News Edition #1110 - 12 January 2023

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Could 2023 be the year of the fuel cell? We report this week on Kalmar's trial of two fuel cell terminal tractors in the United States and on the first trial of a hydrogen-fuelled tractor by a UK port operator.
These tests come hot on the heels of last month's testing of a Hyster container handler powered by hydrogen fuel cells (HFC) at Fenix Marine Services in the Port of Los Angeles.
Built on a standard Hyster H1050-1150XD-CH top-pick container handler design, the truck is powered by two 45 kW hydrogen fuel cells from Nuvera.
The benefits of fuel cells are well known, in terms of environmental impact, silent operation and fast charging.
But the supply of hydrogen remains problematic. Until the fuel becomes widely available, broader adoption is unlikely.

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There's no doubt that 2022 was a difficult year for materials handling, logistics and many other sectors of the economy. Major challenges, according to John Paxton, CEO of the... Read the story


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The materials handling sector entered 2023 with uncertainty surrounding the state of the global economy, the availability of labour (especially skilled labour) and concerns over rising energy costs. David...
Kalmar trials fuel cells  New York, NY, United States
Kalmar has announced a collaboration with Toyota Tsusho America, headquartered in New York, and global strategic environmental engineering consultancy Ricardo in a project to develop fuel cell-powered terminal tractors...
ABP trials hydrogen terminal tractor  Immingham, United Kingdom
Associated British Ports (ABP) has become the first UK port operator to trial a hydrogen-fuelled tractor in its container terminal at the Port of Immingham. The joint pilot project...
Flux Power flags further growth  Vista, CA, United States
Lithium ion battery maker Flux Power is reporting its 17th consecutive quarter of revenue growth, ending 2022 with over 15,000 battery packs in the field. CEO Ron Dutt notes...
Balyo automates Behr Paint DCs  Woburn, MA, United States
Balyo has been selected by the Behr Paint Company to equip four additional distribution centres across the USA. Over the course of 2023, Balyo will deploy a fleet of...
Carson buys J&J Forklift Services  Morrisville, NC, United States
Carson Industries has completed a deal to acquire South Carolina-based J&J Forklift Services. In addition to purchasing J&J's assets, the complex transaction also required legal counsel related to financing...
Loxam buys Portuguese hirer  Lorient, France
European equipment hirer Loxam has acquired HR - Aluguer de Equipamentos from Group GHP Investimentos. Established in 1990, HR is a leading general equipment rental player in Portugal, where it...
Record years for safety bodies  United Kingdom
Two UK organisations devoted to materials handling safety have reported record growth in 2022. Training accreditation body AITT experienced more than 10% growth in membership, according to managing director...
Hiab buys valve supplier  Eksjö, Sweden
Hiab has entered into an agreement to acquire the family-owned Swedish industrial group Olsbergs, which designs, manufactures and supplies hydraulic valves and remote control systems used to manoeuvre Hiab's...
The death of a worker in Rifle Range Road on December 27 was the result of forklift forks being raised before they were fully inserted under a machine, according...

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In the forest product transport chain, when it comes to pulp bale handling, Auramo attachments are there, to ensure an efficient, safe and damage-free handling.
When the premier manufacturing and supply chain trade event of 2023, ProMat, returns to Chicago on March 20, it will include over 1000 exhibits and a comprehensive Educational Conference of over 150 sessions.
The Backbone® is an ANSI/ITSDF compliant safety attachment that will protect your standup forklift operators from underride.
MHEDA's Annual Convention and Exhibitor Showcase will take place from April 29-May 3, 2023, in Nashville, TN.

The fifth annual Robotics and Automation exhibition brought many of the leading names in robot development and automated solutions together to showcase the latest innovative technology and discuss the challenges facing modern industry.
Sensortronic Weighing & Inspection Australasia (SWIA) is an industry leader in weighing measurement solutions and is an exclusive agent for the Compuload range of products.
The UK's leading retail focused supply chain and logistics event will be held on 28th February and 1st March 2023, at the ExCel, London.

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