Briggs Equipment talks big trucks at Multimodal 2015
The topic will be ‘big trucks' when Briggs Equipment attends this year's Multimodal exhibition at the Birmingham NEC (April 28-30) to promote Hyster equipment for port centric operations.
Briggs Equipment's National Account and Business Development Director, Ian Tongue, said: "The Hyster big trucks range is much bigger than people think, so we're keen to have the conversation about reach stackers and empty container handlers and the contribution they can make to reductions in operational expenditure.
"We're working closely with a number of port operators and MultiModal is the ideal platform for us to demonstrate how we can support potential customers and existing users of Hyster equipment."
Designed and built to meet the demands of lifting freight containers at ports, docks and freight handling yards, the Hyster ‘big truck' range includes diesel and LPG-powered reach stackers and empty container handlers for transferring and stacking shipping containers in ports and terminals. Together with pallet trucks and forklifts to unload the containers and transfer palletised goods to the marshalling areas, and a range of warehousing equipment, they deliver a complete solution for the transfer of goods from ship to shore, to the store and onto the shop floor.
"Productivity is the goal, so keeping equipment downtime to a minimum is vital to minimise the impact on day-to-day operations." added Tongue. "We pride ourselves on being able to recommend and supply the most cost-effective ways of moving cargo efficiently."
Along with a nationwide team of 600 engineers which provides a 24-hour, 365 days a year machine breakdown support service, Briggs Equipment has developed a series of flexible service options. Since 2010 the company has invested around £52.5million to give port operators access to a bigger range of equipment than ever before and heavy lifting trucks are now available on contracts of up to a year.
On stand number 529 in Hall 7 visitors will have an opportunity to discuss the challenges they face and Briggs Equipment's ability to support them with customised materials handling solutions. Visitors will also be able to see the BMW S1000RR bike, which is being ridden by Peter Hickman of the Briggs Equipment-sponsored RAF Reserves team in this year's British Superbike Championship.
Briggs Equipment UK Ltd is the world's largest global distributor of Hyster and Yale Europe Materials Handling equipment. For more information and to discover all of Briggs Equipment's latest news, visit the Briggs online media centre.
Multimodal is the UK and Ireland's only one stop shop for cargo owners. Meet new suppliers, compare new routes and modes, source new products and ideas to improve efficiency and network with everyone from the supply chain industry at the event.
Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force
The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration.
The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing.
“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said.
In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”.
In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips.
Support domestic production of critical medicines
- A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
- The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”.
- The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.
Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries
- The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”.
- The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”.
Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals
- An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”.
- The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.
Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages
- The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing.
- Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”.