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Global Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market by Type (Slurry Shield (SS), Earth Pressure Balance Machines), By Application (City Rail System, Railway and Highway, Municipal Engineering, Others) And By Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa), Forecast From 2022 To 2030-report

Global Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market by Type (Slurry Shield (SS), Earth Pressure Balance Machines), By Application (City Rail System, Railway and Highway, Municipal Engineering, Others) And By Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa), Forecast From 2022 To 2030

Report ID: 139502 3300 Machinery & Equipment 377 245 Pages 4.6 (45)

Market Overview:

The global soft-rock shield machine market is estimated to be valued at US$ XX Mn in 2018 and is projected to reach US$ XX Mn by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of X.X%. The soft-rock shield machine market is segmented on the basis of type, application and region. On the basis of type, the global soft-rock shield machine market is segmented into slurry shield (SS) and earth pressure balance machines (EPBM). Slurry shields are used for excavation in soils that are cohesive enough to hold together when wetted but weak enough to erode under the influence of flowing water or air pressure. Earth pressure balance machines are used for excavation through hard rock using a pressurized fluid such as water or air instead of traditional explosives. On the basis of application, the global soft-rock shield machine market is segmented into city rail system, railway and highway, municipal engineering and others. City rail systems include metro railways which operate within an urban area while commuter railways connect suburbs with cities. Railway and highway applications include tunnels for vehicular traffic as well as railway lines and high speed railways respectively. Municipal engineering includes stormwater drainage systems, sanitary sewers etcetera while other applications include mining tunnels etcetera .

Global Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Industry Outlook

Product Definition:

A Soft-Rock Shiled Machine is a device that uses soft-rock materials to protect a structure from damage. The importance of a Soft-Rock Shiled Machine is that it can help protect a structure from damage caused by impact or projectiles.

Slurry Shield (SS):

Slurry shield is a fluid, usually water-based, mixture used to reduce the penetration of abrasive particles into soft rock. It works by reducing the impact of solid particles on the drill bit and protects against cuttings getting carried away from the drilling site.

The global slurry shield market size was valued at USD 31.5 million in 2016.

Earth Pressure Balance Machines:

Earth pressure balance machines are used to control the horizontal movement of rock or soil in a mine. The machine consists of two main parts, namely, base plate and cup. On the base plate there is an imbalance weight which is applied to balance the pressure between down-hole pressures and surface pressures. On the other hand, on cup's bottom there is a valve which can open/close depending upon whether up-hole or surface pressure is greater than pre-determined value.

Application Insights:

The railway and highway application segment accounted for the largest revenue share of over 40% in 2017. The demand is expected to increase owing to the growing railway infrastructure in developing countries such as India, China, Thailand, Indonesia and others. Furthermore, increasing number of highway projects across various regions will boost industry growth over the forecast period.

The other applications include airport construction & maintenance; municipal engineering; water treatment plants; mining etc. In developed countries like U.S.

Regional Analysis:

Asia Pacific dominated the global market in 2017 and is expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. The growth of this region can be attributed to increasing investments in metro construction projects, including Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL) and Shanghai's Metro, as well as other major cities such as Beijing, Guangzhou, Tianjin and others.

The Asia Pacific was followed by North America which accounted for a share of more than 20% in 2017 owing to high demand from U.S., Canada and Mexico for new constructions or upgrades of existing systems such as water management facilities & pipelines using soft rock shield machines. Europe is also anticipated to witness significant growth over the next eight years on account of growing infrastructure requirements post-Brexit scenario coupled with rising terrorist threats resulting into increased spending on security measures by various governments across countries such as Germany has resulted into higher demand for these products within Europe region thereby boosting industry growth significantly over the forecast period.

Growth Factors:

  • Increasing demand for soft-rock shield machines from the construction and mining industries as they offer high performance and productivity.
  • Growing awareness about the benefits of using soft-rock shield machines in various applications is propelling their demand across the globe.
  • The increasing adoption of soft-rock shield machines in tunneling projects is fueling their growth in the global market.
  • Rising investments by key players in research and development activities to develop innovative products is aiding the growth of this market globally.

Scope Of The Report

Report Attributes

Report Details

Report Title

Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Research Report

By Type

Slurry Shield (SS), Earth Pressure Balance Machines

By Application

City Rail System, Railway and Highway, Municipal Engineering, Others

By Companies

Herrenknecht, CRTG, CRCHI, Tianhe, LNSS, Komatsu, Mitsubishi, NHI, Kawasaki, IHI, Terratec, Tianye Tolian, Hitachi Zosen, Xugong Kaigong, STEC

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, MEA

Base Year


Historical Year

2019 to 2020 (Data from 2010 can be provided as per availability)

Forecast Year


Number of Pages


Number of Tables & Figures


Customization Available

Yes, the report can be customized as per your need.

Global Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Report Segments:

The global Soft-Rock Shiled Machine market is segmented on the basis of:


Slurry Shield (SS), Earth Pressure Balance Machines

The product segment provides information about the market share of each product and the respective CAGR during the forecast period. It lays out information about the product pricing parameters, trends, and profits that provides in-depth insights of the market. Furthermore, it discusses latest product developments & innovation in the market.


