Material handling industry in the UK - Statistics & Facts

The material handling industry is strongly represented in Europe, with the European market accounting for 34 percent of the global material handling equipment sales in 2017, making it the second biggest market after Asia.
In the same year, the forecasted revenue of lifting and handling equipment manufacture in the United Kingdom (UK) amounted to approximately 5.6 billion U.S. dollars. The United Kingdom industry sector is expected to experience a steady further growth in the following years, reflecting increased demand for efficient supply chain solutions.

Between 2010 and 2017, sales figures for lifting and handling equipment have been steadily increasing, despite a small decline recorded in 2016. On the other hand, the sales volume of self-propelled work trucks fitted with lifting or handling equipment manufactured in the United Kingdom has been continuously decreasing since 2015 and is expected to reach 875 units in 2017, parallel the value of these items has decreased during the same time period, expected to reach a total amount of approximately 25.4 million British pounds in 2017.

As for trading with material handling equipment, exports value of lifting and handling machinery from the United Kingdom has been steadily increasing since 2014, reaching peak in 2018 with a total value of 629.7 million British pounds. Whereas import value of these items decreased, amounting to 652.2 million British pounds, approximately 98 million British pounds less than the previous year. The UK had also imported more than 1.5 million British pounds worth of rubber conveyor belts from non-EU countries in 2017, while EU imports valued at 1.1 million British pounds. In the same year, the UK had exported 13.1 million British pounds to non-EU countries and a further 10.8 million British pounds worth to EU countries.

As for UK manufacturers of material handling equipment, the annual turnover of ExMac Automation Ltd had amounted to 6.65 million British pounds in 2017, a loss of nearly 60 percent.

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