This is issue #49 - 21 March 2002 of your personal newsletter.
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IN THIS ISSUE:
1. CVS-FERRARI BOOMING IN ASIA
2. BIG DEALS FOR AUSA
3. JICT PLANS EXPANSION, ACQUIRES MORE EQUIPMENT
4. MOVERS & SHAKERS
5. CLARKLIFT EXPANSION FORCES MOVE
6. FREAK FORKLIFT ACCIDENT CLAIMS US RADIO ICON
7. POSITIONS VACANT > MECHANIC - FULL TIME
8. POSITIONS VACANT > WORKSHOP MECHANIC X 2 - FULL TIME
9. POSITIONS VACANT > FIELD SERVICE SUPERVISOR - FULL TIME
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1.CVS-FERRARI BOOMING IN ASIA
BANGKOK, Thailand CVS-Ferrari sales and marketing director Elvio Simonetti says the Italian container handling equipment manufacturer is pleased with its Asian successes.
In China, CVS's Shanghai branch, headed by general manager Morgan Yao, has been expanded to encompass more service technicians, increasing the company's full-service contract capabilities in China. The Asian division has opened a new branch in Shenzhen, where Mr Yao's deputy Vicky Guo has been appointed general manager.
More than 200 CVS machines are currently operating in China, with the most recent order being four machines for the Port of Shenzhen.
In Hong Kong, CVS north-east Asia general manager Riccardo Fran has moved to the CVS Bangkok office, and been replaced by Asian after-sales coordinator Raymond Sun. The Hong Kong office now offers service and parts for all brands, and three new technicians have been employed "to cope with after-sales activities", Mr Simonetti said.
Bangkok, where CVS opened an outpost in early 2001, has assumed the Asian headquarters tag from Shanghai. The Bangkok office had recently finalised three sizeable deals, Mr Simonetti said, with nine reach stackers ordered by Chittagong Port, five reach stackers and heavy forklifts ordered by Laem Chabang Port and eight tractors ordered by Indonesia Ports.
2.BIG DEALS FOR AUSA
BARCELONA, Spain Forklift manufacturer Automoviles Utilitarios SA (Ausa) is forging ahead in its chosen markets.
Ausa is currently shipping 42 CHV 20 forklifts to Venezuela's Ministry of Defence, a move that Ausa South America delegate Stefano Calcara said consolidated Ausa in a market with "interesting prospects".
Venezuelan construction and industrial customers have traditionally bought more dumpers than forklifts, but demand has grown for machines capable of meeting manoeuvrability, work speed and "rough-terrain capabilities", Mr Calcara says.
In Japan, Ausa's distributor Ken Ohno, general manager of Toyo Enterprises, believes Ausa's introduction of the four-wheel-drive CH 200/250 rough-terrain forklifts in Japan this year will be "a milestone". The introduction date is unknown.
Ausa export manager Claudio Hoyos says the company's Belgium distributor, Matermaco, is building Ausa's market share rapidly, with 2001 sales figures surpassing expectations.
Mr Hoyos said CH200/250 forklifts were the top sellers for Ausa in Belgium, because the design and technology adapted well to industrial applications. Those qualities had allowed Ausa "to fill market niches and gain a larger share in traditional marketplaces" throughout the European Union.
3.JICT PLANS EXPANSION, ACQUIRES MORE EQUIPMENT
JAKARTA, Indonesia Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) is building a new 433-metre berth and will acquire more container handling equipment over the next three years.
The development will boost annual capacity at JICT, Indonesia's largest container terminal, to 3.1 million TEUs. The existing terminals run four mobile cranes, 42 rubber-tyred gantry cranes, and 14 quay cranes, including two post-panamax.
The terminals are currently being expanded, and the first 261-metre post-panamax berth, equipped with two post-panamax cranes, is in operation.
Meanwhile, Koja Container Terminal, jointly owned by PT Pelabuhan Indonesia and Hutchison Port Holdings, has flagged plans for an expansion. Koja's container handling facilities, which include two post-panamax, three panamax and 21 rubber-tyred gantry cranes, are supported by an advanced container handling system and state-of-the-art technologies.
No further details on the expansion plan were available.
4.MOVERS & SHAKERS
BARCELONA, Spain Jose Ramon Gomez has been appointed general manager of Spanish forklift manufacturer Automoviles Utilitarios SA (Ausa). He will be responsible for national and export sales, after-sales service and marketing. Mr Gomez, before joining Ausa, was previously in managerial positions with carmakers Seat and BMW.
AMES, USA -- Niels Erik Hansen, Sauer-Danfoss work function and control products executive vice president, has resigned, effective July 1, 2002. Mr Hansen's responsibilities will be assumed by James Wilcox, who currently heads the Propel Products division.
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5.CLARKLIFT EXPANSION FORCES MOVE
DEWSBURY, United Kingdom Clarklift UK has moved to new, larger premises, little more than a year after its formation.
Clarklift's new Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, premises is more than 14,600 square feet, and also has a sizable yard.
Clarklift marketing manager Anthony Wortley said the company, a subsidiary of SMH Ltd, realised it would need to move soon after launching in mid-2001. The company's success had been "phenomenal", he said.
"As soon as we started signing up dealers, and orders started coming in, it was apparent that we were going to out-grow our current location pretty quickly. We were convinced when we took on the importership from Clark that it was an excellent, well-priced product that just needed a bit of pushing," Mr Wortley said.
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6.FREAK FORKLIFT ACCIDENT CLAIMS US RADIO ICON
DALLAS, United States Texas radio legend John Labella has been killed in a freak accident where a forklift being transported on the back of a truck clipped the underside of a bridge, sending its boom assembly flying across six lanes of traffic and into his car.
Dallas Police said the forklift snagged the underside of the Fort Worth Avenue bridge. The impact tore away the forklift's boom assembly, parts of which crashed into Labella's car, killing him instantly.
The truck driver, Linden Berry, faces Texas Department of Public Safety charges for carrying a forklift too high and failing to have a permit to carry loads higher than 14 feet.
Mr Labella, a radio veteran of more than 20 years, was the morning announcer for "Memories 96.7", but was best known for a show he co-hosted on a station called "The Zoo" in the 1970s and 1980s, said the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
7.POSITIONS VACANT: MECHANIC - FULL TIME
PHILADELPHIA, United States
8.POSITIONS VACANT: WORKSHOP MECHANIC X 2 - FULL TIME
9.POSITIONS VACANT: FIELD SERVICE SUPERVISOR - FULL TIME
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