News Edition #967 - 26 March 2020

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As governments react to COVID-19, it is interesting to see different interpretations of essential services. In Australia, the forklift industry body is lobbying to have materials handling classified as 'essential' to ensure that it can continue to serve the supply chain as more sectors of the economy are closed down. In the UK, the industry is celebrating that classification - although it has not prevented a halt to production for at least one manufacturer.
Meanwhile, from Austria, we hear about a racing driver who is putting his driving skills to work with a forklift as part of his military service, with soldiers deployed to keep the supply chain operating.
These may be difficult times, but most in materials handling are ready to play their part to keep things moving - and we salute their efforts, alongside those of health professionals and others called on to preserve our health and safety.


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The Australian Forklift and Industrial Truck Association (AFITA) is calling for Federal and State and Territory Governments to declare the forklift and industrial truck sector as an "essential activity...

Coronavirus freight moves welcomed  Canberra, ACT, Australia

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has applauded the decision of the NSW government to override curfews that prevent night-time deliveries and loading dock use for the duration of the...

Westcoast boosts forklift fleet  Bibra Lake, WA, Australia

Westcoast Wool & Livestock has upgraded its forklift fleet as part of a $1 million upgrade investment. The company added a modern forklift fleet at the Bibra Lake wool store...
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Germany's forklift manufacturers appear to be maintaining production and services in spite of the spread of coronavirus. "The production at all Jungheinrich plants is up and running," says spokesman...

COVID-19 impact: UK  United Kingdom

The Fork Lift Truck Association has welcomed government recognition for logistics and supply chain workers as key workers. James Clark, secretary-general of the British Truck Association, says: "In these...

Darr buys Liftmasters  Dallas, TX, United States

Darr Equipment has acquired S&L Liftmasters, based in San Antonio, Texas. A family-owned business, Liftmasters has been providing best-in-class equipment and services to customers in the San Antonio area...
Sun Tyre & Wheel Systems, part of TVS Group of India, has acquired Sirius Controls. The acquisition of Sirius extends the range of products offered by SUN-TWS to the materials...
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Hyundai updates U series  Tessenderlo, Belgium

Hyundai Material Handling has thoroughly re-engineered its U series of its electrically driven three- and four-wheel forklifts. The focus of the further development was on comfort, performance and reduced...

Kemach launches forklift range  Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Kemach has launched a new range of forklifts for the South African and Sub-Saharan African markets. Kemach Forklifts general manager Frans van den Heever says the range was developed...

Straddle carriers for Tokuyama  Yamaguchi, Japan

Kalmar has signed an agreement with Tokuyama Kairiku Unso K.K. to supply a hybrid straddle carrier for the company's operations at the Port of Tokuyama. The Port of Tokuyama...
Touring car racer Ferdinand Habsburg has swapped his Audi for a forklift, as he helps restock shelves with supplies in his country, which imposed strict restrictions on the movement...
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