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Is automation the way forward? The growth of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) suggests that there are huge advantages in replacing manpower with technology. There’s a lot to be said for a forklift that turns up for work everyday, come rain or shine; never loses concentration; requires no meal breaks and doesn’t need constant reassurance or supervision.
However, as we read in this week’s special feature, AGVs aren’t for everyone or for all applications. Of course, cost is a factor, and AGVs are still more costly than conventional machines. And then there’s the need for guidance systems and programming.
At the end of the day, materials handling is a human hands-on activity - but the nature of the human involvement will no doubt change over time. We’ll be watching with interest.
This weeks featureThis Week's Feature
To AGV or not to AGV
Since the last News report on AGVs in 2009, some interesting developments have taken place. Melissa Barnett reports on some of these advances, particularly in the area of hybrid vehicles. [Read the full report]

Forklift incident was preventable Australasia News
Sydney, New South Wales A WorkCover investigation into an incident which resulted in falling pallets injuring workers found that the accident was predictable and preventable. Two Sydney companies and a manager were charged... [more]
BBS Forks secures first big deal Australasia News
Perth, Western Australia BBS Forks Australia has secured its first major contract in Perth with the signing of an agreement to supply P&O Trans Australia with nine Hyster forklifts and two Moffett forklifts.... [more]
Women in freight scholarship presented Australasia News
Melbourne, Victoria The $10,000 Women in Freight, Logistics and Marine scholarship was awarded to Monash university student Bianca Chakravorty by Victorian Minister for Ports Denis Napthine last week. “This scholarship was... [more]
Auckland celebrates 40 years of container shipping Australasia News
Auckland June marks the 40th anniversary of the introduction of container shipping to New Zealand, following the maiden voyage of container ship Columbus New Zealand which berthed at Auckland’s Fergusson Wharf... [more]

OSHA boosts forklift inspections in South East
UNITED STATES US Federal regulators are kicking off a 15-month series of unannounced compliance-enforcement inspections of forklift operations in four South East states. “The more people we put on notice, the... [more]
Cargotec receives Russian order
RUSSIA Cargotec has won an order for one Kalmar ship-to-shore (STS) crane and one Kalmar rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) crane for JSC NEVA-METAL, a division of OAO Severstal, operating at the port... [more]
Konecranes acquires assets of Eleve SL
FINLAND Konecranes has acquired the business assets of Spanish crane and service company Eleve SL. Eleve SL is located in Badalona, 5 km north of Barcelona. The service business has... [more]
US leads way in fuel cell forklift deployments
UNITED STATES An independent educational organisation has taken note of forklifts in a 106-page report on the state of fuel cells in the US. “More fuel cell-powered forklifts were deployed at... [more]
Fatal forklift accidents fall by 69%
UNITED KINGDOM Fatal forklift accidents have fallen by more than two-thirds in the UK, according to new Health & Safety Executive statistics. The statistics showing the drop in accidents coincide with... [more]
Pedestrian killed; county pays $810,000
UNITED STATES The board of supervisors in Los Angeles County moved on 21 June to pay USD810,000 to relatives of a pedestrian killed by a forklift near a medical centre operated by... [more]
National Final champion crowned
UNITED KINGDOM A TNT Fashion Group employee has been crowned the RTITB (formerly “Road Transport Industry Training Board”) Operator of the Year Competition Midlands and Southern England national champion. Hosted by... [more]
Charitable employees cycling for cancer
BELGIUM Sport-loving TVH employees jumped on their bicycles and pedaled a total of 1,000 km in a marathon to raise funds for cancer research. “Kom op tegen Kanker” (“stand up... [more]
Movers & Shakers
Clark Material Handling Company, Toyota Industries North America Inc, Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Inc, Toyota Material Handling North America, FleetNet, Ring Power Lift Truck, [more]
JCB marks 65th anniversary with gifts, reports earnings
UNITED KINGDOM JCB has marked its 65th anniversary by presenting its employees worldwide with gifts. The milestone was celebrated as JCB reported a strong recovery from what it says is the deepest... [more]
Food bank puts forklift to good use
UNITED STATES The Food Bank of North Central Arkansas is making effective use of a used 2003 electric Crown RC 3020-35 counterbalance forklift at its distribution centre in Norfork. “Previously, we... [more]
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MIRETTI’ offshore production
The upcoming Oil and Gas Offshore Europe exhibition in Aberdeen September 6th -8th will be for Miretti an important scenario  and opportunity to make its offshore products and conversions known. [more]
Rocla AGV transports one third of Chinese coins
China’s central bank, People’s Bank of China, decided to acquire AGVs to their warehouses. Rocla got the order for comprehensive AGV system from Dematic Shanghai. [more]
RAEDER-VOGEL®: The new website is online!
Wouldn't it make life easier if all the information you needed to select the best wheel or castor for your application was just one click away?
RAEDER-VOGEL® has launched its completely redesigned, user-friendly website:
RAEDER-VOGEL®: Exclusive Dealers/Distributors Wanted for Forklift Wheels and Tires!
Raeder Vogel® is one of the leading manufacturers worldwide for wheels and casters made of VULKOLLAN® and polyurethane. We are looking for trade partners in 12 countries in North and South America and Asia. [more]
Midlands & Southern England - The last of the National Finals a great success
The RTITB Operator of the Year Competition Midlands & Southern England National Final took place last week on Wednesday 15th June; the event was hosted by TNT Express Services UK & Ireland in Tamworth.
Registrations now available for the 12th Queensland and Supply Chain and Logistics Conference
The Queensland Supply Chain and Logistics Conference program is now available for what will be their twelfth consecutive conference and is the largest event of its kind in the state. [more]
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EP Launches new MAXIMIN series electric pallet truck
After extensive research, EP’s engineer can now launch a new electric stacker, ES10-10WA/12-12WA (with AC technology), to the global market. It represents a new trend and suits different needs.
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MIRETTI’ offshore production 
Rocla AGV transports one third of Chinese coins 
RAEDER-VOGEL®: The new website is online! 
RAEDER-VOGEL®: Exclusive Dealers/Distributors Wanted for Forklift Wheels and Tires! 
Midlands & Southern England - The last of the National Finals a great success 
Registrations now available for the 12th Queensland and Supply Chain and Logistics Conference
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EP Launches new MAXIMIN series electric pallet truck
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