News Edition #1114 - 9 February 2023

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China's economy is set to rebound this year as mobility and activity pick up after the lifting of pandemic restrictions, providing a boost to the global economy.
The International Monetary Fund predicts the Chinese economy will grow by 5.2% this year, a significant improvement on last year's 3%.
The IMF hails this as "good news for China and the world as the Chinese economy is now expected to contribute a quarter of global growth this year".
Against this backdrop, we look at Chinese forklift manufacturing this week in a special report which reflects this optimism.

From strength to strength – the state of forklift manufacturing in China
Buoyed by factors like the boom in e-commerce and the associated need for warehousing, the global demand for forklifts is growing rapidly. As Matthew McDonald writes, Chinese manufacturers are playing an increasingly important role in meeting this demand. Read the story


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$24 million to boost regional rail freight  Sydney, NSW, Australia
The NSW Government will invest more than $24 million into upgrading 96 km of rail line between Gilgandra and Coonamble to help boost freight loads and lower costs. Minister...
Caution urged after floods  Wellington, New Zealand
Businesses and organisations need to manage risks to make sure working conditions are safe, as the flooding emergency continues to unfold in Northland, Auckland and Coromandel. Worksafe New Zealand...

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JLG completes Hinowa acquisition   McConnellsburg, PA, United States
JLG Industries has completed its acquisition of Hinowa, extending its product portfolio. Founded in 1987 in Nogara, Italy, Hinowa became well-known in the industry for its innovative track designs...
BMH acquires Myers Forklift  Washington, DC, United States
The acquisition of Myers Forklift in December was the fifth materials handling purchase by BMH Equipment in 12 months. Myers joins Frank H. Gill & Co. (Lansing, IL); Mass Lift...
Palfinger is planning a major development in Poing near Munich. "We are combining several functions - a large showroom, efficient service workshops that meet all requirements and modern offices - in...
The move to electrification has seen two European manufacturers converting ICE vehicles to battery electric. In a pilot project, Still will convert two service fleet vehicles to electric drive...
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Louisa Hosegood, Logistics UK
Various, Hoppecke UK
United Rentals hails ‘outstanding year’  Stamford, CT, United States
Rental giant United Rentals has reported record rental revenues, up 18.8% in the last quarter of 2022. Used equipment sales were also up, increasing 26.2% year-over-year. Releasing the financials...
MDS expands with £1.1 million JCB order  Essex, United Kingdom
A leading groundworks and civils contractor has invested in a fleet of new JCB equipment in a deal worth more than GBP1.1 million (USD1.32 million). Essex-based MDS Civil Engineering...
Bluewater, OneCharge partner for recycling  Garden Grove, CA, United States
OneCharge and Bluewater Battery Logistics have entered into a strategic partnership to recycle and repurpose advanced lithium ion batteries at the end of their useful life. Lithium forklift batteries...
Coach House saves through automation  Lancashire, United Kingdom
A new fully automated high-bay warehouse has dramatically increased storage capacity, helping a Lancashire-based global furniture and homeware supplier facilitate growth and increase efficiency. Global trade-only furniture and homeware...
Port of Spain adds forklifts  Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago
The Port of Port of Spain (PPOS) has purchased two Konecranes Liftace empty container handlers, a Konecranes reachstacker, and two Konecranes forklifts for its port terminal located in Port...

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EP presents the optimized generation design Electric Forklift with the advantages of both lithium and diesel in one truck.
As a national high-tech enterprise, driven by innovation, SOCMA has formed three series of products: heavy-duty forklifts, telescopic forklifts, and electric construction machineries.
Tangshan Chenrui Heavy Industry Co., Ltd develops and manufactures forklift gantries, forklift beams, forklift gantry assembly, and other products for materials handling.
TYRI, in collaboration with the artist PAX., has produced a rock song to pay tribute to all those people who spend long days sitting in heavy machines and working in challenging environments.
Genkinger GmbH offers a complete product range for the safe and efficient handling of cable and rope drums.
Automation solutions applied to the material handling world are continuously evolving. The latest technology development in Bolzoni has been to design and manufacture fully electric driven attachments to fit Automated Guided Vehicles.
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.

Sensortronic Weighing & Inspection Australasia (SWIA) is an industry leader in weighing measurement solutions and is an exclusive agent for the Compuload range of products.
At Cascade Corporation, we know the forks and attachments used to handle your loads are essential to keeping your material handling operations running smoothly. That's why selecting products that integrate seamlessly with each other (and your workflow) can be a time-consuming and difficult task.
SCLAA will once again be hosting our Annual Industry Champagne Networking Breakfast on International Women's Day, 8th March, 2023 at the Establishment Ballroom, Sydney.
As we move past the 'Happy New Year' phase of 2023, so much about what this year has in store is uncertain. It means this year's Packaging Innovations & Empack, Featuring Contract Pack & Fulfilment could not arrive at a more opportune time.
The Health & Safety Event is set to return bigger and better than ever on 25-27 April 2023 at NEC Birmingham, and visitors are now able to register to attend for free.
The leading expo for smart logistics equipment & technology in southeast China, LET-a CeMAT ASIA event (2023), will take place on 18-20 May 2023.

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