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The Industrial Trucks Product Group represents manufacturers of industrial trucks, their accessories and components. The Product Group covers:

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


The Product Group consists of members from Germany, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the UK.

Active Companies

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The main purpose of the Product Group is to safeguard the interests of the industry, in particular at economic level and on policy issues. It gathers statistics and coordinates technical work applicable to industrial trucks, as well as their accessories and components.

The Product Group is responsible for all subjects concerning:

  • Industrial trucks (variable reach trucks 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
  • System embodying the above products (including automatic and semi-automatic systems)


International activities
Since 2008, talks between the FEM IT Management Committee, the ITA Executive Board (US) and the Board of JIVA (Japan) and CITA (China) take place annually in the form of an “Alliance”, meeting alternately in North America, Japan, China and Europe. Major topics include the exchange of market information and statistical issues, legislation and regulations, engineering and the environment.

Technical & regulatory activities
The current work items of the Technical Committee and the various technical groups include:

  • Floor requirements, tolerances for VNA applications
  • Foot protection
  • Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC
  • Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
  • Exhaust Emissions Regulation 2016/1628/EU
  • Outdoor Noise Directive 2000/14/EC

The ongoing work items of the Statistics Committee include:

  • Quality improvement of data input – avoiding errors of magnitude in the data reporting
  • FEM IT reporting modes per country and brand, following EU rules on the exchange of information
  • FEM IT Statistics: order intakes (monthly) and deliveries (quarterly) / quarterly exchange of delivery data with JIVA (Japan) and KOCEMA (South Korea)
  • World Industrial Trucks Statistics (WTIS): order intakes (monthly) and deliveries (quarterly)

Technical documents

See section Publications – Technical Guidance, subsection Industrial Trucks

World Industrial Trucks Statistics

WITS 2023-Q3 (PDF Format) WITS 2023-Q3 (Excel_Format)

Guidance documents

Market surveillance – compliance guides
FEM Product Group Industrial Trucks has issued thematic guidelines to help distinguish between compliant and non-compliant machinery by describing essential criteria which can be checked even without in-depth knowledge and technical information.:

Other guides


Ernesto Domínguez
Toyota Material Handling Europe

Product Group President
Heiko Boekhoff, VDMA, Product Group Secretary
Tel: +49 69 6603 1505
Email: heiko[dot]boekhoff[at]vdma[dot]org