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    Structure-flex digital printers produce the largest ever art exhibition

    Structure-flex, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of a diverse range of products manufactured from flexible, heavy-duty, PVC coated textiles, has brought to life an art exhibition displaying images of some of the world’s most famous musicians to create what is believed to be the largest outside art exhibition ever.

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    An early adopter of the market’s first affordable voice system for small and medium warehouse operators

    Henry Colbeck, founded in 1893 and the oldest independent supplier to the UK fish and chip market, has chosen ‘Renovotec Voice Manager’ to fully automate its 12,000 units-per-day, previously all-paper picking process across the company’s warehouse operations, which total 70,000 square feet and are serviced by 27 Colbeck wagons as well as 3PL carriers. The company provides a twice-weekly delivery s... [more]

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    Ultimate safety working at heights with RUD Fall Protection Anchorage Points

    RUD Chains Ltd is a leading manufacturer of lifting and lashing applications that guarantee ultimate safety when lifting and moving heavy loads. Offering more than 500 different tested and certified lifting/lashing points for bolting covering a working load capacity range from 0.6 to 200 tonne, RUD have a wide product range to suit a variety of project requirements.

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    Bespoke Thorworld design provides Hella with customised loading at new facility

    Hella, the globally renowned manufacturer of automotive lighting and electronics is using a bespoke loading and unloading solution from Thorworld Industries at its new UK premises.

    Having acquired new premises for its UK based operation, Hella needed to adapt the building’s facilities for the cost effective and timely loading and unloading of its world class products and sought an appropr... [more]

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NetDespatch halves despatch time for fast growing Weird Fish


Weird Fish has implemented the NetDespatch cloud-based shipping solution to rationalise its order fulfilment process. The NetDespatch parcel data management platform seamlessly connects the company’s order management system – Select Commerce from Webselect – with its parcel delivery network, Royal Mail, and has reduced order processing and despatch...[more]

Krone provide secure Dry Liner loading for high value ACME cargo


ACME Production Services, the event and entertainment transport specialists, have added two, high security Dry Liner box trailers to their fleet which, says the company, will provide maximum load protection and secure carriage for their UK and European customers. Working mainly for production, sound and lighting companies, ACME require the added...[more]

Egemin Automation to build 44-metre-high deep-freeze warehouse for Belgian company Agristo


Egemin Automation will build a new automated deep-freeze warehouse for Belgian producer of frozen French fries Agristo on its production site in Nazareth in East Flanders. The investment needs to support Agristo’s projected growth. The new high-bay warehouse will be 44 metres high and eight AS/RS stacker cranes will be deployed to store frozen Fren...[more]

Terex® Finlay introduce new 873 Tracked Mobile Heavy Duty Screener


The new Terex® Finlay 873 is designed to work after a primary crusher or on its own as frontline screening machine. This highly versatile and adaptable machine is suitable for working in quarrying, mining, construction and demolition debris, topsoil, recycling, sand, gravel, coal and aggregate applications. This aggressive forward facing incline...[more]

Surrey Euro stars commended by Palletways


A Surrey-based logistics firm has been commended in recognition of its European sales performance. Frederick R Miller, based at Forsyths Home Farm in Shackleford, part of Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network, has been officially recognised for its year-on-year European sales increases in Palletways’...[more]

Matt Buckley takes charge of Boughton's service & parts


Boughton Engineering, Britain’s longest established manufacturer of skip loaders and hook loaders, has appointed well-known industry figure, Matt Buckley as its new Service & Parts Manager, based at Wolverhampton. Matt has a long and distinguished track record in the waste industry, having worked over time in senior management roles for some of th...[more]

Terex® Minerals Processing Systems expand North America and Latin America sales and support organization


Terex® Minerals Processing Systems has announced the expansion of their organizational support in North America and Latin America due to strong market growth and rapid product development. David Quail (pictured) joins as the Terex MPS Market Area Director, USA and Latin America. This is a newly created role to support the market expansion and p...[more]

Safer Lorry Scheme to be covered at FTA Fleet Engineer


The London Safer Lorry Scheme (SLS), vulnerable road users and commercial vehicles, and the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be covered at the Freight Transport Association’s Fleet Engineer Conference which takes place on Wednesday 10 June. The session on urban commercial vehicle operation will discuss what effect the London SLS will have an...[more]

RayTemp 6 infrared non-contact thermometer


The new RayTemp 6 infrared non-contact thermometer is a compact, durable and easy to use instrument, simply aim and pull the trigger to display the temperature of the item being measured over the range of -60 to 550 °C. Each thermometer incorporates an eight dot circle laser indicator, which allows you to precisely target the diameter of the are...[more]

