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Australia Construction Equipment Market 2022
The Australia construction equipment market was estimated to be 14,006 units in 2022 and is projected to reach 18,180 units by 2029, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.80%. The Australian government plans to increase investments in residential buildings, roads, and railways, which will drive the demand for excavators during the forecast period. Several road construction projects, such as the M1 Pacific Motorway Extension to Raymond Terrace, are currently underway and scheduled to be completed by mid-2028. These projects are expected to boost the demand for road construction machinery in Australia. Another notable construction project is the Princes Highway Upgrade, valued at USD 450 million, which aims to improve the primary route between Sydney and the Victorian border in New South Wales. Additionally, increased government investment under the ‘Infrastructure Investment Program’ and in the renewable energy sector is expected to propel the Australia construction equipment market during the forecast period.
In 2022, the earthmoving construction equipment segment held the largest share of the Australia construction equipment market. Within this segment, excavators accounted for the largest share in 2022.
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One of the major projects in Queensland is the Bruce Highway upgrade program, aimed at enhancing safety, flood resilience, and capacity along the highway that connects Brisbane and Cairns. This program involves the construction of 99 new bridges, 372 km of roadside safety barriers, and 85 km of pavement rehabilitation.
Melbourne, with a focus on green infrastructure, has planned to improve urban amenities, quality of life, and landscape connectivity. The green roof project, a joint investment between the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the City of Melbourne, involves a contribution of USD 1.25 million each. The project aims to create a 1500-square-meter green roof, which will be utilized by the University of Melbourne for research and development purposes.
Another significant project, the Coffs Harbour Bypass, includes the construction of a 14 km bypass to improve connectivity, the road transport network, and overall safety. This project is valued at USD 1.1 billion and is expected to be completed by 2027.
Furthermore, there is another highway upgrade project in the pipeline: the Newell Highway Heavy Duty Paved Upgrade [HDPU]. With an estimated value of USD 257 million, this project aims to include five new overtaking lanes, road widening, intersectional improvements, and repaved roads spanning 27 km.
In Queensland, the government has allocated USD 75 million in its 2022-2023 budget for the construction of common user infrastructure to support the development, extraction, and production of critical minerals. The Vanadium Common User Facility project, currently under development, will be located at the Cleveland Bay Industrial Park in Townsville. This facility will process Vanadium deposits and enable multiple small mining operations to access it. Additionally, the facility will be equipped with solutions for safe renewable energy storage. The demonstration facility is set to open in 2023.
Among the country’s largest infrastructure projects is WestConnex, a USD 11.1 billion motorway spanning 33 km in New South Wales. It is scheduled to be completed in 2023. Another major public transport project is the construction of the Sydney Metro. Additionally, the Vantage Data Center Johannesburg Campus, located in Waterfall City, is expected to be completed by 2025 and will contribute to the demand for excavators in the Australia construction equipment market. This campus will have an IT capacity of 80MW and cover an area of approximately 12 hectares.
In 2022, Australia approved USD 34 million worth of grants for the development of six important projects to boost the critical mineral resource industry. The government aims to create more than 500 new jobs through these initiatives. The Minister for Resources has stated that Australia has the potential to become a major global supplier of critical minerals.
The upcoming Cross Rail River project is expected to be completed by 2024. It will involve the construction of a 10.2 km rail line between Dutton Park and Bowen Hills, a 5.9 km tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD, as well as new stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street, Roma Street, and Exhibition Showgrounds. The total investment in this project amounts to USD 5.4 billion.
In 2022, the Australian government invested USD 250 million in new and upgraded recycling infrastructure through the Recycling Modernization Fund (RMF). The 2019 National Waste Policy Action Plan aims to achieve an 80% average resource recovery rate from all waste streams following the waste hierarchy by 2030. Furthermore, Australia plans to spend over USD 6 billion annually on water and wastewater treatment services.
In 2022, the Australian government announced a funding of USD 16.7 billion for clean energy, in line with its commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The Powering Australia plan focuses on developing projects that reduce emissions and promote the use of renewable energy sources.
To promote the adoption of solar energy, the Australian government has allocated over USD 202.1 million for the installation of community batteries and solar banks. The Community Solar Banks program, valued at USD 68.5 million, enables Australian households to access affordable solar-powered energy.
