FSDF member & temperature controlled distribution specialist Fowler Welch has just completed a £2m upgrade of its largest site, in Spalding, Lincolnshire, after a year which saw turnover rise 13% to £163m in the 12 months to March 2017. CEO Nick Hay says much of the money was spent upgrading the cold store and staff facilities rather than expanding the site. “Spalding is an old site, so we’ve just taken the oldest part and stripped it out completely,”  SOURCE: https://motortransport.co.uk/blog/2018/10/15/fowler-welch-upgrades-spalding-as-organic-growth-in-chilled-food-continues/

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The latest product to be launched by FSDF member & high-speed door specialist EFAFLEX is the EFA-SRT MTL, designed specifically with the materials, transport and logistics applications in mind The EFA-SRT MTL was on show at the recent PPMA Exhibition in Birmingham where buyers from the packaging, processing and logistics supply chain sectors had the opportunity to see the door in action. Darren Turrell, Managing Director of EFAFLEX UK explained, “We have been design pioneers in high-speed door innovation for […]

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Two year ban for transport manager who fundamentally misunderstood his responsibilities  CPC holder says he had concerns over operations but “hoped things would change” If your advice about the safety of vehicles or drivers is being ignored, what should you do?  If you know there’s a conflict between winning customers and being compliant, how should you respond?  At a recent public inquiry, North West Traffic Commissioner Simon Evans said it’s “scarcely possible” for any transport manager to have continuing, effective […]

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To support the publication of the latest guidance documents relating to working safely with ammonia refrigeration systems, FSDF is holding a briefing meeting, hosted by Maurice Young. DATE: 15th November VENUE: Nagel Langdon’s, Redditch TIME: 10:00 – 14:00 To reserve your place email info@fsdf.org.uk or call 0118 988 4468. This event is free to attend and places are limited, so please book early

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The Food Standards Agency has published its report and recommendations on its review of Meat Cutting and Cold Stores. The report, which has been submitted for final approval by the FSA Board on 17 October, comes after the high-profile incident of alleged practice failures at a 2 Sisters plant in July 2017 and a subsequent parliamentary Inquiry. The report looked at whether the rules in place for processing, storing and (above all) labelling meat products were correct and whether there […]

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Visitors to Logimat 2019 will be able to review the extensive range of Flexi articulated forklift truck-based intralogistics solutions designed and manufactured by FSDF member Narrow Aisle Ltd. Models in the Flexi range can operate in aisleways as narrow 1.6 metres and are designed to improve storage, handling and customer order assembly efficiency in manufacturing and logistics environments. Among the models on display at Logimat will be a recently upgraded version of the Flexi LITE. The Flexi LITE is designed for applications where […]

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FSDF member GNB Industrial Power has appointed Tom Naylor as its business development manager. Naylor, an intralogistics expert, will be conducting free, no-obligation energy consultations across the UK for the motive power giant. The consultations help companies maximise the operating efficiency of their warehouse, save up to 70% on their energy bills, and substantially reduce total cost of ownership. As part of his consultations, Naylor will explore a full range of cost-saving options. These include the increasing attractiveness of lithium […]

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THE HEALTH and Safety Executive (HSE) has urged organisations to embed their business and safety culture as one to enhance leadership. Speaking at Health and Safety North, Jane Hopkinson, Senior Psychologist at HSE encouraged firms to “embed” both cultures. “Health and safety culture and business culture are often seen in silos,” she said. “It’s about merging those two things together. If you’re talking about health and safety culture then it’s not engrained in your organisation and it’s still sitting in […]

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A complete facelift to a 1960’s Croydon concrete car park involving FSDF member EFAFLEX’s high-speed doors recently resulted in two prestigious awards. The judges for the British Parking Award stated ‘The Ruskin Square project is an example of how a car park can be reinvented rather than just refurbished;’ a compliment indeed to architects Potter Church & Holmes Architects who along with lead contractor Lendlease completed the £4.2m overhaul on behalf of client Croydon Gateway Partnership. Darren Turrell, Managing Director […]

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FSDF member Samworth Brothers Supply Chain has donated a training vehicle to international development organisation Transaid, which will help meet the growing demand for qualified HGV drivers in Uganda. This is the first pledge of support from Samworth Brothers Supply Chain to Transaid and the MAN TGX truck has been shipped more than 6,000 miles to become a dedicated training vehicle for the Professional Driver Training – Uganda (PDT-U) project. The PDT-U training school has opened its doors to the […]

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