Material handling trolley means “an equipment for short-distance movement which usually takes place within the boundary of a building such as a plant or a warehouse and between a building and to a transportation agency.” Material handling trolley is used to create “time and place utility” through the handling, storage, and control of material, as distinct from manufacturing (i.e. fabrication and assembly operations), While handling of material on a trolley, these are the factors which can affect the handling: size (width, depth, and height), weight (per unit volume), shape (square, rectangular, round, and irregular shape) and other factors (fragile, sticky, explosive, frozen, slippery, etc.). While handling the material in trolleys, people focus on the unit load concept in which single unit and multiple units are arranged in order to be handled as a single unit to maintain the balance of the trolley.
Guidelines and strict regulations by governments and regulatory bodies for the safety of workers is the prime factor responsible for the growth in demand for material handling trolleys. Governments of various countries have restricted the use of manual labor for material handling, due to increasing fatalities. Many manufacturing plants have increased the utilization/capacity for production because of rising demand for consumer goods, which requires additional procurement of material handling trolleys for the transportation of the raw material. Increase in the number of warehouses for the storage of materials has created demand for material handling trolleys. The demand for warehouses has increased over the years due to increase in manufacturing production for the growing population. These trolleys are also used to transport freight by airplanes and trains. Use of stainless steel in the production of material handling trolleys has gained popularity since stainless steel is lightweight and rust free. Material handling trolleys save time and boosts the productivity which increases the efficiency of the manufacturing plant. These trolleys help workers maintain their health by avoiding the carrying of load/ weight on their back. It minimizes the injury and fatality among workers. Transferring many products is an added advantage of these trolleys. Wheels added in the trolleys carry all the weight and makes it easy to drag the weight.
There are some restraints which can affect the demand for material handling trolleys. During the rainy season, due to water and moisture, the material becomes slippery and it may get misbalanced and displaced from the trolley. In order to transport more goods/ weights, workers overload the trolley and it becomes difficult to push them, even causing injury to the human body. Moreover, due to over loading, the wheels might break and injure the worker. Workers have to be cautious while working on the slippery ground as the wheels may go in a different direction.
The global material handling trolley market can be segmented based on product type, material type, wheel type, and region. In terms of product type, the global material handling trolley market can be classified into roll container, platform, enclosed, and mesh. Based on material type, the material handling trolley market can be classified into stainless steel, chrome plated, and plastic. On the basis of wheel type, the material handling trolley market can be classified into four wheel and three wheel. Based on region, the material handling trolley market can be divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America.
Key players in the global material handling trolley market are BEUMER GROUP, Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc., Ebinger GmbH, General Clamp Industries, Inc, B&P Manufacturing, NORCAN, Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., MORELLO Company, fetra Fechtel Transportgeräte GmbH, and FlexQube AB.
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