KION Group opens India’s largest material handling equipment facility in Pune

  • KION India consolidates strong position in important growth market;
  • Capital expenditure of around €15 million for expansion of Pune site;
  • More than 100 new jobs to be created;
  • Cutting-edge R&D center built;
  • 700 KVA solar power facility installed.

New plant of the KION Group in India

Frankfurt/Main, 28. November 2019 – KION GROUP AG has officially launched its new plant – India’s largest production facility for intralogistics equipment – in Pune, Maharashtra. Diesel and electric forklifts as well as battery-powered lift trucks and reach trucks are manufactured in the ultra-modern plant on an area of around 25 hectares (roughly 62 acres). The new plant is equipped with a total of three assembly lines including a paint shop, parts warehouse and an R&D center, where the constantly changing requirements and trends of the Indian market are to be evaluated and corresponding future products developed. In addition, the new plant has a solar power plant with 700-kilowatt amperes for energy generation as well as in-house processes for water conservation and waste management.

“KION Group continues to invest in India, looking at the growth opportunity available here. We realized the Indian market has been growing very rapidly and the demand for high-performance products has been increasing as well, which is the domain of KION Group,” states CP Quek, Chief Asia Pacific Officer and a member of KION’s Executive Board, attending the launch ceremonies.

Capital expenditure will amount to approximately €15 million. The globally positioned intralogistics provider is creating more than 100 additional jobs in Pune.

“The new factory represents our long-term commitment to the market here in India, its customers, employees, vendors and our channel partners,” explains Sunil K Gupta, President of KION India Private Limited.

KION in India

The KION Group has had a presence in India, an important growth market, since 2011. KION India has been the country’s leading industrial truck and warehouse technology vendor since 2016 through sales of the well-known Italian brand, OM, and its Indian-Italian brand, OM Voltas. In addition to the OM and OM Voltas products, KION India also sells industrial trucks, warehouse technology and services from Baoli in China and the German premium brand, Linde, allowing the Group to serve the premium, value and economy segments. The range includes diesel forklift trucks from 1.5 to 16 metric tons, electric forklift trucks from 1.5 to 3.5 metric tons as well as industrial trucks, warehouse technology and intralogistics services.

KION India has recently begun launching new automated supply chain solutions from KION brand Dematic on the market.

The company has a production facility in Pune in Western India as well as a countrywide sales and service network consisting of over 40 locations and dealerships with over 100 sales outlets. KION India currently employs around 400 employees.

KION North America Participates in Apprenticeship Carolina Two-Day Training Event

Kion NA

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — In conjunction with Apprenticeship Carolina and New America, KION North America participated in Trident Technical College’s two-day training event on November 18 and 19, 2019, designed to assist state and local communities in developing youth apprenticeship programs.

“The two-day training event showcased the strong benefits of the apprenticeship program for participating companies and the students,” said Jeff Peterson, director of manufacturing, KION North America.

This invitation-only event engaged partners from five states in a study-tour and workshop following the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) Guiding Principles for High-Quality Youth Apprenticeship. The conference, which featured the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship Program as a national model, included panel discussions with employers, K-12 leaders and current/former youth apprentices and a tour of current youth apprenticeship employers. KION North America welcomed a total of 25 individuals from throughout the southeast, providing them with an introduction to KION North America and a tour of its 250,000 sq ft facility in Summerville, South Carolina.

“By participating in a plant tour, educators were able to hear from our industrial engineering apprentice, Drake Head, and see first-hand the projects that our apprentices are directly involved with,” added Peterson.

For the past three years, KION North America has hosted a total of five apprentices through the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship Program. As apprentices in this program, high school juniors, seniors or recent high school graduates gain a minimum of 2,000 hours of job-specific skills in their chosen education track and complete half of their Associate’s Degree from Trident Technical College – at no cost to them. KION North America representatives believe that this program is one measure towards closing the gap that exists between the jobs of the future and the available workforce in our area.

Fairbanks Scales Announces New WF Series Forklift Scale

Converts most forklifts into a precision scale in minutes

forklift scale

Kansas City, MO – Fairbanks Scales Inc., the oldest scale company in the U.S. and the world’s leader in weighing equipment, announces the new WF Series forklift scale, which features a unique design ideal for today’s mobile weighing market needs. The WF Series converts most forklifts into a precision scale in minutes.

