Europe Automated Material Handling (AMH) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The North America Automated Material Handling Market is segmented by Product Type (Hardware, Software, Service), by Equipment Type (AS/RS(Fixed Aisle, Carousals, Vertical Lift Modules), Mobile Robots(AGV, Autonomous Mobile Robots, Laser Guided Vehicles), Automated Conveyor (Belt, Roller, Pallet, Overhead), Palletizer (Conventional, Robotic), Sortation System), End-user Vertical (Airport, Automotive, Food and Beverage, Retail/Warehousing/DC/Logistic Center, General Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Post and Parcel), and by Country.

Europe Automated Material Handling Market Size

Europe Automated Material Handling (AMH) Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
CAGR: 8.7 %

Major Players

Europe Automated Material Handling (AMH) Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Europe Automated Material Handling Market Analysis

The European automated material handling market was valued at USD 11.22 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 18.46 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 8.7% over the forecast period 2021 - 2026.

  • Throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, political, economic, and technological developments are impacting the growth of the manufacturing industry proportionally. Although the BREXIT vote sent shockwaves across all industries, the manufacturing industry remained positive.
  • Europe has been the most prominent adopter of industrial automation, owing to increasing investments in the Industry 4.0 revolution. According to the CBI Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Europe accounts for more than one-third of the global Industry 4.0 investments. Western and Northern Europe are its main markets, especially Germany, where the term was originally coined and a frontrunner.
  • Northern Europe is traditionally the most developed market regarding the use of automation in warehouses. The high labor costs and special attention to the working conditions at the factory have prompted the adoption of sophisticated and advanced automation. In Scandinavia, System Logistics has supported important clients in the food and beverage sector in the efficient management of warehousing, picking, and material handling operations.
  • Moreover, in warehouses across Europe, man and machine are increasingly working more closely together, and a lack of efficient and skilled manpower could accelerate automation further, according to JLL, an investment management company.
  • The e-grocery channel accelerated further because of the COVID-19 lockdown. It grew by more than 50% growth in 2020 for key European markets, creating an even stronger need for efficient e-grocery fulfillment solutions. This has encouraged technology and platform providers such as KNAPP, Ocado, Swisslog, Takeoff Technologies, and WITRON to extend their ever-growing portfolio of automation solutions combining software and hardware.

Europe Automated Material Handling Industry Segmentation

Automated materials handling (AMH) refers to any automation that reduces or eliminates the need for humans to check-in, check out, sort material, or move totes and bins containing library material. The mechanical equipment used in AMH systems includes check-in machines, sorters, conveyors, singulators, stackers and unstackers, totes, bins, trolleys, and tote carriers.

By Product Type
By 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
By End-user Vertical
Food and Beverage
Retail/Warehousing/ Distribution Centers/Logistic Centers
General Manufacturing
Post and Parcel
Other End Users
By Country
United Kingdom
Central/Eastern Europe
Rest of Europe

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Europe Automated Material Handling Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Europe Automated Material Handling Market according to our research experts:

Automotive is Expected to Register a Significant Growth

  • The European Union (EU) is among the world's biggest producers of motor vehicles. The sector represents the largest private investor in R&D. To strengthen the automotive industry's competitiveness and preserve its technological leadership, the European Commission supports global technological harmonization and offers to fund R&D.
  • Moreover, according to an ACEA report, The European Union counts 569 cars per 1,000 inhabitants. Luxembourg has the highest car density in the EU (694 per 1,000 people), and Latvia has the lowest among the EU members. The OICA also suggested that the total sales of passenger vehicles in Europe stood at 14.16 million in 2020.
  • The demand-driven nature of the automotive supply chain in the United Kingdom (involving increasing levels of personalization within a vehicle) is forcing suppliers of OEMs to opt for automation with greater levels of flexibility. This is leading to the growth of the automotive segment in the market studied.
  • The increasing adoption of automation in the automotive manufacturing process and the advent of digitization and AI are some of the primary factors driving the demand for digitalization in the automotive sector of the Netherlands.
Europe Automated Material Handling (AMH) Market: Average age of Passenger Cars, in Number, By Country, in 2020

