LiuGong Enters Second Half of 2023 with Continued Momentum, Strong Sales, Enhanced Team, and Electric Energy


KATY, Texas – July 12, 2023 – As the second half of 2023 begins, LiuGong continues to build upon its status as one of the fastest-growing construction brands in North America.

The first half of this year has produced strong results, thanks to a successful CONEXPO/CON-AGG show in March in Las Vegas and the sustained growth in its material handling division alongside its construction equipment products.

Business Highlights

LiuGong reported $3.932 billion in construction equipment (CE) sales in 2022, per the 2023 KHL Yellow Table released by International Construction in its May-June 2023 issue. This number is quite close to its 2021 sales numbers of $4.055 billion and continues the trend of LiuGong sales growth over the last several years.

“I think we have uniquely been a beneficiary of some of the supply chain challenges in our industry over the last two to three years,” said Andrew Ryan, President, LiuGong North America.

“When we were in times of tight supply, and whether it was a dealer organization or an end customer needed to find equipment to get the job done, we stood up with availability and we stood up with quality machines. Once the customer or the dealer gave them a chance, they came back really impressed.”

The exponential growth over the time since the 2020 CONEXPO/CON-AGG show has been staggering, Ryan said.

“From 2020 to 2021, our business grew by 90%,” Ryan said. “From 2021 to ‘22, our business grew by 75%, and we expect our business will grow at least by 50% this year and more likely by 75% as we continue to add more dealer partners and get more of those repeat purchases from our customers.”

LiuGong placing significant investment towards the material handling side of the business is also paying dividends.

“LiuGong as a corporation made big investments and commitment to be in the forklift in material handling business,” Ryan said. “We invested more than $100 million in factory automation in our plant in China, and commensurately we've invested to build a team to help grow the business in North America.

“With our new leadership group for the material handling business, we've grown the business more than 10 times. We're very excited about the growth of that business, and we expect long term that it's going to be between 40 and 50% of the total business that we do in North America.”

New Leaders

The second half of the year also sees LiuGong enhance its leadership team to keep up with that growth.

Mike Zhou, Product Manager, Wheel Loaders, will transition into a newly established position as Product Manager, Battery Electric Vehicles. The battery electric 856H-E MAX Wheel Loader debuted to the North American market at the 2023 CONEXPO/CON-AGG show with the first machine sold to the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, and more to follow.

Andrew Dargatz joins the LiuGong team as Zhou’s replacement as Product Manager, Wheel Loaders. Dargatz has an extensive resume within the construction equipment industry with more than 15 years of experience.

Both Zhou and Dargatz officially began in their new roles on July 1 and report to Chris Saucedo, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Customer Solutions, LiuGong North America.

The LiuGong marketing team is strengthened with the addition of Stephanie Gonzales as Channel Marketing Manager. Gonzales has a deep marketing and brand management background, including a decade working with a major automotive OEM.

Upcoming Opportunities

LiuGong has several either expanded or new growth opportunities in the second half of 2023 and is looking ahead to 2024 as one of the industry-leading battery electric vehicle manufacturers.

LiuGong was recently awarded a Sourcewell contract in the “Heavy Construction Equipment” category. This multi-year contract allows government and education entities in the United States and Canada to procure equipment and services.

The company is set to expand its range of battery electric vehicle models, with more wheel loader models anticipated in the North American market. Beyond wheel loaders, LiuGong has developed electric excavators, forklifts, and other products for different markets with the intent to bring more to North America. These two may go together as emissions footprints are being closely scrutinized and opening the window for a range of new products to enter fleets, Ryan explained.

“We're seeing demand from a couple of very important segments,” Ryan said. “First and foremost, our friends in the cement and quarrying aggregates industry are facing a lot of pressure from both shareholders and senior managers and social organizations to reduce their emissions footprint.

“The cement industry is documented to account for about 15% of global emissions. So their urgency to make their operation zero emissions is quite high, and they're looking to LiuGong to be a partner in that effort and help them achieve those goals.

“Secondarily, governments around the world are changing regulations and offering lots of incentives to encourage investment in electric machinery."

“It will be some time before the industry adopts this technology completely and at a scale level. But we're very well-positioned at LiuGong for the segment of customers that needs these products and wants these products.”

LiuGong North America continues to grow its footprint in the North American market by providing high-performance and high-value machines. To learn more about the company, visit our website.

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About LiuGong North America

LiuGong Construction Machinery North America, LLC, a subsidiary of Guangxi LiuGong Machinery, is headquartered in Katy, Texas. For more than 60 years, LiuGong has been manufacturing machinery for the global construction equipment and material handling markets. LiuGong’s brands can trace their lineages back over 100 years in the United States. Today, LiuGong is one of the fastest-growing equipment companies in the world with one of the most comprehensive global dealer networks. LiuGong operates 20 manufacturing facilities globally including joint ventures with world-class companies such as Cummins and ZF. LiuGong’s products are designed for rugged global applications and produced with world-class components for durability and sustainability. LiuGong North America is committed to supporting dealers and customers by rapidly responding to changes in the marketplace. For more information, go to