The global machine control system market size was valued at USD 4.3 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.2% from 2020 to 2027. Machine control systems use technologies such as GNSS, GIS, laser scanning, and robotics to scan the working areas and precisely identify points where heavy earthmoving machinery can be positioned. The correct positioning of the earthmoving machinery facilitates proper initiation of work and promises a safe working environment. As such, it improves the efficiency of working by increasing the speed and accuracy in the earthmoving and construction work. The surging need for precision in the control and navigation of heavy machinery is expected to drive market growth.
Companies are focused on making the systems less complicated and achieving higher productivity by introducing advanced technologies to their systems. For instance, Leica Geosystems AG has introduced MSS400 Series for excavators, equipped with advanced sensors and SP technology. The system is equipped with pressure-tight connectors; stainless steel brackets, robust sensor housing, and rugged cabling that make it suitable for underwater digging. Besides, the system is integrated with Leica Geosystems SP technology, which reduces the complexity as compared to traditional guidance systems. The deployment of such advanced techniques enables the contractors to finish their projects under budgets and ahead of scheduled deadlines, and is expected to increase the adoption of machine control systems.
The deployment of machine control systems reduces field and machine downtime and facilitates the efficient use of resources. The failure of heavy machinery to work at the construction site may cause delays in work and incur massive losses in monetary terms. Machine control technologies ensure precise monitoring and control of the construction equipment to deliver optimal performance and faster quality assurance at the working sites. Thus, investment in machine control systems promises in saving time, avoid budget overruns and reduce costs involved in the maintenance of machines, which is anticipated to contribute to the market growth.
The high initial cost and complexity in the usage of these systems may hinder the market growth. The heavy machinery involved in construction and mining includes equipment like excavators, dozers, scrapers, and graders, which are already expensive. The integration and installation of machine control technology with these types of equipment further increase the entire system’s cost. Furthermore, these systems are complex to work with and require trained personnel to handle them, which is an issue considering that laborers operate most of the construction equipment. However, the growing demand for high-quality and sustainable infrastructure has propelled construction companies to invest in sophisticated equipment and impart training to the workers. Such factors are expected to increase the demand for machine control systems, thereby driving market growth.
The GNSS segment dominated the market with a share of 37.5% in 2019. This high share is attributed to GNSS's deployment of equipment such as scrapers, dozers, graders, excavators, and airborne systems. The usage of GNSS for a variety of applications like ground mapping, agriculture, mining, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), defense, and others, is another factor contributing to the demand for these systems. Furthermore, GNNS provides high efficiency and accuracy for the correct positioning of heavy machinery, which promises improved productivity.
Total stations are the second-largest segment and are expected to witness a steady CAGR of approximately 10% during the forecast period. This growth is attributed to the ease in the deployment and high product modification scope of these systems. For instance, Leica Geosystems AG has introduced robotic technology in total stations, capable of guiding machines under cloudy conditions and dense forest covers. Therefore, the reduced complexity and minimal installation time and cost are expected to drive the market growth for total stations.
The construction segment dominated the market with a revenue share of 45.5% in 2019. This is attributed to the increasing urbanization and various ongoing infrastructure projects undertaken by developing countries. The construction sites employ thousands of employees, and the rising demand for safety measures has led to the adoption of machine control systems in the construction sector. Furthermore, the growing demand for sustainable structures has increased the demand for machine control systems for the construction of commercial buildings, residential buildings, and retail spaces.
The agriculture segment is expected to witness a steady CAGR of approximately 10% owing to the ever-increasing population generating high demand for food. The increase in this sector is mainly driven by the need for swift production and improved crop quality. Furthermore, advancements in agricultural techniques, such as precision farming, have led to the adoption of machine control systems in this sector. Moreover, companies are looking to venture into new verticals, which has contributed to the rise in the usage of these systems in industries like mining, marine, forestry, and waste management, among others, thereby driving the market growth.
The excavator segment dominated the market with a share of 59.2% in 2019. This high share is attributed to the heavy usage of excavators for various applications like forestry work, digging, waste management, snow removal, mining, and grading, among others. Companies such as Trimble, Inc.; TOPCON CORPORATION; and Leica Geosystems AG (Hexagon) have installed 2D and 3D machine control systems on the excavators to increase flexibility and productivity while reducing downtime and excavation costs. Furthermore, excavators are more precise, efficient, and faster in construction and digging applications than other equipment, which has contributed to its market growth.
