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We report this week on the storm brewing in Belgium over Caterpillar's decision to close its plant in Gosselies.
The closure means the loss of 2,200 direct jobs and up to 6,000 jobs at suppliers, causing a political backlash in the region.
Of course, job losses are always unfortunate, but in a global economy, companies have to remain competitive to survive - and clearly, many more jobs are closely linked to Caterpillar's long-term viability.
One can only hope that the company shows its corporate social responsibility in its handling of the redundancies, as so many manufacturers in the materials handling sector have done in recent years.
And our best wishes go out to all those who will be affected by the closure.
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Man crushed in fatal industrial accident Australasia News
Townsville, Qld Queensland Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) is investigating a fatal industrial accident which saw a 65-year-old man crushed to death by a load of timber. According to the ... [more]
Market crowns forklift operator Australasia News
Rocklea, Qld Jason Thompson has been named�the 2016 Brisbane Markets�Forklift Operator of the Year. Thompson took out the honours after 10 finalists competed in the annual Forklift Grand Final�which required competitors ... [more]
DHL Express opens expanded Auckland Airport facility Australasia News
Auckland DHL Express has opened an expanded Auckland Gateway at the airport to better support businesses operating in and out of New Zealand, following significant growth in international trade. � The ... [more]
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Caterpillar ends its production in Belgium
BELGIUM By Luc de Smet Caterpillar has announced its intention to shut its plant in Gosselies (Charleroi, Belgium). The measure follows last year’s announcement that Caterpillar would cut some 10,000 jobs ... [more]
Ardent places giant JCB order
UNITED KINGDOM JCB has secured a deal for 700 machines worth in excess of GBP40 million (USD53.2 million) from one of the UK’s largest plant hire companies. Ardent Hire Solutions ... [more]
More changes to KION North America network
UNITED STATES KION North America Corporation has made several changes to its nationwide sales and service dealer network for materials handling equipment. � To increase its presence in Mexico, KION North America ... [more]
Hubtex expands portfolio for anniversary
GERMANY To celebrate its 35th anniversary, Hubtex has presented two new groups of products - MaxX and FluX. The manufacturer is bolstering its portfolio by adding entry-level modular multidirectional sideloaders ... [more]
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Massey Ferguson adds telehandler models
UNITED STATES Massey Ferguson has launched its new TH telehandler series, offering engine power up to 130 hp, a maximum lift height of 7 m and a weight capacity of 3.8 T. ... [more]
EnerSys expands charger range
UNITED STATES EnerSys has added a range of NexSys+ battery charger models designed for automated guided vehicle (AGV) applications that require communication with operation systems. They offer multiple communication platforms, intelligent charging ... [more]
Turkish Airlines chooses Haulotte
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Turkish Technic, the maintenance arm of Turkish Airlines, has acquired two new Haulotte articulating booms. The new HA41RTJ Pro units join 44 other pieces of Haulotte equipment in the ... [more]
Mover makes electric switch
UNITED KINGDOM A specialist removals, haulage and storage company has swapped diesel forklifts with electric models that are charged using solar power. Suffolk-based Safepac Professional Movers approached Mitsubishi dealer Eastern Forklifts ... [more]
Access training hits Singapore
SINGAPORE Singapore-based access rental company Aver Asia, the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a joint ... [more]
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Your Focus (Blog)
John Maguire: Expectations too great?
Can logistics services companies meet the demands of retailer clients in the Internet age and deliver a profit? John Maguire ponders the challenge.
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Rocla AGVs are part of the team at Valio cheese factory
By replacing manual operators with AGVs the amount of damage to vehicles, stock and site has reduced by 90%. [more]
Outstanding Specialised Business Recognised in Auburn, NSW
After recently hitting the 40th year in business Lencrow Materials Handling Sydney branch just been awarded most Outstanding Specialised Business in Auburn area, NSW. [more]
Hyster Tyre Handler trucks are engineered to help provide fast and cost effective changing of heavy duty large truck tyres. For mine operators, maximum uptime of the mining equipment is ... [more]
Expectations too great?
Can logistics services companies meet the demands of retailer clients in the internet-age and deliver a profit, asks John Maguire Commercial Director of Narrow Aisle Ltd [more]
EDiA EM Mitsubishi: Best in class
Electric performance indoors or outside from Mitsubishi. Mitsubishi EDiA EM is not only best in its class of electric counterbalance trucks, designers claim that it is the best across all counterbalance trucks. [more]
MaxTruck is looking for PARTNERS
MaxTruck 2T, the unique omni-directional forklift from Sweden is ready for the global market and looking for dealers. The patented Max Wheel gives the 2 ton electric forklift a ... [more]
IMO to speak at ICHCA Ship-Port Interface Seminar in London
Regulators and industry experts will convene in London, 12 Sept, to explore how to improve the safety, efficiency and productivity of ship-port operations. [more]
IMHX 2016 - leading exhibitors
IMHX is the largest meeting place for the UK’s logistics industry. This September over 20,000 supply chain professionals will gather to evaluate cutting edge technologies, explore the latest industry solutions and discuss how to increase efficiencies within supply chain operations. [more]
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Forkliftaction News examines the latest trends and challenges in its in-depth reports.
The upcoming features will draw attention to health & safety, performance, world economics and smart design:
  1. FORKLIFT ATTACHMENTS,  November 2016  Contact us now to participate!
  3. ICE FORKLIFTS, 2017
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Linde Reachstackers ex-fleet clearance sale at MLA
Looking for a better way to separate your people and plant?
Formula Forkilft
Rocla AGVs are part of the team at Valio cheese factory
Outstanding Specialised Business Recognised in Auburn, NSW
Expectations too great?
EDiA EM Mitsubishi: Best in class
MaxTruck is looking for PARTNERS
IMO to speak at ICHCA Ship-Port Interface Seminar in London
IMHX 2016 - leading exhibitors
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In The Discussion Forums
"I will keep an open mind as to when a seat belt might not be safe to use. However, accidents do happen even when you are moving the unit 2 inches. So, when is it not safe to wear a seat belt? Turning from the hips to see behind is not affected by the seat belt. Loading and unloading trucks is a definite time to wear it, no excuses. Up or down a ramp? Up the ramp and you can't see for the load means you must have a spotter. Can't agree there.".
Lubeman, Canada
"Mazda engine was discontinued at the end of 2014, so the Mistubishi-based PSI engine is the new standard. I've got about a dozen of the PSIs in service now,The first is just now hitting 5000 hrs and we're in the process of changing the timing belt. Unlike the Mazda, these are interference engines, so timing belt maintenance is critical.".
Beeker, United States
"Stam is correct. Most all manufacturers offer trucks that will work in your application. Most major brands offer low clearance OHGs.".
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