Manufacturers and suppliers of automated material handling (AMH) equipment and systems are paying increasing attention to the Middle East and GCC in particular, as the region transforms into a significant market for automated materials handling systems.
With the increase in regional demand for automated systems being driven primarily by industries such as automobiles, food and beverages, chemicals, metals and heavy industries, leading international players are targeting Materials Handling Middle East, as a viable platform to better interact with potential new clients and trade buyers from the region.
According to research by analysts Markets & Markets, the GCC market for automated materials handling equipment, which is estimated to be worth $304.52 million in 2017, is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.6 percent to reach $498.5 million by 2023. Most of the growth in the region is expected to be in automated guided vehicles, automated storage and retrieval systems, automated cranes, robots and automated conveyer and sorting systems.
KSA, UAE are largest markets
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are largest markets for automated materials handling equipment in the GCC region. In 2016, Saudi Arabia accounted for as much as 48 percent of the AMH equipment market in the GCC, emerging as an attractive destination for logistics and warehousing operations due to increasing investment in infrastructure. In 2014, Saudi Arabia’s government awarded infrastructure projects worth $29.34 billion, the highest in GCC region.
These investments are fueling the demand for providers of logistics, transportation systems, material handling equipment, and supply chain solutions. Further, Saudi is the largest producer and exporter of chemicals in the GCC. The chemicals industry creates demand for automated systems to shorten the lead time, minimize errors, and keep workers safe from harsh environment in the plant.
The UAE accounted for a share of 27 percent of the AMH equipment market in GCC in 2016. The growth of the market is driven by the adoption of automation, advancements in manufacturing, processes, and improvements in the plant productivity. Further, growing use of material handling equipment in various industries such as food & beverages, metals & heavy machinery, automotive, and aviation is also contributing to the growth of the market.
Bridging the market gap
With Materials Handling Middle East 2017, the region’s premier trade and networking event for intralogistics, supply chain and warehousing around the corner, a large number of leading international players are looking to present their automated offerings to regional buyers.
Daifuku, international materials handling giant headquartered in Japan, will be at Materials Handling Middle East 2017, with a view to increasing their regional visibility and to generate brand awareness among the regional market. Andrey Kras, Account Manager at Daifuku’s International Business Division, said: “There is a strong feeling that automation of storage and intralogistics has become an eventual goal for the biggest players on the logistics market. General awareness of the existing technologies has grown significantly compared to 2-3 years ago and many understand that there will be some point of time in the near future, when in order to stay afloat they will need to automate.”
Meanwhile, GENAVCO, leading player in the region with a comprehensive lineup of material handling solutions and equipment from a number of leading international brands, intends to continue to make their presence felt as they always do at this year’s exhibition.
In the words of Director, Neeraj Mahajan: “We consider this as a great opportunity to showcase our Warehouse Storage and Material Handling Solutions to prospective sustomers within the region. We will display the various ranges of Crown material handling equipments, Stow Racking System and Flexi Narrow Aisle Articulated Equipment. Our experts at the stand will assist the customer and help them with the optimum information regarding Warehouse Solutions.
“Material Handling Equipment represents an integral part of the supply chain of diverse industries for storage, control and movement of items, from the raw material stage to the distribution of finished products. The rising need for global production companies to automate operations, and foster flow of goods in an efficient manner is the key force driving growth in the MHE market,” he added.
Looking for distributors across the region to represent them will be Temrex Group from France, who will showcase their range of automated strorage and vending solutions at the exhibition. Richard Bateson, Chairman of Temrex said: “We are looking for partners/ distributors across the region to represent our products. We will be displaying our Automated Vertical Carousel for storage, Vending machines, Rotary cabinet and New double Decker Mobile shelving system. We will also be launching our new double decker mobile shelving system and our new industrial vending machines at the show.”
Materials Handling Middle East 2017 will feature the 2nd edition of the Supply Chain and Logistics Forum, an interactive summit bringing together regional industry professionals along with their international counterparts, government bodies, and policy makers to discuss key challenges and growth opportunities for logistics in the Middle East.
The event will also return with the highly popular Forklift Operator of the Year, a unique competition where the UAE’s most skilled forklift jockeys go head to head to be crowned the country’s most skilled, safest, and efficient forklift operator.