Second Quarter 2017 – Forklift Industry Report

  Forklift Industry Overview The global industrial truck market was up 17.4% overall in the second quarter of 2017 versus the same period of 2016.  A large portion of the global growth of incoming orders came from the Asia-Pacific market with an increase of 25.8% in the second quarter, The North America industrial truck market […]

How to Safely Use a Forklift

Forklift Safety Tips Forklift trucks contribute to many warehouse and factory injuries throughout the year. Although the percentage of accidents by forklifts is not as high as other pieces of equipment, most forklift accidents can be catastrophic. Following these guidelines can help drivers safely operate their lift trucks. 1. Examine machine prior to operation Before […]

Material Handling Automation – July 2017

Robots in Motion Do you have an unconditional fear of robots? If so, July 2017 was not a good month for you. Automated material handling made a huge step forward when a €1 million deal was struck between Gebr. Heinemann and Oslo Gardermoen Airport, introducing the world’s first automated, laser-controlled, AGV material transport system. Designed […]

First Quarter 2017 – Forklift Industry Report

Global Economic Snapshot and Forklift Industry Summary The first quarter of 2017 was marked with soaring stock markets, global political turbulence, and in the case of the forklift industry: continued growth. Since this time last year, 57 thousand new trucks have been sold, marking a 19.4% increase globally. The Asia-Pacific market has led the surge […]

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Kalmar’s new Essential range of forklifts helps customers secure availability and safety

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has launched a completely new range of forklifts based on its proven and trusted platform. The new Kalmar Essential Range of forklifts provides customers with the build quality, high availability and excellent safety that Kalmar forklifts are known for at a highly competitive price. Kalmar forklifts have a strong worldwide reputation […]

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Old Hawaiin Shirts To Power Automobiles

Here’s a great case of someone seeing a massive amount of waste and figuring out what to do with it.  Jeplan, a start up company in Japan is extracting ethanol from recycled clothing that could potentially power automobiles.  Jeplan is also extracting polyester fibers that can be reused in new clothing. Check out the full […]

3.5 Million Skilled Manufacturing Jobs to Fill

“The mantra that we’ve lost good-paying jobs to China is exactly wrong,” said Michael Hicks, an economics professor at Ball State University who has studied manufacturing in Indiana. “We’ve lost the bad-paying jobs to China and gained good-paying jobs.” Intrigued? Read more about manufacturing in the US in this article from The Atlantic: America Is […]

Is Maersk Overly Optimistic?

The shipping business as a whole has been losing money this year, but Maersk has been losing less than its competitors. The main problem in the industry is over capacity.  Too many ships are ready to haul too little freight. Source: Bloomberg