The secret language of the warehouse

Voice technology is transforming workers’ ability to understand and carry out instruction regardless of their native language, according to Darrell Williams of Honeywell Vocollect Solutions In an increasingly diverse workforce, language differences pose a significant barrier to both productivity and team morale. But rather than try to stifle cul...[more]

Success for KNAPP’s first robotic picking system


The first installation of KNAPP’s Pick-it-Easy Robot solution is operating successfully at the site of dental supplies wholesaler, Basiq Dental, in The Netherlands. Delivered last year, the robotic picking system has proved to be highly efficient, accurate and reliable in operation. Pick-it-Easy Robot uses KNAPP’s KiSoft Vision technology to ide...[more]

Walk the Line: 10 tips to help manage traffic safety in your facility


Every workplace facility has a unique layout and will have different priorities – but one thing that doesn’t differ is the importance of managing the flow of workplace vehicles and protecting personnel. With 20% of all workplace deaths still caused by vehicles, here are 10 cross-industry tips that will go some way towards making your workplace s...[more]

Commenting following the biggest car recall Duncan Brock, a Director at CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) says:


“Another automotive recall once again highlights the perils of managing huge global supply chains ineffectively and without risk mitigation strategies in place. These are the high costs companies have to pay if there are supply chain failures. The main issue is that companies are increasingly relying on a handful of global suppliers for key compone...[more]

Haynes Ford Maidstone becomes Van Excellence Recognised Partner


FTA has said it is delighted to announce Haynes Ford Maidstone as the first manufacturer dealer to become a Van Excellence Recognised Partner. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) awarded Haynes with a certificate at the Ford Transit Show Live event held at the dealership in Maidstone today (21 May). As a Van Excellence Recognised Partner th...[more]

Minister helps mark JCB transmissions' production milestone


Wrexham-based JCB Transmissions has marked a major manufacturing milestone – the production of two its two millionth powertrain. The company was set up in 1978 with less than a dozen employees in a single factory on the Wrexham Industrial Estate. JCB Transmissions now employs more than 400 people in two plants covering a total area of 450,000 s...[more]

Enterprise labeling white paper reveals four ways to enhance supply chain agility and reduce costs

The white paper “Adopting Next Generation Labeling Technology Enhances Enterprise Agility and Reduces Costs” published by NiceLabel identifies the hidden costs, inefficiencies and risks resulting from legacy labeling operations and explains why a modern label management platform is well suited to current enterprise and extended supply chain needs. ...[more]

Jungheinrich wins IFOY 2015 Award for ‘Counterbalanced Trucks up to 3.5 tonnes’


Jungheinrich has taken the trophy in the all-important category of ‘Counterbalanced Trucks Up to 3.5 Tonnes’ at the prestigious International Forklift Truck of the Year Awards 2015 (IFOY) in Munich. The independent jury of international trade journalists selected Jungheinrich’s EFG S30s three-tonne electric counterbalance truck citing its “complete...[more]

AllCell and LG develop high performance lithium-ion battery for material handling market


AllCell Technologies, LLC, a Chicago-based Lithium-ion battery pack manufacturer for smart-grid, autonomous and light electric vehicle applications, and LG Chem Ltd., one of the world's largest manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries, have developed a high performance long lasting Li-ion battery for material handling applications. The battery is des...[more]

Fuel duty hikes are still ‘off-limits’ for Chancellor, warns FTA


The Freight Transport Association has issued a warning to its members that the Chancellor could announce increases in fuel duty in his Budget Statement on 8 July. FTA has also renewed its support for the successful FairFuelUK campaign that it founded with the Road Haulage Association in 2011. James Hookham, FTA’s Deputy Chief Executive, said:...[more]

Microlise Driver Performance Management App launched to support driver engagement with telematics

At the Microlise Transport Conference, telematics platform provider Microlise has announced the launch of Driver Performance Management (DPM), a mobile application running on both Android and iOS devices that delivers increased driver engagement with telematics, whilst at the same time reducing management resource requirements. The DPM mobile ap...[more]

New Curtiss-Wright Industrial Group website brings together four leading product brands


Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s (NYSE: CW) Industrial division today announced the launch of a new website containing the full portfolio of products, services and capabilities offered by its Industrial Group, which comprises its four leading product brands – Arens Controls, Penny & Giles, PG Drives Technology and Williams Controls. The new website ...[more]

Capital Safety Harnesses cutting edge technology to deliver winning solution for workers at height


Capital Safety, the global leader in fall protection equipment, systems and anchors, has launched a new range of Delta™ Comfort harnesses, offering users a winning combination of safety, comfort and convenience. Incorporating many of the features that made the original range so successful, the new Delta™ Comfort harnesses feature shoulder, back ...[more]

Agidens is the new name for former Egemin divisions

§ The Egemin Group has sold the Handling Automation division and the Egemin Automation brand name to the German KION Group in early May § Agidens is the new name under which the Process Automation, Life Sciences, Infra Automation and Consulting & Services divisions will continue together § Focus, a clear strategy, motivated employees and a...[more]

