News Edition #1126 - 4 May 2023

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What a difference a year makes! A record LogiMAT wrapped up last week and the shift in mood from last year was palpable. The halls were literally buzzing - and it was hard to conduct conversations over the crowd noises.
While supply chain challenges still linger, most vendors seemed upbeat, bolstered by strong order books, healthy prices and generally positive sentiment.
Ironically, the same issue driving demand - staff shortages - is also impacting on manufacturers, although most seem to be finding ways of attracting new workers to keep up with the increased labour requirements.
We are reporting on the event over the next three weeks, starting today.


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NatRoad calls for write-off  Canberra, ACT, Australia
The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) has called for the reinstatement of the instant asset write-off in next week's Federal Budget. NatRoad CEO Warren Clark says the previous government's...
AusPost opens Dubbo DC  Dubbo, NSW, Australia
Australia Post has opened a new parcel delivery centre in Dubbo, cementing its long-term investment in the region. Australia Post's new facility boasts more than 1,485 sqm of internal...

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The board of directors of Cargotec will investigate and initiate a process to potentially separate its core businesses, Kalmar and Hiab, into two standalone companies. Cargotec's intention would be...
Strong forklift showing at LogiMAT  Stuttgart, Germany
LogiMAT 2023 saw a significant increase in automation solutions, but traditional forklifts were still very visible, filling almost two of the 10 halls and a significant part of the...
Labour concerns rise – survey  South Jordan, UT, United States
Labour shortages and worker efficiency are the key concerns among supply chain professionals, according to a survey by Ivanti Wavelink. The survey of employees across the supply chain profession...
Zeppelin Group is buying CP ApS, one of the leading equipment rental companies in Denmark. With this acquisition, Zeppelin is further expanding its international activities and strengthening its rental...

Genesis distributes XCMG in UK  London, United Kingdom
Genesis Equipment Sales, a new company in the Ballyvesey Holdings Group, has announced its launch as the only authorised UK distributor of XCMG Access Equipment. The company will offer...
KION off to a good start  Frankfurt, Germany
KION Group has started strongly in 2023, despite a continued challenging market environment. The positive development of the group's business was mainly due to the Industrial Trucks & Services (ITS...
Manitou revenues rise  Ancenis, France
Manitou has reported significant revenue rises for the first quarter of 2023. President and CEO Michel Denis says: "The group is starting the 2023 financial year with a dynamic...
Trucking company fined after death  Clitheroe, United Kingdom
A Lancashire trucking company has been fined GBP30,000 (USD37,000) after a mechanic died while repairing a forklift truck. Joseph Robinson, a mechanic at E. Jackson (Chatburn), was working with...
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HC Forklift America Corporation (HCFA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hangcha Group, will discontinue their Lead Acid powered product line as part of Hangcha's "New Energy" initiative.
On Wednesday April 19, 2023, a stand up forklift operator, aged 62, was killed in an underride accident at a manufacturer in West Point, Georgia.
Van Rooijen Logistics uses the RAVAS order picking solution, Pick by Weight, to speed up the order picking process and reduce errors. Dietsen Schrijvers, Account Manager at Van Rooijen Logistics talks about his experiences during the collaboration with RAVAS.
During the three-day LogiMAT 2023 exhibition, the Hangcha booth won much attention and great popularity. With new series debuts, the latest equipment, and other products to attract visitors from around the world.

The future of work lighting is here - INTELLilight® is set to revolutionise the way you light up your working world.
CeMAT Australia has just announced amazing prizes you could win by entering the inaugural Australian Forklift Championships, being held at CeMAT Australia on 25-27 July 2023 at The Dome, Sydney Olympic Park.
This June LogiMAT China at SNIEC will present the newest technology of intra-logistics solutions and process management for the entire industry.
R U OK? in Trucks & Sheds is an industry-wide initiative to drive meaningful conversations for those working in road transport, warehousing, and logistics.

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While its benefits to materials handling operations are clear - and include improved productivity, safety, sustainability and more - automation is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. As Matthew McDonald explains, it requires careful consideration before implementing. Read the story


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