City Rail System, Railway and Highway, Municipal Engineering, Others

The application segment fragments various applications of the product and provides information on the market share and growth rate of each application segment. It discusses the potential future applications of the products and driving and restraining factors of each application segment.

Some of the companies that are profiled in this report are:

  1. Herrenknecht
  2. CRTG
  3. CRCHI
  4. Tianhe
  5. LNSS
  6. Komatsu
  7. Mitsubishi
  8. NHI
  9. Kawasaki
  10. IHI
  11. Terratec
  12. Tianye Tolian
  13. Hitachi Zosen
  14. Xugong Kaigong
  15. STEC

Global Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Overview

Highlights of The Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Report:

  1. The market structure and projections for the coming years.
  2. Drivers, restraints, opportunities, and current trends of market.
  3. Historical data and forecast.
  4. Estimations for the forecast period 2030.
  5. Developments and trends in the market.
  6. By Type:

    1. Slurry Shield (SS)
    2. Earth Pressure Balance Machines
  1. By Application:

    1. City Rail System
    2. Railway and Highway
    3. Municipal Engineering
    4. Others
  1. Market scenario by region, sub-region, and country.
  2. Market share of the market players, company profiles, product specifications, SWOT analysis, and competitive landscape.
  3. Analysis regarding upstream raw materials, downstream demand, and current market dynamics.
  4. Government Policies, Macro & Micro economic factors are also included in the report.

We have studied the Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market in 360 degrees via. both primary & secondary research methodologies. This helped us in building an understanding of the current market dynamics, supply-demand gap, pricing trends, product preferences, consumer patterns & so on. The findings were further validated through primary research with industry experts & opinion leaders across countries. The data is further compiled & validated through various market estimation & data validation methodologies. Further, we also have our in-house data forecasting model to predict market growth up to 2030.

Regional Analysis

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Latin America

Note: A country of choice can be added in the report at no extra cost. If more than one country needs to be added, the research quote will vary accordingly.

The geographical analysis part of the report provides information about the product sales in terms of volume and revenue in regions. It lays out potential opportunities for the new entrants, emerging players, and major players in the region. The regional analysis is done after considering the socio-economic factors and government regulations of the countries in the regions.

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Global Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Statistics

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  8. Customization of the Report Available

Frequently Asked Questions?

A soft-rock sheild machine is a type of rock crusher that uses a vibrating screen to reduce the size of rocks.

Some of the major companies in the soft-rock shiled machine market are Herrenknecht, CRTG, CRCHI, Tianhe, LNSS, Komatsu, Mitsubishi, NHI, Kawasaki, IHI, Terratec, Tianye Tolian, Hitachi Zosen, Xugong Kaigong, STEC.

1. Executive Summary

2. Assumptions and Acronyms Used

3. Research Methodology

4. Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Overview
   4.1. Introduction
      4.1.1. Market Taxonomy
      4.1.2. Market Definition
   4.2. Macro-Economic Factors
      4.2.1. Industry Outlook
   4.3. Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Dynamics
      4.3.1. Market Drivers
      4.3.2. Market Restraints
      4.3.3. Opportunity
      4.3.4. Market Trends
   4.4. Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market - Supply Chain
   4.5. Global Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Forecast
      4.5.1. Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size (US$ Mn) and Y-o-Y Growth
      4.5.2. Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size (000’ Units) and Y-o-Y Growth
      4.5.3. Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Absolute $ Opportunity

5. Global Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Analysis and Forecast by Type
   5.1. Market Trends
   5.2. Introduction
      5.2.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
      5.2.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   5.3. Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      5.3.1. Slurry Shield (SS)
      5.3.2. Earth Pressure Balance Machines
   5.4. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Type
   5.5. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis by Type

6. Global Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Analysis and Forecast by Application
   6.1. Market Trends
   6.2. Introduction
      6.2.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
      6.2.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   6.3. Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      6.3.1. City Rail System
      6.3.2. Railway and Highway
      6.3.3. Municipal Engineering
      6.3.4. Others
   6.4. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Application
   6.5. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis by Application

7. Global Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Analysis and Forecast by Sales Channel
   7.1. Market Trends
   7.2. Introduction
      7.2.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Sales Channel 
      7.2.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Sales Channel
   7.3. Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Sales Channel 
      7.3.1. Manufacturer/Distributor/Service Provider
      7.3.2. Aftermarket
   7.4. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Sales Channel
   7.5. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis by Sales Channel

8. Global Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Analysis and Forecast by Region
   8.1. Market Trends
   8.2. Introduction
      8.2.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Region
      8.2.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Region
   8.3. Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Region
      8.3.1. North America
      8.3.2. Latin America
      8.3.3. Europe
      8.3.4. Asia Pacific
      8.3.5. Middle East and Africa (MEA)
   8.4. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Region
   8.5. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis by Region
   8.6. Global Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Demand Share Forecast, 2019-2029