New sales appointments boost Stertil Dock & Door Products


Stertil Dock and Door Products has boosted its UK sales team with two recent appointments. Louise Langham has joined the company as Area Technical Sales Manager for the North East region. With extensive knowledge of the materials handling, logistics and distribution industries, Louise has built a successful career based on solid experience of sales...[more]

FTA report finds road investment should be priority for Government


Investment in road improvements should be a priority for the new Government according to the Logistics Report 2015 – the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA’s) analysis of the ideas, news and views that shaped the transport and logistics industry in the last 12 months. Launched at the Microlise Transport Conference in Coventry today (20 May), b...[more]

Up to 90% reductions of energy and friction with latest System Marathon drag chains


The System Marathon drag chain equipment now available from M Buttkereit Ltd can accommodate overall horizontal travel distances in excess of 200 metres. It features an upper running track installed for the full horizontal operating distance of the installation, combined with a lower parking track covering just 50% of the full length. The drag chai...[more]

Samworth Brothers Supply Chain driver Alan Marsh named first ever Microlise Driver Of The Year

At the Microlise Transport Conference, Samworth Brothers Supply Chain driver Alan Marsh took home the Microlise Driver of the Year award, being first named as the winning driver in the long distance category, before being named Overall Winner. Marsh beat 90,000 other drivers to be named Microlise Driver of the Year, which were run in conjunction...[more]

CorpAcq expands by acquiring United Forktrucks (1992)


Investment group CorpAcq has bought a forklift truck business with eight depots across the Midlands and southern England. CorpAcq, based in Altrincham, has acquired United Forktrucks (1992), which has its head office in Thetford, Norfolk, and employs 86 staff across its operations. United Forktrucks is a £6.5m-turnover business which was foun...[more]

Rik Kiddle joins Terex Finlay as Global Business Development and Sales Director


Terex Finlay have announced the appointment of Global Business Development and Sales Director, Rik Kiddle. In his new role, Rik will be responsible for strategically driving business growth, increasing market share as well as identifying and developing new market opportunities on a global basis. He will lead the current Sales, Marketing and Dist...[more]

Totonto to host TIACA Air Cargo Forum


TIACA’s 2018 Air Cargo Forum will take place in Toronto, Canada, Secretary General Doug Brittin has announced. The biennial ACF brings together supply chain decision makers from across the globe for three days of networking, discussion, and learning. “We are excited to be bringing the event back to North America for 2018,” said Brittin. “T...[more]

Geldof builds petroleum storage tanks to ensure energy supplies in Poland


Belgian company Geldof (Engicon nv) has started the construction of two gigantic petroleum storage tanks in the Polish city of Gdańsk. The final client PERN ‘Przyjaźń’ Group is investing €200m to build Poland’s very first port terminal. The port project will safeguard the supplies of crude oil, liquid fuels and chemicals in the regio...[more]

Cognito appoints Laurent Othacéhé as CEO


Cognito, the field service management solutions company, has appointed Laurent Othacéhé as CEO, as part of a wider organisational restructure intended to position the company for growth. Othacéhé joined Cognito in 2014 as Sales Director, bringing with him more than 20 years’ experience in the field service industry. Prior to that he was CEO of 3...[more]

Barry Training Services celebrates 25 years of RTITB forklift truck training


Long standing RTITB accredited partner, Barry Training Services (BTS), is celebrating 25 years of delivering RTITB training to the workplace transport industry. The company has grown from modest beginnings, offering RTITB accredited lift truck training and now offers a vast range of courses including RTITB Driver CPC, amongst others. “We have...[more]

UK freight association says illegal stowaways threaten future of cross channel freight

The trade association that represents companies responsible for handling much of the UK’s visible trade is warning that a significant recent increase in would-be illegal immigrants attempting to stowaway on trucks passing through the Calais Eurotunnel terminal and ferry port is causing major problems and threatening the future of cross channel trai...[more]

Service appointment strengthens Hörmann management team


Garage and industrial door manufacturer Hörmann has strengthened its maintenance and repair team with the appointment of industrial service manager Phillip Clark. Phillip joins Hörmann with over a decade of customer service experience, having previously worked as a customer relations officer for TNT, before supervising a call centre team at CEVA...[more]

Record entries in FTA Everywoman Transport & Logistics Awards


Record entries to the 2015 FTA everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards highlight how the industry is being embraced by growing numbers of women. Driver shortages and anticipated population growth mean more opportunities exist for women in the world of transport and logistics, but currently less than a quarter of all employees are female and i...[more]

Microscan welcomes new regional sales director for EMEA

Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, announces the appointment of Bart Nollet to the position of Regional Sales Director for Microscan’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region. Nollet joins the Microscan management team reporting to Scott Summerville, President. In his role, Nollet will...[more]

