Forest Harvester Head Market

Forest Harvester Head Market Size By Product (16 Inches, 20 Inches, and Others), and By Application (Debarking, Processing, Harvesting, and Others), Regions, Global Industry Analysis, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2024 to 2033

Base Year: 2023 Historical Data: 2020-22
  • Report ID: TBI-14027
  • Published Date: Jan, 2024
  • Pages: 237
  • Category: Agriculture
  • Format: PDF
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The global forest harvester head market was valued at USD 1.8 billion in 2023, growing at a CAGR of 4.9% from 2024 to 2033. The market is expected to reach USD 2.9 billion by 2033. Forest harvester head demand is expected to be driven by the increasing demand for wood in the paper and pulp industries. Furthermore, increasing urbanization also fuels the market's growth.

Market Introduction:

A huge forestry truck, a harvester, is used for felling, delimbing, and bucking trees during cut-to-length logging operations. Together with a forwarder who transports the logs to a roadside landing, a forest harvester is usually hired. A heavy forestry vehicle's harvester head is used to down, buck, and delimb trees for logging operations. A forwarder that moves the logs to a loaded wayside is typically included with a forest harvester. These are very sophisticated devices that require extensive upkeep. Tree brakes are removed with the use of delimbing knives. In tree grabbing, feed rollers are crucial. Diameter sensors and length-measuring wheels are used to take measurements and calculate the volume of harvested logs. Wheeled harvesters and forest harvester heads can effectively thin difficult, dense stands. In terms of forest harvesting, they provide dependability, productivity, and profitability. With massive trees, large root flares, and rough limbs in mind, they work incredibly well.

Forest Harvester Head Market Size

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Recent Development

In June 2023, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) announced the establishment of its new Compact Business Unit. For its small equipment and solutions line, Volvo CE has established a separate business unit to promote growth and profitability in this significant and expanding market.

In May 2023, Caterpillar introduced their new material handling, the MH3050. Better performance, dependability, and luxurious cab comfort are all promised by the 3050. Additionally, by optimizing the power and efficiency balance, its sophisticated electrohydraulic technology improves cycle times, handling more material in the same amount of time and increasing profit potential. With the MH3050, Cat's material handler portfolio and industrial application possibilities are significantly expanded. 

Market Dynamics:


Increasing demand for wood- There are several uses for wood, the pulp and paper industry's growing need for wood and the growing market for forest products, to name a few. Wood is the primary raw material for the production of pulp and paper. Among the world's biggest industries for wood is pulp & paper. The two sectors that affect the world economy the most are pulp and paper. Around 390 million metric tonnes of paper and paperboard are produced globally each year, and by 2030, that amount is predicted to rise to 490 million metric tonnes. Thus, the growing demand for wood by paper and pulp industries is expected to drive the market's growth.


Increasing deforestation- An increase in deforestation, followed by an increase in global warming, is one of the primary issues limiting the market. Forest losses are caused by climate change, desertification, reduced soil quality, floods, and higher greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. Global warming is thus speeding up as a result. Various NGOs and governments worldwide are expressing alarm over the rise of deforestation, which could negatively impact the global market for forest harvester heads.


Increasing urbanization- According to UN statistics, over 54% of the world's population resides in cities, which increases personal income levels and work options. Building construction is increasing in rural and urban regions with the rise of nuclear households. The construction industries widely use a Forest harvester head to clear the forest and build residential areas. In addition to this, they also cut trees to fulfil the demand for wood required for the construction of buildings. This increasing urbanization is expected to provide growth opportunities for the market during the forecast period.

Regional segmentation analysis:

The regions analyzed for the market include North America, Europe, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. Asia Pacific emerged as the largest global forest harvester head market, with a 39.9% market revenue share in 2023.

The market for forest harvester heads in Asia Pacific is expected to be driven by rising government initiatives to encourage the use of contemporary farming equipment. The announcement of the subsidiary on the purchase of agricultural mechanization was made by the Indian government, for instance. The individual can receive a 40% subsidy on various agricultural gear and equipment, including combine harvesters, under the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (ADC&FW) statement. Farmer investment in agricultural gear, notably harvesters, is expected to increase due to the region's growing crop yield and the growing export potential of diverse crops.

Asia Pacific Region Forest Harvester Head Market Share in 2023 - 39.9%

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Product Segment Analysis

The product segment is divided into 16 inches, 20 inches, and others. The 20 inches segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 45% in 2023. A 20-inch harvester head is widely used to fell trees with varied trunk thicknesses. These circular saws in the centre can be set to various depths, propelling the segment's growth.

Application Segment Analysis

The application segment is divided into debarking, processing, harvesting, and others. The harvesting segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 35% in 2023. Harvesting is the process of felling trees and getting them ready for shipment to the mills. Included are clear-felling and thinning activities. While thinning involves periodically removing the smaller and weaker trees to allow the stronger trees to grow, clear-felling removes the entire crop.

Some of the Key Market Players:
  • Kone Ketonen Oy
  • SP Maskiner
  • Logset
  • Waratah
  • Ponsse
  • Biojacks
  • Tigercat
  • Valmet
  • AFM-Forest Ltd
  • Loggtech AB
  • Barko Hydraulics
  • Kesla
  • Nisula Forest Oy
  • Log Max AB
  • John Deere
  • Southstar Equipment Ltd
  • Komatsu

Report Description:

Attribute Description
Market Size Revenue (USD Billion)
Market size value in 2023 USD 1.8 Billion
Market size value in 2033 USD 2.9 Billion
CAGR (2024 to 2033) 4.9%
Historical data 2020-2022
Base Year 2023
Forecast 2024-2033
Region The regions analyzed for the market are Asia Pacific, Europe, South America, North America, and Middle East & Africa. Furthermore, the regions are further analyzed at the country level.
Segments Product, Application

Frequesntly Asked Questions

As per The Brainy Insights, the size of the forest harvester head market was valued at USD 1.8 billion in 2023 to USD 2.9 billion by 2033.

The global forest harvester head market is growing at a CAGR of 4.9% during the forecast period 2024-2033.

Asia Pacific emerged as the largest forest harvester head market.

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This study forecasts global, regional, and country revenue from 2020 to 2033. The Brainy Insights has segmented the global forest harvester head market based on the below-mentioned segments:

Global Forest Harvester Head Market By Product:

  • 16 Inches
  • 20 Inches
  • Others

Global Forest Harvester Head Market By Application:

  • Debarking
  • Processing
  • Harvesting
  • Others

Global Forest Harvester Head Market By Region:                     

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
  • South America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East and Africa  
    • UAE
    • South Africa


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