News Edition #1105 - 1 December 2022

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There's some optimism about the global economy from one of the world's leading banks, Deutsche Bank.
The bank's chief investment officer for Private Banking, Christian Nolting, is tipping mild recessions in Europe and the US for 2023, "but improving dynamics in Asia where supply chains are all but resolved".
He's also flagging stabilising interest rates. "Price rises will moderate due to easing commodity prices, unchained supply chains and central bank action but inflation will remain a problem in 2023," he notes.
One of the bright spots for the year ahead is infrastructure, "the backbone of sustainably growing economies". That bodes well for the materials handling sector whose fate is so closely tied to infrastructure.
Nolting lists the risks as geopolitics (specifically, Taiwan), monetary policy errors, liquidity crises, real estate crashes, tech wars - and the "unknown unknowns".


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Logistics and supply chains are facing a deepening skills shortage, according to a report in The Australian. The newspaper says industry leaders are calling for an immediate increase in...
Hangcha launches Australian subsidiary  Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Chinese manufacturer Hangcha has launched an Australian subsidiary, Hangcha Australia, following on from similar operations in Europe, South East Asia, the United States, Canada, the Netherlands and Mexico. The...
KPA sets lift record  Broome, WA, Australia
Australia's Kimberley Ports Authority has set a record for its heaviest crane lift, completing a 72 T lift from the vessel Normand Saracen. The lift involved INPEX cargo known...

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KION expands Reutlingen production  Reutlingen, Germany
KION Group is planning a multi-million Euro expansion of its Reutlingen production facility. "By expanding the production by some 60%, we are sending an important message about the future...
Parts giant TVH has selected the Körber K. Motion Warehouse Management System (WMS) and K.Motion Warehouse Control System (WCS) for its warehouse automation. TVH will upgrade warehouses across five...
Richards to step down from MHEDA  Wauconda, IL, United States
Industry association MHEDA is losing its CEO, with Liz Richards announcing that she will retire at the end of next year. "When I was first hired to run this...
Sweden's Semax has appointed three new dealers in Europe as part of its expansion drive on the continent. Profiservice GmbH has been appointed as the authorised Semax dealer for...
Ottawa reaches major milestone  City of Industry, CA, United States
Kalmar Ottawa has sold its 80,000th terminal tractor. The milestone terminal tractor was sold by Cal-Lift, a family-owned dealership established in 1964 that has represented the Ottawa brand across...

GAM and Haulotte have confirmed a new collaboration agreement. GAM specialises in custom solutions for industry, manufacturers, and logistics specialists. Haulotte Ibérica, the Spanish subsidiary of the Haulotte Group...
Honeywell expands in Mexico  Monterrey, NL, Mexico
Honeywell has expanded operations in Nuevo Leon at its Global Supply Chain Centre of Excellence in Monterrey, one of its main logistics centres in the northeast region of Mexico...
As Dematic celebrates reaching the milestone of 50 years of operations in Asia, there is a real optimism in the logistics automation and software company's Asia team about the...
CFTS urges prevention  United Kingdom
Thorough Examination accrediting body CFTS is advising that we are heading into the perfect time of year to make sure essential equipment is not only safe but is in...
Netherlands ramps up emergency resources  Apeldoorn, Netherlands
A number of equipment suppliers have joined with Dutch government agencies to form Infra Capacity Alliance (ICA), a disaster support network similar to (but broader than) ALAN in the...
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Manufacturers respond to container handling challenges
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Lifting Lady Liberty – inside the Patriotic Pallet Project world record
Donna Waldrep
The team at Carolina Handling wanted a unique project that was grand enough to get the attention of those outside the materials handling industry, while also honouring the service of their veteran associates. Cue the Patriotic Pallet Project, a 50x50-pallet painting of Lady Liberty.

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