Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


Materials handling equipment new orders grows 15.2% in 2011

MHIA forecasts growth of 8.0% for 2012 and 12.0% in 2013
By Modern Materials Handling Staff
January 24, 2012

Material handling equipment orders grew an estimated 15.2% in 2011 and are forecasted to grow 8.0% in 2012 and 12.0% in 2013, according to the latest Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing Forecast (MHEM) released by Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA).

“Consumers and Investors are regaining confidence in economic conditions,” said Hal Vandiver, MHIA executive consultant. “Given slow GDP growth for the next few quarters, there are anticipated improvements in unemployment, industrial production activity and factory operating rates (utilization) that will impact MHEM positively. Additionally, housing is making a rebound that will contribute greatly to sustained growth through 2014.”

In addition, material handling equipment shipments grew an estimated 17.1% in 2011 and are forecasted to grow 9.0% in 2012 and 11.0% in 2013. Domestic demand (shipments plus imports less exports) grew an estimated 18.4% in 2011 and will likely mirror shipment growth in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The MHEM forecast of material handling equipment manufacturing is released each quarter by MHIA and looks 12 to 18 months forward to anticipate changes in the material handling and logistics marketplace.

Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Instead of ignoring a forklift fleet and its associated costs, asking the right questions can lead to substantial savings.

This white paper outlines five ways to increase profits with automation. By implementing automated storage and retrieval equipment-such as horizontal carousels, vertical carousels and vertical lift modules, multiple areas of a manufacturing or distribution facility will benefit from savings in inventory accessibility, floor space, time, improved ergonomics and better accuracy.

Zebra gains instant access to complimentary technologies. But first, it needs to integrate a former partner that is 2-1/2 times its size.

Distribution requirements are changing. Few distribution managers would quibble with that statement. The increase in the demand for mixed cases, mixed cartons, aisle ready pallets and, most importantly, the increase in the volume of e-commerce orders is driving new levels of investment in automation.

MDT works with Mitsubishi Electric to ensure technical competence in providing change management support for Mitsubishi Electric Automation products.

Article Topics

News · Economy · MHI · MHIA · All topics


© Copyright 2013 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA