Future Market Insights (FMI) recently published a report titled ‘Soil Field Testing Equipment Market – Global Industry Analysis 2013–2018 and Market Forecast 2019–2027.’ In all the areas of civil engineering, soil plays a key role. As soil is the foundation of any infrastructure, engineers need to use soil field testing equipment to analyse the soil and ensure its properties during the design stage. It is important to check the compatibility of the construction material with soil during the construction of highways, bases, sub-bases, railway tracks and dams, for which soil field testing equipment is used. Some of the most commonly used soil field testing equipment is soil moisture testers, soil penetrometers, soil density tester, pocket shear vane sets, soil classification tester, soil resistivity tester, soil density volumeters, digital pH meters and others. Soil resistive testing with the help of soil field testing equipment is done as per the standards set by the National Bureau of Standards to determine the average resistance value of the soil. Soil density test with the help of soil field testing equipment is done to meet the requirements of AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) and ASTM standards (American Society for Testing and Materials).
The global soil field testing equipment market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.3% during the forecast period. The soil field testing equipment market was valued at US$ 908.4 Mn in 2018, and is projected to grow significantly to reach US$ 1,324.8 Mn by 2027 due to continuous developments in the construction sector.
Rapid urbanisation in developing nations such as Brazil, India and others
On the basis of region, the soil field testing equipment market in Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) is estimated to have a substantial share in the global soil field testing equipment market in 2018. Increasing investments from the government sector to strengthen the construction industry, rapid urbanisation and the adoption of safe construction procedures is driving the soil field testing equipment market in APEJ. As per Xinhua news agency in China, the construction companies in China are significantly contributing to the expansion of infrastructure in China, which is significantly impacting the material testing equipment market, thus boosting the demand for soil field testing equipment. MEA and Latin America are expected to gain significant market shares in revenue terms by the end of 2027 in the soil field testing equipment market.
Lack of skilled labour remains a challenge
Lack of skilled personnel is one of the main factors restraining the growth of the soil field testing equipment market, and is expected to continue to affect the soil field testing equipment market during the forecast period. However, most of the soil field testing equipment vendors are continuously focused on 24*7 support, training and development activities to overcome these challenges. The vendors of soil field testing equipment are offering soil field testing equipment with in-depth user manuals and support services to promote the better usage of soil field testing equipment. The manufacturers of soil field testing equipment conduct various programs, such as seminars and training, in various universities and research centres to promote the effective usage of soil field testing equipment and to retain their customer base.
The availability of technologically advanced soil field testing equipment
The soil field testing equipment market is witnessing high demand for advanced and automated soil field testing equipment from customers. Vendors are strategically focused on the continuous development of advanced soil field testing equipment with upgraded features to fulfil the demands of end users. Vendors are also expanding their overseas businesses via ecommerce, which enables them to expand their customer base globally.
In January 2018, ELE international launched a new version of penetrometers for soil field testing with enhanced features such as low wear indicators, ring to avoid scratching, calibrated springs and others. This new product complies with the AASHTO T197 and ASTM C403 standards (these standards are related to the determination of time of settings of concrete mixture by penetration resistance) Some of the key players operating in the soil field testing equipment market are Controls S.p.A., GlobalGilson.com, EIE Instruments, Humboldt Mfg. Co., FilWEB, ELE International, Aimil Ltd., LaMotte Company, PCTE, W.W. Grainger, Inc., Geocomp Corporation, Cooper Technology, Thomas Scientific and Dexsi
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