News Edition #967
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26 March 2020
As governments react to COVID-19, it is interesting to see different interpretations of essential services. In Australia, the forklift industry body is lobbying to have materials handling classified as 'essential' to ensure that it can continue to serve the supply chain as more sectors of the economy are closed down. In the UK, the industry is celebrating that classification - although it has not prevented a halt to production for at least one manufacturer.
Meanwhile, from Austria, we hear about a racing driver who is putting his driving skills to work with a forklift as part of his military service, with soldiers deployed to keep the supply chain operating.
These may be difficult times, but most in materials handling are ready to play their part to keep things moving - and we salute their efforts, alongside those of health professionals and others called on to preserve our health and safety.
World News
Belgium
Germany's forklift manufacturers appear to be maintaining production and services in spite of the spread of coronavirus. "The production at all Jungheinrich plants is up and running," says spokesman...
United Kingdom
The Fork Lift Truck Association has welcomed government recognition for logistics and supply chain workers as key workers. James Clark, secretary-general of the British Truck Association, says: "In these...
Dallas, TX, United States
Darr Equipment has acquired S&L Liftmasters, based in San Antonio, Texas. A family-owned business, Liftmasters has been providing best-in-class equipment and services to customers in the San Antonio area...
Chennai, India
Sun Tyre & Wheel Systems, part of TVS Group of India, has acquired Sirius Controls. The acquisition of Sirius extends the range of products offered by SUN-TWS to the materials...
Tessenderlo, Belgium
Hyundai Material Handling has thoroughly re-engineered its U series of its electrically driven three- and four-wheel forklifts. The focus of the further development was on comfort, performance and reduced...
Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Kemach has launched a new range of forklifts for the South African and Sub-Saharan African markets. Kemach Forklifts general manager Frans van den Heever says the range was developed...
Bibra Lake, WA, Australia
Westcoast Wool & Livestock has upgraded its forklift fleet as part of a $1 million upgrade investment. The company added a modern forklift fleet at the Bibra Lake wool store...
Yamaguchi, Japan
Kalmar has signed an agreement with Tokuyama Kairiku Unso K.K. to supply a hybrid straddle carrier for the company's operations at the Port of Tokuyama. The Port of Tokuyama...
Vienna, Austria
Touring car racer Ferdinand Habsburg has swapped his Audi for a forklift, as he helps restock shelves with supplies in his country, which imposed strict restrictions on the movement...
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Fact of the week
The longest traffic jam occurred in Beijing, China, in August 2010. It was 62-mile long and lasted for an incredible 12 days.
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