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Industrial Trucks


  • Self-propelled industrial trucks
  • Pedestrian-propelled manual and semi-manual trucks
  • Driverless industrial trucks
  • Industrial wheels and castors


The main purpose of the Product Group is to safeguard the interests of the industry, in particular economic policy issues, e.g. statistics and all technical matters in the field of industrial trucks, including their accessories and components.
The Industrial Trucks Product Group is responsible for all subjects concerning:

  • Industrial Trucks (including variable reach and rough terrain lift trucks, self-propelled, semi-manual and manually operated)
  • Industrial Tractors and Trailers
  • All types of wheels and castors, excluding those with pneumatic tyres and rubber solid tyres for pneumatic tyre rims
  • Accessories and components for the above
  • Systems embodying the above products (including automatic and semi-automatic systems)


  • Plenary Meeting
  • Management Commitee
  • Standing Committees (Technical, Statistics and Wheels & Castors)
  • Working Groups

Companies actively involved in the Product Group


Work in progress

Committee "Technic"

The current work items of the various technical committee working groups include:

  • Aisle Width
  • Periodic Inspection
  • Temporary use of working platforms with industrial trucks
  • Floor requirements, tolerances for VNA application
  • Foot protection
  • Stability of reach trucks
  • Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC
  • New Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
  • NRMM Directive 97/68/EC
  • Outdoor Noise Directive 2000/14/EC 

Committee "Statistics"

FEM IT Statistics

  • Order Intake (monthly)
  • Deliveries (quarterly)
  • Exchange of delivery (quarterly) data of FEM IT with JIVA (Japan) and KOCEMA (Korea)
  • FEM IT report data to third parties (e.g. suppliers) (quarterly)
  • Official diagram statistics (annually, open to the public)

World IT Statistics (WITS)

  • Order Intake (monthly)
  • Deliveries (quarterly)

The current work items:

  • Quality improvement of data input – avoiding errors of magnitude in the data reporting
  • FEM IT reporting modes per country and brand
  • FEM IT Reporting mode following the EU rules
  • Statistics for industries

International Activities

Talks between the FEM IT Management Committee, the ITA Executive Board and the Board of JIVA and CITA (since 2008) take place annually in the form of an “Alliance”, alternately in North America, Japan, China and Europe. Major topics are the exchange of market information and statistical issues, legislations and regulations, engineering and the environment.

Free Technical Documents

FEM 4.006 Exceptional use of work platforms with industrial trucks (EN) 03/2010
FEM 4.005 Industrial trucks - 90° stacking aisle width (EN) 09/2013
FEM 4.004 Periodic Inspection of Industrial Trucks (EN) 05/2009
FEM 4.004 Periodic Inspection of Industrial Trucks (DE) 05/2009
FEM 4.003 Information of the application of the EC Regulation on the noise of forklifts (EN) 08/2009
FEM 4.101 Hour meter readings – terms and definitions for industrial trucks 03/2012
FEM 4.102 Foot and leg protection for pedestrian controlled battery powered trucks 2013


Annual Factsheet

2015 Annual Factsheet
2014 Annual Factsheet
2013 Annual Factsheet
2012 Annual Factsheet
2011 Annual Factsheet
2010 Annual Factsheet
2009 Annual Factsheet
2008 Annual Factsheet
2007 Annual Factsheet
2006 Annual Factsheet


World Industrial Trucks Statistics (WITS)

2015 Q3 Information sheet
2015 Q1 Information sheet
2014 Information Sheet
2013 Information Sheet


Market surveillance guidelines

The Product Group is issuing thematic guidelines to help distinguish between compliant and non-compliant industrial trucks by describing essential criteria that can be checked even without in-depth knowledge and technical information.
See FEM Market Surveillance Section


Ken Dufford, Crown


Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden.



Heiko Boekhoff
PO Box 710864

Tel +49 69 6603 1505
Fax +49 69 6603 2505
E-mail heiko[dot]boekhoff[at]vdma[dot]org

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