News Edition #1075 - 5 May 2022

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The continuing hostilities in Ukraine could not have come at a worse time for materials handling.
Just when supply chain dramas were easing and production starting to ramp up to meet record demand, the current uncertainty has cast a long shadow over the sector.
As we report this week, another two manufacturers are revising their financial forecasts amid concerns about supply and market stability. Ironically, there are reports of record demand, strong sales and bulging order books. But those strong forward bookings may be problematic as manufacturers are locked into pricing that may not be realistic when it comes time to deliver.
These are challenging times and should make for some very interesting conversations at LogiMAT later this month.


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TMHA welcomes apprentices  Moorebank, NSW, Australia

Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has welcomed one of its biggest crops of forklift technician apprentices in its 2022 Annual Apprentice Intake, with 15 new inductees brought into the...

Sydney worker dies in accident  Penrith, NSW, Australia

A worker was crushed to death by a forklift near Penrith on Monday. Emergency services were called to a site on Charles Street, St Marys. On arrival, they found...

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Hyster-Yale shows loss despite sales surge  Cleveland, OH, United States

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling recorded a USD25 million loss for the first quarter of 2022 despite strong sales and shipments. Revenues increased 13% to USD827.6 million, primarily as a result...

Record revenues for Palfinger   Bergheim, Austria

Palfinger AG has started 2022 with historic high revenues for Q1. However, the ongoing positive market environment and the increasing order backlog are facing the effects of the war...

Disruptions hit KION profits  Frankfurt, Germany

KION Group has started the 2022 financial year with good results for order intake and revenue, but the substantial increase in procurement costs and the global supply chain disruptions...
Manitou Group has acquired a majority shareholding in its Finnish dealer, Lifttek, based near Helsinki. Founded in 1995, Lifttek distributes equipment and provides after-sales service to the construction and...

US growth slows – ISM  Tempe, AZ, United States

The latest ISM Report On Business shows that economic activity in the US manufacturing sector grew in April, but growth in many aspects is slowing. Institute for Supply Management...
Bobcat has appointed Rødding-based Stenderup A/S as the new authorised Bobcat dealer for Denmark to cover all markets including construction, agriculture, rental, waste/recycling,  landscaping and general industry. Stenderup is...

RentEase has been appointed as an authorised distributor for Haulotte aerial work platforms in Bangladesh. The rental company will manage customer sales and support activities throughout the country. Established...
Canadian lithium-ion battery solutions manufacturer UgoWork has received CAD2 million (USD1.56 million) in loan financing from Investissement Québec as part of the Compétivert initiative. The financing comes on the...

GPA adds cranes  Savannah, GA, United States

The Port of Savannah, owned and operated by the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) in the USA, has ordered seven ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and 15 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from...

Beumer automates Casea  Osterode, Germany

Casea GmbH, a manufacturer of gypsum products, has commissioned Beumer Group to supply a robotic palletiser to assist the company to meet the increasing demands of customers. The delivery...

Automated Handling Solutions launched  Chicago, IL, United States

May River Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm, has announced the creation of Automated Handling Solutions, a new platform offering highly engineered materials handling equipment and automation solutions.  The...

Battery Supplies NV/SA has been a very active player on the battery sales market for more than 20 years. Our slogan has always been The Choice Is Yours and LogiMAT is the perfect spot to show our visitors how this approach has become the backbone of our commercial strategy.

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The vendors of material handling equipment (aka – forklifts) have not served the industry in North America well by supporting the conversion to electric forklifts from internal combustion dinosaurs.
Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) are ideal for maintenance or construction work. At TVH, we want to make sure any downtime of your MEWPs is reduced to a minimum. That’s why we supply high-quality spare parts at all times.
HC Forklift America Corporation (HCFA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hangcha Group, is excited to honor our top dealers of 2021 with the 2021 Dealers of Excellence award.

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Reducing the carbon footprint of container handlers and forklifts diesel engines is a topic of importance for French company SNDC, which offers an alternative way with immediate solutions that can be implemented in ICE equipment to reduce carbon emissions.
Workplace Health & Safety Show 2022 is returning to Melbourne from Wednesday 25 – Thursday 26 May, bringing trusted industry pioneers and groundbreaking newcomers to Melbourne, sharing current trends, research and revealing progressive technology, processes and products redefining the world of safety.
Yale's new UX Series GDP lift trucks respond to extensive demand for cost-effective material handling solutions available from a supplier that customers can trust, with reputable service through its extensive dealer networks.

‘…We got 7 inquiries coming from Canada, USA, Mexico, Israel and Australia (5 from retailers, 2 from machines manufacturers) and we are still in contact with them. I can state that’s a success story!’

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Mid 2021, Italian artist Salvatore Garau auctioned off an invisible sculpture for $18,300. He explained the “immaterial sculpture” wants you to activate the power of imagination.

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This drive-by mini-gallery opened in summer 2019 and fosters creativity and imagination with revolving exhibits.


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The little book that could: when creativity pays off
Rosie Clifford
It’s not every day that a dealer wins an award for creative excellence. Donna Waldrep, director of Marketing at Carolina Handling, shares the story behind their recent ADDY Award winning project, If Santa Had a Lift Truck, a B2B children's book.



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