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  • Howard-Tenens-again-turns-to-Thorworld-for-loading-ramp-expertise

    Howard Tenens again turns to Thorworld for loading ramp expertise

    Leading logistics company Howard Tenens has purchased two new mobile yardramps from Thorworld Industries, the latest order in a supply relationship that is now more than a decade old.

    The latest yardramps have been specified for Howard Tenens’ facility in Boston, Lincolnshire, joining two previous ramps already in use at the site. In total, the company has 14 Thorworld yardramps in opera... [more]

  • TraffiGlove-makes-a-difference

    TraffiGlove makes a difference

    In recognition of its services to TEI, delivering hand safety talks in support of its hand safety campaign, TraffiGlove has been presented with a donation of £500 to TraffiGlove’s chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.

    Having reviewed its performance throughout 2013, TEI found that 38% of all accidents resulted in injury to hands. As such, it was felt that a more robust approach to han... [more]

  • New-premises-equips-Structure-flex-for-continued-success

    New premises equips Structure-flex for continued success

    Structure-flex Limited, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of flexible fabric products, has completed the move of its successful manufacturing business to the location of the former crab factory in Cromer, North Norfolk.

    The move marks the start of company’s 45th anniversary year and is the third location for the business that won a Queen’s Award for International Enterprise last year for... [more]

  • ‘Red-Ledge-Manufacturer’-uses-fast,-innovative-pre-packaged-process-design-to-save-time-and-cost

    ‘Red Ledge Manufacturer’ uses fast, innovative pre-packaged process design to save time and cost

    Software application and engineering company Red Ledge, is launching an innovative new manufacturing production system that saves users time and money, according to the company. ‘Red Ledge Manufacturer’ uses pre-designed, pre-defined and packaged production processes that can be dragged and dropped as on-scree... [more]

  • Innovative-A-SAFE-product-scoops-major-industrial-design-award

    Innovative A-SAFE product scoops major industrial design award

    Yorkshire-based manufacturers A-SAFE have impressed judges at the esteemed iF Awards in Hamburg, Germany, taking home the Product Award in Industry/Skilled Trades for the new iFlex RackGuard.

    The product, which protects racking legs with a host of never-before-seen innovations, is part of a new range of products from the barrier protection specialists.

    The iF Design Awards identi... [more]

  • KNAPP-solution-ensures-efficient-automation-for-Spanish-online-grocer

    KNAPP solution ensures efficient automation for Spanish online grocer

    The Spanish online grocery retailer,, is using KNAPP's innovative E-Grocer solution at its Madrid distribution centre to process about 1,000 orders a day.

    With a range of over 7,000 items, delivers fresh foods, ambient goods, frozen items, drinks and toiletries directly to customers by the next day at the latest. Due to its expertise in high-performance si... [more]

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Greece is the word: Rhenus launches routes in Greece


Rhenus Logistics UK, one of Britain’s leading freight forwarders, has announced a new partnership with groupage specialist Intertrans. The relationship sees the launch of Rhenus’ latest direct overland route from the UK to Greece. Following confirmed partnership agreements with Transdanubia and Milsped, the deal will see Rhenus further expand its m...[more]

HRH The Princess Royal meets new generation at Norbert Dentressangle


HRH The Princess Royal today paid a visit to Norbert Dentressangle’s operation in Corby, meeting some of the company’s apprentices and young managers. The visit is one of a number of engagements throughout the year in the Princess’s capacity as Patron of international development charity, Transaid, of which Norbert Dentressangle is a strong and ...[more]

Focus on logistics IT at CeMAT 2016


The rapid advance of digitization demands new IT systems and solutions. According to the latest study by the German Association for Logistics (BVL) “Logistics and IT are the power driving innovation in the German economy” and not only facilitate the individualization of products but also speed up production, goods handling and trade by increasing f...[more]

