News Edition #971 - 23 April 2020

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We had hoped to devote this message to something other than COVID-19, but alas, that crisis persists and continues to impact materials handling.
But this week, we can report on the impact of materials handling on the coronavirus, as manufacturers around the world apply their skills to address shortages of personal protection equipment (PPE). We detail three examples in this newsletter.
In other positive news, we report on more factories re-opening after government-enforced closures - which is good news for dealers and end-users as demand for forklifts picks up, especially in warehousing.
And on the topic of logistics and warehousing, we also report on US initiatives to enlist the help of logistics organisations in the battle against the pandemic, just as the sector has rallied in the past to help flood and hurricane victims.
More good news is that amid the rising tide of unemployment, it seems that many employers are still looking for forklift drivers. We are continuing to do our bit to boost jobs by offering free listings to employers.


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Kiwi forklift jobs abound  Wellington, New Zealand

Forklift drivers are in demand in New Zealand as the country looks to ease its restrictions next week. Newshub Nation quotes one driver saying that getting a job was...

Air freight support welcomed  Canberra, ACT, Australia

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has welcomed the Federal Government's investment of an initial $165 million to support the continued operation of a domestic air network during the COVID-19...
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Materials handling manufacturers are applying their skills to address shortages of personal protection equipment (PPE) around the world. In the UK, JCB and a team of volunteer employees have...

Production restarts – slowly  Moosburg, Germany

European forklift manufacturing is coming back on line after closures in various countries. Jungheinrich has resumed operations at its plant in Moosburg, Bavaria. Production of electric and IC engine...

Logistics group rallies for COVID-19  Lakeland, FL, United States

As COVID-19 continues to challenge freight flows in the United States, a logistics relief group is fighting back with an advanced visibility dashboard that it's releasing free of charge...

The worst forklift job in the world?  New York, NY, United States

It has to be one of the least desirable forklift jobs in the world, but hospital cleaner Richard Phipps was given a special assignment at Brooklyn Hospital Center because...
E-commerce retailers are likely to invest more in automation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, allowing them to further reduce reliance on human labour and better handle shocks...

RTITB offers remote training  Telford, United Kingdom

RTITB is making theory and driver behaviour training available online for materials handling equipment operators that need refresher training, but are unable to attend a course for reasons associated...

AUSA appoints Belgian agent  Manresa, Spain

All-terrain equipment manufacturer AUSA has signed an agreement with the BIA Group, a Belgian company dedicated to the sale and service of equipment for public works, mines, quarries and...

CRA loses two members  Los Angeles, CA, United States

Dale Blackwell, executive director of the California Rental Association and owner of Sacramento-based Abba Dabba Rentals, has died at the age of 65 following complications after a severe traumatic...
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hagebau switches to Jungheinrich  Hamburg, Germany

Building materials supplier hagebau Logistik has switched to Jungheinrich for its materials handling equipment needs, planning to replace its current fleet with around 200 Jungheinrich trucks. hagebau Logistik has...

Army rolls out more ATLAS forklifts  Chambersburg, PA, United States

Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD) has completed the production and shipment of six All-Terrain Lifter Army System (ATLAS) 10K forklifts in support of the First Theatre Sustainment Command (TSC) mission...
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Here in our new Australasia 'virtual expo', we'll be showcasing a wide range of materials handling products and solutions from your local region, and across the globe. Enter here...
In recent years, with the development of the lithium battery industry, HELI lithium battery products sales are growing rapidly.

Save valuable time and reduce the risk of accidents with a camera system for forklifts. The digital Mid-mast view camera is a robust and compact camera monitor system from Stoneridge-Orlaco.
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.
PBM, a leading Company in battery charger production since 1973, launches a complete range of UL listed on-board chargers.
MHEDA is proud to announce the winners of their 2020 MVP and MVS Award.
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