Asia Pacific Automated Material Handling Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Latin America Automated Material Handling Market is segmented by Product Type ( Hardware, Software, Services), By Equipment Type (Mobile Robots (Automated Guided Vehicles, Autonomous Mobile Robots, Laser Guided Vehicles), Automated Storage and Retrieval System (Fixed Aisle, Carousel, Vertical Lift Module), Automated Conveyors (Belt, Roller, Pallet, Overhead), Palletizers (Conventional, Robotic), Sortation System), End-user Vertical (Airport, Automotive, Food and Beverage, Retail, Warehousing/Distribution Centers/Logistics Centers, General Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Post and Parcel), and Country.

Market Snapshot

Asia-Pacific Automated Material Handling Market Overview
Study Period: 2019- 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 15.3 %

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Market Overview

The Asia Pacific automated material handling market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.3% over the forecast period (2021 - 2026). The automated material handling market in the Asia Pacific region is becoming increasingly integrated, with China as the core, bolstering it with its strong economic growth. Sectors, such as manufacturing, have driven much of this economic activity and have increasingly made supply chains complex.

  • In some of the Asia Pacific countries, the land for warehousing is becoming increasingly limited. In these areas, warehouses are expected to go up, with both multi-story facilities and taller, narrower aisles. These trends are expected to drive the demand for material handling systems. ​
  • Developing countries in Asia, such as India, are investing in material handling equipment significantly. According to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Indian market for materials handling equipment (MHE), accounting for about 13% of the market share of the country's construction equipment industry, witnessed significant growth in the recent past. ​
  • Asia Pacific emerged as one of the world's largest e-commerce hubs. The region witnessed a rapid growth in retail e-commerce, owing to the rising middle-class population in China, India, and Indonesia, along with the rise in popularity of mobile gadgets. China alone accounts for 40% of the world's retail e-commerce sales.​
  • The food & beverage industry is witnessing high adoption of equipment due to the rising demand for automation. The automated technologies will allow these companies to perform their tasks in comparatively lesser time and effort. For instance, the Coca-Cola company has opened warehouses in Singapore valued at around USD 57 million to have automated storage and retrieval systems.
  • Developing countries in Asia, such as India, are investing in material handling equipment significantly. According to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Indian market for materials handling equipment (MHE), accounting for about 13% of the market share of the country's construction equipment industry, witnessed significant growth in the recent past.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic, which hit major countries like China, Japan, and India severely, is expected to influence the market's growth during 2020, as almost all production, logistics, and warehouses are under lockdown. The operations in these industries are expected to resume and reach a previous optimal position over the course of the next four months. However, the demand in certain industries, such as electronics, retail, and automotive, is expected to witness a decline and recover by the end of 2021.

Scope of the Report

Automated material handling equipment eliminates the need for human interference in a material handling process. Continuous rise in demand for automation with the advent of robotics, wireless technologies, and driverless vehicles in different industries like food and beverages, retail, general manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and post & parcel has revolutionized the adoption of automated material handling the equipment. Type of equipment such as AS/RS, AGV, conveyor, palletizer, and sortation systems are considered under the scope of the market.

Product Type
Equipment Type
Mobile Robots
Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV)
Automated Forklift
Automated Tow/Tractor/Tug
Unit Load
Assembly Line
Special Purpose
Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR)
Laser Guided Vehicle
Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS)
Fixed Aisle (Stacker Crane + Shuttle System)
Carousel (Horizontal Carousel + Vertical Carousel)
Vertical Lift Module
Automated Conveyor
Conventional (High Level + Low Level)
Sortation System
End-user Vertical
Food and Beverage
Retail/Warehousing/ Distribution Centers/Logistic Centers
General Manufacturing
Post and Parcel
Other End Users
South Korea
Rest of Asia Pacific

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Key Market Trends

Airports to Hold a Dominant Market Share

  • Several countries realize the importance of investing in airports, as passengers are more likely to spend time and money in a pleasant and stress-free ambiance. The use of conveyors and sortation systems in major and small airports effectively reduces several inconveniences, from check-in to onboarding. This provides customers with a hassle-free experience.
  • India and China are major contributors to the aviation industry developments in the region, owing to increasing per capita GDP and domestic air connectivity. For instance, according to the ICAO, Asia Pacific recorded 70% of the domestic traffic share.
  • The Chinese aviation market is expected to witness significant growth over the next few years, as its three largest airlines, such as Air China, China Southern, and China Eastern, have ambitious fleet plans that will put their sizes at the top of airlines globally. China's major airports in Shanghai and Beijing are also undergoing major expansion plans.
  • According to the Chinese Tourism Outbound Research Institute, by the end of 2030, the number of outbound trips made by Chinese travelers is expected to reach approximately 400 million, and Chinese tourists alone are likely to account for a quarter of international tourism. To ensure adequate support for such growth, airports need to have advanced systems. This is expected to impact the market's growth positively over the forecast period.
Asia-Pacific Automated Material Handling Market

