A brief look at the companies leading the way in the UK warehousing and logistics sector, as showcased in The Warehouse & Logistics News Annual 2018, highlights the great breadth of technologies this industry covers, and their shared dedication to quality, excellence and innovation.

Toyota Material Handling is the world’s leading name in materials handling solutions and Toyota UK’s customers benefit from their global resources, national coverage and local support. The past year has seen numerous new trucks and warehouse equipment released.

Industrial truck fleet managers increasingly rely on technology to communicate with and monitor their fleets, and RAM Mount UK offer an extensive range of industrial-strength mounting solutions for the wide variety of mobile electronics.

As pressure grows on UK businesses to meet Government targets, AvantiGas is helping industrial customers switch their forklifts from diesel to LPG. AvantiGas has also entered the natural gas market, and now supply on-grid businesses with natural gas.

Easypack’s ‘green’ air cushion system offers an environmentally friendly alternative to standard air bags. Easypack customers receive a tree certificate at the end of every year telling them how many trees they have helped save using Easypack’s 100% recycled paper packaging.

Another example of smart use of materials, at 30mm thick Egger’s OSB HDX boards for industrial/commercial and mezzanine flooring are 20% lighter than 38mm chipboard and are set to become the go-to product for mezzanine flooring.

Warehouse heating experts Nortec Global HVAC have a number of product ranges compliant with the new Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive, covering minimum seasonal efficiency levels and emissions.

Pressure to make the best possible use of space has long been a driver for innovation in the warehouse truck sector. Narrow Aisle design, build and distribute a range of intralogistics solutions, but are best known for their Flexi articulated warehouse trucks.

Recent product innovations from Hörmann, the industrial and domestic door specialists include timber internal doors, perimeter protection systems, the Wheelblocker and the BBS dock shelter.

topVOX is ‘The Choice for Voice,’ with the world’s most technically advanced industrial Voice solution, Lydia®. They also supply and maintain a range of hardware from leading manufacturers.

As ecommerce grows, businesses want more efficient ways to pick and pack their products. Swisslog leads the way with robotics systems for picking operations, giving more accurate fulfilment of orders and a better use of available space.

The market for automated warehouse systems is also proving incredibly buoyant for Austrian-owned KNAPP, who are celebrating 20 years of operation in the UK.

SSI Schaefer started making steel products but now supplies automated materials handling equipment and integrated storage solutions, covering everything from plastic totes to high bay pallet warehouses and warehouse management software.

Established in 1981, Vardells takes great pride in supplying innovative Warehouse Management & POS solutions to some of the UK’s biggest and most celebrated brands.

Logistics and supply chain experts Gideon Hillman Consulting have completed work for prestigious clients from NISA and Premier Foods to Beiersdorf and Travis Perkins. Specialist forklift supplier Combilift is enjoying major successes in international markets.

Kingfisher, Europe’s biggest home improvement retailer has ordered Aisle-Masters and Combi-WR pedestrian machines for its French outlets. Combilift launched the Straddle Carrier in Singapore and in Australia Homebase, has taken over 40 Combi-WR pedestrian units and construction and engineering company Civmec has ordered a number of 90 tonne Combi-SCs.

Speaking of big name clients, Jaguar Land Rover, Network Rail, Heathrow Airport, Pets At Home and British Airways all trust LED Eco Lights’ Goodlight LED range.

UPN has seen a big boost in business volumes and continues its strategy of consistent controlled expansion, directly supporting a number of members with successful acquisitions of important large contracts and further strengthening the network with new members.

When it comes to sheer integrity, SESS Ltd provides a rack safety inspection service which is totally unbiased, as the company does not involve itself in making, repairing or supplying racking and shelving. SESS is the only rack safety inspection company to have its courses approved by IOSH.

Finally, BYD, the Chinese-owned BYD industrial truck maker, came into the UK in 2016 and has been setting the pace since as the only materials handling equipment supplier offering equipment powered solely by Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries. BYD is extending its range in 2018.

All the companies mentioned above are showcased in the Warehouse & Logistics News Annual. We hope you enjoy reading it and have a successful year.