News Edition #1121 - 30 March 2023

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The major American materials handling trade show, ProMat, wrapped up in Chicago last week, and while Forkliftaction News was not able to attend, we did catch up with many of the major participants and share their observations in our report this week.
The key issues for all participants in the North American market seem to be unchanged from a year ago - concerns about labour shortages, supply chain disruptions, and a growing focus on safety and the environment.
Those factors have combined to further propel the thrust towards automation - and this was evident in the plethora of new solutions on show in Chicago.
It looks like the adoption of robotic solutions - either as stand-alones or combined with traditional moving equipment - is no longer a question of 'if', but rather 'when'. This is also prompting debate about 'how' - and we see this as a major opportunity for logistics/materials handling consultants and integrators while it also promotes the need for interoperability (the ability of components to work together seamlessly).


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Metcash automates new DC  Truganina, VIC, Australia
Metcash will integrate a Dematic goods-to-person (GTP) order fulfiment solution within its new Melbourne distribution centre (DC). The new 115,000 sqm DC, located in Truganina and due for completion...
LiftEx Regional comes to Sydney  Sydney, NSW, Australia
LiftEx Regional, a two-day event hosted by the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), will take place in Sydney on 24 - 25 May. To be held at the Australian National...

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Sales appear to have been grounded at one of the world's largest forklift parts vendors, TVH, as a result of a cybersecurity attack. Since last week, the TVH website...
Automation and innovation at ProMat  Chicago, IL,, United States
ProMat 2023, which wrapped up last week at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, was held against a backdrop of intense interest in supply chain technology. Organisers say this was...
Haulotte Group's sales for 2022 rose by 18% to their highest-ever level - EUR609.7 million (USD660.7 million). However, operating income dropped by 0.8% to -EUR4.9 million (-USD5.3 million) due to...
KION Group has struck a partnership with Canada's Li-Cycle Holdings, an industry leader in lithium ion battery resource recovery, in a bid to strengthen its sustainability practices. The partnership...
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AGG automates new warehouse  London, United Kingdom
Global warehouse robotics provider Exotec has announced a significant contract win with Alliance Automotive Group (AAG) UK&I, a large car and commercial vehicle parts supplier working across European markets...
STI adds STS cranes  San Antonio, Chile
San Antonio Terminal Internacional (STI) in Chile has received two new ZPMC Super Post Panamax ship-to-shore cranes. The equipment is part of STI's USD66 million investment plan, set to...
Kalmar's first heavy electric forklift, due for delivery Q4 2023, will help Austrian rail logistics service provider Innofreight Solutions achieve a target of carbon neutrality by 2040. Kalmar Austria...
Liebherr’s first LR 1400 SX in operation  Atlanta, GA, United States
Liebherr's largest multi-purpose crawler crane is currently in operation in Atlanta, Georgia. Purchased by Full Tilt Crane Services (FTCN) as a response to the changing market, the LR 1400...
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Hangcha Forklift announces success at Chicago's PROMAT 2023, with 20 units showcased from Hangcha's full line of material handling equipment.
UN Forklift is thrilled to announce that they have officially begun mass production and shipment of their highly anticipated V series lithium battery forklift.
The rise in fuel cost is an emotive subject and it is driving behavioural change in logistics and materials handling. Those handling long loads have found a perfect solution in Baumann sideloaders...
As companies adapt to the latest handling trends-including an exploding AGV/AGF market and the drive toward automating supply chains-one thing stands out: smart attachments. Cascade takes you on an exploration of their latest smart solutions.
Get a better handle on your warehouse operations, streamline your processes, and improve your bottom line with imSight the data collection and analysis tool from Intermodalics.
Delta will be attending both ProMAT and LogiMAT 2023 to showcase its power and automation products and solutions for smart logistics.
Join experts and professionals to explore critical business and supply chain topics impacting and shaping the industry at Supply Chain Partners Virtual Summit April 2023.

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