FORKLIFTACTION.COM
MATERIALS HANDLING ONLINE #27 July 19, 2001
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The fortnightly newsletter for industry professionals.
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. HYSTER BOOSTS PRODUCTION IN HOLLAND
2. HONISCH ENTERS CHINESE MARKET
3. FINNING EXITS CANADIAN MATERIALS HANDLING MARKET
4. NEW FORKLIFT CHAIN REWRITES RULE BOOK
5. INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION.COM
6. ASIAN TERMINALS BUYS MITSUI EQUIPMENT
7. ROBOTIC FORKLIFT IN TESTING
8. CLARK APPOINTS VIETNAMESE DISTRIBUTOR
9. LOTTO-WINNING DRIVER HIDES FROM BEGGARS
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1. HYSTER BOOSTS PRODUCTION IN HOLLAND
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NYMEGEN, Holland -- Hyster's 550-machine annual production rate at its Nymegen facility will be doubled this year as part of a new plan to build all the manufacturer's top-end forklift range in Holland.

The H8.00-16.00XM, launched in April, is the first model to be built in Nymegen under the new arrangement.

The 65,000sq m Nymegen plant will become Hyster's world development centre for heavy forklifts, taking over from the Danville, USA facility at the end of this year. Since 1997, Hyster has invested USD16.2 million in switching its heavy truck production from the USA to Holland. Hyster will also expand its 600-person Nymegen workforce.

The USA buys half of Hyster's Nymegen-manufactured machines, a quarter go to Germany, and England and France are the next largest markets. Hyster also services the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, and has production facilities in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Italy.

The Dutch plant has 90,000 different spare parts and a stock of five million pieces. About 500 spare parts orders are handled each day for customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Hyster, a subsidiary of the Nacco Materials Handling Group, produces 130 forklift models, including pallet trucks, stackers, reach stackers, low and high pickers, and forklifts and container handlers ranging from one tonne to 52 tonnes.
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2. HONISCH ENTERS CHINESE MARKET
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DUSSELDORF, Germany -- Forklift equipment manufacturer Honisch GmbH has entered the Chinese market via a deal with Linde, the world's largest forklift manufacturer.

Honisch owner Peter Honisch said the company's forklift attachments were being delivered through Linde-Xiamen, Linde's Chinese branch. Already one order, for a major German chemical company's China operation, had been filled. Mr Honisch would not disclose the value of the contract.

He said Honisch GmbH was also negotiating with a European forklift manufacturer which was "showing serious interest" in fitting Honisch's panoramic view mirrors to its new forklifts.

Honisch is a specialised manufacturer of drum handling and large bag carrying attachments and a wide-view mirror. It also has developed a parking brake for order pickers which stops them as soon as an operator takes his or her hands off the handling lever.
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3. FINNING EXITS CANADIAN MATERIALS HANDLING MARKET
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Finning International is exiting the Canadian materials handling market, signing a letter of intent this week to sell its Canadian forklift dealership.

Finning will sell the business, currently operated by its materials handling division, and a subsidiary, Interior Lift Truck Services, to Leavitt Machinery.

Finning sells and rents Caterpillar equipment in West Canada, the United Kingdom (UK) and Chile. A Finning spokesman said the company had no plans to exit its Chilean operation, "at this time", and Finning's "significant" presence in the UK would also be retained.

Finning Canada president Ian Reid said 150 casual and full-time employees were affected by the sale, but he was confident the employees "will be well served by the new ownership".

Mr Reid said selling to an independent operator better positioned Finning for growth in other regions, due to the changing structure of the North American industry. He said the sale was consistent with Finning's strategy to focus on the performance and expansion of its core business.

Leavitt Machinery owner Tom Leavitt has headed Finning Canada's materials handling operations since 1991. He said Leavitt would continue to operate the 13 existing materials handling outlets in British Columbia and Alberta.

Mr Leavitt said when the deal closed, which was expected to occur on September 30, Leavitt would assume dealership rights for Mitsubishi-Caterpillar Forklift America and would sell or rent other existing products, including JLG high-reach equipment and Taylor and Manitou forklifts. Finning Canada will retain rights to sell some Caterpillar equipment, including telehandlers.

