Europe Material Handling Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Equipment Type (Storage & Handling Equipment (Storage & Handling Equipment, Racks, Stacking Frames, Shelves, Bins & Drawers, Mezzanines), Industrial Trucks (Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Hand, Platform & Pallet Trucks, Order Pickers, Pallet Jacks, Side Loaders, Walkie Stackers), Bulk Material Handling Equipment (Conveyor Belts, Stackers, Reclaimers, Elevators, Others), Robotics, Automated Storage & Retrieval System (AS/RS) (Unit-Load AS/RS, Mini-Load AS/RS)), By Application (Assembly, Storage, Packaging, Transportation, Others), By End-User Industry (Automotive, Electronics, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Aviation, Others), And By Country - Forecasts From 2022 To 2027

Published:  Nov 2022 Report Code: KSI061610218 Pages: 120

The Europe material handling market is estimated to grow from US$38.567 billion in 2020 to US$62.284 billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 7.09% over the forecast period. The material handling market comprises tools and mechanical systems that are used for retrieving, storing, and transporting goods and materials, among others within manufacturing and warehousing facilities. These sets of equipment are primarily installed as well as used in areas where it is unviable to implement manual labor. These sets of equipment mainly find their applications in activities such as transporting, storage, packaging, assembly, and in cases where the goods are required to be restacked from one area to another. As the world witnesses a growing number of business transaction that is happening every day, the requiem for manufacturing, warehousing as well as fulfillment centers is also increasing due to the rapidly growing eCommerce industry. To this end, these sets of equipment provide a swift, efficient, and precise means of transporting goods. The inclusion of this equipment not only aids in the swift delivery of goods to the customers but also contributes to the overall efficiency of the supply chain.

Further, the growing awareness of workplace safety among industries and warehouses is now among the top priorities of all companies, irrespective of their scale of operations. The importance of this consideration has become so stark that it now features on par with the profit-making objectives of various organizations. Concomitant to the increasing industrial activities, the demand for the material handling market in Europe is going to witness healthy growth during the forecast period. Furthermore, there has been an uptick in communication in recent times due to the increase in business transactions during the last decade. This has led governments and private players to invest in a variety of infrastructure development projects. To capitalize on the growing opportunities, there have been quite a few expansions of operations in the European material handling market.

Growing Investments by the players to improve market position

For instance, in January 2020, Fortna, leading global automation, engineering services, and software company, is set to acquire the Hamburg-based Pierau Planung, which is renowned for providing industry-leading supply chain consulting services to a great variety of clients all over the world, that belongs to a range of end-markets, that is inclusive of but not limited to e-commerce, food & beverage, industrial distribution, and retail. Fortna’s rationale behind this is to leverage PierauPlanung’s robust client base and its renowned supply chain and logistics expertise. Among others, the expertise of Pierau Planung lies in the development of transformative automation and logistics.

Another notable expansion is that of Newcastle Systems, which is a leading mobile-powered workplace solution. Its expertise lies in transforming manufacturing facilities, warehousing, and retail floors into an efficient system. In March 2019, it announced a partnership with Andreas Laubner GmbH which is based in Germany. The latter specializes in automatic identification solutions, barcode technology, data capture, and office machine technique. With this arrangement, Laubner is expected to complete its product portfolio to be made available for sale to customers in distribution centers, manufacturing, and warehousing throughout the European Union. On the other hand, there are expansions beyond Europe into other countries as well. For instance, Jungheinrich AG, a leading company operating in this market around the globe, expanded its spare parts logistics capacities to South East Asia in April 2019. Moreover, the Hamburg-based Körber AG group which operates in sectors that are inclusive of Logistics Systems, among others has acquired a majority stake in Cohesio Group Ltd., an Australian-based company that is a leading integrator of voice-directed and autonomous mobile robotics solutions for logistics. The objective is to strengthen Körber AG’s Business Area Logistics Systems with Cohesio’s broad product and service portfolio that is technology-oriented and would complement the Logistics Systems section of Körber AG with its pioneering deployment of autonomous mobile robotics solutions in the region.

Recent development and expansion

  • Fives and Caja Robotics announce a strategic partnership in June 2022. With Caja's cutting-edge warehouse technology, Fives will expand its focused Micro-fulfillment offering, especially in the apparel and footwear market, to better assist its customers in overcoming the obstacles presented by omnichannel automation.
  • Impact, a material handling expert in the UK, was purchased by Groupe Monnoyeur subsidiary Aprolis in august 2021. This decision benefits from organic synergies within the larger group, improved economies of scale, and accessibility to resources across Europe.
  • A new European location in Germany was announced by Shuttleworth Europe NV in January 2021. This new facility will assist in meeting the rising customer demand for its conveyor systems in Germany and neighboring nations.

