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|Amid reports of a takeover of UniCarriers by KION or Mitsubishi, there’s an interesting take in our Discussion Forum.
One member notes that there are “too many manufacturers in this business” and suggests more should be going out of business.
It’s true that a number of brands are becoming more and more marginalised as the big get bigger. And yes, there are economies of scale that can result in better products being offered at more competitive prices.
But with any reduction in the number of suppliers, there’s always a risk of diminished competition.
The flip side, however, is that as long as there is more than one player in the market, there is competitive tension.
Meanwhile, we’ll wait for the official confirmation of the UniCarriers deal that inevitably follows the 'no comment' phase.
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|TMHA invests in forklift apprentices Australasia News|
Sydney, New South Wales Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has inducted its latest intake of apprentices at its headquarters in Sydney.
The 12 apprentices were drawn from around the country and were accompanied ... [more]
|Dematic to showcase logistics solution at conference Australasia News|
Melbourne, Victoria Logistics systems supplier Dematic will showcase its new order fulfilment solution at the upcoming Smart conference, taking place in Melbourne from 26-27 May.
Its modular goods-to-person (GTP) system is ... [more]
|Construction begins on Darwin distribution centre Australasia News|
Darwin, Northern Territory Construction has begun on supply chain provider Northline’s new $27 million transport and logistics facility in Darwin.
Due for completion in August, the centre will boost the company’s Top ... [more]
|Prize for essay on logistics innovation Australasia News|
Sydney, New South Wales The NSW section of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Australia (CILTA) is offering two awards for the most outstanding essays which focus on how innovations can sustain ... [more]
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|KION and MHI eyeing UniCarriers?|
GERMANY The KION Group will neither confirm nor deny news agency reports that it is in talks to buy Japanese forklift maker UniCarriers for up to JPY100 billion (USD833 million). Mitsubishi ... [more]
|MHS Lift expands into new facility|
UNITED STATES Material Handling Supply, a new and used forklift dealer that serves the Philadelphia area as well as New Jersey, Delaware and the eastern shores of Maryland and Virginia, is moving ... [more]
|MHI names Innovation Award winners|
UNITED STATES A virtual forklift training system and a device that can measure small, irregularly shaped items won awards in the Material Handling Institute Innovation Awards.
The Forklift Simulator was named ... [more]
|New Loadalls join plant hire specialist’s fleet|
UNITED KINGDOM Morden-based B&T Plant Hire has invested GBP5 million (USD7.4 million) in a fleet of more than 100 new JCB Loadall telescopic handlers. The order includes five of JCB’s new 20 ... [more]
|Movers & Shakers|
International Powered Access Federation, The Raymond Corporation, Bolzoni SpA [more]
Europeans gather for Chinese firm’s conference
- Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mr Plant enters telehandler market
- Enfield, United Kingdom
Toyota wins iF honours
- Brussels, Belgium
Yale truck wins award
- Greenville, NC, United States [more]
TPS launches new generation
- D�sseldorf, Germany
STILL updates range
- Hamburg, Germany
Dynamic mast control for reach trucks
- Aschaffenburg, Germany
Yale truck improves operator comfort
- Greenville, NC, United States [more]
|First Genie boom lift and telehandler for Saudi|
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Genie has delivered one of the tallest boom lifts, the Genie SX-180, to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is the first SX-180 for the kingdom.
The boom lift, ... [more]
|Manitou now CFTS-accredited|
UNITED KINGDOM French equipment maker Manitou, which announced at the SIMA agricultural trade show in Paris that it would manufacture its 500,000th machine this year, has chosen to become accredited to Consolidated ... [more]
|RTITB expands into Oman|
UNITED KINGDOM Technical and Administrative Training Institute (TATI), a private training organisation, has become the first organisation in Oman to become accredited to provide RTITB workplace transport training.
