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MATERIALS HANDLING ONLINE #41 January 24, 2002
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. FELIXSTOWE BOOSTED BY CHINA DELIVERY
2. ROCLA AND MITSUBISHI-CATERPILLAR BROADEN ARRANGEMENT
3. NISSAN EUROPE EXPECTS STRONG 2002
4. CATERPILLAR TO THE RESCUE
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1. FELIXSTOWE BOOSTED BY CHINA DELIVERY
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FELIXSTOWE, United Kingdom -- The Port of Felixstowe, the UK's largest container port, has taken delivery of six rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes and two ship-to-shore gantry (SSG) cranes.

The cranes arrived at Felixstowe, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), on January 15. The machines were part of an order for 10 RTGs and two SSGs placed with Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC) of Shanghai. With the delivery of the remaining four RTGs, scheduled for February, the port will have 78 RTGs and 25 SSGs.

The cranes were shipped from China, a nine-week journey, during which they were secured and braced against bad weather and heavy seas. Once unloaded, the cranes will be checked, and should be fully operational within weeks.

The SSGs will be the largest at the port, with a lift height of 37 metres above the quay, and a lifting capacity of 85 tonnes. Each is capable of handling containers stowed 22 wide, and is equipped with a twin-lift capability.

The RTGs will stack containers five high, and straddle seven wide. The 16-wheel machines will supercede the existing four-wheel Paceco machines at Trinity Terminal. The RTGs are fitted with Noell drives, based on Siemens inverters, and are powered by Caterpillar diesel engines. Each machine weighs 152 tonnes (including spreader attachment), and has a 40 tonne capacity.

Felixstowe plans to extend the quay at its Trinity Terminal by 270 metres. Subject to approval, the new quay will be operational in 2003, boosting Felixstowe's annual capacity to more than three million TEUs.

The port's container terminals, Trinity and Landguard, have seven and two berths respectively, providing a total quay length of 2.5km. The port has 23 quay cranes operating on the berths, and 74 RTGs to handle container movement.
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2. ROCLA AND MITSUBISHI-CATERPILLAR BROADEN ARRANGEMENT
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HELSINKI, Finland -- Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America (MCFA) will pay Finnish forklift maker Rocla Oyj USD6 million for 24.5 percent of the company, in an expansion of the companies' existing manufacturing and distribution arrangement.

In a statement, Rocla said the purchase would strengthen the companies' cooperative arrangement and expand it worldwide. Rocla has manufactured Mitsubishi and Caterpillar warehouse trucks in Europe for 10 years.

Rocla and MCFA have also agreed to begin joint product development in the Americas, which will bring Rocla warehouse trucks to the Americas through the MCF distribution network. In December, Rocla was appointed Caterpillar's exclusive agent for counterbalance trucks in Finland, Denmark, Estonia and Russia.

For the Mitsubishi-Caterpillar group, the investment secures the sourcing of warehouse trucks, and complements its existing forklift product range. MCFA is jointly owned by Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (70 percent), Mitsubishi Corporation (10 percent) and Caterpillar (20 percent).
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3. NISSAN EUROPE EXPECTS STRONG 2002
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MARENGO, USA -- While sales in some European nations failed to meet company expectations last year, Nissan Forklift Europe expects to strengthen its market position in 2002, the company said this week.

Sales of Nissan's DO1 1.5-tonne and DO2 series three-tonne models, widely recognised as setting new standards in operator comfort and environmental advances, contributed to a general sales increase.

Nissan says it is the only manufacturer including, as standard, a three-way catalyst converter system on its LPG models, bringing emissions near zero.

Nissan's manufacturing capacity was increased in late 1999 with the addition of a new factory in Pamplona, Spain. It ramped up to full capacity in 2001.

In Japan, a new forklift manufacturing plant in Takada began production in June. The 1.5-tonne to seven-tonne forklifts manufactured at the plant will mainly service Nissan's Asian markets and Australian customers.
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4. CATERPILLAR TO THE RESCUE
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HOUSTON, USA -- Cat Lift Trucks and Equipment Depot, a Cat dealer, have joined forces to donate a 1.3-tonne internal combustion pneumatic tyre forklift and a year's free maintenance to the American Red Cross.

The Red Cross's Disaster Computer Maintenance Centre (DCMC) contacted editors of trade publications requesting a forklift to move computer and communications equipment it deploys to disaster areas. Cat responded.

Cat was pleased to donate the forklift and support the Red Cross, said Cat sales and dealer development vice-president Jack Sipola. "This is one way we can partner with our dealers to give back to the community," he said. Under the agreement, Cat supplied the forklift, and Equipment Depot will donate the maintenance.

Picture courtesy of the American Red Cross - www.redcross.org
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