News Edition #1070 - 31 March 2022

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Who'd want to be a forklift driver?
This week, we share a UK report showing forklift operators are not a happy lot - and it's even worse for younger and female drivers who don't see a bright future.
And that's before they consider some of the wider trends like automation and the replacement of manual operation by AGVs and robots.
Then there's the growing trend of remote operation, with the potential for drivers on the other side of the world controlling forklifts remotely. Potentially, this could see drivers in high-wage markets replaced by employees in low-cost countries, as we saw with the offshoring of call centres.
So, what does all of this mean? If materials handling organisations want to attract and retain employees, they need to make the work environment safer and more engaging - and give operators more sense of control over their future. And, of course, they need to be prepared to pay fair wages.


The future of power for forklifts
Sandra Hogan examines the way the energy revolution is affecting the global materials handling market. Read the story


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Budget benefits materials handling  Canberra, ACT, Australia

Business groups have largely welcomed the 2022/3 Federal Budget, with fuel-intensive operations tipped to benefit from the temporary fuel excise tax cut. The 50% cut, to be applied over...

Northport to expand  Whangarei, New Zealand

The board of Northport Ltd plans to extend its eastern end, while continuing to develop plans for the proposed shipyard and dry-dock on its western side. The eastern development...

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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The boards of directors of Cargotec and Konecranes have called off their planned merger. This follows the decision by the UK Competition & Markets Authority to block the merger between...

Automation dominates MODEX  Atlanta, GA, United States

By Allan Leibowitz After reduced attendance and exhibitor withdrawals in 2020, MODEX is under way at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta, wrapping up this evening US time...

Clark adds German dealer  Duisburg, Germany

Clark Europe has appointed Habeko GmbH & Co. KG as its new sales partner for Baden-Württemberg. The experienced materials handling vehicles specialist, based in Weissach im Tal in the Rems-Murr...

Drivers not happy – survey  Shropshire, United Kingdom

A recent survey by Talent in Logistics, sponsored by UKMHA (UK Material Handling Association), found that more than half (51%) of male forklift operators aged 30 and over do...


LEEA calls for nominations
JCB supports NSPCC
AntwerpXL seeks under 40s

The KION Group is hailing its new Baoli EMEA service hub in Rolo, Italy as a differentiator from other Asian imports. “We are fundamentally different from our market competitors...

Trelleborg sells wheel business   Stockholm, Sweden

Trelleborg Group has signed an agreement to divest its Trelleborg Wheel Systems business area to Yokohama Rubber Company for EUR2.1 billion (USD2.3 billion) on a cash and debt-free basis...

MHEDA inducts MVPs & MVSs   Wauconda, IL, United States

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) has announced the 2022 Most Valuable Partner and Most Value Supplier awards winners.  The Most Valuable Partner award is for distributor and...
A factory worker has been crushed to death by a forklift near Mantua, according to Italian press reports. The man died while working on-site at a care home at...

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Industrial Batteries Australia (IBA) are proud to offer Australia’s first and only 5 year full replacement forklift battery warranty - decreasing costs and any unnecessary stress for Australian forklift users.
Millions of workers suffer from MusculoSkeletal Disorders (MSDs) all around the world. If companies are more and more aware of the positive impact of a great health and safety policy, innovation needs to follow this objective.
BSLBATT specializes in manufacturing Li-ion batteries for every forklift. The BSLBATT® 48V Lithium-Ion Forklift Battery is the most reliable forklift lithium battery. Here's why.
Stromcore Energy has released their next generation range of heavy-duty lithium batteries that are ready to challenge internal combustion fleets.
HELI announces HELI Attachments - a comprehensive solution for users from raw materials, to manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.
Mobicon Systems has partnered with Portstar Machinery, New Zealand’s one stop shop for high quality equipment, parts, and service.

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.
Semax's unique forklifts offer drivers maximum visibility when driving, loading, and unloading.
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.
Fork Force is excited to introduce the next generation Enforcer Rough Terrain Forklift revolutionising the Australian market.
The Big Logistics Diversity Challenge develops supply chain professionals’ ability to collaborate, innovate and create game-changing solutions for the benefit of the sector. That's the glowing endorsement by Richard Atkinson CBE, ex-RAF commander and academic fellow at Aston University.

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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Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is the first time in the history of the Games that the voting of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots was done by primary school children.

Battery Point Light - Crescent City, California

This 19th-century museum inside of a lighthouse is only accessible during low tide.



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