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The future of the compact construction equipment market

January 29, 2020

The European compact wheel loader market has doubled in size within recent years, from 10,000 units in 2012 to 20,000 units in 2019, and the annual shipment of mini excavators has risen from 40,000 units in 2013 to 70,000 units in 2019. While this trend is predicted to remain positive over the next few years, the pace is expected to slow.

So why is this?

Although demand for compact equipment from urban projects is expected to continue, a constant rise in machine production is simply not sustainable from an environmental perspective.

Unlike their larger cousins, these small models are sometimes only operated for a few hours per day. They are easy to operate and can be transported from one job site to another on a trailer (2.6-tonne models and smaller). This makes them ideal for the rental industry and perfectly suited to the sharing economy.

Preparing to share

ZX19-6 cabin with user-friendly controls

User-friendly controls in the Hitachi ZX19-6 mini excavator

Compact construction equipment could be available via this kind of business model sooner than expected, and customers are already moving towards the mindset of borrowing and sharing. In recognition of this, manufacturers – such as Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) – are preparing for the future, and considering how to develop such a platform via an app or website for customers.

In addition to figuring out how customers would get access to shared fleets of equipment, manufacturers also have concerns over how to ensure it is operated safely and professionally by all those who use it – despite varying levels of experience and ability.

In this respect, safety features on Zaxis-6 mini excavators, and superior all-round visibility on Hitachi ZW-6 compact wheel loaders, for example, will be hugely important. So too will user-friendly controls, such as hydraulic pilot control levers, the large LCD monitor and folding travel pedal, which will make it easier for first-time users of these models.

Easily accessible data

Hitachi's fleet monitoring app Consite Pocket

Hitachi’s fleet monitoring app ConSite Pocket

Remote monitoring solutions will also play an increasing role, making it easier for owners to locate individual machines and check operational data, such as working hours. Hitachi mini excavators are connected to its remote monitoring system, Global e-Service, via a market-leading software platform developed by ABAX. The data can also be accessed via smartphone using the ConSite Pocket app.

Until compact equipment is as readily available as an Uber, however, HCME has made it easier for contractors to access information about machines online with its mini excavator configurator. This enables users to find the right machine, with the correct specification instantly online.

Additionally, mini excavators and the ZX85US/USB-6 compact excavator are also available to rent via the Hitachi Premium Rental programme from a local authorised dealer (compact wheel loaders are available on demand). For more information, visit

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