Category Archives: materials handling equipment


Automation Acquisition Continues the trend Materials Handling Equipment Market

This year’s list of the Top 20 Lift Truck Suppliers is unlike any other. Although the company names are familiar, the makeup of the top two has changed substantially since this time last year. Toyota acquired systems integrators Bastian Solutions and Vanderlande Industries, and KION acquired Dematic, which is ranked No. 3 on Modern’s Top 20 Systems Suppliers list.

These developments constitute a dramatic departure from the norm, according to Brett Wood, chairman of the Industrial Truck Association (ITA) and president and CEO of Toyota Material Handling North America.

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Materials Handling Equipment Industry Talent Trends for 2018

What’s in store for 2018 when it comes to talent within the material handling and logistics industry? Here are seven talent trends that will help to shape the workforce this year.

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Forklift truck sales up 8.2% year-on-year – with retail distribution sector demand up by 40%

BITA’s latest forklift truck Market Index shows how key industries drive growth

BITA’s forklift truck Market Index shows that sales of trucks rose by 8.2% year-on-year, reaching 33,407 by the end of the third quarter of 2017, continuing the improvement on 2016 levels. Continue reading

BITA Market Index – Strong forklift truck sales growth bucks uncertain economic trend

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BITA’s forklift truck Market Index shows that sales for trucks rose by 6% in the first half of 2017, recovering from a dip in 2016.

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BITA members’ mood rises as optimism around economic prospects and orders improves

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Latest Oxford Economics forecast reveals increased confidence as fears ease around Brexit – survey undertaken before General Election date announced

The latest Forklift Truck Market Outlook for 2017, produced by Oxford Economics on behalf of BITA, reveals that member confidence has improved since the last survey in Autumn 2016 – with 85% of respondents feeling general prospects for the coming 12 months remain unchanged.

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Top 20 Lift Truck Suppliers 2016 – Reflections on the UK Market

An article which always ends up being bookmarked in my browser – the annual Top 20 Lift Truck Suppliers from Modern Materials Handling:

Modern Materials Handling Top 20 Lift Truck Suppliers – 2016

Although MMH is an American publication, and the article takes a global perspective, it’s interesting to see how the trend in acquisitions, mergers and partnerships alluded to are reflected in the UK MHE market.

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M-Tec Engineering Solutions at IMHX 2016

With less than a month to go to the start of the UK’s largest trade show for the materials handling industry, we’m pleased to say that M-Tec will be following up their appearance at the 2013 edition with a return visit this year.

As well as a great opportunity for us to check out some of the latest innovations within the world of MHE, it’s also an excellent chance to spend some time with our current (and indeed future) clients to discuss some of the challenges that both we and they have in the recruitment process.

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UK Forklift Engineers Salary Survey – 2016

With the 2016/17 financial year now upon us, the team here at M-Tec Plant & Materials Handling Recruitment Division have produced a brief salary survey, which reviews the basic salaries secured for our candidates within the Materials Handling Equipment sector over the last year.

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Top 20 Lift Truck Suppliers 2015 – Reflections on the UK Market

An article which always ends up being bookmarked in my browser – the annual Top 20 Lift Truck Suppliers from Modern Materials Handling:

Modern Materials Handling Top 20 Lift Truck Suppliers – 2015

Although MMH is an American publication, and the article takes a global perspective, it’s interesting to see how the trend in acquisitions, mergers and partnerships is are alluded to are reflected in the UK MHE market.  Several of M-Tec’s client base have undergone significant structural/ownership changes over the last couple of years, which can either pose a challenge, or provide a selling point, when discussing our clients with potential applicants.

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