Join us as we celebrate the official launch of the UK Material Handling Association – BITA

Join us as we celebrate the official launch of the UK Material Handling Association

This year has been a momentous one for the UK material handling industry. What better time can there be therefore, for the arrival of a new association dedicated to promoting and upholding the interests of this important industry.

Merging to form the new UK Material Handling Association (UKMHA), are the industry’s two most respected trade associations, the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), together with their joint venture company, Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS), the accrediting body introduced to deliver the first national procedure for Thorough Examination.

The merger will strengthen the offering of the combined organisations, enhancing the services delivered to members and all those who own and operate forklift trucks.

We would like you to engage with this new association, so that together, we can develop an organisation that is proud to call itself the voice of the UK material handling industry.

We would be delighted therefore, if you could join us for our live launch webinar at 11am on Tuesday 8th June 2021, where we will be explaining more about the formation of the new association, who it represents and how we will work with you to ensure the needs of the industry are recognised and promoted at the highest level.

We will also be sharing important market intelligence on the current prospects for the UK material handling industry.

You can attend the virtual event by registering here

The date chosen for the launch is also significant as it coincides with National Forklift Safety Day 2021. Since its launch in the UK three years ago, National Forklift Safety Day has played an important role in helping to promote important safety messages to the material handling industry; whether it is Seat Belts Save Lives or Segregation Saves Lives.

High on the UKMHA’s agenda is a strong focus on improving standards of safety and service across the entire material handling industry. This picks up the baton from our member associations, both of which advocate improved safety standards – BITA through National Forklift Safety Day, and the FLTA through the Forklift Safety Convention and Safety Drive.

For the 2021 NFSD campaign, we have chosen to focus on the importance of accredited Thorough Examination. The campaign coincides with the publication of an updated BITA GN28 – the industry approved guideline on Thorough Examination and Safety Inspection of Industrial Lift Trucks in accordance with the provisions of LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) 1998 and PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations) 1998.

Tim Waples, CEO, UKMHA said: “I believe the arrival of the UK Material Handling Association is a gamechanger for the industry and with our strong focus on improving safety standards, we could not have a better day to celebrate our formation than National Forklift Safety Day. I hope you will join us on 8th June for what promises to be a special event.”

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