The WF Series is the perfect choice for today’s medium-to-large warehousing applications, which are rapidly moving towards on-the-go, real-time weighing to increase profitability by reducing material handling time. The WF Series is factory calibrated, so for non-commercial applications, the customer is ready to weigh immediately after completing the installation.

Incorporating a proven weighbridge design with two load cells in each weigh fork, the WF Series uses Bluetooth technology to communicate a highly accurate digital signal to the WF Series FB3200 Series instrument. Depending on the number of pallet weight measurements required, the WF Series could pay for itself within a few months!

The WF Series design has advantages over other solutions that incorporate the weighbridge into a secondary carriage plate, which changes forklift capacity center-of-balance. The design is also superior to other forklift scale solutions that use a cable between the weighbridge and the instrument, which is a known, and frequent, service problem.

A variety of features and options are available for the WF Series, including different fork lengths, remote displays, numerous capacities, Wi-Fi output, additional carriage heights, and Bluetooth output for PDA.

To learn more about the new WF Series forklift scale, visit http://www.fairbanks.com/.

Delta-Q Technologies Releases New Software Capability to Provide Stackable Charging Solutions

VANCOUVER, B.C. – September 4, 2019 – Delta-Q Technologies (Delta-Q), a leader in battery charging solutions for electric vehicles and industrial equipment, announced today its entry into mid-range power charging through its new stackable charging software. This software allows for two to six Delta-Q chargers to link together to create charging solutions that can deliver up to 7.5 kW.

Driven by changes in the market, Delta-Q designed the stackable charging system for OEMs in need of a charging solution that is modular, scalable and can be distributed across their vehicle or equipment. The stackable solution provides added flexibility in that it can be used as an onboard or offboard charger or as a combination of the two. Further, the new stackable charger is ideal for electric vehicles in the urban mobility, utility, articulated booms, compact construction, and material handling industries.

“This launch is an exciting move for Delta-Q,” says Steve Blaine, executive vice president of engineering and quality. “With this new software, our products can scale across our customers’ electric product lines. OEMs will also have the flexibility to choose how they want to charge their products based on their needs.”

Key benefits of the stackable charging system include:

  • Allows modular, scalable and rugged onboard and offboard battery charging solution delivering up to 7.5kW
  • Offers CAN bus communication for BMS charge control, vehicle, and telematics system integration
  • Supports charging from North American and European standard charging stations (EVSEs)
  • Delivers precise charge of battery packs of various chemistries and voltages, up to 120 Vdc prolonging battery life while minimizing charge time
  • Helps OEMs reduce SKU count and wiring infrastructure overhead costs

Delta-Q is now accepting sample requests and will start production of the stackable charging system in November 2019.

About Delta-Q Technologies software capabilities:

The Delta-Q software development team has more than a combined 60 years of CAN programing and customization experience. This team works directly with Delta-Q’s original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers to deliver CAN-based charging solutions specific to their needs. Its current offerings include CAN bus communication for battery management systems and telematic integrations with CANopen and SAE J1939 protocols. Delta-Q’s software team has also built more than 200 custom algorithms, ensuring that users experience better run time and flexibility for different lithium and lead acid battery chemistries.

Durable electric pallet truck now available at Crown’s online store

NEW BREMEN, Ohio – The Crown WP Series pallet truck is now available for purchase through the Crown online storeOnline orders of the truck come with free, five-day shipping and a five-year power unit and fork weldment guarantee.

“More than 10 years ago, Crown was the first major lift truck manufacturer to bring the convenience, speed, and ease of online shopping to forklift purchases,” said Michelle Chapman, director of marketing, Crown Equipment. “As we expand our online offering, we continue to look for new ways to provide advanced material handling equipment and technology, when and where our customers need it most.” That availability, he said, supports their growth, cost control measures, and safety and efficiency initiatives.”

Built to be the most durable electric pallet jack in the industry, the Crown WP Series provides the exceptional maneuverability and control vital for demanding applications. These pallet trucks maneuver in tight spaces, deliver power on demand and give operators controlled performance.

