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.

Download (MHI Members) Purchase (Non MHI Members)

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.
Download (MHI Members)

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.