News Edition #959 - 30 January 2020

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While our core focus is forklifts, clearly the machinery is pretty useless without people to operate it. (Perhaps with the exception of AGVs, but even robots need people to program them.)
There are a few articles this week which highlight the human aspect of materials handling. We have a report from Australia about the need for forklift skills, especially for the more demanding applications of the equipment. Then, in the Your Focus blog, Ruth Edwards looks at some practical steps to develop a diverse recruitment approach in the face of skills shortages.
Finally, we report on DB Schenker's use of an AGV to free up its experienced drivers for more advanced activities.
So, this week - as always, people matter.

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Jobs for skilled forklift drivers  Sydney, NSW, Australia

Forklift operators are among the in-demand employees identified in the latest Hays Jobs Report. The report sees gib opportunities in transport, warehousing and supply chain, as well as in...

CentrePort order from Gaussin  Wellington, New Zealand

Gaussin has received an order of seven APM full electric terminal tractors and seven TT 65T terminal trailers from CentrePort in New Zealand. CentrePort, located in Wellington, is New...

Smart Recycling uses solar for forklifts  Melbourne, Vic, Australia

An environmental entrepreneur operating some of Victoria's largest recycling businesses has unlocked the economic potential of Toyota electric forklifts by charging them with solar electricity. Operating from Dandenong South...
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Clark boosts presence in Brazil  São Paulo, Brazil

Clark Material Handling Brazil has moved into its new company headquarters at the Campinas Technology Centre. This strategic step was necessary to be prepared for further growth in the...

DB Schenker adds autonomous truck  Vorchdorf, Austria

DB Schenker has introduced an autonomous forklift into regular operation at its automotive parts warehouse in Eching, near Munich, following successful completion of a pilot project. The autonomous machine...

Eastern Lift Truck adds Polaris  Maple Shade, NJ, United States

Polaris has signed a dealer agreement with distribution and service partner Eastern Lift Truck for Polaris' full line of commercial vehicles, which includes the Pro XD all-terrain utility task...


Hyundai wheel loader recognised - Tessenderlo, Belgium
Ballard reaches new milestone - Vancouver, BC, Canada
First award of the year for Haulotte - Madrid, Spain

Forklifts operated via 5G  Bangkok, Thailand

Thai mobile operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) and industrial leader SCG have begun the country's first 5G trial, operating remote-controlled forklifts via 5G tech on the 2600-megahertz spectrum range...

Volvo chooses A-SAFE  Baltimore, MA, United States

A-SAFE Inc. has installed almost a mile (1.5 km) of safety barriers at a new Volvo facility in Ridgeville, South Carolina, where it will eventually employ more than 4,000...
Turkish tyre manufacturing company Petlas has released Solid ST, a new forklift tyre the company says it developed to offer extended service life, maximum damage resistance and minimised maintenance...

Man killed while repairing forklift  Freeland, MI, United States

An incident involving a forklift has claimed the life of a 66-year-old man in Saginaw County's Tittabawassee Township in Michigan. Tittabawassee Township police officers and firefighters last week responded...
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How have things changed for logistics businesses and workers between the 1920s and the upcoming 2020s? Cat® Lift Trucks takes a trip back in time.
Microlift Group Co., Ltd in China launches New Hybrid 15 Plus with model: ET15MH-P
BodyGuard's Forklift Pedestrian Sensor keeps people a safe distance from moving vehicles.
LogiMAT 2020 will offer visitors a wide view of what is happening in the world of Intralogistics. Here's a list of exhibitors who are set to showcase the very latest in materials handling.

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MHEDA has released their definitive guide to activities, resources and information for members in 2020.
The International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association is pleased to announce a partnership with MEGATRANS at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 1 - 3 April 2020.
AVL, Siemens and Volvo Construction Equipment among first speakers announced for the iVT Expo Conference on 24-25 June 2020 in Cologne, Germany.
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Innovation may hold the key after a tough year
Last year was marked by significant geopolitical uncertainty, fragile economic growth and a plethora of technological advances, giving forklift manufacturers, vendors, buyers and end-users significant challenges and opportunities. Read the story


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America's Oldest Boat Shop

Founded by Simeon Lowell in 1793, America's oldest continuously operating boat shop was kept in the Lowell family for seven generations until 1976. Located in Amesbury, Massachusetts, the shop is a working museum that commemorates the Lowell family's enduring place in the maritime industry over two centuries.



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