Germany is Expected to Have the Largest Market Share

  • The German automotive industry has one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the world. According to the Germany Trade and Investment (GTAI) agency, of all premium brand vehicles produced globally, over 70% are German-OEM manufactured.
  • Germany is one of the major consumers of automated material handling solutions in the world. According to the recent estimates of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), Germany has a high robot density (294 units per 10,000 workers), after countries, like South Korea and Japan.
  • In addition to the automotive industry, the post and parcel industry is also contributing toward the success of AMH in the country. Siemens Postal, Parcel, and Airport Logistics, headquartered in Germany, ranks as a global market leader for mail sorting systems. More than 23,000 systems, using Siemens technology, are reliably sorting mail in more than 60 countries. The company is also a leading provider of innovative products and solutions for mail and parcel logistics, automation, and airport logistics, including baggage and cargo handling.
  • The pharmaceutical sector is also adopting automation and is expected to record moderate growth. Strategic moves by the German pharmaceutical packaging giants are shedding light on drug packaging trends related to bottles vs. blisters and glass vs. plastic syringes, leading to a growth in the demand for packaging machinery and equipment in Germany.
Europe Automated Material Handling (AMH) Market: Leading Material Handling Supplier in Europe, in USD million, By Sales, in 2020

Europe Automated Material Handling Industry Overview

The European automated material handling market is highly competitive and consists of several major players. In terms of market share, few of the major players currently dominate the market. These major players with prominent shares in the market are focusing on expanding their customer base across foreign countries. These companies are leveraging on strategic collaborative initiatives to increase their market shares and profitability. The companies operating in the market are also acquiring start-ups working on European automated material handling technologies to strengthen their product capabilities.

  • February 2021 - Duravant LLC, global engineered equipment and automation solutions provider to the food processing, packaging, and material handling sectors, acquired Votech GS B.V., a leading manufacturer of bag filling machines, palletizer machines, stretch hood machines, and pallet transport systems based in The Netherlands.
  • July 2021 - ABB today announced to acquire ASTI Mobile Robotics Group (ASTI), a leading global autonomous mobile robot (AMR) manufacturer with a broad portfolio across all major applications enabled by the company’s software suite. The acquisition will expand ABB’s robotics and automation offering, making it the only company to offer a complete portfolio for the next generation of flexible automation.

Europe Automated Material Handling Market Leaders

  1. Viastore Systems GmbH

  2. Murata Machinery Ltd

  3. Vanderlande Industries BV

  4. BEUMER Group GmbH & Co. KG

  5. Kuka AG

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Europe Automated Material Handling (AMH) Market Concentration

Europe Automated Material Handling Market News

  • March 2021 -XPO Logistics, a global provider of transport and logistics solutions, launched a new autonomous forklift truck technology pilot program in collaboration with Balyo, a specialist developer of robotics for goods handling equipment.
  • May 2021 - Third Wave Automation Inc. and Toyota Industries Corp. signed a strategic partnership to produce the next generation of intelligent, fully autonomous material handling vehicles. The partnership will include capabilities such as dynamic navigation, advanced load handling, shared autonomy, fleet control, and WMS integration.

Europe Automated Material Handling Market Report - 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 Impact of Covid-19 on the Market

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Wide Adoption of Automation in Warehouse Applications

      2. 4.3.2 Supporting Government Policies for Automation

      3. 4.3.3 Industry 4.0 investments driving the demand for automation and material handling

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 Shortage of Skilled Workforce

      2. 4.4.2 High Initial Costs

    5. 4.5 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    6. 4.6 Industry Attractiveness - Porters 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 By Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Hardware

      2. 5.1.2 Software

      3. 5.1.3 Services

    2. 5.2 By 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 By 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 By Country

      1. 5.4.1 United Kingdom

      2. 5.4.2 France

      3. 5.4.3 Italy

      4. 5.4.4 Germany

      5. 5.4.5 Central/Eastern Europe

      6. 5.4.6 Spain

      7. 5.4.7 Rest of Europe


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 SSI SCHAEFER AG

      2. 6.1.2 Daifuku Co. Limited

      3. 6.1.3 Kardex Group

      4. 6.1.4 Honeywell Intelligrated

      5. 6.1.5 Beumer Group GMBH & Co. KG

      6. 6.1.6 Vanderlande Industries BV

      7. 6.1.7 Murata Machinery Limited

      8. 6.1.8 TGW Logistics Group GmbH

      9. 6.1.9 KUKA AG

      10. 6.1.10 Witron Logistik

      11. 6.1.11 Mecalux SA

      12. 6.1.12 Viastore Systems GmbH

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Europe Automated Material Handling Market Research FAQs

The Europe AMH Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Europe AMH Market is growing at a CAGR of 8.7% over the next 5 years.

Viastore Systems GmbH, Murata Machinery Ltd, Vanderlande Industries BV, BEUMER Group GmbH & Co. KG, Kuka AG are the major companies operating in Europe AMH Market.

Europe AMH Industry Report

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