Europeans gather for Chinese firm's conference
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Hangcha distributors gathered in Amsterdam for the Chinese manufacturer's European Distributor Conference.
Forty-eight European distributors participated in Chinese forklift maker Hangcha's European Distributor Conference in Amsterdam early this year.
Hangcha says it launched two new products that were "highly rated and praised" by distributors at the event. On-site test demonstrations and product information were made available to the distributors. No further information of the new products is currently available, but Hangcha says they bring its product range to "a brand new level, competing with high-end products from around the world".
Mr Plant enters telehandler market
Enfield, United Kingdom
UK rental firm Mr Plant Hire is meeting customer demand by entering the telehandler market with the purchase of two compact JCB 525-60 Hi-Viz units with Tier 4 engines.
Operations director Tony Crawford says: "JCB is the market leader for telescopic handlers, making this a logical decision for our expanding hire fleet. We fully intend to add more telehandlers over the coming months, and look forward to a long trading relationship with JCB."
Mr Plant Hire operates a fleet of over 450 aerial lifts from Enfield, servicing London and the surrounding counties. It is a founder member of the Access Alliance.
Toyota wins iF honours
Toyota Material Handling's BT Movit S-Series truck has been awarded the iF Universal expert favourite and consumer labels, while the Movit N-Series earned the consumer favourite label.
The Toyota's BT Movit S-series is a high-performance truck designed for moving goods in a continuous flow. It is equipped with LED lamps and a one-hand-operation steering handle.
The N-Series helps hospital staff to move patients around.
Head of design Magnus Oliveira Andersson comments on the truck: "Receiving the consumer favourite distinction fits in nicely with Toyota's principle to be a 'good citizen'."
Over 100 global entries competed to win the recognition. Five contestants won the consumer favourite for 2015, while 20 expert favourite labels were awarded. The iF Universal Design expert and consumer juries comprise professionals within industry, design and academia, and a mixed-age group of users.
Yale truck wins award
Greenville, NC, United States
Yale Materials Handling Corporation has been named a 2014 GOOD DESIGN award winner by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design for its NR/NDR-EB narrow-aisle reach truck series. ?
"The Yale engineering process pays special attention to detail, constantly looking to improving load stability, ergonomics and efficiency of each forklift," says Matt Wavrek, who led the design project for Yale. The narrow-aisle reach truck series is engineered to electronically decelerate to a smooth stop when the operator moves the control handle towards neutral, eliminating abrupt jolts to the load for improved load stability.
The NR045EB narrow-aisle reach truck was displayed at ProMat 2015 last month.