TOM Vehicle Rental set to double its fleet by 2018

TOM Vehicle Rental has announced that it plans to add over 2,500 light commercial vehicles, 700 trucks and 500 trailers to its nationwide rental fleet for 2015 with an investment worth over £130 million. The investment follows a strong end to the year, which saw T.O.M average utilisation of 94% on its rental fleet which has grown to over 9000 co...[more]

Midland Pallet Trucks offer special discount on Eoslift 2500kg capacity Hand Pallet Truck


Midland Pallet Trucks is one of the UK’s leading providers of pallet trucks and manual handling equipment – and it has yet again shown its commitment to quality and affordability with a special offer on one of its most popular trucks. The 2500kg capacity Eoslift hand pallet truck, with PU rollers and wheels, has been an enduringly popular option...[more]

Daimler Trucks drives first autonomous truck on public roads


Daimler Trucks has become the world’s first manufacturer to be granted a road licence for an autonomous heavy-duty truck. The first journey in the so-called Freightliner Inspiration Truck, which took place on U.S. highway 15 in Las Vegas, was made by Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada, and Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard. The truck is equipped with the intel...[more]

Joined up thinking a must for transport – for all UK cities


“Transport rules and regulations should be the same across all UK cities when it comes to delivering goods” is the message from the Freight Transport Association (FTA) today, following the announcement by the Chancellor that big cities are to be offered devolution over transport. Christopher Snelling – FTA Head of Urban Logistics and Regional Po...[more]

Plasgad launches a mini pallet with enormous functionality – the Semi-Pallet


This fresh new pallet is well suited for a wide range of industries We are proud to share with you our latest addition to our wide range of products and solutions, the Plasgad new “semi-pallet.” The decision to launch the Semi-Pallet came following repeated customer requests that raised the need for a small and functional plastic pallet. Plasgad...[more]

Palletline health & safety excellence recognised with RoSPA Gold award


Leading UK palletised distribution network, Palletline has been awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Occupational Health and Safety Award for the third year running. Recognised for outstanding excellence in health and safety, Palletline once again impressed the judges to come out on top. The award will be presen...[more]

North West manufacturer Sovex renews UK servicing agreement with DHL Express


North West manufacturer Sovex has renewed a major servicing agreement with DHL Express UK & Ireland, the express delivery services and international shipping experts. The Prenton-based materials handling specialist will service and maintain machines operating in close to 50 DHL Express depots across the UK. The news comes as Sovex reports a 25pc...[more]

LCRS members leading the way in reducing emissions


According to the FTA Logistics Carbon Review 2015 – LCRS members are leading the way in making significant progress in reducing carbon emissions – compared to the rest of the logistics industry. Released at the Freight Transport Association’s annual Logistics Carbon Reduction Conference last week, the report incorporates the fifth annual results...[more]

Deerness picks Mercedes-Benz Sprinter as its new fencing partner


North-East contractor Deerness Fencing & Landscaping has added the first Mercedes-Benz Vans to its 45-strong fleet, after being impressed by the performance of rented vehicles. The company’s five new Sprinter 313 CDI Long chassis cabs were supplied by Dealer Bell Truck and Van and are fitted with 14ft Ingimex dropside bodies. They are now workin...[more]

TIP’s FleetCare Maintenance programme breaks 20,000 barrier

Leading trailer company TIP Trailer Services has announced that its FleetCare maintenance product has recently broken new records with over 20,000 third-party customer assets now registered on its contract maintenance service programme across Europe. “We first started offering third-party maintenance contracts to manage the maintenance requireme...[more]

Isuzu provides the right formula for chemicals distribution company


Specifying a brand new Isuzu 7.5 tonne Euro VI ‘Urban’ N75.150 rigid to replace an ageing truck of another manufacturer, East Anglia-based chemicals distribution company Suffolk & Essex Supplies Ltd has been able to make significant improvements in its distribution programme. Not just because the new Isuzu is more modern, it also has a more impress...[more]

Government decision on airport capacity is needed urgently says FTA


A decision on airport capacity needs to be made by Government sooner rather than later – says the Freight Transport Association (FTA). Responding to the results of an independent poll which showed that more people support airport expansion than oppose it in every region of the UK, FTA has renewed its call on Government to look at increased airpo...[more]

Rygor sets the seal on M&N Transport’s Mercedes-Benz makeover


“Everybody needs good neighbours,” says the TV theme song... it’s a sentiment to which bulk haulier M&N Transport certainly subscribes, after commissioning the five new Actros tractor units that have completed its transformation to an all-Mercedes-Benz fleet. The operator runs 30 6x2 tractor units from its base on the West Wilts Trading Estate i...[more]

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