May 20, 2024

Trencher Market Is Expected To Be Flourished By Increasing Need For Digging In Underground Infrastructure Projects

Trenchers are heavy machinery used for digging trenches, ditches, foundations, or narrow holes in various construction applications. They are commonly used in utility construction projects including installation and repair of underground pipelines for water, sewage, fiber optics, and electricity. Trenchers help complete digging work faster compared to traditional manual digging using shovels. The global trencher market offers a wide variety of trencher machines in various capacities from walk-behind trenchers for residential projects to multi-wheeled machines for commercial and infrastructure projects. Recent years have witnessed rising investments in development of underground infrastructure including utility networks, telecommunication networks, and transportation networks globally which has increased the demand for trench digging equipment.

The global Trencher Market is estimated to be valued at US$ 390.2 Mn in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 3.5% over the forecast period 2023 to 2030, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.

Market Dynamics:
The increasing need for digging in underground infrastructure projects is expected to be a key driver bolstering the growth of trencher market over the forecast period. As mentioned earlier, continuous investments towards expansion and development of underground utility networks, transportation networks have increased demand for trench digging equipment from utility contractors and network developers. Furthermore, rising construction of underground transportation projects including metros, underground tunnels is anticipated to provide new growth avenues during the forecast period. However, availability of alternative trench digging methods like horizontal directional drilling and availability of pre-used and rental trenchers in market may restrain the market growth.

Segment Analysis
The trencher market is dominated by the micro trencher segment which holds around 55% market share. Micro trenchers are preferred for cable laying and installation applications for utilities due to their compact size and ability to work in tight spaces. They can easily cut narrow and shallow trenches which conventional trenchers are unable to for laying electrical cables, communication cables, gas pipes, and water pipes underground without damage.

PEST Analysis
Political: Underground cabling projects are promoted by governments across regions for network infrastructure development which is driving demand. Various safety regulations regarding handling of trenching equipment impacts manufacturing standards.
Economic: Developing nations in Asia Pacific and Latin America are investing heavily in development of underground utility networks which is a key factor for market growth. Rising installation of telecom and power cables supports ongoing need.
Social: Transition to underground cabling helps avoid issues related to frequent cable cuts from digging or erosion. This improves network reliability for utilities. Demand for broadband and telecom connectivity from rising incomes supports cable laying activities.
Technological: Introduction of remote monitoring and auto-control systems in trenchers improves safety and productivity. Advances in miniaturization have enabled development of micro trenchers suited for shallow cable depths.

Key Takeaways

The Global Trencher Market Demand is expected to witness high growth over the forecast period supported by ongoing investments in development of telecom, power, and gas pipeline infrastructure across regions. The Asia Pacific region dominated the market with around 35% share in 2023 led by China, India, and southeast Asian countries actively developing their underground utility networks.

Regional analysis

The Asia Pacific region is projected to maintain its leading position during the forecast period backed by the massive ongoing infrastructure development programs involving electrification, telecom connectivity, and gas pipeline projects especially across China, India, Indonesia, and other southeast Asian countries. Government initiatives such as China’s Belt and Road Initiative involve heavy investment in transnational infrastructure which involves extensive use of trenchers for underground cabling.

Key players

Key players operating in the trencher market are Wolfe Heavy Equipment, EZ-Trench, Tesmec, Ditch Witch, Marais, Vermeer, Toro, UNAC, Port Industries, Guntert & Zimmerman, Mastenbroek, Shandong Gaotang trencher, Rongcheng Shenyuan, and Inter-Drain among others. Ditch Witch, Vermeer, and Toro are among the largest manufacturers with a well-established global presence while Chinese companies have a strong position in the regional market.

1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
2. We have leveraged AI tools to mine information and compile it