News Edition #966 - 19 March 2020

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To say these are difficult times would be a severe understatement. This week, we report on the impact of the coronavirus on manufacturers in Italy and France as Europe cops the brunt of the pandemic. The good news is that it's still business as usual - or close to that - for some, but others have been forced to begin temporary closures due to government restrictions or supply chain challenges.
Meanwhile, curbs on travel will certainly see the end of international events for the time being, and we report on some postponements this week. We also include some highlights and insights from the MODEX event, which our head office staff had to miss, like so many others in the industry.
Reflecting on the current challenges, we are reassured that the materials handling sector seems to get through any hardship and we're confident that we'll survive this one - through a mix of hard work, innovation and perseverance.
Stay safe and we'll help you keep informed.

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Manufacturer fined over injury  Sydney, NSW, Australia

SafeWork NSW has prosecuted a Penrith metal tubing manufacturer after a worker was seriously injured while loading a steel coil into a machine. Trans Vent Spiral has been fined...

Woolworths plans Brisbane DC  Brisbane, Qld, Australia

Woolworths has lodged a Development Application (DA) with the Brisbane City Council for a distribution centre in Brisbane's Heathwood area. At full capacity, more than two million cartons a...

ALC calls for ‘practical action’  Canberra, ACT, Australia

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) says last week's economic stimulus measures announced by the Prime Minister in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation are welcome, but must be matched...
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As the coronavirus pandemic has intensified in Europe, Italy has been hit hardest, with a rising death toll and increased restrictions on public movement. The country has a number...

Talent remains a challenge – MHI  Atlanta, GA, United States

MHI has found that while the adoption of digital technologies is increasing, firms are struggling to hire skilled workers to run them and extract actionable insights out of the...

Debuts at MODEX 2020  Atlanta, GA

Official attendance numbers for MODEX 2020 have not yet been released, but participant reports suggest the numbers were significantly down on previous years due to concerns over the spread...
The 26th annual FLTA Awards for Excellence, which had been due to take place on March 21, have officially been postponed in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. No...
NTI (National Training Institute), based in Muscat, Oman, is meeting increased customer demand for an internationally recognised standard of workplace transport and plant training as an RTITB-accredited partner. NTI...

Stevedore orders 15th forklift  Quebec City, QC, Canada

QSL recently bought its 15th Konecranes forklift in five years as it expanded to new locations around North America. Founded in 1978 in Quebec City, in eastern Canada, QSL...
BYD is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a producer of lithium iron-phosphate battery-powered forklifts with the launch of a new dual-charging system, promising its customers industry-leading recharge speeds. It...

Nexen expansion in limbo  Suffolk, United Kingdom

UK forklift manufacturer Nexen is locked in a tussle with local authorities over plans to expand its site. According to the Eastern Daily Press, 200 jobs could be lost...

Rodeo attracts strong interest  Longview, TX, United States

Shane Dailey from Sam Dunn Enterprises was recently named the winner of the annual Gregg County Forklift Rodeo held at the Maude Cobb Convention Complex. Second place went to...
Forkliftaction News continues sharing the results of the detailed testing for the 2020 IFOY (International Forklift and Intralogistics Solution of the Year) Awards. This week, we share the results...
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Hangcha attended the MODEX 2020 at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center, 9-12 March, 2020, at booth #5270.
The Ultimate Forklift & Pedestrian Safety Warning Light. LED Lighting Technology Ushers In The Next Generation of Forklift Safety Lighting
Bolzoni is proud to present to the market its new range of Easy-FORKS, camera fitted forks, to improve safety in the storage area.
The success of the new Two-High Stacking Mobicon has prompted the Mobicon design team to make the unit even more attractive to their buyers.
PBM, a leading Company in battery charger production since 1973, launches a complete range of UL listed on-board chargers. is your source for BYD Lithium Forklifts.
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BodyGuard's Forklift Pedestrian Sensor keeps people a safe distance from moving vehicles.
An inclusive culture has always been essential to Coca-Cola's business success.
For the first time in MHEDA's history, we have been forced to make the difficult decision to cancel this year's convention in light of the impact of COVID-19.
In our 'virtual expo', leading companies present what they would have shown at LogiMAT 2020. Enjoy browsing some of the very latest products and solutions for the materials handling market.

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