Forklift Trucks Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecast (2021 - 2026)

The Forklift Trucks Market is Segmented by Power-train Type (Internal Combustion Engine and Electric Motor), Vehicle Class (Class I, Class II, Class III, and Class IV), End-user Vertical (Industrial, Construction, and Manufacturing), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World). The report offers the market size and forecast of the forklift truck market value (in USD billion) for all the above-mentioned segments.

Market Snapshot

Forklift Trucks Market Overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >7 %
Forklift Trucks Market Key Players

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Market Overview

The forklift trucks market was valued at USD 43 billion in 2020, and it is expected to reach USD 70 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of over 7% during the forecast period.

The COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted the forklift trucks market. With the industries and warehouses shutting down, the need for material handling and inventory management was completely removed. Major companies suspended their operations in different locations due to the lockdown. This directly impacted the requirement of material handling equipment. However, the post-pandemic prospects look hopeful for the industry, owing to the projected increase in urbanization, global trade, and rapid development in warehouse management tools, which can ease material handling and warehouse management.

The market is expected to witness growth during the forecast period, as companies within the manufacturing sector are adopting automation for enhancing their production capacity. Powered industrial trucks reduce manual work, as they help manufacturers transfer various parts and materials from warehouses to the production line with ease and speed. Moreover, the developments in te e-commerce business drive the growth of the global forklift trucks market.

Asia-Pacific dominates the forklift truck market because of the huge need for forklift trucks from advancing nations. The increase in industrialization is one of the factors that are expected to aid the growth of the forklift trucks market. This growt is also a result of the rising demand in developing economies, such as China and India. North America is expected to witness a considerable CAGR due to the presence of prominent market players, such as Crown Equipment Corporation, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc., and CLARK. The market for forklifts in this region is driven by the growing demand in the US retail sector.

Scope of the Report

The forklift trucks market is segmented by power-train type vehicle class, end-user vertical, and geography The report offers market size and forecast of the forklift trucks market value (in USD billion) for all the above-mentioned segments.

By Power-train Type, the market is segmented as Internal Combustion Engine and Electric Motor.

By Vehicle Class, the market is segmented as Class I, Class II, Class III, and Class IV.

By End-user Vertical, the market is segmented as Industrial, Construction, and Manufacturing.

and by Geography, the market is segmented as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World.

Power-train Type
Internal Combustion Engine
Electric Motor
Vehicle Class
Class I
Class II
Class III
Class IV
End-user Vertical
Industrial
Construction
Manufacturing
Geography
North America
United states
Canada
Rest of North america
Europe
Germany
United Kingdom
France
Spain
Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
South America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Electric-powered Forklift Trucks are Gaining Popularity in Developed Nations

With the rapid advancement in technology, there is a lot of potential for electric-powered forklift trucks due to their growing applications and popularity. Such types of electrically-powered forklift trucks are ideal for use in indoor spaces, and they can load and unload heavy goods from the ground level or from the docks. A major advantage of using electrically powered forklift trucks is that there is no need to store the fuel for them at their place of operation. The critical pollutant emissions from these forklift trucks also drive the companies toward adopting electric material handling vehicles that can be easily operated and maintained inside warehouses.

The use of electrically powered forklift trucks is gaining huge ground in the developed regions of North America, Europe, and Asia that boast an established e-commerce industry and strict norms for emissions and concerns for sustainability. However, in emerging economies, there is still a preference for IC-engine forklift trucks.

Moreover, the demand for electric forklift trucks is witnessed majorly across North America, and it is also projected to grow following the same propaganda during the forecast period. According to the estimates of Clark Material Handling Company, US, the industry contributed over USD 25 billion annually to the US GDP, supporting more than 200,000 US jobs annually.

With several other advantages, like zero emission, low noise, better visibility, and the knack of virtually performing every task that an IC forklift can do, electric forklift trucks are expected to gain higher market share, and it is expected to be the fastest growing forklift type over the forecast period.

Forklift Trucks Market Key Trends

North America to Account for a Significant Portion in the Forklift Truck Market

North America is expected to witness the highest growth in sales in the region during the forecast period (2021 - 2026). This anticipated growth is because of the presence of prominent players in the United States. These players are involved in making heavy investments in adopting advanced and modern forklift trucks instead of conventional fork trucks.

Forklift trucks that are powered on alternative sources of energy, such as hydrogen, are also gaining traction in the global forklift trucks market. Governments across various regions are supporting the growth of the forklift trucks market through various incentives and policies. 

  • The Chicago government regulations are pushing materials handling companies to innovate. Hyster Yale introduced two new products of its research and development initiatives, showcasing the company’s first counterbalanced electrical forklift truck with a factory-integrated lithium-ion battery pack.

As this aligns with the interests of the current US government to create jobs for US citizens, the sales of this equipment are expected to witness considerable growth in the region over the forecast period, making North America one of the fastest-growing regions for the forklift trucks market.

