News Edition #1028 - 3 June 2021

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Next Tuesday is National Forklift Safety Day on both sides of the Atlantic, for the second year in a row.
It's no small achievement that the day is marked simultaneously in two significant markets which, until recently, highlighted safety at different times of the year. It would be even better if other markets, notably Europe, designated the same day for a unified effort to raise safety standards throughout.
In the US, the focus this year is on "the safe use of forklifts, the value of operator training, and the need for daily equipment checks".
Meanwhile, in the UK, Safety Day is dedicated to raising awareness of "safe maintenance practices and the importance of Thorough Examination".
Not to confuse the messaging, we'd like to draw attention to the need for increased forklift safety awareness throughout all organisations - not just among those who operate the equipment. That's the central message in this week's Safety First blog.
And remember, let's be safe out there - on June 8 and every day!


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ALC CEO steps down  Canberra, ACT, Australia

Australian Logistics Council (ALC) chief executive Kirk Coningham has stepped down from the role. Recruitment for a replacement CEO continues, with the ALC Board commending the high quality and...

Stockwell International opens in Brisbane  Brisbane, Qld, Australia

Leading international freight forwarder Stockwell International has relocated to a new warehouse at Brisbane Airport. Stockwell's 1,500 sqm state-of-the-art facility, which includes an office space, warehouse, at-grade car bays...


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Wolter dealerships rebrand  Brookfield, WI, United States

Wolter Group is rebranding the company and its eight sub-brands as Wolter, an industrial solutions provider focused on accelerating productivity for its customers. The group includes Wisconsin Lift Truck...
By Allan Leibowitz The materials handling market is starting to feel the battery shortages facing the automotive industry. There are widespread reports that automotive battery manufacturers are struggling to...
MiMA launches 4-way reach truck - Anhui, China
TVH puts a roof on it - Olathe, KS, United States
New Hiab slider lifts - Helsinki, Finland

Baumann adds Canadian distributor  Dartmouth, NS, Canada

Baumann has appointed MacFarlands Industrial as its distributor in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. Established in 1963, MacFarlands is the leading equipment rental, sales, service...

TRACSA trims fleet to thrive  Mexico City, Mexico

Leading Mexican equipment hire company TRACSA has reduced its inventory from 1,300 platforms to 1,000 platforms to ensure its profitability. Director Héctor Gonzalez, in an interview with Haulotte, notes...

Manitou rebrands attachments  Ancenis, France

Manitou has launched a new brand dedicated to its attachments line - Manitou Group Attachments. The French equipment maker says the new brand is intended to simplify and harmonise the...

Getting to know Ken Biediger  Charlotte, NC, United States

After many years as the face of LuiGong North America, Ken Biediger has joined HC Forklift America Corporation as aftermarket and engineering support director. Forkliftaction News asked Biediger about...

Bobcat launches new telehandlers  Waterloo, Belgium

Bobcat is launching the company's new generation R-Series telehandler range, providing a choice of 12 models with Stage V engines. The new telehandlers cover lifting heights from 6 to...

Book training early - AITT  Hugglescote, United Kingdom

The Association of Industrial Truck Trainers (AITT) is advising owners and users of work equipment to allow more time when booking training courses, as the training sector is currently...
A 38-year-old factory worker was crushed to death by a forklift in an aluminium-working factory near Pordenone on Tuesday morning, in the latest in a spate of fatal workplace...
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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.
Exide's GNB TENSOR is an advanced lead battery that was designed and conceived with warehouse productivity in mind.
Superior Tire is proud to announce the release of their improved and redesigned website and customer store.

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.
The amazing PUMP'n'GO™ rapid forklift refuelling system from Elgas is the fastest way to fill forklift cylinders on-site.
CILF2021 will be held on September 23-25, 2021 at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center.
The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association announced the 2021 Convention and Exhibitor Showcase in Austin, TX on August 11-14


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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If you rub garlic cloves on the bottom of your foot, you will suddenly start tasting garlic about one hour later. The molecules responsible for the garlic smell (allicin) penetrate your skin into your blood and travel to your mouth and nose.

The World's Largest Steam Locomotive

America's Ed Dickens maintains the Union Pacific Railroad's historic fleet, including the world's largest steam locomotive, known as 'Big Boy.' Enormous crowds greet the locomotive wherever it goes and give Dickens a hero's welcome when he climbs down from the cab.


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Did you read the one about the forklift and the giant panda?
Our editor once said of Forkliftaction: 'if it moves materials, we cover it'. Well sometimes, these 'materials' are live animals.



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