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There is always lots of economic data around and you can get a very different understanding depending on which set you look at. One set which came out this week is the European Performance of Manufacturing Index, and it tells an interesting tale - one that is very relevant to materials handling.
The overall March PMI was little changed from February, but there some telling regional changes. Most importantly, Europe's "high achievers" including Germany and Austria saw slight declines, but at the other end of the market, we saw Ireland notch up a 35-month high, Spain hit a new 47-month high, while Italy showed its best performance in two months and France also gained.
Economists are buoyed by the positive trend for the region, noting growing order books, but there is some concern about falling prices and the risk of slowing production.
Forklift production is, of course, a part of the overall manufacturing activity in Europe, but it is also an important part of the production and distribution chain, so our audience is doubly watchful of the trends.
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|Vinidex switches to Linde forklifts Australasia News|
Brisbane, Queensland PVC and polyethylene piping systems manufacturer Vinidex has upgraded its forklift fleet to Linde materials handling equipment as part of its drive to improve efficiency.
The roll-out of new ... [more]
|Qantas makes use of forklift service app Australasia News|
Melbourne, Victoria Qantas Freight has embraced the new forklift service application provided by Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA).
The smartphone technology, which was launched in December 2013, enables Qantas Freight’s Melbourne ... [more]
|Northline opens new logistics facility Australasia News|
Sydney, New South Wales Operations have begun at Northline’s new $24 million transport and logistics facility in Smithfield.
The 32,000 sqm facility, in Sydney’s western suburbs, has been custom built to meet the ... [more]
|$900m plan to develop logistics hub at Mackay airport Australasia News|
Mackay, Queensland Plans are in the pipeline to develop Mackay Airport as a major transport and freight hub, according to a report in the Daily Mercury.
The $900 million proposal was ... [more]
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|Sales grow for forklift leader|
JAPAN Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) has reported a 24% growth in its consolidated net sales to JPY2,007.8 billion (USD19.6 billion) for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2014.
TICO says ... [more]
|Access sales higher for Oshkosh|
UNITED STATES Sales for Oshkosh Corp’s access equipment segment (excluding a concluded military telehandler contract) rose 9.3% in the second quarter ended 31 March.
“The improvement was principally the result of ... [more]
|Manitou unveils new business strategy|
FRANCE Manitou CEO Michel Denis has presented a new roadmap for the group, which includes a restructure that will enable it to exploit opportunities for the group’s future success.
Denis ... [more]
|Kalmar wins large Dubai order|
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Kalmar has won orders to supply DP World's Jebel Ali Port in Dubai with 125 terminal tractors and 12 empty container handlers.
The terminal tractors are scheduled to ... [more]
|Low-pressure hydrogen storage targeted|
UNITED STATES A partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and Hawaii Hydrogen Carriers LLC (HHC) is developing a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell system that may power forklifts at low cost with fast refueling ... [more]
|Inaugural LogiMAT China satisfies visitors|
CHINA Nearly 2,500 industry decision-makers attended the inaugural LogiMAT China, which made its début at the Nanjing International Expo Center (NIEC) from 10-12 April.
The international trade fair for distribution, ... [more]
|Movers & Shakers|
Manitou BF, Heli Americas [more]
Linde holds competition for BBA
- Shenyang, China
Konecranes receives order for “silent” cranes
- Oslo, Norway
Streamline distributes 3D forklift trainer
- San Jose, CA, United States [more]
New Cat reach truck range
- Almere, The Netherlands
Upgrade to largest model telehandler
- Rocester, United Kingdom
TPS introduces new compact crane
- Singapore [more]
|ID Systems gains in patent protection|
UNITED STATES Wireless solutions provider ID Systems Inc received an additional US patent on 18 March for a mobile asset data management system primarily for use on forklifts.
ID Systems believes ... [more]
|Forklift violations among citations|
UNITED STATES A federal regulator is seeking penalties of USD124,000 from roofing fabricator American Sheet Metal Co of Houston for four safety violations involving forklifts and other equipment.
“The employer does ... [more]
|Dutch firm buys eco-friendly forklifts|
NETHERLANDS Hiab, part of Cargotec, has delivered two Moffett M4 ProFutureTM truck-mounted forklifts to van den Eerenbeemt Fourage BV in Liessel, North Brabant, The Netherlands.
According to Cargotec, the Moffett ... [more]
|Open day previews case layer picking method|
UNITED KINGDOM Visitors to the Warehouse Technology Group (WTG) open day, on 21 May, at the WTG’s Logistics Research and Innovation Centre in Manchester, will see a live demonstration of a new ... [more]
|BOLO Business Opportunities|
AVSS Group is the Australian based designer and manufacturer of BOLO. We are committed to improving safety and efficiency wherever forklifts are used.
BOLO (Be-On-the-Look-Out) is a revolutionary new product launching in 2014. A mirror based system for small to medium forklifts, BOLO allows drivers to see around the load and to sight tines, significantly reducing damage to goods and equipment and improving OHS in materials handling.
View the video here.
