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With the growth of automation, like warehouse shuttle systems and AGVs, you would think the days of the humble forklift are numbered. In fact, that's a question we put to executives of Linde at the recent World of Materials Handling exhibition in Germany.
With more than 150 forklift models on display, many of them new, it's clear that Linde doesn't see any reduction in demand. And the management pointed out that forklift sales continue to grow globally, so the market is certainly not shrinking as the competing technologies take hold.
It seems there will continue to be a need for moving heavy loads, and as long as pallets are the lifeblood of logistics, forklifts will play their part. Meanwhile, there's plenty of scope for growth for the other solutions, and suppliers, like Linde's partner, Dematic, will benefit from the e-commerce boom which is seeing the proliferation of smart warehouses.

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Liebherr enlarges reachstacker range

GERMANY Liebherr Maritime has expanded its reachstacker product line with two new devices. A powerful reachstacker with the lifting capacity of 35 T and a log ...

Experts collaborate to show solutions

GERMANY By Allan Leibowitz Linde Material Handling showed off its technology and expertise at its recent World of Material Handling (WoMH) event in Mannheim, Germany. ...

VAHLE buys Jungheinrich miniloaders

GERMANY Shortly after the world premiere of the STC 2B1A, Jungheinrich received the first order for its new stacker crane for automated miniload warehouses. ...

Movers & shakers

Snorkel UK, Shoppa's Material Handling, Hyundai Construction Equipment Europe

Santana becomes EKKO dealer

UNITED STATES Santana Equipment Trading Company, one of the fastest-growing companies in the materials handling industry, has added EKKO EB12E stackers to its equipment offerings. With ...

Product News

Taylor expands GT Series - Louisville, MS, United States
Delta-Q Technologies adds 85 V and 120 V Li-ion chargers - Vancouver, BC, Canada

Electrovaya wins orders

CANADA Electrovaya has announced purchase orders totalling approximately USD1.8 million for its ELivate line of forklift battery systems and energy storage modules. Electrovaya received initial orders ...

Charleville Plant Hire expands fleet

UNITED KINGDOM One of Munster and Ireland’s leading plant, access and tool hire companies has expanded its fleet with the addition of multiple Snorkel lifts. Charleville ...

Revamped bauma event succeeds

RUSSIA For the first time under a new name, bauma CTT RUSSIA, the 19th International Trade Fair for Construction Equipment and Technologies attracted more than 22,000 ...

Hermans gets into World Cup spirit

BELGIUM Belgian forklift dealer Hermans Heftrucks has embraced World Cup fever by painting three of its forklifts in its national colours. “We’ve painted three of ...
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Mobicon Deliver Four (4) Straddles To Malaysian Port

Mobicon Straddle Carriers recently delivered four (4) Mobicon Top Frame Straddle Carriers to be used at Northport's, Container Terminal in Port Klang, Malaysia.

MEYER High Performance Fork Positioner – New G Series

MEYER High Performance Fork Positioner - New G Series now also available in ISO 4 and mast integral up to 14 ton at 600 mm load center

Fleet management improves our way to work

Whether your fleet is composed of 5, 50 or 500 machines, you will discover the many benefits that OptaFleet fleet management brings to your business.

MSSC-Certified Forklift Technician

MHEDA, MSSC and Amatrol are working together to address the ever growing skills shortage of Forklift Technicians. The result is an MSSC-Certified Forklift Technician course and assessment.

Warehouse Forklifts: HELI New 1.6-1.8t Pantograph Reach Truck

HELI provides many ingenious products to solve your materials handling needs. Just a simple philosophy to make our trucks better and tougher to last. Introducing our innovative and technically advanced HELI Narrow Aisle and single Reach Trucks.

Piggyback aches and pains

Customers can now enjoy the benefits of extended life cycles and much less associated maintenance by simply fitting FMX to their truck mounted forklifts.

National Excellent Entrepreneur, Mr. Chu, Chairman of Ruyi

Chu Jiwang, chairman of Ningbo Ruyi, was recently awarded with the title 'national excellent entrepreneur of 2017-2018' by the CEC (China Enterprise Confederation).

Breakbulk Europe Soars to New Attendance Record

From 29-31 May, Breakbulk Europe brought together more than 9500 project cargo and breakbulk professionals in Bremen, Germany, marking a new attendance record for this specialized global event now in its 13th year.
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Upcoming Feature: Contribute your insights into the European Market

Forkliftaction News is looking for contributors for the upcoming special feature report on the European market.

Although the topic will be refined closer to publication, the Forkliftaction News team will be looking for insights into the following:
Economic update and outlook, latest trends & technology, impact of Brexit, US trade tension and imports from China, regulations and compliance.

Forkliftaction's Features present a valuable opportunity for industry members to contribute their knowledge and expertise.

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