News Edition #1014 - 25 February 2021

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Our news this week includes Germany's Hubtex buying a 50% stake in its North American distributor, Design Storage & Handling (DSH).
This deal is part of a growing rationalisation trend which just last week saw Palfinger take over its Iberian distributor, Equipdraulic.
Some would argue that these acquisitions reduce competition in the market, but others stress that the moves strengthen the brand and enhance the offering.
Of course, the bottom line for buyers is whether such actions impact on price, service and support. And, at the same time, what happens to the other brands associated with the dealer/distributor?
The implications of these acquisitions are not always immediately evident, and time will tell how they affect customers.


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Safe Work advises on ventilation  Canberra, ACT, Australia

Safe Work Australia has released a new fact sheet to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and improve ventilation in indoor settings. The safety agency notes that heating, ventilation...

Ports returning to normal  Sydney, NSW, Australia

Australian port productivity has improved and is close to normal operation, except for Patrick Terminal in Sydney, which is still catching up from the backlog created by adverse weather...
Yale is excited to introduce the new UX Series of cost-effective lift trucks. The new lift trucks - in capacities from 1.5-3.5 tonnes - are an affordable and uncomplicated option for operations where the truck is required to work for limited periods in the working week, or up to 1,000 hours a year.

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In contrast to last year's crippling closures, manufacturers in China are back at work after the New Year holiday closures. reports that manufacturing is back in full swing...
There has been little change in the Top 10 forklift manufacturers list for 2019/20. A report by German magazine DHF shows Toyota still at the top of the ranking...

Hubtex buys into DSH  Fredericksburg, VA, United States

Hubtex has acquired a 50% stake in its North American distributor, Design Storage & Handling (DSH). For over 30 years, DSH has provided successful materials handling solutions for some of...

Crown expansion creates jobs  Kinston, NC, United States

Crown Equipment is adding more than 130 jobs to its Kinston, North Carolina operations. According to local reports, the new jobs will include assemblers, engineers, machine operators and support...

UKMHA optimistic about 2021  Berkshire, United Kingdom

The UK materials handling industry can look forward to a better 2021 but must remain resolute in the face of the ongoing pandemic and the bedding in of post-Brexit...
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Getting to know Rob Messina  McConnellsburg, PA, United States

JLG recently welcomed Rob Messina back to the company in his new role as senior vice president of product development and product management. Forkliftaction News caught up with Messina...

European rental outlook improves  Brussels, Belgium

The European Rental Association (ERA) has updated its 2020 Market Report, with new year-on-year estimates for rental activity, construction and GDP in each of the 15 countries covered. Although...

Ardent boosts fleet  London, United Kingdom

The UK's biggest telehandler hirer is further expanding its fleet with an order for GBP26 million (USD37 million) worth of JCB Loadall models. Ardent Hire Solutions is adding 525...

Denso beefs up robots  Morfelden-Walldorf, Germany

Denso Robotics has launched two new robot series that it claims will set a higher performance standard for robot use in demanding industrial applications. "The new robots in the...

Construction worker killed in forklift accident  Salt Lake City, UT, United States

A 22-year-old construction worker has been killed in an industrial accident in downtown Salt Lake City. According to local police, a man had been operating a forklift before he...
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