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It’s been rumoured for some time, but at last there’s confirmation that Briggs Equipment UK Ltd will take over UK Hyster distributor Barloworld Handling UK. This is a further step in global consolidation and while there’s no suggestion that any brands will disappear, there will clearly be some rationalisation - at least at dealer level.
While these consolidations make economic sense for the manufacturers, there is a balancing act involved. It is necessary to ensure that end-user choice is not reduced, that service levels are maintained or improved and that convenience is not compromised. And, of course, there are concerns about job losses at a time when unemployment is rising.
We will be watching as the deal unfolds .

Forklift fuel furore in Federal court Australasia News
Sydney, New South Wales The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted court action against two forklift gas suppliers which it alleges were operating a cartel. The ACCC has instituted proceedings in... [more]
Forklift fleet keeps product moving at new Fonterra facility Australasia News
Canterbury Production of whole milk powder has begun at Fonterra’s new $200 million manufacturing site near Darfield in Canterbury. Around 40 metric tonnes of product was produced in the first full... [more]
Building supplier commissions new forklifts Australasia News
Darwin, Northern Territory Darwin-based Trade Building Supplies has commissioned two new Toyota forklifts to load building supplies, including packs of timber, at its Berrimah headquarters. Company director Darren Treumer says the new... [more]
Inspectors take note of forklift hazards Australasia News
Shepparton, Victoria WorkSafe inspectors have issued more than 85 improvement notices to small businesses in Shepparton during their ‘Safe Towns’ workplace blitz held this month. Among the common safety issues identified... [more]

Briggs Equipment buys Barloworld Handling UK
UNITED KINGDOM Briggs Equipment UK Ltd, the exclusive UK dealer for Yale Europe Materials Handling products, will acquire the assets and facilities of Barloworld Handling UK. Barloworld Handling UK is the exclusive... [more]
KION outperforms market and denies “rumours”
GERMANY The KION Group has announced that it has “comfortably outperformed” the market as a whole and strengthened its position in all markets as rumours about a Chinese industrial company’s interest... [more]
Hilo adds Hyster branch in New York City
UNITED STATES Hilo Materials Handling Group is planning an 18 September opening ceremony for a full-service factory-authorised Hyster branch in the Long Island City neighbourhood of New York City’s Queens borough.... [more]
Riekes Equipment purchases Valley Forklift Services
UNITED STATES Yale dealer Riekes Equipment Co has acquired a West Fargo, North Dakota lift truck service provider that operates now as Riekes’ sixth location. Riekes purchased Valley Forklift Services on... [more]
Liebherr wins Russian orders
IRELAND Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd has delivered and commissioned two Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes in Vladivostok, and has taken orders for STS cranes to be delivered to Novorossiysk and St Petersburg.... [more]
FLTA cautions buying forklifts from unauthorised sources
UNITED KINGDOM Industry leaders from the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) have voiced their concerns over online forklift sales after the discovery of a forklift being sold via an auction site that... [more]
Army solicits bids for six commercial-grade forklifts
UNITED STATES The Rock Island arsenal facility of the US Army Contracting Command is seeking bids for six commercial-grade forklifts for use in Boerne, Texas. The command issued the final solicitation... [more]
Toyota ramps up in Brazil - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Flexi achieves sales record - Tipton, United Kingdom
Nissan appoints Newbury - Lutterworth, United Kingdom
Forklifts help build flood barriers - Prague, Czech Republic [more]
Advanced Engines finds growth in rebuilt market
UNITED STATES Engine rebuilder Advanced Engines has found an expanding market for its customised services. Owner Tom Rohr Rohr projects the 2012 sales for Advanced Engines will increase 5-8% above last... [more]
Product News
New access codes from Transmon - Leicester, United Kingdom
Doosan expands equipment range - Northampton, United Kingdom [more]
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LiuGong Forklift Americas Announces SME Forklifts, S.A. de C.V. as New Dealer in Mexico City
SME forklifts, a privately held company with six years in the material handling industry, has joined LuiGong Forklift Americas as their new dealer in Mexico City, Mexico. SME Forklifts will feature the entire line of LiuGong forklifts. [more]
UN Reach Trucks
UN reach trucks have 30 years’ development history. It compromises advanced international technologies and design ideas, taking ergonomic as guiding principle and adopting excellent design. Our trucks are known for their comfortable operation, safe driving, effectiveness and easy maintenance. [more]
PHL goes high-tech on customer service
Whether from their office computer, laptop, iPad or iPhone, PHL users now have the ability to create their own proposals using Plant Handling’s huge stock of carefully catalogued and photographed machines - online, fast, easy and professionally displayed. [more]
RFID access monitoring devices from Keytroller
KEYTROLLER’S RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) access monitoring devices are offered in three models designed for different applications and different budgets. They fit to any make or model forklift, using either active / active tags. [more]
Hoist Liftruck Manufacturing Inc reports unprecedented growth
Hoist Liftruck Manufacturing Inc, prides itself on being a premier manufacturer of container handlers, reachstackers, and heavy-duty liftrucks. Hoist reports that continued dedication to streamline manufacturing and key supplier alliances have allowed the company to reach unprecedented milestones. [more]
Flexi announce continuing sales success
Independently-owned UK-based articulated forklift truck manufacturer, Flexi Narrow Aisle, reports record sales. This builds on from last year’s excellent performance when annual global order intake reached an all-time high. Flexi's are now sold in over 40 countries worldwide. [more]
Breakbulk's First Africa Conference Draws Global Attendance
Attendees from more than 35 countries listened to descriptions of developing capital projects in East Africa, port productivity issues in West Africa, updates on the piracy threat to commercial shipping, and the increasing number of compliance regulations. [more]
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LIQUIDATION SALE: Material Handling & Packaging, Pallet Racking & Support Equipment
LiuGong Forklift Americas Announces SME Forklifts, S.A. de C.V. as New Dealer in Mexico City
UN Reach Trucks
PHL goes high-tech on customer service
RFID access monitoring devices from Keytroller
Hoist Liftruck Manufacturing Inc reports unprecedented growth
Flexi announce continuing sales success
Breakbulk's First Africa Conference Draws Global Attendance
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In The Discussion Forums
"Is KION about to sell 25% to Chinese company Shandong for 700 million Euro or are they looking for a bigger investor to buy the lot?".
Daveilift, United Kingdom
"There is more to Briggs purchasing BW. BW must have made the decision to move out of forklifts some years back and Sammons and NACCO would have known about these plans.".
Daveilift, United Kingdom
"The company that produced the forklift can deny warranty for use of improper weights of oils, hydraulic or engine, transmission, differential. If you are not the dealer, it would be wise to obtain a specification sheet and stick to the weights and codes.".
meliftman, United States
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