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It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Dick “Big Bug” Higgins, probably best known to News readers for his role in the US Open Forklift Rodeo. Under Higgins’ leadership, the competition grew into an international event highlighting the need for forklift skills and safety awareness. It’s no co-incidence that the Rodeo has been on hold since Higgins hung up his clipboard, and efforts to revive the event in his absence have so far been unsuccessful. It would be a tragedy if the competition to which Higgins devoted so much energy disappears, and we’d urge anyone able to assist in its rejuvenation to get onboard as soon as possible. There would be no more fitting tribute to Dick Higgins than the ongoing success of the event he founded and ran.

NZ equipment specialist expands range through buyout Australasia News
Auckland NZ rental equipment supplier Hirepool has bought New Zealand Access Hire, a division of NZ Crane Group. The purchase, effective immediately, adds a fleet of elevated working platforms (EWPs),... [more]
Linde opens new facility in Melbourne Australasia News
Melbourne, Victoria Linde Material Handling has opened a new 5,000 sqm state-of-the-art facility in Melbourne designed to meet sales growth and expanding customer support activities. It serves as a base for... [more]
Linfox chosen for cross-country freight Australasia News
Melbourne, Victoria Linfox has signed an agreement to ship Carlton & United Breweries’ (CUBs) packaged and bulk beer kegs from Melbourne to Perth. Under the new WA agreement, Linfox collects the... [more]
World’s first driverless train network in WA Australasia News
Perth, Western Australia The world’s first automated long-distance heavy-haul rail network using driverless trains will be launched in Western Australia. The US$518 million project will see mining group Rio Tinto investing some... [more]

Obituary: Forklift rodeo guru Richard Higgins
UNITED STATES Richard E Higgins, 77, a larger-than-life leader of forklift safety rodeos and a retired Ohio Air National Guard colonel, died on 21 February. “He was always a great guy... [more]
Haulotte optimistic about outlook
FRANCE Telehandler and access equipment maker Haulotte Group has reported a 23% growth in revenue in 2011. Consolidated revenue for Haulotte grew from EUR250 million (USD331 million) in 2010 to... [more]
Genie parent forecasts positive 2012 outlook
UNITED STATES Genie parent company Terex Corp reports improved performance in 2011 in its aerial work platforms (AWP) segment and forecasts positive developments during 2012. “In our AWP business, we see... [more]
Double win for Irish company
UNITED KINGDOM Irish forklift manufacturer Combilift garnered two awards at the Fork Lift Truck Association’s 18th annual Awards for Excellence last Saturday. Combilift collected the Victor Ludorum award, a gold-plated statuette... [more]
Military orders 116 telescopic forklifts from JLG
UNITED STATES A US Army command has ordered 116 All Terrain Lifter Army System (ATLAS II) telescopic forklifts from the JLG unit of Oshkosh Corp. JLG says the order has a... [more]
Jungheinrich builds new plant
GERMANY Jungheinrich will invest EUR40 million (USD53 million) to expand its production capacity with the construction of a new warehousing and system equipment plant near its existing manufacturing site in Moosburg.... [more]
Mundhra receives reach stackers
INDIA Three Terex TFC 45 reach stackers have been delivered to Mundhra Container Freight Station (CFS) in India. The first two units were commissioned in November 2011 for Mundhra CFS’s... [more]
KAUP continues customising after 50 years
GERMANY Forklift attachment manufacturer KAUP GmbH & Co KG aims to continue providing a fast turnaround for its bespoke solutions as it celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. The medium-sized... [more]
JCB assists in World Cup preparations
BRAZIL A fleet of JCB machines is hard at work in Fortaleza, Brazil, assisting in preparations for the 2014 World Cup. Three backhoe loaders and JCB 535-125 and 540-170 Loadall... [more]
Low-level order picker wins award - Munich, Germany
Taiwanese truck recognised - Taipei, Taiwan
Nissan announces winners - Marengo, IL, United States
Hybrid fleet for Kühne + Nagel - Hamburg, Germany [more]
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Proximity detection now with both visual & audible alerts
Orbit Communications Pty Ltd releases the latest 4th generation BodyGuard proximity detection and warning system. The system provides visual and audible warning if a person is detected in a poor visibility area within close proximity of the Forklift. [more]
Benor Tech - professional polyurethane wheels manufacturer and moving solution provider
Benor Tech owns wide range of production lines to meet different requirements of clients. Our technician group also provides strong support, transforming Benor Tech from a wheel supplier to a moving solution provider. [more]
RAEDER-VOGEL® & INLOG Ltda.: Quality wheels & castors for the Chilean market
INLOG Ltda is the exclusive distributor of RAEDER-VOGEL® for their range of wheels and castors in Chile. Both companies closely cooperate in supplying high-quality wheels and castors to the Chilean intralogistics and other markets, e.g. mining and other heavy-duty applications. [more]
RUYI Semi-electric Pallet Truck (Model: CBD10A-II & CBD10A-II)
Ningbo Ruyi new CBD10A-II & CBD10A-II Semi-electric Pallet Trucks with lots of advantages.
Richter at USETEC - leading company in second hand forklift trucks handling worldwide
This year the Richter Gabelstapler team welcome you at the World Trade Fair for Used Technology in Cologne. Get to know us on hall 8 stand J-122 and you will for sure get the right machine! [more]
ICHCA's International Biennial Conference - Register at 'early bird’ rates now
The ICHCA International Biennial Conference has strong sponsorship support and an excellent line-up of expert speakers from a wide number of countries. Themed 'Global Cargo Logistics - the 2020 Vision', the event kicks off on the 8 May in Melbourne. [more]
SITL Europe 2012 on the starting-blocks
Rich and interesting, the programme for SITL Europe 2012 is in place. An exhibition complete with new offerings, around one hundred conferences where professional visitors will once more find clear answers to their needs and questions. [more]
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Like Forkliftaction, industry events are a valuable opportunity to connect and discuss, to discover and promote. Good for business and good for the industry. See some of the events that Forkliftaction is proud to support over the coming months. [more]
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