News Edition #954 - 19 December 2019

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It's that time of year when we pause and reflect and thank those who have contributed to our success. The Forkliftaction team has had a very busy year and we'd like to acknowledge all our supporters - the readers who so often show appreciation for our industry coverage, the industry associations with which we work closely, our editorial contributors and collaborators who share their news and insights, the advertisers who continue to benefit from their involvement with us, and all of those who have helped keep us relevant, informed and active in the materials handling market. For those who celebrate religious holidays, we wish you a merry Christmas, a happy Hanukah and a joyous Kwanzaa. We'll be absent from your inbox for a couple of weeks, but we will return on 2 January with our special Year in Review/Year Ahead feature. Happy holidays!


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Woolworths starts DC upgrade  Townsville, Qld, Australia

Work has started on a $12 million expansion of the Woolworths Townsville Regional Distribution Centre (TRDC) to improve stock availability for North Queensland customers year-round. Upon completion, the site...

Komatsu increases parts availability  Fairfield, NSW, Australia

Komatsu has greatly expanded the range of parts that can be ordered through its online customer portal to now include parts that are readily available - but may not be...

ICHCA supports MEGATRANS  Melbourne, Vic, Australia

The International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) has committed to a partnership with MEGATRANS ahead of the 2020 event. "International trade and the movement of goods will be a...
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The UK Warehousing Association is warning that there is still plenty of work ahead to ensure a successful Brexit. Association CEO Peter Ward notes that the Conservative Party's overwhelming...

MCFA launches ETV 216i reach truck  Houston, TX, United States

Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America (MCFA), the provider of Jungheinrich forklifts and narrow-aisle products in the United States, Canada and Mexico, has announced North American availability of the Jungheinrich ETV...

Palfinger appoints Canadian dealer  Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Palfinger Group is expanding its business in the North America region in cooperation with a new strong partner. Falcon Equipment, one of the leading dealers for lifting solutions...

New hirer enters Brazil  Sorocaba, Brazil

A new company is capitalising on increased demand for rental equipment in Brazil. According to founder Sidney Matos, UpLoad Equipamentos operates under the lean concept, keeping fixed overheads as...

Van Gelder automates warehouse  Ridderkerk, Netherlands

Dutch wholesaler Van Gelder has focused on innovation for its recently opened warehouse. The warehouse boasts an advanced Vanderlande shuttle system with 52,000 tray storage locations. This system sends...

Kalmar Super Glorias for Vietnam  Tan Thanh, Viet Nam

Kalmar will supply CS Wind Vietnam with two Super Gloria reachstackers, each with a lifting capacity of 100 T and a wide range of custom modifications. The order is...

Lloyd Shoes chooses Magazino  Munich, Germany

German shoe manufacturer and retailer Lloyd Shoes has taken delivery of two mobile picking robots from Magazino. The TORU robots will support the employees in picking and stowing shoes...

New Vado Gateway terminal opened  Vado Ligure, Italy

The new Vado Gateway container terminal in Vado Ligure, operated by APM Terminals, sets a new standard for port infrastructure in Italy. The facility is unique in terms of...

Exide powers JCB’s electric Teletruks  Rocester, United Kingdom

Battery manufacturer Exide Technologies has been selected by JCB to power its new range of electric Teletruks. Under the partnership, Exide's GNB batteries and high-frequency chargers will be supplied...

Man killed in SC accident  Aiken, SC, United States

A man driving a forklift died at his South Carolina workplace in an accident with another forklift, according to authorities. The man died at the ALCS Inc. recycling business...
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Doosan Industrial Vehicle America Corporation is excited to announce Jerry Dolan as the new Aftermarket Parts Manager for the Western Region.
A common problem in organisations where several different pallet sizes are used it is hard to find the optimum length of forklift forks.
How to increase productivity in an increasingly demanding industry
Bolzoni's range of AGV attachments are operating in multiple industries to increase productivity and efficiency in material handling.
Quarion Technology is using UWB and AI to enable innovative safety functionality and efficiency improvements in industry. Keeping employees safe while increasing productivity could be the difference that accelerates companies past competition.
With decades of motive power experience and innovation, HAWKER® offers the industry's broadest range of products and experts to turn our solutions into real cost savings for your operation.

BodyGuard's Forklift Pedestrian Sensor keeps people a safe distance from moving vehicles.
Forkliftaction Media has launched a major upgrade to its global materials handling website and news service.
The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association has announced this year's Convention and Exhibitor Showcase from May 2-6, 2020.
Promoting the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion across the logistics industry, Nimble Media and Talent in Logistics (TiL) present The Big Logistics Diversity Challenge 2020.
The 5th edition of the Global Logistics Show being held from 25-27 February 2020. The most comprehensive supply chain, logistics and warehousing exhibition.
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Accessories: efficient warehouse solutions
In part one of the warehouse efficiency feature, Forkliftaction looked at how materials handling equipment can improve your warehouse bottom line. In part two, Melissa Barnett examines the range of modern accessories that can give materials handling equipment an enhanced ability to boost efficiency and productivity. Read the story


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It is reported that cows, dogs, beds, vending machines, Christmas trees, icicles and mosquitos all kill more people in a year than sharks.

Found: Viking Graveyard

Archaeologists recently discovered a large Viking cemetery about 50 miles west of Trondheim, Norway. The site contained the remains of at least 20 burial mounds, including what was once a mound covering a mortuary house.



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TVH takes over Schwarzmüller services


Bolzoni Auramo partner in AGV applications


US economic growth to continue in 2020 - ISM


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