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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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

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Cronus Logistics and Siniat travelling the sea together

Cronus Logistics - one of the fastest growing door-to-door logistics and shipping companies on the Irish Sea – is celebrating the first year of its contract providing logistics support for one of the UK and Ireland’s leading gypsum plasterboard producers. Siniat is a European leader in plasterboard manufacture and drywall systems with more than ...[more]

E Nixon & Son sees the light with Mercedes-Benz Actros


The first Mercedes-Benz truck in 14 years to wear the colours of Cheshire-based bulk tipping specialist E Nixon & Son is specified to maximise payloads and has been quick to impress. The 6x2 Actros 2445 tractor unit has a narrow, 2.3-metre-wide version of the aerodynamic StreamSpace cab, and a mid-lift axle fitted with small 17.5in wheels in pla...[more]

Top position change at Loadhog after management shuffle


Loadhog, the Sheffield-based multi award-winning, transit packaging innovator, has a new general manager following its existing managing director, Ed Stubbs taking up the same position at its sister company, Gripple Limited. It is Shaun Khan, aged 39, who is now in charge at employee-owned Loadhog after setting up and running a Gripple operation ...[more]

Norbert Dentressangle invests in depot network


Norbert Dentressangle is expanding its Bury St Edmunds distribution centre to incorporate a local platform for its Specialist Services operation, which makes non-standard deliveries of high value, fragile, bulky or time sensitive consignments. By creating the new platform at the Suffolk site, Norbert Dentressangle will provide customers with enh...[more]

TIACA promotes phased approach for advance data regulation to keep shipments moving


The Association has published a new position paper urging regulators to take a sequential approach, and ensure compatibility and operational feasibility on both Customs and Civil Aviation aspects. Pre-loading advance cargo information (PLACI) initiatives undertaken by the US, EU, and Canada since the 2010 “Yemen incident” have proved that using ...[more]

UASC now calling DP World London Gateway Port


United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has started services to London Gateway on the South America 2 service (SAM2). The UASC offering is part of an existing fixed day weekly service from DP World London Gateway calling at leading ports in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. The first UASC cargo arrived at DP World London Gateway on Friday April 17. ...[more]

Terex Construction takes centre stage at Intermat 2015

Leading equipment solutions provider, Terex Construction, is showcasing its latest range of compact machinery at this year’s Intermat exhibition. Taking place at the Paris-Nord Villepinte exhibition centre (20–25 April), the event will see over 200,000 delegates from 150 countries explore the industry’s latest equipment technologies. Representat...[more]

Palletways drives up major growth in Europe


Palletways Group, Europe’s largest provider of express palletised freight services, has set its sights on dominating the pallet network sector in Europe after announcing a 35% growth in pan-European volumes handled. Palletways’ journey into Europe started in 2002 with its first venture in Italy and the Group has continued to expand ever since. T...[more]

DEL and ZEPRO lighten the load at CV Show 2015


DEL Equipment (UK) and its new ZEPRO division launched what they believe to be the lightest 750kg cantilever tail lift on the market, at the CV Show 2015 at the National Exhibition Centre. The ZEPRO Z3N, with a 1450mm aluminium platform and including its control unit, mounting brackets and rubber body seals, tips the scales at just 190kg – while...[more]

NOV highlights expanded Mono™ technologies in wastewater at Shanghai exhibition


Visitors to this year’s IE expo 2015, from May 6-8 in Shanghai, will have the opportunity to see innovative MonoTM products and services provided by NOV, which have reinforced our leading position in the wastewater treatment sector. NOV will be exhibiting in the event’s Environmental Hall at Booth #2620. We will be showcasing the recent expansion ...[more]

Load securing guidance in focus at FTA Fleet Engineer conference


Methods of securing loads, improving compliance and load securing standards will be in focus at the forthcoming FTA Fleet Engineer conference. Assisted by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has recently published new guidance to help vehicle operators transport loads securely. Highlights f...[more]

Aramex Posts 10% profit growth in the first quarter of 2015

Aramex (DFM: ARMX), the leading global logistics and transportation solutions provider, has announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2015. Aramex’s Net Profits increased 10% to AED 86.6 million, up from AED 78.7 million in Q1 2014. Revenues in the first quarter of 2015 increased to AED 930 million, up 9% compared to AED 852 million ...[more]

Powerscreen to launch Premiertrak™ 600 jaw crusher at Nordic open event


Powerscreen, one of the world’s leading providers of mobile crushing and screening equipment will host an exclusive two-day Open Event in Stockholm, Sweden on 28th and 29th May 2015, in conjunction with local distributors, Aksel Benzin A/S (Denmark), BePe (Sweden), Scandia Maskin (Norway), Verkfaeri (Iceland) and Vimelco (Finland). The event wil...[more]

