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BITA Secretary General to Step Down

BITA Secretary General to Step Down

BITA, Industry, Movers and Shakers
The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) has announced that its long-serving Secretary-General, James Clark, is to retire from his position at the end of 2020. After a successful career as a wheat buying director in the UK Flour Milling industry, James joined BITA in 1996. His tenure as Secretary-General has coincided with significant growth for the trade association and seen it rise to a pre-eminent position as the voice of the material handling industry. During his career with BITA, James has worked with ten Presidents and been instrumental in firstly establishing, and then developing IMHE Ltd, Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS) and what is now, F-TEC, the industry training centre, based in Swindon. BITA has a 50 per cent shareholding in all three organisations. ...
Chinese market to expect boom in electric fork lift trucks

Chinese market to expect boom in electric fork lift trucks

Industry
According to recent international studies, electric fork lift trucks will be the protagonists of a real sales boom within the Chinese market from 2021 to 2026, accounting for a good 7% growth. Attention to environmental sustainability has become the main theme of global logistics in recent years, contributing to a positive impact on cost containment and work quality improvement. This positive scenario has induced many companies, including many Chinese ones, to implement electric trucks in their product portfolio: suffice it to say that according to an American research published on Business Wire their sale within the Chinese market will increase by 7% over the period between 2021 and 2026. Moreover, from the 609 thousand units produced in 2019, which unfortunately dropped to 573 thousan...
UniCarriers UK donates fork lift truck to Transaid in Zambia

UniCarriers UK donates fork lift truck to Transaid in Zambia

Industry
A fork lift truck donated by UniCarriers UK has arrived in Zambia to support international development organisation, Transaid, with building capacity and improving fork lift operator training and safety standards. UniCarriers  donated the two-tonne diesel-powered DL20 counterbalance fork lift truck to support Transaid’s partnership with the Industrial Training Centre (ITC) in Lusaka, the only government-backed technical and vocational training institution in Zambia. Lloyd Mbasela, executive director, ITC, says, “We are naturally very grateful to receive the UniCarriers fork lift truck, which we will use to help train more than 350 people on the safe and effective operation of materials handling equipment in its first year. “The fork lift will also help empower bo...
IFOY 2020 finalists shortlisted

IFOY 2020 finalists shortlisted

Industry, Innovation
Seventeen products and solutions from 16 manufacturers have been named as finalists in this year's IFOY (International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year) Awards, from a field of 32 company entrants. Bosch Rexroth, Combilift, Crown, Easy Mile, Geek+, Hyster, Jungheinrich, ProGlove, Raymond, Sany Europe, Still and Toyota Material Handling as well as the start-ups cellumation, doks. innovation, ForkOn and Wiferion are all in the running for awards. The finalists will go through the IFOY Audit at the international IFOY Test Days from February 6 to 13 at the exhibition grounds of IFOY partner Hannover Messe. In the IFOY Test, experts measure the key figures of the finalists in a standardised procedure. The IFOY Innovation Check sees scientists assess the innovative value o...
FLTA unveils two major new sponsors for the Annual Awards for Excellence 2020

FLTA unveils two major new sponsors for the Annual Awards for Excellence 2020

FLTA, Industry
Two of the foremost companies in the materials handling industry have seized the opportunity to become sponsors of the Fork Lift Truck Association Annual Awards for Excellence 2020. Carrylift and F-TEC will join an elite group of sponsors and supporters that already reads like a who’s who of the industry, including Combilift, Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK, IBCS, Flexi, Toyota Material Handling, Triathlon Batteries, TVH and Yale Europe Materials Handling. One of the largest suppliers of materials handling equipment in the UK, Carrylift will present the Safe Site Award, which celebrates owners and operators of fork lifts that have made real and tangible strides in improving workplace safety. Last year’s winner Kellogg’s is among a total of nine finalists. As the UK forklift indus...
Manitou Group acquires a majority stake in Mawsley Machinery Ltd in the UK

Manitou Group acquires a majority stake in Mawsley Machinery Ltd in the UK

Dealer, Industry
The Manitou Group, world leader in all-terrain material handling, announces the takeover of a majority stake in its UK dealer Mawsley Machinery Ltd, based near Northampton, consecutive to the retirement of their main shareholders. A privately-owned company founded in 1981, Mawsley Machinery Ltd supplies construction equipment and services to its customers. Mawsley Machinery is the historical Manitou Group dealer in the Midlands. Two current managers of Mawsley are co-investing in the company to carry on this venture. Ian Wright and Jane Sheldon, the outgoing Managing Directors of Mawsley Machinery Ltd commented “we are proud that Mawsley Machinery is moving forward with a strong, stable base provided by Manitou Group. The expertise and professionalism of the existing team will ensur...
Is the Future of Forklifts All Electric?

Is the Future of Forklifts All Electric?

Industry
  Q&A with Russell Baker, Territory Manager, UK & Ireland for Hyster Europe. As the Hyster® brand celebrates its 90th anniversary and Hyster Europe marks over 20 years of producing electric lift trucks in Craigavon, UK, Russell Baker discusses how the use of battery powered forklifts is changing. Q: When did battery powered lift trucks become a focus for Hyster Europe? A: The introduction of the Hyster® XN and XNT series’ of electric forklifts back in 2008 cemented Hyster as a world class provider of low energy consumption trucks, with reduced maintenance requirements, minimised operating costs and zero emissions. Our plant in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, UK, started manufacturing battery powered trucks in 2008 and is the European source of all Hyster® 1.3 - 3.5...
UK’s biggest logistics tradeshow IMHX to move to bi-annual event

UK’s biggest logistics tradeshow IMHX to move to bi-annual event

Featured, Industry
Following an extensive period of consultation involving many of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of equipment and technology to the logistics sector as well as other partners and stakeholders, IMHX – the International Materials Handling Exhibition – will increase its frequency to every two years. This means that the next event in the IMHX series takes place on September 14-16, 2021, at the NEC, Birmingham. IMHX Event Director, Rob Fisher, comments: “The show has been held every three years since it was launched in 2001 and our sector-wide research demonstrated that the industry is overwhelmingly in favour of resetting IMHX’s cycle.” He continued: “The greater frequency will enable the event – which is the UK’s largest international logistics solutions exhibition - to me...
IFOY award organisation appoints new jurors

IFOY award organisation appoints new jurors

Featured, Industry
The IFOY organisation has announced the appointment of two new jurors. Ying Xu, Managing editor-in-chief of MM Logistics in China, and Matthias Rathmann, editor-in-chief of the German logistics newspaper trans aktuell, were newly elected to the jury. The IFOY jury now includes a total of 27 editors-in-chief of leading international logistics publications from 19 nations. In spring 2020, they will again test and select the world’s best new publications among intralogistics products and solutions. The application phase for the IFOY Award 2020 is currently in full swing. Suppliers of products and system solutions can still apply until October 30 with their new products and warehouse projects in a total of 13 categories. Startups can also compete again. Expertise Due to its experti...
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...
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