Welcome to the August 15th Warehouse & Logistics News. We hope you’re all getting the chance to relax and have a break from work this summer. Meanwhile the UK government is having a struggle over where to go next with Brexit and finding our place in the world, but the warehouse and logistics industry continues to turn in a strong performance.

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In our news pages employeeowned Union Industries has reported its second record sales year in a row and its most profitable trading year to date. Synergy Logistics, whose turnover has grown five times in just two years, has opened a new global HQ in Castle Donington, near M&S’s e-commerce DC. As demand for warehouse space goes on growing, SpacioTempo has been busy helping Marston’s brewery achieve extra onsite capacity at their Burton brewery. Innovation is a hallmark of the warehouse and logistics sector.

On our front page FMH Conveyors, leaders in loose loading and unloading applications, has delivered a winning material handling solution for Bristan Group, the UK’s largest supplier of showers, taps and bathroom accessories. Bristan’s workers previously used steps to reach heavy cartons at the higher levels of high-cube containers of incoming stock, raising concerns about operator safety and wellbeing. FMH’s solution was a BestReach telescopic boom conveyor with a hydraulic tilt and a man-rider operator platform. The BestReach conveyor halves unloading times, emptying 40ft containers in just over an hour and “challenging” containers in three hours.

In our Fork Truck news section, with the Government planning to ban new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040, AvantiGas is giving IC-engine truck users a cleaner alternative now. Also in Fork Truck News, Briggs Equipment has been supplying the materials handling equipment, engineering team and management tools at the Port of Tilbury since 2002. The multimodal hub currently has over 300 pieces of materials handling equipment, overseen by a Briggs onsite manager supported by the BE Portal fleet management system, and is set for further expansion.

In our Warehouse Flooring feature, fork trucks and other equipment are notoriously hard on concrete floor slabs and joints. Hence CG Flooring, part of CoGri Group, are spreading the word about taking a proactive approach to floor maintenance. Also in the feature, Wyder Engineered Timber Systems in Preston chose EGGER UK’s heavy-duty board for the loadbearing floor in their new mezzanine level production facility, installed as a cost effective means of creating extra warehouse space.

Finally, going outside work, summer’s nearly over – but the good news is, it’s time for the new football season. Don’t miss our exclusive UPN/Warehouse & Logistics News 2017-18 Premier League fixture calendar in the centre pages. Put it on your office or warehouse wall and you needn’t miss a single match. We’re back with our next issue on September 1st.