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News August 2012 Month 2012 In Brief...

Some of the recent stories you may have missed on this month...

Supply chain business disruptions cost mid-sized UK tech firms an average of £207,000 pa, according to research into supply chain best practice published by Zurich Insurance.

Toyota Material Handling UK has announced changes to its senior management team, changes to current responsibilities and introduced a new member to its team.

Car parts distributor Andrew Page has annouced the acquisition of Camberley Auto Factors. The deal will mean that the firm has almost doubled in size in two years.

Women in Logistics has unveiled its first two annual award winners at a glittering ceremony which also raised £8,000 for charity Transaid.

Just as the athletes have been in training for the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, so has the logistics industry, and thanks to the Freight Transport Association, delivery drivers in and around the Games venues will be able to keep on track.

Logistics and distribution group John Menzies has announced plans to close four of its UK aviation cargo operations by the end of this month.

Materials handling and intra-logistics solutions specialist Jungheinrich has completed the renovation of its West Midlands-based used fork showroom facility.

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The Rail Freight Group has welcomed the latest announcement by Government of significant investment in support of the rail freight sector.

International transport insurance provider TT Club has sponsored the FIATA Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award since its inception in 1999 and believes the programme provides suitable recognition of the young talent that exists in the industry.

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Briggs Equipment is set to become the national supplier of materials handling equipment to the Royal Mail Group after securing a new, multi-million pound contract. The leading service provider and distributor of Yale Europe Materials Handling Equipment overcame stiff competition to secure the deal that will see it supply around 600 trucks to Royal Mail and Post Office depots across the UK.

The mixed fleet will include electric, diesel and LPG counterbalance trucks, as well as a range of warehouse


NACCO spins off forklift division

NACCO Industries has announced plans to spin off its fork lift truck and materials handling group from the rest of its diverse product divisions. NACCO’s material handling group – which is headed up by the Yale and Hyster brands under the Hyster-Yale Materials Handling branding – is by far the largest part of NACCO, making up 78% of sales (Q1/12). Its other divisions include the Kitchen Collection series of retail stores, Hamilton Beach small appliances and its core coal businesses, all of which are expected to remain under the NACCO corporate structure after the spin-off. “Separating Hyster-Yale Materials

CONTRACTS Briggs secures Royal Mail contract equipment.

Chris Meinecke (pictured), chief operating officer at Briggs, commented: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Royal Mail Group and look forward to delivering real added value to their operations. This is a high-profile contract in a very competitive marketplace, and the Briggs team are really looking forward to working pro-actively with the group, who will have a dedicated Briggs team to manage all aspects of their fleet operations.”

In addition to supplying and maintaining the machines on a long-term hire agreement, Briggs will also be responsible for the service and maintenance of the Group’s existing, purchased, equipment.

Chris continued: “The contract

also reinforces our position as one of the country’s leading providers of comprehensive materials handling solutions, backed-up by a nationwide network of experienced service engineers.” n

Handling from NACCO’s other subsidiaries enables investors to participate more directly in the future prospects of the North American Coal, Hamilton Beach and Kitchen Collection businesses,” NACCO chairman, president and chief executive Alfred Rankin Jr. said in a letter to shareholders.

Rankin added that separating the material handling group will let the new company’s managers focus more on that business and open more opportunities to focus on strategic partnerships and expansions. n INDUSTRY

Motorola buys Psion

Motorola Solutions has confirmed plans to purchase rugged mobile device copmpany Psion for around £129m. The deal will close in Q4/2012 following regulatory approval. Psion specialises in creating technology and software designed for industrial use, and has a strong presence in the warehouse sector. The company has 830 employees, and customers across 50+ countries. Psion will be incorporated into Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise Mobile Computing (EMC) business. Motorola Solutions’ chief executive Greg Brown said: “Psion is a compelling opportunity to strengthen our industry-leading, mobile-computing portfolio with ruggedised handheld products and vehicle-mount terminals.”

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