Governments in developing countries are focused on investing in improving the transport infrastructure by engaging in the construction of roads, highways, and tunnels. This has resulted in the rise in demand for paving systems. Paving systems are equipped with sonic sensors, slope sensors, elevation control, and 3D slopes, which allows the contractors to save time effort for completing the construction at lower costs, which has, in turn, contributed to the high adoption of paving systems. Furthermore, graders are expected to witness steady growth due to the deployment of machine control systems to facilitate fine grading and ensure a correct level and elevation at the working site.
North America dominated the machine control systems market with a share of 42.2% in 2019. This is attributed to the mature construction industry and advancement in the agricultural processes in this region. Besides, the demand for these systems has increased in Canada for highway construction projects. The growing demand for automation and process instrumentation in construction projects is expected to drive the demand in this region.
Asia Pacific region is expected to register the highest growth over the forecast period, with China and India being the major contributors in this region. Governments in these countries have undertaken projects to upgrade the aging infrastructure such as roads, bridges, sewage systems, and tunnels with the help of various machine control equipment. For instance, the Chinese government is engaged in supporting the development of the Qinghai-Tibet railway, the Tibetan Expressway, and the One Belt One Road (OBOR) projects, which is expected to positively impact the market. Furthermore, Latin America and the Middle East and Africa have seen significant investment in infrastructure projects in the past decade and are further expected to increase the spending in the next five years, which is anticipated to contribute to market growth.
The market is highly consolidated owing to the number of very few players available in the market. The growth of companies in this market is highly dependent on the support from the governments sanctioning the infrastructure projects for construction companies. Several market players are engaged in investing in research and development and introducing new technologies to their products. For instance, in March 2020, Trimble Inc. launched version 2.0 of the Earthworks Grade Control Platform. This new product is featured with horizontal steering control, augmented reality for ease in understanding 3D models, and Integrated Trimble Loadrite. These features provide payload management and display of payload data for grade control on a single screen.
The companies are also focused on forming a partnership and making acquisitions to harness new technologies and gain a competitive edge in the market. For example, in September 2018, Hemisphere GNSS, Inc. completed the purchase of Outback Guidance Business from AgJunction, Inc., an agriculture solution provider based in the U.S. This acquisition helped Hemisphere GNSS, Inc. to expand its business portfolio in the agricultural sector. Some of the prominent players in the machine control system market include:
Hemisphere GNSS, Inc.
Leica Geosystems AG (Hexagon)
EOS Positioning Systems
MOBA Mobile Automation AG
RIB Software AG
Market size value in 2020
USD 4.79 billion
Revenue forecast in 2027
USD 10.12 billion
CAGR of 11.2% from 2020 to 2027
Base year for estimation
2016 - 2018
2020 - 2027
Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2027
Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Product, equipment, vertical, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; MEA
The U.S.; Canada; The U.K.; Germany; France; China; India; Japan; Brazil; Mexico
Key companies profiled
Trimble, Inc.; TOPCON CORPORATION; Hemisphere GNSS, Inc.; Leica Geosystems AG (Hexagon); EOS Positioning Systems; MOBA Mobile Automation AG; RIB Software AG
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b. The global machine control system market size was estimated at USD 4,305.8 million in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 4,791.4 million in 2020.
b. The global machine control system market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 11.2% from 2020 to 2027 to reach USD 10,123.2 million by 2027.
b. North America dominated the machine control system market with a share of 42.2% in 2019. This is attributable to the mature construction industry and advancement in the agricultural processes in this region.
b. Some key players operating in the machine control system market include TOPCON CORPORATION, Trimble, Inc., Hemisphere GNSS, Inc., Leica Systems AG (Hexagon), EOS Positioning Systems, and MOBA Mobile Automation, among others.
b. Key factors that are driving the machine control system market growth include increasing number of infrastructure projects, rising safety concerns related to workers, and the demand for good quality and sustainable infrastructure.
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