European Equipment Analysis: Motor Graders - Germany (May 2018)
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This report examines the market in Germany for motor graders, a subject last covered by Off‑Highway Research in 2015. Germany is historically the largest single market in Europe for graders, typically accounting for 30-40 per cent of the region’s sales.
The motor graders operating in Germany range from the smallest 7 tonne models with engines of 75 horsepower, to those weighing nearly 23 tonnes with engines of 230 horsepower. In practice the majority of graders sold in Germany are in the 130-190 horsepower range with service weights of between 11 and 19 tonnes.
In contrast to most other product sectors, the market for new graders in Germany has traditionally been the subject of very little fluctuation, and in recent years demand has stabilised at an average level of 60-70 units per year regardless of economic influences. The long working life of the machines and many owners’ preference for rebuilding them means that this situation is unlikely to alter significantly in the future. Furthermore, the specialised nature of the motor grader, which necessitates the use of highly skilled drivers to operate them, means that there has been less influence on the market from the rental sector, and demand is therefore determined more by the replacement programmes of the road building fraternity.