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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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|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.
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|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]
|Movers & shakers|
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|EnerSys expands charger range|
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|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|
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|Access training hits Singapore|
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|Looking for a better way to separate your people and plant?|
Today’s workplace has become frantic. With
ever-increasing pressure to remain competitive in the global marketplace, we need to get jobs finished and out the door sooner. The bulk of workplaces rely on human effort to assemble, count, move and process a variety of goods. The tendency to work at a faster pace can increase the risk of making mistakes. Unfortunately, when it comes to people inadvertently walking into the path of a moving vehicle, or a driver not seeing a pedestrian in the vicinity, there is often never a second chance.
In an attempt to separate people and plant, marked walkways go some of the way to improve safety but compliance is not assured and the boundaries easily breached. It would be ideal if pedestrians and vehicles could be wrapped in protective bubbles to avoid injury in event of collision between. Though this is not practical, Orbit Communications may be able to offer you the next best thing - a virtual and invisible safety “bubble” that helps keep your people and vehicles apart.
Orbit’s BodyGuard i-Tag system is a pedestrian detection and warning system that provides an adjustable sized safety exclusion area around your vehicles to keep people and plant apart.
To learn more about the BodyGuard i-Tag system, send us an send an email or visit the ShopFront.