Off-Highway Research offers data and analysis on international markets for wheeled loaders 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. The Global Wheeled Loader Industry is also the subject of a new in-depth Special Report published in September 2018.
A wheeled loader is a 4-wheel drive articulated machine, powered by a diesel engine. It has a front mounted bucket connected to a boom to collect material from the ground. The purpose is to transfer this material from one place to another without pushing it along the ground.
Off-Highway Research classifies wheeled loaders in two distinct types. Compact wheeled loaders from 30-80 horsepower and larger machines of 80 horsepower or more.
Our new equipment analysis looks at demand and production in the largest wheeled loader market in the world and discusses pressure on the segment – from the growing popularity of excavators, competition from ‘economical’ machines and the forthcoming China IV emissions laws.
Demand for wheeled loaders in China grew from 70,400 units in 2017 to 92,600 machines last year, a 32 per cent increase. This was in line with the Chinese equipment market’s overall growth in 2018.
The current buoyancy in the worldwide market for wheeled loaders is expected to be sustained over the coming years. While unit sales will decline slightly, the worth of the sector will continue to climb, thanks to growth in high value markets.
Sales of wheeled loaders in China grew 45 per cent last year to 70,400 units. Although still popular machines, wheeled loaders were out-sold by excavators for the first time in China’s history last year, and conventional products are being challenged by low cost, low quality ‘economical’ loaders in the smaller size classes.