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Suction Excavator Market

Suction Excavator Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Type, by Drive type, by Application : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2023-2032

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Author's: Saurabh Vijay Samel | Sonia Mutreja
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Suction Excavator Market Research, 2032

The Global Suction Excavator Market size was valued at $924.7 million in 2020, and is projected to reach $1.5 billion by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 4.2% from 2023 to 2032. Suction excavators, also known as vacuum excavators, are specialized construction machines that are primarily designed for non-destructive digging, material removal, and utility location tasks. Suction excavators are equipped with a high-powered vacuum system that is used for removing soil, and debris from the ground while minimizing the risk of damaging underground utilities, cables, pipes, or other underground installations.

Suction Excavator Market

Market Dynamics

The Suction Excavator Market is primarily driven by various factors such as advantages of suction excavators, rise in number of infrastructure projects and use of suction excavators by utility providers. Suction excavators use a vacuum system to break down and extract material, such as soil. This method minimizes the risk of damaging buried utilities, pipes, or structures during excavation.

Thereby, making it suitable for utility maintenance and underground construction activities. Furthermore, suction excavators can also be used to locate and expose underground utilities, such as water lines, gas pipes, and electrical cables. Suction excavators help in preventing accidental damage to these critical infrastructure components during construction or maintenance work.

In addition, suction excavators are often faster and more efficient for precision excavation tasks as compared to conventional excavators. Also, suction excavators exert less ground pressure, reducing the likelihood of ground damage compared to heavy machinery like traditional excavators. Thus, factors such as efficiency and ability to excavate sensitive sites drive the suction excavator market growth.

Furthermore, utility providers extensively use suction excavators to locate and verify the precise location of underground utility lines. This is particularly important before any construction or excavation work is carried out in the vicinity, to avoid damage to underground utilities such as electricity cables, gas pipelines, water mains and drainage systems. Furthermore, utility providers often use suction excavators for installing new cables and lines. In addition, suction excavators are often used in conjunction with trenchless technology, where utility lines are installed or repaired without the need for traditional open-cut excavation. Thus, the extensive use of suction excavators in underground applications increases the demand for suction excavators in the utility sector.

However, suction excavators are typically not well-suited for deep excavation activities. The depth to which they can effectively excavate is often shallower than traditional mechanical excavators. Furthermore, suction excavators struggle with compacted, rocky, or frozen soils, and are best suited for loose or granular soil types. Thus, limited reach and terrain restraints reduce the feasibility of suction excavators on major construction sites. Also, suction excavators typically have a slower excavation rate compared to larger mechanical excavators. Furthermore, separating the excavated material from the air or water used in the suction process can be a time-consuming and labor-intensive task, particularly for hydro suction excavators. In addition, suction excavators require regular maintenance. Thus, factors such as limited usability and high maintenance cost, can restraint the growth of the market in the study period.

Moreover, the increasing demand for machinery performance from construction and utility line sites has fueled the development of new technologies that enhance the overall usability and effectiveness of suction excavators. Modern suction excavators feature more powerful vacuum systems that can generate higher suction forces, thereby enabling faster excavation and improved material removal efficiency. Some suction excavators now also feature variable flow control for the vacuum system, allowing operators to adjust the suction force based on the specific excavation activity. Furthermore, integration of remote-control technology enables operators to control the suction excavator from a safe distance, enhancing safety when working in potentially hazardous environments. For instance, Force One Ltd offers a wide range of remote nozzles that can be attached to triple and quad fan suction excavators.

The Suction Excavator Industry witnessed various obstructions in its regular operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation. Earlier, the global lockdowns resulted in reduced industrial activities, eventually leading to reduced number of utility maintenance projects. However, COVID-19 has subsided, and the major suction excavator manufacturers in 2023 are performing well. Contrarily, the economic slowdown is a new major obstructing factor for the entire industry. The inflation, which is a direct result of the Ukraine-Russia war and few long-term impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, has introduced volatility in the prices of raw materials used for manufacturing suction excavators. Moreover, India and China are performing relatively well, and the suction excavator market is anticipated to growth at a considerable CAGR during the study period.

Segmental Overview

The suction excavator market is segmented into Type, Drive type and Application. On the basis of type, the market is divided into air suction excavator and hydro suction excavator. Depending on drive type, the market is categorized into wheel mounted and track mounted. By application, the market is classified into construction and utility maintenance. Region-wise, it is analyzed across North America (U.S., Canada, and Mexico), Europe (Germany, France, Italy, UK, and rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, and rest of Asia-Pacific), and LAMEA (Latin America, Middle East, and Africa).

By Type:

The suction excavator market is divided into air suction excavator and hydro suction excavator. In 2020, the hydro suction excavator segment held the largest suction excavator market share, in terms of revenue, and the air suction excavator segment is expected to grow with a higher CAGR during the forecast period. Air based vacuum excavators have the ability to break down soil in a controlled manner, thus, they are extensively used in sensitive sites such as underground utility lines. In addition, the debris collected in air-based excavators can be reused in the same site. These advantages fuel the growth of the market. Furthermore, the rise in number of utility maintenance projects in urban regions provides lucrative opportunities for the air based suction excavators market.

