Welcome to the April 15th edition of Warehouse & Logistics News. Don’t miss our preview in this issue of the Multimodal 2018 Show, taking place at the NEC Birmingham from May 1st-3rd and to which Warehouse & Logistics News is once again proud to be an official media partner.

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Now in its eleventh year, Multimodal is the UK and Ireland’s premier freight transport, logistics and supply chain management event, representing every aspect of the industry under one roof. The show targets the key vertical business sectors, and covers all modes of transportation.

Staying with Multimodal 2018, our front cover story features Impact Handling, one of the Show’s major exhibitors, on Stand 3031, who have recently been appointed sole UK material handling equipment supplier by Sanko Gosei UK, a major precision injection moulding manufacturer provider to the automotive industry. Impact is the sole UK distributor of Konecranes Lift trucks and parts, supplying Kone SMV Forklift trucks, Reach Stackers and Container Lift trucks.

Sanko Gosei’s new exclusive five year rental agreement with Impact Handling sees them take delivery of the latest Cat Lift Trucks GP25 and GP18 machines, complemented by a 16 tonne Konecranes Lift Truck, a Flexi narrow-isle Forklift and two Scrubber Driers, all from Impact’s premium brand product portfolio. The flexible deal involves regular truck renewals and means Sanko Gosei effectively have a new fleet every two and half years.

Staying with forklifts and other warehouse trucks, in our Motive Power feature, we review the options for switching to cleaner power sources. Amazon and Walmart have shown their confidence in hydrogen forklifts by each committing US$600 million for them. At present, hydrogen is reckoned to be 10% cheaper over an average forklift’s 10-year life span but falling prices look like soon making that figure outdated. LPG is gaining ground as a cleaner fuel for IC engines but diesel engine makers have cut their emissions drastically. Meanwhile, on the battery front there’s strong interest in the new lithium-ion technology, but lead-acid systems are holding up and aren’t going away any time soon.

Also in this issue, our Warehouse Lighting feature reminds us about the Energy Act 2011, which came into force on April 1st, setting a new legal standard for minimum energy efficiency for rented commercial buildings, including warehouses.

Rising demand is lowering the cost of energy-saving LEDs, but a more economic option could be LED HID retrofit lamps, which allow end users to keep their existing light fittings and fixtures.

And finally, returning to the Multimodal show, as our preview makes clear there’s plenty of food for thought for visitors to the NEC regarding power sources, warehouse lighting, and other equipment as well as a host of suppliers from across the market to solve your transport and logistics requirements. If you’re going to Multimodal, make a date to come and see us on Stand 9016.