This report examines the business of refuse and recycling truck body manufacturing in Europe. It is a one-time picture of manufacturers, with the key objective of identifying “who is who” in the business, with their estimated production/sales in units and at market values.
STN has presented estimates of production numbers and market shares, an overview of the broad competitive picture—including standings of key identified manufacturers—and the demand outlook for the industry. STN identified forty-two European refuse and recycling truck body manufacturers, across 16 countries, which supply refuse truck bodies to customers across the European continent. Many leading manufacturers are also establishing assembly facilities in Asia and Africa to expand operations outside Europe.
The 2013 value of refuse and recycling units from European manufacturers is estimated at a little over US$1 billion. Production estimates presented are only for new refuse truck bodies. Certain manufacturers remanufacture (refurbish) refuse truck bodies; however these numbers are not included in market size estimates.
Refuse trucks powered by alternative fuels are increasingly being used across Europe, as fleets look at replacing older diesel-powered trucks with hybrid vehicles and cleaner burning CNG and bio-methane powered vehicles. The share of CNG-powered/bio-methane trucks in new orders has been on the rise in the last few years and is expected to continue to grow. Common reasons for adopting alternative-fueled vehicles include fuel economy, lower CO2 and particulate emissions, and quieter operation.
The rear loader has been and remains the most common type of loader in use in Europe. However the automated side loader is witnessing increasing adoption for transport of residential waste. The growing popularity of automated side loaders is due largely to more efficient waste collection and one-man operation. There is also a growing demand for top/rear loaders with cranes for collection of waste from underground containers. Deep underground collection containers are increasingly being used as an alternative to wheeled collection bins for recyclables, organics and other waste.
These and other topics are the subject of this publication from SpecialtyTransportation.net (“STN”). The report can be put to immediate use for sales and market planning, M&A identification, competitive share analysis, alliances and technology transfer considerations.