The French road roller market has increased for the past three years and rose 37% in 2018.
Growth was also strong in 2016 with +31% and then +22% in 2017. The market has exceeded 2,000 units. Sales were supported by distribution networks, but the road roller market is also a rental market. Renters were very active in 2018.
Sales levels in general for 2018 in the road construction equipment industry were never higher, according to CISMA the French trade body for construction, infrastructure, the steel industry and handling. Rates are close to pre-financial crisis figures.
For example, fleet renewal of road milling machines remained at a high level in 2018. Likewise, sales of pavers surpassed 200 units last year, noted CISMA.
The market should remain dynamic. Civil engineering activity would increase again by +3% in 2019, thanks to the dynamism of investments by local authorities and major operators.
CISMA’s more than 200 members - SME, SMI and subsidiaries of international groups - employ around 31 000 people in France. The businesses export 58% of their production and generate revenue of almost €8 billion.