News Edition #970 - 16 April 2020

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COVID-19 continues to dominate the news in materials handling. This week, we report on the first evidence of the financial impact of the pandemic for manufacturers. We also include some "feel good" stories like a Chinese manufacturer sending medical supplies to its foreign agents in the most affected countries and the role of freight and logistics giants like UPS and DB Schenker.
These are interesting times for the forklift sector, with some manufacturers re-opening closed production facilities and others soon set to follow suit, as countries like Italy lift restrictions.
And, amid all of this, we continue to see new models hitting the market.
So, it's certainly not all doom and gloom.


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Training opportunities in the Bundaberg Region have increased recently to help unemployed people, or those wanting to make the most of their time in isolation, to gain valuable skills...

Ports group seeks COVID-19 clarity  Sydney, NSW, Australia

Ports Australia is calling for transparency around the COVID-19 measures enforced by all levels of government around Australia. "COVID-19 remains a fluid situation and one creating unique challenges for...

Logos eyes Toll site  Auckland, New Zealand

Logos has established a new venture with a global institutional investor to acquire a 17.2 ha. development site in Otahuhu, Auckland from Toll Group. The acquisition, which includes a...
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Haulotte feels COVID-19 impact  L'Horme, France

The first impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are being seen, with Haulotte revealing a 19% drop in revenue in the first quarter of 2020. In its latest financial report...

Equipment investment slumps in US  Washington, DC, United States

Investment in equipment and software is projected to contract severely in 2020 by as much as 13.5% due to the substantial uncertainty stemming from both COVID-19 and the impact...

Yale extends range  Willenhall, United Kingdom

Yale Europe Materials Handling has extended its product range with the introduction of four new trucks for low-intensity applications. After researching current market trends, Yale uncovered a demand for...

Toyota adds AC models  Columbus, IN, United States

Toyota Material Handling (TMH) has introduced new 3,000 and 3,500 lb. (1,360 and 1600 kg) capacity sit-down counterbalance, four-wheel electric forklift models designed to boost both productivity and uptime...

Raniero boasts electric record  Oné di Fonte, Italy

Italian manufacturer Raniero is claiming a record with its first 25 T electric forklift, developed in collaboration with FTMH. The project is the result of a commission of LA...

Hangcha sends medical supplies  Hangzhou, China

Hangcha will soon send medical supplies worth RMB1 million (USD145,000) to more than 80 partners and medical institutions in more than 50 countries. The manufacturer raised funds to buy...

Batteries need care during shut-down  Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom

Industrial battery specialist Hoppecke is warning that appropriate care is vital to keep batteries in peak condition if they sit idle for long periods. Hoppecke points out that while...

UPS charters supply flights  Atlanta, GA, United States

UPS is managing and brokering 25 charter flights in support of Project Airbridge, a coordinated effort between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), numerous countries and the private sector...

Nominations open for Logistics Awards  London, United Kingdom

Organisers have called for nominations in this year's Logistics Awards, touting the process as an opportunity "to raise awareness about the invaluable work taking place across your organisation". All...
Due to the dynamically developing COVID-19 pandemic worldwide and in consultation with the Chinese authorities, Messe Munchen Shanghai has been forced to cancel Transport Logistic China in Shanghai. The...

Stolen charity forklift recovered  Banning, CA, United States

A stolen forklift used in a community food program in Banning, California was found the same day it was taken and a suspect arrested after police posted a photo...
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