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  • Gold-for-KNAPP-at-the-IntraLogistics-Awards

    Gold for KNAPP at the IntraLogistics Awards

    KNAPP UK has scooped yet another award for the solution it supplied to John Lewis. The company won the Gold Award in the Warehouse Automation category at the inaugural IntraLogistics Awards.

    The winners were revealed at an awards ceremony held at the IntraLogisteX show in Coventry on Wednesday 25th March. The team of judges – comprising senior engineering and facilities managers at leadin... [more]

  • Curtiss-Wright-introduces-new-36V-AC-Traction-Controller-and-extends-C3-range-of-AC-Motor-Controller

    Curtiss-Wright introduces new 36V AC Traction Controller and extends C3 range of AC Motor Controllers

    Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s (NYSE: CW) Industrial division has announced the addition of a new 36V version of the C3 motor controller to its established and cost-effective range of PG Drives Technology branded AC motor controllers.

    The new C3-36V, which will carry the PG Drives Technology name – a long-standing, specialist brand in the supply of electronic controls for floor-care machine... [more]

  • Trailer-manufacturer-Cartwright-launches-new-welfare-vehicle-for-construction-sectorat-at-CV-Show

    Trailer manufacturer Cartwright launches new welfare vehicle for construction sectorat at CV Show

    Leading body and trailer manufacturer Cartwright is entering the construction industry for the first time with its launch of a new Welfare Vehicle, specifically designed for the sector.

    The Welfare Vehicle example at the CV Show has been built on a Transit chassis and body but can be built on any medium/long wheelbase van. It is currently in the process of undergoing full type approval.<... [more]

  • Hunt’s-Foodservice-investment-in-Thorworld-loading-solution-reduces-deliveries-and-pays-for-itself

    Hunt’s Foodservice investment in Thorworld loading solution reduces deliveries and pays for itself

    Major ice-cream and frozen food wholesaler Hunt’s Foodservice has been reaping the rewards of its recently installed Thorworld loading bay: a solution which, when combined with a double-deck trailer, has proved pivotal in reducing delivery trips, fuel consumption and working man hours.

    The company’s Cornish hub, situated in Redruth, has long been supplying retailers across Cornwall with a... [more]

  • Multimodal-2015-Public-launch-of-Red-Ledge-Fast-Build-Manufacturing-and-Logistics-System

    Multimodal 2015: Public launch of Red Ledge Fast-Build Manufacturing and Logistics System

    Software application and engineering company Red Ledge has chosen Multimodal 2015 (NEC, 28-30 April) for the public launch of ‘Red Ledge Manufacturer’, a fast-build manufacturing and logistics system for multimodal and other supply chains that uses RFID and barcode data capture to track and trace goods end-to-end, from raw materials through manufacture into storage and distribution. Red Ledge will... [more]

  • Fortress-Interlocks-and-Troax-Mesh-Doors-up-to-the-Impact-Challenge!

    Fortress Interlocks and Troax Mesh Doors up to the Impact Challenge!

    A dramatic impact test on the Fortress Interlocks amGardpro interlock fitted to a Troax St30 mesh door has been captured on video.

    In the test... [more]

  • Scott-Pallets-achieves-accreditation-to-New-Kiln-Drying-Best-Practice-Standard

    Scott Pallets achieves accreditation to New Kiln Drying Best Practice Standard

    Leading industrial supplies business, Scott Pallets, has received industry accreditation for its Kiln Drying service – setting the bar for UK, Europe and Global standards.

    The new, industry changing, Premium Standard certification, delivered through the Timber Pallet and Packaging Confederation, recognizes Scott Pallets’ exceptional standards in procedure and processes, equipment and tech... [more]

  • TBA-Protects-against-Static-Shocks

    TBA Protects against Static Shocks

    Manufacturing has always been at the heart of TBA Protective Solutions. Originally a textile manufacturing company, trading began from Clod Mill, Rochdale in the 1800s.

    Of course things have moved on since then. TBA Protective Solutions moved from the old site in 2012 and are now situated in a modern facility on the Transpennine Trading Estate, next to Junction 20 of the M62 motorway, b... [more]

  • RUD-ICE-CHAINS-unaffected-by-Hydrogen-Embrittlement

    RUD ICE CHAINS unaffected by Hydrogen Embrittlement

    Innovation and product development is important at RUD, being the first manufacturer to be approved for Grade 120 chain you can be sure of the quality and design of our products and the advantages the innovative ICE chain has to offer.

