BITA announces increased sales of industrial trucks

The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) has announced that sales orders for forklift trucks increased by 24 per cent in 2010, marking the first annual rise in three years.

According to BITA, these UK forklift sales statistics provide evidence of improving fortunes for an industry that has experienced falling sales throughout the economic downturn.

As the sole provider of industrial truck sales statistics, which are contributed by and made available to its members, BITA was able to disclose that engine-powered counterbalance trucks, which make up 32 per cent of the overall market, experienced the biggest increase in 2010 with orders increasing by 30 per cent.

Electric-powered rider warehouse equipment, comprising predominantly of reach trucks, enjoyed an increase in sales orders of 29 per cent and electric-powered counterbalanced trucks orders rose by 22 per cent in 2010.