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 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.
Sales exceeded 10,000 units last year for the first time in more than a decade
Almost no mini excavators were sold in India a decade ago, but this type of equipment is now established and showing good growth prospects.
Demand for mini excavators in Germany has been its highest ever for the last two years, exceeding both the pre-crisis highs of the mid-2000s and the reunification boom of the early 1990s.