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Dragline Excavator Market Size

  • Report ID: GMI8149
  • Published Date: Feb 2024
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Dragline Excavator Market Size

Dragline Excavator Market size was valued at USD 816.7 million in 2023 and is estimated to register a CAGR of over 3% between 2024 and 2032. The market is expected to witness a growing need for dragline excavators due to the increasing demand for minerals and metals such as iron ore, coal, copper, and lithium. Traditional excavators face challenges coping with the vast extraction volumes needed. Consequently, dragline excavators, with their large buckets and extended reach, are favored for large-scale surface mining. These excavators are more cost-effective per ton of material removed than smaller equipment for large-scale surface mining operations.


According to the International Energy Agency, in July 2023, the critical minerals market saw unprecedented growth as clean energy demand drove a strong increase in investments. It also stated that the market for minerals used to power Electric Vehicles (EVs), wind turbines, solar panels, and other essential technologies for the clean energy transition has doubled in size over the past five years.

The expansion of the construction industry is another major factor fueling the dragline excavator market expansion. Dragline excavators excel at large-scale earthmoving activities, making them ideal for infrastructure projects such as constructing roads, bridges, dams, and airports. The global push for infrastructure development, especially in emerging countries, augments the demand for these devices.

Dragline excavators outperform smaller equipment in terms of productivity and cost per unit of material moved on large-scale excavation operations. This cost-benefit makes them appealing to construction businesses working with large earthmoving projects, thereby driving the overall market. For instance, in December 2023, Business Standards stated that India is amid a huge housing boom and this trend will continue to grow. The ever-expanding construction industry is a key factor in the market growth.

The dragline excavator market is impeded by the requirement for high initial investments and maintenance costs. Purchasing a dragline excavator necessitates a significant upfront expenditure, frequently in millions of dollars. This can be a major obstacle for smaller businesses or those with restricted budgets, limiting market entrance and reducing the overall number of possible purchasers. Also, owing to their size and complexity, dragline excavators require frequent maintenance and repairs. The continuous fees increase adds to the overall financial burden, creating another obstacle for potential purchasers.

Authors: Preeti Wadhwani, Aishvarya Ambekar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of dragline excavator reached USD 816.7 million in 2023 and is set to witness 3% CAGR from 2024 to 2032, owing to the increasing demand for minerals and metals such as iron ore, coal, copper, and lithium worldwide.

The standard lifting cranes segment held over 53% market share in 2023, due to a wide range of applications including lifting, excavating, and material handling.

Asia Pacific market recorded 44% revenue share in 2023, attributed to rapid infrastructure development, industrialization, and increasing demand for minerals such as coal, iron ore, copper, and lithium in the region.

Deere & Co., Heavy Engineering Corp. Ltd., Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. Ltd., Hyundai Construction Equipment Co. Ltd., Komatsu Ltd., Liebherr International Deutschland GmbH, and Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd., are some of the major dragline excavator companies worldwide.

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  • Base Year: 2023
  • Companies covered: 20
  • Tables & Figures: 300
  • Countries covered: 24
  • Pages: 200
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