Upgrade for unique mortuary lifting equipment


A Birmingham-based manufacturing company has upgraded a unique product that was originally designed to help hospital mortuary staff to cope with the increasing weight of deceased patients. Wilmat's Mortuary Stackers have already proved an essential piece of equipment at several hospitals thanks to their ability to move the deceased without compr...[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]

FTA conference to focus on health and safety in logistics


Judith Hackitt CBE, Chair of the Health and Safety Executive, will be giving an overview of the HSE’s key messages at the Freight Transport Association’s forthcoming Safety in Logistics Conference, which takes place in Birmingham in June. The event is aimed at ensuring that managers with a responsibility for health and safety within the transport ...[more]

Dressta to launch new customer focused Hydrostatic Crawler Dozer


In response to customer demand, Dressta is delighted to unveil the new TD9 Hydrostatic Crawler Dozer. This new high-performance, compact crawler dozer has been developed by Dressta’s team of expert engineers, and is the first of three new world-class models that range from 74 to 101 Net HP. The new model has been validated by expert operators at...[more]

Info Cube puts information in the frame


Info Cube is a unique new concept from The Tube & Bracket Company that allows businesses to create highly personalised structures to display important information in almost any environment. The reusable modular components used to create an Info Cube are available in a variety of durable materials and colours so that users can devise robust and visu...[more]

JCB demolition machines move in as Uttoxeter legacy plans move forward


The redevelopment of a former JCB factory site in the centre of Uttoxeter has taken another big leap forwards with work now underway to break up more than 34,000 tonnes of concrete. The Pinfold Street site was home to manufacturing for almost 140 years, firstly for agricultural machinery makers Bamfords Ltd and latterly for JCB Heavy Products, whic...[more]

DEL goes for growth by snapping up ZEPRO


DEL Equipment (UK), Britain’s number one manufacturer of column, tuckaway and bin lifts, is raising its game after acquiring the rights to supply, build and support the world-renowned ZEPRO range of cantilever lifts and sliders. The deal – which was concluded for an undisclosed sum – opens up new markets to DEL, which is based in Witney, Oxfords...[more]

Palletforce delivers industry first

Palletforce, the leading palletised freight network continues to build on the back of its multi-million pound, patented IT investment by giving all members access to its unique ARC (Arrived - Recorded - Confirmed) facility. The innovative new software is an extension of the Palletforce-owned Alliance IT system, giving all 100 members complete tr...[more]

Machinex selected to provide a first of kind fuel preperation plant in Scotland


Machinex has been appointed by the global construction company M+W Group to provide a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for the Energy from Waste (EFW) project of Levenseat Renewable Energy Limited in Lanark, Scotland. This first-of-kind facility, which is due to be operational in 2017, will make a significant contribution towards Scotland’s ‘zero w...[more]

Levels of on-time delivery performing well in 2015

Online retail delivery volumes were up 11.9% year-on-year in February according to IMRG and MetaPack. This now means that UK online retail parcel volumes have risen by 10.5% in the first two months of the year compared with 2014 – while total online retail sales are up 6.5% for the same period[i]. While the growth so far is below IMRG and Met...[more]

Innovative A-SAFE product scoops major industrial design award


Yorkshire-based manufacturers A-SAFE have impressed judges at the esteemed iF Awards in Hamburg, Germany, taking home the Product Award in Industry/Skilled Trades for the new iFlex RackGuard. The product, which protects racking legs with a host of never-before-seen innovations, is part of a new range of products from the barrier protection speci...[more]

Terex brings compact construction to PLANTWORX 2015


Leading equipment solutions provider, Terex Construction, will showcase its latest range of compact construction machinery at this year’s PLANTWORX exhibition. Taking place at the Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire, between 2-4 June, the dedicated working construction exhibition will give visitors the chance to find out about the latest equip...[more]

UK’s first DAF Euro 6 dual-fuel HGV on Gasrec / DIESELGAS stand at Commercial Vehicle Show 2015


Gasrec, Europe’s leading supplier of liquefied gas for road transport, has confirmed that the UK’s first DAF Euro 6 dual-fuel heavy goods vehicle, an XF Euro 6, 12.8 litre, 450hp small midlift, will be displayed on the company’s stand at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show, on 14-16 April at the NEC Birmingham. Gasrec’s stand, which the company ...[more]

