News Edition #972 - 30 April 2020

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We're starting to see the real impact of the COVID-19 crisis on materials handling as the major companies release their first-quarter results.
As expected, there are significant declines in sales due to the double whammy of production halts and softer demand.
Thankfully, for most manufacturers, the current slump comes after some very good times and many had recently reported record orders, sales and profits. Some continued to benefit from strong forward orders in January, but clearly by March, the pandemic had spread globally and the impact was starting to be felt.
While the slumps have been sufficient for the major players to retract their previous forecasts and refrain from making fresh ones, there is some comfort in knowing that materials handling products and services are still vital and demand is, in fact, increasing in some areas as activities in retail - and particularly e-commerce - remain buoyant. There is also some optimism as factories re-open and materials handling employment approaches normal levels.


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World Day for Safety marked this week  Canberra, ACT, Australia

World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day was marked on Tuesday (28 April), but Safe Work Australia was not able to hold any public...

CEVA deploys robots  Melbourne, Vic, Australia

CEVA Logistics has deployed Automated Mobile Robots (AMR) at its Truganina site. In a world-first for a Goods to Person (GTP) implementation for the company, the introduction of robots...
Auto One has made significant productivity and accuracy gains using Honeywell technology. Auto One, an independent, member-owned automotive parts and accessory group in Australia, recently began a transformation project...
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KION makes a solid start to 2020  Frankfurt, Germany

Despite challenging market conditions and the coronavirus pandemic, the KION Group made a solid start to the year overall thanks to a strong performance in January and February, before...
In light of the widespread uncertainty regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global economic development, the board of management of Jungheinrich AG has retracted their forecast for...
Manitou's first quarter performance has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, with sales in some segments falling almost a third from the same period last year. According to...

Linde expands remanufacturing centre  Brno, Czech Republic

Linde Material Handling's Remanufacturing Centre in Velke Bilovice near Brno in the Czech Republic, which was only opened in late 2017, is being expanded. Up to 2,000 trucks per...

Clark adds dealer in Norway  Duisburg, Germany

Clark Europe has strengthened its market presence in Scandinavia with the appointment of Truck Tek as its new sales partner for Norway. "We are delighted to have found in...

Andy Stewart mourned  Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Colleagues at Mantis Cranes have announced the sad passing of their friend and colleague, Andy Stewart. In a LinkedIn post, the company notes that Andy joined the Mantis team...

Riekes links with Pallet Shuttle Automation  Omaha, NE, United States

Riekes Equipment and Pallet Shuttle Automation have formed a partnership to provide automated warehouse solutions to the manufacturing, food and beverage, cold storage and warehousing industries throughout the Midwest...

Caldwell coil lifter boosts productivity  Tampa, FL, United States

MiTek USA has achieved productivity and safety improvements after deploying a custom lifting product that attaches to a forklift to unload steel coils from rail cars at its stamping...

Reward for stolen forklift  San Antonio, TX, United States

The Atascosa County Sheriff's Department and Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to USD5,000 for information that can solve a theft of a forklift. On 14 April...
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One of the most epic dog sled races takes place in Czechia and is considered one of the hardest races in Europe.


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