The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has reported that construction equipment sales are ahead by 75 per cent, in comparison to the same period in 2020.
Analysis of comparisons with construction equipment sales in previous years has demonstrated that the market is increasingly buoyant in 2021, and sales for the first half of the year are ahead by 4 per cent of sales figures for the first six months of 2019, according to Scottish Construction Now.
The construction sector has been struggling with severe materials shortages and disruptions to the supply chain also, meaning price hikes for a wide range of products, but despite this, the increased sales reveal the strength of demand in the construction market.
Telehandlers experienced the strongest sales growth, doubling the sales of 2020 within the first six months of 2021.
The CEA says: “This is a welcome bounce back after showing the weakest performance amongst the major equipment types in 2020 when sales were over 40% below 2019 levels.”
At the other end of the scale, Mini/Midi excavators (up to 10 tonnes) showed a 58 per cent growth compared to 2020, lagging behind all other major equipment types, after having the strongest performance in 2020.
However, Mini/Midi excavators remain the most popular equipment type by a significant margin.
As for regional differences, the North West of England and Scotland saw the strongest sales growth, experiencing double the sales seen in the first half of 2020, but in contrast, the West Midlands and Wales saw weaker sales, at 35 per cent less than last years figures.
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