FORKLIFTACTION.COM
MATERIALS HANDLING ONLINE #38 December 20, 2001
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: 26-UNIT ORDER FOR KALMAR
2. BRAMBLES SILENT ON US RENTAL DIVISION SALE
3. OM PIMESPO (UK) TO SELL KOMATSU AND OM PIMESPO INDUSTRIAL TRUCKS
4. ROCLA PICKS UP MITSUBISHI-CATERPILLAR FORKLIFT LINE
5. LARGEST-EVER SALE IN CANADA CLOSE?
6. THREE-WEEK CONTAINER BACKLOG AT DURBAN PORT
7. MOVERS & SHAKERS
8. THIEVES USE FORKLIFT TO STEAL ATM
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1. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: 26-UNIT ORDER FOR KALMAR
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Russia's Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port has ordered 26 Kalmar forklifts, terminal tractors and reachstackers for use at its Tsemess Bay facility.

TSEMESS BAY, Russia -- Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port (NCSP) has ordered 26 Kalmar forklifts, terminal tractors and reachstackers for its Tsemess Bay facility to work alongside 44 other Kalmar machines at the port.

The order has been already partly filled, with the remaining 15 units - nine forklifts, four terminal tractors and two reachstackers - to be delivered by the end of this month.

NCSP marketing head Peter Stepanenko said the company had bought Kalmar equipment since 1993, and the latest order would take the port's total fleet to 70 units.

"This large-scale purchase corresponds with the positive dynamics of steel, container and raw sugar traffic through the port," he said.

The order's 17 forklifts include two 32-tonne, four 28-tonne, four 20-tonne and seven 10-tonne capacity machines. The 10-tonne forklifts will be used for rail shunting in NCSP's central raw sugar operation. Each forklift will be fitted with custom fork attachments for handling steel coils. The reachstackers are 45-tonne capacity models, with seven-metre wheelbases.

NCSP handles oil, steel and non-ferrous metals, paper and pulp, raw sugar, fertilisers and containers. As one of the largest seaports in Russia, NCSP handles the majority of Russia's cargo traffic. In 2000, cargo throughput reached 52 million tonnes.

Kalmar is a global provider of materials handling equipment to ports, intermodal traffic, terminals and industrial customers. The company, which has manufacturing plants in Sweden, Finland, the USA, the Netherlands and Estonia, says every fourth container or trailer transfer in the world is performed by a Kalmar machine.
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2. BRAMBLES SILENT ON US RENTAL DIVISION SALE
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SYDNEY, Australia -- Forkliftaction.com News understands Brambles Industries Ltd and Chicago-based National Equipment Services are in discussions which could result in the sale of Brambles' US equipment rental business.

Neither company would comment. Brambles spokesman Ron Burke would neither confirm nor deny sale discussions were occurring. He said the company did not comment on industry rumours. National Equipment Services did not respond to Forkliftaction.com News's requests for information.

While the possibly imminent sale of Brambles' US rental division is unconfirmed, Brambles has made no secret of its intention to exit its forklift and equipment rentals businesses worldwide.

Last November Brambles sold its Australian forklift rental business to Portland, Oregon-based Nacco Materials Handling Group (NMHG), manufacturer of Hyster and Yale forklifts, after months of industry speculation.

And this week Brambles sold Wreckair, its Australian equipment rental business, to Coates Hire Ltd. The sale, to be completed on February 1, 2002, is the seventh in Brambles' divestment program.

Brambles chief executive John Fletcher said "structural changes in the forklift rental market globally ... meant future returns from these activities will not meet Brambles' long-term objectives".

The company's latest statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, on November 15, detailed the sale of its European rail division, Groupe CAIB. The statement mentioned that sales of all equipment rental operations in Australia, Germany and the US were "underway".

"Under current economic conditions, their divestment is not without challenges. Progress is therefore proving to be slower than previously expected," the statement said.
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3. OM PIMESPO (UK) TO SELL KOMATSU AND OM PIMESPO INDUSTRIAL TRUCKS
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Caption: OM Pimespo (UK) will sell Komatsu and OM Pimespo forklifts in the UK following an agreement between Linde AG and Komatsu Forklift.

CRICK, United Kingdom -- OM Pimespo (UK) Ltd, a subsidiary of Fiat OM Carrelli Elevatori SpA, will market and sell Komatsu and OM Pimespo forklifts and warehouse trucks in the UK following an agreement between materials handling giants Linde AG and Komatsu Forklift Co Ltd.

The agreement, signed this month, will see Fiat OM, a Linde subsidiary, distribute Komatsu trucks in Europe under the Komatsu brand name via the present dealer network. Fiat will aso manufacture some Komatsu products at its Italy plant.

