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In Australia, two forklift operators were fined and fired for planking, the silly act of balancing precariously in dangerous places and then posting evidence in the social media. As if workplaces aren’t fraught with enough dangers, people feel the need to apply their schoolboy antics. It’s amazing that while the industry spends millions of dollars on safety research, organisations devote their resources to safety education and employers are forced to hire safety trainers, at the end of the day, it all comes down to the fools on the factory floor.

We applaud the tough response to this incident and hope that forklift drivers will now think before jeopardising their employers’ safety record.

Foolish forklifters fired and fined Australasia News
Melbourne, Victoria It may seem a bit of a lark, but two forklift drivers who joined in the planking fad in Australia a few months ago not only lost their jobs but... [more]
NZ man crushed by forklift Australasia News
Christchurch Christchurch Police have released the identity of a man killed in a workplace accident in Hornby on Monday.    Neville Raymond Sutherland, aged 30, a resident of Christchurch,... [more]
Logistics skills council launches stevedoring newsletter Australasia News
Melbourne, Victoria The Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) has released its first stevedoring newsletter aimed at providing detailed information on current stevedoring projects. The new newsletter aims to provide... [more]
Toyota Qld moves premises Australasia News
Brisbane, Queensland Toyota Material Handling Queensland is moving to new premises in Larapinta after 23 years in Darra. “The move will raise service levels, reduce delivery times for new equipment and... [more]