For instance, in 2019, Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA) selected four research proposals to provide the industry with solutions that are smarter and more efficient in terms of new technology and innovative approaches, which can help the industry with material handling, warehouse, supply chain, and logistics. This growth is attributed to the presence of prominent market players such as Crown Equipment Corporation, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc., and CLARK.

Forklift Trucks Market Growth Rate

Competitive Landscape

Some of the key players of global forklift trucks market are Komastu Ltd (Japan), Toyota Industries Corporation (Japan), KION Group AG (Germany), Hyster-Yale Material handling Inc. (U.S.), Jungheinrich Group (Germany), Mitsubishi Nichiyu Forklift Corporation (Japan), Crown Equipment Corporation (U.K), The Raymond Corporation (U.S.), Anhui HELI Co. Ltd (China), and Kalmar Global (Finland).

The market for forklifts witnessed various growth strategies, such as acquisitions, mergers, and collaborations, which are being adopted by market players over the past few years. The market players are focusing on expanding their product portfolio to augment their revenue share.

Recent Developments

  • In July 2021, Hangcha has launched its new XH series 2.0t-3.5t electric forklift truck with high voltage lithium-ion batteries. these trucks are integrated with high voltage lithium batteries, which can be fully charged within one hour and perform up to 12 hours. Furthermore, with a rapid charging facility, these can be charged during regular work breaks, which will run for the entire day with no extra battery exchange.
  • In July 2021, KION Group AG has set up a new industrial truck plant in the Polish town of Kołbaskowo, near Szczecin. The site will produce counterbalance trucks for all brand companies within the KION Industrial Trucks & Services segment.
  • In May 2021, Jungheinrich has unveiled its new electric pallet truck ERD 220i. The new ERD 220i has L2 dimension of just 1,065 mm and is, therefore, the most compact truck in its class. Compared to its predecessor, the 220i is more than 300mm shorter thanks to its new lithium-ion battery concept, which results in a space reduction of approximately 25 percent.
  • In April 2021, Godrej Material Handing has launched the new Uno Electric Forklift truck. With advanced ergonomics, augmented safety, improved visibility, and a longer runtime on every charge, the new Uno Electric Forklift is a workhorse in the 1.5 to 3-tonne forklift category. Its performance is near comparable to a diesel forklift in the same tonnage category.
  • In January 2021, Doosan has launched the NX Plus Series – an enhanced low-cost range of four-wheel Diesel and LPG powered counterbalance forklift trucks – the successor to Doosan’s popular entry-level GX Series. Designed to offer occasional users and small-to-medium size enterprises (SMEs) a reliable low-cost ‘buy new’ alternative to purchasing a second-hand or reconditioned forklift truck, the all-new NX Plus offers simple, powerful performance with lower maintenance costs than the GX Series.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Driver

    2. 4.2 Market Restraint

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

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Power-train Type

      1. 5.1.1 Internal Combustion Engine

      2. 5.1.2 Electric Motor

    2. 5.2 Vehicle Class

      1. 5.2.1 Class I

      2. 5.2.2 Class II

      3. 5.2.3 Class III

      4. 5.2.4 Class IV

    3. 5.3 End-user Vertical

      1. 5.3.1 Industrial

      2. 5.3.2 Construction

      3. 5.3.3 Manufacturing

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. 5.4.1.1 United states

        2. 5.4.1.2 Canada

        3. 5.4.1.3 Rest of North america

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. 5.4.2.1 Germany

        2. 5.4.2.2 United Kingdom

        3. 5.4.2.3 France

        4. 5.4.2.4 Spain

        5. 5.4.2.5 Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. 5.4.3.1 China

        2. 5.4.3.2 India

        3. 5.4.3.3 Japan

        4. 5.4.3.4 South Korea

        5. 5.4.3.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Rest of the World

        1. 5.4.4.1 South America

        2. 5.4.4.2 Middle East & Africa

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles*

      1. 6.2.1 Toyota Industries Corporation

      2. 6.2.2 KION Group

      3. 6.2.3 Jungheinrich AG

      4. 6.2.4 Crown Equipment Corp.

      5. 6.2.5 Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc.

      6. 6.2.6 Hangcha Group Co.

      7. 6.2.7 Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks

      8. 6.2.8 Doosan Industrial Vehicles Co. Ltd

      9. 6.2.9 Caterpillar Inc.

      10. 6.2.10 Anhui Heli

      11. 6.2.11 Komatsu Ltd

      12. 6.2.12 Clark Material Handling Company Inc.

  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Forklift Trucks Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Forklift Trucks Market is growing at a CAGR of >7% over the next 5 years.

The Forklift Trucks Market is valued at 43 Billion USD in 2018.

The Forklift Trucks Market is valued at 70 Billion USD in 2026.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Toyota Industries Corporation, KION Group AG, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc., Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd, Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd are the major companies operating in Forklift Trucks Market.

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