Covid 19 impact on Europe Material Handling Market

The European countries' economies were severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown situation. To stop the coronavirus's chain of spread, European nations imposed a lockdown. Except for a small number of businesses involved in COVID-19 operations, such as those in the pharmaceutical, essential goods and services, and food industries, all businesses in Europe connected to various industries have been shut down. Numerous material handling businesses across Europe were forced to temporarily close their doors or cut back on their staffs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis in order to stop the virus from spreading. Additionally, COVID-19 hampered the flow of goods throughout Europe's countries. Longer wait times and a lack of capacity for long-haul deliverables were caused by restrictions and regulations imposed by the government and customs. Due to the restricted access to customers' sites during this pandemic, there was a decline in the demand for material handling solutions.

Europe Material Handling Market Scope:


Report Metric Details
 Market Size Value in 2020  US$38.567 billion
 Market Size Value in 2027  US$62.284 billion
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 7.09% from 2020 to 2027
 Base Year  2020
 Forecast Period  2022–2027
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Billion
 Segments Covered  Equipment-Type, Application, End-User Industry, And Country
 Regions Covered Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Others
 Companies Covered Kardex Group, Coesia S.p.A. (FlexLink), Dematic, Fives Group, Grenzebach Group, KUKA AG, Siemens, TGW Logistics Group Gmbh, Vanderlande Industries, Witron
 Customization Scope  Free report customization with purchase



  • By Equipment-Type
    • Storage & handling equipment
      • Storage & handling equipment
      • Racks
      • Stacking Frames
      • Shelves, Bins & Drawers
      • Mezzanines
    • Industrial trucks
      • Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs)
      • Hand, platform & pallet trucks
      • Order pickers
      • Pallet jacks
      • Side loaders
      • Walkie stackers
    • Bulk material handling equipment
      • Conveyor belts
      • Stackers
      • Reclaimers
      • Elevators
      • Others
    • Robotics
    • Automated Storage & Retrieval System (AS/RS)
      • Unit-Load AS/RS
      • Mini-Load AS/RS
  • By Application
    • Assembly
    • Storage
    • Packaging
    • Transportation
    • Others
  • By End-User Industry
    • Automotive
    • Electronics
    • Chemical
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Aviation
    • Others
  • By Country
    • Germany
    • France
    • United Kingdom
    • Italy
    • Others


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Covid-19 Scenario

1.3. Market Definition

1.4. Market Segmentation



2.1. Research Data

2.2. Assumptions



3.1. Research Highlights



4.1. Market Driver

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of End-Users

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis


5. Europe Material Handling Market Analysis, By Equipment-Type

5.1. Storage & handling equipment

5.1.1. Storage & handling equipment

5.1.2. Racks

5.1.3. Stacking Frames

5.1.4. Shelves, Bins & Drawers

5.1.5. Mezzanines

5.2. Industrial trucks

5.2.1. Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs)

5.2.2. Hand, platform & pallet trucks

5.2.3. Order pickers

5.2.4. Pallet jacks

5.2.5. Side loaders

5.2.6. Walkie stackers

5.3. Bulk material handling equipment

5.3.1. Conveyor belts

5.3.2. Stackers

5.3.3. Reclaimers

5.3.4. Elevators

5.3.5. Others

5.4. Robotics

5.5. Automated Storage & Retrieval System (AS/RS)

5.5.1. Unit-Load AS/RS

5.5.2. Mini-Load AS/RS


6. Europe Material Handling Market Analysis, By Application

6.1. Assembly

6.2. Storage

6.3. Packaging

6.4. Transportation

6.5. Others


7. Europe Material Handling Market Analysis, By End-User Industry

7.1. Automotive

7.2. Electronics

7.3. Chemical

7.4. Pharmaceutical

7.5. Aviation

7.6. Others


8. Europe Material Handling Market Analysis, By Country

8.1. Germany

8.2. France

8.3. United Kingdom

8.4. Italy

8.5. Others



9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

9.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness

9.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

9.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix



10.1. Kardex Group

10.2. Coesia S.p.A. (FlexLink)

10.3. Dematic

10.4. Fives Group

10.5. Grenzebach Group

10.6. KUKA AG

10.7. Siemens

10.8. TGW Logistics Group Gmbh

10.9. Vanderlande Industries

10.10. Witron

Kardex Group

Coesia S.p.A. (FlexLink)


Fives Group

Grenzebach Group



TGW Logistics Group Gmbh

Vanderlande Industries



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