The Philippines construction equipment market by volume was valued at 8.10 thousand units in 2023 and is expected to reach 10.35 thousand units in 2029, growing at a CAGR of 4.16% during the forecast period. The government in the Philippines is investing in the redevelopment of infrastructure projects, including expanding ports, railway lines, roadways, and highways. As part of the Build Better More Program, USD 2.6 billion is allocated for the Network Development Program, earmarked for constructing 721.656 kilometers of new roads and expanding or enhancing 647.288 kilometers of existing roads. During the forecast period, the ‘Build Better More’ infrastructure program will propel the Philippines construction equipment market. Further, Under the Build Better More Program, an overall sum of USD 0.7 billion has been designated for erecting or upgrading public school structures, focusing on making them disaster-resistant. Additionally, USD 0.2 billion has been set aside to construct, renovate, or enhance public hospitals and health centers nationwide.
Increased Investment in Infrastructure Projects
- Southeast Asia, with four countries in the top 10 for construction machinery exports (Indonesia, India, Vietnam, and Thailand), sees significant growth fueled by initiatives like the "Belt and Road Initiative" and the "Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement.“ The Philippines will witness a boost in its construction activity in response to this agreement.
- The Philippines construction equipment market by revenue is expected to surpass USD 1.01 billion by 2029. Further, Procore Technologies, Inc., a prominent global construction management solutions provider, has unveiled a digital transformation initiative in collaboration with the Philippine Constructors Association. The partnership aims to enhance digital capabilities within the construction industry in the Philippines, facilitating improved project management and overall efficiency.
- The Cebu-Mactan Intermodal Transport Hub (CIMTH) is a key infrastructure initiative to turn Cebu into a significant regional aviation and logistics center. This endeavor includes building a new passenger terminal, a cargo terminal, and an elevated roadway connecting the airport to the Mactan-Cebu International Bridge.
- The La Mesa Parkways Project, identified as Phase 1 of the North Luzon East Expressway (NLEE), is a 19-kilometer toll road designed to alleviate traffic congestion in Northeast Metro Manila. Additionally, it aims to create a picturesque route to Northeast Luzon destinations.
- The proposed Infrastructure Development Plan (IFP) aims to enhance and expand the current Antique airport facilities to meet the safety and security standards outlined by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), the Memorandum of Strategic Alliance (MOSA), and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
- Southern Palawan (Brooke’s Point) Airport Development Project aims to enhance the airport's current facilities to align with CAAP MOSA and ICAO standards, primarily focusing on enhancing safety, security, and operational efficiency. The project encompasses runway concreting, airport apron construction, and additional building facilities. Completion of the project is projected to extend beyond the year 2028.
- The ongoing Davao City Bypass Construction Package II-1 is a significant infrastructure project in the Philippines. This project includes the construction of two 2.3-kilometer tunnels, anticipated to become the lengthiest road tunnels in the country upon completion.
- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is set to finance 12 projects in the country, amounting to approximately USD 19 billion, to improve the tourism sector and economic competitiveness. Among these projects, ADB's funding will cover initiatives in the National Capital Region and nearby provinces.
- Three projects in Mindanao received approval for construction in 2023. These include the USD 380-million Agus River Basin Integrated Flood Resilience and Adaptation Project, the USD 380-million Tagum River Basin Integrated Flood Resilience and Adaptation Project, and the USD 924-million Davao Public Transport Modernization Project.
- Earthmoving equipment accounted for the largest market share of the Philippines construction equipment market in 2023. Excavators in the earthmoving segment accounted for the largest share in 2023. Rising investment in housing, port expansion, and public infrastructure projects is expected to drive the demand for excavators in the Philippines construction equipment market.
- In May 2023, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) unveiled the Public Investment Program 2023-28, a six-year initiative to execute essential programs and projects nationwide. NEDA reported that 5,329 priority PAPs, requiring an investment of USD 362.6 billion, are scheduled for implementation under the PIP between 2023 and 2028.
- The Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX), spanning 45 kilometers, links Metro Manila to Cavite and Laguna provinces, offering a vital alternative to the frequently congested Manila-South Luzon Expressway. The anticipated completion of this project is set by the conclusion of 2025 and supports the Philippines construction equipment market growth.
- Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM), in August 2023, announced that it has started taking for the new basic model, which can be equipped with various attachments at the end of its arm. It also mentioned that this model is 22% stronger regarding its hydraulic control system (TRIAS III), allowing the force to pull out piles and other objects.
- In October 2023, the Quezon City administration and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) initiated the construction of bike lanes along specific sections of Elliptical Road and Commonwealth Avenue. This effort aligns with the city's goal of establishing itself as the leading cycling hub in the Philippines.
- In August 2023, the Philippine Manufacturing Co. of Murata, Inc., a manufacturing arm of Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., is slated to commence the construction of a new manufacturing facility. This expansion aims to augment the capacity to meet the rising demand for multilayer ceramic capacitors in the foreseeable future.
MARKET TRENDS & DRIVERS
The Philippines’ Investment in Hydrogen Fuel to Promote the Nation’s Target to Achieve Net Zero Emissions
Paris-based company HDF Energy has inked two Memoranda of Understanding at the 10th Philippines-France Joint Economic Committee meeting to expedite the advancement of its hydrogen power plants. The focus is on improving a reliable power source in off-grid regions of the Philippines. Moreover, HDF Energy has already established a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Mindanao Development Authority and the Department of Energy to encourage and streamline investments in hydrogen initiatives across the Mindanao region.
