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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...
Why electric is not the only way to quash carbon

Why electric is not the only way to quash carbon

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When it comes to reducing the carbon emissions from operating forklift trucks, renewable options such as biofuels and green gases can offer an effective way to hit sustainability targets. Andy Kellett, National Account Manager FLTs at Calor, explains why these alternatives are generating much interest. More than ever before, UK businesses and industrial sectors are reviewing how their daily operations are impacting the concerted national effort to reduce carbon emissions. The warehousing and materials handling industry is no different. Not only is road transport coming under increasing scrutiny on the role they play in sustainable operations, but non-road machinery such as forklift trucks (FLTs) are in the spotlight too with regards to how they can be decarbonised. As a result, a nu...
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...
How will material handling adapt to the rise of e-commerce?

How will material handling adapt to the rise of e-commerce?

Industry, Innovation
For years e-commerce has been on the rise. The decline of the high street and big retail brands falling victims to this structural change have both been signs of this. Now with the Covid-19 crisis, consumer buying behaviours and expectations for online shopping have shifted even more. E-commerce has become a major opportunity to buy or to sell. The effect of e-commerce is not limited to where someone buys, but also to how the products are delivered and stored. Previously shops also used to function as an interim storage place and as delivery points of the products to the customers, whereas now we have individual delivery to homes. In addition, shops always tried to be able to have enough products in stock, with a local community in mind, e-commerce websites often target the entire c...
JCB appeals patent dispute ruling

JCB appeals patent dispute ruling

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...
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