Construction Equipment Rental Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Vehicle Type (Cranes, Backhoe, Loaders, Excavators, Dump Trucks), Drive Type (IC Engine, Hybrid Drive), and Region.

Market Snapshot

Construction Equipment Rental Market Summary
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Fastest growing market:

Asia Pacific

Largest market:

Asia Pacific

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Market Overview

The global construction equipment rental market is expected to reach USD 174.52 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 5.06%, during the forecast period (2019-2026). Some of the major factors driving and restricting the growth of the market are as follows:

  • One of the major factors driving the growth of the market is the growing construction industry, especially in developing countries, owing to numerous growth opportunities in infrastructure, residential, and non-residential sectors. For instance, the rise in construction of multi-family houses (with the growing trend of nuclear families), and increasing investments in construction of roads, highways, smart cities, metros, bridges, and expressways due to growing population and urbanization.
  • The growing trend toward automation is expected to drive the growth of the market.
  • However, factors such as stringent emission regulations for construction machinery are expected to hinder the growth of the market.


Scope of the Report

By Vehicle Type

Earthmoving Equipment





Material Handling


Dump Trucks

By Drive Type

IC Engine


Hybrid Drive


By Region

North America

United States



Rest of Mexico



United Kingdom




Rest of Europe






Rest of Asia-Pacific (including ASEAN Countries)

South America



Rest of South America

Middle East and Africa

United Arab Emirates

South Africa

Rest of Middle East and Africa

Key Market Trends

The Excavators Sub-segment is Expected to Dominat the Earthmoving Equipment Segment

  • The excavators sub-segment in the global construction equipment rental market was valued at USD 28.07 billion in 2018.
  • Excavators are typically of two types, namely wheeled excavators and crawler excavators. Among them, crawler excavators occupied a major share of more than 70% of the global excavator rental market in 2017.
    • As most rental companies purchased low-cost crawler excavators over high cost wheeled excavators, because the former equipment offered high stability for digging operations on rough or uneven terrains, compared to that of wheeled excavators.
  • However, the operating cost of wheeled excavators have been less compared to that of crawler excavators, as the wearing out of crawlers’ undercarriages and their replacing or refurbishing are an expensive and time-consuming task. Thus, some regions have started to adopt wheeled excavators in construction projects since 2010.
    • Europe ranks the highest in the usage of wheeled excavators compared to the United States. As most of the work done in Europe takes place in urbanized areas, while in the United States work projects majorly included clearing land and digging.
    • While, in Asia-Pacific and Middle-East & Africa, the usage of excavators covered more than 55% of the total construction equipment rental demand during 2015-2017. In the above regions, a majority of the excavators used were crawler-types and very few operations in construction job sites preferred wheeled excavators, especially compact wheeled excavators.
  • With growing infrastructure developments across the globe, the need for excavators was evident in almost every construction project. Thus, many rental companies across the globe continuously invest in purchasing new excavators to keep the average age of its excavator fleet at a potential of 2 to 3 years, to satisfy a wide customer demand, who are looking for advanced and efficient excavators.
    • For instance, Theisen Baumaschinen Mietpark GmbH & Co KG, one of the leading construction equipment rental companies in Germany, has recently purchased 32 new wheeled (12 units) and crawler excavators (20 units) from Doosan in 2018, to strengthen its rental equipment fleet for regional Theisen centers across Germany and in Vienna (Austria).
Excavators Rental Market

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Asia-Pacific is Expected to Dominate the Construction Equipment Rental Market

The Asia-Pacific construction equipment rental market dominated the global market, with a market share of 36.70% in 2018.

Asia-Pacific is one of the largest markets that witnessed a boom in construction and infrastructural development, because of the growing emphasis by governments on developing infrastructure for a sustainable economy. This region has witnessed growth in the number of Special Economic Zones (SEZs), airports, metro construction, highway constructions, dams, hydroelectric projects, etc., in order to sustain high-level industrial activities, better connectivity, and growing energy demand. As a result, many international players are beginning to invest, and are setting up manufacturing facilities and distribution centers in the region to meet the growing demand and to capture the regional market. Construction machinery manufacturers, such as Liebherr, Caterpillar, Hitachi, and Sumitomo Corporation, offering rental services now face intense competition from numerous domestic and regional players, owing to competitive pricing and the availability of technologically advanced equipment.


Construction Equipment Rental Market - Regional Growth

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Competitive Landscape

The global construction machinery market is characterized by the presence of numerous domestic and regional players, resulting in a highly fragmented market environment. The eleven international and regional players in the market account for 13% of the market share and the remaining 87% of the market share is dominated by other players (domestic or regional players). The market is highly driven by mergers & acquisitions and joint venture activities.

The rivalry among various machinery/equipment rental firms is high, as major players are trying to establish their footprint in developing countries, in order to grab a share in the growing market in Asia-Pacific and South American regions. The industry is highly competitive, because of limited diversity in the services offered under the construction equipment category.

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Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Overview

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

    5. 4.5 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    6. 4.6 Technology Trends (Including Autonomous and Connected Equipment Trends)


    1. 5.1 By Vehicle Type

      1. 5.1.1 Earthmoving Equipment

        1. Backhoe

        2. Loaders

        3. Excavators

        4. Other Earthmoving Equipment

      2. 5.1.2 Material Handling

        1. Cranes

        2. Dump Trucks

    2. 5.2 By Drive Type

      1. 5.2.1 IC Engine

      2. 5.2.2 Hybrid Type

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. US

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. UK

        3. France

        4. Spain

        5. Italy

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific (including ASEAN Countries)

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. UAE

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Companies Market Share Analysis

      1. 6.1.1 Introduction

      2. 6.1.2 Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Cramo Plc

      2. 6.2.2 HSS Hire Group Plc

      3. 6.2.3 Herc Rentals Inc.

      4. 6.2.4 CNH Industrial

      5. 6.2.5 Liebherr International AG

      6. 6.2.6 Caterpillar

      7. 6.2.7 Sumitomo Corp.

      8. 6.2.8 Hitachi Construction Machinery (Hitachi Group)

      9. 6.2.9 Ashtead Group Plc

      10. 6.2.10 Kanamoto Co. Ltd

      11. 6.2.11 H&E Equipment Services Inc.

      12. 6.2.12 Ramirent plc

      13. 6.2.13 Loxam

      14. 6.2.14 United Rentals Inc.

  7. 7. Market Opportunities and Future Trends

  8. 8. Price Variation Analysis of Construction Rental Equipment

  9. 9. Analysis on Replacement Rate of Construction Rental Equipment

  10. 10. Disclaimer

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