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MATERIALS HANDLING ONLINE #35 November 8, 2001
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. FOCUS: KALMAR INDUSTRIES' GRAND PLAN
2. NACCO POSTS A LOSS
3. PCC ACQUIRES LONG REACH'S SWINGSHIFT DIVISION
4. JCB TOPS UK MARKET
5. INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION.COM
6. FORKLIFT SPARKS FIREBALL
7. NAME CHANGE FOR CHARNOR
8. MATERIALS HANDLING COMPANIES DONATE TO CHARITY
9. CHEESE CONTAINER TOPPLES HANDLER
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1. FOCUS: KALMAR INDUSTRIES' GRAND PLAN
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LJUNGBY, Sweden -- Container handling equipment is the foundation of expansion plans for Kalmar Industries, according to a new Lloyd's List report.

The company's straddle carrier production is expected to reach a record of about 130 units this year and, despite most 2001 orders being filled for existing customers, Kalmar, the fruit of a merger between Sisu and Kalmar in 1997, believes new opportunities exist in the straddle market.

Kalmar's rubber-tyred gantry crane business has grown to a world market share of about 10 percent since launching five years ago. The new TransportStraddle Carrier, a one-over-one high stacking unit designed to handle containers grounded by yard gantry cranes, is undergoing tests at Hessenatie, Antwerp. Growth in container handling had been boosted by development of the Smartrail satellite tracking technology, the Lloyd's List report said.

Kalmar acquired Dutch crane builder Nelcon in March and extended its container handling range into ship-to-shore gantries and automated stacking cranes. The Nelcon purchase also allowed expansion into diesel-electric straddles.

But Lloyd's List said Kalmar's plans were hampered by parent Partek's unwillingness to make further container-handling acquisitions. This had seen the formation of the Kalmar Solutions service arm, and Kalmar Lifetime Services fleet management arm, the report said.
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2. NACCO POSTS A LOSS
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MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, USA -- Nacco Industries has posted a July-September net loss of USD27.5 million, compared with USD8.9 million in profit for the same period in 2000.

Its materials handling group suffered from a decline in the North American forklift market, according to a Reuters report. Materials handling took a USD2.2 million one-off charge related to cost cutting in Europe, and costs associated with the closure of Nacco's Danville facility.

The retail arm of the materials handling group posted a loss, due mostly to the performance of Nacco's European operation, which included a one-off charge of USD2.9 million.

Nacco plans to sell its four Hyster dealers in Germany to Munich-based Zeppelin GmbH by the end of the year. Zeppelin would then be appointed as a Hyster dealer in Germany, Austria, and central and eastern Europe. The company did not release details of the sale.

Nacco said it expected the materials handling arm to suffer a USD6 million in further one-off charges.
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3. PCC ACQUIRES LONG REACH'S SWINGSHIFT DIVISION
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KINCHELOE, USA -- Rough terrain forklift mast maker PCC Superior Fabrication, a division of PCC Specialty Products, has acquired the Swingshift mast division of Long Reach Inc, a division of TBM Holdings.

Production under the new arrangement, which saw the transfer of production equipment, inventory and intellectual property, began on November 1 after the deal was finalised last month.

Long Reach president Bill Sample said the sale was part of a broader restructuring plan to sell off "key, non-strategic" lines. Long Reach would now focus on its core products such as lateral clamps, carton clamps, paper roll clamps, rotators and push-pull attachments.

"We are concentrating our efforts on standard forklift attachment products and returning Long Reach to its former niche market position," he said. "We are de-emphasising the production of special attachments, highly engineered units and other non-strategic product lines."

The sell-off is a seachange for Long Reach, which last year hit the headlines in several strategic acquisitions, notably loading dock and safety equipment maker Blue Giant, bought from Clark Materials Handling Company late last year, and pallet-stacker maker Lee Engineering Company in May 2000.

Long Reach, which has made attachments and other hydraulic materials handling equipment since 1934, was acquired by TBM in February 2000. TBM also owns Presto Lifts in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA.

PCC Superior Fabrication began manufacturing rough terrain forklift masts in 1987, and has grown the business to now average annual production volumes of 2000 masts and carriages.
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4. JCB TOPS UK MARKET
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ROCESTER, United Kingdom -- JCB has released figures showing that it led the United Kingdom's forklift and telehandler markets for the first six months of the year.

The JCB figures, which the Contract Journal said were backed by independent analysis, showed the company was also the leading supplier of mini excavators, and 0.5 percent off leading the tracked excavator market.

JCB commanded 46 percent of the United Kingdom's telescopic handler and rough terrain forklift markets.
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5. INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION.COM
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6. FORKLIFT SPARKS FIREBALL
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GLASTONBURY, USA -- A propane cylinder carried by a forklift has exploded, sending flaming vapour as high as treetops and rattling windows of nearby homes.

The explosion occurred at Bemer Petroleum Corp on October 29, according to a Hartford Courant report. Three injured workers, including company owner Bruce Bemer, were taken to Hartford Hospital.

The gas forklift was damaged in the explosion. The explosion followed a collision which released a cloud of pressurised gas which ignited. The blast could be seen from a distant freeway.

Workers extinguished the fire before firefighters arrived, but the area was isolated as firefighters assessed the possibility of another explosion. Investigations are continuing.
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7. NAME CHANGE FOR CHARNOR
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MILAN, USA -- Forklift parts remanufacturer CharNor has changed its name to CharNor Remanufacturing.

CharNor, named after its owners, Charley and Norma Arnold, was launched in 1973 and became the largest supplier of used forklift parts in the US, says chief executive officer Charley Arnold, Jr.

But the move in 1986 to remanufacturing parts had consumed the business, and spare parts were discontinued in 1993. Mr Arnold said the name change better reflected the company's core business.
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8. MATERIALS HANDLING COMPANIES DONATE TO CHARITY
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HOUSTON, USA -- Caterpillar and Linpac Materials Handling have donated goods to two charities.

Materials Handling Management magazine said Caterpillar, in association with Mustang Tractor & Equipment Company and Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc, donated a Caterpillar GC25K forklift to Goodwill Industries to help move donated items through the charity's warehouse. Before the donation, stock was moved by hand.

Linpac donated 15 of its Ropak 4548 reusable, collapsible plastic containers to Southeastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries Inc, which provides facilities and services for the disabled.
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9. CHEESE CONTAINER TOPPLES HANDLER
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WAIKATO, New Zealand -- A container handler lifting a box full of cheese toppled in a rail yard on November 1. No one was injured.

The handler, managed by Hamilton Tranz Rail, was lifting the cheese container from a goods train at the Frankton rail yards when it toppled, according to a report in the Waikato Times.

Tranz Rail spokesman Alan McDonald said it was unknown what caused the accident, but the company was investigating.
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