News Edition #1037 - 5 August 2021

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We continue to see market growth as the big players share their financial results. But there are two caveats. Firstly, the last quarter and the last six months are being compared to activity at the height of the first wave of the pandemic, when some markets were very badly affected.
But the second factor is probably more worrying. Increasingly, we are hearing about strains in the supply chain - on one hand, caused by materials shortages, but more often, caused by lockdowns and other impacts of the latest COVID outbreaks as markets start to open. There are hints that volumes in the next quarter will be lower, despite significant pent-up demand. And more worrying for end-users are indications that prices are set to start rising.
So, the smart money suggests anyone looking to expand their fleet should order now to lock in current pricing - and be prepared to wait for final delivery.

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Fined for repair accident  Sydney, NSW, Australia

The District Court of New South Wales has fined an employer after a worker was seriously injured when an excavator bucket slipped off the tines of a forklift. According...

Britton Timbers goes electric  Smithton, Tas, Australia

Timber merchant Britton Timbers has switched to electric sideloaders at its distribution centres in Tasmania, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The company had found significant gains in storage capacity with...
Hyster® is introducing its new range of UT Series forklifts - in 4,000kg, 4,500kg or 5,000kg models - to Australasia and the Asia-Pacific, featuring enhanced driver comfort and a low total cost of ownership for the forklift operator.

Proven materials handling solutions backed by a supplier that you can trust and a reputable dealership service network.

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Hyster-Yale reports growth  Cleveland, OH, United States

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling has announced record Q2 2021 orders of 46,900 units, up 10.6% from Q1 2021. Shipments increased even more - up 12.9%, while revenues increased 17.0% - from abnormally...

Manitou in strong rebound  Ancenis, France

Manitou's performance for the first half of 2021 exceeded expectations, according to CEO Michel Denis. "In a context of a strong rebound in activity, we closed the first half...

Fetch Robotics partners with Lucas Systems  Wexford, PA, United States

Lucas Systems, a leading provider of voice and warehouse optimisation software for fulfilment and distribution centres, has formed a partnership with Silicon Valley-based Fetch Robotics to enable the next...
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Large companies opt to lease  Raleigh, NC, United States

Most large companies prefer to lease forklifts when the usage is more than 1,500 hours per year. A new survey finds that leasing offers budgeting stability and a steady...

Riekes relocates in Sioux Falls  Omaha, NE, United States

Riekes Equipment has relocated its sales and service centre in Sioux Falls to support its continued growth. "We are very excited about our move as it will provide much-needed...

Noblelift plans second branch  Des Plaines, IL, United States

Noblelift North America will soon open its second US location, with a facility in Ontario, California to open by 1 September. "We are excited about our newest California branch...

Thorough Examinations advice changes  Berkshire, United Kingdom

Key changes have been announced in the latest update to the materials handling industry official guidance notes on how to comply with the legal obligations for Thorough Examinations. Announcing...

Swire adds ‘green’ trucks  Stonehaven, United Kingdom

Swire Energy Services (SES) has taken delivery of its new fleet of electric forklift trucks. Working with long-term supplier Groundwater Lift Trucks, SES procured 10 new Kalmar Electric ECG...
DHL Express has delivered the first batch of 1.5 million Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by the United States government to Thailand. From door-to-door in just three days, DHL...
Kalmar RT240, 2012, 24T Rough Terrain Reach Stacker.
SMV 6/7 ECC9, 2015, 9T Empty Container Handler.
Kalmar DCG100-45ES6, 2018, 10T Empty Container Handler.
Konecranes Liftace F16, 2021, 16T Heavy Forklift Truck.
Kalmar DCG 330-12, 2021, 33T Heavy Forklift Truck.

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Durwen's new ZVW fork positioner range offers improved visibility combined with durable components.
The Combilift Intermodal Straddle Carrier is a cost-effective customisable solution aimed primarily for use at inland container terminals.
MEYER's complete range of Multi Pallet Handlers allows a considerable time reduction in stocking and vehicle loading/unloading, as handling cycles are carried out in the shortest and safest way.
Hangcha's new XH series is breakthrough in electric forklifts, designed for material handling in heavy-duty industries.
SEEN is collaborating with New Zealand Trade & Enterprise as part of a government strategic initiative to connect with prominent mining sector stakeholders in Latin America.

This addition to the product line pushes BSLBATT Lithium above 950 different models offered, making BSL Batteries the leading maker of lithium motive power solutions for material handling equipment in China.
Compact, powerful, and efficient: Electric forklift trucks designed for loading and unloading containers.
The amazing PUMP'n'GO™ rapid forklift refuelling system from Elgas is the fastest way to fill forklift cylinders on-site.
Asia Warehousing Show (AWS) and Asia Cold Chain Show (ACCS) Virtual Edition scheduled from 20-24 September 2021.


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During Prohibition in the United States, the U.S. government literally poisoned alcohol. When people continued to consume alcohol despite its banning, law officials got frustrated and decided to try a different kind of deterrent. They ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols manufactured in the U.S.By the end of Prohibition in 1933, the program is estimated to have killed at least 10,000 people.

The Café where Aleksandr Pushkin took his last drink

Once frequented by heavyweights of the Russian arts scene, the 'Literary Café' in Saint Petersburg Russia, is stuck in the 1800s.


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