Electric pedestrian pallet trucks for small-scale tasks

This new range of electric pedestrian trucks is ideal for retailers, printing shops, workshops or garden centres, or even small to medium-sized businesses that routinely need to move heavy individual items.
The range includes EJE M13 (1300kg) and EJE M15 (1500kg) electric pedestrian pallet trucks. The AC drive motor provides fast and efficient transport of pallets over short distances. An intelligent automatic shutoff system turns the truck off automatically after 30 minutes of non-use, conserving not just energy, but also the battery and other components as well.
All of these trucks are fitted with a maintenance-free three-phase AC motor and a maintenance-free gel battery with integrated charger as well as an ergonomic Jungheinrich tiller, offering fast, efficient and safe throughput.
National Jungheinrich product manager Greg McNamara said: “The new series of vehicles produced by Jungheinrich provide the operator with a large number of ergonomic and performance-related advantages in comparison with hand pallet trucks. Moving loads in these applications can be difficult if the operator only has a conventional hand pallet truck. The initial effort required to get the load moving, and then stopping, can be a possible OH&S risk or if not, sometimes impossible with a manual pallet truck.”
The Jungheinrich EJE M13 and EJE M15 electric pallet trucks are now available from NTP Forklifts Australia.

Will red tape kill the green saviour of the gold mine’s workers?

A company that is attempting to establish a new-technology tyre recycling plant in Stawell, Victoria, to locally recycle 9 million dumped tyres, is finding the red tape thrown in their way by the Victorian Government and various agencies may be more expensive than building the actual plant itself.
Used Tyre Recycling Company (UTRC) CEO Dr Matthew Starr was forced to write an open letter to residents outlining the difficulties being put in his way.
Following his open letter to Stawell residents advising them of a misinformation campaign regarding UTRC’s attempt at removing the largest tyre stockpile in Australia, Dr Starr is again imploring the Victorian Government to take steps that will see the business start employing many of Stawell Gold Mines’ retrenched workers.
With up to 150 people losing their jobs at the gold mine (announced Tuesday, 13 December), UTRC offers Stawell a chance to employ up to 50 people in early 2017.
“All we request from the government is to waive some of the small regulatory fees that UTRC has been hit with, and provide greater support for our efforts to eliminate Victoria’s number one environmental hazard,” said Dr Starr.
“UTRC is the only new business of size attempting to become operational in Stawell that can employ up to 30 per cent of the newly unemployed.
“UTRC is the best option for the unemployed workers who now face a very unhappy Christmas and New Year, with a bleak outlook for 2017.”
The Stawell tyre stockpile comprises almost 9 million tyres, which UTRC purchased in June 2015 to create a new, environmentally-friendly, clean-tech facility to recycle the tyres.
Dr Starr added: “We intend to support the workers of Stawell for the long term and as UTRC in Stawell has been classified as a Transfer Station for Victoria’s used tyres, we can assure the town that there will be jobs well into the future.”
You can read the open letter, which is being delivered this week, at https://utrc.com.au/open-letter-to-stawell-residents/

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