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We can only hope that the materials handling sector learned something from the last financial challenge because it looks like the months ahead may be anything but plain sailing. This week, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned of tough times in the UK, with the outlook for activity deteriorating for a seventh straight month. And the UK was not alone, with the other six members of the G7 group of industrial nations - the US, Canada, Germany, Japan, Italy and France - all experiencing slowdowns. But, at least we’ve been through this before - and not too long ago. And many businesses came out of it leaner, keener and more nimble, which should help them now. As the saying goes, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”.
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|AITA warns about ‘grey’ forklifts Australasia News|
Deakin West, ACT The Australian Industrial Truck Association (AITA) has raised concerns over grey and parallel imports of forklifts into the country.
According to AITA, which represents the interests of major... [more]
|GlobeQuip secures Kalmar dealership Australasia News|
Brisbane, Queensland GlobeQuip Pty Ltd has been appointed as an authorised Kalmar equipment dealer.
GlobeQuip has a long history in materials handling equipment sales, with the team boasting more than... [more]
|Forklift apprentice wins trip to US Australasia News|
Sydney, New South Wales Apprentice forklift technician Andrew Borsato has won an educational tour to the US in Toyota Material Handling Australia’s annual two-day national skills competition.
Borsato, from TMHA’s Coffs Harbour branch,... [more]
|Container congestion at Port Botany costs the country Australasia News|
Sydney, New South Wales Shipping Australia Limited (SAL), a peak industry body representing ship owners and shipping agents, says congestion at Port Botany is inhibiting Australia’s economy.
“The serious congestion at Port Botany... [more]
|Linfox wins distribution contract in NZ Australasia News|
Auckland Supply chain specialist Linfox has been awarded the distribution contract for Bunnings stores in New Zealand.
The company has worked with the hardware retailer in Australia since 2008, with... [more]
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|NMHG, Manitex report gains|
UNITED STATES Equipment manufacturers Nacco Industries Inc’s materials handling group (NMHG) and Manitex International Inc have reported major gains for the third quarter ended 30 September.
NMHG reports profit of USD17.5... [more]
|Cargotec partners with Russia’s Rosmorport |
FINLAND Cargotec has signed a strategic co-operation agreement with Rosmorport to co-ordinate Russian marine transport infrastructure development.
Cargotec CEO Mikael Mäkinen sees the partnership as “high-level leverage” for participating in... [more]
|Irish players look to export|
IRELAND By Christine Cranney
Irish materials handling equipment dealers are doing it tough with access to finance a major issue. It is not surprising that many are relying on the... [more]
|Air Liquide and Plug Power join forces|
FRANCE US fuel cell manufacturer Plug Power and France-based Air Liquide subsidiary Axane are creating a joint venture to develop the European market for hydrogen-powered forklifts.
Plug Power CEO Andy... [more]
|FLTA concerned over BITA claims|
UNITED KINGDOM The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has rejected some of the claims by the BITA in an article last week about its new academy. In a letter to the editor... [more]
|Seegrid adds engineering, laboratory space|
UNITED STATES Robotic forklift maker Seegrid Corp is upgrading 10,000 sqft. (4,500 sqm) adjacent to an existing 30,000 sqft. (13,500 sqm) facility for its engineering department and technology laboratory.
The renovation... [more]
|Dieci to boost sales with Hall appointment |
UNITED KINGDOM Agricultural equipment specialist Hall Engineering Ltd has been appointed a supplier of Italian branded Dieci telehandlers by UK importer Dieci Telehandlers Ltd.
Hall will provide Dieci telehandlers and technical... [more]
|Ikea saves on freight and transport with paper |
SWEDEN Global furniture retailer Ikea Group has launched a cardboard alternative to the wooden pallets that have dominated world trade for over five decades.
Ikea, which uses 10 million pallets... [more]
|Forklifts cleared of blame in incident|
UNITED STATES Management cleared two propane-powered forklifts of any culpability in a carbon monoxide poisoning incident at the Columbia plant of American Corrugated Products Inc.
A contractor’s crane operating near the... [more]
|Pump maker overcomes forklift visibility issue |
UNITED STATES Peerless Pump Co, an Indianapolis-based manufacturer of centrifugal pumps and systems for liquid applications, found a way to deal with a visibility issue.
