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This week’s newsletter includes a couple of stories about port equipment, one of the cornerstones of materials handling growth. Even at the height of the recession, large orders were delivered - partly due to the long lead times on port equipment. But another factor has been growing global freight movements, leading to expansions of port facilities on all continents. So while manufacturing and consumer activity may rise and fall, thank goodness for the port market which has been a mainstay of the equipment sector - and looks set to remain one for some time.
|Local News||FROM THE FORKLIFTACTION.COM EDITORIAL TEAM|
|Komatsu opens new branch in Melbourne Australasia News|
Melbourne, Victoria Komatsu Forklift Australia has moved its Victoria headquarters to a new 2,000 sqm premises in Laverton North.
“As our business has continued to evolve and grow, we find Komatsu... [more]
|Logistics forum provides platform for industry Australasia News|
Sydney, New South Wales The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) Forum, taking place on 28-30 March 2012, will provide industry leaders with a platform to discuss and influence the national debate on logistics infrastructure, regulation... [more]
|John Holland wins $220 million infrastructure contract Australasia News|
Gladstone, Queensland Construction giant John Holland has won a $220 million contract for the construction of the stage 1 stockyard works for the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) project at Golding... [more]
|Port trade reaches milestone Australasia News|
Melbourne, Victoria Container trade through the Port of Melbourne reached a milestone in 2011, passing through the 2.5 million container mark to record a throughput of 2,506,726 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) in... [more]
|Global News||FROM THE FORKLIFTACTION.COM EDITORIAL TEAM|
|MODEX 2012 reaches its audience |
UNITED STATES The materials handling, supply chain and logistics industry’s new exposition, MODEX 2012, made a strong impression on attendees.
The event included more than 500 exhibits, three keynote addresses, 75... [more]
|Konecranes’ double-digit growth |
FINLAND Equipment manufacturer Konecranes has reported 2011 sales worth EUR1.896 billion (USD2.488 billion), growing 22.6% from the previous year’s EUR1.546 billion (USD2.028 billion).
Operating profit before restructuring costs was EUR117.2... [more]
|Sunbelt adds Nissan for north Texas market |
UNITED STATES Dallas-based Rowan-Cornil Inc, trading as Sunbelt Industrial Trucks, became the authorised north Texas dealer for Nissan Forklift Corp products.
Sunbelt’s 60,000 sqft. (5,400 sqm) Dallas facility on 3.5 acres... [more]
|Tailift wants to double revenue|
TAIWAN Taiwan’s leading forklift maker, Tailift Co Ltd, aims to double its consolidated revenue to TWD20 billion (USD676 million) in the next five years to earn a spot in the world’s... [more]
|Barloworld extends port solutions |
UNITED KINGDOM Barloworld Handling has expanded its range of solutions to UK ports, terminals and freight logistics operations, and is giving free advice to help companies cut costs as volumes grow.... [more]
|ITA prepares for spring meeting |
UNITED STATES The Industrial Truck Association (ITA) will hold its 2012 spring meeting with numerous committee sessions on 19-21 March in Washington.
“Through meetings of its numerous committees, ITA seeks to... [more]
|Court fines terminal operator CAD145,000 following fatality|
CANADA Western Stevedoring Co Ltd entered guilty pleas to two Canada labour code violations preceding a fatal accident involving forklift operator Kevin Lowes, 44.
The Provincial Court of British Columbia... [more]
|Manitou’s new industrial forklifts |
FRANCE The Manitou Group will launch the MI range of industrial forklifts outside France this year. The same forklifts will be introduced in France in 2013.
Assembled in China, the... [more]
|Innovative product boosts firm’s export success |
UNITED KINGDOM UK forklift accessory provider Contact Attachments is gaining international interest after securing a ports and docks contract for a customised product.
Contact, based in Wales, has designed and manufactured... [more]
|Straddle carrier improves safety for Elliot |
UNITED KINGDOM Elliot Group Ltd has used a Combilift machine to boost safety and cost effectiveness at its Carnaby assembly plant in North East of England.
Elliot operations director Neal Andrew... [more]
|Movers & Shakers |
Jungheinrich UK Ltd, Nissan Forklift Corp, Bendi, Yale Materials Handling Corp, Hyster Company [more]
|Off-duty forklift operator leads police to suspect|
UNITED STATES A law officers’ group has awarded USD5,000 to Donny Hopkins, 32, who chased down an armed man. Now, southern California authorities are holding the man as a suspected serial killer.... [more]
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|Manufacturer Biolan chooses Rocla’s AGV solutions for its assembly line |
Biolan manufactures products for ecological farming and green area management as well as environmental products. Composters, dry toilets and equipment for wastewater treatment are manufactured at Biolan’s green field factory. Biolan utilises Rocla’s efficient, flexible and safe automation solutions. [more]
|Bolzoni Auramo partner in AGVs applications |
Bolzoni Auramo has developed a range of attachments equipped with specific sensors controlled and managed directly by the AGV system control unit including: paper roll clamps, multiple pallet handlers, carton clamps, clamps for foam rubber blocks, fork positioners and three-laterals. [more]
|RAEDER-VOGEL®’s exclusive trade partner for the UK and Eire moves to new premises |
TEP Technica® is the exclusive trade partner of RAEDER-VOGEL® for the UK and Eire. They have moved to new premises and can now offer their customers an even wider range of services and increased availability of RAEDER-VOGEL’s products. [more]
|Energy efficient Eagletronic battery chargers |
Jamco is the worldwide exclusive distributor of Eagletronic chargers and related products. Our full range of energy efficient chargers and related products provides users with good quality products that are user and technician friendly, at a great price. [more]
|Keytroller Nominated for Plant Engineering Magazine’s Product of the Year. |
TAMPA, FL -Keytroller, LLC is proud to announce that it’s new generation LCD601 access monitoring system for forklifts and equipment is a finalist for the PLANT ENGINEERING MAGAZINE----Product of the Year in the Material Handling category.
|Georgia’s 4th Annual Logistics Summit Addresses “Sustainable Competitiveness” |
The 2012 Georgia Logistics Summit, hosted by the Center of Innovation for Logistics, and held in conjunction with MODEX, attracted a record number of attendees during its fourth year. Almost 1,600 people from 28 U.S. states and seven nations attended. [more]