News Edition #1134 - 29 June 2023

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Technological advances are in the news this week, with new models being unveiled and robot-makers announcing network expansions and system upgrades.

One industry player suggested the current push towards automation in the materials handling sector could help solve the labour shortage being experienced in many countries around the world.

It’s heartening to see many of the new technologies are also focused at reducing carbon emissions, with the latest green energy solutions being taken up at cold storage distribution centres in France and Spain and HC Forklift releasing a new electric forklift model.


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TMHA opens Dandenong South branch  Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has launched its new flagship branch in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong South. Construction of the new facility on 32,600 sqm of land began...
Australia Post opens new parcel facility  Kemps Creek, NSW, Australia
Australia Post has opened its newest parcel facility in Western Sydney, the second-largest sorting facility in its network. The 33,680 sqm Kemps Creek Parcel Facility can process up to...

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STEF chooses Plug Power solutions  Latham, NY, United States
Forklifts at two of STEF's cold storage distribution centres in Europe will be fitted with hydrogen fuel cells after the food transport and logistics company's energy subsidiary struck a...
TAP to distribute Kivnon products  Barcelona, Spain
Spanish robot-maker Kivnon has announced German-based TAP will distribute its automated equipment, including self-driving forklifts. Kivnon, which makes autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and automated guided vehicles (AGVs), says the...
French robot maker Effidence will upgrade an indoor-outdoor robot fleet to keep pace with enhancements at a carmaker's production facility. Effidence says it had supplied the unnamed carmaker's warehouse...
HC Forklift unveils new electric model
Carolina Handling donates forklift
VCF to sell UN Forklifts
China-based multi-robot orchestration software specialist CoEvolution Technology will supply its Co-Pick smart warehouse system to a South Korean warehouse that supplies 417 Lotte Super stores. The agreement takes CoEvolution's...

Sweden's Semax has appointed E&W Stapler-Technik as its authorised dealer for the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany as it continues its European expansion. At the same time as signing...
JLG unveils new SkyTrak models  McConnellsburg, PA, United States
JLG Industries has unveiled two new telehandler models as it rolls out an update of its SkyTrak range. The SkyTrak 6034 and 6042 telehandlers, both with 6,000 lb. (2.7...
UK company fired over forklift death  Downpatrick, United Kingdom
An Irish company has been fined GBP75,000 (USD94,700) by the Downpatrick Crown Court over the workplace death of a man crushed by a piece of heavy equipment being moved...
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Fast fashion e-retailer Shein is seeking warehouse space in Mexico as it seeks to expand its footprint in Latin America, according to a Reuters news report. The Singapore-domiciled Chinese...

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HC Forklift America Corporation (HCFA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hangcha Group, is excited to announce the new XC Series 3-Wheel Electric Lithium-Ion Pneumatic Forklift with a 3,200-4,000lb capacity.
Forklifts have more power source options today than ever. With the assistance of Hyster® Power Match Experts, you can address the complexities of today's power needs and implement your ideal power source.
Baumann, the industry-leading sideloader manufacturer, is launching the EGX X-Plus Series, a new model equipped with technology to enhance safety and efficiency.
Choosing the right options can turn a great lift truck into the perfect one for your business. Let's look at some of the optional extras available on one product range from Cat® Lift Trucks.

SCLAA is inviting you to attend the CeMAT Conference taking place from 25-27 July 2023 at The Dome, Sydney Olympic Park.
Port Technology International is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated Smart Digital Ports of the Future North America 2023 conference which will be held at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on the 5th-6th December 2023.
The World Battery & Energy Storage Industry Expo (WBE), formerly Asia Battery Sourcing Fair (GBF ASIA), will be held from the 8th to the 10th August, 2023, at the China Import & Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou.

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Electrification charges power, performance and productivity
With the wide-scale adoption of new battery technologies, how can end-users maximise their benefits in terms of operating efficiency, lower costs and increased safety? Karen Cotton spoke to the experts to find out. Read the story

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