News Edition #1015 - 4 March 2021

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As COVID-19 vaccines roll out around the world, it looks like business confidence is bouncing back and materials handling is set to benefit even more.
This week, we include a report from KION which anticipates strong growth for the global materials handling market in 2021 as economic conditions improve.
The German manufacturer is expecting the materials handling market to grow at a faster rate than global GDP. E-commerce remains the big driver: it blossomed during the pandemic and will persist as markets normalise.
As we have often noted, the materials handling sector is one of the most resilient, and the latest round of financial reporting shows that in good times or bad, the world needs to keep moving stuff, and we'll always need machines and systems to do that.


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The recent CeMAT Australia digital conference included a panel discussion looking at the rapid changes in materials handling, especially in warehouses. Facilitated by Forkliftaction News editor Allan Leibowitz, the...

Accenture buys GRA  Sydney, NSW, Australia

Accenture has acquired Australian-based supply chain and logistics consulting firm GRA. The acquisition strengthens Accenture's supply chain and operations capabilities that help public and private sector clients address complex...
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KION tips growth in 2021  Frankfurt, Germany

KION is anticipating strong growth for the global materials handling market in 2021 as economic conditions improve. The increasing buoyancy of the supply chain solutions market and the further...
A French court has largely ruled in favour of Manitou in a patent infringement action brought by JCB. The Paris Court of Justice rejected one part of JCB's claim...

BYD appoints Ogden Forklifts  Los Angeles, CA, United States

BYD has entered into a dealership agreement for its materials handling products with Ogden Forklifts, expanding its reach in the American southeast. In business for over 60 years in...

Briggs gets into Thorough Examinations  Cannock, United Kingdom

Briggs is expanding its operations with the creation of Qualitas Asset Compliance, an independent provider of Thorough Examinations. Qualitas specialises in the provision of Thorough Examinations (LOLER & PUWER) for...

Walmart invests in logistics  Bentonville, AK, United States

US retail giant Walmart plans to invest heavily over the next year in a more automated e-commerce fulfillment environment. The company told analysts this week it intends to invest...

Narrow Aisle boosts US focus  Dallas, TX, United States

Narrow Aisle Ltd has announced a significant investment in the USA and Canada as it seeks to further develop the global distribution of its Flexi range of articulated warehouse...


TVH goes solar - Waregem, Belgium
Oshkosh honoured - McConnellsburg, PA, United States
Columbia/Okura celebrates 25 years - Vancouver, WA, Canada

MV Commercial boosts fleets  Airdrie, United Kingdom

Hiab will supply MV Commercial in the UK with 100 light, medium and heavy range loader cranes equipped with HiConnect. The deal is worth over EUR5.7 million (USD6.9 million...

Logistics UK expands CPC capacity  Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom

Logistics UK, in association with City & Guilds, has expanded capacity for its Transport Manager CPC qualification. This will enable applicants and holders of standard goods vehicle operator licenses, together...

Charity seeks new forklift  Edmonton, AB, Canada

Edmonton's Food Bank is attempting to raise CAD25,000 to replace its workhorse forklift. An appeal on the charity's website says: "Inside our busy warehouse, equipment is fundamental to quickly...
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Increased expectations for operational efficiency and meeting regulations while ensuring safety during operations are setting new demands for cargo weighing and the management of weighing data.
As the leading industrial vehicle manufacturer in China, HELI has a complete product sales network and a mature after-market service system.
Bolzoni, a specialist in lift table solutions, is proud to present its green concept lift tables, service friendly with innovative and reliable built-in technology to serve in production lines, loading of vehicles, and heavy duty applications.

TEMS launches its new software to help businesses record, manage and schedule Thorough Examinations.
Vehicle design and function is changing rapidly - how does this affect other essential features such as vehicle work lighting? TYRI is looking to enlighten the industry on future trends and effective lighting in a new education platform.
With highly trained engineering teams under each of the entities of the Integrated Warehouse Solutions group, there are unlimited possibilities when it comes to creating product solutions.
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The tallest people in the world live in the Netherlands. The average height for Dutch men is 183cm (6ft), while women average 171cm (5ft 7in). According to military records, the average male height in the Netherlands has risen by 20cm in the last 200 years.

Spider Statue in Yerevan, Armenia

Destruction from Armenia's 1988 earthquake inspired an artist's sculptures of scrap metal.



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QUESTION: As covered in Forkliftaction News some time ago, which forklift maker claims to have manufactured the world's first Lithium-ion powered forklift.

ANSWER: It was BYD . You can read the coverage about the launch of their Lithium-ion forklifts via the Forkliftaction News archives here and here.

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