Material handling equipment orders grew an estimated 15.2% in 2011 and are forecasted to grow 8.0% in 2012 and 12.0% in 2013, according to the latest Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing Forecast (MHEM) released by Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA).
“Consumers and Investors are regaining confidence in economic conditions," said Hal Vandiver, MHIA executive consultant. "Given slow GDP growth for the next few quarters, there are anticipated improvements in unemployment, industrial production activity and factory operating rates (utilization) that will impact MHEM positively. Additionally, housing is making a rebound that will contribute greatly to sustained growth through 2014."
In addition, material handling equipment shipments grew an estimated 17.1% in 2011 and are forecasted to grow 9.0% in 2012 and 11.0% in 2013. Domestic demand (shipments plus imports less exports) grew an estimated 18.4% in 2011 and will likely mirror shipment growth in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
The MHEM forecast of material
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