Members of AEA supply a wide range of machinery and equipment to the UK market, which can broadly be split into two categories: farm equipment and outdoor power equipment. Some key facts about the UK market can be found on this page, along with information about exports of agricultural engineering products from the UK.
A more detailed description of the agricultural engineering market and the key factors which influence it, be they environmental, political or economic, can be found in our Overview of the Agricultural Engineering Market.
As the name suggests, the farm equipment industry provides a range of equipment used by farmers. AEA members primarily supply equipment for use in the field, either to support the growing of crops or for the management of grassland and other fodder crops to feed animals.
The value of sales of new farm equipment in 2016 was an estimated £1.5 billion. This is somewhat below most recent years, due to lower unit sales, but is similar to 2015. Sales figures for used farm equipment are not available and neither are sales of parts. Therefore, the total size of the UK farm equipment market will have been substantially larger than this.
The table below covers some of the main categories of equipment and shows the estimated size of the UK market for new equipment, in terms of the number of units delivered annually. Figures for tractors are based on registrations for road use. More details of tractor registrations can be found on the Tractor stats page.
Size of UK farm equipment market (number of units)
|Agricultural tractors (over 50hp)||12,764||10,842||10,602||-2||-17|
|Utility vehicles (side x sides)||5,100||5,600||6,100||+9||+19|
|Seasonal year||5-season average
2010/11 - 2014/15
|2014/15||2015/16|| % change
|Self propelled foragers||160||173||160||-8||0|
|Big square balers||290||250||175||-30||-40|
Outdoor Power Equipment
The total domestic market for outdoor power equipment has been estimated at almost £700 million in 2015, an increase of some 2% on the previous year.
Within this total, sales of domestic mowers are estimated to have been worth some £230 million, with volumes in the region of 33,000 petrol ride-ons, 310,000 petrol pedestrian units and some 1.25 million electrics. In addition, there were more than 7,000 commercial mowers valued at over £80 million and 2,800 compact and sub-compact tractors worth more than £40 million.
The value of sales of chainsaws, brush cutters/trimmers and hedge trimmers is believed to have been more than £200 million, with a little over £70 million attributed to electric units and the rest to petrol models.
Exports and Imports
UK exports of agricultural and outdoor power equipment in 2016, including parts and used machinery, were valued at just under £2 billion. The value of this trade was slightly up on 2015. There was particularly strong growth during the year for used tractors and non-agricultural mowers but this was offset by lower shipments of new tractors and tractor engines.
UK imports were slightly greater in value, at £2.1 billion and were 4% up on the previous year. A summary of trade for the main types of equipment can be found in the table below.
UK imports and exports of agricultural engineering products
|Harvesting and threshing machinery||185.3||+11%||521.8||+6%|
|Wheeled tractors - used||157.3||+81%||7.2||+15%|
|Soil preparation and cultivation machinery||76.8||+11%||177.8||+9%|
|Engines for tractors||72.2||-64%||35.3||-53%|
|Engines for OPE equipment||5.5||-2%||42.7||+64%|
|Other agricultural machinery||403.9||+2%||400.8||-1%|
Source: Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs
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