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Slow Growth Expected in 2013

The Material Handling Industry has rebounded steadily in the years following the recession of 2008 and 2009. Following a trough in third quarter 2009, new orders have increased 20.1% in 2010, 24.2% in 2011, and are expected to grow 8-9% in 2012, according to the latest Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing (MHEM). 2013 projects to continue this trend, albeit with some ...

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Analyzing the DiSC Results

By Robert Currie As with most surveys, you can always find the positives as well as the negatives when reviewing the results. The 2011 DiSC Reports for both industrial truck and engineered systems/storage and handling (ES/ SH) are no different. Generally speaking, the economic climate continues to show positive results, as evidenced by revenue growth in both segments. The liquidity ...

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Continued Growth Expected in 2012

By Alan Beaulieu For many in the material handling industry, the economic doldrums of the Great Recession have given way to tentative growth and improvement. 2011 was a year of growth for the U.S. economy and, more specifically, for the material handling industry. According to the first quarter 2012 issue of The MHEDA Journal, distributors are optimistic that this growth ...

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INDUSTRY FORECAST Distributor Graphs

    www.TheMhedaJournal.org How did you do? Review last year’s Industry Forecast in The MHEDA Journal Online at www.TheMhedaJournal.org INDUSTRY FORECAST Distributors Labor Costs Will Drive ENGINEERED SYSTEMS New Markets Focus STORAGE & HANDLING Activity DIVERSE Products Provide Balance INDUSTRIAL TRUCK Sales Gain Traction Ditributor Graphs

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New Markets Focus STORAGE & HANDLING Activity

While 62% of Storage & Handling distributors are predicting sales to increase, they are predicting it to increase at an average rate of only 5.2%, the lowest of any group of material handling distributors. An increase is still an increase, though, and these distributors are holding nothing back to achieve that growth. More than any other group, S&H distributors have ...

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