We are seeking INTERNATIONAL AGENTS with EXISTING NETWORKS to distribute this ground breaking, world-class product. To arrange a meeting during CeMAT (Hannover), send your expression of interest to:
Craig Macdougall - Managing Director, AVSS Group
E: Send an email T: +61 414 631 977 W: www.bolomirrors.com
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|Cascade presents state-of-the-art materials handling solutions at CeMAT|
Cascade will be exhibiting at CeMat 2014 (stand L24, Hall 26), highlighting their wide range of material handling attachments, forks and accessories for lift trucks and AGV. [more]
|Shorpak trusts Straddle Carriers for their needs on the Chevron Gorgon Project Australasia News|
Shorpak in Perth has entrusted Straddle Carriers Australia to help them handle the day to day container handling and oversize equipment for the Chevron Gorgon Project in their quarantine yard in Henderson.
|stabau - the specialist for forklift attachments again at CeMAT|
Forklift attachment manufacturer stabau, will be exhibiting at CeMAT in Hannover (Stand H09, Hall 26). stabau will present a number of products from their range including the new bale clamp model BKZ and the new harbor clamp model HKG. [more]
|Visit Durwen Maschinenbau at CeMat 2014|
Durwen, one of the leading forklift attachment producers from Germany, will be exhibiting at CeMAT 2014 (stand K07 at Hall 26). With more than 60 years of experience in developing and producing of attachments we are the best choice for your logistic needs. [more]
|Visit DFK Cabs at CeMAT for your Polycarbonate and Metal Safety Cabins|
DFK Cabs, manufacture of metal safety cabins, polycarbonate cabins for most forklift and UTV brands, will be exhibiting at CeMAT Hannover 2014 Hall 25 stand B12. [more]
|No 1 Brazilian Solid Tyre Manufacturer is “Setting the Standard”|
Standard Tyres is proud to announce that it has been selected as the Original Equipment Supplier of both tyres and wheels to the new Toyota forklift factory in Brazil, which commenced production at the end of 2013. [more]
|BOLZONI Group at CeMAT 2014 - Hall 26 / Stand L10-L14|
Forklift attachment, forks and lift table manufacturer BOLZONI will exhibit at CeMAT 2014 (Stand L10-L14 Hall 26). The sales team look forward to welcoming visitors to their stand where they will present the latest products from the Bolzoni Auramo and Meyer ranges. [more]
|BodyGuardT “i-Tag” proximity detection and alarm system|
The BodyGuardT “i-Tag” warning system reduces risk of collision between forklifts and pedestrians. The system helps lower risk of collision by providing a highly visible indication and human voice audible warning when someone is detected too close to the vehicle. [more]
|Keytroller's CYBERWATCH SMS: Cellular communication by text messages|
Keytroller’s CYBERWATCH wireless hour meter devices are available in SMS (text-by cellular) and LAN (WiFi) versions, are designed to be an easy and inexpensive way to monitor usage of equipment, schedule maintenance and “see” where the vehicle is. [more]
|Nichiyu continues the Platter tradition|
Nichiyu invented the Platter, Japan’s first stand-on reach truck, in 1958. Now, Platter boasts a wide assortment of models with capacities ranging from 0.9 to 4.0 metric tons. It is available in numerous variations for a wide range of applications. [more]
|Say Hello to the Solid Tyre Revolution|
Kragos Industrial Tyres, the Solid Tyre revolution from India, is a proud exhibitor at REIFEN 2014, Essen, Germany. No matter what the need or operating condition, Kragos has a high-quality offering for industrial tyre requirements. [more]
|TVH-Stand at CeMAT Hannover bigger than 700 M²|
TVH, global player in the field of material handling, will be participating for the 13th time in the CeMAT Hannover, with a stand surface of no less than 718 m². The company exhibits its diversity in activities and services. [more]
|PowerBatt - unique, easy to use desulphating technology|
PowerBatt, military approved desulphating technology, is reaching out to new markets around the world. On the occasion of CeMAT exhibition, PowerBatt is offering a trial order with a 50% discount on orders received before 30th June 2014. [more]
|TVH hosts meet and greet at CeMAT!|
Come and join your friends from TVH, Lectura, Forkliftaction, Battery Supplies, bluebatt, wuBump and Staplerworld at Happy Hour Tuesday-Friday. Where? 'Forklift Plaza’ (Hall 25) - the place where the industry meets and networks. [more]
|CAN-Enabled 2nd Generation Tactile Feedback Devices Improve Reliability|
LORD Corporation, the world’s leading supplier of commercial Magnetorheological (MR) fluid, devices and systems, has announced the availability of the second generation of its proven Tactile Feedback Devices® (TFD). See LORD at CeMAT 2014 Hall 26, Stand C12. [more]
|CeMAT exhibitors - gear up your business with Forkliftaction|
‘Gear Up’ your business with a Forkliftaction marketing action plan. Make an appointment to meet with the Forkliftaction sales team at CeMAT now and benefit from a free company listing in our special CeMAT exhibitor list within this release. [more]
|CeMAT 2014: Market-driven innovation|
Logistics technology providers from around the globe will be at CeMAT to showcase the latest trends and innovations in warehousing, packaging and order-picking, and also to explain the big market trends that are currently defining the intralogistics industry. [more]
|Trans Middle East - now in its 10th year!|
Trans Middle East is the biggest and most established annual Container Ports and Terminal Operations exhibition and conference B2B trade event in The Middle East - now in its 10th successful year! [more]