Compactors, sometimes called “steamrollers,” are used to compact base materials, especially asphalt, in several different construction applications. While they are vital for the paving of roads, highways, parking lots, airport runways, driveways, and walking trails, compactors are also essential for preparing surfaces for building construction. There are two basic types of compactors, vibratory and non-vibratory. Non-vibratory machines, consisting of static and pneumatic-tired models, use the weight of the machine to generate compacting force. Vibratory machines use vibrating drums to create additional force. Vibratory compactors are equipped with either a single drum in the front of the machine or with two drums (front and back). Double drum vibratory machines are known as “tandem” models and are the most type of compactor. A few more recent compactors use oscillating drums, and some companies are developing battery-powered electric models, generally targeted at European markets at this time.
This report provides five years of sales and production data from 2015-2019, an analysis of imports and exports, technological trends, field population, and sales by type and weight. We include a five-year forecast and profiles of the leading market participants. Specifications of OEMs’ product lines are included at the end of the report. We do not include in our sales and production data other types of compactors used in embankment and trenching projects or hand-held and walk behind models. Note that the terms “compactor” and “roller” are often used interchangeably. Some companies use the terms more specifically, designating “compactors” for soil applications and “rollers” for asphalt applications.