Members of the Automated Material Handling Systems Association (AMHSA) have experienced a significant increase in enquiries for automation projects since the Brexit referendum. “It’s been an incredibly busy period,” says Martin Elliott, AMHSA President, “with many members needing to recruit new staff to respond to the demand for warehouse automation. It all bodes well for the automated material handling sector in 2018.”

Martin Elliott
President, AMHSA

Members of the Automated Material Handling Systems Association (AMHSA) have experienced a significant increase in enquiries for automation projects since the Brexit referendum. “It’s been an incredibly busy period,” says Martin Elliott, AMHSA President, “with many members needing to recruit new staff to respond to the demand for warehouse automation. It all bodes well for the automated material handling sector in 2018.”

Four pillars

Following a strategic review, significant steps have been taken during 2017 to establish the ‘four pillars’ of AMHSA – training, communication, standards and marketing. “Our role as an influencer of policy and standards also continues,” explains Martin Elliott. “As the voice of the automated handling sector, AMHSA is committed to promoting excellence in logistics automation in terms of solutions, service, reliability and safety. Brexit should not impact on standards, as these have been increasingly agreed at global level through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The European standards organisations are not EU bodies and the British Standards Institution (BSI) will retain its membership of them after exit.”

Apprenticeship success

AMHSA continues to promote its highly successful apprenticeship scheme, now in its third year and still growing. Provided in conjunction with car manufacturer, Toyota, the scheme enables AMHSA members to offer a high-quality, four-year training programme to candidates. The apprentices spend the first two years learning a range of hands-on, high-tech engineering skills at the state-of-the-art Toyota Academy in Burnaston, Derbyshire, and the remaining two years building on this with industry-specific skills and knowledge at the premises of the AMHSA member.

A full schedule for 2018

AMHSA has a number of educational and networking events planned for next year. These include a Brexit Round Table on 28th March, a Weigh Scales and Vision Systems Workshop on 27th June and a Logistics Automation Training workshop. For more details about these events and full details on AMHSA members, please visit the AMHSA website.

AMHSA

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