Global Harvesting Equipment Market 2021
The harvesting equipment market is projected to grow from $22.42 billion in 2021 to $30.11 billion by 2027, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.08% from 2022 to 2027. The increasing demand for harvesting equipment in precision farming and the need to reduce grain and cereals waste are expected to drive the global market growth.
Over the past two decades, there has been a significant increase in agricultural efficiency worldwide. With the global population growing exponentially, the demand for food has also increased. Traditional farming practices that rely on manual labor are time-consuming and costly. To address these challenges, farmers have been adopting innovative farming practices globally. Developed countries such as the U.S., the U.K., Japan, Germany, and France have embraced mechanized and precision farming. In developing countries, rising income levels and the demand for fresh farm produce and animal protein are driving the demand for crop production. Limited natural resources such as arable land and fresh water, along with declining farm yields, have prompted growers and agricultural companies to introduce advanced agriculture equipment to improve profitability. Innovations in harvesting technologies, including flying harvesting robots, fully automated harvesting robots, combine harvesters, forage harvesters, sugarcane harvesters, and vineyard harvesters, are gaining momentum in the market. The necessity of harvesting equipment and its acceptance by farmers further fuels the global harvesting equipment market.
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The harvesting equipment market is still in the development phase, with ongoing research and development activities focused on the development of harvesting robots and electrification of harvesting equipment. This is expected to drive the demand for harvesting equipment in farming practices.
Increased investments in R&D present significant opportunities in the global harvesting equipment market. The multifunctionality of harvesting equipment, which includes harvesting, threshing, separating, cleaning, and collecting grain while moving through standing crops, is attracting farmers, animal feed producers, and the dairy industry.
The growing trend of mechanized farming and the shortage of labor create opportunities for harvesting equipment manufacturers. As harvesting equipment reduces costs and time in farming practices and improves grain quality, farmers are increasingly adopting it. Additionally, North America and Europe are embracing the agriculture 4.0 revolution and increasing precision farming practices, which opens up better opportunities in these markets.
Furthermore, harvesting equipment is utilized in various end-use industries, including animal feed and dairy. The increasing demand for meat and dairy products will further drive the harvesting equipment market during the forecast period from 2022 to 2027.
The COVID-19 pandemic directly impacted the manufacturing and transportation activities of the harvesting equipment market. Supply chains were disrupted globally as governments implemented trade and production restrictions. However, as the situation improved in mid-2021, manufacturing and transportation activities gradually resumed, leading to efficient international trades. Therefore, the production and consumption of harvesting equipment are expected to increase post-pandemic.
The market is segmented based on various factors, including application, product, and region.
Segmentation by Application
Segmentation by Product
Segmentation by Region
North America – U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Europe – Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Rest-of-Europe
Asia-Pacific and Japan – Japan, India, Australia and New Zealand, and Rest-of-Asia-Pacific and Japan
South America – Brazil, Argentina, and Rest-of-South America
Rest-of-the-World – Middle East and Africa
The agriculture segment dominates the global harvesting equipment market in terms of application. Harvesting equipment is used for a variety of crops, including maize, wheat, rice, root crops, fruit crops, and forage crops. Maize crop harvesting is the primary use of harvesting equipment worldwide. The demand for maize from the food, feed, and ethanol industry is driving the growth of the harvesting equipment market. In 2021, the agriculture segment accounted for $19.11 billion in revenue and is projected to reach $26.09 billion by 2027, with a CAGR of 5.36% between 2022 and 2027. Cereals and grains, including maize, wheat, rice, soybean, sorghum, and oilseed, are the main crops where harvesting equipment finds extensive usage. These crops play a crucial role in the global food, feed, and fiber supply chain.
In terms of product, the combine harvester segment dominates the global harvesting equipment market. Combine harvesters are widely adopted due to their versatility and can be used for various crops, including wheat, barley, maize, oats, rice, sorghum, flax, rapeseed, soybeans, and sunflower. Other types of harvesting equipment include forage harvesters, sugarcane harvesters, and others. Combine harvesters generated the highest revenue of $15.56 billion in 2021. The volume sales of combine harvesters are expected to reach 190,725 units by 2027, with a CAGR of 6.48% from 2022 to 2027. Among the different product types, combine harvesters are expected to display the fastest growth in terms of volume during the forecast period.
