Size, 2022 – 2032, (USD Billion)

Asia Pacific is the fastest-growing region in the global compact construction equipment market with a major share of over 45% in 2023, owing to the rapid urbanization in the region, particularly in China, India, and other Southeast Asian countries. As cities expand and populations grow, there is a pressing need for infrastructure development to accommodate urban living. This includes the construction of roads, bridges, residential complexes, and commercial buildings. Compact construction equipment are well-suited for these projects due to their versatility, maneuverability, and ability to operate efficiently in confined urban spaces, boosting product demand in the region.

Compact Construction Equipment Market Share

Caterpillar, CNH and XCMG Group holds almost 15% share of the compact construction equipment industry, Caterpillar's equipment portfolio includes mini excavators, compact wheel loaders, and skid steer loaders, designed to deliver exceptional performance, durability, and efficiency on job sites worldwide. This focus on customer-centric solutions and global presence has cemented Caterpillar's position as a market leader.

CNH Industrial, through its Case and New Holland brands, offers innovative, reliable machinery tailored to specific market needs. XCMG Group, a major player from China, has rapidly expanded its global footprint, known for cost-effective and efficient construction solutions. Each company's success is attributed to its commitment to innovation, quality, and understanding market demands.

Compact Construction Equipment Market Companies

Major players operating in the compact construction equipment industry are:

  • Caterpillar
  • CNH Industrial
  • Deere & Company
  • Kubota Corporation
  • SANY
  • Sumitomo
  • Terex
  • Wacker Neuson SE
  • XCMG
  • Yanmar

Compact Construction Equipment Industry News

  • In February 2024, Develon, previously known as Doosan Construction Equipment, introduced the latest DX17Z-7 zero tail swing and the DX19-7 conventional mini-excavators compliant with Stage V regulations. These new models offer notable enhancements in versatility, performance, operator comfort, and maintenance convenience.
  • In May 2022, Bobcat introduced its newest electric compact excavator, the E32e. With a motor power equivalent to 21.6 horsepower or 16.1 kilowatts, this electric compact excavator maintains full torque consistently across all revolutions per minute (rpm).

This compact construction equipment market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecasts in terms of revenue (USD Billion) and shipment (Units) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Equipment

  • Mini excavators
  • Compact wheel loaders
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Compact track loaders
  • Backhoe loaders
  • Others

Market, By Application

  • Loading
  • Excavation
  • Material handling
  • Lifting & hoisting
  • Others

Market, By End User

  • Construction
  • Agriculture
  • Mining
  • Utility works
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Nordics
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Southeast Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Rest of Latin America 
  • MEA
    • South Africa
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of compact construction equipment was reached USD 59 billion in 2023 and is estimated to register over 4% CAGR between 2024 and 2032, owing to increasing investments in expanding manufacturing facilities.

In 2023, the skid steer loaders segment is growing at high rate and is expected to record higher demand through 2032 as the higher breakout force enables these machines to tackle more challenging tasks, such as excavation & material handling, with greater efficiency and effectiveness.

Asia Pacific region dominated 45% share of the compact construction equipment industry in 2023 and will grow significantly through 2032, owing to the rapid urbanization in the region, particularly in China, India, and other Southeast Asian countries.

Caterpillar, CNH Industrial, Deere & Company, Kubota Corporation, SANY, Sumitomo, Terex, Wacker Neuson SE, XCMG, and Yanmar.

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  • Base Year: 2023
  • Companies covered: 20
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  • Countries covered: 24
  • Pages: 260
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