BITA figures show UK industrial truck sales approaching record levels
BITA, the UK’s sole provider of industrial truck sales statistics, has announced
sales figures for the first half of 2007.
Figures from BITA members show a continuing recovery in the UK’s fork lift truck market, up to 31,700 annual unit orders in the second quarter of 2007. This is approaching the peak demand of 32,000 trucks last reached in early 2005. However the market volume increases have been in specific product areas rather than across all truck types generally.
In the first quarter of 2007, the market for powered pallet trucks saw the most impressive increase – up 18.6% compared with the same period last year. This dipped slightly in the second quarter, but still showed an impressive 15% increase on the previous year. BITA believes the continuing growth in this sector reflects a continuing shift from manual to powered horizontal pallet movement within a wide range of firms, including the UK’s major retailers.