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Month: August 2019

Forklift Truck Market set for modest growth despite Brexit uncertainty

Forklift Truck Market set for modest growth despite Brexit uncertainty

BITA, BREXIT, Industry
  The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) – the UK trade association for manufacturers and suppliers of forklift truck and associated components and services – has predicted a modest strengthening in the market for the sector despite the economic upheaval imposed by continuing uncertainty over Brexit. New data from BITA’s latest market analysis, released exclusively to BITA members, is forecasting successive growth over each of the next three years, largely due to increased levels of activity in sectors such as food & beverages, transport & storage, and retail & wholesale distribution. Last year was a relatively strong one for the forklift truck industry with sales increasing 2.5% to more than 35,000 units. Sales growth is expected to be a little mo...
Hyster launches spreader support device for safer container handling

Hyster launches spreader support device for safer container handling

Handling
In order to improve efficiency in the time-pressured shipping container handling sector, Hyster Europe has introduced a spreader support device option for its empty container handlers, designed to accelerate the inspection process of such containers. “To help them remain competitive in container inspection, maintenance and repair operations, the visual inspection of empty containers needs to be as efficient as possible,” explained Chris van de Werdt, product strategy manager, EMEA Big Trucks for Hyster Europe. The key element of the spreader support device is that it helps eliminate a stage in the inspection process, as empty containers will not need to be set down for inspection. Instead, the spreader holding the container is firmly locked in place at a height of about 1.80m. At...
JCB Teletruks contribute to low carbon power generation

JCB Teletruks contribute to low carbon power generation

General
Two JCB Teletruk 35D 4x4 telescopic industrial forklifts are providing an essential material handling solution at the UK’s largest infrastructure project. Operated by Bylor, a joint venture between French construction company Bouygues Travaux Publics and the UK construction giant Laing O’Rourke, the machines are part of a massive 2,000-strong fleet of equipment working on the Hinkley Point C construction project in Somerset. Hinkley Point C (HPC) is the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK for more than 20 years. When the first reactor is commissioned in 2025, the £19.6bn facility will provide secure, low-carbon electricity for 6m homes. As part of a drive towards cleaner energy, the electricity generated by HPC’s two nuclear reactors will offset almost 600m tonnes ...
Innovative thinking characterises Design4Safety Awards 2019

Innovative thinking characterises Design4Safety Awards 2019

Innovation
The exhaustive work conducted by lift truck manufacturers and support services in the quest to make the material handling industry safer are being recognised at this year’s Design4Safety awards. The awards, organised by the British Industrial Truck Association, highlight the importance of product or service design in improving safety standards. Focusing specifically on design, the awards recognise and celebrate innovative thinking – regardless of the type or cost of the product or service. The awards will be announced during IMHX 2019, which takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham between 24-27th September. As well as offering the opportunity to highlight the crucial safety benefits of their individual products or services, the companies shortlisted will be...
New Managing Forklift Operations e-learning course

New Managing Forklift Operations e-learning course

Training
Mentor FLT Training, the UK’s leading provider of forklift and safety management training, will soon launch an all new online Managing Forklift Operations course to help busy managers fit training around daily demands. The first e-learning course of its kind in the UK, Managing Forklift Operations is AITT accredited, and specifically developed by Mentor for managers and supervisors responsible for overseeing forklift use on site. It outlines their personal responsibilities for safety and provides the vital knowledge and confidence required to recognise bad practice and stop it in its tracks. Not only does the course help businesses meet their legal responsibilities under Approved Code of Practice L117, it also demonstrates the associated benefits of safe operations, giving man...
BITA mounts largest ever presence at IMHX 2019

BITA mounts largest ever presence at IMHX 2019

BITA
The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) will be staging its largest ever presence at IMHX 2019. The trade association, which is co-owner of the show, said the move reflected the importance of IMHX 2019, which is the biggest single exhibition in the UK material handling calendar. James Clark, BITA Secretary-General said: “IMHX 2019 is an unparalleled opportunity to see the newest products and services to enter the market, connect with new and existing suppliers, and stay one step ahead of the trends that are transforming the material handling industry. “To reflect the importance of the show we will have a strong presence and we will be using the event to showcase the good work that has been conducted by BITA; events such as the inaugural UK National Forklift Safety Day in ...
Hyster updates Reach Truck range with tilting mast feature

Hyster updates Reach Truck range with tilting mast feature

New Trucks
Hyster Europe is simplifying warehouse operations where space is at a premium with a tilting mast fork lift. Extending the range of its Reach Truck series, the new, compact machine provides improved manoeuvrability, even in narrow aisles. “The new Hyster Reach Truck models are designed for retail, food and drink warehouses operations in mind, lifting up to 1,400kg and reaching heights of up to 7.5m” said Timo Antony, area business director for Central Europe, Hyster. “These operations typically have tight spaces, so we have included a mast which can be tilted back.” An integral side shift and compact chassis design also help improve productivity, storing and retrieving goods even in tight spaces. The titled mast now features on the R1.0E, 1.2E and 1.4E models of the range w...
New KION Plant in Poland

New KION Plant in Poland

Business, Manufacturer
KION GROUP AG is pursuing its growth strategy with the construction of a new industrial truck plant in Kołbaskowo, near Szczecin in Poland. Capital expenditure on this project will amount to over EUR60 million, and KION, a global leader in logistics, will be creating more than 150 jobs at the site by 2023. Construction on the plant will commence this year, with the site set to come on stream in early 2021. The 18-hectare (approximately 44.5 acres) site will incorporate a cutting-edge production facility, a research and development centre, and an administrative centre covering almost 44,000 sq. meters. The additional plant in Poland will complement KION Group’s existing production facilities across Europe and cater to customers with less intensive utilization in the EMEA region. “The...
New ‘Waste Expert’ Telescopic Loaders from Bobcat

New ‘Waste Expert’ Telescopic Loaders from Bobcat

Handling, Manufacturer
Complementing the company’s successful construction and agricultural products, Bobcat has launched the new Waste Expert range of telescopic loaders, introducing a new, dedicated material handling solution for the waste and recycling markets. A prototype Waste Expert machine (based on the TL43.80HF model) shown by Bobcat at the Bauma exhibition was warmly received. As a result, Bobcat has decided to offer four of the company’s current productivity and high-flow telescopic loaders, namely the TL35.70, TL34.65HF, TL38.70HF and TL43.80HF, as new Waste Expert machines, all powered by Bobcat Stage IV 74.5 or 97 kW (100 or 130 HP) engines. These new Waste Expert Telescopic Loaders offer lifting capacities from 3.4 to 4.3 tonne and lifting heights from 6.5 to 8 m. Sturdy, Efficient and E...
Maritime puts 10 new Sany container handlers to work

Maritime puts 10 new Sany container handlers to work

General
Maritime Transport Ltd. (Maritime) has confirmed its order of an additional five new Sany empty container handlers and five new Sany reach stackers supplied by Cooper Specialised Handling Ltd. (Cooper SH), as it looks to invest in machinery at its rail and container terminals and ensure an industry-leading service to its customers’ supply chains. The direct purchase will see three second rail reach stackers stationed at Maritime’s new terminal currently under construction at East Midlands Gateway, due for completion in November, with two H9 reach stackers at its terminal in Tilbury. The five single and double empty container handlers will be distributed across Maritime’s other terminals, replacing some of its original fleet whilst adding to its new and existing operations; all machi...
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