Market Forecast


This comprehensive forecast of material handling equipment manufacturing (MHEM) is released each quarter and looks 12 to 18 months forward to anticipate changes in the material handling and Logistics marketplace. The 50+ page forecast includes:

  • Content presented in the Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing (MHEM) Segment Brief, plus
  • Economic Cycle Analysis
  • Leading Indicator Analysis
  • Economic Commentary and Forecasts
  • Capital Spending Analysis and Summary
  • MHEM Forecast - Domestic, Imports, Exports, Consumption

MHEM represents over $30.0 Billion or approximately 15% to 20% of our estimate for US Material Handling Consumption of nearly $165 Billion. The history and forecast includes the following equipment categories:

  • Conveyors and Conveying Equipment
  • Overhead Traveling Cranes, Hoists, and Monorail Systems
  • Industrial Truck, Tractors, Trailers and Stacker Machinery
  • Other Material Handling Equipment

The MHEM Forecast is provided at no cost to Members of MHI. If you are a MHI member, you can purchase the MHEM Forecast below. In order to download or purchase this document, you must agree to our disclaimer.

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In addition, MHI is also provided members with the MHEM Annual Rate of Change (ARoC) Workbook as a free download. The MHEM ARoC Workbook is a companion business planning tool created in MS Excel and designed to be used with the MHEM Forecast. The ARoC Workbook has four tabs:

  • Calculator Tab
    Detailed instructions for constructing a cycle chart using your own company data are provided. Simply fill in your data and view the chart that is automatically created.
  • MHEM Tab
    Monthly history for MHEM new orders and shipments from 1993 forward PLUS, the most recent MHEM Forecast for new orders and shipments are outlined. Your data is automatically plotted with MHEM for quick analysis.
  • Indicators Tab
    Leading indicators are essential to cycle forecasting and planning. Five of the most relevant leading indicators for predicting the business cycle for Material Handling are provided ready to use; no additional computations needed.
  • Regional Indicators Tab
    For those whose businesses have a regional focus, or for regional sales planning support, regional indicators have been organized by major Census Region to indicate levels of cyclical change in manufacturing, consumer sentiment and nonresidential investment.
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For an overview of industry activity through the current quarter, non members can access a MHEM Segment Brief that includes a series of charts, tables and discussion points.

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Automation Systems & Robots
Among the equipment in this sector is muscular assist manipulators; industrial robots; automated guided vehicle equipment; automated storage and retrieval systems; carousels; bar coding/scanning/data-collection equipment and other directly related equipment and components. This sector contains 33 equipment groups organized within the four following sub-sectors.

For years 1987 to 1996
For years 1997 and beyond
Conveyorized Movement Equipment
This sector contains 62 equipment groups organized into two sub-sectors: Bulk and Contained Load Handling. Among the primary bulk handling technologies are re-claiming equipment; bulk material loading/unloading equipment; vibrating, screw, apron, and steel belt conveyors; blowers; feeders; plus a variety of lifting, separating, and storage equipment.

For years 1987 to 1996
For years 1997 and beyond
Mobile & Wheeled Handling Devices
Among the primary technologies included in this sector are cranes; hoists; monorails; lift tables; dock levelers; aerial platforms and lifts; and a wide variety of accessory and specialty equipment. This sector contains 56 equipment groups which are organized into three sub-sectors.

For years 1987 to 1996
For years 1997 and beyond
Overhead Material Handling & Lifting Devices
Among the primary technologies included in this sector are cranes; hoists; monorails; lift tables; dock levelers; aerial platforms and lifts; and a wide variety of accessory and specialty equipment. This sector contains 56 equipment groups which are organized into three sub-sectors.

For years 1987 to 1996
For years 1997 and beyond
Packaging Equipment, Pallets, & Containers
Principle equipment groups include pallets and skids made of wood and wood products, metal and molded polymers, box pallets; baskets; ocean containers; dump boxes; barrels, drums; pails; wrapping and packaging equipment; and a wide variety of directly related equipment and materials.

For years 1987 to 1996
For years 1997 and beyond
Storage Equipment & Shop Furniture
Among the equipment in this sector is a variety of steel shelving; steel storage racks; flow delivery equipment; industrial mezzanines; portable storage racks; modular drawer storage; shop and tool cabinets; storage cabinetry; storage enclosures; and other directly related equipment. This sector includes 21 equipment groups organized in two sub-sectors.

For years 1987 to 1996
For years 1997 and beyond
Warehousing Logistics
Many of the establishments in this segment operate on networks, with physical facilities, labor forces, and equipment spread over a large geographic territory. Other establisments in this segment provide consulting services related to the process, physical distribution, and logistics of handling goods.

For years 1997 and beyond
For years 1987 to 1996