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The global portable toilet market size was valued at USD 16.79 billion in 2022. The market is projected to grow from USD 17.94 billion in 2023 to USD 29.66 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 7.4% during the forecast period.
Portable toilet has played a major role in several complex operation-based sectors. This product can be carried around on various manufacturing or construction sites without access to a continuous water supply. These systems offer flexibility in the current market’s dynamic work process. The demand for standard and customized self-contained portable restrooms increases with construction projects, manufacturing factories, and other commercial/public places.
COVID-19 Hindered Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), International Trade, and Production and Employment Rate Across Several Industries
The unprecedented global and regional shock triggered by COVID-19 would have been unimaginable less than a year ago. The pandemic's sudden emergence has resulted in an economic downturn that has felt greater than the global financial crisis of 2008/2009.
The negative and immediate impact of the pandemic was seen on international trade, foreign direct investment (FDI), production, and employment across all the industrial sectors. Thus, it brought an abrupt and unplanned shutdown of economic activities due to lockdown norms, social distancing practices, and a pessimistic approach in the market. These factors led to the shutdown of manufacturing facilities and restrictions on the manufacturers, while hampering the output efficiency of the mobile toilet in the global market scenario.
Additionally, the reduced liquidity costs in the market have forced the key players to limit their manufacturing operations and operate at a reduced capacity. Moreover, rising oil prices have also affected the logistics and transportation businesses, thus limiting supply chain and value chain operations across the market. Supply chain disruption due to volatility of demand & supply and stringent restrictions on logistical operations have limited the global market’s operations.
The lockdown imposed at the state, country, and international border restricted import-export trade, which subsequently augmented the problem of raw material procurement for manufacturing facilities. The procurement of raw materials, problems associated with inbound and outbound logistics, and disorder in the supply chain had a considerable impact on the market. From a long-term perspective, the market is observing strong growth attributed to the on-track construction & manufacturing facilities while augmenting demand for emergency showers & eyewash stations across the region.
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Increasing Luxury Portable Toilet Rental Facilities are anticipated to Boost Market Growth
Hosting lakeside or beach parties, music festivals, weddings, and other outdoor events are becoming an emerging trend worldwide, thus surging the demand for portable toilets in the current global market scenario. Considering these circumstances, the key market players plan and manufacture lavish portable restrooms/portable restroom rental services. These modern, lavish portable restrooms are fully self-contained, offer onboard water and electricity services, and are climate-controlled for any weather. Thus, they are becoming major trendsetters in the global market.
Increasing Industrial and Commercial Infrastructure to Augment Market Growth
Since the late 90s, the industrial and commercial sectors have been developing rapidly due to rising investments across several sectors and improving GDP over the years, thus resulting in a better and safer work environment. Developing economies' governments consistently emphasize fixing the nation’s infrastructure deficit, which was hampered by the sudden emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, to improve the quality of life and strengthen economic competitiveness.
It was noted that funding for infrastructure plans across developed and developing countries would come cumulatively from federal spending and state & local government structures. The development of this infrastructure plan provides an excellent opportunity for mobile toilet manufacturers to have tremendous opportunities to increase their revenue. This equipment has a vital role in construction, factories, healthcare centers, and other public places, owing to a wider range of complex applications.
In the global market scenario, construction sites and manufacturing factories are well-placed to take advantage of infrastructural investments. This is due to the market propensity with the renovation of existing buildings and construction of new educational facilities and semiconductor labs, which represent the majority of the demand and surge the global portable toilet market growth.
Geopolitical Tensions Impair Supply Chain Management
Several business realists view the U.S. and China political relations as a great-power competition. It is pictured as an intense, long-term rivalry for the foreign-policy generalists.
The U.S. top foreign policy priority is known to be escalating the great power competition with China on a political and trade level basis. This is expected to impact not only the regional or country level market but the global market as well, thus becoming a threat to minimizing the foreign direct investment (FDI) flows across several sectors. This, in turn, is anticipated to limit the awareness and investments across the market in major regions in the near future. The political issues and rising trade war between several countries and China have brought major economic concerns, limiting market growth.
Portable Restroom to Have Witness Highest Growth Due to Rising Demand For Movable Toilets
By type, the segment is divided into portable toilets and portable restrooms.
The portable restrooms segment is expected to grow significantly at the highest CAGR. This growth is attributed to the rising demand for movable toilets at construction sites, in recreational vehicles, and in public places. As these locations have limited space to spare for any other construction structure, portable restrooms play a major role in providing a hygienic defecation facility.
Portable toilets are expected to witness steady growth in the coming years. This type of toilet has limited applications in the healthcare sector and few outdoor activities, thus having limited demand across the global market.
