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|Last week, we reported on our discussions with forklift sector leaders about the impact of Industry 4.0, and heard from most that it represents an opportunity for collaboration and expansion rather than a threat to traditional suppliers.
This week, we see evidence of that collaborative potential, with KION's purchase of automation provider Dematic.
This, of course, isn't KION's first acquisition in related business fields.
Its purchases last year of Egemin Automation and Retrotech show its growing interest in logistics automation.
Watch this space for future collaborations as it becomes increasingly clear that businesses whose primary activity is "moving big stuff" will face increasing competition and those who look more broadly at their role in the supply chain and logistics spectrum will find expanded opportunities and greater synergies.
|Local News||Editorial articles by Forkliftaction News|
|AMSA adopts container weight rules Australasia News|
Canberra, ACT From July 1, 2016, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will implement changes to regulations for container weight verifications in the shipping industry, requiring shippers to provide a verified gross ... [more]
|Agricultural equipment supplier chooses Toyota Australasia News|
Sydney, NSW A leading farm equipment supplier has upgraded its materials handling fleet by commissioning 18 Toyota forklifts across its 11 branches in southern New South Wales.
Hutcheon and Pearce, ... [more]
|Infrastructure boost in NSW budget Australasia News|
Sydney, NSW NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian has brought down a state budget of surpluses, record infrastructure spending and almost no debt.
Berejiklian announced $73.3 billion in infrastructure spending over the next ... [more]
|Global News||Editorial articles by Forkliftaction News|
|KION buys Dematic|
GERMANY The KION Group has acquired Dematic, a best-in-class automation provider and specialist in supply chain optimisation.
The purchase price will be around USD2.1 billion and the transaction is ... [more]
|The Chinese are coming|
GERMANY By Allan Leibowitz
One trend that was evident at the recent CeMAT trade show was the increased presence of Chinese materials handling manufacturers. And, as observers told Forkliftaction News, ... [more]
|Cromer Material Handling buys Gray Lift|
UNITED STATES Cromer Material Handling, based in Northern California, has acquired Gray Lift, Inc. Gray Lift’s co-owners, Jay and Richard Waugh, decided to retire and sold the assets to Marshall Cromer, owner ... [more]
|Konecranes adds weighing system|
SWEDEN Konecranes Lift Trucks has announced an all-new container weighing system ahead of the implementation of SOLAS weighing regulations.
Konecranes used the TOC Europe exhibition in Germany to debut its ... [more]
|Movers & shakers|
Toyota Material Handling, UniCarriers Americas, Big Joe [more]
Charity dinner raises GBP35,000
- Cannock, United Kingdom
JCB gets dirty to raise funds
- Rocester, United Kingdom
FB Chain shares expertise
- Letchworth, United Kingdom [more]
|Columbia/Okura marks 20 years|
UNITED STATES Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, Columbia/Okura is a leading North American provider of custom engineered robotic palletising solutions and is a joint venture of materials handling leaders Columbia Machine, Inc. and ... [more]
|Materials Handling Saudi Arabia launched|
SAUDI ARABIA Messe Frankfurt Middle East, one of the region’s largest exhibition organisers, is expanding its regional reach with the announcement of the inaugural Materials Handling Saudi Arabia 2016.
The ... [more]
|Impact launches servicing package for Cat|
UNITED KINGDOM Impact, the UK’s sole distributor of Cat forklifts, has introduced a new fixed-price fully tailored proactive servicing and maintenance program.
The package - inclusive of all consumables, genuine OEM ... [more]
|SPAR honours forklift supplier|
SOUTH AFRICA Leading warehouse equipment supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has been named SPAR’s 2015 Equipment Supplier of the Year.
SPAR Group logistics executive Trevor Currie says that the award ... [more]
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|IMHX 2016 showcases the latest in materials handling, logistics and supply chain solutions|
With a wealth of experience, gained from working with providers of materials handling and logistics services, Event Director Rob Fisher looks at some of the highlights coming up at IMHX 2016. [more]
|Lonking Continues Growth into International Market at CeMAT 2016|
Leading construction and logistics machinery manufacturer Lonking Holdings Limited successfully unveiled their products at CeMAT 2016. The six new forklifts launched at the four-day trade fair held at Hannover Exhibition Center attracted over 200 clients, of which more than 50 expressed their intention to represent Lonking’s products. [more]
|Chinese-made transmission and axles|
GanZhou WuHuan Machine Co., Ltd is a China-owned high-tech enterprise specialising in transmission development and manufacture. Our products include transmissions and axles for vehicles using new energy sources as well as industrial vehicles (forklifts, tractors and carriers). [more]
|CeMAT AUSTRALIA : Highlights from leading exhibitors|
On July 12-14, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, CeMAT Australia will bring together leading exhibitors to present the innovative products and services that are shaping the Australian intralogistics market today. [more]
|Shrinkage is not a new diet|
It is amazing how often we hear of forklifts that have driven through walls all by themselves or wiped out entire racks, or pallets of product with nobody having seen or heard anything. Real FMX does a great job in mitigating many of these risks. [more]