The Middle East and Africa terminal tractor market witnessed significant growth in the past and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% during the forecast period (2022-2030).
A terminal tractor is a semi-truck that moves semi-trailers inside a cargo yard, warehouse, or intermodal facility, like how a switcher locomotive positions a railcar. A shunt truck, spotter truck, spotting tractor, yard truck, yard shifter, yard dog, yard goat, yard horse, yard jockey, and hostler are additional names.
An automated terminal tractor is necessary to deliver the highest performance possible to end users. Like the automated terminal tractor that Konecranes debuted in 2017 with a remote operating station, a specially created GUI, and an IT system that communicates with the Terminal Operating System (TOS). With this tractor, port operations may handle containers 25% more efficiently. The development of touch displays, rear-view cameras, GPS systems, microcontrollers, sensors (ultrasonic, Bluetooth, temperature, climate control, and environmental), and telematics systems is also being pursued by several terminal tractor manufacturers.
The logistics and transportation industry in the Middle East and Africa has grown significantly due to increased trade volumes, industrial activity, and infrastructural development. The increased demand for terminal tractors results from the expanding requirement for effective cargo handling within ports, terminals, and logistics facilities. In the logistics industry of the area, terminal tractors are essential for expediting cargo operations, boosting production, and optimizing the transportation of goods.
The Middle East and Africa region has been emphasizing environmental sustainability and emissions reduction more and more recently. Governments and regulatory agencies enforce more stringent environmental restrictions, promoting environmentally friendly and low-emission transportation alternatives. Due to their lower environmental effect than conventional diesel-fueled tractors, terminal tractors powered by alternative fuels like electric, hybrid, or hydrogen are becoming more popular. Manufacturers are creating environmentally friendly terminal tractor choices to meet the area’s sustainability goals and abide by environmental standards, helping the industry expand.
The Middle East and Africa region has trouble finding skilled workers and qualified terminal tractor operators. Specialized knowledge and skills are needed to operate terminal tractors safely and effectively. However, many nations in the Middle East and Africa region are experiencing a trained operator shortage.
The lack of competent labor and trained operators may hamper the broad adoption and effective use of terminal tractors. Companies can have difficulty locating skilled workers who can operate and maintain terminal tractors, necessitating extended training durations or hiring external experts. As a result, logistics operations may incur higher expenses and deployment delays for terminal tractors.
The Middle East and Africa area has demonstrated a rising interest in using cutting-edge technologies and automation across various industries. Terminal tractors with telematics, GPS tracking, and automation features can dramatically improve productivity, safety, and operating efficiency. With the help of these technologies, cargo handling operations operate better overall. Real-time data is provided, route planning is made more efficient, and remote monitoring and diagnostics are made possible. Manufacturers can take advantage of this chance by releasing cutting-edge terminal tractor solutions that are creative and technologically advanced and meet the unique requirements of the Middle East and African markets.
The Middle East and Africa terminal tractor market is segmented based on Application, Drive Type, Tonnage, Type, Propulsion, and Country.
Based on Application, the Middle East and Africa market is segmented by Airport, Marine Port, Oil and Gas, Warehouse, and logistics.
Warehouse and Logistics dominate the market and are expected to register a CAGR of 5.1% over the forecast period.
Based on Drive Type, the Middle East and Africa market is segmented into 4x2, 4x4, and 6x4.
4x2 the market and is expected to register a CAGR of 4.0% over the forecast period.
Based on Tonnage, the Middle East and Africa market is segmented into <50, 50-100 Ton, and >100 Ton.
<50 dominated the market and is expected to register a CAGR of 4.6% over the forecast period.
Based on Type, the Middle East and Africa market is segmented into Manual and Automated.
Manual dominated the market and is expected to register a CAGR of 2.7% over the forecast period.
Based on Propulsion, the Middle East and Africa market is segmented by Diesel, Electric, and Hybrid.
Diesel dominated the market and is expected to register a CAGR of 0.9% over the forecast period.
The Middle East and Africa terminal tractor market is segmented by country into Saudi Arabia, South Africa, UAE, and the Rest of the Middle East and Africa. Saudi Arabia dominates the country market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period.
Saudi Arabia is the Middle East and Africa region's biggest terminal tractor market. The rising need for terminal tractors in the oil and gas industry is responsible for the market expansion in Saudi Arabia. The market for terminal tractors in Saudi Arabia is expanding because of rising e-commerce demand. In the Middle East and Africa, UAE is the second-largest market for terminal tractors. The market expansion in the UAE is attributable to rising infrastructure development investments and a rise in the use of automation in the warehousing and logistics sector. South Africa is the third-largest market for terminal tractors in the Middle East and Africa. The rising demand for terminal tractors in the mining industry and the expanding use of automation in the warehousing and logistics sector are credited with driving the market expansion in South Africa.
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