Welcome to the 15 June Warehouse & Logistics News. If our soggy summer has left you feeling damp, we’ve got plenty of heartwarming stories about how this is still an industry to celebrate.

As featured on our front page, Apex Linvar, the UK’s leading provider of quality storage and handling solutions is celebrating a great first half of 2012. The year started with a bang for the Milton Keynes-based manufacturing company, with new CEO Anthony Finlayson-Green firmly on board and new owners Chamonix Private Equity backing ambitious growth plans, including the recent launch of the innovative SpeedCell storage solution.

Formerly LINPAC Storage Systems, Apex Linvar is one of Europe’s largest racking, shelving, storage manufacturers of systems and equipment, and is currently celebrating 75 successful years, with customers ranging from the smallest company wanting tailored storage solutions to Amazon, Dunlop-Goodyear, M&S, Argos, Eddie Stobart, TNT and Tesco. Don’t miss our interview with Anthony Finlayson-Green in this issue.

In our other interviews we hear from Mark Rigby, founder and Managing Director of UK Powertech, the specialist supplier of battery accessories and components for industrial trucks and floor cleaners, one of the biggest success stories in Britain’s industrial battery market in recent years. UK Powertech is the UK distributor for a number of well known approved battery component suppliers, including Frötek, Batterie Fullungs Systeme, Rema and Abertax. A one-stop shop for anyone needing components for lead/acid and other industrial batteries, UK Powertech brings back to the UK the local supply of battery parts and accessories that began disappearing in the 1990s when the major battery companies started moving manufacturing abroad.

We also speak to Andreas Finken, President of topVOX, the specialist in speech-based Pick by Voice applications for logistics, best known as manufacturer of the VOXter hardware system for speech recognition and topSPEECH-Lydia, Europe’s most successful voice suite. topVOX recently launched a new generation of speech terminals, the new VOXter Elite Edition, and added new Plug&Play features to the topSPEECH-Lydia suite, so it can be integrated into users’ existing IT infrastructure. TopVOX’s recent major project customers include Netto, and MACO Door & Window Hardware, the world leading manufacturers of window and door fittings with UK production in Sittingbourne.

Happy reading!

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