Various Initiatives Taken by the Government to Boost the Flood Resilience
In 2023, the Philippines witnessed several instances of flooding, each differing in severity and consequences. In Jan 2023, flooding, landslides, and powerful winds impacted numerous regions, affecting thousands of individuals due to the confluence of low-pressure areas. Other instances include the Shear Line calamity, which came with heavy rainfall and affected at least 100,000 individuals. Further, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 303 million loan to mitigate flood and climate risks in the Philippines, as the nation is highly susceptible to climate change and natural disasters.
Rising Focus on Compact and Electric Construction Equipment
- XCMG launched the XE60D mini excavator, a 6-ton piece of equipment powered by a Stage V diesel engine with a breakout force of 22kN. Kubota launched the KX027-4 mini-2.7-ton excavator in Southeast Asia.
- Various factors, such as expanding urbanization, the requirement for eco-friendly construction, and off-road construction activities, contribute to the rising focus on compact equipment in the Philippines construction equipment market.
- The region's market share for advanced excavators equipped with ICT and remote monitoring capabilities is rising. The shortage of skilled labor and the increasing number of accidents at construction sites drive the adoption of automated construction equipment in the region.
Surge in Infrastructure Projects in the Country to Boost the Philippines Construction Equipment Market
- The ‘Build Back Better More’ program, established in 2020, serves as the primary infrastructure initiative of the current government, which intends to allocate about USD 146.9 billion over six years.
- The program revolves around 194 "Infrastructure Flagship Projects" (IFPs) spread across diverse sectors like transportation, logistics, water resources, energy, and information and communications technology (ICT).
- As of March 2023, funding has been secured for 82 out of the 194 IFPs, with a combination of government and private investments.
Increasing Number of Transport Projects in the Country to Propel the Demand for Road Construction Machinery
The 2024 Budget, with a total projected value of USD 3.8 billion, will support the Build Better More Program. Out of this budget, USD 3.1 billion will be allocated to the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Public Sector Infrastructure budget. This will support the flagship public transport projects sanctioned by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board, such as the North-South Commuter Railway System and Metro Manila Subway Project Phase I within the Rail Transport Program, Land Public Transportation Program, and Aviation and Maritime Infrastructure Programs of the DOTr. These projects are projected to support the Philippines construction equipment market growth. Meanwhile, the Aviation Program is dedicated to modernizing and enhancing airports nationwide, with a budget allocation of USD 0.1 billion.
Prominent Mining Sector in the Country Supports the Demand for Heavy Construction Equipment in the Philippines Construction Equipment Market
- Ranked as the fifth most mineral-rich country globally, the Philippines possesses an estimated USD 1 trillion in unexplored reserves of copper, gold, nickel, zinc, and silver. However, despite this wealth, many of these minerals remain untapped. According to recent data from the Philippine Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), 49 active metallic mines employ approximately 196,000 workers.
- In 2024, the Philippine government plans to intensify its backing of the domestic mining sector by initiating exploration activities. This support aims to explore additional areas rich in critical minerals like nickel and chromium for extraction.
- In Sept 2023, one of the two prominent nickel producers in the country planned to invest USD 1 billion to build mineral processing plants.
Increasing Interest Rates May Restrict the Demand for Housing Units in the Country
Heightened domestic fuel costs, raises in minimum wages, and persistent supply chain challenges within the agricultural sector exacerbated inflationary pressures within the country. In September 2023, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank) increased the policy rate to 4.15% for the fifth time in the year. This followed the latest 50-basis-point hike, amounting to 225 basis points since May 2022, to control the rise in inflation.
Land Scarcity in the Country Will Hamper the Development of Infrastructure Across the Regions
Past disparities and ineffective land reform initiatives have led to a situation where a considerable segment of the population, especially marginalized communities and indigenous groups, faces restricted access to land ownership and secure land rights. This discrepancy fuels social tensions and impedes rural development. Further, deforestation, soil erosion, and natural calamities such as typhoons diminish available land. These elements deteriorate fertile soil, rendering it unsuitable for agriculture and exacerbating the shortage of usable land.
High Demand for Rental Construction Equipment to Hinder the Philippines Construction Equipment Market Growth
The global pandemic and geopolitical crises have resulted in supply chain disruptions for manufacturing construction equipment, ultimately driving prices upwards. For example, the semiconductor chips required for equipment engines have recently risen manifold times. Other raw materials, such as prices of steel, have also magnified. The cost of iron ore and choking coal, key inputs in steel production, has also risen. Moreover, renting construction equipment offers various advantages, such as access to a wider range of equipment, reduced maintenance costs, and flexibility to change the equipment according to the required size.
- Caterpillar, Komatsu, Liebherr, Volvo CE, Hitachi Construction Machinery, XCMG, and SANY are leaders in the Philippines construction equipment market. These companies have strong market share and offer diverse sets of equipment.
- Tadano, Terex, Bobcat, CNH Industrial, Manitou, Takeuchi & Yanmar are niche Philippines construction equipment market players. These companies offer low product diversification and have a strong presence in the Philippines’ local market.
- Kubota, Kobelco, Zoomlion, HD Hyundai Construction Equipment, DEVELON, and JCB are emerging in the Philippines construction equipment market. These companies are introducing new technologically advanced products to challenge the market share of market leaders in the country’s market.
- Mecalac, Airman, Kato Works Co. Ltd., GEHL, SDLG, Haulotte, Euromach, Merlo Spa, Hidromek, Donghae Machinery & Aviation, and Venieri have low product diversification; these companies are lagging in adopting new technologies used in construction equipment.
- In Jan 2023, Kobelco Construction Machinery stated the sales of the TK750GLB crawler crane, which has a maximum lifting capacity of 75 tons. With a maximum length of 35.0 m for the boom, the TK750GLB surpasses the preceding model TK750G by 5 m in lifting height and 2 m in operating radius, resulting in a 2.7 t increase in lifting capacity with the basic boom specification.