Peerless moves large parts and heavy... [more]
Plug Power awards free fuel-cell demonstrations
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TIEM delivers fresh lunches
- Columbus, IND, United States [more]
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Crown adds narrow chassis truck
- New Bremen, OH, United States
Cascade’s new and improved DTI
- Portland, OR, United States
Johnson Electric expands line
- Stuttgart, Germany
Heli’s hybrid forklift
- Beijing, China [more]
|Nissan Forklift España restructures assembly line |
NETHERLANDS Nissan Forklift España SA has invested over EUR1 million (USD1.35 million) to modernise its forklift assembly line to improve working ergonomics, flexibility and increase its production capacity by 10%. The... [more]
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|The new Cat® electric powered lift trucks take the challenge |
Water and grime pose little problem for the new EP-PN range of electric counterbalanced lift trucks unveiled recently, which are both dirt and splash-proof and can also be galvanized for applications where corrosion would otherwise be a major problem. [more]
|Four cargo handling operations in 10 seconds |
New technology makes dimensioning and weighing (D&W) of palletised cargo possible directly from the forklift truck. INS TC5000 offers great flexibility and optimises revenue and workflows in freight terminals.
|Huahe presents new products at Canton Fair and CeMAT Asia |
After successfully showing its products at the Canton Fair, many honoured guests and visitors were impressed by Huahe’s newly launched Electric Pallet truck and Electric Stacker at CeMAT Asia..
|Swedish Atlet introduces the new generation Tergo - the world’s most ergonomic reach trucks |
Recently the Swedish truck manufacturer Atlet presented their new generation Tergo reach trucks. Focusing on how to minimise operator fatigue and stress, these trucks are designed to be the most ergonomic trucks on the market. [more]
|Further recognition for Doosan's futuristic concept forklift with iF Product Design Award |
Efficient, environmentally friendly and with the highest level of safety, Doosan's futuristic model of the Concept Forklift impressed iF Product Design Award judges with its ingenious approach to the challenges facing modern forklift manufacturing. [more]
|MODEX 2012 will Showcase Latest Equipment and Technology Innovations for Manufacturing, Distribution and the Supply Chain|
MODEX Conference will feature Keynotes from CSCMP, Georgia Tech and the Panama Canal Authority plus events from 17 Collocated Education Partners. Modex, February 6-9, is the industries newest expo for manufacturing, distribution and the supply chain. [more]
|PTC ASIA supported by record numbers of exhibitors |
This year’s highly successful PTC Asia attracted more exhibitors and visitors than ever before. Around 1,500 companies presented their latest power transmission and control technology products and solutions. [more]
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|KEYTROLLER’S SMARTIE Video Camera option records impact/speeding/overload events |
Upon an abusive impact, overload or overspeed event, the KEYTROLLER can trigger its optional SMARTIE video drive camera to record the event as it unfolds. Feature filled, and affordable, demo’s are available to qualified dealers.
|Rocla AGVs have been boosting logistics process at Borealis for over a decade |
Rocla’s AGVs allow Swedish manufacturer Borealis (who specializes in plastics for some of the largest energy supply, oil and water pipeline projects in the world) to increase the storage space and speed up the flow of work, whilst minimizing damages.
|Can Going Green Really Cut Your Fleet Costs? |
Chevin Fleet Solutions has unveiled the latest version of its award-winning, online, fleet management system. Released to coincide with its 21st anniversary, Chevin continues to set new benchmarks for software in the fleet, and broader asset management, arena. [more]
|Nissan Forklift’s QX Series of Electric Lift Trucks offers features to rival internal combustion forklifts |
Nissan Forklift Corporation’s newest addition to its Platinum family of electric lift trucks, the QX Series, offers safety, efficiency and value. The QX Series of 80-volt electric lift trucks, featuring four models ranging from 4,000- to 6,000- pound capacities. [more]
|Robust and affordable multipurpose jib attachments |
Forklift Traders offer a comprehensive range of multipurpose jib attachments for your forklift at affordable prices. The attachments distributed by Forklift Traders have a long standing reputation for being robust and enduring. [more]