Fork Lift Truck Association names new Chairman
With almost two decades of experience working in the materials handling industry, the Director of Jofson Limited, one of the UK’s primary Mitsubishi dealers, has sat on the Association Board since 2009.
New Chairman, Geoff Martin commented:
“I am proud to accept this new role. Thanks to Martyn’s commitment and hard work, and through innovations such as the introduction of a Technical Manager and our Safety Week annual awareness campaign, the Association has built up an enviable reputation.
“Together with our members, we’ve firmly established the FLTA logo as a marquee which signifies expertise, integrity and competence.
“However, I think there’s much more to be done. The Association is strong, dynamic and progressive; and, through the development of new initiatives and resources, we will continue to raise standards – ensuring both members and the wider public receive the highest levels of service and support.”
The UK’s independent authority on fork lift trucks, the FTLA is the first port of call for information and advice on equipment and materials handling issues.
Bringing together dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and training companies, membership includes access to a wealth of free materials including fact sheets, training, safety, documentation, key events details, resources and the knowledge all members adhere to a strict code of practice.
FLTA Chief Executive, Peter Harvey added:
“I look forward to working alongside the new leadership team of the Association, Geoff as Chair and new Vice Chair, Andrew Woodward of Aldermore Bank Plc. I have no doubt that, together, they will excel in their new posts and contribute to maintaining the quality and integrity of the Association, while developing its scope.”
“We are about to embark on a vigorous campaign to bring the FLTA to a wider audience than ever before. We intend to not only expand membership of our Safe User Group, but encourage far greater interaction with all those involved in any way with fork lift trucks; from managers and supervisors to operators and even pedestrians who work alongside handling equipment.”
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”.