Welcome to the June 15 edition of Warehouse & Logistics News. Going to press just days before the UK election, there’s one thing we can be sure of when this appears – however people vote, the warehousing and logistics industry will go on delivering the goods and coming up with creative solutions to business problems.


Regardless of who’s in charge, this country has a flair for innovation. We have a classic example in our front page story from sara LBS, the expert industrial door suppliers, who literally turned the rulebook upside down recently when installing new roller doors for a horticultural growing shed and packing house at a major vegetable grower in Sussex.

As Nick Cox of sara LBS says in our article, the South coast enjoys some of the country’s best weather, so has long had large agricultural and horticultural industries. Horticulture is increasingly high tech these days: a lot of production is in glass houses or growing sheds and world-class productivity is essential because the market is so competitive.

The requirement was for a door with cutouts to accommodate a track conveyor transporting plants in and out of a large growing room. The overhead conveyor serves a mezzanine high above floor level. Being so near the roof the door’s drum had to be installed below the conveyor and the door needed to work upside down. To add to the challenge the sara team had to work to a tight schedule and complete all their work in only six weeks.

There’s more doors news in our Doors & Curtains feature. Hart Door Systems, who serve some 40 international airports, recently exhibited at the British-Irish Airports Expo and report considerable interest in their specialist systems. Hörmann have improved the transport and shipping activities at three European sites with help from logistics software specialist inconso.

In our Power Sources feature ECOBAT Battery Technologies, formerly Manbat, has moved into a new, purpose built facility in Bristol to satisfy increasing demand for its batteries and charging solutions and is re-branding its delivery fleet.

Fronius Perfect Charging is offering a cost effective charging solution for smaller traction batteries with its Selectiva 2kW charging system, replacing its Selectiva Plus E range and joins its 8kW and 16kW systems. In other news Hoppecke Industrial Batteries has put its senior management team through a tough new training programme dedicated to achieving excellence throughout the business.

Spare a thought for Britain’s cold store workers when it’s hot outside this summer. In our third feature, Cold Storage & Distribution, RTITB, the regulatory body for forklift operator training, advise how to improve forklift efficiency in these environments, where greater than usual, sudden temperature changes can be tough on operators and machines alike.

Finally don’t miss our next issue, containing our 2017 UKWA Awards Supplement, with full details of the Awards and the hopeful finalists. Warehouse & Logistics News is once again the media partner for the UKWA Annual Awards ceremony, taking place on Wednesday 5th July at the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London. If you’re going, we’ll see you there.