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COMBILIFT WINS FLTA ERGONOMICS AWARD The Combi-WR4 pedestrian truck has won the Ergonomics Award

at this year’s UK Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) awards for Excellence. This is the sixth time Combilift has won FLTA category awards in the past nine years. In addition to developing

innovative products for more productive materials handling Combilift focuses on delivering machines which offer precise and easy handling and the Ergonomics

Award for the Walkie Reach underlines the company’s commitment to providing the best possible environment for the operator. The Combi-WR4 is the first purpose built 4-way pedestrian reach stacker which combines multi- directional travel with features including a pantograph reach, side shift and tilting fork carriage for handling long loads and pallets in very narrow aisles and is the only truck of its kind able to work in

aisle-widths of 2.1m pallet to pallet. With its patented multi-position

tiller, electronic power steering and fingertip controls it is effortless to operate: push button control rotates the rear wheel parallel to the chassis and back again which reduces the need for leaning, reaching and bending and minimises general manual strain when picking and placing loads.

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DuPont Refrigerants (DuPont) has announced a successful settlement with T.A. Fresco of a case involving the packaging and sale of counterfeit illegal DuPont Suva 134a. In 2012 DuPont initiated an investigation into T.A. Fresco, a company in the Philippines which was supplying refrigerants to a service provider in the shipping industry. An undercover purchase conducted by DuPont revealed that T.A. Fresco was selling R-134a

refrigerant cylinders with incorrect spelling and markings which indicates counterfeit product. Upon further testing of the contents the product was determined to be made up of more than 90% R-12 refrigerant. With the assistance of US

Homeland Security officials 511 counterfeit cylinders, falsely labeled as DuPont Suva 134a were seized. In third quarter 2013 DuPont negotiated the settlement of this case which

included a formal public apology in a Philippines national newspaper, full compensation for the destruction of the counterfeit refrigerant and monetary compensation for the illegal distribution of this product. Most importantly, the

negotiation resulted in disclosure of the source of supply to T.A. Fresco. A separate legal investigation has been opened on the named company in China.


You will have noticed that Materials Handling &

Logistics has undergone something of a spring clean. I feel sure you will find the

new design easier on the eye hence more ‘readable’. This issue includes a prediction of the future of third party logistics in the light of mobile working and big data. Undoubtedly, being quick to

invest in new technology and adopt smarter working practice is true within most sectors but particularly so in this industry. Moving goods from A to B as quickly and efficiently as possible is key to staying ahead of the competition.

Susan Deane - Editor

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has introduced a service departing Santander, Spain twice a month for South Africa and onward to Australia, reflecting WWL’s ongoing work to extend its services to meet customers’ needs. “WWL is excited to support

manufacturer needs for ocean transportation from Spain to South Africa and Oceania”, says head of Iberia branch Ramon Oliete. “In 2013 1.9 million cars were produced in Spain; of that amount 90% were exported. As we expect the shift


toward greater manufacturing in Spain to continue it becomes important to strengthen export- bound ocean service here.” The company today has regular

calls from Bremerhaven, Zeebrugge, Southampton and LeHavre in Europe. The service is operated with WWL's flexible fleet of RoRo vessels adapted to carry cars, rolling equipment and breakbulk. Together with the extended ocean service in Santander, WWL offers trucking and other inland distribution for the Iberian market.

Transport Exchange Group has upgraded its mobile app to enable couriers, owner drivers and road transport operators to provide live updates to customers on the status of their loads. Used in conjunction with Courier Exchange and Haulage Exchange this offers added visibility by capturing and communicating vital real time data at key points of the collection and delivery process. Suitable for all Android and Apple smartphones, the app was launched last year to provide an effective way of making load and driver matches via the freight exchange platform.

Farralls Transport and Fagan & Whalley have launched a 4PL joint venture company FF&W in response to growing market demand for sophisticated logistics solutions and fully managed supply chain services. The companies have assets totalling 180 vehicles, 500 trailers and a strategic network of over 50,000 sq m of warehousing space. As founding members of Palletforce both companies work collaboratively with members of the Transport Association (TA), the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) and the Road Haulage Association (RHA).

At the forefront of developing highly strategic and innovative solutions for fleet operators, OEMs and their Tier 1 suppliers Lysanda Ltd has acquired wholly owned subsidiary of Direct Line Group TRACKER Network (UK) Ltd. The combined companies intend to establish Tantalum Corporation Ltd with approximately £20 million in revenues and some 500,000 telematics installations throughout Europe and combine Lysanda’s B2B customer base alongside TRACKER’s long-standing B2C sales reach. / MATERIALSHANDLINGLOGISTICS

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