    RUD ICE chain offers various benefits to the user. Firstly the chain is not affected by hydrogen embrittlement; a lot of chain can become brittle and fract... [more]

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Decision to stop university transport courses – will be huge cost to industry says FTA


FTA has said that the decision by Ulster University to discontinue transport courses will be a huge loss to the local transport and logistics sector, could hamper safety and compliance standards, and would be extremely detrimental to the economy. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called on the Minster for Employment and Learning, and t...[more]

New AEB software for greater efficiency in freight tender management


Purchasing transport services is a critical factor when it comes to saving costs, increasing supply chain efficiency, and delivering better service. To take the headache out of requesting and managing transport and freight tenders, AEB has added new features to its ASSIST4 Transport & Freight Management solution. At the core of the software are co...[more]

Gray & Adams leaves the competition out to dry, says Armstrong Logistics


Latest additions to the semi-trailer fleet at Leicestershire-based Armstrong Logistics are 25 dry freight boxes built by the UK’s premier manufacturer of temperature-controlled transport equipment. Gray & Adams has supplied five double-deck trailers and 20 single-deckers within the last six months, all of which wear the operator’s smart new live...[more]

New strapper meets needs of the corrugated cardboard industry


Mosca has launched a strapping machine specially developed to meet the needs of the corrugated cardboard industry. Designed to strap large-format products for secure transportation, the new Mosca EVOLUTION SoniXs TRC-6 combines the company’s proven SoniXs ultrasonic sealing technology with a compact design and easy access for cleaning and mainte...[more]

Triple show of strength from Strongs


Continuing with their long-term support of the CV Show, leading bodybuilder Strongs Plastic Products Ltd exhibited three quite distinct and different pickup vehicles on their stand at this year’s show at the NEC, including the company’s brand new lifestyle tipper model seen for the first time. The Strongs product display highlighted the versatility...[more]

UK manufacturer Sovex launches stateside division targeting multi-billion dollar US e-commerce market


UK manufacturer Sovex is launching a new operation in the United States to target its booming multi-billion dollar e-commerce and parcel handling markets. The firm has appointed Lonnie Watkins to lead the new US operation from Denver, Colorado. Mr Watkins will head Sovex Incorporated targeting North America and Canada. The Wirral-based materi...[more]

UK Freight Forwarder association strengthens team


The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has engaged Paul Newman in a consultancy role for the trade association’s London East and South East region. He replaces Nigel Peall, who is retiring, and becomes one of five consultants appointed by BIFA to engage with members and other stakeholders at a local level to provide support and inf...[more]

Procurement jobs market grows nationally by 8% year on year


The Northwest saw the highest growth at 10%. Q1 of 2015 saw the number of procurement jobs rise by 8% in the UK compared to the same period last year. Figures from the Robert Walters UK Jobs Index, which charts vacancy numbers posted to online platforms, have revealed that the increase in procurement roles is most pronounced in the Northwest wit...[more]

TBA Protects against Static Shocks


Manufacturing has always been at the heart of TBA Protective Solutions. Originally a textile manufacturing company, trading began from Clod Mill, Rochdale in the 1800s. Of course things have moved on since then. TBA Protective Solutions moved from the old site in 2012 and are now situated in a modern facility on the Transpennine Trading Estate...[more]

Curtiss-Wright introduces new 36V AC Traction Controller and extends C3 range of AC Motor Controllers


Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s (NYSE: CW) Industrial division has announced the addition of a new 36V version of the C3 motor controller to its established and cost-effective range of PG Drives Technology branded AC motor controllers. The new C3-36V, which will carry the PG Drives Technology name – a long-standing, specialist brand in the supply o...[more]

The Big Blu: Robot ramps up marine mineral production


Investing in a Blu-Robot from Pacepacker Services has enabled Microferm, a UK producer of marine source minerals, to increase the efficiency of its packing and palletising operation by 25%. Part of the Marigot Group, Microferm Ltd is a UK based provider of environmentally-friendly solutions that harness natural resources. At its food grade proc...[more]

Cronus Logistics on the road to success


Cronus Logistics is developing into one of the fastest growing door-to-door logistics and shipping companies on the Irish Sea with a multi-million pound turnover and a rapidly expanding client base. “It’s been a truly landmark year”, said Nicola Walker, Managing Director of Cronus Logistics. “Our significant sales growth over the past 12 months ...[more]

Hiab wins key order for cranes in China

Hiab, part of Cargotec, has won an important order to supply stiff boom cranes to Gemac Engineering Machinery Co., Limited, in China. The order is for 60 cranes, to be delivered to the customer during 2015. Gemac is a state-owned manufacturer and exporter of railway construction and maintenance machinery, based in Xiangyang City, Hubei Province,...[more]

