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

    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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    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.

    The exhibition, entitled Size Matters, is a display of 13 images captured ... [more]

  • NOV-highlights-expanded-Mono™-technologies-in-wastewater-at-Shanghai-exhibition

    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 of our Mono product offerings for sludge dewaterin... [more]

  • Ultimate-safety-working-at-heights-with-RUD-Fall-Protection-Anchorage-Points

    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.

    RUD PSA-Fall Protectio... [more]

  • Career-opportunity-in-UK-with-FinnPower,-Trainee-Service-and-Calibration-Technician-Permanent---Ful

    Career opportunity in UK with FinnPower, Trainee Service and Calibration Technician: Permanent - Full-time

    Company: Hydrapower Dynamics Ltd

    Job Type: FinnPower Trainee Service and Calibration Technician (Permeant- Full-time)

    The Role: We are looking for an enthusiastic trainee to assist the Finnpower team with service and calibration of machinery and learn procedures for efficient operation of equipment by preventative maintenance programmes, with basic knowledge and understanding of... [more]

  • Bespoke-Thorworld-design-provides-Hella-with-customised-loading-at-new-facility

    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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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]

Global Shippers’ Forum welcomes data collection change at IMO

Global Shippers’ Forum has welcomed progress made by the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 68 on the development of a data collection system for ships to help reduce carbon emissions. At MEPC 67 in October, delegates agreed that a system based on fuel consumption only could be introduced....[more]

Pentalver and Port of Tilbury invest in new port facility


The Port of Tilbury, London's major port, and Pentalver, one of the UK’s leading container logistics providers, have announced a significant investment in Pentalver's current inland container operations facility at the port. Pentalver, which has had a depot at the port of Tilbury for 7 years, has this month relocated into a new purpose built fac...[more]

Eight of ten truck standstills can be avoided with preventive maintenance


The number of unplanned truck standstills can be cut by 80 per cent. This is revealed in a study conducted by Volvo Trucks. In the long term, the aim is that unplanned standstills should entirely disappear. One key explanation for this expected trend is online connectivity in trucks, a development that creates entirely new scope for working with pr...[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]

FTA conference to cover HGV regulation and police enforcement in London


London’s Metropolitan Police will be speaking on HGV issues at the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA’s) Managing Freight in London Conference sponsored by Transport for London, which takes place in June. The event will highlight the challenges transport operators in London face over the next two to three years, examining those challenges in m...[more]

Onward Holdings invests in new headquarters at Featherstone site


Onward Holdings Ltd has ended an 80-year tenure in Ackworth, near Pontefract, and relocated the company’s head office to a much larger custom designed facility at the modern Featherstone industrial park, as part of an ongoing expansion strategy. Investing in the new head office at Green Lane Industrial Park, will contribute to the smooth running...[more]

Under pressure: only 50% of tyres measured by WheelRight found to be correctly inflated


Only half of the tyre pressures monitored by WheelRight at a key transport industry event were found to be within 10% of their correct levels. What’s more, data gathered at the NEC’S Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show has revealed that more than one in ten of vehicles tested were found to have tyres that were under-inflated by over 20% - significantly...[more]

JCB shows resilience as emerging markets fall


JCB achieved underlying earnings in excess of £300 million for the fourth successive year, as improvements in Western economies were eclipsed by sharp falls in developing construction equipment markets. Earnings for 2014 on an EBITDA basis were £303 million (2013: £313 million), before one-off restructuring costs of £11 million (2013: Nil). Sal...[more]

Suttons Group announce death of Chairman and former Managing Director Michael Sutton


Suttons Group is sad to announce the death of its chairman Michael Sutton who died last week aged 66 following a short illness. The son of founder Alf Sutton, Michael has been chairman of the logistics and supply chain company since 1987. Working in the business since he was 19, Michael held a number positions before succeeding Alf as Managin...[more]

Palletforce’s quality shines through with its record-breaking 6th Gold RoSPA Award


Palletforce has continued its record breaking run of RoSPA Gold Awards by becoming the UK’s only pallet network to achieve a sixth consecutive gold award. The UK’s leading palletised freight network received the prestigious award from the Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) as a result of the network’s excellent commitment to he...[more]

UKWA in tune with Multimodal 2015


UKWA (United Kingdom Warehousing Association) enjoyed three great days of listening to the logistics industry at Multimodal 2015, which was held at the NEC, Birmingham at the end of April. Challenges presented by a growing population, greater demand for urban distribution, evolving etail, advancing technology, the skills gap and potentially restric...[more]

Jungheinrich UK achieves Investors in People accreditation for third time


For the third time running, Jungheinrich UK has achieved accreditation to the highly prestigious Investors in People standard – a management framework for driving high performance through people. Investors in People is a national standard that defines best practice for all aspects of developing a company’s employees. Jungheinrich UK first achiev...[more]

Fifteen years on Terex Washing Systems Bucketwheel range continues to buck-et the trend


2015 marks the 15th anniversary for the Terex Washing Systems (TWS) Finesmaster™ (FM™) BucketWheel range which was first introduced to the aggregates industry in 2000. The renowned FM™ BucketWheel is still proving a popular solution with sand producers who want a reliable, efficient, durable sand plant offering longevity, reliability and ease of ma...[more]

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