The factors that are expected to fuel the growth of the port equipment market are the increasing seaborne trade across the globe and the growing number of container shipments in Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Various countries have been focusing on developing new ports owing to the increase in vessel count and trade volume. According to the International Chamber of Shipping, 90% of the world’s trade is carried out through seaways as they are ideal for heavy and bulk goods, have large carrying capabilities, and offer competitive freight costs.
The global port equipment market size is expected to grow from USD 29.2 billion in 2018 to USD 36.6 million by 2023, at a CAGR of 3.30% during the forecast period. The major driving factors for the port equipment market are the increasing seaborne trade across the globe and the growing number of container shipments in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
Based on equipment type, the straddle carriers segment is estimated to lead the port equipment market during the forecast period. These are used for lifting and lowering containers, both vertically and horizontally. Straddle carriers are used in container handling have lifting capacities ranging from 40 to 60 tons. As per the industry experts, the demand for straddles is mostly generated from port terminals in Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK. Equipment manufacturers are focused on offering hybrid straddle carriers for port terminals owing to the growing requirement of advanced cargo handling equipment equipped with advanced technologies.
Based on application, the container handling application segment of the port equipment market is estimated to have the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The increase in seaborne trade in the last few years has led to an increase in the deliveries of marine vessels. With the increase in global maritime trade, the marine ports will be required to modernize to increase their container handling capacity. Increasing global imports and exports coupled with increasing maritime shipping are likely to drive the demand for port equipment.
Asia Pacific region shows the highest potential for implementation of port equipment
The port equipment market in the Asia Pacific region is expected to witness high growth during the forecast period. Port equipment are expected to be deployed in large numbers in port terminals, thereby providing various application areas of operations. In recent years, the maximum transportation of containers has been noticed from South Korea, China, Singapore, and India. According to the World Shipping Council, of the top 50 container port terminals in terms of handling million TEU in 2016, 24 were in Asia. These included China, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand.
The major players in the port equipment market include Liebherr (Switzerland), TTS (Norway), Kalmar (Finland), Konecranes (Finland), Sany (China), Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) (China), Hyster (US), Lonking (China), CVS Ferrari (Italy), Anhui Heli (China), and Famur Famak (Poland), among others. Kalmar is one of the key market players engaged in contracts and acquisitions to increase the sale of port equipment for different applications.
Kalmar is one of the global leader offering new advanced port container handling equipment. The company has made several contracts with end users for supplying tractors and reachstackers, among others. In January 2018, the company has a supply contract for 10 TL2 terminal tractors from Trac-Wheels (Malaysia), a company involved in the sale and leasing of construction and container handling equipment in East Malaysia. The tractors are to be offered on lease to the Miri Port and Tanjung Manis Port terminals located in East Malaysia for integrated cargo handling solutions.
Konecranes is a publicly held company founded in 1910. It is one of the fastest-growing cranes supplying companies in the European region. Konecranes offers unique and customized solutions to its clients to cater to their requirements. Port equipment package offered by the company includes container reach stackers, straddle carriers, rail mounted gantry cranes, rubber tired gantry cranes, mobile harbor cranes, and automated terminal tractors. It allows customers to configure their own container handling process to meet their requirements. The company has over 48 customers across the globe.
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