MHIA: 17.1% growth in materials handling equipment new orders in the first half of 2011

MHIA forecasts growth of 11.0% for 2011 and 7.0% for 2012.

By ·

Material handling equipment orders grew 17.1% in the first half of 2011 and are forecasted to grow 11.0% in 2011 and 7.0% in 2012, according to the latest Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing Forecast (MHEM) released by Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA).

“Consumers and investors are skeptical regarding improvement in economic conditions,” said Hal Vandiver, MHIA executive consultant. “Given slow GDP growth, unemployment is likely not to improve over the next 18 months, supporting concerns about positive consumer behavior. Industrial production activity appears to be softening and factory operating rates (utilization) are forecasted to improve only modestly.”

“Forecasts for GDP, investment and consumption have been downgraded to reflect the growing sentiment that US and global economies are fragile. We have reduced our forecast for MHEM new orders, shipment and domestic demand for 2012.”

In addition, material handling equipment shipments grew 6.1% in 2010 and are forecasted to grow 14.0% in 2011 and 7.0-8.0% in 2012. Domestic demand (shipments plus imports less exports) grew 3.0% to 4.0% in 2010. Domestic demand grew 13.1% in the first half of 2011 and 5.5% in 2012.

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!

Article Topics

Economy · MHI · · All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
Peek Inside Trinchero’s New Automated Warehouse
When Trinchero Family Estates, one of the world's top wineries, consolidated its bottling and distribution with production, they knew they needed to ramp up speed and throughput. Partnering with Swisslog helped them achieve that goal—and more.
Download Today!
From the March 2017 Modern Materials Handling Online Issue
If the early attendee forecast is any indication, you may have already landed in Chicago for ProMat 2017 (April 3-6), the materials handling industry’s leading trade show and educational conference, sponsored by MHI.
Lawson Products: Automation that fits
Lawson’s multi-purpose distribution center
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
2016 Warehouse/DC Operations Webcast: Confronting omni-channel complexity
During this webcast we’ll examine the current activities, trends, and best practices in warehouse and DC operations management and how companies plan to address complex issues associate with omni-channel fulfillment.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
2017 Productivity Achievement Awards
Modern’s annual Productivity Achievement Awards honor companies that have made exceptional...
Johnson & Johnson: A vision for automation
J&J Vision Care brings together a variety of automated technologies, including an innovative...

Using AGVs at LEDVANCE
The lighting manufacturer reaped savings by reducing maintenance costs and product damage, and using...
System Report: Sustainable Distribution at REI
Specialty outdoor retailer REI’s new distribution center brings together the next generation of...