Finning International president Doug Whitehead said the company would retain its head office in Vancouver, but wanted to focus further on distributing other Caterpillar equipment in Canada.

"Finning will retain its materials handling operations in the United Kingdom (UK), where lift trucks are an integral part of the core industries served by (subsidiary) Hewden Stuart and Finning," he said.

Finning acquired Hewden Stuart in a USD465 million takeover in January, which made Finning the leading equipment distributor in the UK, with more than 400 outlets and 6000 employees.
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4. NEW FORKLIFT CHAIN REWRITES RULE BOOK
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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom -- Lifting chain manufacturer Renold Chain has launched the Stanza, a new chain designed especially for forklifts, which it says is a global first.

Stanza has three sizes with scalable chain plates, replacing 26 regular chain sizes, said company spokesman David Turner. Chain for heavier lifting applications is adapted by increasing the plate size. The chain is also narrower, improving visibility for operators.

The breakthrough was achieved after extensive research and development, where Renold engineers "dispensed with traditional thinking", Turner said.

He said forklift manufacturers would benefit from having fewer chain sizes. They could standardise chains and reduce the number of components for their machines' lifting mechanisms.
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5. INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION.COM
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6. ASIAN TERMINALS BUYS MITSUI EQUIPMENT
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MANILA, The Philippines -- Asian Terminals Inc (ATI), the exclusive cargo handling operator of Manila's premier port South Harbour, has acquired new cargo handling equipment as part of a USD6.3 million expansion program.

ATI has taken delivery of a new ship-to-shore quay crane and two rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co of Japan. Mitsui owns 7.56 per cent of ATI. The quay crane has a capacity of 40.8 tonnes under spreader and 55 tonnes for heavy lift with a 42-metre outreach, 12-metre backreach and 31 metres under spreader.

Each RTG has a container stacking capacity of six plus one wide (23.74-metre span) and one over five high (18 metres under spreader). South Harbour has 17 RTGs.

ATI's cargo handling business is driven by growth in Philippines trade. Richard Barclay, president and chief executive officer, said the South Harbour expansion program has been accelerated to meet demand.

ATI is also stepping up construction of additional storage areas in anticipation of an increase in container volumes. An additional stack area to service more than 30,000 TEUs has already been completed.

With the extension of ATI's cargo-handling contract with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) until 2013, ATI has pledged to invest at least USD300 million for further expansion of the South Harbour facilities, including the purchase of more cargo-handling equipment.

ATI also has established a logistics business, building a 4.4ha inland clearance depot at Calamba, 50km north of Manila.
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7. ROBOTIC FORKLIFT IN TESTING
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TOKYO, Japan -- Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Tokyu Construction Company and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology are testing a remote-controlled humanoid robot that can operate a forklift.

While the robot takes three times longer to perform tasks than a human operator, it could be used in hazardous conditions, reported Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

A human operator wears an arm-like device to control the robot's movement, while the robot transmits images, sounds and other sensory data to give the operator the feel of moving a load.

The robot is an improvement on the P3 robot developed by Honda in 1997.
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8. CLARK APPOINTS VIETNAMESE DISTRIBUTOR
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Anh Thang Trading & Service Ltd has been appointed by Clark MHC as its forklift distributor in Vietnam, the Saigon Daily Times reported.

The company already distributes forklifts from Belgium's Eurolifter and spare parts for Toyota, Komatsu and TCM forklifts.
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9. LOTTO WINNER HIDES FROM BEGGARS
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MILTON, USA -- The luckiest forklift driver in the world, who won a USD28 million lotto jackpot this month, has abandoned his mobile home and is hiding from people seeking handouts.

News wire AP said retired forklift driver Willie Bradley, 54, and his companion, Carol McCall, left their mobile home last week and told relatives to keep their destination secret. Strangers had begun phoning the couple, and people were camped outside Bradley's home after the lotto win was made public.

"The phone was ringing constantly and people were showing up on their doorstep; they just couldn't take it," McCall's sister said. "They were even afraid to take an aeroplane because they were afraid they would be recognized."

The couple was living on disability pensions before they hit the jackpot. Ms McCall has had several discs removed from her back after a fall, and Mr Bradley suffers from arthritis.
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