News Edition #997 - 22 October 2020

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This week, we report that equipment rental is tipped to fall by 10% in Europe this year, based on market analysis just released.
The slump comes after a 4% rise last year, and is attributed largely to the impact of COVID-19.
While falling rental rates are hurting the businesses directly involved, the implications are far broader. As we regularly report, hire companies represent a significant market for equipment, with billions of dollars/Euros of stock and a healthy flow of orders for the major manufacturers. Falling demand will not only mean idle fleets, but also a reluctance to continue to invest in inventory - and this will hurt the forklift makers already impacted by falling sales.
But end-users are winners in the short term, with rental costs likely to fall as rental businesses seek to keep equipment turning over.


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DHL ramps up for vaccine  Sydney, NSW, Australia

Logistics giant DHL is well positioned to help distribute the COVID-19 vaccine after investing $160 million in state-of-the-art warehouses suited to holding medicines, vaccines and other health products for...

Hardware business marks decade with Toyota  Moorebank, NSW, Australia

Located in Polo Flat, Cooma, in New South Wales' Snowy Mountains region, High Country Truss and Frames and adjoining business Cooma H Hardware have experienced exponential growth over the...
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Haulotte sales slump  L'Horme, France

COVID-19 continues to impact on materials handling sales, with Haulotte Group reporting a revenue slump of 23% in the third quarter - to EUR102.4 million (USD120.5 million). At the end...
Equipment rental in Europe is tipped to fall by 10.4% this year, after a modest rise last year. The latest Market Report from the European Rental Association (ERA) notes...

Jungheinrich UK adds Northern hub  Warrington, United Kingdom

Jungheinrich UK plans to consolidate its business operations in North West England into one central hub, centralising its logistics processes in the North within a state-of-the-art facility. The new...


Greencarrier buys Transpoint International - Gothenberg, Sweden
Invar combines for turnkey automation - Cranfield, United Kingdom
Midwest Warehouse goes with Synapse WMS - Lombard, IL, United States

Arvato expands in China  Shanghai, China

Arvato Supply Chain Solutions has expanded its network in China with two new locations in Shanghai and Guangzhou. The supply chain and e-commerce service provider now has a total...

Kalmar adds top loaders  Helsinki, Finland

Kalmar is introducing a new range of G-Generation top loaders with improved hydraulics, fuel consumption and operator ergonomics. Top loaders are typically used in container terminals for moving loaded...

Concrete plant cements Carer benefits  Cotignola RA, Italy

A leading Dutch manufacturer of concrete products from bricks to slabs is benefiting from a switch to a Carer electric forklift. Struijk Verwo Infra has several factories, including one...

Waste company stays with Hyundai  Tessenderlo, Belgium

Waste company BTU Hartmeier Entsorgung has added a fifth Hyundai wheel loader to its fleet. The company disposes of waste from construction sites around Munich, and ensures the certified...

Driving forklifts from home  Mountain View, CA, United States

Nervous about catching COVID-19 in a warehouse? Just work from home - even if you're a forklift driver. That's the message from Elliot Katz, co-founder of Phantom Auto, a company...

Hydac driver wins rodeo  Lincolnton, NC, United States

Shawn Mairet from Hydac was the winner of this year's Lincoln County Industrial Managers Association Forklift Rodeo. Second place went to Orlando Sarmiento of Active Concepts, with Ramsey Magness...
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Warehouse Design Inc is proud to present their new generation patented fall protection safety harness - protect your operators and users!
PBM chargers for your lithium batteries - a wide range of applications and built for diverse environments.

Start-Manager Inc. is pleased to introduce their rugged line of access control and daily safety check devices for material handling applications.
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.
BodyGuard's Forklift Pedestrian Sensor keeps people a safe distance from moving vehicles.
The 4th Last Mile ASEAN 2020, the one and only industry conference & expo in Thailand dedicated for addressing the last mile leg of supply chain, operations and distribution, is happening 5-6 November at BITEC, Bangna, Bangkok.
A range of new online resources from MHEDA to help materials handling professionals.
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