MRO Magazine

World demand for mining equipment to approach $105 billion in 2019

Cleveland, OH – Global demand for mining equipment is forecast to expand 7.0% annually to nearly US$105 billion in 2019. Growth in mining equipment sales during the 2009-2014 period was erratic, a result of the volatility of commodity prices and the resultant effect on mining machinery investment.

Increases in manufacturing output, especially in the developing world, and renewed strength in construction activity in much of the developed world will support mining equipment sales gains. These and other trends are presented in World Mining Equipment, a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

The developing world will continue to post robust gains in mining equipment demand, as overall lack of mechanization rates in these countries drive purchases. In addition, many developing countries have significant metals and coal mining industries that require substantial levels of capital investment. These include nations in the Asia/Pacific region and Central and South America, which have large metals mining industries, and in Eastern Europe and the Africa/Mideast region, which are sizable coal producing areas.

China is by far the largest national market for mining equipment, with sales more than doubling between 2009 and 2014. Rapid increases in manufacturing output and construction activity in the country, as well as government efforts to boost the mechanization of China’s mines, led to torrid growth historically, and advances will remain above average through 2019. According to analyst Kyle Peters, “Although it will remain a much smaller market than China, India will record the fastest gains of any country, as there is still a significant need for mine mechanization. Mining output growth in India will be among the strongest in the world.”


The developed countries of North America and Western Europe will experience more modest growth through 2019, although mining equipment demand in Western Europe will accelerate from the 2009-2014 period as the region’s construction industry rebounds from a decade long decline. The majority of mining activity in these nations is of aggregates, which require less capital spending per metric ton of output than metals or coal. In addition, coal consumption and associated mining output are falling in many industrialized countries, as regulatory mandates lead to greater use of other energy sources.

World Mining Equipment (published 11/2015, 439 pages) is available for US$6,600 from The Freedonia Group Inc. Information may also be obtained through