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When the USA imposed import tariffs on Chinese forklifts, the immediate result was an increase in prices. And it was not just the imported machines which went up in price - domestic manufacturers soon followed suit with price adjustments.
Sure, the increases weren't only related to competitors' pricing strategies - local US manufacturers had to cope with more expensive steel and components.
It will be interesting in the months ahead to see if - and how quickly - prices come down as importers gain exemption from the tariffs. And will the US manufacturers match the price drops? Time will tell.

This Week's Feature

From the editorial team

Accessories: efficient warehouse solutions

In part one of the warehouse efficiency feature, Forkliftaction looked at how materials handling equipment can improve your warehouse bottom line. In part two, Melissa Barnett examines the range of modern accessories that can give materials handling equipment an enhanced ability to boost efficiency and productivity. [Read the full report]

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Chinese importers look forward to tariff termination

UNITED STATES A number of US importers of Chinese-made forklifts are understood to be benefiting from the removal of Section 301 tariffs, as flagged by Forkliftaction News ...

Ravas acquires LTS Scale

NETHERLANDS Ravas has acquired LTS Scale to further develop the US market for mobile scales integrated in hand pallet jacks, warehouse trucks and forklift trucks, and ...

Tugger trains take off

GERMANY German manufacturer Still is noting growing demand for tugger trains. It has seen more companies recognising the potential of tugger train solutions and lean ...

Crown adds Li-ion forklifts

UNITED STATES Crown Equipment Corporation has announced that the V-Force Lithium-Ion Energy Storage System (ESS) is now available for the majority of its line of electric forklifts. ...

John Woodall mourned

UNITED STATES Industry members are extending condolences to the friends and family of John Warren Woodall, who passed away on November 10, 2019. John was an integral ...

B&B ‘grabs’ new opportunity

UNITED KINGDOM B&B Attachments has supplied a unique mesh grab attachment to steel supplier Fender Steel. One of Fender Steel’s core products is reinforcement steel mesh. ...

Safety convention calls for leadership

UNITED KINGDOM Delegates from around the UK attended the recent National Forklift Safety Convention at the Heart of England Conference Centre in Coventry to hear a number ...

Maktas adds six reachstackers

TURKEY Kalmar will supply leading Turkish equipment rental company Maktas Makinali Tasima (Maktas) with six Kalmar Eco Reachstackers. The order was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q4 ...

Visitor surge at CeMAT Asia and logitrans

CHINA Organisers of last month’s four-day ‘mega-show’ in Shanghai, which included CeMAT Asia, report a huge surge in visitors, welcoming 142,975 guests – up 42.1% from ...

Police arrest forklift operator after fatal crash

UNITED STATES Police have charged a forklift driver after a fatal accident. Ulises Mondragon Umanzor has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, ...
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South Australian Grocery Retailer Chooses Fastcharge Australia For Lithium Ion Batteries

Drakes Supermarkets, one of Australia's largest privately-owned grocery retailers, has chosen Fastcharge Australia to provide a Lithium solution as its primary power source for MHE.

Reinventing the Warehouse

How to increase productivity in an increasingly demanding industry

Gain Significant Time by Evaluating your Material Handling Fleet’s Power Supply

Get the most out of your material handling fleet by upgrading your power system to lithium ion.  Increase your productivity and save valuable time by cutting out unnecessary tasks.

UWB & AI Enable Never-Before-Seen Efficiency Improvements

Quarion Technology is using UWB and AI to enable innovative safety functionality and efficiency improvements in industry.  Keeping employees safe while increasing productivity could be the difference that accelerates companies past competition.

Once in a Lifetime! GNB TENSOR Batteries Outlasting Reach Trucks

Increased Warehouse Efficiency with Advanced Battery Technology

Your Logistics Playbook: Maximize Efficiency with Cascade

Cascade has a wide variety of solutions to help you improve your logistics, no matter the size of the challenge. Find out how to save time, reduce cost, or improve quality.

STB America revolutionizes the forklift battery

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Save the date and meet us at LogiMAT in 2020!

TREX.PARTS is the new alternative in the market of spare parts. We offer an extensive selection of OES parts as well as high-quality identical parts. Get to know us and visit us at LogiMAT next March!

Prepare for the winter months: Our top 10 forklift safety tips

With the winter approaching, the weather is set to get worse and the daylight hours are slowly getting shorter. So, it's time to start preparing yourself, your staff, equipment and operating areas for the winter and the harsher conditions it brings.

Microlift's Hybrid Pallet Truck - Revolution in Hand Pallet Truck Market

Why did we call it a "Revolution" in the hand pallet truck market?

ANSI Compliant? GREAT! And you have supporting documentation, right?

All forklift parts providers claim that their products are ANSI compliant. Some boast that they exceed ANSI Standards. Truth, or fiction?

MODEX-The Biggest Manufacturing and Supply Chain Expo of 2020

With 950+ exhibits and education sessions, MODEX 2020 is where you'll find the best solutions for manufacturing/supply chain challenges.

Australia's leading construction, architecture and infrastructure expo

Across the span of two days, Sydney Build, will bring together thousands of construction professionals, architects, engineers, designers, developers and government representatives.

Cold chain industry gathers in Mumbai for India Cold Chain Show 2019

India Cold Chain Show is an international event, which connects cold storage owners, end-users, service providers and logisticians.

"GAME-CHANGER": WERC Drops Trade Show, Adopts Collaborative Model

The Warehousing Education and Research Council, North America's leading professional association for distribution logistics professionals, has abandoned the trade show in favor of a collaborative new approach to business education and networking.
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