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Maintaining tradition: Energy sources and technologies

The humble battery quite literally runs the materials handling world. In the first of a two-part feature, Melissa Barnett looks at the current state of play. [Read the full report]
Batteries are something of an after-thought  for most forklift owners, but they represent a significant part of operational costs and also contribute to efficiency.
This week, we start a two-part special report on batteries, looking at some of the options currently available. And, of course, the choice is not limited to the power boxes themselves; there are many charging options and management systems – all promising to keep the equipment running efficiently and cost-effectively.
With battery-powered forklifts still making up a significant proportion of the global fleet, this report is not just interesting, it is valuable and its insights could generate some serious savings and productivity gains.

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Forklift tyre prices rise in Europe

A number of tyre producers have followed Camoplast Solideal’s lead ( News #710) and announced price hikes for tyres in Europe. Italian tyre maker Marangoni Industrial Tyres announced at ... [more]

UniCarriers expands facility

UNITED STATES UniCarriers Americas (UCA) has expanded its Marengo complex with the addition of a 120,000 sqft. (1,115 sqm) facility, increasing its manufacturing space by 30% and the total campus size by ... [more]

Clark expands Apex region

UNITED STATES Clark Material Handling Company has expanded Apex Material Handling’s distribution region to include Bartonville, Illinois. Apex, a full-service Clark dealer in Chicago, will provide sales, service and parts ... [more]

Nexen fulfills Big K order

UNITED KINGDOM Nexen Lift Trucks has delivered seven customised FDX18 trucks that were manufactured at its Lowestoft, UK plant to Big K Charcoal, which operates a 7.5 ac. (3 ha) national distribution ... [more]

Europris invests in GNB lithium ion

FRANCE Norwegian discount chain Europris is investing in lithium-ion batteries supplied by GNB Industrial Power, a division of Exide Technologies, for its forklift fleet. Europris trialed GNB’s Sonnenschein Lithium ... [more]

Product News

Linde launches first robotic trucks - Hamburg, Germany
New telehandlers at Plantworx - Waterloo, Belgium
Jungheinrich unveils C series - Hamburg, Germany [more]

Movers & Shakers

EnerSys, Specialized Liftruck Services [more]

MHEDA rocks at Annual Convention

UNITED STATES Over 600 materials handling professionals converged on San Antonio, Texas this week for the annual Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) convention. This year’s theme of “Culture That Rocks!” was ... [more]

Spotlight on automation at WIN EURASIA

TURKEY More than 70,000 people attended the WIN EURASIA Automation 2015 expo in Istanbul last month. The 77,244 visitors had the opportunity to view robotic arms that mimic animals, unmanned ... [more]



Our Energy Sources and Technologies Feature is so big we need 2 parts over 2 consecutive weeks to cover the full story.

This week: Part 1 covers Traditional Energy Systems and lead battery usage.
We explore the challenges and innovations that have risen from meeting changing customer needs, and how this segment of the battery industry is dealing with competition from new energy technologies.

Next week:  Don’t miss Part 2 as we dive straight into New Energy Systems
‘How do they work?’ ‘Do these new energy systems struggle to meet customer needs and expectations?’ ‘What does the future hold?’ All this and more…

2 weeks, 2 exceptional feature articles. More info? Contact us.


New insights into battery charger reliability from Delta-Q

Delta-Q Technologies' new white paper focuses on on-board battery charger reliability for electric pallet trucks, used by leading battery manufacturers in materials handling. [more]

The Evolution of Electric Lift Trucks

High capacity electric forklifts are dominating the market as companies look for cost effective and green solutions for materials handling. The development of electric forklifts in capacities over 11,000 lbs. has revolutionized the way we think about electric forklift solutions. [more]

Convert to Electric and Break Free from High Fuel Costs

An electric forklift truck powered by EnerSys batteries and chargers is the smart and green choice, as the truck maintains the same level of performance (or greater) as an internal combustion truck, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. [more]

Reliable Battery Solutions for Motive Power Applications by SUNLIGHT

SYSTEMS SUNLIGHT S.A. initiated a co-operation with Delhaize Serbia, a leading food retailer. The new project refers to an integrated solution for motive power batteries used by forklifts in Delhaize’s Logistics Centre in Serbia. [more]

Douglas Battery launches new chargers to serve growing market demand

Douglas Battery has introduced three new battery chargers to serve demand from the battery-powered lift truck market, including: a highly efficient, compact model designed for smaller businesses, a versatile opportunity charger and a rapid charger designed for fast charge operations. [more]

Intella Liftparts announces new line of ATIB forklift chargers

Intella Liftparts is pleased to announce the introduction of the ATIB line of forklift battery chargers.  ATIB ELETTRONICA SRL has more than 25 years’ experience in the production of battery chargers and electronics. [more]

PowerBatt - unique easy way to prolong the life of batteries

Originally developed for use in the Czechoslovak Army and currently Approved by NATO, PowerBatt is a unique and easy way to prolong lead-acid batteries´ life, increase their operability and bring savings from batteries management. [more]

Give your batteries a second life with TVH’s Energic Plus®

Discover TVH’s battery regeneration, diagnostic & maintenance technology (Energic Plus®) and give your batteries a second life.

ASC on the Cat® reach trucks enhances user comfort

The new Cat® NR20N2X range of reach trucks latest mast innovation, the Active Sway Control (ASC), reduces vibration damping in the mast especially in high lift heights. It brings security to high lifts and improves the stability of the truck. [more]

Qidong City leaders visit Gather Power

A group of city leaders headed by Feng XU, the Municipal Party Secretary Qidong City, Jiangsu Provicne and Weifeng HUANG, the city mayor recently visited Binhai Industrial Park to inspect the factory area of Jiangsu Gather Power Industry Co., Ltd. [more]

New FR Series 15/25 extendable counterweight liftruck introduced

U.S. manufacturer Hoist Liftruck has introduced a new FR Series extendable counterweight liftruck model designed to offer versatility and value to the 15,000-18,000 lb. (7-11 tons) capacity forklift market. [more]


Simplicity, reliability and eco-friendly, Manitou's new MI 50G forklift ticks all of the boxes. Come and discover the 5 tons –LPZ powered forklift at Intermat exhibition booth 5b F 015. [more]


GOODSENSE Forklift will bring products to Sydney this May for CeMAT Australia. We invite customers to check our products in person. Please don't forget to stop by and visit our stand at booth G10!

Solve supply chain challenges for your business with Smart Expo

Smart Expo is the national event for professionals within the supply chain and logistics sector. [more]
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