Asia Pacific Automated Storage and Retrieval System Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Asia Pacific Automated Storage and Retrieval System Market is segmented by Product Type (Fixed Aisle System, Carousel (Horizontal Carousel + Vertical Carousel), Vertical Lift Module), End-User Industry (Airports, Automotive, Food and Beverages, General Manufacturing, Post and Parcel, Retail), and Country.

Market Snapshot

Asia Pacific Automated Storage and Retrieval System Market
Study Period: 2019- 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 9.95 %

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Market Overview

The Asia-Pacific Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems market registered a CAGR of 9.95% over the forecast period 2021 - 2026. 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 next four months. However, the demand in specific sectors, such as electronics, retail, and automotive, is expected to decline and recover by the end of 2021.

  • The Asia-Pacific region is witnessing an increasing focus towards automation by the warehousing companies, which is anticipated to drive the market for Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems. According to Warehouse 2020 APAC Vision Study conducted by Zebra, 73% of the warehousing companies in the region plan to increase the number of warehouses by 2020, and 52% of them also plan to reduce space expansion in existing warehouses in 2020.
  • Further, many of the food and beverage industry companies have recognized the advantages provided by the ASRS systems and have increased their focus towards market adoption.
  • For instance, Australia's confectionery manufacturer, Cadbury Schweppes, successfully upgraded its national distribution center in Melbourne. The upgrade resulted in a 20% productivity improvement to its warehouse's automated storage and retrieval system while maintaining full distribution capability. It involved refurbishing and upgrading four ASRS cranes and modernizing the distribution center's conveyor and sortation system.
  • South Korea has always been one of the world's top automotive manufacturing countries and one of the largest automotive exporters since the 1990s. Eco-friendly vehicles, including electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, and fuel-cell electric vehicles, are expected to be the fastest-growing automotive end-user segment in South Korea during the forecast period. This provides a massive opportunity for automation in the automotive industry in the country.
  • Moreover, Japan introduced lean manufacturing, a Just-In-Time concept in intralogistics. The close-knitted structure allowed the nation to adopt AS/RS systems at every level, economic and efficient. Currently, with the world looking forward to the fourth industrial revolution, Japan plays a significant part.
  • Further, Indonesia is categorized as an aggressive automation-adopting nation. The country has recorded increased robotic usage for industrial work. Since Japan is both its supplier and consumer, Indonesia is expected to benefit from the trade with Japan. Thus increasing the demand for automation in the region.

Scope of the Report

The Asia Pacific region is one of the significant markets for automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) globally, which China, Japan, and India lead. The market is fragmented due to only many prominent players and is segmented by product type and end-user industries. The report provides vendor profiles operating in the market and the market share of each end-user sector and product type. Further, the market study also comprises details on the impact of COVID-19.

By Product Type
Fixed Aisle System
Carousel (Horizontal Carousel + Vertical Carousel)
Vertical Lift Module
By End-User Industries
Airports
Automotive
Food and Beverage
General Manufacturing
Post and Parcel
Retail
Other End-user Industries
By Country
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Rest of Asia Pacific

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Key Market Trends

Retail Industry is Expected to Hold Significant Market Share

  • The retail sector generated the second-highest demand for ASRS in the region, after post and parcel, compared to other industries. ASRS, when compared to different equipment types, has witnessed a higher adoption in the region's retail sector, and China and India have significantly contributed to this.
  • Additionally, the Chinese retail revenue has been on a constant increase since 2011, significantly driving up the automation in the country's retail sector. A rise in retail requires effective storage and warehouse management of products suitably requiring ASRS. According to China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), China's retail sales are expected to surpass sales in the United States in upcoming years due to the innovation and transformation of retail enterprises.
  • Moreover, the growth of the market in India is complemented by the adoption of industrial automation systems with various companies offering different solutions and is characterized by recent developments. For instance, Delta Electronics provides a wide range of automation products and solutions, including robot solutions for warehouses.
  • The convergence of flagship programs, such as Skill India and Digital India, is the key to achieving this goal, thereby driving the country's market growth.​ In December 2020, Skill Ministry and Tata launched the first batch of the Indian Institute of Skills. Such programs are rolled out in India to develop Factory Automation and Retrieval System skills and create greater awareness amongst the general public and business organizations.
  • Further, In Indonesia, the onset of Industry 4.0 is driving the studied market, focusing on implementing factory automation systems in the manufacturing of the food and beverage industry, textiles and clothing, automotive, chemical, and electronics. Cross government initiatives between Indonesia and Germany are strengthening the start-up ecosystem in the country. In addition to this, in June 2020, Maruka Corp., a Japanese industrial and construction machinery trader, announced to set up a wholly-owned subsidiary in Indonesia for a dedicated factory automation and storage system unit. It offers to design, produce, market, and repair robot systems, production lines, and washing equipment as demand for factory automated systems in the Southeast Asian country increases.
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China Accounts For the Largest Market Share

