News Edition #1083 - 30 June 2022

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We wrap up our LogiMAT coverage this week with a report on the overwhelming issue on the minds of everyone at the event in Stuttgart - the impact of supply chain disruptions and component shortages.
We heard of manufacturers with thousands of incomplete forklifts in their factories, most just waiting for one or two parts. Then there are delivery time blow-outs, with some customers facing delays of a year or more when they place an order. And further, there are the financial ramifications, with suppliers doing all they can to accommodate rising costs and avoid passing them all on to buyers, especially those with firm quotes in place.
While this may sound like doom and gloom, we were surprised by the level of optimism and the belief that things will improve next year - maybe not to pre-COVID levels, but to something closer to "normality".
One astonishing assurance was that none of the major manufacturers was overly concerned about the impact of the current challenges on cash flow. One would expect some panic, with delays in deliveries meaning many months of operation without revenue coming in, but it seems that most manufacturers were prudent during the good times and have built up enough capital buffer to see them through the rough spots.


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There was one topic looming behind almost every conversation at the recent LogiMAT gathering in Stuttgart: supply chain issues. Virtually every exhibitor has been affected by the double whammy...

CW Plant places £5M order  Liverpool, United Kingdom

One of the UK’s leading equipment rental firms has invested in a fleet of brand new JCB rotating telehandlers in a deal worth more than GBP5 million (USD6.13 million...

Jungheinrich adds Li-ion models  Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Jungheinrich UK has launched a new forklift line with integrated lithium-ion batteries. The new POWERLiNE trucks are much more compact and agile, which makes them particularly suitable for use...

Linde resumes WoMH  Mannheim, Germany

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Tidewater Equipment Company adds branch  Enterprise, AL, United States

Case Construction Equipment dealer Tidewater Equipment Company has expanded its construction equipment footprint in the southeastern United States with an all-new full-service location in Enterprise, Alabama, delivering dedicated equipment...

Bobcat premieres at Hillhead 2022  London, United Kingdom

Bobcat presented several new products for the first time at Hillhead 2022. These include the new R-Series telehandler range and the L85, the first model in the company’s compact...

Ravas USA restructures  Twinsburg, OH, United States

Ravas has restructured its operating in the Americas and added field development support. As part of its strategic plan and commitment to the development of the Americas territories, Ravas...

Carolina Handling adds Atlanta facility  Charlotte, NC, United States

Carolina Handling, the exclusive Raymond Solutions and Support Center for Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida's central time zone, has begun construction on a new 82,508 sqft...

Evelyn McWilliams mourned  Wauconda, IL, United States

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Lifting Day looms  London, United Kingdom

End-users of lifting equipment have been conscripted to join in the third Global Lifting Awareness Day on 7 July. Organisers stress that the battle with gravity is essential to...

MasterMover adds model  Derbyshire, United Kingdom

MasterMover has unveiled a major investment in its industrial product range with the launch of the SmartMover SM200+, offering a pull and push movement for loads of up to...

Signing bonus for drivers  Fresno, CA, United States

A Fresno raisin company is offering new forklift drivers a USD5,000 sign-on bonus.  Sun-Maid Growers of America, an agricultural cooperative, is hoping the bonus will help fill positions at...
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Given the industry challenges over the past two years, Cascade is excited to return to the tradeshow floor. With several fresh offerings and plenty to catch up on, our team is here to recap MODEX, LogiMAT, and KOMAT 2022, bringing you up-to-speed with industry professionals from around the globe.
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Baumann Sideloaders will be attending its first CEMAT Australia exhibition in Melbourne (19-22 July 2022). It has dropped its 80-volt electric range and will produce only 120v powered electric machines from now on.

Material handlers and logistics companies are facing huge challenges in 2022. But innovation in telematics technology is helping businesses to both improve driver safety in their warehouses and boost efficiency across their industrial fleets.
Mobicon Systems has partnered with Portstar Machinery, New Zealand’s one stop shop for high quality equipment, parts, and service.
The process of equipping industrial vehicles with the most appropriate warning lighting isn’t straightforward. As more vehicles are introduced into working spaces the safety of pedestrians and other users becomes more of a concern. Protecting lives and reducing risk of injury is paramount to any material handing situation.
On 23 June 2022, companies representing the UK’s Logistics and Transport industry came together at Newark Showground, to participate in The Big Logistics Diversity Challenge.
Asia Warehousing Show (AWS) the exhibition & conference on warehousing, material handling & supply chain industry in ASEAN is back and in-person from 25th to 27th July at BITEC.

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