News Edition #1069 - 24 March 2022

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This week's news is a strong reminder that automation is very much part of mainstream materials handling.
Three of our global reports this week deal with automation - two of them about alliances between high-tech companies which will share innovations across even more equipment lines.
Automation, robotics and AGVs will feature prominently in next week's Modex trade show in Atlanta, Georgia, with many exhibitors showing off both new solutions and some tried and tested automated systems and equipment. The issues around automation will also feature prominently in the presentations and discussions at the show.
Sure, automation is not the answer to every materials handling challenge - and there is still a place for operator-controlled forklifts. But with labour in short supply, warehouse space rising in cost, and soaring demands on distribution centres, ports, warehouses and manufacturing environments, it's certainly worth keeping the option in mind.


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Trucker adds Toyota forklifts  Carole Park, Qld, Australia

One of Australia's largest privately owned transport companies, Simon National Carriers, has purchased a fleet of 40 Toyota forklifts, split between 7700 electric reach trucks and 32-8FG25 gas counterbalance...

Mobicon partners with Portstar  Auckland, New Zealand

Mobicon Systems has partnered with Portstar Machinery, New Zealand’s one-stop-shop for high-quality equipment, parts and service. Mobicon Systems has been supplying mini-straddle carriers to New Zealand businesses for over...

Finalists for the last 3 years, CEIL’s hard work & effort paid off, winning the Specialised Small Business category.
CEIL has expanded rapidly over the past year & will launch its new website Industrial Batteries Australia soon.
Offering world-class Lead Acid Forklift Batteries with an Australian first 5-year full replacement warranty, CEIL was recognised for industry innovation & exceptional customer service.
See their Maxwell + Spark Lithium-Ion Batteries and more at Call: 1300 877 531 | Send an email 


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JLG adds capacity at three plants   McConnellsburg, PA, United States

JLG Industries has announced an expansion of its manufacturing footprint into Jefferson City, Tennessee.  A new 60,000 sqft. (5,600 sqm) space, which is being leased from the Oshkosh Defense...

Equipment finance confidence eases   Washington, DC, United States

Confidence in the equipment finance market fell last month, according to the latest Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is...

Ningbo Ruyi’s AGV success  Ninghai,, China

Ningbo Ruyi recently delivered a number of AGV tow tractors to a domestic customer. Senior leaders of both companies attended and witnessed the delivery ceremony, which also saw the...
Gordon Riske, Sunlight Group
Marie Ridley, B&B Attachments
John Little, Logpoint

Concentric buys Power Grid  Dallas, TX, United States

Concentric, a US leader in DC power management and on-site maintenance for the materials handling and critical power industries, has acquired Power Grid, an industrial power expert in the...

Wacker Neuson buys Enar   Munich, Germany

The Wacker Neuson Group has reached an agreement with the majority owners of Spanish Enarco S.A. to acquire up to 100% of the Enar Group. Enar is a manufacturer...

Greenland chooses Cyngn automation   Menlo Park, CA, United States

AGV developer Cyngn and Greenland Technologies have embarked on a strategic partnership to bring Cyngn self-driving vehicle capabilities to Greenland forklifts. Integration of the Enterprise Autonomy Suite will enable...
Haulotte Scandinavia and Jungheinrich have joined forces in a new partnership for sales and service.  The partnership allows Jungheinrich Norway to enter the lifting equipment market. “We saw a...

Geek+ partners with Bosch Rexroth  San Diego, CA, United States

Geek+ and Bosch Rexroth have signed a strategic channel agreement for North America. The partnership has already borne fruit in the form of a unique version of the Geek...

Worker dies in warehouse accident  Lehigh County, PA, United States

A 61-year-old man has died of his injuries from a forklift accident at a warehouse, according to the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office. Russell Molter, of Zionsville in Lehigh County...

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


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Access/Minit Charger offers a suite of telematics and battery charging solutions. Learn more and see our products in action at Modex 2022, Booth # C7697.
Do you move your product by railcar or shipping container? Carer Electric Forklift Solutions have the right machine for you!
Semax's unique forklifts offer drivers maximum visibility when driving, loading, and unloading.
For a long time, forklift drivers did not benefit from air conditioning in-cabin. French company SNDC has designed a wide range of full electrical air conditioning systems for forklifts that are easy to install with low environmental impact.

With the increased attention to environmental protection, all walks of life are trying to help in reducing environmental impacts, and the forklift industry is no exception. As the global No. 8 in industrial trucks and services, Hangcha Group has several strategies to help reduce this impact.
HELI is coming to MODEX 2022. See their impressive line-up of forklifts and warehouse equipment at booth #B3006!
BOLZONI talks about how a strong partnership and the right audience can work together for advertising success.
MODEX 2022 will be held March 28-31, 2022 at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center.

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! 


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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In December 2021, 40 camels were disqualified from the annual pageant competition after it was found that their owners had manipulated their looks with hormones, fillers and facelifts.

Juliet's Balcony - Verona, Italy

Every year tourists from around the globe flock to Verona just to see the balcony where Shakespeare's Juliet was wooed by her Romeo.



Utilev brand disappears


Crash causes fatal collision with forklift


New Combi-MR4 boasts 360 deg steering


BT expands Reflex range


HC Forklift expands into Mexico


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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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