The AGV Market: AGVs are being highly adopted owing to several benefits, such as reduced labour costs, reduced product damage, increased productivity.

Published Date: 20/05/2021

The AGV Market is projected to grow from USD 2.3 billion in 2020 to USD 4.1 billion by 2027; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.6% from 2020 to 2027.

The AGV market is projected to grow from USD xx billion in 2020 to USD xx billion by 2027; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of xx % from 2020 to 2027.Rising need for automation in material handling processes across various industries is a key factor that is propelling the automated guided vehicle market. Increasing demand for intelligent and customized AGVs and expansion of the manufacturing industry coupled with rapid expansion of e-commerce are offering significant opportunities to the market.

Penetration of AGVs is rising in the material handling and management industry. Furthermore, they are also being extensively utilized in several industries such as retail, manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, food & beverage, and aerospace. AGVs are employed in various areas across a facility including assemble, kitting, transportation, warehousing, staging, order picking and transferring load to support processing and handling. The use of AGVs helps eliminate risks arisen due to handling of materials manually. AGVs improve safety at the workplace, while optimizing the speed of the operation.

e-Commerce companies are adopting automated guided vehicles as a key component in their growth and expansion, as AGVs can reduce their processing time. Expansion of e-Commerce industries are likely to offer significant opportunity to AGV manufacturers. Moreover, when it comes to retail, e-Commerce is the fastest distribution channel, and it is no longer restricted to developed markets of the U.S. and Europe. It has become a global phenomenon with high market penetration in APAC. Therefore, expansion of e-commerce and use of AGVs by e-Commerce players are projected to further offer considerable opportunities to the global AGV market.

Huge capital expenditure is required to install and set up AGVs. The high cost can discourage manufacturing companies from choosing high-end AGVs. Small enterprises cannot afford automated systems and hence opt for traditional/manual handling forklift trucks. The cost of maintaining AGVs, which varies according to the age, vehicle type, location, number of shifts per day, and condition of the equipment, also acts as a barrier for the growth of this market. For instance, AGVs used in the manufacturing, chemicals, and construction industries have a high maintenance cost. Moreover, it is difficult for companies to invest in automation solutions due to high capital spending and long payback period. The costs associated with the overall setup of AGV systems is high as these vehicles are programmed and require navigation and communication systems to interact with other material handling equipment. The average payback period for AGVs usually ranges from 3 to 5 years. Therefore, it is difficult for many companies to invest in AGVs due to high capital spending and a long payback period.

The AGV players have implemented various vehicle types of organic as well as inorganic growth strategies, such as new product launches, contracts, agreements, collaborations, acquisitions and, business expansions, to strengthen their offerings in the market. The major players in the AGV market are Daifuku (Japan), JBT (US), KION (Germany), KUKA (Germany), Toyota Industries (Japan), Hyster-Yale (US), SSI Schaefer (Germany), E&K Automation (Germany), Oceaneering (US), Murata Machinery (Japan), KNAPP (Austria), Seegrid (US), AGV International (Netherlands), Addverb Technologies (India), America in Motion (US), Meiden America (US), Grenzebach (US), Rocla (Finland), Denbach Robot (China), Uncease Automation (India), ECA (France), Scott Automation (New Zealand), Redviking (US), IKV Robot (China), and Echkart (US).

APAC is likely to be the fastest-growing region in the AGV market. China and Japan are the countries driving the growth of the AGV market in APAC. The rapid growth of automotive, e-commerce, food & beverages, and healthcare industries in emerging economies, such as China, India, and South Korea, has contributed to the growth of the AGV market in APAC. Moreover, governments in APAC countries are increasingly emphasizing safety and security on production floors, which can be best achieved by the implementation of AGVs. Asian countries under lockdown have suffered tremendous loss of business and revenue due to the shutdown of many manufacturing units. This has impacted the demand for AGV in 2020