News Edition #953 - 12 December 2019

We are constantly learning new concepts in materials handling. Just when you got your head around AGVs (autonomous guided vehicles), you need to start thinking about "cobots". For the uninitiated, that's the term for "collaborative robots", or robots intended to interact with humans in a shared environment. So, think of AGVs working together with traditional materials handling processes and you'll get a sense of what it all means.
This week, we include a report which predicts huge growth in the cobot market, especially for small and medium-sized packages which make up a large share of warehouse activity.
If you're in warehousing and haven't yet looked into cobots, you probably should because your competitors and your customers will no doubt be doing just that.
World News
Helsinki, Finland
Konecranes has signed an agreement to acquire the 50% stake in its MHE-Demag joint venture held by partner Jebsen & Jessen for approximately EUR147 million (USD163 million). The acquisition will...
Waregem, Belgium
TVH has been appointed as the worldwide service centre for Schwarzmüller Inverter (SME), a German high technology manufacturer of electronic controllers and related products for application in battery-powered vehicles...
Christchurch, New Zealand
Navis has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Jade Logistics, the Christchurch, New Zealand-based provider of the Master Terminal TOS for mixed cargo...
Tempe, AZ, United States
Economic growth in the United States will continue in 2020, according to purchasing and supply management executives surveyed by the Institute of Supply Management (ISM). Expectations are for a...
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
A new market report indicates strong and sustained growth for the collaborative robot industry. In 2018, global revenues from cobot production exceeded USD550 million. This was almost a 60...
Ventura, CA, United States
World Forklift West and XL Lifts have unveiled the 2020 World Lithium forklift which they claim is the industry's first low-capacity lithium electric forklift for indoor and outdoor use...
Telford, United Kingdom
RTITB has become the first approved End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for the Express Delivery Operative apprenticeship standard. "This means that RTITB is now approved to assess all of...
Coahuila, Mexico
Dimerco's strategic partner in Mexico has been honoured with the National Logistics Award 2019 in the 3PL/4PL logistics services provider category. The award was presented by the Ministry of...
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Toll Group is testing the latest generation FUSO eCanter electric trucks at its Bungarribee site in NSW. This light-duty all-electric vehicle is perfectly suited to operate late-night and early-morning...
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