News Edition #1096 - 29 September 2022

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INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

Just when you thought ICE had gone cold, German manufacturer Linde announces a new line of diesel- and LPG-powered forklifts designed for heavier loads.
Sure, there are many battery-powered machines that can cope with heavy loads, but Linde clearly recognises the trust that many owners still place in ICE.
At the same time, we report on another interesting trend this week, revealed in the new strategic direction of Linde's KION stablemate, Still. Like a few other major manufacturers, Still is embarking on a two-tier product approach - with premium and entry-level machine lines. This approach has clearly worked for rivals like Yale and Hyster, but comes as a bit of a surprise as KION already has a full entry-level range under the Baoli brand.

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SafeWork blitz under way  Sydney, NSW, Australia
SafeWork NSW Inspectors have begun visiting manufacturers throughout the Sydney metropolitan area to ensure machine safety, a leading cause of workplace fatalities and injuries in the sector. SafeWork executive...
DHL freight charges rise  Sydney, NSW, Australia
DHL Express has announced price adjustments that will take effect on 1 January 2023. The average increase in Australia will be 7.9%, compared to 2022. “So far, 2022 has...

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Still unveils strategic changes  Hamburg, Germany
Still has announced a number of strategic initiatives “to keep pace with the rapidly changing markets and customer needs”. Similar to the approach of Hyster and Yale, Still is...
UK market faces challenges  Birmingham, United Kingdom
Discussions at the recent IMHX event in Birmingham reflect the common concerns experienced by materials handling professionals in all markets. Mike Barton, managing director at exhibitor B&B Attachments, notes...
Mitsubishi Logisnext Asia Pacific (MLAP) and xSQUARE, a Singapore-based intelligent warehousing solutions company, have entered into a partnership to meet the growing demand for intelligent warehousing solutions. MLAP and...
H&E Equipment to buy One Source  Baton Rouge, LA, United States
H&E Equipment Services has signed a definitive agreement to acquire One Source Equipment Rentals, a provider of non-residential construction and industrial equipment with operations in the Midwest and Southern...
Linde adds new IC models  Summerville, SC, United States
Linde has extended its industrial truck family with the addition of the Series 1204 IC engine-powered truck, available in diesel and LPG and capable of moving heavier loads from...
JLG offers safety option
Maxam adds performance tyre
Noblelift expands lithium offerings
Electro Kinetic adds lithium option

Noatum terminals add cranes  Castellon, Spain
Two LHM 420 and one LHM 550 cranes are being shipped to Noatum Terminals in the West Mediterranean. The three LHM models are joining an LHM 420 that was...
Locus picks a billion  Wilmington, MA, United States
Locus Robotics has surpassed the one billion units picked milestone. This new achievement was attained just 59 days after Locus registered 900 million units picked. “Reaching our one billion...
Driver shortages in Sioux Falls  Sioux Falls, SD, United States
Forklift operators are in high demand in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. According to a report in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader , one jobs website lists 250 forklift driver vacancies...
Haulotte hosts customers  Lorette, France
Following the example of Linde’s World of Material Handling, Haulotte hosted more than 120 customers from around the world at its recent Welcome Home event at its H3 headquarters...
Operator crushed against storage rack  Seattle, WA, United States
A Washington State warehouse worker was killed when he was crushed between a forklift and a metal rack. According to the state Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program (FACE...

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Cat® Lift Trucks has introduced two new flexible work partners as part of its pedestrian warehouse truck range - the Cat® NSP12N2C and NPP12N2D. Their aim: to keep your goods flowing quickly, even in narrow spaces.
Now more than ever, warehouse space is at a premium and increased volume of stock and number of workers share the same space, leading to situations where machines and people come too close for comfort. Technology from Transmon Engineering can assist.

Europe's leading fork manufacturer Vetter is an innovative pacemaker in the field of integrating smart sensor technology in the forks of the AGV to make Logistics 4.0 even more efficient, safer and simpler.
The conference programme for AntwerpXL, the award-winning breakbulk, heavy-lift and project cargo event, has been unveiled.

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Fleet management systems - part of materials handling’s safe, efficient future
Although the disruptions of the pandemic did affect the fleet management software market, sales of the products remain solid, they have broadened their appeal to include smaller businesses, and they have improved in terms of both functionality and performance. Matthew McDonald reports. Read the story

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