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While most of the media are focusing on the numbers of deaths and people quarantined in the face of the coronavirus crisis, for Chinese forklift manufacturers, the crunch will come next week. Many factories, which had been closed for New Year, have been kept shut by Chinese authorities keen to curb population movement.
Many Chinese forklift factories are set to re-open on Monday, but there are fears that migrant workers won't get back in time and disruptions to public transport may make it hard even for locals to get to work.
With much of the global forklift production coming out of China, any protracted production halt will have significant consequences, so we'll be monitoring the situation closely.

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Safe Work warns of bushfire effects  Canberra, ACT, Australia

Heat and air pollution from bushfires can be hazardous and can cause harm to people working in both indoor and outdoor work environments, according to a warning from Safe...

ALC welcomes port/rail plan  Canberra, ACT, Australia

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) says the Victorian Government's support of the $125 million Port Rail Transformation Project (PRTP) developed by the Port of Melbourne is a welcome recognition...

Jungheinrich assists Foodbank  Sydney, NSW, Australia

Jungheinrich Australia is doing its bit for the bushfire crisis by assisting Foodbank. According to Mick Brookhouse, Jungheinrich Australia general manager, Foodbank needed help for its efforts to assist...
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While there are no major forklift factories in the Hubei province, the origin of the coronavirus currently spreading globally, the outbreak is certainly affecting Chinese forklift manufacturing. According to...

Still marks centenary  Hamburg, Germany

STILL is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, recalling the 1 February 1920 opening by Hans Still of a repair shop for electric motors. Within a few years, STILL...

Manitou revenues pass EUR2B  Ancenis, France

Revenues for the Manitou group exceeded the EUR2 billion mark for the first time in its history, according to Michel Denis, president and chief executive officer. The company's fourth...
Toyota Material Handling Europe, Riekes Equipment, Hytrol, Manitou

Haulotte Vostok marks 15 years  Moscow, Russian Federation

Staff at Haulotte's Russian subsidiary recently blew out 15 candles as they celebrated a significant milestone. Haulotte opened its doors in Russia on 31 January 2005. The main aim...

BYD adds SoCal facility  Rancho Dominguez, CA, United States

BYD will add a forklift centre in Southern California. The 50,000 sqft. (4,600 sqm) facility in Rancho Dominguez will house offices, a warehouse and a demonstration space to show...

Li-ion charging gets funding  Irvine, CA, United States

OneCharge, a leading provider of lithium motive batteries for the materials handling industry, and Ecotec, a provider of energy-efficient battery charging solutions, have been approved for Southern California Edison's...
Jungheinrich previewed a new high-voltage electric forklift truck at its Innovations and Highlights 2020 trade press conference in Hamburg. The preview truck, named P30i, is an electric forklift in...

Xtreme adds models  Henderson, NV, United States

Xtreme Manufacturing has launched three brand new rough-terrain telehandler models at World of Concrete 2020. The new C-class models, which expand the Xtreme product line up to 19 models...
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Versatile and dynamic global parts supply company TREX.PARTS' CEO Christoph Böttcher talks about the recent formation of the company, its achievements, and directions for the future.
How Rocla's AGV system has assisted French-based Agfa Graphics with their logistical needs.
Genkinger-bAKA offers an extensive range of tailor made material handling solutions for customers' needs globally.
BYD is launching innovative new material handling products at the LogiMAT international trade fair in Stuttgart on March 10-12, 2020.
Nichiyu Electric Forklifts, one of the world's most respected manufacturers of electric forklifts, is seeking to bolster its Australian presence by widening its dealer network here.
UniCarriers Forklifts proudly offers the Platinum II Nomad® series forklift as part of its extensive line of material handling equipment.
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The Future of Mining Australia conference will showcase new perspectives essential to mining industry growth and stability in Australia.
The Battery Show, in partnership with the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo, present Europe's largest advanced battery and H/EV technology trade fair in 2020.
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.
It's almost time for the logistics, transport, supply chain and materials handling industries to come together in Melbourne for what is hailed as the networking event of the year...
With 950 exhibits and education sessions, MODEX 2020 is where you'll find the best solutions for manufacturing/supply chain challenges.
LogiMAT offers international visitors a wide view of Intralogistics.
See some of the exhibitor highlights on show at this year's event in our LogiMAT 2020 directory

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