Indian construction equipment industry growth slumps in Q3FY22
On the back of slowdown in the construction activity, the Indian construction equipment (CE) industry experienced 23% drop in sales at the end of the third quarter of the current financial year (Q3FY22) compared to Q3FY21, as per the Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (ICEMA) Industry Performance Report released on Wednesday. Significant decline has been observed in growth of earthmoving equipment, material handling equipment and road construction equipment by 27%, 23% and 38% respectively in Q3FY22 vis-à-vis Q3FY21.
According to the report, the CE sales suffered on account of multiple factors, the most noteworthy being the significant slowdown in road construction activity hitting a 4-year low of 21.3km/day over the period April to November 2021 compared to 25.8km/day in the same period last year. The construction ban from CAQM (Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region) in Delhi NCR and extended monsoon in some parts of Southern and Eastern regions of the country adversely impacted the growth in the third quarter in particular.
On a quarter over quarter basis CE Sales grew by 6% in Q3FY22 vs Q2 FY22. This is much lower than 47% growth recorded in the previous quarter (Q1FY22) which was very subdued due to the impact of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The overall sales of the industry in the Q3 FY22 stood at 22,630 units, up from 21,323 in the previous quarter (Jul-Sep’21). This growth was mainly led by accelerated sales of concrete equipment (31% growth) and material processing equipment (23%), while earthmoving equipment also showed positive 4% growth for the third quarter ending December 2021.
“The month-on-month sales of CE in both November and December has shown decline of 18% and 3% respectively, which contributed to the muted performance of the October-December’21 quarter. The industry had anticipated a lower growth in Q3FY22, based on the continuously declining sales during the year and particularly in the last two months of the 3rd quarter,” said Dimitrov Krishnan, President ICEMA and Managing Director, Volvo CE India Pvt Ltd while revealing the figures as per ICEMA’s quarterly industry report. He added that few other factors which continued to restrict sales growth during the quarter included increase in prices of wheeled equipment triggered by the implementation of CEV IV norms, impending elections in 5 major states and lower state infrastructure spends which too added to the woes of India’s CE industry.
“Despite several challenges, the CE industry could maintain the positive growth trajectory during the quarter, which proves the resilience of the sector. However, going forward a revival in the construction activity would be critical for maintaining the growth of the industry,” said V G Sakthikumar, Convener, ICEMA Industry Analysis and Insights Panel and Managing Director, Schwing Stetter India Pvt. Ltd.