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Thursday, 13 December 2007 ( #340 )
Yale MO20 low-level order picker.
Yale MO20 low-level order picker.
Yale expands order picker range FLEET, United Kingdom Yale Europe Materials Handling has introduced the MO20 and MO20S models to its AC-powered low-level order picker range. The new models have a 4kW AC traction motor, a CANbus communication system and a dual technology (AC/DC) Combi controller. Manufactured at the Masate plant in Italy, the machines come with electric steering, wider and longer padded operator platforms, high backrests and low-level entry steps. Telehandler theft rising United Kingdom The National Plant and Equipment Register (TER) forecasts a significant rise in telehandler theft for 2007. Based on thefts to date, it predicts 150 telehandlers will be stolen this year, compared to 105 in 2006, Contract Journal reported. TER's Tim Purbrick says organised crime gangs "clone" many stolen machines to change their identities before selling them as far as Australia, New Zealand and the US. Exxon Mobil partners with Plug Power BEERSHEBA, Israel Exxon Mobil Corp is partnering with Plug Power Inc, QuestAir Technologies and Ben Gurion University's Blechner Centre to commercialise an on-vehicle hydrogen production system for fuel cell forklifts. Israel-Times reports that Exxon Mobil, QuestAir and the university have worked for seven years to develop the components for the system. Emil Jacobs, Exxon Mobil's R&D vice president, says the team wants to develop a system that demonstrates significant infrastructure, logistics and cost advantages