Jim Blaber Joins Buffaload Logistics to oversee new operation in Scotland


Buffaload Logistics, the leading UK double-deck operator and trailer rental supplier in the temperature controlled transport industry has appointed Jim Blaber as Development and Operations Manager Scotland, with responsibility for the company’s new distribution hub in Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland. Jim not only brings a wealth of transport ...[more]

Palletways' Digital Information Hub drives on


Less than six months since Lichfield-based Palletways launched its Digital Information Hub, members are already beginning to experience the benefits of the system, using the new Digital Dashboard to access a whole host of real-time management data and tools to help improve efficiency and communications. Palletways – Europe’s largest dedicated ne...[more]

TraffiGlove makes a difference


In recognition of its services to TEI, delivering hand safety talks in support of its hand safety campaign, TraffiGlove has been presented with a donation of £500 to TraffiGlove’s chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. Having reviewed its performance throughout 2013, TEI found that 38% of all accidents resulted in injury to hands. As such, it...[more]

Safety in handling plant & moulding tools


According to the British Plastics Federation’s annual accident survey for 2013, it showed that 16.2% of accidents in the plastics recycling sector resulted from injuries whilst handling, lifting or carrying. Handling of heavy plant and injection moulding tools can easily result in damages to the tools and injuries to the operator. Failure to use th...[more]

GreenRoad Technologies secures $26 million in Growth Funding


GreenRoad, a leading SaaS driver behavior and fleet performance service provider, today announced that it has raised $26 million in growth capital. The investment round was led by Israel Growth Partners with participation from existing investors Amadeus Capital Partners, Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Generation Investment Management and Virgin G...[more]

FTA Ireland partners Diesel Card Ireland


FTA Ireland has said today that it is delighted to be partnering Diesel Card Ireland (DCI) for the provision of a fuel card for its growing membership. Launched at the FTAI Transport Manager conference held in Enfield, County Meath, the Association has praised the work of DCI, saying that it has established itself as one of Ireland’s and the UK’s ...[more]

Latest exhibitor news from CV Show 2015 26th March 2015


Vauxhall launches new Corsavan Stand 4E10 The new Vauxhall Corsavan will make its public debut at this year’s Show, to coincide with its appearance in Vauxhall dealerships. Priced from £10,995 to £13,695, the Corsavan features a bright new exterior, high-class interior and an improved chassis. Over 34,000 examples of the outgoing model were...[more]

Government funding to refuel gas-powered trucks good news for industry says FTA


The FTA has said that the £4 million government investment to provide publically accessible gas refuelling points for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) across the UK – is good news for the freight industry. The announcement made by Transport Minister Baroness Kramer today, outlined details of the £4m fund to help refuel gas-powered trucks which would gi...[more]

Enterprise Flex-E-Rent makes début at IFE 2015 by sponsoring the Meat and Seafood Hall


Enterprise Flex-E-Rent made its début at this year’s IFE 2015 with its Refrigerental product – the UK’s most dynamic temperature controlled vehicle rental offering. Enterprise Flex-E-Rent used the event to showcase its comprehensive range of temperature controlled vehicles, which are available through a 21-strong branch network across the UK. As pa...[more]

Woodway UK identified in London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’

Woodway UK has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses. To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming t...[more]

UK Steel comment on DECC Iron & Steel 2050 roadmap

Commenting on the publication by DECC of the 2050 Low Carbon Roadmap for the Iron and Steel sector, UK Steel’s Director, Mr Gareth Stace, said: “This report marks the culmination of eighteen months of collaboration between the UK’s steel industry, government, academia and NGOs mapping out the possible routes the sector could take over the next 35 ...[more]

Containers can be safer by design with Lloyd’s Register Container Certification Scheme