TATI has been ... [more]
|Sudents create a robotic forklift|
A team of 25 high school students in Pennsylvania not only created a robotic forklift, they designed it to work completely by itself, without the need for any humans at ... [more]
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|The ultimate test for transferring octabins|
Meat and Poultry processors - How quickly and easily can an octabin filled with liquid be transferred from one pallet to another? See MSE-Forks demonstrating their Stationary Pallet Changer, (SPC) in their latest video. [more]
|A Clearlift for Murdocks Builders Merchants|
Clearlift Material Handling Limited has supplied a complete new fleet of EP Equipment forklift trucks to Murdock Builder’s Merchants, once again proving that the company can provide the perfect balance between cost and quality. [more]
|The Largest Capacity Side Loader in China|
GOODSENSE Forklift is a premier forklift manufacturer in China, of 1 T to 48 T counterbalance forklifts. In addition, GOODSENSE Forklift also produces special vehicles - side loader forklift trucks from 3 T to 10 T capacity.
|MEYER Multiple-Pallet Handlers - benchmark in the materials handling|
The secret of all-round successful innovation Meyer’s new Generation G Pallet Handler. The pallet handler, which sets a new benchmark in materials handling, now boasts even further improved visibility, reduced weight, and new Automated Lubrication. [more]
|Combilift Australia: for customised and innovative handling solutions|
Combilift Australia has become known as the go-to company for customised material handling solutions. The company will exhibit a comprehensive display of our product range at CeMAT Australia (stand E10). Talk to the Combilift team about your handling needs. [more]
|Big Joe gears up after strong showing at ProMat 2015|
After hosting the largest exhibition in the history of the brand, Big Joe is excited to report a strong response from the attendees of ProMat 2015. [more]
|ZOWELL launches Mini Reach Truck with EPS integrated|
Zowell is proud to introduce a New Mini Reach Truck with EPS . We call it " MINI" as it is an intermediate economical model between a reach stacker and a reach truck. [more]
|MaxTruck is looking for DEALERS & DISTRIBUTORS.|
MaxTruck, the unique omni-directional forklift from Sweden is equipped with the patented Max Wheel, saves work space and driving distance. This efficient and ergonomic forklift is ready for the global market and we are looking for dealer and distributors. [more]
|MI MANITOU: a real success story!|
Since its launch 2012, Manitou's MI range has been hugely successful due to a number of key factors including: strong, basic and reliable design, ease of maintenance and safe operation, excellent value for money and after sales service. [more]
|Make equipment inventory accessible through your own website, affordably|
Need an easy platform to quickly list your inventory and rental fleet online? The Machinery Street Showroom is a simple tool for creating media-rich equipment listings attached to your website, and it integrates with the Forkliftaction Marketplace! [more]
|Preview: what's new at CeMAT AUSTRALIA?|
The world’s largest materials handling and intra-logistics event CeMat is coming to Australia, May 5-7. Explore the innovative products and services that are shaping the Australian market today. Here are just a few of the exhibitor highlights. [more]
|GOODSENSE Forklift is looking for DEALERS & DISTRIBUTORS|
GOODSENSE Forklift will bring products to Sydney this May for CeMAT Australia. We invite customers to check our products in person. Please don't forget to stop by and visit our stand at booth H22!
|Connect with over 30 leading speakers and 400 attendees at Trans Middle East|
Trans Middle East continues to be the biggest annual Container Ports and Terminal Operations Exhibition and Conference in The Middle East - now in its 11th successful year!
|Does your business culture rock? Attend Mheda’s 60th convention and it will|
Join hundreds of your material handling industry peers, and uncover better business practices at the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) 2015 Annual Convention, April 18-22, themed “Culture that Rocks.” [more]
|BOLO Forklift Vision: expand your horizons Australasia News|
BOLO� (Be On the Look Out), is a revolutionary mirror based system for small to medium forklifts that allows drivers to see around loads and sight tines. Cost effective and easy to install it comes in two models: Slimview, designed for small forklifts operating in confined spaces and Wideview, suitable for larger forklifts where a panoramic forward view is required. Significantly reduce damage to goods and infrastructure and improve operational efficiency and safety with BOLO�.
To discuss solutions for your fleet or to enquire about distributor opportunities contact:
Craig Macdougall - Managing Director, AVSS Group
E Send an email T +61 3 9555 9385 M +61 414 631 977
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Lifting the lid on the Australian Market
On March 26 Forkliftaction News published an in-depth report on the Australian market, in which we will delve into the local trends, current developments, new technologies, emerging opportunities and challenges within the industry. Read: Australian market in focus
Featuring contributions from leading local companies including Orbit, Mobicon, TVH Australia, Linde Australia and Tyres4U and industry associations such as ICHCA, SCLAA, HIRA, AITA, and ALC - THIS FEATURE IS NOT TO BE MISSED!