News Edition #956 - 9 January 2020

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A lot of attention - both local and global - is being focused at the moment on Australia's destructive wild fires. The scale of the tragedy and loss is not yet fully understood as fires continue to burn around the continent, destroying forests the size of European countries.
There are no immediate reports of damage or losses among materials handling businesses, but there's no doubt large numbers of machines have been destroyed and will, at some stage, need to be replaced. There will also be heavy demand on fleets when the recovery process gets under way.
Unlike the co-ordinated logistics and materials handling initiatives in the United States in the wake of hurricanes in recent years, it's unlikely that the forklift sector will be specifically called upon for assistance, but we're confident that the local businesses will step up if asked.
Meanwhile, those concerned about the disaster, and particularly, the extensive destruction of wild life and natural habitats, can easily find suitable fundraising efforts to support, no matter where in the world you are located.

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Toyota completes North American integration  Columbus, IN, United States

Toyota has announced that the integration process of Toyota Forklift's business units, Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM) and Toyota Material Handling USA (TMHU), announced last year, is officially complete...

Mixed fortunes for equipment finance  Washington, DC, United States

There were mixed results in the latest Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports a 3% drop year-over-year in new business volume...

OEM sales boost for Electrovaya  Toronto, ON, Canada

Electrovaya has secured new purchase orders worth approximately USD4 million for forklift battery systems, to be delivered by the end of the company's third fiscal quarter ending 30 June...
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JCB mourns Bill Hirst  Rocester, United Kingdom

Tributes have been paid to a former JCB employee who joined the company as a teaboy and rose through the ranks to become a director. Bill Hirst MBE - who...

Exolgan orders hybrid RTGs  Buenos Aires, Argentina

Kalmar will deliver two rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) with hybrid drivelines to Exolgan container terminal in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The order, which follows the delivery of four hybrid RTGs...

US Navy orders cranes  Bremerton, WA, United States

Konecranes has won a contract from the US Navy to deliver a 175 T portal jib crane to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in the State of Washington. The...

JLG joins forces with CWB National Leasing  McConnellsburg, PA, United States

JLG Industries has announced a partnership with Canadian-based CWB National Leasing, which has become the funder of choice in Canada for JLG Financial's retail financing program. Expanding on the...

Novorossiysk expands crane fleet  Novorossiysk, Russian Federation

Novorossiysk Commercial Seaport (NMTP) has ordered a second LPS 420E electric slewing crane and two STS container cranes from Liebherr Maritime Group. NMTP, majority controlled by Transneft, is Russia's...

IFOY 2020 finalists shortlisted  Munich, Germany

Seventeen products and solutions from 16 manufacturers have been named as finalists in this year's IFOY (International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year) Awards, from a field of...
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