The European market for AMHS was valued at USD 6.96 billion in 2015. The market is expected to reach USD 10.55 billion by the end of 2021, at an estimated CAGR of 8.66% during the forecast period. The market for Asia-Pacific AMHS was valued at USD 4.789 billion in 2015 and is estimated to reach USD 8.168 billion by 2021, with the second highest CAGR of 22.74% over the forecast period. Automated material handling refers to the usage of electronic equipment and automated machinery to manage the material processing. It reduces human efforts for operations like production, handling, storing and shipping of the materials. Primary goals of AMHS are the improvement of productivity, product quality, workers’ safety, reduction in operating costs, labor costs, manufacturing lead time, etc. Automated guided vehicles, conveyors, computerized inventory systems, scanning and sorting machinery, robots in toxic environments, shipping and receiving equipment, etc., are a few examples of AHMS.
The automated material handling systems market has been driven by many factors such as rapid rising rate of automation adaption in many industrial sectors across the world, improved safe working conditions in industrial facilities, developments in areas like robotics, wireless technologies, flexible electronics, driverless vehicles, etc. The expanding applications of e-Commerce prompt the firms to react quickly regarding outgoing & returns logistics and simplifying the ordering processes. Automatic warehouses, as well as, the distribution systems serve the logistic requirements of the e-Commerce sector. The increasing demand for a variety of AHM systems prompts the manufacturers to focus on innovation to withstand the competition demonstrates a great promise for the growth opportunities in the industry.
The growth of automated material handling market is being hindered by certain factors such as high investment and maintenance costs for equipment, rising prices and availability of equipment for lease, etc. However, the investment for automation is often considered as a technology upgrade rather than as a stand-alone application. The challenge for the end-user is to choose the apt technology which suffices the business requirements and optimizing the balance between the cost and performance of the AHMS.
The automated material handling systems market is segmented by the following criteria: equipment, end-user industry vertical, type of operation and geographical location. The AMHS market, on the basis of equipment, is segmented into automated guided vehicle systems (unit load carriers, tow vehicles, pallet trucks, assembly line vehicles, fork lift vehicles, clamp vehicles and others), automated storage & retrieval systems (unit load AS/RS, mini-load AS/RS, carousel type AS/RS, robotic AS/RS, tunnel style systems and others), conveyor & sortation systems (belt, pallet, screw, overhead, crescent, roller and others), robotic systems (palletizing, pick & place service, case packing and others). By the end-user industry, the AMHS market has been segmented as automotive, retail, transportation & logistics, healthcare & life sciences, manufacturing, energy and others. Regarding the type of operation performed by AMHS, the market has been segmented into packaging, assembly, storage & handling, distribution, transportation and others.
The geographical coverage of the automated material handling systems market in the European region includes Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Russia, Spain and others. Globally, Europe has been the biggest market for the AMHS market.
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