Trends in the Conveyor Industry

Wecon Systems has been a major Canadian supplier of conveyor systems and related products for more than 20 years and counting. One of the keys to the company’s continuing success is its status as a single-source material handling integrator, providing not only great products but also essential services to keep this equipment functional. Some of the changing trends in the conveyor industry to keep an eye out for are as follows.

Warehouse and Distribution 

Growing demand for the e-commerce industry (with a rise in online retail sales) is one of the main drivers for the growth of the warehouse & distribution industry conveyor system market. For example, from 2007 to 2017, Amazon expanded its warehousing to a growth rate of 35 percent in terms of square feet. One can also see the rise of the e-commerce industry in developing countries. Market growth in this sector can be attributed to increased purchasing power, lifestyle shifts, increasing working-class and relaxation in the FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) regulations. Those trends have led to the growth of supermarket/hypermarket chains and distribution centers, fueling demand for new warehouses and distribution centers. Growth can also be attributed to the enormous demand for packaged food, car and other consumer goods, particularly in the Asia Pacific and North America.

Belt Conveyors

Belt style conveyors are expected to dominate the airport conveyor market during the forecast period.  Rising passenger traffic at airports has accentuated the need for new airports to be extended, modernized and built. Asia plans to complete 20-23 airports by 2020. The Beijing Daxing International Airport (China), for example, has already completed construction and is operational as of 2019. In the future, the new airport plans to have a total of 7 runways serving 620,000 flights and 100 million passengers each year. That will raise the airport industry’s market for the conveyor system. Conveyor belt type is widely used in airports, as it is easy to install and requires little maintenance. Because of those benefits, the conveyor system belt is expected to be the largest and fastest-growing market. The expansion of existing airports and the development of new airports will drive the conveyor system market for Asian and North American airports.

Asian Pacific Market 

During the forecast period, the Asia Pacific is expected to hold the largest market share The Asia Pacific region is projected to be the largest conveyor system market by 2025. Growth can be attributed to the improvement of the economic conditions in emerging economies like China, India, and Thailand. In countries such as China and India, the rapidly growing population has fuelled demand for industries such as food & beverage, e-commerce, and automotive, boosting the market for conveyor systems in these industries. In terms of conveyor type, during the forecast period belt is expected to be the largest market for the conveyor system, as it is widely used in several industries. Moreover, Asian developing countries have planned multiple new technologies and expansions of existing facilities to raise demand for conveyor systems

Keep it Quiet

Usually, the industrial workplace is a busy and noisy place, so conveyors shouldn’t add to this. Conveyor manufacturers are gradually substituting automatic conveyors for older chain conveyors. Many use extremely energy-efficient 24 V dc powered rollers and motor-driven Interroll rollers, which provide quieter operation. Such motors are low-voltage with relatively low torque, making them quiet and efficient enough for people to work closer to them.

Stay Small, Stay Flexible 

Highly automated conveyors are fantastic but sometimes there is more to less. While robots are very flexible, the tooling required for robots to hold parts in position is often more costly than the robot itself. Conveyor types such as simple belt conveyors or roller conveyors are more affordable options to move their productivity efforts forward. Lean growth, less movement, less leaning–and less spending on energy.

While Wecon offers a wide portfolio of new equipment, parts and accessories are also among the inventory of used equipment that the company sells. This enables customers to upgrade their material-handling systems at a low cost and keep up to date with the always advancing industry. Whatever the need, Wecon has the accessory solution to maximize conveyor results. To learn more, contact Wecon.