Definition: Materials Handling Segment

German mechanical engineering companies

Conveyor technology deals with technical solutions for transporting unit loads in warehouses, logistics and traffic areas, in production and operating halls. Conveying technology includes, on the one hand, conveying equipment such as cranes, forklift trucks, driverless transport vehicles, automatic truck loading systems, etc., and, on the other hand, fixed technical equipment for unit load conveying such as roller conveyors, conveyor belts, belt bucket elevators, etc.. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 largest mechanical engineering companies in Germany.

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Germany – export world champion in materials handling technology

In addition to manufacturing the relevant materials handling equipment, the industry offers other services such as logistics software, automatic control systems, warehouse equipment, assembly, installation and repair. The German materials handling industry employed around 128,000 people in 2019 and generated a turnover of around €23 billion that year. The business is strongly export-oriented. In 2019, materials handling equipment was exported for around 14.8 billion euros. Germany is thus the largest conveyor technology exporter worldwide. The main customer countries are the USA, France and the Netherlands. In addition to a few large players, the industry is markedly medium-sized. Many companies have specialized in specific areas of materials handling technology.

In the field of so-called industrial trucks (forklifts, pallet trucks, order pickers, tractors), German manufacturers have a particularly strong international position. Number 2 on the world market is the Kion Group in Frankfurt/Main. Kion was created in 2006 as a spin-off from the Linde Group and is the world’s leading provider of automated material flows with supply chain and automation solutions. The company had around 36,000 employees and sales of €8.8 billion in 2019. Ranked third worldwide is Hamburg-based Jungheinrich AG. Jungheinrich’s product range includes material handling equipment (including forklift trucks, high-rack stackers, and tow tractors), shelving systems, warehousing systems, and warehouse management systems (WMS), as well as complementary services. The company generated more than €4 billion in net sales in 2019 with a good 18,000 employees.

Mechanical Engineering in GermanyIn our industry report of the German mechanical engineering industry you will find detailed information on areas of activity, an overview of the locations and clusters of the mechanical engineering industry, key financial figures as well as insights into the gender distribution and sustainability efforts of the sector.

Source: ResearchGermany- Mechanical Engineering Industry Report

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