SPARTANBURG, SC - In today’s competitive business environment, industries everywhere are constantly challenged to increase productivity while reducing operating costs. Automated material handling systems can play a vital role in improving a company’s bottom line. Systems are being implemented across a variety of industries from grocery stores to warehouses to hospitals, with global equipment and systems sales growing from $12 billion in 2010 to over $15 billion in 2011. The Global Automated Material Handling Report analyzes the $15 billion global market. The report presents historical demand data for the years 2006 and 2010 and forecasts for 2011 and 2016 by equipment category (automated guided vehicles, automated storage and retrieval systems, conveyor systems, palletizing systems, pick systems, sorting systems, and software and services), region and key markets (including food and beverage, 3PL, and e-commerce).

The report also considers key trends that will impact the industry and profiles over 20 leading suppliers of automated material handling equipment and systems and system integrators. The report contains over 50 detailed tables and charts summarizing key information such as sales, key players, market share and growth. In addition, there are multiple figures and diagrams of product designs, new technologies and material flow, among others.

“With demand for automated material handling equipment and services expected to rise by 7.5 percent worldwide over the next five years, companies should take a hard look at the opportunities for expansion here and abroad,” said Priority Metrics Group CEO and President John Barrett. “TheGlobal Automated Material Handling Report is a rational and insightful starting point.”

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Priority Metrics Group Inc. is a marketing consulting firm headquartered in South Carolina with offices in New York and London. The company provides customized research, analysis and consultation services to leading organizations in a variety of manufacturing and service industries.