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National Forklift Safety Day returns for 2021 with focus on accredited Thorough Examination

National Forklift Safety Day returns for 2021 with focus on accredited Thorough Examination

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As part of its ongoing commitment to promote good safety protocols throughout the material handling industry, National Forklift Safety Day (NFSD) returns for 2021 with a new theme focussed on ensuring that all material handling equipment (MHE) remains safe for use. NFSD 2021 takes place on Tuesday 8th June and for the first time is being promoted by the UK Material Handling Association, the new voice in UK material handling formed by the merger of the industry’s two most respected trade associations – BITA (British Industrial Truck Association) and the FLTA (Fork Lift Truck Association). As promoting good safety standards within the material handling industry is one of the UKMHA’s core goals, it has opted to use 8th June for its own launch event so that it can highlight to an engaged...
Hyster reveals Li-ion trucks with electric drivetrain

Hyster reveals Li-ion trucks with electric drivetrain

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Hyster has announced its 10-18 tonne lift capacity trucks are now available with an electric drivetrain, helping businesses achieve zero-emissions objectives by making the switch to electric forklifts. The new Hyster J10-18XD lift trucks lift up to 18-tonnes and feature lithium-ion battery packs providing full power and acceleration, comparable to a diesel forklift but with no emissions. “This is a breakthrough for businesses in heavy industry that are keen to achieve green objectives in factories, warehouses and yards,” says Jan-Willem van den Brand, Director Global Market Development, Big Trucks, for Hyster. “With support from Hyster, the transition to clean electric power is now simpler than ever and comes with no compromise on performance or efficiency. “Operations underta...
Toyota uses 100% renewable electricity

Toyota uses 100% renewable electricity

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In the run-up to World Environment Day on Saturday 5th June, Toyota Material Handling Europe has confirmed that it uses 100% renewable electricity in its European operations as of 1st April 2021. The switch involves every single one of the organisation’s European entities and represents a significant advancement towards its ambitious sustainability goals. On its own, it achieves 15% of the required progress towards the 2030 target of net zero emissions from operations. Toyota Material Handling Europe has announced that all its operations across Europe now source 100% of their electricity renewably, with no associated CO2 emissions. This transition was finalised as of 1st April 2021, but is the result of continuous efforts since 2018, since when Toyota Material Handling Europe has...
Toyota Material Handling wins Gold award

Toyota Material Handling wins Gold award

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Toyota Material Handling UK’s Fleet Management Centre (F.M.C.) has been awarded the prestigious Toyota Lean Academy (T.L.A.) ‘Gold Award’. The T.L.A. Awards are an annual Toyota Material Handing Europe initiative driven by the Toyota Lean Academy to drive standards in the way of quality assurance, on-time delivery, environmental factors and health and safety. The grading of the Awards is Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Fleet Management Centre is based in Old Dalby, Leicestershire and is responsible for all UK Short term rental (STR), Long term rental (LTR), and Demonstration (DEMO) trucks. The facility also supplies the outstanding “Approved Used” (AU) machines for the UK. After achieving Silver status in 2019, Sean Reckless, FMC Workshop Manager was the project manager behind th...
26th FLTA Awards Online

26th FLTA Awards Online

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The Fork Lift Truck Association has announced the new date for its prestigious Awards for Excellence, which recognises the best and brightest in the materials handling sector. As the longest running event of its kind, the 26th FLTA Awards was due to take place in spring 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic. It has been rescheduled to take place online on Saturday 17th April 2021. “We had great plans for our 2020 event but, like so many others, we sadly had to postpone,” explains Tim Waples, Director of the FLTA and Chief Executive of UKMHA. “It is one of the biggest nights of the industry calendar and although the Awards will be online this year, we are making sure it will retain the unique blend of entertainment, fun and Oscars-style suspense for both the finalists and the a...
Toyota keeps Top Spot.

Toyota keeps Top Spot.

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There has been little change in the Top 10 forklift manufacturers list for 2019/20. A report by German magazine DHF shows Toyota still at the top of the ranking, with 26.82% of the global market. KION remains in second place, with 14.59%, followed by Jungheinrich with 9.28%. The minor changes in the ranking include Manitou and Kalmar, seventh and eighth, respectively, which switched positions from last year. Similarly, Clark and Doosan (11th and 12th) have traded places in the latest listing. According to analysis by report author Jurgen Warmbold, incoming orders for the 2019 year dropped from 1,537,979 (2018) to 1,506,876 units - the first drop after six years of growth. For Europe, WITS has reported a decrease of 33,512 to 490,551 industrial truck orders, with...
AUSA optimizes its production processes to keep up with the times

AUSA optimizes its production processes to keep up with the times

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With this project, the foundations were laid for the new generation of technological and sustainable products. In recent years, AUSA has launched new products on the market that have led to important changes in the understanding of compact commercial vehicles, such as the reversibility of the driving position in some dumpers, the inclusion of a digital display on the dashboard and the increase of technological components to provide more information to the user and a better performance of the products. To cope with these changes and respond to the company's creative process, AUSA had to move forward in time and entered into a redesign and optimization project of its industrial process between 2015 and 2017. This process included significant changes that contributed to the simplifi...
New testing standards for counterbalance and reach truck training

New testing standards for counterbalance and reach truck training

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The Association of Industrial Truck Trainers (AITT) has highlighted important new testing standards for counterbalance and reach truck operator courses following updates made by the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA). New testing standards for counterbalance & reach truck training The new standards will now include stand-on reach trucks (D3) and stand-on counterbalance trucks (B4). Some changes have been made to increase safety, for example audible warnings (horns) are now required as a mandatory item within pre-use checks. Other amends have been made to improve clarity: the reference “eye level” has been replaced by “medium level”. Operators are also being given the opportunity to correct manoeuvres to encourage better recognition of mistak...
LogiMAT 2021 Postponed Until Spring 2022

LogiMAT 2021 Postponed Until Spring 2022

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LogiMAT 2021—the International Trade Show for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management scheduled for June 22–24, 2021, in Stuttgart, Germany—has to be postponed due to the difficult ongoing situation with Covid-19. The organizer, EUROEXPO Messe- und Kongress-GmbH, has decided to push back the upcoming trade show to March 8–10, 2022, to give exhibitors the certainty they need for long-term planning. The organizer is working on a digital concept so that visitors and exhibitors can still meet virtually in 2021. “Given the current state of vaccinations and the virus mutations, there is no foreseeable end to the travel restrictions in place today. We must offer a timely response. Our exhibitors need certainty for their planning, and this simply isn’t available right now,” explains...
Toyota’s unique team keep hand pallet trucks rolling

Toyota’s unique team keep hand pallet trucks rolling

Featured, Handling
Toyota’s BT Lifter hand pallet trucks are legendary for their robustness and long service, even in tough environments. As befits a hand pallet truck that is carefully designed to be sustainable, Toyota offers a unique team of engineers dedicated to keeping hand pallet trucks rolling smoothly across the UK. Toyota has hand pallet truck specialists providing greater local coverage across the UK. With over 40 dedicated specialists nationally, Toyota can provide service and maintenance support throughout the UK, helping to keep hand pallet trucks on the move and extend their operating life. Toyota provides national mobile support for servicing, maintenance, repairs and safety checks on all hand pallet trucks, not just Toyota branded. All mobile Toyota workshops are operated by specia...
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