Tunnel Boring Machine Market Estimated to Grow at a CAGR of 5.6% During 2022 To 2030 - Report by Market Research Future (MRFR)

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Tunnel Boring Machine Industry Is Growing Due to Increasing Focus Towards Micro Tunneling

New York, US, June 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to a comprehensive research report by Market Research Future (MRFR), “Tunnel Boring Machine Market Analysis by Machine Type (Slurry TBM, Earth Pressure Balance Shield TBM, Shielded TBM, Multi-Mode TBM and Other Machines), Geology Type (Soft Ground, Hard Rock Ground, Heterogeneous Ground and Variable Ground), End Users and Region - Forecast till 2030” valuation is poised to grow at 5.6% CAGR throughout the forecast period (2022–2030).

Tunnel Boring Machine Market Overview

Tunnel boring machines are primarily used to create tunnels for pipelines, roadways, and trains. They're sometimes referred to as enormous specific-function machines. They are commonly used to aid in the boring of round holes with round cross-sections in rocks and dirt. These machines are built with a complex system that works in tandem with one another. The machine is made up of one or two shields and trailing support tools. A spinning cutting wheel is located at the front end of the shield, and a chamber is located behind the cutting wheel. Tunnel boring machines are used in a variety of key industries.

Tunnel Boring Machine Market Report Scope:

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Market Size

Significant Value



Base Year


Forecast Period


Historical Data


Forecast Units

Value (USD Billion)

Report Coverage

Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends

Segments Covered

Machine Type, Geology Type and Region

Geographies Covered

North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)

Key Vendors

China Railway Construction Heavy Industry Co. Ltd., Hitachi Zosen Corporation, China Railway Engineering Equipment Group Co. Ltd., Dalian Huarui Heavy Industry Group Co. Ltd, Komatsu Ltd., China Railway Group Limited (CRGL), IHI Corporation, Northern Heavy Industries Group Co. Ltd. (The Robbins Company, Inc.), Qinhuangdao Tianye Tolian Heavy Industry Co. Ltd., Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Bosch Rexroth AG, Herrenknecht AG

Key Market Opportunities

Increasing Regulations and Rules Enforced by Governments of Various Emerging Companies Regarding the Construction of Networked Rail and Road Infrastructure and Their Related Projects

Key Market Drivers

Increasing Focus Towards Micro Tunneling

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The successful application of this machine depends on selecting appropriate equipment and cutting tools for the soil conditions encountered. The other way for tunnel construction is to use explosives; however, incendiaries are extremely risky, and it is frequently difficult to manage the explosion. They are also a danger to the personnel and machinery which work in the tunnel. A minor error in charge of explosives can imperil the entire endeavor. Tunnel boring machines are hence the best options for tunneling operations.

The expansion of railway and road network infrastructure will boost the tunnel boring machine market. Furthermore, public funding in railway pipeline related projects is foreseen to fuel the growth of the tunnel boring machine market. Manufacturers of tunnel boring machines concentrate on micro-tunneling activities which is projected to augment the tunnel boring machines market. Furthermore, the mining industry's increased usage of tunnel boring machines is anticipated to fuel the growth of the tunnel boring machine market.

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Market Drivers:

The tunnel boring machine market is expanding rapidly in the global market due to increased regulations and rules imposed by governments of various modern companies involving the installation of interconnected rail and road infrastructure and related projects, which is driving the tunnel boring machine industry. Another factor driving the tunnel boring machine market is the growing emphasis on micro tunneling in areas where huge tunnels cannot be built. Some of the primary reasons propelling the global market include infrastructure upgrading activities, the growth of smart cities, and the upsurge in the trend of tunnel automation. Furthermore, the hard rock mining industry has demonstrated a strong interest in using tunnel boring machines for actual operation and achieving high rates of advancement in civil tunnel building, fueling the growth of the tunnel boring machines market.

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Market Restraints:

The tunnel boring machine market is growing at an alarming rate, but some reasons are limiting its growth, such as the high preliminary cost of the tunnel boring process, which hinder the rate of tunnel boring machines. Furthermore, the government typically bears such elevated expenses as an investment that is not repeated, limiting the expansion of the tunnel boring machine sector.

Tunnel Boring Machine Market Segments

Based on the Machine Type

The slurry tunnel boring machine has the biggest market share in the global market.

Based on the Geology Type

In the global market, the soft ground has the biggest market share.

Based on the End-Users

The road transport industry comprises the lion's share of the global market.

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Tunnel Boring Machine Market Regional Analysis 

The Asia-Pacific region holds the greatest share of the tunnel boring market, owing to growth in tunnel projects and increased infrastructure expenditure, primarily in road and rail networks in China and India. Another country with the most tunnel roadways is South Korea. Europe holds the second-largest proportion of the tunnel boring machine market. These machines are becoming more popular worldwide since they have a lower environmental impact than traditional excavation methods. Micro tunnels have increased in popularity in North America to replace old infrastructure. As existing utility systems age, there is a greater need for improved infrastructure across North America. Germany leads the need for tunnel boring machines in Europe, owing to the country's improving and expanding tunneling projects. Furthermore, tunneling projects are being renovated in Europe as part of management and security needs. As a result of these factors, the need for tunnel boring machines in Europe is likely to stay high throughout the projection period.

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Tunnel Boring Machine Market Competitive Analysis

Dominant Key Players on Tunnel Boring Machine Market Covered are:

  • China Railway Construction Heavy Industry Co. Ltd.

  • Hitachi Zosen Corporation

  • China Railway Engineering Equipment Group Co. Ltd.

  • Dalian Huarui Heavy Industry Group Co. Ltd

  • Komatsu Ltd.

  • China Railway Group Limited (CRGL)

  • IHI Corporation

  • Northern Heavy Industries Group Co. Ltd.

  • Qinhuangdao Tianye Tolian Heavy

  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.

  • Bosch Rexroth AG

  • Herrenknecht AG

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