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Much economic attention has been focused on Greece and China in recent weeks, so it is timely to look at the US. And things are looking up, with business confidence on the rise and investment in equipment continuing to grow.
The latest update from the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation tips investment to grow by 5% this year.
It notes that an anticipated Fed rate increase later this year could encourage households and businesses to ‘pull forward’ investments in the coming months.
While some sectors are tipped for significant growth, predictions for the materials handling equipment market are a bit less optimistic, with indications that investment growth could slow over the next three to six months.

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Konecranes boosts profits

FINLAND Forklifts were a significant contributor to Konecranes’ improved performance in the second quarter, contributing to an operating profit of EUR25.7 million (USD 28.13 million), up from EUR21.6 million (USD23.65 million) ... [more]

Enter the heavy mob

UNITED KINGDOM Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Port of Immingham has increased its fleet of reach stackers with the addition of a new Kalmar model DRG450-70S5X worth more than GBP330,000 (USD513,795). The machine ... [more]

National Lift Truck represents Hyundai

UNITED STATES Hyundai Forklift has appointed National Lift Truck Service, Inc. of Pompano Beach, Florida as its newest authorised dealer. National has four full-service locations in Florida in Pompano, Miami, West ... [more]

Komatsu opens facility

JAPAN Komatsu has opened a new technical centre to boost its R&D activities. The Oyama Technical Centre on the premises of the Oyama Plant, one of Komatsu’s main plants in ... [more]

Raymond offers NexSys

UNITED STATES Raymond has begun offering the EnerSys NexSys battery and charger system as an option for select orders of its walkie pallet and stacker trucks. “Many of our customers ... [more]

Vmax chooses US partner

UNITED STATES Hong Kong-based Vmax has joined forces with Atlanta Forklift Sales & Service to create Vmax Forklifts America. Atlanta Forklift was started in 2011 to provide service and maintenance in ... [more]

Numbers down at South American event

BRAZIL Despite a drop in attendance, organisers are talking up CeMAT South America which was held earlier this month in Brazil. The São Paulo event attracted 11,300 visitors – a ... [more]

Haulage firm adds Crayler BM

UNITED KINGDOM Huddersfield haulage firm Van European has attracted local media attention after taking delivery of its Palfinger Crayler BM truck. The Huddersfield Daily Examiner reports extensively on the “remote control ... [more]

Trucker gets Konecranes handler

UNITED KINGDOM Impact Handling has delivered its first Konecranes empty container handler to Leeds-based freight services specialist Northern Containers, supplying the new truck within 10 days of the specification being confirmed. ... [more]

New solution from TotalTrax

UNITED STATES TotalTrax, Inc. has launched a new monitoring platform which boasts “open architecture that evolves with changing needs”. Using a single hardware device, customers choose only the features they need ... [more]



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Freight carrier money machine for astounding cost savings

Weigh Point’s new lift truck attachment, the cross docking monitoring system (CDMS), indicates low balled waybill weights but gives the green light to properly, weighed freight, saving freight carriers valuable time and money. [more]

Top 5 SSI Schaefer Case studies and references:

SSI SCHAEFER stands for the highest levels of competence and expertise. We provide all services from one single source and across many different sectors of industry. Here are 5 of our latest case studies. [more]

Unit Load Handling delivers heavy duty retro-fit pipe hold-down clamps

Long loads of round stock on forklifts can be an unstable, potentially dangerous load. ULH’s robust pipe clamps can be incorporated, without welding or cutting, directly into the existing forklift fork carriage for a safe handling solution. [more]

Strong Forks with a 'gentle touch'

Robust MEYER pallet handles, in the glass logistics at SAINT-GOBAIN Oberland in Bad Wurzach, Germany, allow for the sensitive handling of one million pallets of fragile glass per year. [more]

Add functionality to your Forklift with CAM Attachments

TVH is the exclusive worldwide dealer of CAM, the Italian manufacturer of high quality, reliable, and ISO-certified lift truck attachments. CAM’s wide range of quality attachments will add functionality to your forklift and eliminate the hassle of making manual adjustments. [more]

Material Handling Lifts Fuel Cell Industry, Highlighted at Fuel Cell Seminar

The 2015 Fuel Cell Seminar is set for November 16-19 in Los Angeles, and will highlight some of the exciting advancements and deployments in the material handling industry.
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Danny Maron: Are the monkeys really running the zoo?

Danny Maron continues to battle the clock, with employers reluctant to invest sufficient time in training. [more]
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