Ian Melin-Jones

Ian Melin-Jones

Allows users to store up to 75% more pallets than with selective racking

Steel King Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of material handling products and systems for improving operational efficiency, announces the availability of its Drive-In Rack Systems. Drive-In and Drive-Through Racking delivers cost-effective storage in high-density storage applications.

Requiring fewer aisles and providing better cube utilization than selective racks, drive-in and drive-thru racking allows users to store up to 75% more pallets than with selective racking. Forklifts drive directly into the rack, allowing storage of two or more pallets deep. Flared drive-in support rails helps forklift drivers enter the pallet rack by guiding the pallet into the bay. A Drive-In pallet rack system uses the same entry and exit point for each storage bay, providing last in, first out (LIFO) access. A Drive-Thru pallet rack system is loaded on one side and unloaded from the other for first in, first out flow (FIFO).

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Because they are often used in high turnover areas and operated in close proximity to forklift traffic, drive-in and drive-thru racks are subject to greater wear and tear than other rack structures. Steel King’s drive-in rack system is engineered and manufactured to better stand up to this wear, making it the market leader among drive-in racking systems.

Steel King’s drive-in racking features unlimited storage depth and is ideal for high-traffic and cooler/freezer installations. Additionally, Steel King offers an optional offset leg design for easier handling of pallets. The welded frame construction delivers high rigidity and strength, while other optional features, like protective railings and seismic-safe designs, deliver even greater safety and stability in demanding applications.

For more information about Steel King and Drive-In Rack Systems, visit https://www.steelking.com/products/drive-in-drive-through-rack/

About Us

Steel King Industries, Inc., is a leading manufacturer and integrator of material handling products and systems for improving operational efficiency in manufacturing, assembly, distribution centers, storage facilities, and warehousing.

Steel King is the nation’s only single-source manufacturer of pallet racks, drive in rack, flow rack, pushback rack, pick modules, mezzanines, cantilever racks, portable racks, industrial containers, custom shipping racks, and industrial safety guard railing.

Uniquely qualified to assist customers in planning and executing material handling systems, Steel King delivers reduced operation costs and increased customer satisfaction across a range of applications.

For additional information visit www.steelking.com

ArcelorMittal has just announced that it is one of 230 companies selected for the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI), which distinguishes companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality in the workplace. 

The index, which has doubled in size since 2018, having introduced thirteen new markets, includes companies from 10 sectors headquartered across 36 countries and regions. Collectively, these organisations employ 15 million people, 7 million of whom are women. This year’s GEI indexed companies account for US $9 trillion worth of traded stock market shares. 

Bloomberg’s standardised gender reporting framework offers ArcelorMittal the opportunity to disclose information on how it promotes gender equality and to learn good practice from others on the index.

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The GEI also provides the company with a framework for improving its understanding of how it promotes gender sensitivity in the way it does business, helping it to close the ‘gender gap’ in the broadest sense. 

Bart Wille, executive vice president, head of human resources at ArcelorMittal said:

“ArcelorMittal has chosen to participate in the Gender-Equality Index because it gives us an opportunity to gain further insights to enhance an area we know we can strengthen further, that is achieving better female representation at all levels of the organisation. We want to publicly demonstrate our commitment to recruit, retain and develop the best talent – male or female – by building an inclusive culture and a strong and diverse talent pipeline. As a leading global industrial company, we operate in an extremely competitive landscape and we do not want to miss the opportunity to tap into half of the available global talent pool, or to cultivate the first-class ideas mixed gender teams can create.”

The GEI highlighted several elements of ArcelorMittal’s approach to gender equality as best in class results. These are: 

  • A third of the members of the company’s board of directors is female
  • ArcelorMittal subsidiaries around the world promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programmes which encourage young girls to pursue studies and a career in this area
  • Female staff engage in the company’s Women in Leadership programme and
  • The company is an active member of gender equality organisations, e.g. Women in Mining.

The GEI is also an important resource for investors who wish to benchmark ArcelorMittal’s performance on gender diversity against that of its peers. Such data increasingly influences investment decisions, so transparency on this and other key environmental, social and governance performance metrics is the cornerstone for good investor relations. 

“We applaud ArcelorMittal and the 229 firms tracked by the index for their action to measure gender equality through the Bloomberg GEI framework,” said Peter T. Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg and Founding Chairman of the U.S. 30% club. ArcelorMittal’s GEI inclusion is a strong indicator to investors and industry peers alike that it is leading by example to advance ongoing efforts for a truly inclusive workforce.”

The Bloomberg gender reporting framework is voluntary reference index and has no associated costs. All public companies can submit data to Bloomberg. Those with a security listed on a U.S. exchange and a market capitalisation of US 1 billion or greater are eligible for index inclusion. For more information on the GEI visit:  https://www.womenatbloomberg.com/

Combilift has been nominated as a finalist in one of the most prestigious and hotly contested international awards in the materials handling industry. From a large pool of applicants, just 15 products have been selected for the IFOY Award (International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year) which honours the best products and solutions of the year. The Combi-PPT powered pallet truck with 8,000kg capacity is one of three products shortlisted by the jury in the Warehouse Truck category.  

The Combi-PPT is a high performance pedestrian operated powered pallet truck with a range of capacities up to 16,000kg, which enables the safe and secure transportation of very heavy loads without the need for a ride-on forklift. The features - which include Combilift’s unique, patented multi-position tiller arm - and design ensure optimum visibility of the load and surroundings for the operator and guarantee maximum safety in areas where other personnel may be present, in busy production plants for example. Its manouevrability enables efficient and productive operation in confined spaces.

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The competition will soon enter its second round when finalists undergo the thorough IFOY audit and innovation check by industry experts from various technical bodies over the course of a few days in early March in Hanover, Germany. A jury of 29 journalists and editors from leading logistics media across nineteen countries and four continents will also personally test and evaluate the nominated equipment for qualities such as technology, design, ergonomics, safety, marketability, customer benefit and sustainability.

“We are delighted to be one of the ‘chosen few’ for this important award and we look forward to demonstrating the capabilities of the Combi-PPT to the judging panel in March,“ said Combilift MD Martin McVicar. “We are naturally hoping for success in our category when the results are announced on April 26th at the IFOY Award night in Vienna but are very proud to have reached the final stages, particularly considering the large number of high quality submissions that the IFOY Award receives from major international names in the handling sector.”  


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