China excavator sales surge 71 per cent in September amid infrastructure pickup

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 October, 2016, 12:12am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 October, 2016, 12:12am

The hot property market in China has propelled a surge in September sales of excavators in the country, industry data showed.

Some 5,456 excavators were sold by 26 major construction machinery producers in China last month, a gain of 71 per cent from a year earlier and a 25 per cent increase on sales recorded for August, according to figures published on the website of China Construction Machinery Trade.

“A recovering housing market coupled with a recent pickup in infrastructure development ... have created a terrific September for China’s excavator makers,” said the industry news portal. “Across the spectrum we have seen a big jump in sales for September, no matter they are the small, medium or big excavators.”

Chinese multinational heavy machinery maker Sany Heavy Industry was the top seller in the market, delivering 1,111 excavators last month to customers, the data indicated, while American industrial giant Caterpillar ranked second, with 753 orders for the same period.

The cost of a home in China’s biggest cities rose for the 17th consecutive month in September, a private survey showed, underlining the need for policymakers to adopt tougher rules to cool the property market.

The average price of a new home climbed 2.83 per cent last month, to 12,617 yuan per square metre, up from a 2.17 per cent rise seen in August, said China Index Academy, a research unit of real estate portal SouFun.