The pallet truck available for online purchase handles loads up to 4,500 pounds. It features wet swing-out batteries, built-in charger, battery straps, drive/tow switch, AC traction, and e-GEN® braking that uses the motor to provide frictionless braking. Additionally, Crown’s exclusive X10® Control Handle offers advanced ergonomics so operators can experience less fatigue and work more efficiently. The online store includes LiveChat functionality that allows customers to communicate directly with a Crown representative and ask questions during the purchasing process.

While the transaction takes place online, delivery of the pallet truck is coordinated through Crown’s extensive network of retail locations to enhance customer support on a local level.

KION North America Participates in Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day

 

KION youth apprenticeship

(L-R) David Brown, KION North America Director of Human Resources, Evan Quade (Production), Taj’Jay Jackson (Production), Drake Head (Industrial Engineering) and Jeff Peterson, Director of Manufacturing

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — In July, representatives from KION North America participated in Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day. Students gathered at Trident Technical College to sign their employment letters to become apprentices with Charleston-area employers. Evan Quade and Drake Head – recent graduates of Ashley Ridge High School and Taj’Jay Jackson – a recent graduate of Goose Creek High School, have since completed their first month as apprentices with the Summerville-based forklift manufacturer.

In the Youth Apprenticeship Program, students and recent high school graduates are selected by local employers as trainees in functions such as Automotive, Bookkeeping, Civil CAD, CNA/Pre-Nursing, Computer Programming, Culinary Arts, Emergency Medical Technician, Engineering Assistant/Technician, Hotel Operations, HVAC, Industrial Mechanics, Machine Tool Technology, Networking and Security/Pre-Law Enforcement. The program gives selected students the opportunity to earn while they learn through paid on-the-job training under the direction of an industry mentor.

While working part-time, the students are enrolled in entry-level and job-specific courses at Trident Technical College that is funded by the Accelerate Greater Charleston 2 campaign, which is run by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

As apprentices in this program, Quade, Head and Jackson will gain a minimum of 2,000 hours of job-specific skills in their chosen education track and will be approximately halfway through their Associate’s Degree from Trident Technical College – at no cost to them.

Quade and Jackson’s production curriculum will include industrial safety; hands-on assembly; reading assembly work instructions; participating in quality audits; lean manufacturing techniques such as one-piece flow, 5S and Kaizen; problem-solving techniques; how to work with torque tooling and air-powered equipment; and performing product tests and final inspections.

Head’s industrial engineering curriculum will include understanding lean techniques, production efficiency, creates flowcharts, manufacturing processes & control systems and elements of automation.

This is KION North America’s third year hosting youth apprentices. KION North America representatives believe that this program is one measure towards closing the gap that exists between the jobs of the future and the available workforce in our area.

KION NA Receives Largest Industrial Truck Order in Company History

Menards lithium forklifts KION

 

Menards lithium lift truck

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. KION North America’s partnership with fellow KION Group brand Dematic and the Group’s advanced lithium-ion technology, has positioned KION North America to receive its largest order in company history from Wisconsin-based Menard Inc. (Menards). A privately held company headquartered in Eau Claire, Menards, has approximately 325 home improvement stores throughout 14 states in the Midwestern United States.

The deal calls for KION North America to manufacture and supply Menards with over 600 Linde industrial trucks which run on lithium-ion batteries, as well as several FM-X Reach trucks from STILL, another KION brand, that will be fully automated by Atlanta-based Dematic. Not only does the order represent the largest in company history, but it is “the biggest lithium-ion order ever received in North America,” according to Michael Gore, Vice President of Sales, KION North America.

“When it comes to cost reduction in the warehouse environment, our new combination of proven Linde quality, total cost of ownership, lithium-ion batteries and hybrid automation gives Menards a significant competitive edge,” noted Vincent Halma, President & CEO of KION North America. He added that with the partnership with fellow KION brand Dematic as well as the new technologies offered exclusively by other KION Group brands, KION North America is in a strong position to supply large retailers in the Americas with fully integrated material handling solutions.

KION North America professionals showed their appreciation and support to Menards and the milestone order by autographing a photograph of a Menards inspired Linde industrial truck.

Clark Europe expands sales in Barcelona

The experienced materials handling specialist based in Rubí, Barcelona is taking over the sale and service of Clark materials handling equipment in the Barcelona region.

On the occasion of signing the contract, Rolf Eiten, President & CEO of Clark Europe GmbH, said: “We are delighted to have found in Serema a partner with many years of experience in the materials handling business who can competently support our customers in the Barcelona region. With this strategic partnership, we can further expand our presence in Europe and explicitly in the Spanish market”. With Serema, Clark now has a total of 10 dealers in Spain.

