News Edition #1138 - 27 July 2023

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CeMAT Australia is wrapping up in Sydney after three days characterised by the rise of automated solutions, not just for warehouses, but increasingly for retail applications. 

Our editor-at-large Allan Leibowitz will report in detail next week, but he says he was struck by the significant presence of Chinese manufacturers at the event, all keen for a slice of Australia’s growing logistics and materials handling market.

Overall, according to Allan, there was strong optimism from vendors, despite tightening budgets in the face of rising interest rates, growing inflation fears and an extremely tight labour market in Australia and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, the big materials handling companies are starting to report their second quarter and first half financial results.

It will be interesting to read how these big hitters expect the industry to fare for the remainder of 2023.

Most are still recovering from the supply chain disruptions of recent years, but the initial comments appear to be quietly optimistic.

Finnish lifting specialist Konecranes is among the first of the European materials handling companies to release their financial results.

Chief executive officer Anders Svensson says there are some signs that things are not yet fully back on track.


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A Sydney-based company that makes heat-reflecting roof paint has been fined for allowing the unsafe use of a forklift around children. The Downing Centre Local Court fined Sky Cool...
An Australian workplace safety agency is warning of the dangers of using petrol, diesel and liquified petroleum gas (LPG) forklifts in enclosed or poorly ventilated areas. NT Worksafe issued...

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Konecranes has reported an increase in order intake and sales in the first half of this year but warned of ongoing volatility and uncertainty in worldwide demand for materials...
GRI, a Sri Lankan-based company that makes tyres for forklifts, has acquired Hungarian tyre dealership ATRA Kecskemet as it expands its presence in Europe. Atra, based in Ladánybene in...
Giant American retailer Costco is seeking to build its largest warehouse in Fresno, California, according to City of Fresno documents. Costco is seeking to build a 241,342 sqft. (22,421...
Finnish cargo handling equipment maker Cargotec has reported increased sales and profits for the first half of 2023, with a decline in orders back to pre-covid levels. The company's...
LiBiao Robotics opens European hub  Frankfurt, Germany
China's LiBiao Robotics has opened new headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, as the company continues its expansion in Europe. The site has office space, product demonstration zones and a showroom...

Volvo CE site adds electric forklifts  Changwon, Korea, Republic Of
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is introducing electric forklifts and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) at its Changwon facility in South Korea as part of the company's commitment to net...
China sets up robot test centre
Raymond orderpicker wins award 
Jungheinrich joins UN Global Compact Initiative
LEEA goes to UK Parliament
Russel Roof Tiles adds 11 Linde forklifts  Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Russell Roof Tiles has taken delivery of 11 new Linde Material Handling X Range electric forklifts across three sites in the UK. The forklifts, representing an almost GBP 1...
The increasing use of industrial robots in workplaces may be exposing humans to more risks, according to a researcher who examined the history of workplace fatalities involving industrial robots...
Carolina Handling auctions patriotic forklift  Charlotte, NC, United States
Raymond dealer Carolina Handling is auctioning a patriotically painted forklift to raise money for two organisations that support United States war veterans. The Raymond 7000 series single reach forklift...

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Don't miss Allan Leibowitz's special CeMAT Australia report on August 3rd


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Ognibene Power has fully automated its Reggio Emilia warehouse in Northern Italy, thanks to E80 Group LGV equipped with Bolzoni full-electric attachments.
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AntwerpXL returns to the Antwerp Expo from 28 - 30 November, and is once again looking for the top forty breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift professionals under the age of 40.
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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