News Edition #1020 - 8 April 2021

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Most markets have been buoyed by the International Monetary Fund's latest forecast of stronger economic recovery this year and next.
The recovery follows last year's pandemic-driven contraction of 3.3%.
The IMF is tipping 6% growth this year and 4.4% next year.
We are already seeing recovery in materials handling, with a report this week from the Industrial Truck Association noting healthy first quarter results in North America after falls last year.
The next few weeks should be interesting as we start seeing detailed financial results from the big players around the world.


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TNT Express rebrands as FedEx  Sydney, NSW, Australia

TNT Express has officially rebranded to FedEx Express in Australia, five years after its acquisition. The move follows the 2019 integration of Australian FedEx Express and TNT sales teams...

Foodstuffs DC opens  Auckland, New Zealand

Foodstuffs' 7.7 hectare building in South Auckland is in full operation, supplying groceries for over 150 of its North Island stores. The distribution centre, touted as the largest in...

More AutoShuttles for Melbourne  Melbourne, Vic, Australia

Kalmar has concluded an agreement with Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) to supply a total of six Kalmar AutoShuttles for use at the Port of Melbourne's Webb Dock East...
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US forklift sales fall  Washington, DC, United States

Forklift sales in the North America market fell in 2020, according to figures just released by the Industrial Truck Association (ITA). The market decline can be partially attributed to...

JCB to appeal patent ruling  Rocester, United Kingdom

JCB will appeal the ruling of the Paris Court of Justice (Tribunal Judiciaire) which found Manitou guilty of infringement of certain JCB patent claims. In a mixed ruling, the...

Riwal adds Norway for JLG  Hoofddorp, Netherlands

Riwal has been appointed by JLG as its distributor for Norway. Karel Huijser, JLG European regional vice president and managing director, says: "We are excited to extend our partnership...

Remote operation grows  Geodis, Phantom Auto, United States

French logistics firm Geodis and Silicon Valley remote driving software start-up Phantom Auto have announced a partnership for developing remote-controlled forklifts, a move that can make forklift driving an...
Noblelift adds Li-ion stacker - Des Plaines, IL
New app from Columbus McKinnon - Buffalo, NY, United States
Clark extends warranty - Lexington, KY, United States

JLG debuts 450AJ HC3 boom lift  McConnellsburg, PA, United States

JLG Industries has introduced the new 450AJ HC3 boom lift, adding to the JLG Hi-Capacity product line that includes articulating and telescopic boom lift models with platform heights ranging...

Toyota honours dealers  Columbus, IN, United States

Toyota Material Handling (TMH) has announced the winners of the annual President's Award which recognises the top Toyota forklift dealers in North America. The prestigious award acknowledges the dealers...

Konecranes adds safety upgrades  Helsinki, Finland

Konecranes has added three upgrades as part of its Lifetime Advantage safety program. All the upgrades are specific solutions that can be retrofitted to Konecranes forklifts on customer sites...

Palfinger helps tight build  Koestendorf, Austria

Palfinger has played a key role in getting the Zwolferhorn cable car back in operation. The tourist attraction, opened in 1957, was rebuilt in just seven months. Crane operator...
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Higher production capacities and shorter delivery times: The extensive expansion and modernisation project at Pollhornbogen 3 in Hamburg Wilhelmsburg has been completed.
As of 1st Oct 2020, our Traction Batteries have changed their name to: "LIFTTOP".
From weighing and sensorized forklift attachments to all-electric products, Cascade will unveil innovative logistics solutions at the upcoming digital trade show.
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Last Mile ASEAN will be held from 08-09 July, 2021 in a new hybrid physical and virtual format.
The LET-a CeMAT ASIA event, the biggest intelligent logistics equipment and technology trade fair in South China, will be held at the China Import and Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou, China.
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75% of the world’s food stocks are made from 12 plants and five animal species.

Monument to the Laboratory Mouse in Novosibirsk, Russia

This cuddly rodent has a place of honor at a Russian institute for genetic research.



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