MHI forecasts growth of material handling equipment new orders of 7.0% for 2013

Shipments forecasted to grow 5.0% in 2013 and 10.8% in 2014.
By Modern Materials Handling Staff
September 04, 2013 - MMH Editorial

Material handling equipment orders are forecasted to grow 7.0% in 2013 and 11.0% or more in 2014, according to the latest Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing Forecast (MHEM) released by MHI. Projections for both orders and shipments in 2013 and 2014 have been revised upward since May’s MHEM.

“According to IHS Global Insight, the fundamentals for solid growth in the U.S. economy are in place for 2014 and 2015. Risks certainly remain, but these risks are not new. We expect these fundamentals to favorably support MHEM expansion through 2013 and 2014, setting the stage for continued expansion into 2015.,” says Hal Vandiver, MHI executive consultant.

In addition, material handling equipment shipments are forecasted to grow 5.0% in 2013 and 10.8% in 2014. Domestic demand (shipments plus imports less exports) are estimated to grow 5.2% in 2013 and just over 11% in 2014.

MHEM Trade growth slowed by more than 50.0% in 2012 reflecting reduced US demand and serious problems in foreign markets. Import growth in 2012 was 17.9%, down from 37.7% in 2011. Export growth was 11.2% in 2012, down from 26.2% in 2011. MHEM Imports and Exports are expected to slow dramatically in 2013 and rebound modestly beginning mid-2014.

The MHEM forecast of material handling equipment manufacturing is released each quarter by MHI and looks 12 to 18 months forward to anticipate changes in the material handling and logistics marketplace.

Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

As was the case a month ago, the Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates is calling for annual import cargo volume gains at United States ports, as retailers gear up for the holiday season.

More than nine months after saying it was not for sale, Long Beach Calif.-based non asset-based third-party logistics (3PL) services provider UTi Worldwide has apparently changed its tune, with the company saying it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Denmark-based global 3PL DSV for $1.35 billion and $7.10 per share.

September carloads—at 1,417,750—were down 4.9 percent—or 72,597 carloads— annually, and intermodal—at 1,365,980 trailers and containers—was up 1.2 percent—or 16,272 trailers and containers.

Slowing global trade and a bloated orderbook of large vessel capacity mean that container shipping is set for another three years of overcapacity and financial pain, according to the latest Container Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.

The NRF is calling for 2015 holiday sales to see a 3.7 percent annual gain to $630.5 billion, which comfortably outpaces the ten-year average of 2.5 percent.

Article Topics

News · Materials Handling · MHI · Manufacturing · Economy · All topics

About the Author

Josh Bond, Senior Editor
Josh Bond is Senior Editor for Modern, and was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and associate editor. He has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce University.


Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.