Forklift Trucks Market - Segmented by Power Source (Internal Combustion Engine, and Electric Motor), Class (Class I, Class II, Class III, and Class IV), End-user (Transportation and Logistics, Retail Industry, General Manufacturing, Construction, and Food & Beverages Industry), and Region - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

Forklift Trucks Market - Segmented by Power Source (Internal Combustion Engine, and Electric Motor), Class (Class I, Class II, Class III, and Class IV), End-user (Transportation and Logistics, Retail Industry, General Manufacturing, Construction, and Food & Beverages Industry), and Region - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

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Forklift Trucks Market Size

The forklift trucks market was is expected to register a CAGR of over 6% during the forecast period (2018 - 2023)

Forklift Trucks are one of the most common material handling equipment in the market. Although there are a high number of automated solutions arriving in the market the demand for manual internal combustion (IC) and electric forklifts has not dwindled. In fact, the increasing demand from Europe and Asia Pacific region is expected to further raise the sales of these units over the forecast period.

While the tremendous demand from the retail industry, especially from the e-commerce sector, is driving the forklift trucks market headlong, lack of skilled labor and advent of automated guided vehicles (close substitutes to forklift trucks) pose a significant challenge to the market, hindering the growth.

However, in the current market scenario, the low-cost forklift trucks often outweigh the high-cost automated solutions. But the increasing adoption of Industry 4.0 policies, increasing costs of commercial warehouse spaces, demand for ultra-fast deliveries, and logistics operations and declining robotics costs will undoubtedly affect the forklift trucks market in the near future.

Electric Forklift Trucks to Hold the Largest Share

In the past the few years, electric/battery-powered forklifts have taken a stronghold in material handling environment. The limitations and drawbacks that once made electric forklifts inefficient and impractical have been put to rest by advancing technologies and proven performance. In early 1960’s more than 60% of the forklift trucks sold in the market were powered by IC engines, but in the current market scenario, this position was occupied by electric forklifts. Electric forklifts are also cheaper to operate and maintain when compared to IC forklifts.

     Comparison of Electric Forklift and Internal Combustion Forklift


According to a study conducted in Ohio by NMC Material handling, the cost to recharge an electric forklift can range from USD 1.50 to USD 4.50 per eight-hour shift while the cost of operating a liquid propane gas (LPG) lift runs between USD 18 to USD 25 per bottle fill. Although these rates depend upon location, it is clear that energy-consumption costs for an electric forklift are far less. With several other advantages, like zero emission, low noise, better visibility, and the knack to virtually perform every task that an IC forklift can do is increasingly consenting electric forklift trucks to gain more market share every and is expected to be the fastest growing forklift type over the forecast period.

Increasing Demand from North America for  Forklift Trucks

North America stands to be the third largest market for forklift trucks after Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. However, in 2017, the region has had an impressive sales profile dedicated to strongly enlivening economy in the United States and Canada. According to the Material Handling and Logistics Organization, more than a quarter million units of forklifts were sold in North America, in 2017. This marks an increase of 9.5% in the sales when compared to 2016 and an increase of 12.2% in sales when compared to 2015. The growth was uniform across all classes of forklift trucks when compared to 2016. Even the internal combustion class 5 trucks experienced an increase of 19% in 2017.

    Lift Truck Shipments by Region


With stringent environmental regulations in the region, electrical products accounted for approximately 64% (+162,000 units) of the market in 2017. According to the estimates of Clark Material Handling Company, US, the industry contributed over 25 billion annually to US GDP supporting more than 200,000 US jobs annually. As this aligns with the interests of current US government, to create jobs for US citizens, the sales of these equipment are expected to witness considerable growth in the region over the forecast period making North America one of the fastest growing regions for forklift trucks market.

Key Developments in the Forklift Trucks Market

  • May 2018 - Toyota Advanced Logistics, North America division has completed the acquisition of Peach State Integrated Technologies, through its operating subsidiary, Bastian Solutions. Peach State is a strategic supply chain consulting, engineering, and material handling integration firm headquartered in Atlanta. The acquisition is expected to support Toyota’s expansion strategy while offering clients an expanded network of services

Major Players: Toyota Industries Corporation, KION Group, Jungheinrich AG, Crown Equipment Corp, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc., Komatsu Ltd, and Mitsubishi Nichiyu Forklift Co., among others.

Reasons to Purchase Forklift Trucks Market Report

  • Current and future forklift trucks market outlook in the developed and emerging markets
  • Analyzing various perspectives of the market with the help of Porter’s five forces analysis
  • The segment that is expected to dominate the market
  • Regions that are expected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period
  • Identify the latest developments, market shares, and strategies employed by the major market players
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1. Introduction

                1.1 Forklift Trucks Market Study Deliverables

                1.2 Forklift Trucks Market Study Assumptions

                1.3 Forklift Trucks Market Research Methodology

                1.4 Forklift Trucks Market Key Findings

2. Forklift Trucks Market Executive Summary

3. Market Overview

                3.1 Forklift Trucks Market Overview

                3.2 Value Chain Analysis of Forklift Trucks Market

                3.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces

                                3.3.1 Bargaining Power Of Suppliers

                                3.3.2 Bargaining Power Of Consumers

                                3.3.3 Threat Of New Entrants

                                3.3.4 Threat Of Substitute Product

                                3.3.5 Competitive Rivalry Within The Industry

4. Market Dynamics

                4.1 Forklift Trucks Market Drivers

                                4.1.1 Rapidly Growing Warehouse Establishments

                                4.1.2 Increasing Commercial Space Prices

                4.2 Forklift Trucks Market Restraints

                                4.2.1 Lack of Skilled Labor

                                4.2.2 High Initial Costs

                4.3 Forklift Trucks Market Opportunities

                                4.3.1 Increasing Penetration E-Commerce

5. Global Forklift Trucks Segmentation

                5.1 Forklift Trucks Market By Power Source

                                5.1.1 Internal Combustion Engine

                                5.1.2 Electric Motor

                5.2 Forklift Trucks Market By Class

                                5.2.1 Class I

                                5.2.2 Class II

                                5.2.3 Class III

                                5.2.4 Class IV

                                5.2.5 Others

                5.3 Forklift Trucks Market By End-user

                                5.3.1 Transportation and Logistics

                                5.3.2 Retail Industry

                                5.3.3 General Manufacturing

                                5.3.4 Construction

                                5.3.5 Food and Beverages Industry

                                5.3.6 Others

                5.4 Forklift Trucks Market By Region

                                5.4.1 North America



                                5.4.2 Europe




                                       Rest of Europe

                                5.4.3 Asia Pacific




                                       Rest of Asia Pacific

                                5.4.4 Latin America




                                       Rest of Latin America

                                5.4.5 Middle East & Africa


                                       Saudi Arabia

                                       South Africa

                                       Rest of Middle East & Africa

6. Vendor Market Share Analysis

7. Company Profiles of Forklift Trucks Market

                7.1 Toyota Industries Corporation

                7.2 KION Group

                7.3 Jungheinrich AG

                7.4 Crown Equipment Corp

                7.5 Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc.

                7.6 Komatsu Ltd

                7.7 Mitsubishi Nichiyu Forklift Co

                7.8 Doosan Industrial Vehicles Co., Ltd

                7.9 Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd

                7.10 Combilift Ltd

                7.11 Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Co., Ltd

                7.12 Clark Material Handling Company Inc. *List is Not Exhaustive

8. Investment Analysis of Forklift Trucks Market

9. Future of Global Forklift Trucks Market

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