Sencon selects Epicor ERP to support international growth

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today announced that Sencon UK Ltd, a leading developer of sensor and control systems for the metal packaging industry, has chosen the next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution Epicor ERP ...[more]

Genie® GTH™ fork lift telehandlers strike back


For the past two years, Genie has mobilized its resources to design and produce a new range of Genie® GTH™ telehandlers. The key focus? To offer rental customers and end-users in the construction, waste handling, recycling, industrial and logistics sectors - which represent the core of the company’s telehandler activity - a new range of extremel...[more]

La Cisa takes 32t Hyster Tier 4 Final lift truck for magnetic hot steel operation


Specialist logistics company, La Cisa, has purchased a new 32 tonne Hyster® forklift for a tough, hot metal handling application in Northern Italy. "The customer is handling hot steel bars nearly 4m long, which leave the steel mill at about 400°C," says Roberto Provenzi from La Cisa, a company that provides specialist machinery, staff and consul...[more]

Unipart gets top marks in Responsible Business Index

Unipart Group, one of Europe’s leading private manufacturing, logistics and consultancy companies, is one of only a handful of companies to receive a five star rating in the Business in the Community 2015 Corporate Responsibility Index - the UK’s leading benchmark of responsible business. Today’s announcement of the 2015 CR Index has been timed to...[more]

worldsteel Short Range Outlook 2015 - 2016


The World Steel Association (worldsteel) today released its Short Range Outlook (SRO) for 2015 and 2016. worldsteel forecasts that global apparent steel use will increase by 0.5% to 1,544 Mt in 2015 following growth of 0.6% in 2014. In 2016, it is forecast that world steel demand will grow by 1.4% and will reach 1,565 Mt. The outlook for the ste...[more]

Stertil Dock Products wins its largest ever order to supply Combilok vehicle restraint systems for 14 Amazon sites throughout Europe


Before securing the contract, Stertil Dock Products was asked to participate in exhaustive trials, in competition with other manufacturers, at Amazon sites in the UK, France and Germany. The trials were highly successful in proving the performance and reliability of the Combilok across a whole range of lorries and vans including double deck vehicle...[more]

Swisslog acquires warehouse automation provider FORTE Industries in the United States


Swisslog has announced the completed acquisition of FORTE Industries, a trusted warehouse automation system integrator located in Ohio, USA. This acquisition will support Swisslog’s strategy in the North American market with a complementary product and service portfolio. FORTE Industrial Equipment Systems, Inc. (trading as FORTE Industries) is a...[more]

Increase in demand for Kubota Mini's


Northampton based plant equipment dealer Shell Plant is celebrating its 17th successful year working in partnership with leading excavator manufacturer Kubota. As the upturn in construction continues, Shell Plant is seeing a rise in demand for mini-excavators from both old and new customers, which is a positive sign for the industry in 2015. Si...[more]

Boost your manpower with Midland Pallet Trucks' electric lifting options


Businesses that can go the hard yards rake in the extra cash, it’s as simple as that. Midland Pallet Trucks is helping enterprises boost their manpower with a premium range of electric and semi-electric trucks. With a commitment to premium quality equipment at fair prices, the Midlands based company is the go-to retailer for Britain’s best range of...[more]

Courier industry expert says Mole underground freight pipes will slash congestion


Roger Sumner-Rivers, founder of pioneering international couriers ParcelHero, says that the new Mole Solutions system of underground freight delivery tubes being trialled in Northampton has the potential to reduce city traffic and reduce emissions significantly. The new freight capsules would be powered by electricity producing magnetic fields t...[more]

RTITB highlights some common risks to avoid in the loading bay


Forklift operations in warehouse loading bays can pose a number of potential safety risks. Laura Nelson, Managing Director of leading workplace transport training accrediting body, RTITB, outlines some commonly encountered risks in loading bays, and how they can be minimised through accredited training for operators, staff and supervisors. “Load...[more]

A Fassi F425RA.2.24 e-dynamic crane on Mont Blanc


A Fassi F425RA e-dynamic crane with jib, winch and platform made an essential contribution to installing the last arrival station of the new Mont Blanc Cable-Car System at 3466 meters above sea level. Ein Fassi F425RA.2.24 E-Dynamic Kran am Montblanc(PresseBox) (Albino, Bergamo, 17.04.2015) The new Mont Blanc Cable-Car System goes into operation...[more]

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]

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