The country possesses a strong portfolio of publicly-funded projects. In the 2022-2023 budget, it was announced that there would be a ten-year investment of USD 12.0 billion in crucial infrastructure projects nationwide, including roads and railways. Furthermore, the government has pledged to exceed investments of USD 146 billion between 2021 and 2025. Noteworthy among the country’s major infrastructure projects are WestConnex (valued at USD 11.3 billion), Sydney Metro (USD 12 billion), and Melbourne Metro Tunnel (USD 11 billion). Moreover, the government of South Australia has committed to investing USD 18.6 billion in the construction and enhancement of infrastructure.
The Powering Australia plan implemented by the country focuses on projects aimed at reducing emissions through the expansion of renewable energy sources. Additionally, the Community Solar Banks program is expected to allocate approximately USD 68.9 million to enable Australian households to access affordable solar power. Moreover, the government has invested over USD 4.1 billion in renewable energy generation and storage. South Australia has attracted around USD 4 billion in foreign investment for various power generation projects, including wind, solar PV, solar thermal, batteries, pumped hydro, compressed air, and thermal storage.
In December 2022, logistics company NewCold announced an investment of USD 160.3 million to construct its inaugural warehouse in Sydney’s western region. The construction will take place in two phases, with the first phase consisting of a frozen pallet warehouse capable of holding 80,000 pallets.
Woolworths, a supermarket chain, has unveiled plans to build two new automated warehouses at Moorebank Logistics Park in Western Sydney. These warehouses are expected to be operational by 2024.
Construction is currently underway on the Axis Alexandria Warehouse in Sydney, which involves the development of a two-story, multi-unit warehouse and a distribution building spanning 1.69 hectares of land. The project encompasses the construction of nine small warehouse units, as well as parking and loading/unloading facilities.
In February 2023, Volvo CE introduced its environmentally friendly Volvo CE EC300E Hybrid Excavator to the Australian construction equipment market, offering improved fuel efficiency. This machine consumes less than 15% of the fuel used by traditional excavators and emits 15% fewer carbon emissions. Additionally, in March 2023, Hitachi Construction Machinery announced the launch of new wheel loaders and excavators from their popular ZW-7 and ZX-7 series in Australia. These machines are equipped with Stage-V-compliant fuel-efficient engines, featuring a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system, Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC), and Catalysed Soot Filter (CSF).
CareTrack provides customers with solutions for efficient equipment management to achieve optimal performance. It helps operators optimize their machine usage by minimizing time and fuel consumption. In 2022, Komatsu acquired Mine Site Technologies, an Australian Telematics Company that offers operational optimization platforms for underground mining. Komatsu aims to enhance technological solutions, including the automation and teleoperation of mining equipment.
Komatsu has introduced the ‘Smart Construction Field,’ enabling contractors to instantly analyze data and identify cost-effective methods for project management and resource allocation. Collaborating with software provider Moovila, Komatsu has developed a mobile app called the Smart Construction Field, which allows contractors to record on-site activities and analyze operational efficiency in real-time. The company has also launched the ‘Smart Construction Drone,’ enabling the collection of visual topography data on job sites. This drone technology facilitates quantity calculation for production tracking and billing, eliminating the need for manual surveying. The drone can capture images up to 400 feet above ground level and can be used for pre-verification of job sites.
In 2022, the chairman of National Skill Week reported a significant shortage of skilled labor in the construction sector, resulting in delays in project completion. It was predicted that the shortage would reach 100,000 vacancies by 2023.
The Home Builders Institute (HBI) stated that the construction industry needs to create 740,000 new jobs annually to meet the demand for skilled labor. The country’s aging population adds additional pressure, with projections indicating that older people will constitute 21% to 23% of the total population by 2066.
Due to limited availability of industrial land, there is an ongoing shortage of warehouses in the Australian market. This scarcity has led to delays in the completion of new projects and a significant increase in average rents throughout 2022.
To meet the growing demand in e-commerce, Australia requires more than 1,800,000 square meters of industrial and logistics space. Online sales are projected to account for 17% of total retail sales by 2026. The persistent lack of space is expected to impede the sales of construction equipment such as forklifts and telehandlers in the Australian construction equipment market.
