Market Intelligence

The Industrial Truck Association is one of the only organizations in the industry with detailed specifics to industry marketing data. One of the core benefits of ITA membership is gaining access to this market intelligence, which depicts trends and drives interest in the industrial truck marketplace by helping businesses recognize the changing needs of the industry — and get the information, news and insight they need to support decision-making.
Abbreviated for general public interest, the information below provides a snapshot of both the national and global perspective.

History of U.S. Shipments

Based on actual information supplied by ITA members, the United States Factory Shipments and Factory Shipments Graph reveals shipments in the United States for electric rider trucks (Class 1 and Class 2 combined), motorized hand trucks (Class 3) and internal combustion powered trucks (Class 4 and Class 5 combined) since 1983. Although annual numbers are not comparable considering member fluctuation, these figures provide an accurate description of market activity each year.

Outlook for the World

Recognized around the globe as a leading voice for the industrial truck industry, ITA contributes to international market data and ultimately shares the global market data with its Members.

Presentations from the annual alliance meeting make up this “Outlook for the World” information. Presentations are from the Industrial Truck Association (ITA), Federation of European Material Handling Manufacturers (FEM), Japan Industrial Vehicles Association (JIVA), and the China Industrial Truck Association (CITA) are included below. (Disclosure: The opinions expressed by the participants are not necessarily those of their employers or their respective associations.)

2023 Alliance Meeting Presentations, Kyoto, Japan


World Industrial Truck Statistics

This information sheet provides the most recent three-year summary of orders and shipments, tracked by truck class in various geographic markets.

Engineering and Standards Information

Industrial Truck Association has been instrumental in the development of codes and standards that support the markets our members serve. In particular, ITA maintains representation on the Industrial Truck Standards Development Foundation, actively managing standards affecting products used in the material handling market earlier developed by American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

ITA membership helps craft, support and adopt engineering, safety codes and standards intended to enhance public health and safety.


ITA Forklift Truck Pictures

Various organizations in the United States and other countries also develop engineering practices that affect the industrial truck industry. These organizations are listed below for further reference.


National Organizations

American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI)
11 W. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036
212-642-4900 (ph)
212-302-1286 (fx)

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Riad Mohamed
3 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
212-591-8500 (ph)
212-591-8501 (fx)

British Industrial Truck Association (BITA)
James Clark
5-7 High Street, Sunninghill
Ascot, Berkshire
England SL5 9NQ
011-44-1344-623-800 (ph)
011-44-1344-291-197 (fx)

British Standards Institute
389 Chiswick High Rd.
London W4 4AL England
011-44-20-8996-9001 (ph)
011-44-20-8996-7001 fx)

Canadian Standards Association
Walter Dick
5060 Spectrum Way
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada L4W 5N6
416-747-4000 (ph)
800-463-6727 (toll-free)
416-747-2473 (fx)

45 rue Louis Blanc
92400 Courbevoie, France
+33-1-47-17-6260 (ph)

The International Organization for Standardization
1 Rue de Varembe
Case Postale 56
Geneva, Switzerland
011-41-22-749-0111 (ph)
011-41-22-733-3430 (fx)

Japan Industrial Vehicles Association (JIVA)
Ken’ichiro Takase
Tobu Bldg. 1-5-26 Moto-Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0051
011-81-33-403-5556 (ph)
011-81-33-403-5057 (fx)

National Fire Protection Association
1 Battery March Park
PO Box 9101
Quincy, MA 02269-9101
617-770-3000 (ph)

Underwriters Laboratories
333 Pfingston Road
Northbrook, IL 60062-2096
847-272-8800 (ph)
International Organizations

Verband Deutscher Maschinen-und Anlagenbau e.V. (VDMA)
Sascha Schmel
PO Box 719864
DE 60498 Frankfurt/Niederrad
011-49-69-6603-1505 (fx)
011-49-69-6603-2497 (ph)