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There's nothing like an acquisition to get things moving. So, expect some significant implications from Hyster-Yale's purchase of a controlling interest in China's Maximal.
Maximal is a large Chinese forklift manufacturer which produces equipment under the Maximal and SAMUK brands. It also designs and produces specialised port equipment and rough-terrain forklifts.
The buy-in gives Hyster-Yale, a top 10 supplier, access to Maximal's manufacturing capability and to China's growing forklift market.
It's a marriage of East and West, of high-end and mass market, that is becoming more common in the forklift world. No doubt, both parties will benefit from the union, and the move will increase competition globally.
Local NewsEditorial articles by Forkliftaction News

NewCold chooses Toyota Australasia News
Melbourne, Vic A major new entrant to the Australian cold-store industry, NewCold Melbourne, has partnered with Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) to equip two local state-of-the-art warehouses. Netherlands-based NewCold Advanced ... [more]
CeMAT AUSTRALIA explores Industry 4.0 Australasia News
Melbourne, Vic Organisers are expecting more than 100 international and local companies at the 2018 edition of CeMAT in Melbourne. Exhibitors already confirmed include Swisslog, Kuka Robotics, Daifuku BCS, Jiangsu, SEW-EURODRIVE, ... [more]
ALC slams Webb Dock picket Australasia News
Melbourne, Vic The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) says the illegal blockade of Webb Dock at the Port of Melbourne by members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Construction, Forestry, ... [more]
Global NewsEditorial articles by Forkliftaction News

Hyster-Yale buys major stake in Maximal
UNITED STATES Hyster-Yale Materials Handling has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 75% of the outstanding shares of, and a controlling interest in, Zhejiang Maximal Forklift Company Limited through an indirect ... [more]
Unicarriers Americas streamlines customisation
UNITED STATES UniCarriers Americas (UCA) is increasing the number of standard options on its Platinum II, Nomad and BX Cushion series forklifts. Over 21 new options, previously only available as custom orders, ... [more]
Lift Tek opens plant in Brazil
BRAZIL Lift Technologies, a global supplier of front-end equipment for forklifts and rough-terrain forklifts, has opened a new manufacturing plant in Indaiatuba, Brazil. The location is approximately 90 minutes from ... [more]
Movers & shakers
CHEP, Manitou, Columbia Machine, Consolidated Fork Truck Services, [more]
Few changes in top 10
UNITED STATES Toyota Industries Corporation remains the world’s largest materials handling supplier, with revenues of USD8.563 billion. According to the latest ranking by Modern Materials Handling, TICO’s performance has been ... [more]
Active Access adds JCB lifts
One of Scotland’s leading access equipment hire firms has invested in a fleet of 50 JCB Access electric scissor lifts.   The scissor lifts have been purchased by Active Access ... [more]
Skyjack boosts Ashbrook’s rental fleet
UNITED KINGDOM UK rental company J K Ashbrook has turned to Skyjack as it expands its fleet of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). Ashbrook added more than 120 access machines to its ... [more]
Toyota expands automated range
SWEDEN Toyota Material Handling is introducing a new and expanded automated warehouse range to the European market. This automated range supports Toyota’s lean approach and is designed to automate repetitive pallet ... [more]
Konecranes sells waste-to-energy cranes to India
INDIA Konecranes has received an order for two semi-automated waste-to-energy (WTE) cranes and one electrical overhead travelling (EOT) crane from Greenesol Power Systems Pvt. Ltd. (GPSPL) in Bengaluru, India. This will ... [more]
Forklift drivers foil robbery
CZECH REPUBLIC A group of forklift drivers in the Czech Republic have used their equipment to stop a robbery at their warehouse. According to The Mirror, the forklift drivers at the ... [more]
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Mobicon stresses importance of Preventative Maintenance checks
Leading up to Christmas is the busiest time of year for the container handling industry. Preventative maintenance is the best way to reduce downtime and repair costs. Now is a good time to ensure your preventative maintenance checks are up to date. [more]
How to enhance safety in charging rooms with battery connectors
Millions of workers suffer from MusculoSkeletal Disorders (MSDs) all around the world. If companies are more and more aware of the positive impact of a great health and safety policy, innovation needs to follow this objective. [more]
Rocla AGVs work at high-bay warehouse for paper rolls in the USA
Rocla’s partner Hörmann Logistik has engineered an impressive high-bay warehouse for paper rolls; including conveyor and handling system, and two different AGV systems supplied by Rocla. [more]
Fork-Co USA announces new website
FORK-CO USA announces a newly revised website complete with new online product catalogue, so you can find the right attachment for your application. [more]
Essential considerations for proper forklift tire selection
Too often, tires fail because they are not suited for a specific job. Understanding the intensity level of an application will allow you to select the right forklift tire for your needs, significantly reducing risks of tire failure and downtimes. [more]
GEM One releases the all new Sapphire V2
GEM One announces the imminent release of their GEM Sapphire V2 rugged and versatile forklift-centric mobile-computing platform. Visit GEM One at MODEX 2018, Booth #B974! [more]
Lithium powered pallet jack a hit with retail clients. Australasia News
The EP EPT20-12EZ lithium powered pallet jack makes life much safer and a whole lot easier for retail operators. The unit is a full powered pallet jack with 1200kgs of capacity and weighing only 120kgs. [more]
Doosan forklift’s “fingertip” design wins 2017 Good Design Award
Doosan forklift’s “fingertip” design has received a number of famous awards domestically and internationally for three consecutive years, and has now taken possession of the so-called “Design Triple Crown.”

BOLZONI AURAMO: cost savings in the white goods handling
Bolzoni Auramo has a plan on how to generate big cost savings in white goods handling. In 5 decades activity in the appliance handling business, Bolzoni Auramo has developed and improved its clamps to match the modern logistic needs.
RICO’s next generation Explosion Proof lift trucks set a new standard
RICO’s next generation of Explosion Proof lift trucks, AC-60 Phoenix Series, sets a new standard. [more]
The Backbone® for Reach Trucks Stops Standup Forklift Underride
The greatest risk to a standup forklift operator is being struck by immobile objects such as racking components. Surprisingly, this even exceeds the risk of overturning. The Backbone® for Reach Trucks protects operators from this hazard. [more]
Investing in Materials Handling Equipment
Has there ever been a better time to invest in materials handling equipment for your rental fleets? [more]
Talent in Logistics Conference to Tackle Forklift Industry Issues
The agenda for the Talent in Logistics Conference 2018 has been revealed, featuring sessions that tackle the challenges around recruitment, compliance, safety and funding within the transport and logistics industries. [more]
Breakbulk Middle East returns to Abu Dhabi
Breakbulk Middle East is the only exhibition and conference in the region specifically for the project cargo and breakbulk industry. The conference will be held at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi on 6th-7th February 2018. [more]
Post jobs and resumes free with Forkliftaction - less hassle, no expense
Mobicon stresses importance of Preventative Maintenance checks
How to enhance safety in charging rooms with battery connectors
Rocla AGVs work at high-bay warehouse for paper rolls in the USA
Fork-Co USA announces new website
Essential considerations for proper forklift tire selection
GEM One releases the all new Sapphire V2
Lithium powered pallet jack a hit with retail clients.
Doosan forklift’s “fingertip” design wins 2017 Good Design Award
BOLZONI AURAMO: cost savings in the white goods handling
RICO’s next generation Explosion Proof lift trucks set a new standard
The Backbone® for Reach Trucks Stops Standup Forklift Underride
Investing in Materials Handling Equipment
Talent in Logistics Conference to Tackle Forklift Industry Issues
Breakbulk Middle East returns to Abu Dhabi
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