The market for automated material handling systems in North America was estimated at USD 4.576 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach USD 7.056 billion by the end of 2021. The expected CAGR is 9.13% during 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 North American region includes the United States and Canada. North America is one of the largest markets for technology-based solutions. It is also expected to be a strong player in the global economy, especially in the development and implementation of new technologies.
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Key Deliverables of the Study:
• Market definition of automated material handling and storage systems in North America market, along with market drivers and restraints.
• Market segmentation and the corresponding market share analysis.
• Region-specific competitive market analysis of automated material handling and storage systems in the North America market.
• Analysis of the key factors that influence the market scenario, along with the growth opportunities.
• Identifying the market leaders and analysing their strategic moves and their market share.
• Coverage of the market landscape, along with the geographical foot print, key growth strategies and competitive market share analysis.