China to Hold Significant Share

  • China has been a prominent contributor to the growth of the AMH market in the Asia Pacific region. The increasing demand for AMH products across industries, such as manufacturing, automotive, and e-commerce, is positively boosting the market's growth.
  • China has a vast population and pursues an industrial policy. Measured on the PPP basis, the country became the world's largest economy and exporter and trader during the current decade. The country is currently passing through the transition state of being a manufacturing- and construction-led economy to a consumer-led economy.
  • The ten-year plan, introduced in May 2015, is the government's bid to shift the industries up to the medium-high end of the global value chain and foster several advanced manufacturing clusters.
  • By the adoption of automation in manufacturing, China is expected to cut manufacturing costs by 30% by 2025. The dearth of skilled labor, complicated by the one-child policy and an aging workforce, requires job activities to be eased to maintain productivity at work.
Asia-Pacific Automated Material Handling Market

Competitive Landscape

The Asia Pacific automated material handling market is fragmented and highly competitive in nature. Product launches, high expense on research and development, partnerships and acquisitions, etc., are the prime growth strategies adopted by the companies in the country to sustain the intense competition.

  • September 2020 - Godrej Material Handling, a business of Godrej & Boyce, today announced that it is preparing to expand the range of its exclusive intra-logistics, mobility-cum-transport solution, Godrej Skutro. Launched last year, the Skutro is a manual rider device used to move goods from one place to another on the shopfloor.
  • March 2021 - Enovate, a high-end travel technology enterprise integrating R&D, production, and the sales and service of electric vehicles, is building a new car factory with an important building block for the plant, the EcoProFleet of automated guided vehicles (AGV).

Recent Developments

  • October 2020 - GECOM Corp. replaced associates using pallet jacks or driving tuggers and carts with a fleet of five pallet-handling automatic guided vehicles, AGVs, (F3-Design (Nipper)) capable of operating in the facility’s narrow, 8-foot-wide aisles.
  • February 2021 - Daifuku Co., Ltd. and Germany-based AFT Industries AG concluded an agreement to form a business partnership aimed at leveraging the material handling expertise of both companies in the automotive industry.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Assessment of the Impact of Covid-19 on the Market

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Rapid Industrialisation and Rising E-commerce Industry

      2. 4.3.2 Resilient Backing from the Government Policies

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 The Staffing Challenge

    5. 4.5 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    6. 4.6 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.6.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.6.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.6.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.6.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.6.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Hardware

      2. 5.1.2 Software

      3. 5.1.3 Services

    2. 5.2 Equipment Type

      1. 5.2.1 Mobile Robots

        1. Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV)

          1. Automated Forklift

          2. Automated Tow/Tractor/Tug

          3. Unit Load

          4. Assembly Line

          5. Special Purpose

        2. Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR)

        3. Laser Guided Vehicle

      2. 5.2.2 Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS)

        1. Fixed Aisle (Stacker Crane + Shuttle System)

        2. Carousel (Horizontal Carousel + Vertical Carousel)

        3. Vertical Lift Module

      3. 5.2.3 Automated Conveyor

        1. Belt

        2. Roller

        3. Pallet

        4. Overhead

      4. 5.2.4 Palletizer

        1. Conventional (High Level + Low Level)

        2. Robotic

      5. 5.2.5 Sortation System

    3. 5.3 End-user Vertical

      1. 5.3.1 Airport

      2. 5.3.2 Automotive

      3. 5.3.3 Food and Beverage

      4. 5.3.4 Retail/Warehousing/ Distribution Centers/Logistic Centers

      5. 5.3.5 General Manufacturing

      6. 5.3.6 Pharmaceuticals

      7. 5.3.7 Post and Parcel

      8. 5.3.8 Other End Users

    4. 5.4 Country

      1. 5.4.1 China

      2. 5.4.2 Japan

      3. 5.4.3 Indonesia

      4. 5.4.4 India

      5. 5.4.5 Australia

      6. 5.4.6 Thailand

      7. 5.4.7 South Korea

      8. 5.4.8 Singapore

      9. 5.4.9 Malaysia

      10. 5.4.10 Taiwan

      11. 5.4.11 Rest of Asia Pacific


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 DAIFUKU Co. Ltd.

      2. 6.1.2 Kardex Group

      3. 6.1.3 KION Group

      4. 6.1.4 JBT Corporation

      5. 6.1.5 Jungheinrich AG

      6. 6.1.6 SSI Schaefer AG

      7. 6.1.7 VisionNav Robotics

      8. 6.1.8 System Logistics

      9. 6.1.9 BEUMER Group GmbH & Co. KG

      10. 6.1.10 Interroll Group

      11. 6.1.11 Witron Logistik

      12. 6.1.12 Kuka AG

      13. 6.1.13 Honeywell Intelligrated Inc.

      14. 6.1.14 Murata Machinery Ltd

      15. 6.1.15 Toyota Industries Corporation

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The APAC AMH Market market is studied from 2019 - 2026.

The APAC AMH Market is growing at a CAGR of 15.3% over the next 5 years.

DAIFUKU Co. Ltd., Toyota Industries Corporation, Kardex Group, KION Group, JBT Corporation are the major companies operating in APAC AMH Market.

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