News Edition #985 - 30 July 2020

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It's an interesting time for forklift drivers. The proliferation of online shopping and e-commerce has driven up demand for operators in many markets, improving job prospects for those with forklift licences and experience.
But, at the same time, job cuts in many industries has seen drivers losing jobs and intense competition for the few vacancies which are advertised.
While skills and experience are important, wages are still low in many countries because it's relatively cheap and easy to train up to minimum standards.
However, we hope employers take a long-term view and realise the value of the operators of their expensive equipment and the damage and harm to infrastructure, stock and co-workers that can be caused by unskilled drivers. This is not the time to cut corners, especially when employees' health and safety are at risk.


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Safe Work Month theme announced  Canberra, ACT, Australia

Safe Work Australia has announced the theme for this year's National Safe Work Month: Work Health and Safety through COVID-19. This year's theme acknowledges and reflects the impacts of...

Nyrstar orders Kalmar heavy tractors  Port Pirie, SA, Australia

Kalmar has concluded an agreement with global metals business Nyrstar to supply three heavy terminal tractors for the company's Australian operations. The order is scheduled for delivery in Q4...

TR Group moves into Australia  Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand heavy vehicle rental and lease company TR Group has moved into Australia through the acquisition of Semi Skel Hire, which has been renamed as TR Group Australia...
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As Forkliftaction Media wraps up its 20th anniversary celebrations, we share this message from founder and executive director Michael Leu: It was with great delight that I and the...

Jungheinrich revises forecasts  Hamburg, Germany

Jungheinrich has issued a new forecast for 2020 on the back of its performance in the first half of the year. In its latest update, Jungheinrich notes a fall...
Forklift operators are very much in demand in some markets, while in other areas, there seem to be more drivers looking for jobs than positions available. A staffing agency...

Yale boosts Li-ion offerings  Surrey, United Kingdom

Yale Europe Materials Handling has announced a new counterbalance forklift engineered around a fully integrated and space-saving lithium-ion battery. The truck is highly efficient and offers charging flexibility thanks...

New drive platform debuts  Albion, MI, United States

Conceptual Innovations has released a new Omni-Directional Heavy Duty Drive System able to move up to 40,000 lb. (1,800 kg) and manoeuvre in narrow aisleways. The new technology, based...

AUSA adds new models  Manresa, Spain

AUSA has introduced a number of new machines, including a heavy-duty all-terrain forklift and two new telehandlers. AUSA has added the C501H all-terrain forklift with a payload of 5,000...

Dairy producer trials Li-ion  Irvine, CA, United States

A leading US dairy producer has boosted forklift runtime and significantly decreased charging and overall maintenance time after switching to lithium-ion batteries. The company was looking into ways to...

CATL chooses Hoppecke for service  Newcastle-Under-Lyme, United Kingdom

Hoppecke has signed a Europe-wide partner agreement with CATL, the world market leader in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage systems. The deal secures a pan-European contract...
A Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 recently completed a job in the centre of Berlin in front of a large crowd, placing the magnificent cupola on the new Humboldt Forum. The...
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Aussie Forklift Hire, a long-established forklift dealer located in Sydney's south, today announced a major rebrand to Hyworth Forklifts.
EKT Battery, combining all advantages of Lithium together with MSD concept, is the perfect solution towards higher productivity and profitability.
Microlift's T15, a HPT Terminator, is coming soon responding to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The new Yale® series is bringing global standards of driver focus and low ownership cost.
The greatest risk to a standup forklift operator is being struck by immobile objects such as racking components. Surprisingly, this even exceeds the risk of overturning. The Backbone® for Reach Trucks protects operators from this hazard.
Cascade solutions built for the agriculture industry can help you with produce and productivity.
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Forkliftaction turns 20
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In the UK drivers can be fined up to £5000 if they deliberately drive through puddles with the intent of drenching pedestrians on the footpath.

Tracking the Ancient Luxury Market for Decorated Ostrich Eggs

In ancient history, carved eggs were luxury goods, status symbols for the Mediterranean elite.


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