The rapid development of urban centers, China’s aggressive infrastructure development plans, and its western expansion all provide more opportunities for the construction equipment market. The construction market is a major driver of China’s economy. During the 11th Five Year period (2006-2010), the plan for total construction is estimated to reach 2 billion square meters each year. (According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, in 2006 China completed 1.79 billion square meters, in 2007, 2 billion square meters, and in 2008, China another 2 billion square meters).
The Chinese construction equipment market presents many opportunities and challenges for American companies seeking to increase sales in China. Although the global economy has slowed, Chinese construction equipment imports increased 8% in 2009 over 2008. The China Construction Machinery Industry Association predicts that imports will still increase in 2010. Many American companies have successfully entered the Chinese market. Some large companies (e.g. Caterpillar, John Deere, and Terex) are increasing production in China and have become key players in China’s construction equipment industry. Chinese manufactures of construction equipment benefit from Chinese government support in the domestic and international market. U.S. companies face fierce competition from Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and German manufacturers.
The best opportunities for U.S. exports of construction equipment include concrete machines, excavators, shovel loaders, lifts, self-propelled bulldozers, angle dozers, graders, levelers, scrapers, mechanical shovels, tramping machines and road rollers.
Products must meet industry standards and be approved by both the MOHURD Construction Standards and the Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision. The certification confirms the quality of the product and that it contains no hazardous elements. Roofing and insulation products must also obtain safety certifications from the fire bureau. As mentioned in the introduction, the “Building Energy Efficiency Administration Regulation” (BEEAR) mandates that all new buildings meet government energy efficiency standards in their design, construction, operation, and renovation. The regulations require that all wall materials, insulation, doors, windows, lighting, and heating and air conditioning systems have an inspection certificate, product specification, and product label that certify that the product meets local energy efficiency standards. Once installed, the products must be tested on site and have the results sent to a local quality testing institute
South China Snapshot: Used Equipment (July, 2010)
The used equipment market in China is huge. However, the procedure for buying equipment previously used outside of China is very complex.
China: Windows and Doors (October, 2009)
China’s demand for windows, doors, and related products, is expected to rise 11% per year through 2011 to RMB 195 billion (approximately USD 29 billion), and then to grow at an even faster rate in the following years. Energy efficient windows and doors can help China conquer its environmental problems.
China: Green Building Opportunities (October, 2009)
Because China mostly manufactures low-technology building products, there is a much larger market for specialized and cutting edge technologies. U.S. products must have niche markets and new technology.
China’s Disaster Protection Market (August, 2009)
Huge losses caused by the Sichuan earthquake and blizzards in recent years have motivated the Chinese central government to improve its disaster protection capability through solid investment.
Beijing International Construction Machinery Exhibition and Seminar (BICES)
Dates: October 18-21, 2011
Venue: Beijing Jiuhua International Exhibition Center
Dates: November 27-30, 2012
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Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) – China
China Compulsory Certification (CCC)
Assigned Labs for CCC Testing
China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance
China Building Materials Industries Association
China Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD)
Address: 3 SanLiHe Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100835
Phone: (+86-10) 6839-4114
China Ministry of Civil Affairs
Address: 147 BeiHeYan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100721
Phone: (+86-10) 6523-5511
The U.S. Commercial Service offers a broad array of market entry services to U.S. companies in the architecture, construction and engineering industries. Please refer to the following relevant contacts for additional information on how we can help you expand your business in China.
Cathy Wang (Cathy.Wang@trade.gov)
Cui Shiyang (Cui.Shiyang@trade.gov)
Tel: 86-24-2322-1198 ext. 8141
Huang Wei (Cathy.Feig@trade.gov)