Welcome to the February 15th issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. In our front cover story you can read about Kite Packaging’s continued commitment to training and nurturing its own talent, having launched an apprenticeship and graduate scheme in its inaugural year. Both have played a pivotal part in the company’s success and have seen candidates go on to fulfil significant managerial roles, with some progressing to senior management.


Suzi Perry hosted a crowd of over 550 at the British International Freight Association’s 2023 Freight Service Awards, which took place at the Brewery in London. The ‘Queen of the Pit Lane’ revealed nine winning companies and two winning individuals in the 11 categories of the awards, which celebrated its 35th anniversary this year. In the Air Cargo Services category, which was sponsored by IAG Cargo, deugro (UK) Ltd triumphed over fellow finalists cargo-partner Ltd, Hogg Global Logistics Ltd, and Killick Martin & Company Ltd.

Sunbelt Rentals, the UK’s largest rental equipment provider, has taken delivery of a new fleet of fifteen Hyster® H16XD6 Big Trucks for the handling of accommodation units. The new machines will ensure better performance at its Accommodation Depots located across the UK. Depending on customer requirements, the specially adapted accommodation units feature water and power supply, and can be equipped for use as office space, changing areas, break rooms, kitchen and bathroom facilities, or a first aid area.

SEE® is bringing packaging automation to Empack this year, as it continues to support companies in optimising packaging throughput and efficiencies. The packaging manufacturer’s AUTOBAG® brand range of solutions will be taking centre stage on stand B96, including its latest innovation, AUTOBAG® brand AB850SP. The compact system is designed to run all-paper, recycle-ready bags.

With energy costs continuing to have a significant impact on UK business, the Hörmann Docking Before Opening system (DOBO) provides an energy saving solution for loading bay operations. The DOBO system has been designed to allow lorries to dock on a loading bay before their rear doors are opened, significantly reducing heat loss through the bay doors along with providing increased security and improved safety, according to our loading bay feature.

EnerSys®, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, has announced the launch of its NexSys® AIR wireless charger. Engineered for a wide range of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs), the new NexSys® AIR wireless charger boasts an advanced, space-saving design to automate charging and eliminate maintenance, giving facilities and AGV Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) a safe and convenient solution that eliminates physical connections. The NexSys® AIR wireless charger features contact-free charging pads, eliminating the maintenance and wear associated with physical charging connections, our power sources feature reveals.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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