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Today we launch Forkliftaction.com's new editorial feature, a regular column by Rodolfo Slobotsky, general manager of Intrupa Mexico and an industry veteran of more than 50 years. "Rolf" profiles the Mexican industry.


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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1.BOLZONI-AURAMO ACQUIRES BRUDI

2.PHILIPPINES SPENDS USD176 MILLION ON PORT UPGRADES

3.HONG KONG CONTAINER HANDLER DEAL

4.WIGGINS LAUNCHES NEW FORKLIFT IN MIAMI

5.ROLF SLOBOTSKY: SOUTH OF THE BORDER



1.BOLZONI-AURAMO ACQUIRES BRUDI
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CASONI DI PODENZANO, Italy The Bolzoni-Auramo group has acquired US palletless handling equipment maker Brudi, a subsidiary of TBM Holdings.

The acquisition includes the Brudi trademark, intellectual property, and manufacturing assets for the Brudi "push-pull" range. Brudi palletless handling products will be manufactured by Bolzoni-Auramo in the US and exported worldwide.

"The full range of Brudi push-pulls fits seamlessly into the Bolzoni-Auramo product line, and the acquisition will further strengthen the group's position in the US market," said Bolzoni SpA chief executive Roberto Scotti.

Bolzoni and Auramo merged last August through Bolzoni's 100% purchase of Auramo, for an undisclosed price. Both were independent, financially strong companies, with non-competing product ranges. The merged company has projected annual turnover of USD72 million, and outlets on all continents.

The two companies have operated in the US market for more than 10 years. The combined group has sales and service units in the US and Canada, and a production plant in Chicago, where the Brudi push-pull range will be manufactured.

Bolzoni-Auramo is the leading forklift attachment manufacturer in Europe, manufacturing masts, hand pallet trucks and lifting tables. The group has seven production plants, 13 sales branches and independent dealers on all continents. It has 550 employees.

To visit website: http://www.auramo.com
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2.PHILIPPINES SPENDS USD176 MILLION ON PORT UPGRADES
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DAVAO, Philippines The Philippine government has earmarked more than USD176.4 million for developing and rehabilitating major ports in the country.

The ports are in Davao City, Iloilo City and General Santos and Zamboanga in southern Mindanao Island.

Transportation and communications secretary Pantaleon Alvarez said the Davao development, costing USD100 million, involved extending the wharf, developing a container-handling area, a container freight station, a cold storage warehouse, computerised systems and vertical infrastructure, and rehabilitating existing facilities.

The port of Zamboanga, the major gateway to ASEAN countries, had reached capacity and required immediate development of passenger facilities and container-handling capacity, Mr Alvarez said.

The Iloilo port, ranked third for ship calls and fourth in cargo throughput at 419 million metric tonnes a year, will see major development. The USD50 million expansion of the port involves construction of a back-up area, adding vertical infrastructure, dredging the harbour, developing an access road and purchasing additional container-handling equipment.

Mr Alvarez said the ports would be an effective link to growth-driven markets in the Asia-Pacific region, and emerging growth areas in southern Mindanao, Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia.

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3.HONG KONG CONTAINER HANDLER DEAL
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HONG KONG, China Hutchison Delta Ports (HDP) has purchased new materials handling equipment for its ports from Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Co Ltd.

Xiamen International Container Terminals (XICT) took delivery of five rubber-tyred gantry cranes on December 21 and two cranes were delivered to Nanhai International Container Terminals (NICT) on January 2. Each crane has a 41-tonne lifting capacity.

In addition, two quay cranes will be ready for service at XICT this month, said HDP general manager Alfred Leung. The quay cranes have an outreach of 52 metres and a 41-tonne lifting capacity.

"HDP spares no effort to provide top-notch management and equipment to accommodate operational needs at its port network. It is our mission to ensure high efficiency and productivity to better serve our clients at all times," Mr Leung said.

HDP has signed agreements with the Shenzhen Government and Yantian Port Group to jointly develop phase three of the Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT). HK6.6 billion (USD846.2 million) will be invested in the project.

HDP group managing director John Meredith said: "HDP is pleased to work with the Shenzhen Government and Yantian Port Group in the phase three development. The additional capacity provided by phase three will help facilitate South China's cargo movements."

Scheduled to start construction soon, phase three will be developed on 90 hectares of land and will comprise four deep-water container berths. HDP has operated YICT phases one and two since 1994. Since it began operations, YICT throughput has grown from 13,000 TEU in 1994 to more than two million TEU in 2000.

To visit website: http://www.zpmc.com
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4.WIGGINS LAUNCHES NEW FORKLIFT IN MIAMI
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OXNARD, United States Wiggins Lift Co Inc will launch a 20,000-pound (nine-tonne) capacity marina forklift, with a wheelbase of 104 inches (2.6 metres), at the Miami International Boat Show, which runs from February 14-19.

For two years, Wiggins has offered a 108-inch (2.7 metre) wheelbase on a 18,000-pound (eight-tonne) capacity forklift in its Bull range, and saw a market for a shorter wheelbase and heavier load capacity, said president Mike Wiggins. Design and development was staged over two years in Oxnard.

The shorter wheelbase permitted tighter turns in narrow dry stacks and allowed operators to store longer boats.

"Our basic platform has a heavier steer axle for additional counterweight, a heavier drive axle for added weight and a stronger mast for height and weight," Mr Wiggins said. The lead counterweight weighs more than 10 tonnes.

"This product enables us to go into markets of older dry-stack marinas where aisle widths may be limited to 45-47 inches," he said. The line was also useful in new buildings "where they need faster productivity with a smaller truck, with a tighter turning radius".

The 20,000-pound unit will sell for USD166,200. Another Wiggins short-wheelbase forklift, with 22,000-pound (10-tonne) capacity, costs USD178,000. Wiggins distributes its Marina Bulls directly from the factory. Standard forklifts have lifting capacities of 8,000-52,000 pounds (3.5-23.5 tonnes).

Visit website: http://www.wigginslift.com
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5.ROLF SLOBOTSKY: SOUTH OF THE BORDER
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MEXICO - THE STATE OF PLAY, Mexico Mexico has an estimated forklift population of 50,000 units. Of these, 35 percent are more than 10 years old. Normally, forklifts in Mexico have a life span of about 15 years.

Five years ago, battery electric forklifts were 11 percent of the national fleet, but this has grown to 27 percent since 1996. Diesels make up less than five percent of the market and, among the internal combustion forklifts, there is a 50/50 mix of gasoline and LP gas.

The most common units are class V. Makers servicing Mexico are Caterpillar, Clark, Crown, Daewoo, Hyster, Komatsu, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Raymond, Toyota and Yale.

New rules this year will see internal combustion forklifts, of up to seven tonnes capacity, pay a two percent duty if they are imported from the USA or Canada. The duty will be eight percent for European imports, and 23 percent for forklifts from other countries, such as Japan, Korea and China. Forklifts with a capacity of more than seven tonnes will be duty-free, regardless of origin, from April 1.

Electrics from North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) countries are duty-free, and used trucks (if accompanied by a certificate of origin) pay the same duty as new units.

Accessories such as attachments, batteries and tyres pay a duty relative to their classification but, if they enter the country attached to a forklift, they pay the same duty as the forklift.

By 2003, NAFTA-made forklifts of all types will be duty-free. The duty on European forklifts will be reduced to six percent. Negotiations are still in progress for other countries, but they are also likely to have their duty reduced.

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