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The end of the year might be approaching, but the forklift industry is certainly not slowing down. There’s plenty of activity reported in this week’s newsletter, from acquisitions to new products. And the deals are happening both at the big end, among manufacturers, and at the customer-facing end, with dealerships in play. And most of the news this week is positive, although we do detail a large number of job losses at Cargotec in Finland and other branches as the company slims its structure.
|Local News||FROM THE FORKLIFTACTION.COM EDITORIAL TEAM|
|Logistics provider upgrades port facility Australasia News|
Melbourne, Victoria Logistics specialist DHL has completed the $4.5 million refurbishment of its facility at Port Melbourne.
The facility encompasses 605 sqm as well as a warehouse footprint of 4,645 sqm,... [more]
|EQSS wins two awards for telehandler safety invention Australasia News|
Melbourne, Victoria Equipment Safety Systems of Seaford, Victoria has won two awards in the 2012 Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Excellence in Business Awards.
The awards recognise local businesses which excel in... [more]
|SCLAA announces scholarship winner Australasia News|
Brisbane, Queensland Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) has named Skye Naismith, GM of Mt Gravatt Coach & Travel, as the winner of its inaugural scholarship.
The scholarship provides... [more]
|Company fined for crane incident Australasia News|
Korumburra, Victoria A drilling company has been fined $170,000 after pleading guilty to an incident in which a falling gantry crane injured one man and narrowly missed several others working on the... [more]
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|Cargotec employees affected by new operating model|
FINLAND Over a hundred Cargotec employees in Finland will lose their jobs, and other staff in the company’s global operations could also be impacted by the company’s new business-driven operating model.... [more]
|Units of UniCarriers go through extensive transitions|
UNITED STATES For the Americas’ market, newly formed UniCarriers Corp is transitioning design and production of TCM forklifts from Japan to the Nissan Forklift Corp North America facility in Marengo.
|CNH Global accepts sweetened offer from Fiat Industrial|
UNITED STATES CNH Global NV has agreed to accept a buyout offer of about USD1.48 billion from parent firm Fiat Industrial SpA after rejecting a USD1.1 billion deal six months earlier.... [more]
|Jungheinrich produces large trucks in Moosburg|
GERMANY The first pilot truck of Jungheinrich heavy load stackers rolled off the company’s assembly line at the Moosburg plant this month.
The diesel and LPG combustion engine counterbalance trucks... [more]
|Wieland acquires forklift dealership in South Carolina|
UNITED STATES A forklift dealership in York, South Carolina has new ownership and management.
Forklift industry veteran Casey Wieland legally acquired Forklifts Unlimited Inc on 1 January 2012 from founder, owner... [more]
|Palletforce expands in Europe|
UNITED KINGDOM Palletforce has launched a direct Italian service after appointing Italy’s One Express as its strategic partner.
The tie-up between Palletforce and Bologna-based One Express was formalised this month and... [more]
|Mentor spots missing safety link|
UNITED KINGDOM UK forklift training specialist Mentor Training has collected feedback suggesting warehouse workers are in harm’s way because their managers don’t understand and enforce key safety basics.
Mentor managing director... [more]
|Port reduces toxic emissions with initiatives|
UNITED STATES The Port of Everett says it has reduced emissions of nitrogen dioxide, volatile organic compounds and greenhouse gases through a series of initiatives.
“All of these reductions are a... [more]
|BASF focuses on employee safety|
BELGIUM BASF has deployed a safety assistance system to help protect employees operating container-handling equipment at its Antwerp facility.
“’Never Compromise On Safety’ is one of the core values at... [more]
TMHE trucks receives Quiet Mark
- Brussels, Belgium
Cargotec truck-mounted forklifts win award
- Helsinki, Finland
STILL hybrid gets award
- Hamburg, Germany [more]
|Movers & Shakers|
Linde Material Handling GmbH, Briggs Equipment [more]
Mitsubishi adds to pallet line-up
- Almere, the Netherlands
Transmon launches iTEch Fleet
- Leicester United Kingdom
New tow tractor
- Fleet, United Kingdom
TMHE introduces new platform
- Brussels, Belgium [more]
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|Cargotec announces new Hiab Director - Mr Neville Green|
The valuable addition of Mr Neville Green to the Cargotec senior management team is evidence of the building blocks Cargotec Australia are putting in place to partner with their customers to help them strive to meet their business objectives. [more]
|Discover and dare to compare these heavy duty camera systems|
Comatra is very passionate about solving operator vision restrictions on all types of industrial vehicles. The Comatra 4KLIFTCAM enhances the view of the forklift operator that is otherwise obstructed, achieving maximized front and load surveillance as well as back area surveillance. [more]
|Award for Combilift’s Exporting Expertise|
Specialist materials handling manufacturer Combilift has been named the Best Overall Exporter to Germany in the Irish Exporter to Germany Awards, organised by Enterprise Ireland and the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce. This is their third major accolade this year. [more]
|Big Joe to introduce innovative new vehicle |
On the 13th of December Big Joe will be introducing the Joey, a hybrid vehicle design that combines attributes of elevating work platforms, order pickers and tuggers to support a variety of common workplace tasks and material handling functions. [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]
|HANGCHA Christmas and New Year Special|
For the first time, HANGCHA is offering a Christmas and New Year celebration special for all 4 wheel electric forklift models with well-known Danaher AC Controllers built in, promising significant savings and contributing to a greener environment. [more]
|PROMAT 2013 Exhibition|
ProMat 2013 will be the largest international material handling, supply chain and logistics show and conference held in North America. Over 700 exhibitors, including Keytroller, TVH Americas, Clark, Systems Logic and Orlaco will showcase their solutions. [more]