Orders grow, but economy remains fragile
An industry report says that US materials handling equipment orders grew 17.1% during October-March and projects a 14% increase in shipments for the full 2011 fiscal year ending 30 September.... [more]
Nichiyu sets up Thai subsidiary
THAILAND Nichiyu has established a manufacturing subsidiary in Thailand as part of its medium- and long-term goals to sell more forklifts outside Japan. It also wants to meet rapidly growing demand... [more]
Cat adds to hazard protection, buys Pyroban
UNITED STATES Heavy equipment and engine maker Caterpillar Inc has gained more presence in the hazardous-area safety market with its acquisition of Pyroban Group Ltd. Under its new owner, Pyroban reports... [more]
TCM sets up JV in Malaysia
JAPAN TCM Corp has established a sales and service joint venture company in Malaysia to boost its marketshare in the region. Hideo Arahata, TCM president, told Nikkei that South East... [more]
Decker buys heavy-duty Hoist, Taylor forklifts
UNITED STATES Decker Forklifts Inc is adding large-volume equipment to its rental fleet for in-plant movement of heavy machinery, production steel and specialised manufacturing. “When companies grow out of space and... [more]
FLTA warns of battery thieves
UNITED KINGDOM The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) is warning electric forklift users of incidents where forklift batteries worth thousands of pounds are being stolen under companies’ noses. The association has... [more]
Cargotec wins order in competitive Chinese market
CHINA Cargotec has won an order for two rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Cosco Pacific subsidiary Jinjiang Pacific Ports Development (JPPDC). Dennis Lue, Cargotec director of port cranes Asia, says... [more]
Briggs secures GBP10M contract - Cannock, United Kingdom
Heli’s “friendly reminder” - Hefei, China
Terex contributes to guide - Zweibruecken, Germany
Cat launches free calculator - Houston, TX, United States [more]
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Clark Material Handling Company, Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks [more]
Modex 2012 keynoters analyse supply chain issues
UNITED STATES Rick Blasgen, Alberto Alemán Zubieta and Dr H Donald Ratliff are slated to deliver keynote addresses during the Modex 2012 expo and conference in Atlanta. Blasgen, chief executive officer... [more]
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BOLZONI AURAMO AT PPI 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
At PPI 2011, BOLZONI AURAMO, will display some of their most famous products inside Paper & Pulp handling including: the fully automatic computerized pressure control system (CTX), and  FORCE MATIC, a fully mechanical pressure control system for paper roll clamps. [more]
SkidWeigh & Vehicle Fleet Management
Lift-truck data logger systems on the market today collect information that is used to generate vehicle utilization reports at some later point of time. Except for the ED2-400 Series SkidWeigh, which reports in the real-time. [more]
Stackers with power steering now available through Lencrow
Lencrow have just received their first shipment of the new EP walkie stacker units that come standard with power steering. This is available on all stackers above 1400kg capacity and the range has units to 2000kgs. [more]
Excalibur Miretti Group a global leader in Explosion Proof Solutions
Excalibur Miretti Group joins the Miretti family of companies. The acquisition of Excalibur Equipment & Technologies, LLC combines Excalibur’s expertise in the North American Explosion Proof Market and Miretti’s extensive knowledge of the European and Asian Markets. [more]
Improved Productivity at MSE-FORKS
MSE-FORKS will be increasing its telescopic fork (KOOI-REACHFORKS®) production capacity with an investment of approximately ?1 million. Current machinery is no longer able to meet demand thanks to the enormous growth in sales over the past few years. [more]
Robust and affordable multipurpose jib attachments
Forklift Traders offer a comprehensive range of multipurpose jib attachments for your forklift at affordable prices. The attachments distributed by Forklift Traders have a long standing reputation for being robust and enduring. [more]
Mega railway projects across the Gulf region fuel further interest in Materials Handling Middle East
Mega railway projects, which are set to transform transport and logistics links across the Gulf region, fuel further interest  in Materials Handling Middle East 2011, which takes place in less than 2 weeks.
Aisle-Master is the Vital Part for Blue Print
Replacement parts specialist Blue Print’s range of aftermarket automotive components consists of 24,000 part numbers. At the company’s UK distribution centre, four Aisle-Master articulated forklifts allow the company to ensure that the maximum amount of storage space is utilised.
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MAXIMAL Mitsubishi S4S Engine
The models with MITSUBISHI S4S engine are designed to meet different market requirements. These versatile and customisable forklifts feature advanced technology at affordable prices, with more to come in the near future.
High quality, cost effective forklift cabins for any application
DFK Cab Ltd, supplies complete cabs or separate panels for more than 20 forklift brands to customers worldwide. In 2008 we extended our offering of polycarbonate cabins to include a wide variety of UTV vehicles. [more]
Rapid Lift announces arrival of its new TEU forklift range with deals such as the FG25TS from only $14,990 + GST
Rapid Lift is proud to announce its position as the sole distributor of the TEU forklift range to the Australian market. Derived from the latest technology in Japanese engineering, TEU produce quality lift trucks at an affordable price. [more]
New Big Joe economy stacker launching this fall
CHICAGO - Big Lift LLC, a leading provider of electric walk-behind forklift trucks in North America, announced today the addition of the Big Joe® S22 “eStacker” to the company’s product line. [more]
New RUYI Electric Pallet Truck (CBD20R-II) with integrated EPS
Ningbo Ruyi Joint Stock Co., Ltd. is proud to introduce a new Electric Pallet Truck (CBD20R-II) with integrated EPS, for easier steering operation, flexibility and enhanced safely. [more]
Safety First
Danny Maron: Accountability
Not all training is equal, as Danny Maron recently discovered... [more]
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Media Releases
BOLZONI AURAMO AT PPI 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
SkidWeigh & Vehicle Fleet Management 
Stackers with power steering now available through Lencrow 
Excalibur Miretti Group a global leader in Explosion Proof Solutions 
Improved Productivity at MSE-FORKS 
Robust and affordable multipurpose jib attachments 
Mega railway projects across the Gulf region fuel further interest in Materials Handling Middle East 
Aisle-Master is the Vital Part for Blue Print
Product Watch
Product Watch
MAXIMAL Mitsubishi S4S Engine 
High quality, cost effective forklift cabins for any application 
Rapid Lift announces arrival of its new TEU forklift range with deals such as the FG25TS from only $14,990 + GST 
New Big Joe economy stacker launching this fall 
New RUYI Electric Pallet Truck (CBD20R-II) with integrated EPS 
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