News Edition #1059 - 13 January 2022

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As the new year gets under way, there will, of course, be much speculation about what lies ahead. We canvass some of that in our lead story this week.
Past experience, however, has shown that there's not too much point in wondering about the future. Plan as we might, reality has a way of surprising us in the most unusual ways.
If we have to look for a management philosophy for 2022, perhaps the starting point should be the Italian saying popularised in the 1950s Doris Day song:
Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be


A year of ups and downs
2021 has been a mixed bag for materials handling, with demand for equipment soaring, but supply chains under extreme strain. Allan Leibowitz summarises the year's highs and lows. Read the story


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By Allan Leibowitz 2021 ended on an optimistic note, with most experts tipping continued growth in the materials handling market. That positivity has taken a bit of a denting...

Hy-Tek acquires AHS  Columbus, OH, United States

Hy-Tek Holdings has acquired Advanced Handling Systems, a materials handling automation integrator offering a full suite of services with a focus on robotic solutions. The acquisition will form the...

Waev buys GEM and Taylor-Dunn  Anaheim, CA, United States

Waev Inc. has purchased the GEM and Taylor-Dunn businesses from Polaris Inc. in a management buyout. Terms of the deal are confidential. Founded by five former Polaris leaders, Waev...
The first Hyundai-branded forklift manufactured as part of an OEM agreement with UN Forklift has rolled off the line at the dedicated plant in Hangzhou. Officials from both companies...

AVI Cranes adds Haulotte  Rishon Lezion, Israel

The Israel-based construction equipment rental company AVI Cranes has added more than 50 Haulotte aerial work platforms to its fleet AVI Cranes is one of the largest powered access...

Sunlight buys into Technoform  Kilkis, Greece

Sunlight Group Energy Storage Systems has signed an acquisition agreement for 70% of Technoform, a Kilkis-based company that designs and manufactures state-of the-art moulds and components. Technoform's founding Dokouzgiannis...

LiftOne takes on Briggs operations  Charlotte, NC, United States

LiftOne has been appointed as the new Hyster and Yale dealer in Atlanta, Georgia, following its acquisition of Briggs Equipment's operations in that location on 31 December 2021. LiftOne...
Best Line Equipment has acquired Delaware Valley Lift Truck and created a new business and brand - Best Line Material Handling. For over 36 years, Delaware Valley Lift Truck has...

Durham company fined for forklift injury  Peterlee, United Kingdom

A cardboard manufacturer has been sentenced after a visiting lorry driver suffered life changing injuries when he was struck by a forklift. Peterlee Magistrates' Court heard that on 27...

EnerSys® is transforming material handling operations with its high-performance NexSys® iON batteries. Ideal for heavy-duty applications, the virtually maintenance-free batteries feature an integrated Battery Management System (BMS) to support greater safety, reliability and battery life by performing auto-diagnosis, voltage limitation (charge and discharge) and communication of performance data. Fast, opportunity-charging NexSys® iON batteries with high output NexSys®+ chargers provide optimized performance, productivity and efficiency.

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Semax's unique forklifts offer drivers maximum visibility when driving, loading, and unloading.
Hangcha leads the way in the development of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Forklifts in line with their mission to build a more environmentally sustainable world.
In 2021, BSLBATT designed 208 different styles of lithium battery module packages for customers and delivered more than 5,000 battery packs.
NexSys® PURE batteries from EnerSys® are virtually maintenance-free and provide operators with simpler, more productive and predictable power.

At locations around the globe, Cascade offers the opportunity for attachment rentals to provide customers with the best solution possible.
Cat ® Lift Trucks has announced a successor to its popular 2.5 to 3.5 tonne 80V counterbalance range - packed with features and options for even greater driving pleasure and productivity.
Do YOU need "The Backbone"? If you use stand up forklifts and reach trucks around racking, where there's the possibility of underride, the answer is "Yes".

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The fastest gust of wind ever recorded on Earth was 253 miles per hour during a tropical cyclone off the coast of Barrow Island, Australia, in 1996.

Larnach Castle - Larnachs Castle, New Zealand

One of New Zealand’s few castles boasts beautiful gardens, grand architecture, and a history filled with family drama.


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The power of a solid team – a letter from Ann
Ann Hofmans
With only hours to go before another year comes to an end, Ann writes a personal account of the year that was for Forkliftaction.



A year of ups and downs


The power of a solid team – a letter from Ann


An eventful year Down Under


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chair, Lifting Equipment Engineers Association, United Kingdom
product support manager, Clark, United States
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