Komatsu has, through the deal, acquired a 10 percent interest in Fiat OM, and Linde has taken a 10 percent share of Komatsu.

OM Pimespo (UK) Ltd general manager Vanda Morris said the change in structure should increase sales "significantly".

"The decision by Linde and Komatsu to cooperate on a global basis puts OM Pimespo UK in the best possible position to further grow our market share in the UK, allowing us to develop independent routes to market the Komatsu and OM Pimespo product ranges," he said.
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4. ROCLA PICKS UP MITSUBISHI-CATERPILLAR FORKLIFT LINE
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Caption: Rocla Oyj will distribute Caterpillar forklifts n Europe following an agreement with Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift Europe BV.

JARVENPAA, Finland -- Rocla Oyj and Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift Europe BV (MCFE) have reached an agreement which will see Rocla distributing Caterpillar forklifts in Finland, Estonia and Russia from January.

Rocla's Danish subsidiary, Rocla A/S, has reached a similar agreement to represent Caterpillar in Denmark.

MCFE is a a joint venture between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Ltd, Japan and Caterpillar Industrial Inc, USA. Caterpillar is the world's largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and gas engines and industrial gas turbines. MCFE produces and markets Caterpillar forklifts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Rocla warehouse trucks general manager Jukka Suotsalo said the Caterpillar forklifts would expand and complement Rocla's full-service forklift line, particularly in the heavy forklift range up to 15 tonnes.

Rocla is Europe's fifth-largest warehouse truck manufacturer. Rocla listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange in 1997, and expects almost 90 million euros (USD81.27 million) in sales this year. Rocla's largest market is Western Europe, where the group has an extensive dealer network.

MCFE was established in 1992 to serve customers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Based in Almera, The Netherlands, MCFE has more than 65 dealers and distributors in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The main brands are Caterpillar and Mitsubishi forklifts.
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5. LARGEST-EVER SALE IN CANADA CLOSE?
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VANCOUVER, Canada -- Forkliftaction.com News understands Kalmar dealer Attica Equipment may have closed the largest materials handling deal in Canadian history.

Forkliftaction.com sources in the region say Domans Forest Products has ordered 36 Kalmar 30,000-pound (13.6-tonne) capacity log handlers through Attica.

It is understood the deal is not yet finalised, but neither Kalmar nor Attica would comment before press time. Gary Levers, of Attica, said the deal would be announced "in a few weeks".
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6. THREE-WEEK CONTAINER BACKLOG AT DURBAN PORT
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Caption: The Durban Container Terminal has a three-week container backlog to clear after a three-day strike.

DURBAN, South Africa -- The Durban Container Terminal (DCT), Africa's busiest port, has a three-week container backlog to clear after workers walked off the job for three days this month.

The strike, which ended on December 6, brought the country's harbours to a standstill, according to South African port authorities.

South African Port Operations chief executive Tau Morwe told Reuters that while Cape Town, Richards Bay and Port Elizabeth ports were back to normal, DCT was operating at 95 percent capacity, and had a backlog of more than 15,000 containers.

"Ships are currently offloading and we need all available stacking space we can get. Any delays can have a drastic effect," Mr Morwe said.

Eight ships were berthed at DCT, seven more were waiting outside the port, and another 37 would pass through the port this month.

DCT has embarked on a 1.34 billion rand (USD119.9 million) upgrade of its container-handling equipment, which will include buying 60 straddle cranes. Five straddles have already arrived and are being assembled.
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7. MOVERS & SHAKERS
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Caption: Prolift Toyota director Napier Turner.

ADELAIDE, Australia -- Napier Turner, director of Prolift Equipment Pty Ltd, in South Australia and Victoria, retires at the end of December after more than 30 years in the Australian forklift and materials handling industry. Mr Turner will continue to serve as a non-executive director on both company boards. He and his wife, Trish, plan to fish and camp around Australia. "I follow the Adelaide Crows Australian Rules football team and I intend to see more matches, I am a keen gardener, and I will play more golf," he said. Mr Turner said he was not being replaced. The remaining Prolift directors are Ian Harper in South Australia and Brian Michie in Victoria.
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8. THIEVES USE FORKLIFT TO STEAL ATM
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CALABASAS, USA -- Burglars used a forklift to break into a supermarket and steal an automatic teller machine (ATM) on December 9.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told the Los Angeles Times that the robbery occurred about 4am at Gelson's market. The ATM was not bolted to the floor. The amount of cash stolen was not revealed.
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