News Edition #1007 - 7 January 2021

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We're off to a busy start of the year for dealer movements, with a couple of significant acquisitions reported from the United States this week.
The sales follow increased activity towards the back end of last year.
What do we make of the heightened activity? Some dealership sales reflect the owners' retirement or change of direction. Some are a result of offers "too good to refuse". And then, of course, there are distressed sales.
Regardless of the reasons, acquisitions are generally good news for the purchaser, often resulting in expanded territories and access to additional brands - and skilled people.
While customers may lament the apparent reduction in competition as the number of dealers dwindles, acquisitions do bring economies of scale which can be beneficial.
Let's see what the year ahead brings...


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Infrastructure spend welcomed  Canberra, ACT, Australia

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has welcomed the $225 billion national commitment to infrastructure projects from state governments, delivered over the next four years. This is a record increase...

DHL and Linfox win vaccine contracts  Canberra, ACT, Australia

Contracts have been signed with companies to partner with the Australian Government to safely distribute COVID-19 vaccines to all Australians from March. Health minister Greg Hunt has named leading...


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Advice offered to UK operators  United Kingdom

As the United Kingdom enters its third national lockdown, the government is warning employers not to put their workers at risk and is urging people to stay at home...

Equipment Depot acquires CEH  Houston, TX, United States

Equipment Depot has acquired Capital Equipment & Handling (CEH) and will integrate each of its four Wisconsin locations into Equipment Depot, enabling their shared customers to capitalise on the strengths...

Vantage Equipment sold off  Syracuse, NY, United States

Tri-Lift has finalised the purchase of Vantage Equipment's materials handling group. Vantage Equipment has been the CAT Lift Trucks and Jungheinrich forklift dealer covering 18 counties in central New...

Konecranes approves Cargotec merger  Hyvinkää, Finland

An extraordinary general meeting has approved the merger of Konecranes with Cargotec in accordance with the merger plan signed by the boards of directors of Konecranes and Cargotec on...
By Bill Redmond A new study of forklift users by Calor found some 38% of those surveyed said they were coming under increasing pressure to reduce carbon from their...

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M O’Brien expands fleet  St Albans, United Kingdom

Thirty years after launching its business with a single JCB backhoe loader, one of the UK's leading plant hirers has ordered two 525-60E electric Loadall telescopic handlers. Michael O'Brien...

Nucor selects PowerFleet  Woodcliff Lake, NJ, United States

PowerFleet has been selected by Nucor Tubular Products to improve safety, compliance and utilisation by using PowerFleet's telematics solutions. Nucor has employed PowerFleet to enhance the safety of all...

Forklift kills pipeline worker  Hill City, MN, United States

A forklift is being blamed for the death of a man who was working on a pipeline project in northern Minnesota. According to Associated Press, the Aitkin County Sheriff's...
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