News Edition #1025 - 13 May 2021

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While it may be close to business as usual for most materials handling manufacturers and dealers, things are still far from normal in the trade show space, with more events postponed this week - and others being held virtually.
It looks like it will be a while before the major shows are staged again - and one can't help but wonder what they will look like.
After a couple of years' absence, it's hard to imagine huge numbers of delegates turning up to spend time in confined spaces with strangers from around the world.
But more telling will be the appetite of vendors to invest in exhibiting. No doubt, many will be questioning the need to spend up big, as they did in the past. They will be looking at their sales performance since their last show and trying to work out if they really need to participate in trade shows to maintain their momentum.
These are, without question, interesting times in which everyone is pondering the path forward.


Automation and Robotics – designed for all sizes
Over the past decades, the big manufacturing, warehouse and logistics operations have been pro-active in taking up automation and robotics, but small to medium-sized enterprises (SME) have been slower. Why is this the case and have things changed recently? What would encourage SMEs to take up the technology? Melissa Barnett looks at some of the challenges and the solutions surrounding automation. Read the story


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Business welcomes budget measures  Canberra, ACT, Australia

The business community has welcomed the Federal Budget, with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry particularly pleased with the increased investment in skills. In particular, ACCI CEO Jenny...

Toll, Woolworths in new deal  Sydney, NSW, Australia

Toll Global Logistics will partner with Woolworths Group's supply chain and logistics arm, Primary Connect, over the next five years to deliver goods to more than 380 supermarkets across...
Hyster is excited to introduce our new UT 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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Leavitt buys Provincial Lift Truck  Kitchener, ON, Canada

Leavitt Machinery, based in Surrey, British Columbia, has acquired Provincial Lift Truck. Founded by Chris Glaubitz in 2003, Provincial Lift Truck has grown to become a trusted supplier of...

Shoppa's opens Amarillo facility  Amarillo, TX, United States

Shoppa's Material Handling has opened a new Amarillo, Texas location. The new 30,000 sqft. (2,800 sqm) state-of-the-art facility will include the market's first advanced battery facility with partner Viking...

Sinoboom launches in South East Asia  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Schmetterling recently launched a new series of Sinoboom machines in Kuala Lumpur, attracting the attention of rental companies across Malaysia. Schmetterling was appointed as Sinoboom's exclusive Malaysia dealer in...
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Komatsu celebrates 100 years  Komatsu City, Japan

Komatsu today celebrates the company's 100th anniversary, marked by a series of activities over the next year centred around the company's commitment to its new brand promise of "creating...

SEAT introduces Effidence robots  Martorell, Spain

Spanish car maker SEAT has deployed two autonomous, collaborative mobile robots from French company Effidence to transport around its Martorell factory. SEAT is the first car manufacturer in Spain...

Positive reaction to virtual transport logistic - Munich, Germany
LiftEx Bahrain postponed - Manama, Bahrain
bauma postponed to October 2022 - Munich, Germany

Yale fleet braves the cold  Gyor, Hungary

ICE Solution has deployed a fleet of Yale trucks for its cold stores which store goods at -25°C. In its search for materials handling equipment, ICE Solution required a...

Top UniCarriers dealers recognised  Marengo, IL, United States

Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas group, the manufacturer and provider of UniCarriers Forklifts across North, Central and South America, has announced the winners of its Premier Club Awards. The Premier Club...
Forkliftaction continues its reporting on the finalists in this year's IFOY awards with reviews of the contenders for the AGV category honours.
Haulotte has played a role in China's latest space project which saw last month's launch of the main section of the CSS space station. Haulotte machines have been working...
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How First Financial's leasing solutions create day one savings and can assist you in achieving your short and long term equipment and project goals.
Higher, Faster, Stronger, and Smarter - innovative automated logistics solutions from Mitsubishi Logisnext Europe Oy.
Thanks to generations of warehouse, technology and engineering know-how, Moffett Automated Storage has become the renowned choice for innovative warehouse owners worldwide.
With the solutions of Linde Material Handling customers get the total package: automated warehouse trucks, automation technology, process expertise, order picking expertise, and service.
In order to realize intelligent transportation in factories, warehouses, ports and other scenes, HELI developed the AGV intelligent transportation system, to serve the diversified and customized handling needs of various industries.

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How Hangcha's flexible and efficient AGV solutions have assisted a well-known tire manufacturer in Vietnam, overcoming challenges to project delivery and implementation.
Autonomous vehicles might be used both with and without a driver for different conditions. But even when there is no driver, lighting will play an important role to improve safety and visibility to those working around the machine.
CJLIFT Hand Pallet truck is the logical choice for everyday use throughout your operation.
Hangcha Canada, headquartered in Montreal, QC is now serving Canadians with 47 years of experience in forklift manufacturing.
Last Mile ASEAN will be held from 08-09 July, 2021 in a new hybrid physical and virtual format.


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'Half Rabbit' in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

This giant sculpture made of trash is a critique of society's wastefulness.


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Officer without a uniform – a forklift dealer in India’s COVID crisis
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A forklift dealer in India reflects on his experiences as he provides support to the frontline as the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies.



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