Montse Padrós, CEO of Serema S.A., commented on the partnership with Clark: “We are delighted to be part of the Clark family now. Clark has not only made a name for itself with more than 100 years of know-how in the field of materials handling equipment, but today also stands for a wide range of counterbalance and warehouse trucks as well as a high degree of professionalism. Clark’s striving for high product quality and durability is perfectly in line with our principles of working closely with our customers, providing them with professional and efficient advice and always offering them a high-quality technical service”.

Competent partner with high-quality standards

Serema S.A. was founded in 1986 and has its headquarters in the Catalan city of Rubí in northeastern Spain, about 32 km from Barcelona. The company premises include an office building with offices for employees and a training room, a modern workshop, a warehouse for the rental fleet of around 200 trucks and a spare parts warehouse with around 6,000 parts. With a total of 17 highly qualified and committed employees – including seven service technicians – the company is a reliable and competent partner for its customers. Its core business includes the sale, rental and servicing of new and used industrial trucks. Serema is an ATEX specialist and has an ATEX-certified technical team that specializes in carrying out professional repairs on explosion-protected trucks. As a Clark dealer with more than 30 years of experience in the market, Serema will offer its customers not only complete materials handling solutions, including the delivery of test trucks, but also sound advice and a comprehensive range of services relating to Clark materials handling vehicles.

New Hyster® Reach Trucks With Tilting Mast

Hyster Europe has launched a new, compact Reach Truck series with a tilting mast, perfectly suited to warehouses where space is at a premium, such as those commonly found in retail, food and beverage applications.

“The new Hyster® Reach Truck models are designed for retail, food and drink warehouses operations in mind, lifting up to 1400kg and reaching heights of up to 7.5m says Timo Antony, Area Business Director Central Europe, Hyster. “These operations typically have tight spaces, so we have included a mast which can be tilted back.”

By tilting the mast, the Hyster® R1.0E, 1.2E and 1.4E Reach Trucks provide greater maneuverability, saving all-important centimeters so the truck can handle stock in even narrower aisles. An integral side shift and compact chassis design also help improve productivity, as even in tight spaces, goods can be stored and retrieved efficiently.

An extension of the existing Hyster® R1.4–2.5 Reach Truck range, the new compact reach truck series affords the same high level of toughness, visibility, driveability, and ease of control, as well as a comfortable operator compartment.

A robust frame, top protection of the load wheels, sealed connectors and critical sensors all contribute to overall dependability, helping to maintain a low Total Cost of Ownership. As with all Hyster® equipment, the new compact Reach Trucks are easy to service, helping to minimize downtime.

The new Reach Truck models include a range of ergonomic features as standard to increase driver comfort. However, a wide variety of customization options, including the Hyster Tracker fleet management system, are also available to enable applications to match the truck to their specific industry needs.

For further information, visit www.hyster.eu.
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Crown Equipment Acknowledged by Food Logistics as Top Green Provider

Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, was recognized for the third straight year with selection to the Food Logistics 2019 Top Green Providers list. Food Logistics featured the honorees in its June issue and acknowledges these companies for products, services and exemplary leadership that enhance sustainability within the food and beverage industry.

The industry publication recognized Crown for its long-term commitment to being a leader in environmental improvement and sustainability within the material handling industry. The company’s long list of sustainability accomplishments includes:

As part of its commitment to sustainability, Crown remains focused on delivering high-quality, energy-efficient lift trucks that use fewer parts, require less maintenance and produce less waste, all while enhancing the customer experience through longer usable life and greater productivity. Examples of this commitment include Crown’s wireless InfoLink® fleet and operator management systemAuto Positioning System, Xpress Lower and eGen® Braking. Crown’s Encore® line of renewed lift trucks is another example of the company’s commitment to sustainability. As part of the Encore remanufacturing process, Crown technicians strip each electric forklift down to its frame and meticulously inspect, repair and/or replace every part that goes back into the forklift.

Throughout the last two decades, Crown has earned more than 20 sustainability awards. For more information on Crown’s corporate ecologic program focused on smart business and environmental sustainability, including environmental initiatives and achievements, download a copy of the ecologic Report.