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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1.NACCO, SMH JOIN FORCES IN PARTS OFFERING

2.CHINA PORT IN RAPID EXPANSION

3.ROLF SLOBOTZKY: SOUTH OF THE BORDER

4.FIFTY-UNIT AGFA DEAL FOR BT INDUSTRIES

5.PARAPLEGIC FORKLIFT DRIVER AWARDED USD3.4 MILLION

6.Procurement notice > FORKLIFT TYRE SOURCES



1.NACCO, SMH JOIN FORCES IN PARTS OFFERING
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MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, United States Nacco Materials Handling Group (NMHG) and Olathe, Kansas-based Systems Materials Handling Company (SMH) have formed a strategic alliance under which the entire SMH aftermarket parts line up will be available to Hyster and Yale dealers in the Americas.

In documents leaked to Forkliftaction.com News this week, Nacco notified Hyster and Yale dealers in the Americas that they would have access to SMH's intuitive online parts network "during the next 90 days". The alliance means the dealers will be able to order more than 250,000 competitive parts direct from SMH.

Once the agreement is finalised, Nacco's Danville distribution centre will no longer stock competitive OEM parts. Forkliftaction.com News understands Nacco is "very anxious" to gain dealer support, encouraging them to source all parts through the new alliance.

"This ... arrangement will eliminate the need for any alternative outsourcing by you. Without significant sales gain, we cannot make the economics of this arrangement pan out for SMH or NMHG," said Yale aftermarket vice president Paul Laroia.

The fate of NMHG's part businesses, Unisource and Premier, is unknown. Neither NMHG nor SMH responded to Forkliftaction.com News before deadline.

Website: http://www.nacco.com
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2.CHINA PORT IN RAPID EXPANSION
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SHENZHEN, China Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT), southern China's leading container port, is expanding capacity to meet growing cargo traffic demand.

YICT spokesman Helen Du Hui Min said the development would add four new berths by mid-2006, with a total annual capacity of two million TEUs.

YICT will place large orders for materials handling equipment. "While it has not yet decided what specific equipment and how many to purchase, YICT will acquire all the equipment through its strict bidding procedure," Ms Du Hui Min said.

YICT is in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, three kilometres from Hong Kong. The world-class port opened in 1994, and has five 50,000-tonne capacity container berths and annual handling capacity of two million TEUs.

The port has 18 quay cranes, 45 rubber-tyred gantries, and total yard stacking capacity of 64,000 TEUs.

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3.ROLF SLOBOTZKY: SOUTH OF THE BORDER
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MEXICO CITY, Mexico Last year saw a 15% reduction from 2000 figures in Mexico's forklift sales. While sales are slipping, rentals are growing, as end users would rather pay a monthly rent, similar to a lease, and claim tax deductions, than invest in new machines during uncertain times.

Battery-electric forklift sales are gaining ground on internal combustion forklifts, and gas forklifts are becoming increasingly popular due to the considerable price advantage gas has over gasoline.

While January followed the sales/rental trend of 2001, February slipped drastically, and March won't be much better, as Easter week in Mexico is a complete close down for all commercial activities, making this a three-week month for practical purposes.

New import tariffs came into effect in January, which divided tariffs into three categories across the five forklift classes. 'A' is for forklifts from NAFTA countries (the USA and Canada), 'B' is for those from Europe, and 'C' is for those from other countries, such as Japan, China and Taiwan.

Category A forklifts must comply with NAFTA rules, which means a forklift manufactured outside the USA, but sold in the US market, cannot be exported to Mexico claiming NAFTA origin. Some modifications to category C are expected by mid-year. The new import duties are as follows:

A B C
Class 1: 2% 8% 23%
Class 2: 0 0 3%
Class 3: 0 3.8% 18%
Class 4: 2% 8% 23%
Class 5: 2% 8% 23%

Rolf Slobotzky is Forkliftaction.com News's regular columnist from Mexico. He has been in the industry for more than 50 years and is an ex-president of the Mexican Association of Machinery Dealers.

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4.FIFTY-UNIT AGFA DEAL FOR BT INDUSTRIES
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LEVERKUSEN, Germany BT Industries has struck a 50-unit order-picker deal with Belgian chemical giant Agfa-Gevaert AG.

BT has supplied 50 Opal order pickers to Agfa's German distribution centre as part of a five-year full-service rental contract worth more than EUR237,800 (USD208,456). The machines are designed for order picking at heights from 3.3 metres to 6.3 metres, with platform heights of 1.75 metres to 4.7 metres.

Order picking at the Agfa site was changed from a clumsy, fully-automated system to being carried out manually with the BT order pickers. Photographic film, paper and chemicals are distributed worldwide from the Leverkusen site.

The previous system could not fast-track priority items, said Agfa logistics manager Erich Comolli. Order pickers were queued so completed orders could be delayed behind earlier orders still being completed.

All Opal order pickers are equipped with the BT Optipace control system, which regulates the machine's travel speed relative to cab height for safety and productivity.

To meet Agfa's requirements, BT increased the standard lifting height of the forklifts by 25 centimetres, said Ralph Pott, BT Deutschland regional sales manager.

Website: http://www.bt-rolatruc.com
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5.PARAPLEGIC FORKLIFT DRIVER AWARDED USD3.4 MILLION
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CARDIFF, United Kingdom A forklift driver who became a paraplegic after a forklift fell on him has been awarded GBP2.4m (USD3.4 million) in damages.

A BBC News report said Greg Arde, 28, suffered a crushed spine and head when his forklift toppled in April 1995 at Duel Ltd, a stationery company in Cwmbran, south-east Wales. Mr Arde was trapped under the 1.5-tonne forklift for 20 minutes. His back was broken in three places.

Mr Arde now has impaired speech and is paralysed from the waist down. The case went to trial in 1998, and 90% liability was established against Duel. Damages were to be assessed this month, but the case was settled out of court in February.

"I cannot remember much about the accident, just that the forklift overturned. I woke up on the way to hospital, then went unconscious and didn't come round for four weeks," Mr Arde said.

Mick Antoniw, Mr Arde's lawyer, said the settlement figure followed "intense negotiations" and was "one of the largest-ever settlements" in south Wales.

Duel Ltd was no longer operating, the BBC said.

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6.FORKLIFT TYRE SOURCES [EUROLIFT NZ LIMITED - CHCH001]
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