The market is segmented based on various factors, including type and end user.
Segmentation by Type
Earthmoving Equipment – Excavator, Backhoe Loaders, Motor Graders, Other Earthmoving Equipment (Other loaders, Bulldozers, Trenchers)
Material Handling Equipment – Crane, Forklift & Telescopic Handlers, Aerial Platforms (Articulated Boom Lifts, Telescopic Boom lifts, Scissor lifts)
Road Construction Equipment – Road Rollers, Asphalt Pavers
Segmentation by End Users
In 2022, earthmoving equipment accounted for 49.3% of Australia’s overall construction equipment market. It is projected that the earthmoving equipment segment will reach 9,035 units by 2029, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.91%.
To support the development, extraction, and production of critical minerals, the Queensland government allocated $75 million in its 2022-2023 budget for the construction of common user infrastructure. As part of this initiative, the Vanadium Common User Facility project is currently being developed in the Cleveland Bay Industrial Park in Townsville. The facility will process Vanadium deposits and provide access to multiple small mining operations. Additionally, the facility will incorporate solutions for safe renewable energy storage. The demonstration facility is scheduled to open in 2023.
In 2022, the application of construction equipment in the construction industry accounted for 40.3% of the overall market in Australia. It is anticipated that the application of construction equipment in the construction industry will reach 7,400 units by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 3.94%.
The Regional Rail Revival project, supported by investments from both the Australian and Victorian governments ($4 billion), aims to upgrade every regional passenger rail line in Victoria. This project is expected to stimulate job creation and create opportunities for suppliers in the region.
Prominent vendors in the construction equipment market in Australia include Caterpillar, Volvo Construction Equipment, Liebherr, Hitachi Construction Machinery, Komatsu, XCMG, JCB, and SANY.
Caterpillar holds the strongest share in the Australian market. Caterpillar, Volvo CE, Komatsu, and Hitachi Construction Machinery are the leaders in the construction equipment market in Australia. They have a robust distribution network and offer a diversified product portfolio.
Other notable vendors in the construction equipment market in Australia include John Deere, Manitou, Kobelco, Yanmar, Kubota, Merlo Spa, Terex, Liugong, Takeuchi, GEHL, Sumitomo Construction Machinery Co., Ltd, ASV, Kanga Loaders, and SDLG.
SANY, JCB, Liugong, and XCMG are emerging as strong contenders in the market. These companies are introducing innovative products to capture a larger share of the construction equipment market.
Key distributors/dealers in the market include CJD Equipment, Semco Equipment Sales, Conplant, Tutt Bryant, and Capital Construction Equipment.
Key companies profiled in this report include Caterpillar, Komatsu, Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group Co. Ltd. (XCMG), Liebherr, Volvo Construction Equipment, Hitachi Construction Machinery, JCB, SANY, John Deere, Manitou, Kobelco, Yanmar, Kubota, MERLO Group, Terex Corporation, Liu Gong, Takeuchi Manufacturing, GEHL, Sumitomo Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., ASV, Kanga Loader, SDLG.
Key Questions Answered
What is the size of the construction equipment market in Australia?
The construction equipment market size in Australia was valued at 14,006 units in 2022 and is projected to reach 18,180 units by 2029.
What is the growth rate of the construction equipment market in Australia?
The construction equipment market in Australia is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.80% from 2022 to 2029.
Who are the key players in the construction equipment market in Australia?
The key players in the construction equipment market in Australia include Caterpillar, Komatsu, Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group Co. Ltd. (XCMG), Liebherr, Volvo Construction Equipment, Hitachi Construction Machinery, JCB, and SANY.
What are the current trends in the construction equipment market in Australia?
The current trends in the construction equipment market in Australia include increasing sales of hybrid and electric construction equipment, integration of telematics systems, and the launch of smart construction solutions.
Which companies are the major distributors in the construction equipment market in Australia?
The major distributor companies in the construction equipment market in Australia include CJD Equipment, Semco Equipment Sales, Conplant, Tutt Bryant, Capital Construction Equipment, and BPF Equipment.