News Edition #1132 - 15 June 2023

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A belated happy National Forklift Safety Day to readers on both sides of the Atlantic.

This week, the event marked its 10th anniversary in the United States and its fourth in the UK after it was shifted to coincide with the American date. 

Since the early days of NFSD, Forkliftaction News has advocated for a Global Forklift Safety Day, bringing together the efforts of regulators, associations, manufacturers, dealers, trainers and fleet managers in a unified drive to highlight the threats in the workplace and the steps needed to overcome them.

Maybe next year, associations in Europe, Asia and Australasia will come onboard.

As I’ve said in the past, while we respect any efforts to highlight safety on a particular day, every day should be a forklift safety day.

To quote from my favourite ‘80s TV show, Hill Street Blues: “Let’s be careful out there!” 


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Bluescope Steel adds Bis electric forklifts  Port Kembla, NSW, Australia
Logistics company Bis will supply an electric fleet of machinery, including electric forklifts, to BlueScope's Port Kembla operations after winning a five-year contract with the steelmaker. Bis chief executive...
DHL opens Hamilton hub  Auckland, New Zealand
Global logistics firm DHL Supply Chain has opened a new transport hub in Hamilton in New Zealand's North Island to boost its network in the region. DHL Supply Chain...

We’d like to give a shout-out to the unsung heroes in materials handling. Those unassuming folks who pull off great things, or go out of their way to be helpful. Or someone who deserves a ‘hell yeah’ for a company milestone.

This week on the website we are giving a shout-out to all of the many safety champions in our industry.

Let us know if there is someone at work who deserves a pat on the back! Or add #ForkliftactionShoutOut to your Twitter or LinkedIn posts.


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Materials handling professionals and safety experts gathered on both sides of the Atlantic this week for the 10th National Forklift Safety Day. The first National Forklift Safety Day was...
Equipment Depot distributes Narrow Aisle  Houston, TX, United States
Equipment Depot has struck an exclusive deal to distribute Narrow Aisle forklifts in the United States. The United Kingdom's Narrow Aisle makes Flexi and Artix forklifts, which will be...
Palfinger opens new North American headquarters  Schaumburg, IL, United States
Palfinger has opened new North American headquarters as it chases its goal of becoming the market leader in the crane and lifting solutions sector. The Austrian company has invested...
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South African port and warehouse operator Access World and French terminal operator BTM have ordered Kalmar reachstackers. Access World will add four Kalmar Eco reachstackers and two Kalmar Essential...
Interthor changes name to Logitrans
Sunlight Group invests in Logbatind 
HBS Systems partners with Trnsact 
JCB unveils zero-emission loader  Staffordshire, United Kingdom
British equipment manufacturer JCB has launched its first full electric wheeled loader, which has shovel and fork modes. The 403E loader is powered by a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery...
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) will add three Liebherr automated dual-trolley ship to shore container cranes to its terminal in the Port of Hamburg. The cabinless cranes will operate...
OWE rebrands as NexTier Equipment  Cleveland, OH, United States
Ohio Warehouse Equipment has changed its name to NexTier Equipment as it progresses an aggressive expansion plan in the American used equipment market. The Cleveland-based company's new name is...
Man injured in UK forklift accident  Billingham, United Kingdom
A man was seriously injured in an industrial accident in Billingham involving a forklift, according to a Teeside Live report. The 29-year-old man became stuck under a forklift at...

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Matrix's OmniPro is an advanced collision avoidance system that uses Visual Artificial Intelligence to enable line-of-travel, crosswalk and blind-spot pedestrian and vehicle alerting for mobile equipment.
Have a look at your warehouse or dock. If you notice dents or damage you may be using forks on your forklifts that are too long. Fork attachments from Meijer Handling Solutions may be able to help.
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When it comes to superior battery solutions, Industrial Batteries Australia (IBA) stands out as one of Australia's leading Motive Power providers, offering a wide range of Electric Forklift power solutions that meet the diverse needs of businesses across Australia.

CGHE2023 is a high-level Conference & Exhibition that will involve 1000+ decision-makers from around the world. Held 05 - 06 July 2023 at the Riu Plaza España, Madrid, Spain.
CILF2023, the leading logistics and transport expo in Asia is back this September and will welcome approx 180,000 global visitors. Visitor registration is now open!
WAREMAT will take place from August 4th to 6th, 2023 at the Codissia Trade Fair Complex, Coimbatore, India. An event that should not be missed by anyone involved in the warehousing, material handling, storage, logistics, transportation and supply chain industries.

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