Suction Excavator Market by Type

By Drive Type:

The suction excavator market is divided into wheel mounted and track mounted. In 2020, the wheel mounted segment dominated the suction excavator market, in terms of revenue, and the track mounted segment is expected to witness growth at a higher CAGR during the forecast period. The track mounted chassis in track mounted suction excavators provides high stability and mobility on rough terrains and uneven ground. Track mounted suction excavators exert lower ground pressure as compared to wheel mounted excavators, thereby minimizing ground damage. The growth of construction industry in developing economies is anticipated to provide lucrative growth opportunities for the market.

Suction Excavator Market by Drive type

By Application:

The suction excavator market is categorized into construction and utility maintenance. The utility maintenance segment accounted for the highest market share in terms of revenue in 2020 mainly due to extensive use of suction excavators in utility maintenance activities. Moreover, the same segment is expected to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Suction Excavator Market by Application

By Region:

North America accounted for the highest market share in 2022 and Asia-Pacific is expected to grow with a highest CAGR during the forecast period. Asia-Pacific is a highly developing region with the fastest growing population. According to the United Nations, nearly two-thirds of the world population resides in Asia-Pacific, with China and India alone accounting for one-third of the global population. In addition, the rate of urbanization in Asia-Pacific is also high. Thus, owing to high population growth and urbanization in the region, the underground utility networks require periodic repair and maintenance. Thus, rising urbanization, is anticipated to drive the growth of the market is Asia-Pacific region in the next few years.

Suction Excavator Market by Region

Competition Analysis

Key companies profiled in the suction excavator market forecast report includes Aerosun Corporation Limited, GapVax, Inc., Federal Signal Corporation, McLaughlin Group, Inc., Sewer Equipment, Cappellotto S.p.A., Heli NV, Ledwell & Son Enterprises, Inc., Amphitec and Alamo Group Inc. (Vacall Industries). The major players that operate in the global market have adopted key strategies such as acquisition, business expansion, product launch, and other strategies to strengthen their market outreach and sustain the stiff competition in the market.

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This report provides a quantitative analysis of the market segments, current trends, estimations, and dynamics of the suction excavator market analysis from 2020 to 2032 to identify the prevailing suction excavator market opportunity.
  • The suction excavator market overview provides¬†information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
  • Porter's five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier-buyer network.
  • In-depth analysis of the suction excavator market segmentation assists to determine the prevailing market opportunities.
  • Major countries in each region are mapped according to their revenue contribution to the global market.
  • Market player positioning facilitates benchmarking and provides a clear understanding of the present position of the market players.
  • The report includes the analysis of the regional as well as global suction excavator market trends, key players, market segments, application areas, and market growth strategies.

Suction Excavator Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
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Market Size By 2032

USD 1.5 billion

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Growth Rate

CAGR of 4.2%

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Forecast period

2020 - 2032

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Report Pages

190

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By Type
  • Air suction excavator
  • Hydro suction excavator
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By Drive type
  • Wheel Mounted
  • Track Mounted
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By Application
  • Construction
  • Utility maintenance
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By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (Germany, France, UK, Italy, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Latin America, Middle East, Africa)
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Key Market Players

Heli NV, Ledwell & Son Enterprises, Inc., Federal Signal Corporation, GapVax, Inc., Alamo Group Inc. (Vacall Industries), Sewer Equipment, McLaughlin Group, Inc., Aerosun Corporation Limited, Amphitec, Cappellotto S.p.A.

Analyst Review

The global suction excavator market witnessed a huge demand in North America followed by Europe and Asia-Pacific. The highest share of the North America market is attributed to an increase in demand for suction excavator from the utility sector.

The infrastructure construction sector has grown at a respectable pace, even after a huge decline during COVID-19. The growth of infrastructure sector positively influences the suction excavators market, as suction excavators are used for location underground utilities such as water supply, sewage and wastewater management, natural gas distribution, electricity distribution, telecommunications cables to prevent the utilities from any possible damage during construction activities.

Moreover, advancements in technologies have significantly increased the usability and efficiency of suction excavators. For instance, newer models of suction excavators feature more powerful vacuum systems that can generate higher suction forces, thereby enabling faster excavation and improved material removal efficiency. Thus, factors such as increased demand from infrastructure industry and advancements in suction excavation technologies are anticipated to drive the growth of the market throughout the study period.

Author Name(s) : Saurabh Vijay Samel | Sonia Mutreja
Frequently Asked Questions?

Rise in the number of utility maintenance projects is a major trend affecting the Suction Excavator Market.

Construction, Utility Maintenance are two major applications of Suction Excavators.

Asia-Pacific is the largest regional market for Suction Excavators.

$924.7 Million is the estimated industry size of Suction Excavators.

Aerosun Corporation Limited, GapVax, Inc., Federal Signal Corporation, McLaughlin Group, Inc., and Sewer Equipment are some of the top companies to hold the market share in Suction Excavator industry.

The Suction Excavator market is projected to reach $1537 million by 2032.

The company profile has been selected on factors such as geographical presence, market dominance (in terms of revenue and volume sales), various strategies and recent developments.

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Suction Excavator Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2023-2032