For manufacturers anywhere in the world, the Lloyd’s Register Container Certification Scheme 2015 launched today gives a clear and concise set of rules to ensure offshore and onshore containers are safe and certified correctly. Containers destined for use in any country can be safer by design with Lloyd’s Register Energy’s certification scheme. ...[more]

Become a logistics champion – enter the UKWA Multimodal Challenge


Allcomers are invited to take part in the UKWA Multimodal Challenge by playing a specially adapted ‘speed version’ of the educational board game, Business on the Move. This exciting and fun competition will take place on the UKWA Pavilion at Multimodal 2015. In the UKWA Multimodal Challenge participants must aim to maximise the value of their de...[more]

RTITB expands into Oman with accredited forklift organisation TATI


Technical and Administrative Training Institute (TATI) is the first organisation in Oman to become accredited to provide RTITB workplace transport training. As one of the largest private training organisations in the Sultanate of Oman, TATI is approved to deliver RTITB training to over half of the major oil companies including Shell, BP, and Oma...[more]

Terex Construction goes big with 460 unit site dumper order


Global equipment solutions provider, Terex Construction, has announced its largest site dumper order of the year. The contract, which comes as part of an ongoing relationship with the UK’s leading independent hire company – GAP Group – will see a total of 460 one, three, six and nine-tonne Terex® site dumpers supplied throughout 2015. Manufactur...[more]

Isuzu Truck Apprentice programme adds great value


An Isuzu Truck Apprenticeship offers many advantages. Alongside achieving several nationally recognised qualifications, the programme offers some great additional benefits to both the employer and the Apprentice. One of the main benefits of the Apprentice Technician programme is Isuzu’s Apprentice tool kit offer. Starting up as a technician can ...[more]

Toyota Material Handling is awarded iF Universal expert and consumer labels


The BT Movit S-series towing truck was recently given the iF Universal Design expert favourite and consumer label. At the same event, the BT Movit N-series towing truck, Care Equipped for Mobility Support in Hospitals, earned the consumer favourite label. A specially adapted version of the BT Movit N-series towing truck won the approval of iF Un...[more]

Businesses must embrace M2M technology or get left behind, warns Advanced


Service management organisations could miss out on vital business intelligence, lucrative new revenue streams or fail to meet rising customer demands unless they embrace machine-to-machine (M2M) technology. These are the findings of a new white paper commissioned by service management software provider, Advanced Field Service (Advanced). The wor...[more]

STADLER appoints dedicated project manager for Milton Keynes PFI Project

STADLER UK, a high-tech supplier of complete sorting and treatment plants for the waste management industry, has announced the appointment of David Cain as Project Manager for the Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park project. The Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park is a unique project where the local authority has taken the ground-breaking decision t...[more]

Penny Hydraulics launch new PH Crane Range at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2015


Penny Hydraulics is delighted to announce the launch of their new range of fully hydraulic PH Cranes at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2015. Introduced to meet the needs of the 1 to 18 tonne UK commercial vehicle market, the PH Crane range offers over 470 lightweight, user-friendly and innovative models. The range has between 0,5 and 5 tm lifting capa...[more]

Scott Group appoint Jim Bishop as Non Executive Chairman


Leading industrial supplies organisation, Scott Group, is delighted to appoint Jim Bishop as Non-Executive Chairman as part of ambitious plans for expansion in 2015. The Scott Group has grown exponentially over the past 25 years through various strategic acquisitions and organic growth across the UK and Europe to become the UK’s largest pallet supp...[more]

Dunlop TreadMax premium retread truck tyre range extended


Goodyear Dunlop introduces four new Dunlop TreadMax mold cure retreaded tyres to the market. The new company own processed retreads are in the Dunlop SP444, SP372 and SP472 lines and are developed according to the company’s ‘Multiple Life Cycle’ approach. This enables truck and bus operators to extend the life of their tyres and help reduce their ...[more]

The search is on to find the country’s top apprentices and apprenticeship employers

