News Edition #1068 - 17 March 2022

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Last week, a number of organisations marked International Women's Day, and while we didn't see much materials handling-oriented activity, we know that women make up a significant proportion of personnel in the industry.
Indeed, two of the three appointments reported in this week's Movers and Shakers are female.
Forkliftaction is a female-led organisation and women outnumber men in our staff roster.
A large proportion of the people we deal with in marketing, sales and public relations are also female - but so too are some industry leaders, especially in family-owned businesses.
We couldn't find any reliable statistics for female participation in materials handling manufacture, distribution and sales, but we can cite Gartner findings that women now make up 41% of the supply chain workforce. However, Gartner reports that the glass ceiling is very evident in logistics, with fewer than 17% of chief supply chain officer roles filled by women.
Maybe that will change as awareness rises, labour shortages continue, and more women look for opportunities around forklifts.


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Work starts on AusPost warehouse  Sydney, NSW, Australia

Work has started on a new warehouse for Australia Post at the Goodman and Brickworks’ Oakdale West Industrial Estate in Kemps Creek, creating an employment and economic boost for...

Abattoir fined $55,000 for injury  Colac, Vic, Australia

Australian Lamb (Colac) Pty Ltd was fined $55,000 in the Colac Magistrates' Court after earlier pleading guilty to two charges of failing, so far as was reasonably practicable, to...
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. Hyster-Yale Asia-Pacific Pty Ltd | +61 2 9795 3842 Email | ShopFront | Web Find your local dealer: Yale Asia | Yale Pacific


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Equipment auctions heat up  Orlando, FL, United States

Equipment auctioneer Ritchie Bros. notes growing demand for used equipment and rising prices in North America. The trend was evident at its recent premier global equipment auction in Orlando...

Utilev brand disappears  Greenville, NC, United States

The Utilev brand of low-cost forklifts has been phased out, with all inventory cleared and no new production scheduled. Utilev was pitched as “a no-nonsense, uncomplicated approach to materials...
Combilift has launched its Combi-MR4 four-wheel electric-powered multidirectional reach truck, which incorporates Combilift’s new Dynamic 360° Steering. The new system provides rotation on each wheel, enabling seamless directional change...
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Chuck Langley, 1st Choice Material Handling
Doris Gong, Volvo Construction Equipment

Hospital recognised for smart logistics  Incheon, Korea, Republic Of

Samsung Medical Centre has been recognised by the South Korean government for its smart logistics system. The hospital’s automated logistics has been awarded a Minister of Health and Welfare...

Seegrid partners with RoBEX  Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Seegrid Corporation has announced a strategic partnership with RoBEX, a dynamic and rapidly growing systems integrator specialising in industrial robots. The collaboration agreement enables RoBEX to add the full...

BT expands Reflex range  Willebroek, Belgium

Toyota Material Handling’s BT Reflex reach truck family has received two new additions. Following the recent updates on the R, E and O-series, the narrow series (N-series) has been...

Daimay adds robots  Romagnat, France

Automotive industry specialist Daimay has added 10 EffiBOT robots to convey parts from its storage area to the multiple production stations. The French subsidiary of a Chinese industrial group...

HC Forklift expands into Mexico  Charlotte, NC, United States

HC Forklift America Corporation (HCFA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hangcha Group, has expanded into the Mexican materials handling market. According to a company statement, “at the request of...

EnerSys scores UL Listing  Reading, PA, United States

EnerSys says it is taking electric-powered vehicle safety to the next level by obtaining UL 2580 Listing of its NexSys iON batteries. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a global safety...

Crash causes fatal collision with forklift  Middleton, ID, United States

Idaho State Police is investigating a three-vehicle collision at Old Highway 30, west of Middleton, in Canyon County. A juvenile was driving a Dodge Dakota pickup westbound on Willis...

Exide Technologies now offers MOTION+ FLEET, a complete web-based forklift battery fleet and charger management package.
The new cloud-based, fleet management tool takes away the stress and uncertainty, transforming blind logistics into detailed and intelligent data gathering.
Use REAL-TIME FACTS to make decisions on battery use and charging, from anywhere in the world!

For more information, VISIT OUR WEBSITE! 


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UPLIFTING VERTICAL SA offers a wide range of equipment for handling general loads, containers and special loads.
Ideal for wide-ranging applications in harsh environments: The BRAVA multifunction armrest guarantees a high level of flexibility when equipping industrial trucks, agricultural and construction machinery.
Users of the KOOI®REACHFORKs can reduce damage to goods, pallet and / or warehouse racks with Meijer's Wireless and Bluetooth operated smart electronic solutions.
HELI is coming to MODEX 2022. See their impressive line-up of forklifts and warehouse equipment at booth #B3006!
Semax's unique forklifts offer drivers maximum visibility when driving, loading, and unloading.
With long maintenance intervals, the MEYER Multi Pallet Handler substantially contributes to the reduction of the overall life cycle costs, in particular in multiple shift and fleet operations

If you have or are considering very narrow aisle racking, you know you need to invest in specialist trucks. But what exactly are your options? Cat Lift Trucks offers a guide to choosing the best lift truck for your needs.
The VETTER SmartFork® with integrated camera and sensor technology is the perfect forklift driver assistant for easy and efficient loading, less damage and fewer accidents.
TYRI is at the forefront of the development of lighting for work vehicles and their high quality products also positively affect sustainability and environmental benefits.
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”.
Registrations are now open for CeMAT Australia 2022 - to be held 19-21 July 2022, at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
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.

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.
Tel: (65) 68366988 Ext 167 | HP: (65) 96194192 | Send an email


Reducing environmental impacts in the materials handling industry
Eve White examines current trends in motive power and the ways that manufacturers are both adapting existing technology and developing new technology that meets the new environmental standards. Read the story


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Memorial to the Edelweiss Pirates - Coologne, Germany

The "Edelweißpiraten" was a youth subculture group that grew in the 1930s in response to the indoctrination of children and teenagers into the Hitler Youth and the suppression of any perceived nonconformity.

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With rated load capacity of 3.5ton, max. lift height of 8meters, MiMA multi-directional forklift can handle long materials up to 15 meters in length. Equipped with solid rubber tires, it can work easily indoors and outdoors.

MiMA is committed to the R & D of long material handling and VNA forklifts and provide customers with best storage solutions.

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