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Recent Developments in Global Crane Market Catalyzing Growth

The global crane market has witnessed a positive growth over the past few years. This can be attributed to the growing construction and infrastructure projects across the globe along with the introduction of special purpose cranes by the manufacturers.



According to the latest report by IMARC Group, titled “Crane Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2018-2023”, the global crane market reached a value of around US$ 40.4 Billion in 2017. Crane refers to a type of construction machinery utilized for lifting and transporting heavy loads. It is used in industries such as the transport industry for loading and unloading freight and the manufacturing industry for assembling heavy equipment. Earlier, cranes were manually powered by the laborers and used pulleys and ropes to lift objects. Nowadays, the advanced cranes utilize hydraulic and internal combustion engine systems which provide greater lifting capabilities. There is a wide variety of construction cranes available in the market including aerial cranes, truck-mounted cranes and mobile cranes which are used to build all types of structures ranging from high-rise office buildings to modular home constructions.

Market Trends:

The governments of various nations are spending a considerable amount of money on the development of their country’s infrastructure, such as roads, airports, railways, commercial spaces and housing establishments. The ongoing construction of smart cities in the emerging regions, particularly in India and China, have also escalated the demand for cranes. Apart from this, there have been developments in crane technologies that will create a positive impact on the growth of the global crane market. For instance, the manufacturers in India have introduced special purpose cranes enabling rapid removal of overburden from tunneling or shaft excavation when used for hydel power projects. Moreover, the manufacturers have launched innovative mobile cranes which are compact and can be easily assembled. Looking forward, the market is projected to reach a value of US$ 52.4 Billion by 2023, exhibiting a CAGR of around 4% during 2018-2023.

Market Summary:

  • Based on types, the market has been segmented as mobile cranes, marine and port cranes, and fixed cranes. Currently, mobile cranes dominate the market, holding the largest share.
  • On the basis of applications, construction and infrastructure represent the largest application segment, followed by mining, oil and gas, and others.
  • Region-wise, Asia Pacific enjoys the leading position in the global crane market. Other major regions include Europe, North America, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America.
  • The competitive landscape of the global crane market has also been examined with some of the key players being Cargotec, Konecranes, Liebherr-International, Manitowoc, Terex, XCMG Group, American Crane and Equipment, Badger Equipment, Broderson, IHI Construction Machinery, Link-Belt Construction Equipment and Kobelco Cranes.


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