News Edition #957 - 16 January 2020

There's no doubt that the materials handling world is changing, and automation is one of the major developments.
As we report this week, there are already more than half a million AGVs in action around the world - almost half of them deployed by e-commerce giant Amazon.
And while AGVs are increasingly finding their way into warehouses and other operations, the next technology wave to consider is fully autonomous robots. These devices are no longer in the realm of science fiction, and research indicates that by the year 2030, there will be almost 3 million fully automated robots in operation - outstripping the anticipated 2.5 million AGVs in the market at that stage.
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The US materials handling industry can expect some pain in the year ahead before conditions improve. Writing in the latest MHEDA Journal, MHI CEO George Prest notes that manufacturers...
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JLG Industries has announced a 10-year partnership with AUSA to build its new SkyTrak 3013 ultracompact telehandler, extending the company's telehandler portfolio. The SkyTrak 3013 telehandler is designed to...
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Yale dealer Chase Equipment Company will be sold to Pape Group as owner Roger Ketelsleger retires. While the transaction is still to be officially confirmed, it is understood Ketelsleger...
Columbus, IN, United States
Toyota Material Handling (TMH) has announced the launch of a new energy solutions platform designed to help the materials handling industry meet the complex demands of evolving equipment, the...
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The robotics market is set to transform over the next 10 years. That's according to Automation World which cites research indicating enormous growth across all subsectors. By 2022, the...
Waregem, Belgium
A rare interview in Belgium's De Tijd sheds light on the growing TVH empire and the decision to split the company into two entities: Mateco and TVH Parts. In...
West Bend, WI, United States
Manitou North America has increased the warranty period on US-built equipment to two years or 2,000 hours, whichever occurs first, for machines sold and registered within North America. The...
Rio Grande, Brazil
Leading Brazilian logistics operator Sagres will expand its materials handling fleet with six fully electric Kalmar forklifts. Delivery of the machines is scheduled to take place during Q1 of...
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IAM Robotics, inventor of the world's first autonomous mobile manipulation robot, will open a new, state-of-the-art headquarters and showcase innovation centre. The new 30,000 sqft. (2,780 sqm) facility will...
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