The global AGV market size will reach 2.3 million units by 2025. The demand for automatic guided vehicles (AGV), which enhance the logistics movement with minimal manual intervention, in automation, retail, and food & beverage (F&B) application segments is driving the market. Advanced technologies such as automatic truck-unloading and improved safety systems, coupled with high productivity, are the other major factors responsible for automated guided vehicles demand. The growth in the e-commerce industry is expected to enhance the efficiency of warehousing operations, along with the reduction in the product damages is likely to increase the usage of material handling equipment, such as AGVs. Warehouse managers are expected to focus on the latest automatic guided vehicle techniques to minimize the manual labor expenditure, improve retrieval and storage tasks, and streamline raw material transport, full-case palletizing, and carton picking. However, the growing popularity of self-driving vehicles and the availability of low-cost labors are expected to inhibit guided vehicle growth in emerging countries.
- The e-commerce market in Canada is estimated to reach $31 million by 2022. Hence, strong growth in the e-commerce industry is likely to increase the adoption rate.
- APAC is expected to witness strong demand for automatic guided vehicles during the forecast period, with China emerging as the world’s largest automotive market and strong economic growth in the manufacturing sector.
- In the UAE, the retail sector is expected to grow at a promising rate due to a strong customer base and the presence of a large expatriate population. Hence, several warehousing and logistics firms are likely to focus their shift toward automated guided vehicles
- In terms of product, the tow vehicles segment is likely to dominate the automated guided vehicle market
- The e-commerce market in Latin America is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19% during the period 2017–2021. Hence, the growing demand for increased productivity and labor safety in warehousing is likely to generate demand for guided vehicles in the region.
AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLE MARKET SEGMENTATION
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INSIGHTS BY PRODUCT
The increasing demand for efficient movement with large loads capacity for long and short distances is expected to drive the demand for tow vehicles. These vehicles are considered to be economical as multiple loads can be moved from place to another, thereby resulting in productivity and eliminating the usage of manual trains or fork trucks. The unit load AGVs are likely to grow at the fastest CAGR as these vehicles offer the flexibility of automatic load transfers. They are a viable option to cover long distances and perform repetitive tasks. Unit load carriers are autonomous, which helps to improve the worker’s safety. Forklift trucks are used to lift and move goods over shorter distances. These vehicles can lift loads from the floor as well as from stands. Moreover, the increasing shift toward digital factories is expected to favorably impact the adoption of automated forklift trucks during the forecast period.
INSIGHTS BY APPLICATION
The growing complexity of vehicles, along with stringency in safety norms and emission standards, is likely to propel automotive sector manufacturers to invest in automatic guided vehicles. The application of AGVs helps automotive companies to reduce operational costs, which enables them to offer high-quality products at competitive prices. Moreover, to increase the safety in operational services, several vendors are expected to emphasize on the usage of guided vehicles.
Automatic guided vehicles in the retail segment are expected to grow at a rapid rate. The swift growth of online sales in the retail sector and the increasing usage of AGVs in warehouses enable companies to offer speedy product delivery. They are being adopted in the food and beverages, and the segment is expected to grow at a rapid rate sector owing to their ability to handle palletized and unit loads of goods and packaging materials in the cross-docking, manufacturing, trailer loading, and warehousing environments. The growth of online food ordering is expected to put immense pressure on retailers for timely product delivery. Moreover, their usage in the F&B segment is expected to increase cost-effectiveness and reduce product damage and spillage.
INSIGHTS BY NAVIGATION
The laser guidance segment is likely to grow at a significant pace. The laser guidance technology helps the vehicle to operate efficiently and automatically, which provides flexibility in manufacturing and warehouse facilities. The natural guidance segment is projected to grow at the fastest CAGR as these types of automatic guided vehicles are easy to implement and do not require retrofitting of the workspace. As these vehicles combine laser range finders and gyroscope to determine the location and calculate the shortest path, they are likely to gain prominence in dynamic workplaces. Inductive guidance systems are expected to grow considerably in the application segments such as aerospace, industrial plants, and automotive segments as they are not sensitive to oil, tire abrasion, dirt, and require low maintenance. The increasing usage of magnetic guided vehicles in the food and beverage, warehousing, and manufacturing facilities is expected to drive the sale of automated guided vehicles during the forecast period.
INSIGHTS BY GEOGRAPHY
North America is one of the major regions for the adoption of automatic guided vehicles and is likely to dominate the market during the forecast period. The growth is expected to be largely on account of the increasing adoption of automation systems, revitalization of the US economy, and the growth of the e-commerce industry. The growth of the automated guided vehicle market in North America largely depends on the political and economic scenario in the region, along with the growing adoption of automation in industries. Besides, the growth of the e-commerce industry in North America is expected to induce higher sales of AGVs during the forecast period. In Europe, the market is likely to grow as this region is a leading exporter and producer of automated guided vehicles. The increasing demand for high-end quality goods at competitive pricing, coupled with intense market competition, is expected to propel several industries to implement for automatic guided vehicles. The growing demand for smart technology is expected to promote the introduction of automated solutions in several warehousing facilities in the market. The APAC market is expected to witness robust growth due to the rise in regional economies and the increase in manufacturing units by global OEMs. The region has emerged as the manufacturing hub with the highest adoption rate of industrial robots, which are likely to drive the demand for automatic guided vehicles. China is considered to be the largest e-commerce driven country in the world, and the e-commerce sector is expected to witness a boom in the region.
INSIGHTS BY VENDORS
The global automated guided vehicle market is highly concentrated with the presence of several local and global players. The market is expected to witness intense competition. Automated guided vehicle manufacturers are likely to emphasize on identifying market opportunities, thereby setting up certain goals to achieve productivity and efficient usage of capital resources. One of the key strategies expected to be implemented by market players includes the introduction of differentiated products and solutions. Hence, companies strive to offer differentiated channels for distribution and better product mix, thereby catering to changing consumer needs in the market. Key manufacturers are likely to offer and expand the product line-up in their business segments with the launch of several innovative techniques, thereby gaining an edge over their competitors. Manufacturers are expected to rely on key competitive factors such as reliability and quality, product innovation, product support, pricing, warranty, distribution, financing options, and shelf space.
The global AGV market research report include in-depth coverage of the industry analysis with revenue, supply chain, and forecast insights for the following segments:
Segmentation by Product
- Tow Vehicles
- Unit Load Vehicles
- Pallet Trucks
- Other AGVs
- Food & Beverage
- Natural Guidance
- Laser Guidance
- Inductive Guidance
- Magnetic Guidance
- Vision Guidance
- North America
- South Korea
- Latin America
- Middle East & Africa
- South Africa
- Saudi Arabia