News Edition #1061 - 27 January 2022

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Hardly a week goes by without reports of new lithium-ion battery-powered equipment - and this newsletter is no different.
It's clear that this technology is becoming mainstream in materials handling, just as it is in passenger vehicles.
According to the BBC, General Motors plans to stop selling ICE vehicles by 2035, Audi by 2033, and others are on the same path.
This raises a couple of questions: will there be enough lithium to cope with the increased demand, and what will happen to the mountain of lithium discarded as batteries reach the end of their lifecycle? It is understood that the batteries are hard to recycle - which will be an issue as business gets greener.
Clearly, it's time to start thinking long term, especially if you run a large fleet and need to upgrade in the years ahead.


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No to teen operators  Canberra, ACT, Australia

The Australian Forklift and Industrial Truck Association (AFITA) has welcomed the National Cabinet back-down from its suggestion that 16 year olds be enabled to operate forklifts to help with...

Company fined after worker crushed  Ballarat, Vic, Australia

A brick manufacturing company and its director have been convicted and ordered to pay more than AUD50,000 (USD36,000) after an employee was left seriously injured in a forklift incident...

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Hyundai invests in Korea factory  Ulsan, Korea, Republic Of

Hyundai Construction Equipment (HCE) will invest approximately USD170 million in its Ulsan factory, its major production base, in a drive to strengthen its competitiveness in light of the boom...
Jungheinrich has opened its second used equipment refurbishing plant in Ploiesti, Romania. With the new site, which covers some 5,000 sqm, the company hopes to meet the growing demand...

Clark debuts Li-ion trucks  Duisburg, Germany

Clark has relaunched the GEX and GTX series, now available with lithium-ion batteries. The three- and four-wheel electric forklifts in 48-volt technology with load capacities of 1.6 to 2...
Stuart Reilley, Toyota Material Handling UK
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Dade joins KION network  Summerville, SC, United States

Dade Lift Parts & Equipment has joined the KION North America dealer network. Dade Lift Parts and Equipment operates two locations, in Medley and Pompano Beach, Florida, and is authorised...

Attached Solutions marks five years  Mexico City, Mexico

Attached Solutions recently marked its fifth year of operation in the Mexican attachments market, with managing director Vincent Locicero buying out his founding partner to take full control of...

Moffett expands range  Helsinki, Finland

Hiab has launched the Moffett E5 NX as the third model in the eSeries of all-electric truck-mounted forklifts. The E5 NX has all-wheel drive and can be delivered with...

Akron company fined for death  Akron, OH, United States

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Mid-Ohio Forklifts USD9,557 for a violation that resulted in a technician being crushed to death under a forklift he was...

Doosan extends Stage V range  Northampton, United Kingdom

Doosan has further extended its new 9-Series with the launch of the advanced heavy-lifting D70S-9 range. Built to perform in the most demanding industrial environments, and available in four...

Lifting apprenticeships   London, United Kingdom

The Level 3 Lifting Equipment Technician apprenticeship standard has been launched in the UK. Ross Moloney, CEO of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association, is excited about the training opportunity...

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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Carer's new A70X 15,500lb. capacity electric forklift features the same design and performance as the much larger AX models and is ideal for applications requiring high capacity and maximum lift heights in confined spaces.
Bolzoni has recently delivered more than 70 RC-F rotators, designed for foundry operations, to a Russian leading company in the global aluminium industry.
Motion Fleet by Exide Technologies offers a complete, web-based, forklift battery fleet and charger management package that guarantees optimization of battery consumption and productivity to improve warehouse efficiency and cost savings.

Semax's unique forklifts offer drivers maximum visibility when driving, loading, and unloading.
The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association announced the 2022 Annual Convention & Exhibitors Showcase, Tomorrow's Distributor, taking place from April 23-27 in Orlando, FL.
LET-a CeMAT ASIA will be held on 26-28 May 2022, at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, China.

Japan-based company Showa Denko Materials, manufacturer of renowned forklift battery LIFTTOP, is looking for Global Partners for expansion. Be a part of our inherited unique technologies and intellectual properties, cultivated in more than 100 years of history!
If you are interested in becoming a partner, please contact us:

Showa Denko Materials (Asia-Pacific) Pte. Ltd.
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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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