News Edition #991 - 10 September 2020

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If there's a theme in this week's news, it must be case studies. Our reports cover a number of use cases, from an independent brewer in the North East of England to a Norwegian furniture and interior decoration chain. And there's small engine giant Briggs & Stratton in the US, which has switched to lithium-ion batteries.
We know that readers have a strong interest in the experiences of others, and given the growing importance of materials handling in business - from manufacturing to distribution, there are many lessons to be learned and benefits to be gained.
Most of our case studies, understandably, come to us from the solution suppliers, but end-users are always welcome to share their experiences directly. Use the contact link at the bottom of this page to email us - or click here if you have an interesting story to share.


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NatRoad board confirmed  Canberra, ACT, Australia

The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) has confirmed its board following the annual general meeting held this week. The board represents a mix of continuity of experience that has...

Hubtex forms Australian subsidiary  Sydney, NSW, Australia

Hubtex's German head office has taken over its Australian distributor, Hubtex Australia, acquiring all the shares held by the previous owner. The acquisition, after 25 years of operation in...

Port death in Auckland  Auckland, New Zealand

A stevedore has been killed in an accident in Auckland harbour. According to authorities, a stevedore was killed while working at the Fergusson Container Terminal. The port has declined...
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Haulotte hit hard by COVID-19  L'Horme, France

Haulotte has released its results for the first half of 2020, revealing dramatic declines. Company executives confirm the COVID-19 health crisis has impacted the vast majority of the group's...

G&W orders up big  Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Freightliner and Pentalver, subsidiaries of Genesee & Wyoming (G&W), have made a significant investment in 75 new lifting and handling machines from the Briggs Equipment Big Trucks product offering. The...
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Briggs & Stratton switches to Li-ion  Wauwatosa, WI, United States

US small engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton has switched to lithium-ion batteries as it consolidated its US distribution centres. In 2019, the company merged its smaller warehouses across the US...

Brewer relies on clamps for growth  Northumberland, United Kingdom

The largest independent brewer in the North East of England has fitted Keg Clamp attachments provided by B&B Attachments to its fleet of Jungheinrich forklifts. Camerons Brewery, established by...

ESP chooses Mitsubishi  Worcestershire, United Kingdom

Essential Supply Products has selected a fleet of Mitsubishi EDiA electric forklifts as part of the company's commitment to greener initiatives. Based in Worcestershire, ESP is the UK's leading...

Furniture chain automates  Oslo, Finland

Bohus has commissioned Jungheinrich for the construction of a new central warehouse in Lillestrom, near the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Norway's leading furniture and interior decoration chain operates 60...

Marsa Maroc chooses Kalmar  Casablanca, Morocco

Kalmar has concluded an agreement to supply Marsa Maroc with three Kalmar rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes for use at its TC3 container terminal, located in Casablanca, Morocco. Delivery is...

IMHX back on track  Birmingham, United Kingdom

The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and Informa Markets - joint owners of IMHX, the UK's largest logistics and supply chain event - have welcomed the government's decision to allow business...
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