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|Batteries are something of an after-thought for most forklift owners, but they represent a significant part of operational costs and also contribute to efficiency.
This week, we start a two-part special report on batteries, looking at some of the options currently available. And, of course, the choice is not limited to the power boxes themselves; there are many charging options and management systems - all promising to keep the equipment running efficiently and cost-effectively.
With battery-powered forklifts still making up a significant proportion of the global fleet, this report is not just interesting, it is valuable and its insights could generate some serious savings and productivity gains.
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|Freight forwarder plays role in ANZAC centennial Australasia News|
Sydney, New South Wales Freight specialist DHL is playing its part in the 100-year anniversary of ANZAC day with the shipment of historic ammunition shells and projectiles gathered from European battlefields where Australian and ... [more]
|New super-hub opens in Sydney Australasia News|
Sydney, New South Wales Global express delivery specialist TNT has opened a new 78,000 sqm facility in Erskine Park, Sydney, the first of three super-hubs to be opened by the company this year. ... [more]
|Entries open for Queensland supply chain awards Australasia News|
Brisbane, Queensland Submissions have opened for the annual Queensland Supply Chain and Logistics (SCL) Awards and winners will be announced during the 16th annual Queensland SCL conference in Brisbane on 20 August. ... [more]
|Toll opens new logistics facility in Darwin Australasia News|
Darwin, Northern Territory Toll Group has opened its new offshore logistics facility for the multi-billion dollar Ichthys LNG Project.
Situated on 4.5 ha. in Darwin’s East Arm, the base will support the ... [more]
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|Forklift tyre prices rise in Europe|
A number of tyre producers have followed Camoplast Solideal’s lead (Forkliftaction.com News #710) and announced price hikes for tyres in Europe.
Italian tyre maker Marangoni Industrial Tyres announced at ... [more]
|UniCarriers expands facility|
UNITED STATES UniCarriers Americas (UCA) has expanded its Marengo complex with the addition of a 120,000 sqft. (1,115 sqm) facility, increasing its manufacturing space by 30% and the total campus size by ... [more]
|Clark expands Apex region|
UNITED STATES Clark Material Handling Company has expanded Apex Material Handling’s distribution region to include Bartonville, Illinois.
Apex, a full-service Clark dealer in Chicago, will provide sales, service and parts ... [more]
|Nexen fulfills Big K order|
UNITED KINGDOM Nexen Lift Trucks has delivered seven customised FDX18 trucks that were manufactured at its Lowestoft, UK plant to Big K Charcoal, which operates a 7.5 ac. (3 ha) national distribution ... [more]
|Europris invests in GNB lithium ion|
FRANCE Norwegian discount chain Europris is investing in lithium-ion batteries supplied by GNB Industrial Power, a division of Exide Technologies, for its forklift fleet.
Europris trialed GNB’s Sonnenschein Lithium ... [more]
Linde launches first robotic trucks
- Hamburg, Germany
New telehandlers at Plantworx
- Waterloo, Belgium
Jungheinrich unveils C series
- Hamburg, Germany [more]
|Movers & Shakers|
EnerSys, Specialized Liftruck Services [more]
|MHEDA rocks at Annual Convention|
UNITED STATES Over 600 materials handling professionals converged on San Antonio, Texas this week for the annual Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) convention. This year’s theme of “Culture That Rocks!” was ... [more]
|Spotlight on automation at WIN EURASIA|
TURKEY More than 70,000 people attended the WIN EURASIA Automation 2015 expo in Istanbul last month.
