News Edition #1135 - 6 July 2023

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With the Southern Hemisphere in the grip of winter, it’s interesting to note the technological advancements in the materials handling world that take into account cold and freezing conditions.

This week the Australian unit of Dematic unveiled its third generation of freezer-rated automated guided vehicles (AGVs), while APM ordered two ZPMC “Blue Bot” straddle carriers for its port in Aarhus, Denmark, that are designed to operate automatically at low temperatures.

Sadly, industrial accidents and safety violations are also in the news this week. It’s a stark reminder of how important it is to stay safe out there, everyone.


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Dematic launches new freezer-rated AGVs  Sydney, NSW, Australia
Dematic's Australian unit has launched third generation freezer-rated automated guided vehicles (AGVs), including high-reach and counterbalance models. Dematic says its full range of AGVs, all designed and built in...
A 37-year-old man died after he and two others were injured in a pallet collapse at a Woolworths distribution centre in Sydney's west, according to an AAP report. The...

Help us 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 maybe someone deserves a ‘hell yeah’ for a company milestone.

This week on the website B&B Attachments is giving a shout out to their colleague David Spence, in celebration of his 25-year work anniversary!

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Prologis to buy industrial portfolio for USD3.1 billion  San Francisco, CA, United States
Logistics real estate provider Prologis will buy 14 million sqft. (1.3 million sqm) of warehouses and industrial property from Blackstone Real Estate for USD3.1 billion. The acquisition price represents...
Singapore Post (SingPost) and airline food service provider SATS are researching the viability of setting up an ecommerce transhipment hub in Singapore. The two Singapore-based entities have signed a...
APM Terminals has received two additional ZPMC automated straddle carriers as part of a pilot project at its yard in Aarhus. The original prototype, called the Blue Bot, was...
Buffalo Lift Trucks appointed Snorkle dealer 
Dexory secures funding for expansion
Yuasa to distribute AUSA equipment in Japan
Hellenic Post (ELTA), the state-owned Greek postal service, has added more robots to its autonomous mobile robots (AMR) fleet at its sorting centre in Athens. The fleet of 120...
Libyan port operator hires HPC  Rotterdam, Netherlands
Misurata Free Zone, the operator of the Port of Misurata in Libya, has hired Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC) to oversee the procurement and construction of three ship-to-shore (STS) container...
W8 Shipping faces fines for safety violations  Garden City, GA, United States
Freight handling company W8 Shipping faces fines of more than USD379,000 for forklift-related safety violations, the United States Department of Labour said in a statement. The safety infractions happened...
CMP adds Konecranes equipment  Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) will add eight Konecranes hybrid straddle carriers and two ship-to-shore cranes to its new container terminal in Copenhagen. The new terminal in Ydre Nordhavn, a...
Start-ups, giants among tech breakthrough winners  Los Angeles, CA, United States
Start-ups and industry giants were among the winners of the 2023 SupplyTech Breakthrough awards, which attracted more than 1,400 nominations from more than 15 different countries. With categories ranging...
Man charged over forklift death  Waldorf, MD, United States
A 20-year-old Maryland man has been charged over the death of a woman hit by a stolen forklift in the carpark of a Home Depot store, according to Charles...

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Miretti Group has taken up the challenge to develop new solutions to convert modern stage V diesel trucks to explosion-proof conditions, for safe use in Atex classified areas.
Hangcha recently launched its new AGV website, showcasing Hangcha's intelligent logistics solutions. Find out more about how Hangcha Intelligence can optimize your operations.
Narrow Aisle Ltd, British warehouse truck manufacturer, is proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its successful distribution partnership with Sunbelt Material Handling of the USA.
IPLUSMOBOT, a leading high-tech company specializing in autonomous intelligent mobile robots, recently exhibited at Automate 2023, showcasing its series of intelligent mobile robot products and solutions designed specifically for smart manufacturing factories.
Microlift, an innovative and ambitious player in the Material Handling Industry, is proud to bring their T20i smart pallet truck to the market.

Reddot presents their new IF series of high-efficiency and energy-saving electric counterweight forklifts - these battery forklifts bring more productivity and are more sustainable.
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.
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.
Baumann, the industry-leading sideloader manufacturer, is launching the EGX X-Plus Series, a new model equipped with technology to enhance safety and efficiency.
On 22 June 2023, companies representing the UK's Logistics and Transport industry came together at Newark Showground, to participate in The Big Logistics Diversity Challenge.

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