News Edition #1029 - 10 June 2021

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No matter how well things are going in the materials handling sector, it's important to keep an eye on the bigger picture.
That's why it's reassuring to see this week's World Bank global growth forecast - now raised to 5.6%. If that happens, it'll be the strongest recovery from a recession in 80 years.
The report notes, however, that recovery is uneven and largely reflects sharp rebounds in some major economies - most notably, the United States. But many emerging market and developing economies are missing out as they are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The World Bank is now urging rich countries, including the United States, to free up excess vaccine doses for use by developing countries as quickly as possible to ensure that these recover fast and, in turn, benefit from the economic recovery.
It really is time to work together.


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Ross to address ICHCA  Adelaide, SA, Australia

Cargo handling association ICHCA South Australia has confirmed Justin Ross, director, strategy, policy and analytics in the Department for Trade and Investment, as its guest speaker for the second...

Thomas Foods rebuilds and futureproofs  Murray Bridge, SA, Australia

Leading Australian family-owned company Thomas Foods International is set to deploy Dematic automation at its new meat processing facility in Murray Bridge, South Australia. After its original processing plant...

Would you like fries with your forks?  Melbourne, Vic, Australia

An Australian TikTok user has posted bizarre footage of a forklift at a fast food drive-thru. The incident occurred in Melbourne, when the tradesman was spotted driving his forklift...
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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The UniCarriers brand will "gradually disappear" from France as Logisnext France integrates its Unicarriers operations with those of the subsidiary Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks France in Lyon. This is the...
For the second year running, National Forklift Safety Day was marked simultaneously in the United States and the United Kingdom on Tuesday, 8 June 2021. The eighth annual celebration...

Hyster-Yale stresses ICE availability and options  Greenville, NC, United States

Hyster-Yale Group has confirmed the uninterrupted production and EPA emissions certification of ICE-powered Hyster and Yale brand lift trucks. The reassurance comes hot on the heels of rival Toyota...
Businesses are being warned to brace for rising pallet costs as global demand rises. Pallet supplier Chep recently reported a 3% increase in global demand for pallets in the...
Circle K has opened a state-of-the-art distribution centre in Hong Kong to build supply chain resilience using technology and support customers with a wide selection of products and excellent...

Kalmar recently led the delegation to the signing ceremony of a strategic cooperation agreement between Sichuan Port and Shipping Investment Group (SPSI) and Cargotec Corporation in Chengdu, China. The...

Seegrid updates tow tractors  Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Seegrid Corporation has updated its automated tow tractor range with the launch of the Seegrid Palion Tow Tractor Series 8. This upgraded tow tractor features enhanced Smart Path technology...

Company fined after forklift fatality  London, United Kingdom

A paper recycling company has been handed a six-figure fine after a worker was killed in an incident involving a forklift. Print Week reports that the incident happened in...

Toyota milestone: 750,000th forklift  Huntsville, AL, United States

Toyota Material Handling (TMH) recently reached a manufacturing milestone with the production of the 750,000th forklift to roll off the line at the company's factory located in Columbus, Indiana...
- Load capacity 1ton-1.5ton
- Lift height 3m-11m
- Min. Aisle width 1480mm
With 180 degree rotating forks, MiMA 3 way forklift can load and unload pallets with ease in very narrow aisles. Compared to electric counterbalanced forklift truck and electric reach truck, 3 way pallet stacker can maximize usable warehouse space due to the stacking aisle can be as narrow as possible.

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Did you know that CARER electric forklifts are available in very high capacity, pneumatic style chassis? With increasing demands to have high-capacity forklifts adhere to Tier 4 compliance, the electric solution is a real alternative.
Bada Carrelli is a high-quality brand specialising in stainless steel material handling equipment, operating in the food and clean room markets for over 30 years.
MiMA's new electric four way forklift MQD series has a load capacity of 3.0 tons and can lift up to 8 meters.
Exide's GNB TENSOR is an advanced lead battery that was designed and conceived with warehouse productivity in mind.

Energize your productivity with Cascade Electrix products.
The BLAXTAIR pedestrian detection system is revolutionizing industrial and commercial workplaces using forklifts, making a huge difference in improving workplace safety.
An all-new 4.0 to 5.5 tonne counterbalance range from Cat® Lift Trucks makes the strongest case ever for moving from large IC engine trucks to electrics.
Reconnect and re-engage with the WHS industry this 29-30 Sept 2021 at the Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney.
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1,000 'Lost' Apple Varieties Saved

Tom Brown, a retired chemical engineer in Clemmons, North Carolina, spent nearly 25 years searching for Appalachia's lost heirloom apples. He has reclaimed about 1,200 varieties and his two-acre orchard contains 700 of the rarest.


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