Vertical Lift Modules Market - Forecast(2024 - 2030)

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Vertical Lift Modules Market Overview:

Vertical Lift Modules Market size is estimated to reach $2.9 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 6.6% during the forecast period 2024-2030. Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs) are automated storage and retrieval systems used in warehouses, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities to optimize storage space and streamline picking processes. They consist of vertical columns with trays or shelves that can be moved up and down using an automated mechanism, typically driven by a lift or an extractor.

The market for VLMs has been growing due to the increasing need for efficient and automated storage solutions in various industries. Factors such as the rise of e-commerce, demand for faster order fulfillment, and the need to optimize warehouse space have contributed to the adoption of VLMs by businesses looking to enhance their logistics and supply chain operations. Additionally, advancements in technology, such as improved automation, better software integration, and enhanced safety features, have also driven the expansion of the Vertical Lift Modules market. The Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs) market has been experiencing steady growth in recent years, driven by the burgeoning need for efficient and automated storage solutions across diverse industries. These innovative systems offer a sophisticated approach to warehouse management, optimizing storage space while significantly enhancing operational efficiency. 

Market Snapshot:


Vertical Lift Modules Market- Report Coverage:

The “Vertical Lift Modules Market Report - Forecast (2024-2030)” by IndustryARC, covers an in-depth analysis of the following segments in the Vertical Lift Modules Market.



By Application

  • Warehousing & Distribution

  • Manufacturing

  • Retail

  • Pharmaceutical & Medical Supplies

  • Automotive Parts Storage

  • Industrial Equipment Storage

  • Consumer Goods

  • Others

By Geography 

  • North America

  • South America

  • Europe

  • APAC

  • Middle East & Africa

COVID-19 / Ukraine Crisis - Impact Analysis:  

The Covid-19 epidemic has had a significant impact on the world. The Vertical Lift Modules (VLM) market has seen fluctuations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, the market faced disruptions in supply chains, manufacturing, and distribution channels due to lockdowns and restrictions. Many industries, including manufacturing, automotive, and retail, experienced slowdowns or halts in operations, affecting the demand for VLMs. However, as the pandemic progressed, there was an increased focus on automation, efficiency, and optimizing storage spaces in warehouses. This led to a resurgence in demand for VLMs as businesses sought to enhance their logistics and inventory management systems to adapt to changing consumer behavior, e-commerce growth, and the need for more efficient storage solutions. Factors like increased adoption of e-commerce, emphasis on contactless operations, and the need for optimizing warehouse spaces have driven the recovery of the VLM market. Companies are investing in advanced VLM technologies that offer better automation, faster retrieval times, and improved inventory control systems to meet evolving market demands.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, the market for Vertical Lift Modules (VLM) have been impacted, among other industries, by the situation in Russia and Ukraine. The world market was frequently unsettled due to geopolitical concerns. Because of the unstable political and economic climate, businesses have been reluctant to expand or make investments. As a result, the VLM industry's market expansion stalled or investment decisions were delayed. Currency swings were brought on by geopolitical tensions, which also had an impact on pricing tactics and import/export expenses. Businesses that worked with VLMs experienced numerous difficulties in controlling expenses when there were notable swings in the value of currency in the conflict-affected areas. The supply chains for the raw materials, parts, and completed products utilized in the production of VLMs were interrupted as a result of these tensions, which also led to conflicts or sanctions. Russia and Ukraine are major participants in international trade in a variety of resources. The major competitors concentrated on improving the VLMs, which gave the market a strong position for post-war circumstances.

Key Takeaways:

Highest Share of APAC Region
Geographically, in the global Vertical Lift Modules Market share, APAC is analyzed to grow with the highest share of 35.8% market share in 2023. APAC countries, especially China, Japan, South Korea, and India, are experiencing rapid industrialization. There's a growing trend towards automation in manufacturing and warehousing operations to enhance efficiency and productivity. The e-commerce sector has been booming in the APAC region, driven by countries like China and India. This boom demands more efficient storage and retrieval systems in warehouses, directly boosting the demand for VLMs. Companies in APAC are increasingly focusing on optimizing their supply chains to reduce costs and improve efficiency. VLMs play a crucial role in achieving these objectives by enabling better space utilization and faster access to stored items. The APAC region has been attracting significant investments in manufacturing sectors. Local production of VLMs in countries like China and India, backed by government support and lower labor costs, contributes to the market growth in this region.

