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Forklift Market by Class, Propulsion, Battery Type, Tonnage Capacity, Operation, Application, Tire & Product Type, End Use Industry and Region - Global Forecast to 2027 -

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Global Forklift Market by Class (Class 1, 2, 3, 4/5), Propulsion (Electric, ICE), Battery Type (Li-Ion, Lead Acid), Tonnage Capacity (<5, 5-10, 11-36, >36 Tons), Operation, Application, Tire & Product Type, End Use Industry and Region - Forecast to 2027" report has been added to's offering.

The global forklift market size is projected to grow from USD 58.9 billion in 2022 to USD 84.5 billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 7.5% over the same period.

E-Commerce industry to fuel the global forklift market during the forecast period

The demand for forklifts in the e-commerce industry segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Rapidly changing customer demands, increasing preference for online shopping and surging demand for shorter delivery times are the key reasons for the growth of the e-commerce industry.

The growing fierceness of competition among online retailing companies has increased the demand for efficient fulfillment centers and warehouses. The various advantages of the forklifts including the relatively low initial costs among the material handling equipment, increased productivity and efficiency against manual material handling operations and reduced labor expenses are driving the warehouses to incorporate the forklifts in their material handling operations.

This increase in the productivity and efficiency greatly helps the retailers to meet the growing consumer demand in a timely manner. Such warehouses prefer emission free and noiseless operations. Thus, the increasing number of warehouses also increase the demand for the sustainable intralogistics solutions such as the electric forklifts.

The e-commerce industry in the Asia Pacific region is rapidly growing, with many leading companies establishing new warehouses and fulfillment centers. This makes the Asia Pacific the largest market for forklifts in the e-commerce industry. It is projected that the Asia Pacific will lead the market with a CAGR of 8.7% during the forecast period.

Class 3 forklifts are projected to lead the forklift market during the forecast year

Class 3 forklifts are estimated to grow at the fastest growth rate during the forecast period owing to the wide usage of Class 3 forklifts in warehouse and manufacturing operations globally. These electric low-lift pedestrian pallet trucks have other advantages, including emission-free and noise-free operation, relatively low initial cost, and ease of maintenance. The Asia Pacific region is projected to be the largest market for Class 3 forklifts during the forecast period.

This is mainly due to the greater number of SMEs in this region. Class 3 forklifts generally have a lower initial cost, and the availability of operators for Class 3 forklifts is generally more. Also, these forklifts have relatively lower maintenance costs. Due to these factors, SMEs prefer Class 3 forklifts. Class 4/5 forklifts are the next widely used forklifts globally.

Europe is anticipated to be the second largest forklifts market by 2027

According to the publisher analysis, Europe is projected to be the second largest forklift market by 2027. This is mainly owing to factors such as strict worker safety codes, high wages, and the rising price of real estate, demanding more efficient material handling solutions. Brexit has increased the need for localized distribution centers in Europe. The need for swift order fulfillment has also increased due to increased e-commerce sales. Europe has been the most developed market for automation in warehousing and material handling processes.

High labor costs, shortage of space, and stringent worker safety rules are some of the primary factors leading to the high penetration of automation technologies in the European material handling ecosystem. Also, the pharmaceutical industry would drive the adoption of forklifts in Europe. Forklifts are a major part of automated material handling systems, and the region has seen rapid development in this technology.

Market Dynamics


  • Stringent Emission Norms and Rising Demand for Sustainable Intralogistics
  • Rapid Growth in E-Commerce and Warehousing Sector
  • Increasing Demand for Lean and Automated Warehouses to Increase Operational Efficiency


  • Increase in Third-Party Logistics (3Pl) Services
  • Increasing Demand for Stacker Cranes


  • Evolution of Refurbished and Rental Forklifts
  • Modular Solutions to Optimize Customer Productivity
  • Development of Autonomous, Connected, and Fleet Management Solutions


  • Risks Related to Accidents Involving Forklifts
  • Higher Initial Cost of Electric Forklifts
  • High Integration and Technology Cost of Autonomous Forklifts

Companies Mentioned

  • Kalmar
  • Vallee
  • Narrow Aisle Inc.
  • Bobcat Company
  • Doosan Industrial Vehicle
  • Toyota Industries Corporation
  • Godrej Material Handling (Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd.)
  • Hangcha
  • Konecranes
  • Crown Equipment Corporation
  • Cat Lift Trucks
  • Lonking Machinery Co., Ltd.
  • Anhui Heli Co., Ltd.
  • Hyundai Construction Equipment Co., Ltd.
  • Combilift
  • Jungheinrich Ag
  • Ep Equipment
  • Mitsubishi Logisnext Co. Ltd.
  • Linde Material Handling
  • Hoist Material Handling
  • Clark Material Handling Company (Cmhc)
  • Kion Group Ag
  • Komatsu
  • Manitou Group
  • Hyster-Yale Materials Handling

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Last Updated: 09-Nov-2022