Additive manufacturing market for aerospace estimated to be worth £1.2bn by 2023

The UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) has agreed to invest £1.5m in a joint industry and ATI funded, collaborative R&D project, led by GKN Aerospace, to support the application of additive layer manufacturing in aerospace. Metalysis, the specialist metals technology company, will be one of the partners in this programme, with Phoenix Scien...[more]

Network Rail deal signals final piece of £12.5m expansion


Multimodal specialist, AV Dawson, has signed a strategic deal with Network Rail which has given the firm control of the full rail sidings which link its entire 80-acre site to the East Coast Mainline. The deal, to manage the neighbouring seven-acre Middlesbrough Goods Yard, comes as the Teesside firm has completed work on its £12.5m expansion pl...[more]

MGR saves hydraulic operators thousands with filter import


A Midlands hydraulics specialist has taken special delivery of a first shipment of own-branded hydraulic filters from North America that will help hydraulics operators to save thousands on repair costs. MGR Fluid Power, which designs and manufactures quality hydraulic and lubrication systems, has taken delivery of the import, and will sell the r...[more]

PALFINGER presents two brand new platforms at Intermat Paris 2015


The jumbo class NX of PALFINGER’s access platforms is expanded by a new and even larger version: The model P550 inspires with a working height of 55 meters and a reach of 40 meters. What has stayed the same are all the benefits of the jumbo-class platforms in the new generation: An additional X-jib and basket rotation of 2 x 200 degrees ensure that...[more]

Terberg DTS unveils DT183LE, the next generation specialist distribution tractor at CV Show 2015


This year’s CV Show saw the UK début for the first market specific, specialist distribution tractor ever seen in the UK and Europe, which has been purpose designed and manufactured by Terberg Special Vehicles. Terberg’s all new, low entry cabbed DT183LE distribution tractor has been solely designed to meet the market needs of the competitive pa...[more]

Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van (NI) is first for service


Northern Ireland’s Mercedes-Benz Truck and Van (NI) has underlined its position as a leading provider of round-the-clock back-up to local operators, by lifting the manufacturer’s coveted Truck Customer Service Dealer of the Year Award. After Sales Manager Colin Nicholl and his team took the trophy in recognition of their superb performance throu...[more]

BS&B Safety Systems launches the new R-IQR™ flameless venting range


BS&B Safety Systems introduces a newly designed, independently tested and ATEX certified flameless vent range, the R-IQR. The R-IQR is designed to provide protection against process dust explosions and complements BS&B’s existing range of flameless vents and process protection equipment. Should an explosion occur inside a process or storage vess...[more]

SATO’s PJM RFID technology integrated with DiaAdmin Software

SATO (TSE:6287), a leading global provider of Auto-ID solutions that empower workforces and streamline operations, and GemBox RFID, a provider of RFID stock-take-view solutions for diamond and gemstone dealers, announced today that SATO’s PJM1 RFID technology has been integrated into DiaAdmin, an administrative and tracking application developed by...[more]

Hiab crowns the first ever World Crane Champion


Hiab, part of Cargotec, is delighted to announce that Johnny Jensen from Denmark, has won the first ever World Crane Championships, held 15th April 2015 at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, U.K. with a winning time of 2 minutes 18 seconds. Mr Jensen is taking away a prize of €25,000. The first runner up was Tobias Bergström from Sweden,...[more]

Cape chooses Hyundai forklifts for its Aberdeen offshore operations


Employing 17,500 people working across 21 countries including over 5,000 in the UK and with a reported turnover of over £698 million Cape is an international leader in the provision of critical industrial services principally to the energy and natural resources sectors currently serving 70% of the coal and oil-fired power generators along with 87% ...[more]

National Recycling Awards success for UNTHA


It has been strictly under wraps for the last two weeks but UNTHA UK can now announce that the company has been shortlisted in the National Recycling Awards 2015. Months of behind-the-scenes effort went in to preparing the team’s entry for the Innovation of the Year – Equipment category. Graphs, statistics, trial findings, testimonials, particle...[more]

GT Nexus promotes a career in the supply chain on Supply Chain Day 2015

Supply Chain Day aims to educate, particularly young people on the supply chain, the impact it has on our daily lives and the potential for a career in supply chain management. With this year’s event just around the corner (16 April) what should someone considering a career in supply chain management expect? Boris Felgendreher of supply chain sp...[more]

