News Edition #986 - 6 August 2020

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How the world changes. Six months ago, manufacturers were reporting record revenues and orders. Now, they're revealing negative trends as the impacts of COVID-19 - the shut-downs, supply chain disruptions and adverse trading conditions - make their way to the order books and sales channels.
As the half-year reports filter through, there is some encouraging evidence of recovery, with the last quarter proving stronger than the first, especially for those manufacturers with diverse portfolios and those able to capitalise on the boom in warehouse activity. But no CEO is brave enough to predict how the year will end - and we can't blame them.
It may still be a bumpy ride, but it looks like there are steady hands on the wheel, so we can be hopeful.


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NatRoad wants less red tape  Manuka, ACT, Australia

The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) has told a New South Wales economic inquiry that any moves to stop city congestion must not slow down the movement of freight...
Property fund manager Primewest has purchased a South Australian distribution centre for $22 million. The Border Express property in the Northern Adelaide industrial Precinct represents the fifth acquisition for...

eStore Logistics chooses Geek+  Melbourne, Vic, Australia

Geek has been selected by eStore Logistics, Australia's largest 3PL e-commerce fulfilment business, to provide smart logistics solutions for two new state-of-the-art fulfilment centres. The partnership will see over...
Hyster introduces a new big truck with a series of cabin upgrades for enhanced user comfort and visibility. Hyster's new H16-18XD series big trucks can efficiently handle up to 16t or 18t, and are backed by the outstanding quality of the Hyster® brand and its reliable network of dealers.

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KION records strong order intake  Frankfurt, Germany

With its broad corporate strategy and comprehensive intralogistics portfolio, the KION Group has been able to stay on course even in the extremely difficult market conditions created by the...

Slight turnaround for Manitou  Ancenis, France

Manitou CEO Michel Denis has reported a 35% drop in sales in the first half of 2020, as a result of "the sudden COVID-19 crisis that has been disrupting...

Red ink at Palfinger  Bergheim, Austria

The COVID-19 pandemic and the global recession have directly impacted the 2020 half-year revenue of Palfinger AG. April and May, especially, were characterised by supply chain disruptions, national lockdowns...

BYD signs Translift as dealer  Redditch, United Kingdom

BYD Forklifts (Europe) has signed Translift Bendi as a dealer for its range of lithium iron phosphate battery-powered materials handling equipment in the UK. The agreement will see Translift...
Haulotte has named Premium Group as a distributor of the full range of its aerial equipment and telehandlers in 12 African countries. This partnership will enable the Group to...

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MHI acquires WERC  Charlotte, NC, United States

The Material Handling Industry (MHI) and the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) have announced MHI's acquisition of WERC which will offer expanded knowledge and educational resources to both...

Clark partners with Flux Power  Vista, CA, United States

Flux Power has announced a new partnership with Clark Material Handling to cover its lithium-ion batteries. "We've listened to our dealers and to our end-users," says Charlie Chwasz, North...

Forklift contest goes virtual  Telford, United Kingdom

This year's Talent in Logistics Award for Forklift Operator of the Year will be determined by a series of virtual competition finals in September, specially adapted to keep people...

Youth killed in forklift roll  Williamsport, PA, United States

A 12-year-old boy from Lancaster County was killed when a forklift overturned on him in Clinton Township. The Patriot News identified the victim as Samuel G. Beiler of Ronks...
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Shakuntala Devi was known as 'the human computer' for her ability to make incredibly swift calculations. In 1977 she extracted the 23rd root of a 201-digit number in 50 seconds. She beat a computer which needed 62 seconds and a special program written to perform such large calculations.

Peru, Indiana named the 'Circus Capital of the World'

Every July (pre Covid-19), Peru hosts an eight-day circus festival, culminating in a parade.



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