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Construction Sites are Anticipated to Dominate the Market in terms of Growth Rate
By application, the market is split into construction sites, recreational vehicles, public places, healthcare, outdoor activities, and others.
The construction sites segment is anticipated to uphold the highest share over the forecast period owing to the rising demand for portable toilets across the construction sector. The surging infrastructural projects across developed and developing economies owing to increased living standards is the core factor for anticipating the demand for this type of toilet across construction sites.
The demand for recreational vehicles is increasing and is expected to grow significantly as more people opt for these types of vehicles to travel for leisure and other amenities. Additionally, increasing usage of RVs for portable housing boosts the demand for these toilets.
On the other hand, public places are expected to have decent growth in the coming years, with the rising need for safe and hygienic defecation facilities. These toilets simplify open defecation issues across the public place while offering better health assurance.
Also, outdoor activities such as camping, events, and entertainment places have been cleaned by integrating these mobile toilets across the places by the local government authorities; hence, it is expected to have stable market growth over the forecast period.
Moreover, the other segment includes healthcare centers in rural or urban areas with moderate demand for such type of toilets, which is expected to grow steadily in the near future.
Asia Pacific Portable Toilet Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)
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In terms of geography, the market is categorized into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and South America.
Asia Pacific is anticipated to witness exponential growth over the forecast period considering the surging ongoing infrastructural developments across the developing economies. China and India, being the highly populated nations in the world are depicting a rise in the standard of living. Higher investments across residential and commercial construction projects, manufacturing centers, and other public places have been encountered. These factors are expected to drive the demand and supply of portable restroom solutions across the region, given the need to offer the workers a safe and hygienic defecation facility.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, China introduced a new infrastructure plan with a strategy to meet two goals: stimulating job creation and preparing for the changes in the global economy. China held the largest market share and is expected to witness the highest CAGR across the region, owing to its new digital infrastructure plan that includes artificial intelligence (AI), 5G networks, IoT, intercity high-speed rail, and setting up R&D (res0065arch and development) centers for analyzing the key market driving factors
North America is projected to hold the second highest part in the portable toilet market share globally, attributed to the rising demand for luxurious portable restrooms and rental services. The rising trend of hosting outside parties and weddings has surged across the region for a decade, thereby increasing the necessity for portable solutions.
On the other hand, Europe is expected to depict progressive growth as the region’s economy depends highly on the tourism sector, and thus it is expected to have the highest demand for portable restrooms. Also, European countries have moderate growth in the construction & manufacturing sector and surging growth across the healthcare sector. This is anticipated to drive regional growth while attracting several investments in the portable solutions sector.
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Moreover, the Middle East & Africa (MEA) and South America are anticipated to witness steady market growth with modest ongoing investments across construction projects and manufacturing facilities.
Camco Manufacturing, Inc., Thetford, and Sanitech Hold Considerable Market Share in Terms of Revenue
Key manufacturers, including Camco Manufacturing Inc., Thetford, and others, are developing and introducing portable restroom solutions in the market. To achieve this, these players make noteworthy investments toward establishing R&D infrastructure and increasing annual R&D expenditure.
Leading players are evaluating their portable toilet product portfolios to ensure the delivery of differentiated products and create a safe and hygienic environment. It is, therefore, resulting in strategic mergers and acquisitions for long-term growth potential. In turn, this results in augmented demand for portable toilets (trailer toilets) installation across construction sites and other public places.
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The extensively researched report elaborates on numerous factors affecting the global market. These include the competitive landscape describing the opportunities, growth drivers, threats, key developments, and restraints. In addition, it further helps in analyzing, segmenting, and defining the market based on different segments such as types and applications. The report strategically analyses several strategies such as product innovations, mergers, alliances, joint ventures, acquisitions adopted by players in the industry, and other market trends.
2019 – 2030
2023 – 2030
2019 – 2021
CAGR of 7.4% from 2023 to 2030
Value (USD Billion)
Type and Application
Fortune Business Insights says that the market was valued at USD 16.79 billion in 2022.
By 2030, the market is expected to be worth USD 29.66 billion.
Robust growth of 7.4% CAGR will be observed over the forecast period (2023-2030).
Within the type segment, Portable Restrooms sub-segment is expected to lead during the forecast period.
Increasing industrial and commercial infrastructure for economic diversification is expected to drive market growth.
Camco Manufacturing, Inc., Thetford, and Sanitech are the key market players.
The construction sites application segment is expected to hold the highest share in the market.
Geopolitical tensions are anticipated to impair supply chain management in the global market.
Increasing luxury portable toilet rental facilities is the latest market trend.
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