Tower Crane Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated

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The Tower Crane Manufacturing industry relies heavily on the performance of the nonresidental construction and residential housing sectors, and an increase in construction within both sectors has bolstered revenue over the five years to 2015; furthermore, over the five years to 2020, further stabilization of key construction markets, as well as an increase in demand for housing in urban areas, thus necessitating tower cranes to build high-rise buildings, will contribute to industry revenue growth. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Tower Crane Manufacturing industry in its growing industry report collection.

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Rebounding construction markets have enabled operators to raise selling prices

The Tower Crane Manufacturing industry manufactures tower cranes for use in the construction of tall buildings. Tower cranes are stationary and produced in component parts of mast, slewing unit and jib. Once assembled, the crane can reach several hundred feet in height and lift up to 20 tons of material. The largest end market for tower cranes and components is the nonresidential construction sector. Residential construction also generates demand for tower cranes due to the growing popularity of tall multifamily residential complexes. Accelerating construction activity in both sectors is anticipated to propel revenue growth in the Tower Crane Manufacturing industry an annualized 9.1% over the five years to 2015, signifying strong recovery from recessionary lows. This includes growth of 2.9% in 2015, bringing total revenue to $1.1 billion.

According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Amal Ahmad, “Rebounding construction markets have enabled operators to slowly raise selling prices without compromising demand.” This has boosted profit margins from their historic lows at the height of the recession, to an estimated 8.0% of revenue in 2015. Profitability has also been aided by the limited extent of import competition, as tower cranes and their components are very heavy and costly to transport. In fact, the industry is highly concentrated, with only about 21 companies servicing the national market; the largest operator alone, Manitowoc, is expected to generate half of total industry revenue in 2015. Concentration and economies of scale in production have helped tower crane manufacturers deal with ongoing challenges, including volatile movements in the price of steel inputs.

“Industry performance is expected to remain strong through 2020,” says Ahmad. Despite an increasingly saturated market, operators will continue to benefit from limited import penetration. The vertical growth of highly populated urban areas will also accelerate demand for tower cranes. The industry is expected to remain competitive and concentrated, with operators focusing on limiting costs, enhancing operational efficiencies and tapping into expanding construction markets.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Tower Crane Manufacturing in the US industry report page.

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This industry manufactures tower cranes for use in the construction of tall buildings and structures. Tower cranes are stationary and consist of a base, mast and slewing unit that allows for rotation; they are typically transported in their component parts to nearby construction sites for assembly. This industry does not manufacture truck-mounted, jib or mobile cranes.

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