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Materials handling in the USA

Slowing domestic manufacturing, a general global downturn in the oil and gas industry, a relatively strong US dollar, slow global growth, Brexit and volatility in US equity markets, as well as uncertainty regarding the incoming government’s trade and fiscal policies have made forecasting the general state of the materials handling sector in the USA over the coming year a tricky business. Melissa Barnett looks at how 2017 could shape up for the industry. [Read the full report]
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We recently raised the bar with a new section titled "Industry Perspectives", which has attracted some informed discussion about safety, accidents and risk. The aim of this section is to generate thought leadership and create a deeper understanding of the issues, challenges and possible solutions.
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FEM backs call for EU industrial strategy

BELGIUM Together with 91 other European manufacturing organisations, the peak body of European forklift manufacturers, FEM, has co-signed a Joint Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy. “The Declaration (reinforces) ... [more]

Hiab wins 100-crane order

FINLAND Hiab has signed a contract to supply a minimum of 100 HIAB light-range loader cranes to a leading wind turbine manufacturer in China. The order, with a value of approximately ... [more]

Board shake-up at BITA

UNITED KINGDOM The retirement of a number of senior figures within BITA and the industry means a raft of new appointments and a re-organisation of responsibilities within the organisation.    Longstanding ... [more]

Kaup acquires Australian distributor

AUSTRALIA European attachment manufacturer Kaup & Co GmbH will acquire its Australian distributor. Kaup will buy Attollo Australia to form Kaup Australia Pty Ltd. Attollo Australia, which has ... [more]

Kalmar wins large APM Terminals order

MOROCCO Kalmar has signed a contract with APM Terminals to deliver 30 Kalmar Hybrid Shuttle Carriers with high levels of automation-readiness. The contract also covers related service and support to the ... [more]

Socage appoints new UK distributor

ITALY Italian manufacturer Socage has appointed a new UK distributor, Access Platform Sales (APS), as its authorised dealer in the UK. APS is now the official product support provider ... [more]

Liebherr to deliver largest crane in Copenhagen

GERMANY Denmark’s A. Henriksen Shipping A/S has signed a contract for a new Liebherr LHM 550 multi-purpose mobile harbour crane with a total lifting capacity of 144 T. ... [more]

Linde adds VNA order picker

GERMANY Linde Material Handling has added a new driverless K-MATIC VNA order picker with 1.5 T load capacity to its range of standard robotic vehicles. Independently operating industrial trucks, which ... [more]

Product News

Genie plans debuts at APEX - Roosendaal, The Netherlands
PALFINGER prepares for CONEXPO - Las Vegas, NV, United States
New pallet transfer cart - Louisville, KY, United States [more]

J+B Küpers receives Demag AC 100-4L

GERMANY Osterwald-based crane service provider Küpers has taken delivery of a Demag AC 100-4L crane. The recent delivery was the second in this location for Küpers’ fleet. According to ... [more]

1,000 ways of tailoring your forklift to the load

Lift truck attachments increase materials handling versatility and performance. A forklift truck is basically a transportation device with a mast and forks at the front and a counterweight at the back. Lift truck manufacturers offer an ample choice of options, but the handling device essentially stays the same.

Find out the variety of forklift attachments that may be added for more specific needs from the FREE magazine

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Cascade Presents Its Latest Innovations Around the World

Cascade Corporation will be showcasing several of its industry-leading attachments at the largest materials handling trade shows this spring in Germany, the US, and South Korea. [more]

AGV system from production to storage to shipping with inventory

Amerden AGVS has installed a multivehicle laser guided AGV system handling loads from 6 production lines to 6000 storage locations in 4 level racks then on to shipping with full inventory control of 500 SKUs. Individual SKUs are first-in-first out.

New website for MEIJER-HANDLING-Solutions

MEIJER-HANDLING-Solutions announce the introduction of their new website [more]

Solve for X at ProMat 2017

ProMat – The Biggest Manufacturing and Supply Chain Expo of 2017 – is coming to Chicago April 3-6 and will feature keynotes on Sustainability and Industry 4.0. [more]

Zone 2 reach trucks to handle flammable solvents at Kommerling UK

Kommerling UK has improved safety and productivity at its Lancashire (UK) site with a new fleet of explosion protected forklifts. A switch from a “Zone 1” reach truck to “Zone 2” has also helped to greatly reduce costs. [more]

FluX: a talented all-rounder in the warehouse

High load capacities when handling pallets or long items – the new multidirectional counterbalance forklift truck called FluX combines the advantages of a frontloader with those of a sideloader. [more]

wuBump® cover on fork of pallet-jack, pallet-truck and stacker

wuBump® has developed a plastic fork cover that mounts on the forks of a pallet-jack, pallet-truck or stacker. [more]

Investing in Materials Handling Equipment

Has there ever been a better time to invest in materials handling equipment for your rental fleets? [more]

Durwen – forklift attachments made in Germany

Durwen produces its attachments close to the customers, thus providing solutions to the most diverse fields of application such as the automotive industry, recycling industry as well as the handling of building material and tissue rolls [more]

KEYSHOCK Impact Abuse Alarm for Equipment

KEYTROLLER’S KEYSHOCK is a simple extremely rugged, very affordable,  stand-alone impact alarm and monitoring system that is used on variety of vehicle and machine applications [more]

IMO, UNECE to speak at ICHCA packaged dangerous goods seminar

Regulators and industry experts including IMO, UNECE, APM Terminals and Hapag-Lloyd convene in London on 6 March to address misdeclaration, poor packing and other key risk factors for dangerous goods in the container supply chain [more]

MHEDA’s 62nd Annual Convention & Exhibitors’ Showcase

MHEDA’s 62nd Annual Convention & Exhibitors’ Showcase: April 29 – May 3, 2017
The Grand America Hotel – Salt Lake City, Utah - “The Engagement Experience” [more]

Stärke – Dealers Wanted

Stärke Material Handling Group is currently accepting dealer applications for select territories throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
  • A better bottom line
  • Low cost initial investment
  • A comprehensive line of high quality products
  • No unrealistic sales forecasts
  • No unhappy dealer representatives
  • Industry-leading warranties
  • Aftermarket and technical support
  • Major marketing support
  • A common sense approach to everything we do

Want more information? Visit our website today! Or, send an email to Rodney Barron to enquire.

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