The French Earthmoving Equipment Market in 2017
Sales of earthmoving equipment in France grew by 21% in 2017 compared to 2016.
At some 21,630 machines sold, the French earthmoving equipment market remain the third biggest market in Europe. Overall, equipment sales within the French market have been relatively strong. 2017 will stand as the best year since the market crash in 2008.
Growth in equipment sales for 2017 so far have been driven by crawler excavators, which were 22% higher than in 2016. This includes mini excavator sales, which are the most popular product, and reflect a strong house building market this year. And the mini excavator market is now not far from the historical record levels. But, the wheel excavator market is doing well too. With 1800 units, sales of wheel excavator machines increased by 31%. The French wheel excavator market stands at the level reached in 2005. France is the second biggest market in Europe for wheel excavators after Germany.
In 2018, the building market will remain dynamic. But, above all, the growth of the civil engineering sector should accelerate. This is a very good news for the demand of machines. In France, all economic indicators are on green and it is highly probable that the pre-crisis record levels will be reached.