The 2015 National Apprenticeship Awards, run by the National Apprenticeship Service, are open for entries from this week until 22 May 2015. The awards challenge top apprenticeship employers and apprentices across England to come forward and show how apprenticeships have made a real difference to their organisation and careers. They will compete to...[more]

Fast fashion retailer builds for the future with Norbert Dentressangle

Super fast-growing online fashion retailer, Missguided, has signed a seven year deal with Norbert Dentressangle to manage its international e-Fulfilment operation. Under the new contract, Norbert Dentressangle and Missguided are jointly investing in a new, purpose-built fulfilment centre in Manchester, replacing Missguided’s existing facility in...[more]

Latest exhibitor news from CV Show 2015


National Windscreens promotes dedicated fleet support service Stand 4E79 The CV Show will be National Windscreens’ chance to demonstrate why the UK’s largest independently-owned windscreen repair and replacement specialist has secured supply contracts with 95 of the UK’s top 100 HGV fleets, as well as more than 30 car fleets in the Fleet News 50....[more]

Hirer reaches new heights with £5 million JCB deal


A South East plant hire specialist has invested in a fleet of more than 100 new JCB Loadall telescopic handlers in a deal worth £5 million. The order includes five of JCB’s new 20-metre 540-200 models. Morden-based B&T Plant Hire, which has recorded growth of 30% over the past three years, has ordered the machines to gear up for even greater dem...[more]

Egemin launches E’gv® Compact on the US market


Egemin Automation will unveil a new product at ProMat 2015 in Chicago, starting March 23, 2015. The E’gv® Compact is a small yet robust new AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) designed to handle standard-sized loads at higher capacities than the AGCs (Automatic Guided Carts) currently available on the market. This flexible vehicle has a fast time to mar...[more]

Wilmat provides lift for tilting train refurbishment


A Birmingham-based manufacturer of specialist materials handling equipment, is supplying vital lifting equipment for a heavy engineering programme that will improve journeys for millions of rail passengers. The Alstom Traincare Centre in Manchester maintains the fleet of 56 tilting Virgin Trains' Pendolinos on the West Coast Main Line and has re...[more]

Dematic introduces new suite of intra-logistics solutions


Dematic, a supplier of intra-logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, today introduces a new suite of solutions for receiving, storage, order fulfillment, buffer staging, packing and palletizing. The continuous focus on innovation has created solutions that optimize manual processes in low volume operations as well as a...[more]

U-Freight America moves HQ

U-Freight America Inc, the US subsidiary of international freight service and logistics group U-Freight, has moved into a modern new headquarters in San Francisco. The 5,300 sq ft office will be home for U-Freight America's sales, accounting, customer service and administration teams, as well as staff from the company's NVOCC, U-Ocean. A logi...[more]

Forklift Operator of the Year 2013 reaps rewards of competition win


After winning the title of Forklift Operator of the Year in 2013, Wincanton employee Ryszard Janus has recently qualified as an RTITB lift truck instructor. Ryszard Janus beat 39 other finalists to be crowned the best forklift operator in the country, which he says helped to develop his confidence to become a forklift operator instructor. “Th...[more]

Home Affairs Committee report reflects FTA’s passport check concerns


The Home Affairs Committee has said today that it can’t see how the Government can fulfil its pledge to deliver 100% exit checks – reiterating concerns recently highlighted by the Freight Transport Association (FTA). FTA had previously said that the proposed manual passport checks at the main cross-Channel terminals would cause traffic chaos and...[more]

Hiab's World Crane Championship finalists selected

Hiab, part of Cargotec, has selected the finalists who will take part in the first ever World Crane Championships at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, United Kingdom, on 14-16 April 2015. The 18 contestants, who have won their places after qualifying through rounds held in 13 different countries, will be competing to take away a EUR 25,000...[more]

Manufacturing growth going steady says CBI

Activity in the manufacturing sector remained broadly steady in March, according to the CBI’s latest Industrial Trends Survey. Output has been growing at a decent pace since last August, and despite easing slightly from the previous month, remained above average in March. Manufacturers expect to ramp up production even further in the next three ...[more]

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