  • China has been a prominent contributor to the growth of the ASRS market in the Asia-Pacific region. The increasing demand for ASRS products across industries, such as manufacturing, retail, automotive, and e-commerce, boosts the market's growth.
  • Further, the government's ambitious 'Made in China 2025' initiative, partially inspired by Germany, for Industry 4.0 aims to boost the country's competitiveness in the manufacturing sector.
  • An e-commerce giant in China, JD.com Inc., recently built an efficient ASRS for effective warehouse management to cater to the demand for increasing retail sales. Additionally, Samson Holding was one of the first companies to implement ASRS in the Chinese furniture industry, enabling automatically and mechanically storing, tracking, and retrieving every product produced, thus saving ample preparation time required to assemble different products for each shipment.
  • Furthermore, Chinese retailers are developing unmanned shops. For instance, Suning, the Chinese online shopping platform, launched five unmanned shops in China, which apply facial recognition technology to payment services and offer shoppers an intelligent shopping experience based on their consumption habits. This has significantly contributed to the growth of the market studied in the region.
  • In October 2020, Tencent-backed food delivery service, Meituan-Dianping, introduced its first-ever smart AI retail store, MAI Shop, within Beijing's Shougang Park. The store is equipped with a combination of AI and robotics, which are regularly seen in "New Retail" formats across supermarkets, convenience stores, and more in China. The combined technology brings an unmanned delivery retail experience as Meituan integrates a fully automated warehouse and distribution to maximize its takeout delivery capacity.
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Competitive Landscape

The Asia-Pacific automated storage and retrieval system market is fragmented and highly competitive. Product launches, high expense on research and development, partnerships and acquisitions, etc., are the prime growth strategies adopted by the companies in the region to sustain the intense competition. Some of the recent developments in the market are -

  • August 2020 - KION Group has signed a distribution agreement and a memorandum of understanding on plans for joint development with the Chinese manufacturer to expand automation solutions. The collaboration with Quicktron is anticipated to strengthen further the former’s position in the automated storage and trucks market.
  • June 2020 - Cohesio Group, now known as Körber Supply Chain, introduced a new sorting robot solution in Australia and New Zealand. The Körber solution will allow logistics operators to maximize operational capabilities through flexible, affordable, and scalable automation.

Recent Development

  • August 2020 - Murata Machinery Ltd has signed a contract with Alpen Co. Ltd to construct Japan's first 3D robot warehousing system, "ALPHABOT." ALPHABOT will be introduced at the Alpen Komaki Distribution Center, one of Alpen Group's main distribution centers, to complement its storage capacity and reduce picking, sorting, and packaging operations by approximately 60%. The system is scheduled to go into the process in July 2021.
  • February 2020 - SSI SCHAEFER collaborated with ORCA, the Philippines-based cold chain solutions provider, announcing the opening of the country's first cold chain storage system. It offers temperature-controlled logistics and warehousing to help food businesses and the agriculture industry prolong and maintain their freshness. Powered by the Automated Storage Retrieval System (ASRS), ORCA Taguig has almost 20,000 pallet positions of frozen storage in roughly a hectare footprint. With automation, ORCA Taguig can move approximately 4,800 pallets in one day.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET INSIGHTS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Increased Emphasis on Workplace Safety

      2. 5.1.2 Increasing Concerns about Labor Costs

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Need for Skilled Workforce and Concerns over Replacement of Manual Labor

    3. 5.3 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market

  6. 6. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 6.1 By Product Type

      1. 6.1.1 Fixed Aisle System

      2. 6.1.2 Carousel (Horizontal Carousel + Vertical Carousel)

      3. 6.1.3 Vertical Lift Module

    2. 6.2 By End-User Industries

      1. 6.2.1 Airports

      2. 6.2.2 Automotive

      3. 6.2.3 Food and Beverage

      4. 6.2.4 General Manufacturing

      5. 6.2.5 Post and Parcel

      6. 6.2.6 Retail

      7. 6.2.7 Other End-user Industries

    3. 6.3 By Country

      1. 6.3.1 China

      2. 6.3.2 India

      3. 6.3.3 Japan

      4. 6.3.4 South Korea

      5. 6.3.5 Rest of Asia Pacific

  7. 7. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 DAIFUKU Co. Ltd.

      2. 7.1.2 Murata Machinery Ltd.

      3. 7.1.3 Schaefer Systems International Pvt Ltd

      4. 7.1.4 Toyota Industries Corporation

      5. 7.1.5 Hanwha Group

      6. 7.1.6 GEEK+ INC.

      7. 7.1.7 Kardex Group

      8. 7.1.8 Siasun Robot & Automation Co. Ltd.

      9. 7.1.9 System Logistics S.p.A.

      10. 7.1.10 Noblelift Intelligent Equipment Co. Ltd.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
  8. 8. INVESTMENT ANALYSIS

  9. 9. FUTURE OF THE MARKET

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Asia Pacific Automated Storage and Retrieval System Market market is studied from 2019 - 2026.

The Asia Pacific Automated Storage and Retrieval System Market is growing at a CAGR of 9.95% over the next 5 years.

DAIFUKU Co. Ltd., Murata Machinery Ltd., Schaefer Systems International Pvt Ltd, Toyota Industries Corporation, Hanwha Group are the major companies operating in Asia Pacific Automated Storage and Retrieval System Market.

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