Manufacturing Segment to Register the Highest Share
According to the Vertical Lift Modules Market, the Manufacturing segment held the largest market valuation of 20.7% in 2023. Manufacturing units often deal with a wide variety of parts and tools that require efficient storage solutions. VLMs provide a means to store these items in a compact, organized manner, maximizing space utilization and reducing the footprint of storage areas. VLMs significantly reduce the time and effort required to retrieve parts and tools. In October 2022, Daifuku announced its new manufacturing plant in Boyne City, Michigan, USA. The 225,000-square-foot manufacturing plant was built with a USD 26 million investment from the corporation. It is situated at 300 M-75 South in Boyne City on 22 acres of property. The company's North American subsidiary, Jervis B. Webb Company, runs the production facility. Efficiency is crucial in manufacturing settings where time-saving directly translates to increased productivity and operational efficiency. The manufacturing sector requires precise inventory management to maintain optimal levels of raw materials and components. VLMs are often integrated with inventory management software, allowing for real-time tracking and improved inventory control. VLMs offer a high degree of customization and scalability, which is particularly beneficial in the manufacturing sector where storage needs can vary greatly. The ability to customize the size, shelving, and features of VLMs makes them a preferred choice for many manufacturers.

Increasing Adoption among Warehouse Owners due to Reduced Floor Space
The increasing adoption of Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs) among warehouse owners is significantly influenced by their ability to reduce floor space requirements. VLMs are designed to make the most efficient use of vertical space in warehouses, which is particularly valuable in urban areas where floor space is expensive. By storing items vertically, VLMs can significantly reduce the floor space required for storage. VLMs often come with integrated inventory management software, allowing for real-time tracking of items and more efficient management of stock. This is crucial for warehouse operations where quick retrieval and accurate inventory levels are essential. In June 2022, SRSI and ICAM Intelligent Space Solutions announced the partnership. SRSI looks to utilize ICAM's product for their integration solutions because they are well-known for their distinctive vertical lift module (VLM) systems. VLMs offer a scalable storage solution that can grow with the business. They can be reconfigured or expanded to accommodate changing inventory needs, making them a flexible solution for dynamic warehouse operations.

Increasing Energy Consumption Concerns and Huge Infrastructural Costs 
VLMs typically involve automated systems that require energy to operate, including motorized carriages, lifts, and automated retrieval mechanisms. While advancements have been made to optimize energy efficiency in these systems, their continuous operation can contribute to higher energy consumption in warehouses. VLMs often require robust electrical systems to support their operations. Installing these systems may demand significant power capacity, especially for larger VLM installations, resulting in increased electricity consumption. In some cases, VLMs may necessitate climate-controlled environments for optimal operation, particularly in temperature-sensitive industries. This adds to the overall energy consumption and operational costs. The initial investment in VLMs can be substantial. Installing these systems may involve retrofitting existing warehouses or designing new facilities to accommodate their specific requirements. The cost of modifying or building infrastructure to support VLMs can be significant. Ensuring the smooth operation of VLMs requires regular maintenance and upkeep, which can add to the overall operational costs. This includes servicing motors, checking automated systems, and software updates for optimal performance.
 Vertical Lift Modules Market Share (%) By Region, 2023

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Key Market Players: 

Product/Service launches, approvals, patents and events, acquisitions, partnerships and collaborations are key strategies adopted by players in the Vertical Lift Modules Market. The top 10 companies in this industry are listed below:
  1. Kardex Group
  2. Hänel Storage Systems
  3. Modula Inc.
  4. AutoCrib Inc
  5. Olpin Group
  6. Mecalux
  7. Vidmar
  8. Lista AG
  9. Ferretto Group
  10. ICAM S.r.l.

