According to Modern Materials Handling’s 11th annual ranking of worldwide materials handling system suppliers. Schaefer Systems International is the number one supplier in the world for materials handling. The combined revenue of all 20 suppliers reached nearly $14.4 billion. That is up 23% from the combined revenue of last year's top 20 companies.
In order, the five large system suppliers based on fiscal year 2007 revenues are Schaefer Holding International, Daifuku, FKI, Dematic and Mecalux. These same five companies topped the 2006 list, in the same order.
Top-ranked Schaefer Systems International says major projects in the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany and developing Eastern European countries helped make 2007 a record-breaking year. The German company also successfully launched a line of collapsible containers for the North American automotive market.
To qualify for Modern’ Materials Handling’s list, companies must be suppliers of material handling systems, including at least two of the following: transportation devices, storage and staging equipment, picking units, sortation systems, information management systems, data capture technologies, etc. and not just equipment providers.
In addition to manufacturing at least two major handling system components, a company must also employ full-time staff to design, install and integrate material handling systems. Companies must have a presence in North America to be considered worldwide suppliers. They must also be able to report their materials handling revenues to Modern Materials Handling.