The Asia-Pacific and Japan region is projected to have the fastest market growth of over 7.07% from 2022 to 2027. This region offers significant opportunities for market development due to changing farming practices, labor shortage in harvesting, increased awareness of mechanized farming, and government investments. The harvesting equipment market has a significant presence in North America, South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Japan, the U.K., China, and other regions. China, in particular, plays a crucial role in the harvesting equipment market, with Chinese manufacturers selling their equipment at lower prices due to the availability of raw materials and labor. The Asia-Pacific and Japan region also benefits from countries like India and Japan, which are economically advancing and contributing to the growth of the regional harvesting equipment market. North America generated a revenue of $5.65 billion in 2021, driven by the increasing adoption of harvesting equipment and government initiatives to promote precision and mechanized farming practices. Overall, the Asia-Pacific and Japan region is expected to experience healthy growth, supported by favorable government policies and the rising popularity of mechanized farming techniques.
The selection of the profiled companies was based on inputs obtained from primary experts, along with an analysis of their company coverage, product portfolio, and market penetration.
As of 2021, the market is dominated by top segment players in the harvesting equipment industry, primarily consisting of publicly traded companies that hold approximately 60% market presence. The remaining 40% market presence is attributed to private players operating in the harvesting equipment sector.
Key companies profiled in this report include AGCO Corporation, CNH Industrial N.V., Deere & Company, KUBOTA Corporation, KUHN SAS, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., Tractor and Farm Equipment Limited, YTO Group, Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Co., Ltd., Bernard Krone Holding SE & Co. KG, CLAAS KGaA mbH, Dewulf, Sonalika Group, Weichai Lovol Heavy Industry Co., Ltd, Yanmar Co Ltd, Muddy Machines Ltd, Ripe Robotics, Inaho Inc., Four Growers, Tevel Aerobotics Technologies Ltd.
Recent Industry Developments
In March 2022, Deere & Company responded to consumer demand by introducing updates to its S-Series combine harvesters. This initiative aimed to raise awareness among farmers and drive global sales growth.
In May 2021, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. established a new production plant in Pithampur, India, dedicated to manufacturing farm equipment such as rice transplanters, potato planters, and harvesters. With its strong presence in Asian markets, this investment allowed the company to expand its harvester production specifically for the Asian market.
Similarly, in May 2021, CNH Industrial N.V. upgraded its Case IH Axial-Flow 150 series combine harvesters to enhance power, productivity, and operational ease. This strategic move enabled the company to target the mechanized and precision farming segment, thereby expanding its business further.
In August 2021, Deere & Company made a significant entry into the global cotton harvester segment by launching two new cotton harvesters: the CP770 Cotton Picker and CS770 Stripper.
Additionally, in September 2021, CNH Industrial N.V. expanded its presence in the African and Middle Eastern markets by introducing the Case IH Axial-Flow 4000 combine harvester to these regions. This product launch facilitated CNH Industrial N.V.’s entry into the African and Middle Eastern market.
Key Questions Answered
What is the projected revenue size of the harvesting equipment market for the forecast period 2022-2027?
What is the expected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the harvesting equipment market during the forecast period 2022-2027?
What is the estimated number of units in the harvesting equipment market for the forecast period 2022-2027?
What is the expected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the harvesting equipment market in terms of units during the forecast period 2022-2027?
What are the different applications of harvesting equipment in the agricultural industry?
What are the major drivers and challenges influencing the growth of the harvesting equipment market?
What are the regulations governing the production of harvesting equipment in countries such as the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and France?
What are the anticipated future scenarios for the harvesting equipment market in different regions and countries, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Japan, China, the U.K., South America, and the Middle East and Africa?
What key developmental strategies are implemented by major players to sustain their competitiveness in the market?
How do the key harvesting equipment companies compare in terms of market coverage and potential?
What revenue is each segment expected to generate during the forecast period, and what will be their respective growth percentages?