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Market Size in 2030

$2.9 billion

Segments Covered

Application and Region

Geographies Covered

North America, South America, Europe, APAC, Middle East & Africa

Key Market Players

  1. Kardex Group
  2. Hänel Storage Systems
  3. Modula Inc.
  4. AutoCrib Inc
  5. Olpin Group
  6. Mecalux
  7. Vidmar
  8. Lista AG
  9. Ferretto Group
  10. ICAM S.r.l.

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1.Vertical Lift Modules Market- Overview
    1.1.Definitions and Scope
2.Vertical Lift Modules Market- Executive Summary
3.Vertical Lift Modules Market- Comparative Analysis
    3.1.Company Benchmarking - Key Companies
    3.2.Global Financial Analysis - Key Companies
    3.3.Market Share Analysis - Key Companies
    3.4.Patent Analysis
    3.5.Pricing Analysis
4.Vertical Lift Modules Market- Start-up Companies Scenario (Premium)
    4.1.Key Start-up Company Analysis by
        4.1.3.Venture Capital and Funding Scenario
5.Vertical Lift Modules Market– Market Entry Scenario Premium (Premium)
    5.1.Regulatory Framework Overview
    5.2.New Business and Ease of Doing Business Index
    5.3.Case Studies of Successful Ventures
6.Vertical Lift Modules Market- Forces
    6.1.Market Drivers
    6.2.Market Constraints
    6.3.Market Challenges
    6.4.Porter's Five Force Model
        6.4.1.Bargaining Power of Suppliers
        6.4.2.Bargaining Powers of Customers
        6.4.3.Threat of New Entrants
        6.4.4.Rivalry Among Existing Players
        6.4.5.Threat of Substitutes
7.Vertical Lift Modules Market– Strategic Analysis
    7.1.Value Chain Analysis
    7.2.Opportunities Analysis
    7.3.Market Life Cycle
8.Vertical Lift Modules Market– by Application (Market Size – $Million/$Billion) 
    8.1.Warehousing & Distribution
    8.4.Pharmaceutical & Medical Supplies
    8.5.Automotive Parts Storage
    8.6.Industrial Equipment Storage
    8.7.Consumer Goods
9.Vertical Lift Modules Market – by Geography (Market Size – $Million/$Billion) 
    9.1.North America
        9.2.8.Rest of Europe
        9.3.3.South Korea
        9.3.5.Australia & New Zealand
        9.3.9.Rest of Asia-Pacific
    9.4.South America
        9.4.5.Rest of South America
    9.5.Rest of The World
        9.5.1.Middle East
10.Vertical Lift Modules Market– Entropy
11.Vertical Lift Modules Market– Industry/Segment Competition Landscape Premium 
    11.1.Market Share Analysis
        11.1.1.Market Share by Product Type – Key Companies
        11.1.2.Market Share by Region – Key Companies
        11.1.3.Market Share by Country – Key Companies
    11.2.Competition Matrix
    11.3.Best Practices for Companies
12.Vertical Lift Modules Market– Key Company List by Country Premium Premium 
13.Vertical Lift Modules Market- Company Analysis
    13.1.Kardex Group
    13.2.Hänel Storage Systems
    13.3.Modula Inc.
    13.4.AutoCrib Inc
    13.5.Olpin Group
    13.8.Lista AG
    13.9.Ferretto Group
    13.10.ICAM S.r.l.

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The Vertical Lift Modules Market is projected to grow at 6.6% CAGR during the forecast period 2024-2030.

Global Vertical Lift Modules Market size is estimated to be 1.9 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach $2.9 billion by 2030.

The leading players in the Vertical Lift Modules Market are Kardex Group, Hänel Storage Systems, Modula Inc., AutoCrib Inc, Olpin Group and others.

Enhanced software capabilities, customization and scalability, and adaptation to Industry 4.0 are some of the major vertical lift modules market trends in the industry that will create growth opportunities for the market during the forecast period.

Increasing adoption among warehouse owners due to reduced floor space, a significant advantage over traditional storage and retrieval systems, and rapid adoption of vertical lift modules in automotive industry are the driving factors and opportunities of the market.