News Edition #996 - 15 October 2020

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There have never been more power options for materials handling equipment, and each technology claims to be superior to its rivals.
This week, for example, we report on a company which opted for lead-acid batteries to replace its IC fleet.
At the same time, there's significant growth in lithium batteries. And then, as we also report in this newsletter, there are fuel cells.
And, as if that's not complicated enough, proponents of combustion engines also have to think carefully, with Europe's new Stage V restrictions poised to come into effect next year.
So, it's not just a matter of what capacity you need for your lifting and moving, but also how you're going to power it. And that decision is not just based on cost, but also on the types of shifts you run and what kind of environmental impact you find acceptable.


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Forklift hit in Napier Port accident  Napier, New Zealand

A Napier Port depot was forced to close after a container fell and hit a forklift. The empty container fell at Napier Port's second Thames Street depot on Sunday...

Kiwi belt aims to raise the bar  Christchurch, New Zealand

When the New Zealand government mandated the use of seatbelts on all mobile mechanical plant, Don Wilkinson realised that unless it was easy for operators to locate and use...
PowerBatt, owners of patented technology for maintaining and doubling the lifespan of lead-acid batteries are looking for an official distributor of Powerbatt in Australia and NZ.
Email Dusan Uhrik for information.
PowerBatt is the result of long-standing research commenced for Czechoslovak army, certified by NATO, and now industry proven and accepted worldwide. It represents a breakthrough solution in the dynamic battery regeneration industry.


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Clark has started mass production of counterbalance forklifts at its new plant in Vietnam. The plant, located in Hai Duong, Cam Giang District, will produce S-Series IC engine trucks...

German Army chooses Hyster  Berlin, Germany

Hyster Europe has started the delivery of nine Hyster reachstackers for the German Armed Forces to BwFuhrparkService. The RS46-33CH container handlers ordered by the dealer will be used in...

Doosan adds Florida dealer  Buford, GA, United States

Doosan Industrial Vehicle America has appointed Florida Forklift as an authorised Doosan Dealership for the Tampa area. Florida Forklift serves the Central Florida market and offers a full range...

Briggs completes Gwynedd acquisition  Cannock, United Kingdom

Briggs Equipment has completed the acquisition of Gwynedd Forklifts, a leading independent materials handling equipment distributor across North Wales and Shropshire. From its sites in Conwy and Oswestry, Gwynedd...
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Haulier switches to electric  Sheffield, United Kingdom

DBL Logistics has made the decision to improve business performance while enhancing its green credentials by converting part of its forklift fleet from IC engine LPG to electric. DBL...


Raymond goes pink for cancer - Santa Fe Springs, CA, United States
Linde CSR recognised - Aschaffenburg, Germany
Logistics UK and CBW launch M&A report - London, United Kingdom

Cesab ready for Stage 5  Wellingborough, United Kingdom

With changes under way to the legislation around IC forklift truck engines, manufacturer Cesab Material Handling is using the challenge as an opportunity for innovation. New European Stage 5...

LEEA appointed apprenticeship EPA  London, United Kingdom

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) has been appointed as an End Point Assessor Organisation for the Level 3 standard Lifting Equipment Technicians' apprenticeship, which is now close to...

Events updates  United States

WERC 2021 colocates with ProMat - Chicago, IL, United States
Manufacturing Day draws 2,000 - Greene, NY, United States

Plug Power launches game  Latham, NY, United States

As part of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day last week, Plug Power is showcasing the benefits of fuel cell-powered forklifts in a new game. Forklift Faceoff, available for...
Semax develops forklifts for the steel industry, paper industry and other industries where fragile goods are handled. The advantages are better visibility, compact design, higher efficiency and strength.

With our unique design, including built-in extension, loading and unloading is made much safer and faster on a significantly smaller work area.

Semax Material Handling AB
Tel: +4673-097 76 54 | Email | Web


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Forklift safety: solutions for every risk
Allan Leibowitz continues the focus on safety products, highlighting some offerings designed to save lives and ensure more secure workplaces. Read the story
Forklift buyers choose safety
Forklift safety begins with the selection of the right equipment, as Allan Leibowitz reports. Read the story


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Peruvian export of quinoa skyrocketed from just US$380 in 2003 to over US$143 million in 2016

An Italian Ski Resort Fights Glacial Melting With Giant Tarps

Climate change is shrinking Alpine glaciers. The tourism industry has a stake in keeping them around.



Atlas acquires Toyota-Lift of Minnesota


Cargotec and Konecranes to merge


Linde Series 1202 hits US


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Seegrid acquires Box Robotics


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