RUD ICE CHAINS unaffected by Hydrogen Embrittlement


Innovation and product development is important at RUD, being the first manufacturer to be approved for Grade 120 chain you can be sure of the quality and design of our products and the advantages the innovative ICE chain has to offer. RUD ICE chain offers various benefits to the user. Firstly the chain is not affected by hydrogen embrittlement;...[more]

FTA Roadworthiness Awards – Celebrating operators excellent safety standards


The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has recognised the excellent work of several of its members, highlighting their high standards of maintaining both vehicles and trailers; their exemplary maintenance systems; their methods of controlling driver related defects, and has presented them with FTA Roadworthiness Awards. Bidvest Logistics, Hanso...[more]

British Gas appoints My Green Fleet to supply pre-owned parts for its fleet vehicles


My Green Fleet, a subsidiary of FAB Recycling Ltd, the UK’s leading provider of traceable, pre-owned vehicle parts, is working with British Gas and its partners to supply the energy company’s nationwide vehicles. My Green Fleet enables British Gas to reduce its carbon impact by removing non-safety parts from premature end-of-life vehicles, and r...[more]

Microlise Driver of the Year Awards launched, supported by RHA


The Microlise Transport Conference, being held at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Wednesday 20th May, will include for the first time the presentation of the Microlise Driver of the Year awards. Supported by the Road Haulage Association (RHA), The University of Nottingham and MAN Truck & Bus UK, the Microlise Driver of the Year awards aim to reco...[more]


The UK's leading provider of heavy-duty vehicle lifts has changed its name as it continues to broaden its range of products and services. From Tuesday, April 14 SOMERSTOTALKARE will be known as TOTALKARE, reflecting the fact that the Halesowen-based firm now delivers much more than the column lifts that first established the company's market lea...[more]

Insufficient road- rail infrastructure and port capacity will create ‘perfect storm’ – warns GSF

“Lack of sufficient road and rail infrastructure, and insufficient port capacity systems will be key stressors on the global economy, and create the ‘perfect storm’ for shipping;” was the GSF message to industry this week. Speaking at the Eurocoke Summit in Amsterdam, Chris Welsh Secretary-General of the Global Shippers’ Forum said: “increasing...[more]

The all-new WR AeroKit™ from Wirth Research with Eddie Stobart


Wirth Research has announced the launch of its all-new WR AeroKit™ at Britain’s largest road freight transport event, The CV Show. The WR AeroKit is a cutting-edge and innovative application of British motorsport technology that delivers truly outstanding performance and results in terms of heavy goods vehicles’ (HGV) drag reduction and lower carb...[more]

Hirer invests in massive fleet of JCB Loadalls


One of the UK’s leading plant and equipment hire firms has invested in a fleet of JCB Loadall telescopic handlers in a deal worth almost £9 million. Nixon Hire will take delivery of more than 150 machines throughout 2015. They have lift heights ranging from seven to 17 metres and are powered by the fuel-saving JCB Ecomax Tier 4i engine, which ha...[more]

UK Fuels reminds drivers of the dangers of carrying large amounts of cash following spate of UK robberies

Fuel card provider UK Fuels is reminding fleets of the dangers drivers can face when carrying large amounts of cash for on-the-road expenses and fuel purchases, following a spate of robberies targeted at taxi drivers in recent weeks. With drivers forced to take regular breaks because of road safety laws, often in remote places such as lay-bys, all ...[more]

ZZ Top to serve as musical guest at 2015 Material Handling & Logistics Conference


Dematic, a global supplier of logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, announced today that ZZ Top will perform its rock classics such as Legs, Sharp Dressed Man and La Grange, at their 2015 Material Handling & Logistics Conference in Park City, Utah, September 13-16, 2015. The legendary bearded trio will bring its t...[more]

Ford and Telogis expand exclusive partnership to Ford’s commercial customers in the UK

Ford Motor Company and Telogis announced the expansion of their exclusive partnership to bring Ford Telematics powered by Telogis to Ford’s commercial customers in the UK first with other European markets to follow later this summer. Ford Telematics provides value to customers beyond the vehicle, using real-time information from Ford vehicles to en...[more]

Fortress Interlocks and Troax Mesh Doors up to the Impact Challenge!


