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JCB appeals patent dispute ruling

JCB appeals patent dispute ruling

Industry
JCB’s patent dispute with Manitou rumbles on with the British manufacturer appealing against a recent French court ruling. On 26th February, 2021 the Paris Court of Justice (Tribunal Judiciaire) found that Manitou was guilty of infringement of some JCB patent claims but not others. JCB had been claiming €190m in damages; it was awarded €150,000 plus €50,000 in legal fees. The case concerns two specific European Patents (the 065 patent and 965 patent) held by JCB for its Longitudinal Load Moment Control (LLMC) system, introduced in 2017. JCB has also brought infringement proceedings against Manitou, again in France, the UK and Italy, for infringement of a further European Patent (the 382 patent). Back in February 2019, JCB was granted a preliminary injunction by a French cou...
Sunbelt gives JCB its biggest ever UK order

Sunbelt gives JCB its biggest ever UK order

Industry
Sunbelt Rentals UK has placed an order with JCB for 2,100 new machines. The £65m order is the single biggest that JCB has ever taken from a UK customer. Sunbelt Rentals UK (formerly A-Plant) is buying JCB Loadall telehandlers, mini and midi excavators, site dumpers, tracked excavators and rough terrain fork lifts. It is also getting 350 JCB access platforms – JCB’s biggest-ever UK deal for this equipment following its 2017 entry into the powered access market. The machines are being supplied by via dealer Greenshields JCB. JCB chief executive Graeme Macdonald said: “Sunbelt Rentals is one of JCB’s largest global customers and this huge investment in new and innovative equipment demonstrates its desire to offer the most advanced machines, featuring the latest ultra-efficient,...
TVH ownership split

TVH ownership split

Industry
Belgium's giant TVH equipment and parts business is in the final stages of an ownership reshuffle. According to a report in De Tijd, the reshuffle sees the Vanhalst family taking full control of the Mateco machinery division, in which it previously held a 50% stake. Meanwhile, the Thermote family has control of the TVH Parts division, with a 60% stake. It is reported that Pascal Vanhalst is working with the Thermotes to offload his family's 40% interest in the parts business. While the major assets have been divided, both families retain their interests in TVH Equipment nv, the Belgian branch of Mateco. The business "where it all started 50 years ago remains in the hands of both families through a joint venture", according to the report. It notes that the business has a strong em...
No-Cheat Seat Belts on Forklifts Introduced

No-Cheat Seat Belts on Forklifts Introduced

Industry
No-cheat seat belts on forklifts is a new feature by Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks which may be a game changer in avoiding deaths in potentially tragic forklift truck incidents. According to the latest figures from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, tipping accidents are the single most common cause of operator fatalities (42%) among forklift operators. In almost every case, the driver was ‘mousetrapped’ between the truck and the ground, causing massive trauma to the head or upper body. According to Stewart Gosling of Red Diamond Distribution, exclusive importers of Mitsubishi forklift trucks: “These accidents occur because, as a forklift tips over, the operator’s overwhelming instinct is to try and jump clear. Seemingly, no amount of training or experience can overc...
Tax breaks for machinery investments

Tax breaks for machinery investments

Industry
One of the highlights of the 2021 spring budget is an incentive for companies to spend money on new plant and machinery. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in his budget statement that, beginning in April 2021, a new super-deduction for companies investing in new equipment over the next two years. This will cut companies’ tax bill by 25p for every pound they invest in new equipment, the chancellor said, meaning that they can reduce their taxable profits by 130% of the cost. This is worth £25bn to companies over the two-year period the super-deduction will be in full effect.     Rob Oliver, chief executive of the Construction Equipment Association, said “The announcement of a ‘super deduction’ for capital investment should stimulate decisions from companies curren...
Toyota keeps Top Spot.

Toyota keeps Top Spot.

Featured, Industry, Manufacturer
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...
Open-top telehandlers

Open-top telehandlers

Industry, Innovation
Snorkel is now offering all of its rough terrain telehandlers in an open cab version as an alternative to its standard enclosed cab. The Snorkel telehandler models SR626, SR1442, SR1745 and SR1065 come with a choice of an open cab, or a fully enclosed cab with heat and air conditioning. On the full electric, lithium-ion battery powered SR626E, both can types are available but there is no air conditioning in the enclosed cab. The open cab version features the same design and layout as the enclosed version and has a mesh grid to protect the operator.
LogiMAT 2021 Postponed Until Spring 2022

LogiMAT 2021 Postponed Until Spring 2022

Featured, Industry, News
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...
FLTA launches new website

FLTA launches new website

FLTA, Industry
The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has launched a brand-new website, complete with a modern look, fresh features and updated functionality, designed to support members and non-members better than ever before. The new site covers all the latest government advice on Coronavirus in the Covid-19 Resource Centre, including health and hygiene factsheets for managers and equipment users. There is even a new Knowledge Hub to answer FAQs on a range of subjects. For full members and Safe User Group (SUG) members there are sign-in areas for exclusive access to resources such as Technical Bulletins, safety guidance and insightful Health & Safety Bulletins. When looking to buy or hire a forklift truck, the company supplying it should work to the highest standards, so the simple ...
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. ...
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