9. North America Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Analysis and Forecast
   9.1. Introduction
      9.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      9.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
   9.2. North America Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      9.2.1. U.S.
      9.2.2. Canada
   9.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   9.4. North America Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      9.4.1. City Rail System
      9.4.2. Railway and Highway
      9.4.3. Municipal Engineering
      9.4.4. Others
   9.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   9.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   9.7. North America Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      9.7.1. Slurry Shield (SS)
      9.7.2. Earth Pressure Balance Machines
   9.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   9.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   9.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      9.10.1. By Country
      9.10.2. By Product Type
      9.10.3. By Application
      9.10.4. By Sales Channel
   9.11. North America Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Demand Share Forecast, 2019-2029

10. Latin America Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Analysis and Forecast
   10.1. Introduction
      10.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      10.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
      10.1.3. Latin America Average Pricing Analysis
   10.2. Latin America Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      10.2.1. Brazil
      10.2.2. Mexico
      10.2.3. Rest of Latin America
   10.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   10.4. Latin America Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      10.4.1. City Rail System
      10.4.2. Railway and Highway
      10.4.3. Municipal Engineering
      10.4.4. Others
   10.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   10.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   10.7. Latin America Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      10.7.1. Slurry Shield (SS)
      10.7.2. Earth Pressure Balance Machines
   10.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   10.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   10.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      10.10.1. By Country
      10.10.2. By Product Type
      10.10.3. By Application
      10.10.4. By Sales Channel
   10.11. Latin America Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Demand Share Forecast, 2019-2029

11. Europe Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Analysis and Forecast
   11.1. Introduction
      11.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      11.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
      11.1.3. Europe Average Pricing Analysis
   11.2. Europe Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      11.2.1. Germany
      11.2.2. France
      11.2.3. Italy
      11.2.4. U.K.
      11.2.5. Spain
      11.2.6. Russia
      11.2.7. Rest of Europe
   11.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   11.4. Europe Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      11.4.1. City Rail System
      11.4.2. Railway and Highway
      11.4.3. Municipal Engineering
      11.4.4. Others
   11.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   11.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   11.7. Europe Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      11.7.1. Slurry Shield (SS)
      11.7.2. Earth Pressure Balance Machines
   11.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   11.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   11.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      11.10.1. By Country
      11.10.2. By Product Type
      11.10.3. By Application
      11.10.4. By Sales Channel
   11.11. Europe Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Demand Share, 2019-2029

12. Asia Pacific Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Analysis and Forecast
   12.1. Introduction
      12.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      12.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
      12.1.3. Asia Pacific Average Pricing Analysis
   12.2. Asia Pacific Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      12.2.1. China
      12.2.2. Japan
      12.2.3. South Korea
      12.2.4. India
      12.2.5. Australia
      12.2.6. Rest of Asia Pacific (APAC)
   12.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   12.4. Asia Pacific Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      12.4.1. City Rail System
      12.4.2. Railway and Highway
      12.4.3. Municipal Engineering
      12.4.4. Others
   12.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   12.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   12.7. Asia Pacific Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      12.7.1. Slurry Shield (SS)
      12.7.2. Earth Pressure Balance Machines
   12.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   12.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   12.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      12.10.1. By Country
      12.10.2. By Product Type
      12.10.3. By Application
      12.10.4. By Sales Channel
   12.11. Asia Pacific Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Demand Share, 2019-2029

13. Middle East & Africa Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Analysis and Forecast
   13.1. Introduction
      13.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      13.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
      13.1.3. Asia Pacific Average Pricing Analysis
   13.2. Middle East & Africa Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      13.2.1. Saudi Arabia
      13.2.2. South Africa
      13.2.3. UAE
      13.2.4. Rest of Middle East & Africa (MEA)
   13.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   13.4. Middle East & Africa Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      13.4.1. City Rail System
      13.4.2. Railway and Highway
      13.4.3. Municipal Engineering
      13.4.4. Others
   13.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   13.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   13.7. Middle East & Africa Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      13.7.1. Slurry Shield (SS)
      13.7.2. Earth Pressure Balance Machines
   13.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   13.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   13.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      13.10.1. By Country
      13.10.2. By Product Type
      13.10.3. By Application
      13.10.4. By Sales Channel
   13.11. Middle East & Africa Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Demand Share, 2019-2029

14. Competition Landscape
   14.1. Global Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market: Market Share Analysis
   14.2. Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Distributors and Customers
   14.3. Soft-Rock Shiled Machine Market: Competitive Dashboard
   14.4. Company Profiles (Details – Overview, Financials, Developments, Strategy) 
      14.4.1. Herrenknecht Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.2. CRTG Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.3. CRCHI Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.4. Tianhe Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.5. LNSS Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.6. Komatsu Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.7. Mitsubishi Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.8. NHI Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.9. Kawasaki Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.10. IHI Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.11. Terratec Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.12. Tianye Tolian Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.13. Hitachi Zosen Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.14. Xugong Kaigong Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.15. STEC Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.16. COMPANY 16 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.17. COMPANY 17 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.18. COMPANY 18 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.19. COMPANY 19 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.20. COMPANY 20 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook

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