Small Gas Engine Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The market is segmented by End-User (Gardening, Industrial, and Construction), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa).

Market Snapshot

Small Gas Engine Market - Market Summary
Study Period: 2019-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >4 %

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Market Overview

The small gas engine market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 4 % during the forecast period of 2022-2027. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the market studied witnessed a negative impact, owing to the subdued activities in the end-user industries. However, the market showed signs of recovering since early 2021, which was likely due to the economic rebound in the majority of the countries. Factors such as the increasing use of construction equipment powered by gas generators, the decline in natural gas prices, low environmental impact, and increasing flexibility and efficiency of gas-driven energy generation are expected to drive the small gas engine market demand during the forecast period. However, the cost of the small gas engine is likely to hamper the market. Consumers are buying cheap equipment from merchandisers or retailers at low prices. Such scenarios are pushing the Chinese products available at lower prices but are of low quality. This price war has forced manufacturers to a point where they have lost the ability to sell their engines at a premium.

  • The growth of the construction activities surges the demand for outdoor power equipment, which is likely to dominate the small gas engines market due to the nominal maintenance costs and reduced product costs.
  • Due to emission legislation, the major manufacturers are investing in new technical avenues, such as micro-hybridization engines, biofuels engines, etc., which are expected to provide opportunities for market growth.
  • Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the small gas engine market, with most of the demand coming from countries like China and India.

Scope of the Report

The small gas engines market report includes:

North America
South America
Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Construction End-User Segment to Dominate the Market

  • A gas engine is an internal combustion engine that runs on natural gas or other gases, such as coal gas, producers' gas, biogas, and landfill gas. Additionally, higher flexibility and quick-startup of the gas engine result in a shift from other drivers to gas engines among the users, especially in small size capacity range (20 – 640 cc) in recent times.
  • Any construction activity requires electric power to run the various machinery and equipment. The sites cannot avail grid supplies as the concerned project's power infrastructure might not be fully developed to support the power requirement of the construction phase, thus, creating a need for efficient small gas engines.
  • In recent years, due to the increasing demand for efficient and low carbon engines along with technological advancements, companies are investing and adopting advanced small gas engines that require low maintenance and reduced product costs. For instance, in March 2020, a major engine manufacturer, Kohler, introduced the Command PRO EFI propane engine (Model PCV680LE). The newly launched model is a clean-burning and fuel-efficient alternative for commercial equipment replacing gasoline and diesel-fueled engines. It saves significantly on fuel with less downtime for refueling.
  • The construction sector remains one of the most significant end users of small portable engines during the forecast period. Moreover, the fast-paced economic growth, coupled with urbanization activities in the developing nations, such as China, India, Indonesia, has led to phenomenal growth in the construction industry over the past several years, thus, driving the demand for small gas engine market during the forecast period.
  • Moreover, the increasing number of construction project activities globally and concerns related to the environment and economy of the projects are expected to drive the demand for the small gas engine market during the forecast period.
Small Gas Engine Market - Revenue Share

Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to be one of the significant markets for small gas engines. Due to the rising industrialization and urbanization, major countries in Asia-Pacific region are witnessing substantial growth in the end-user industries such as the construction and industrial sector.
  • According to the Indian government's estimate, the country needs an investment of about USD 4.5 trillion to build sustainable infrastructure by 2040. The Union Budget 2022-23 of India highlights a 35.4% increase in public capital investment. The rise in CAPEX has increased from nearly INR 5.54 lakh crore in 2021-22 to around INR 7.50 lakh crore in the 2022-23 budget. It aims to strengthen the country's infrastructure, thus, positively impacting the small gas engines in the construction sector during the forecast period.
  • Further, the Indian government has adopted a strategic policy towards clean energy usage with a vision to create a gas-based economy in the country. The gas pipeline infrastructure in India increased from 12,028 km in 2012 to 17,016 km, as of June 2020. It is expected to lead to widespread growth in natural gas production. Furthermore, the country has set a target to raise the share of gas in its primary energy mix to 15% by 2030. Such policy-level initiatives are likely to boost the natural gas sector, which, in turn, increases the adoption of small gas engines in the coming years.​
  • Major countries in the region are also investing heavily in smart and green buildings. This leads to the need for lawns or gardens to be maintained near buildings. With this, landscaping businesses, countries in Asia-Pacific region are expected to create demand for outdoor-powered equipment. As the small gas engine offers low maintenance cost, outdoor power equipment is expected to be frequently rented and gain much attention from homeowners. This, in turn, is likely to drive the small gas engine market in Asia-Pacific during the forecast period.
  • Therefore, based on the above-mentioned factors, Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the global small gas engine market during the forecast period.
Small Gas Engine Market - Growth Rate by Region

Competitive Landscape

The small gas engine market is moderately fragmented. Some of the key players in this market include Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Kohler Co., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Yamaha Motor Corp., and Kubota Corporation.

Recent Developments

  • In October 2021, the California government signed a bill, which is likely to phase out the sale of new gas-powered small off-road engines (SORE) that are primarily found in outdoor power equipment. The AB 1346 requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to set emissions requirements for small off-road engines to zero by 2024.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions




    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 Market Size and Demand Forecast in USD billion, till 2027

    3. 4.3 Recent Trends and Developments

    4. 4.4 Government Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.5.1 Drivers

      2. 4.5.2 Restraints

    6. 4.6 Supply Chain Analysis

    7. 4.7 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.7.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.7.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.7.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.7.4 Threat of Substitutes Products and Services

      5. 4.7.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 End-User

      1. 5.1.1 Gardening

      2. 5.1.2 Industrial

      3. 5.1.3 Construction

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

      2. 5.2.2 Asia-Pacific

      3. 5.2.3 Europe

      4. 5.2.4 South America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Briggs & Stratton Corporation

      2. 6.3.2 Kohler Co.

      3. 6.3.3 Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

      4. 6.3.4 Yamaha Motor Corp.

      5. 6.3.5 Kawasaki Heavy Industries

      6. 6.3.6 Kubota Corporation

      7. 6.3.7 Liquid Combustion Technology

      8. 6.3.8 Kipor Power

      9. 6.3.9 Champion Power Equipment

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Small Gas Engine Market market is studied from 2019 - 2027.

The Small Gas Engine Market is growing at a CAGR of >4% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Kohler Co., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Yamaha Motor Corp., Kubota Corporation are the major companies operating in Small Gas Engine Market.

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