News Edition #1099 - 20 October 2022

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We recently reported on increased acquisition activity in the UK equipment hire market.
That activity continues, with this week's confirmation that Sunbelt UK, which already boasts more than 200 depots and 1,800 pieces of equipment, has acquired Media Access Solutions.
What we see in this deal is a large mainstream hirer expanding its market by gobbling up a niche player which is dominant in the film and TV market.
The equipment is the same, but the customer base is very different - and more demanding.
The integration of MAS will be interesting - and, luckily, owner Tim Kendall will remain on board to guide the transition.


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Natroad calls for Euro VI help  Canberra, ACT, Australia
The National Road Transport Association has welcomed the Albanese government's commitment to the Euro VI emissions standard for new trucks but wants operators to be incentivised to take it...
WorkSafe investigates death  Perth, WA, Australia
WorkSafe WA is investigating the death of a 50-year-old man in a work accident at a transport company in Bibra Lake. The death occurred on Tuesday afternoon, with investigators...

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All States Ag Parts buys Arrow Acquisition  Hudson, WI, United States
All States Ag Parts (ASAP) has acquired Arrow Acquisition, a specialist in forks and attachments for a wide range of materials handling equipment. Arrow is headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas...
Sunbelt buys MAS  Warrington, United Kingdom
Sunbelt UK has acquired Media Access Solutions to expand its capabilities for the film and TV market. According to a Sunbelt LinkedIn post, "operating on a national level, from...
Sunlight expands in North Carolina  Greensboro, NC, United States
Sunlight Batteries USA has expanded its operations with a second location in Mebane, Alamance County, North Carolina. The USD40 million investment will create a new state-of-the-art lithium ion battery...
Haulotte adds Caribbean distributors   Le Lamentin, Martinique
Haulotte has strengthened its presence in the Caribbean islands with two new distributors: Bamitel in Martinique and Carmo Pro in Guadeloupe, both belonging to the GBH Group (Bernard Hayot...
Exotec wins UK order  Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
L.A.C. Logistics Automation has signed a contract to deploy Exotec's Skypod system to iForce, the UK's premier solutions provider for multi-channel fulfilment and returns. This is Exotec's first major...
UKMHA presents Archies 2022  Birmingham, United Kingdom
Materials handling leaders from around the UK gathered at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham to pay tribute to the companies, teams and individuals who contributed to the industry last...

LEEA announces 2022 winners  Aberdeen, United Kingdom
The fourth annual LEEA Awards winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony, held at P&J Live in Aberdeen on 5 October 2022. LEEA CEO Ross Moloney was host for...
Kal Tire expands fleet  Santiago, Chile
Kal Tire has expanded its fleet with two new Konecranes SMV 33-1200C forklifts to fulfill a tyre service contract at the Centinela mine in northern Chile. The company provides...
AUSA launches electric range  Barcelona, Spain
AUSA has launched its electric vehicle range, including the new T164E telescopic handler with a 1,600 kg payload and a maximum lift of 4 m. The range is powered...
Toyota updates 3-Wheel Electric    Columbus, IN, United States
Toyota Material Handling has launched an updated version of the Toyota 3-Wheel Electric Forklift. The update adds new features and technology with more than 30 advances, including improved ergonomics...
A worker in Wake Forest died on Monday night in an industrial incident involving a forklift. The town's public information officer, Bill Crabtree, confirmed the death of the worker...

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For the 2nd year in a row, Hangcha Forklift Canada Inc. welcomed dealers from coast to coast to the Canadian Headquarters and Distribution Centre for its annual dealers' conference.
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