The 77,244 visitors had the opportunity to view robotic arms that mimic animals, unmanned ... [more]
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|New insights into battery charger reliability from Delta-Q|
Delta-Q Technologies' new white paper focuses on on-board battery charger reliability for electric pallet trucks, used by leading battery manufacturers in materials handling. [more]
|The Evolution of Electric Lift Trucks|
High capacity electric forklifts are dominating the market as companies look for cost effective and green solutions for materials handling. The development of electric forklifts in capacities over 11,000 lbs. has revolutionized the way we think about electric forklift solutions. [more]
|Convert to Electric and Break Free from High Fuel Costs|
An electric forklift truck powered by EnerSys batteries and chargers is the smart and green choice, as the truck maintains the same level of performance (or greater) as an internal combustion truck, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. [more]
|Reliable Battery Solutions for Motive Power Applications by SUNLIGHT|
SYSTEMS SUNLIGHT S.A. initiated a co-operation with Delhaize Serbia, a leading food retailer. The new project refers to an integrated solution for motive power batteries used by forklifts in Delhaize’s Logistics Centre in Serbia. [more]
|Douglas Battery launches new chargers to serve growing market demand|
Douglas BatteryT has introduced three new battery chargers to serve demand from the battery-powered lift truck market, including: a highly efficient, compact model designed for smaller businesses, a versatile opportunity charger and a rapid charger designed for fast charge operations. [more]
|Intella Liftparts announces new line of ATIB forklift chargers|
Intella Liftparts is pleased to announce the introduction of the ATIB line of forklift battery chargers. ATIB ELETTRONICA SRL has more than 25 years’ experience in the production of battery chargers and electronics. [more]
|PowerBatt - unique easy way to prolong the life of batteries|
Originally developed for use in the Czechoslovak Army and currently Approved by NATO, PowerBatt is a unique and easy way to prolong lead-acid batteries� life, increase their operability and bring savings from batteries management. [more]
|Give your batteries a second life with TVH’s Energic Plus�|
Discover TVH’s battery regeneration, diagnostic & maintenance technology (Energic Plus�) and give your batteries a second life.
|ASC on the Cat� reach trucks enhances user comfort|
The new Cat� NR20N2X range of reach trucks latest mast innovation, the Active Sway Control (ASC), reduces vibration damping in the mast especially in high lift heights. It brings security to high lifts and improves the stability of the truck. [more]
|Qidong City leaders visit Gather Power|
A group of city leaders headed by Feng XU, the Municipal Party Secretary Qidong City, Jiangsu Provicne and Weifeng HUANG, the city mayor recently visited Binhai Industrial Park to inspect the factory area of Jiangsu Gather Power Industry Co., Ltd. [more]
|New FR Series 15/25 extendable counterweight liftruck introduced|
U.S. manufacturer Hoist Liftruck has introduced a new FR Series extendable counterweight liftruck model designed to offer versatility and value to the 15,000-18,000 lb. (7-11 tons) capacity forklift market. [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]
|PREVIEW: New MI 50G|
Simplicity, reliability and eco-friendly, Manitou's new MI 50G forklift ticks all of the boxes. Come and discover the 5 tons -LPZ powered forklift at Intermat exhibition booth 5b F 015. [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 G10!
|“Solutions through Partnership” Australasia News|
Cascade Australia will be exhibiting at the CeMat Australia in May (stand C14), showcasing some new and interesting products. Cascade will also have 5 time Olympian and Gold Medalist, Natalie Cook on the stand at various times during the show. [more]
|Explore these innovative products and services 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]
|Solve supply chain challenges for your business with Smart Expo|
Smart Expo is the national event for professionals within the supply chain and logistics sector. [more]
|FORKLIFTACTION ENERGY FEATURE ERUPTS OVER 2 WEEKS|
Our Energy Sources and Technologies Feature is so big we need 2 parts over 2 consecutive weeks to cover the full story.
This week: Part 1 covers Traditional Energy Systems and lead battery usage.
We explore the challenges and innovations that have risen from meeting changing customer needs, and how this segment of the battery industry is dealing with competition from new energy technologies.
Next week: Don’t miss Part 2 as we dive straight into New Energy Systems
‘How do they work?’ ‘Do these new energy systems struggle to meet customer needs and expectations?’ ‘What does the future hold?’ All this and more.
2 weeks, 2 exceptional feature articles. More info? Contact us.