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There’s more evidence of industry consolidation this week, with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) and Nippon Yusoki Co Ltd (Nichiyu) signing an agreement to integrate their forklift businesses. The two have co-operated previously, especially in their home market. It’s all part of striving for increased efficiency - a trend also reflected in last week’s Cargotec restructure announcement which will see the Finnish company shedding jobs as it streamlines its operations. Further tweaks are reported this week for the Swedish operations.
Success these days is about doing more with less - and there’s no doubt we’ll continue to see larger players merging and smaller ones tightening their belts in pursuit of better performance.

Brisbane forklift dealer charged with fraud Australasia News
Brisbane, Queensland Graeme Dillon, former director of collapsed forklift company Independent Forklift Services (IFS), has appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on fraud charges, following an investigation by financial services regulator, Australian... [more]
SCLAA chairman elected to new position Australasia News
Loganholme, Queensland Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SLCAA) national chairman David Rogers has been elected president of the Australian Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).... [more]
Bunnings signs lease for new logistics centre in Brisbane Australasia News
Brisbane, Queensland Home improvement specialist Bunnings has signed a 10-year lease for a 30,450 sqm distribution centre at Port of Brisbane’s Port West Estate. The property will be developed by the... [more]
WorkCover puts spotlight on crane safety Australasia News
Sydney, New South Wales Industry has committed to maintaining and improving tower crane safety and emergency evacuation procedures in the building industry following this week’s forum on crane safety held by WorkCover. The... [more]

MHI and Nichiyu merge forklift operations
JAPAN Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) and Nippon Yusoki Co Ltd (Nichiyu) have signed an agreement to integrate the two companies’ forklift businesses. MHI is an established engine-powered forklift maker... [more]
Doosan adds Trukkila to dealer network
FINLAND Trukkila Oy, a new specialised warehouse logistics company, has been appointed as the official importer for Doosan forklifts in Finland. The first orders have already been delivered to... [more]
NMC gains more territories for Cat, Jungheinrich
UNITED STATES A unit of Omaha-based Nebraska Machinery Co Inc (NMC) has picked up additional sales and service responsibilities for Caterpillar and Jungheinrich forklifts in parts of four US mid-west states.... [more]
Crane owners shrug off global slowdown
UNITED KINGDOM The world’s 50 largest crane owners have been largely unaffected by the global economic slowdown, with fleet sizes static over the last three years and overall lifting capacities steadily increasing,... [more]
BITA welcomes apprenticeship review
UNITED KINGDOM The UK government and stakeholders including the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) have welcomed an independent review of apprenticeships. Named the Richard Review, the report initiated by entrepreneur and... [more]
Briggs wins Haldane Fisher contract
UNITED KINGDOM Briggs Equipment has secured a contract with Northern Ireland builders’ merchant Haldane Fisher to more than double the company’s fleet of Irion sideloader trucks. Having acquired former competitor Barloworld... [more]
Cargotec plans Hudiksvall restructure - Hudiksvall, Sweden
Hy-Tek receives Hytrol award - Little Rock, AR, United States
Toyota automated system wins design gold - Tokyo, Japan
Konecranes remote services boost crane safety - Hyvinkää, Finland [more]
B&B training pays off
UNITED KINGDOM B&B Attachments Ltd has teamed up with local training provider Amacus Ltd to improve its employees’ customer service skills. Eleven staff members completed the course, which started in... [more]
P&G converts to fuel cells in another US plant
UNITED STATES Consumer packaged goods giant Procter & Gamble Co (P&G) is converting electric forklifts to Plug Power Inc’s GenDrive fuel cell products at a manufacturing plant in Mehoopany, Pennsylvania. Previously,... [more]
ProMat 2013 will showcase materials handling technology
UNITED STATES North America’s premier showcase of materials handling, supply chain and logistics solutions opens in 46 days. The ProMat 2013 show floor will occupy a net area of about 300,000 sqft.... [more]
Clark gives pallet jacks to eight non-profits
UNITED STATES Clark Material Handling Co of Lexington has donated one pallet jack to each of eight non-profit organisations in the greater Kentucky Bluegrass region. After being invited, the groups applied... [more]
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