A dramatic impact test on the Fortress Interlocks amGardpro interlock fitted to a Troax St30 mesh door has been captured on video. In ...[more]

Scania to supply 200 trucks to leading Indian mining company


Indian mining company BGR Mining & Infra has placed an order for 200 Scania P 410 tipper trucks. In 2014, the company took delivery of its 150th Scania vehicle. BGR Mining & Infra Managing Director B. Umapathi Reddy says: “Scania P 410 tippers offer excellent performance and we are extremely satisfied with them. Since we started using these veh...[more]

New Linde Diesel, LPG and CNG forklift trucks in the 1.4 to 2.0-tonne load range


Following the launch of the Linde H14-H20 EVO, industrial truck manufacturer Linde Material Handling has now completed the range and taken the smallest series in the 1.4 to 2.0 tonne load capacity range to the next level. Recognisable by the black design element, which extends into the red-painted chassis, the small EVO now also features significan...[more]

Four Street Cranes for Super-Sized Automotive Steel Coil Store


A high capacity steel warehouse for multi-modal transport and logistics contractor, A V Dawson, has installed four overhead cranes, each of 30 tonnes capacity, from Street Crane Company. The cranes will play a crucial role in receiving and despatching steel coils for North East automotive and construction plant manufacturers and are expected to han...[more]

FTA calls for better support from Government in Logistics Manifesto 2015


The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has said that the logistics sector needs ‘better support from Government’ in order to make logistics more efficient in the UK. Launched today at the CV Show – the FTA Logistics Manifesto 2015 sets-out the priorities to deliver economic growth, improve safety and reduce pollution. The Manifesto states t...[more]

Panther clinches £5m of new business as online purchases of larger items continues to climb


Fast-expanding Panther Warehousing has made a strong start to the year securing £5 million of new business in the first few weeks of 2015 as demand for its flexible and innovative assisted delivery services for larger items in the home and garden furniture market continued to grow. The two-man white glove delivery specialist won new contracts wi...[more]

Bevan launches Aftercare Response at CV Show 2015


Bevan Group is launching its rebranded and extended Aftercare Response 24-hour back-up service – and a new website to promote it – at the 2015 Commercial Vehicle Show. Bevan Group’s rapid response mobile aftercare service covers truck and van bodies, as well as ancillary equipment – particularly tail-lifts – and has been growing strongly. Now it...[more]

Britain’s van users warned they could face billions of pounds in extra costs unless they sharpen up on safety


The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is today launching a van maintenance campaign to help van operators take better care of their vehicles, and to keep their drivers and other road users safe. Almost two thirds (63%) of the 10,800 vans stopped by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) at the roadside each year have a se...[more]

Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK at the Commercial Vehicle Show, CV Show 2015


Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK is once again proud to be attending the UK Commercial Vehicle Show and in doing so will demonstrate a full range of vehicles from the 3.5 tonne FUSO Canter to the Flagship Actros and everything in-between, including Atego, Antos, Arocs, Econic and Unimog. On the main stand in Hall 5 we have seven Trucks on display. These ...[more]

Jungheinrich fork lift trucks proves a cunning choice for Fox’s Pallets


Fox’s Pallets recently acquired three Jungheinrich DFG 316 forklift trucks. This is the latest chapter in Jungheinrich’s successful long-term relationship with the Kettering-based nationwide pallet supplier. Part of Jungheinrich’s extensive range of ic-engined counterbalance forklift trucks, this diesel engined DFG 316 has a 1.6 tonne capacity a...[more]

Hörmann increases loading bay flexibility for new TJ Morris site


British discount chain TJ Morris (aka Home Bargains) is the second largest independent grocer in the UK with over 370 stores. Rapid business growth has resulted in the need for larger warehouses, and with exciting expansion plans for the next few years, the company plans to grow its store portfolio to an impressive 700 outlets. The retailer t...[more]

LondonWaste commissions Konecranes to undertake Crane Reliability Study at EcoPark Energy Centre


LondonWaste has drafted in the expertise of world leading lifting equipment manufacturer, Konecranes, to assess and evaluate the current condition and operational capability of its double gantry cranes deployed within the Energy Centre located at its flagship forty-acre site in Edmonton. Using one of Konecranes’ latest service processes, a Crane...[more]

Douglas Gillespie Plant celebrates 35th anniversary of Fork Lift Truck Association, FLTA membership


Glasgow-based Douglas Gillespie Plant has reached another milestone in its membership of the Fork Lift Truck Association, celebrating 35 years as part of Britain’s materials handling elite. The company set up in 1968 by Douglas and Margaret Gillespie is one of the longest-standing members of the FLTA – the UK's independent authority on fork lift...[more]

Protection and prevention from dust explosions in bucket elevators


A global provider of bespoke explosion vents and flameless venting units for bucket elevators warns process industries of the dangers of dust explosions originating from the commonly used bucket elevator. Fike UK, based in Kent, urges companies to ensure appropriate equipment and technologies are in place to mitigate the disastrous effects cause...[more]

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