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Subject: Forkliftaction Newsletter #57



This is issue #57 - 16 May 2002 of your personal newsletter.
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

1. LINDE AND KOMATSU STRENGTHEN TIES

2. MANITOU, OMNIQUIP STRIKE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

3. CLARK ASIA LAUNCHES NEW MODEL

4. KCI GANTRIES FOR BALTIMORE PORT

5. COMPENSATION WON FOR INJURED FORKLIFT DRIVER

6. FORKLIFT DRIVERS NOT VICTIMS OF STRESS

7. POSITIONS VACANT > FORKLIFT MECHANIC - FULL TIME

8. POSITIONS VACANT > AFTERMARKET SALES - FULL TIME



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1.LINDE AND KOMATSU STRENGTHEN TIES
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WEISBADEN, Germany Linde AG will become a 35 percent shareholder in Komatsu Forklift and run the company as a joint venture with Komatsu Ltd under a deal announced this week.

Komatsu Forklift is Japan's second-largest forklift manufacturer and holds seventh position in the world market. Linde will increase its shareholding by mid-2003, and has an option for further investment.

Linde, Komatsu and Komatsu Forklift have been partners since entering a cooperation agreement in May 2000. Under that deal, Linde assumed 10 percent of Komatsu Forklift, and Komatsu Forklift assumed 10 percent of Linde's Fiat OM Carrelli Elevatori SpA subsidiary.

Fiat became Komatsu Forklift's importer, dealer and distributor for Europe, and began manufacturing forklifts for the Japanese company. Komatsu Forklift began marketing Linde equipment in Japan. In China, Linde now manufactures Komatsu forklifts and components on behalf of Komatsu Forklift in Xiamen. In the USA, Linde and Komatsu Forklift operate independently.

With the new joint venture, Linde and Komatsu Ltd would strengthen their international cooperation while maintaining their brands, a statement said. The planned joint venture is still subject to approval by competition authorities.

Outside Japan and Germany, both companies will continue to market their own products and services. However, in southeast Asia, Komatsu Forklift and Still, a Linde subsidiary, have merged their marketing activities.

Linde and Komatsu Forklift will share technical knowledge and cooperate on development projects.
www.linde.com, www.komatsu-forklift.com Websites:
http://www.forkliftaction.com/news/newsdisplay.asp?nwid=398

2.MANITOU, OMNIQUIP STRIKE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT
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WACO, United States Manitou BF of France and OmniQuip, a division of Textron, Inc have reached a distribution agreement which will see OmniQuip become the exclusive USA distributor for Manitou's three compact telehandlers: 526, 732, and 932.

K-D Manitou, Manitou's USA subsidiary, will continue to market the rest of Manitou's products through its US dealer network, including masted forklifts from 1.8 tonnes to 6.8 tonnes capacity; the Maniscopic telehandler range from 2.2 tonnes to 15.8 tonnes capacity; the MRT rotating telehandler range from 46 feet (14 metres) to 69 feet (21 metres); and the ManiTransit truck-mounted telescopic forklifts range.

"This is a great opportunity for OmniQuip and Manitou to develop the presence of the Manitou brand in the US market, representing the latest in technology and performance," said K-D Manitou president Serge Bosche.

Manitou is the world's largest manufacturer of rough terrain forklifts and telescopic handlers.
www.manitou.com Website:
http://www.forkliftaction.com/news/newsdisplay.asp?nwid=399

3.CLARK ASIA LAUNCHES NEW MODEL
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SEOUL, Korea, South Clark Material Handling Asia will this month start marketing its new 3.3-tonne capacity forklift, C33.

The C33 can operate in the same space as a 3.0-tonne model, with the efficiency of a 3.5-tonne model, according to an Asia Pulse report.

Equipped with stronger fork tynes and special chains, the C33 can carry heavier loads, and wider front tyres help it run smoothly. Prices start at about 26 million won (USD20,255).

Clark Material Handling Asia was formed after the Clark Group's buyout of Samsung Heavy Industries' forklift business in the late 1990s. Clark relocated its main production line to Changwon, Korea, in 1998.
www.clarkmhc.co.kr Website:
http://www.forkliftaction.com/news/newsdisplay.asp?nwid=400

4.KCI GANTRIES FOR BALTIMORE PORT
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BALTIMORE, United States The Port of Baltimore has taken delivery of six KCI Konecranes mobile gantries, costing USD1.2 million each, as part of a strategy to boost storage capacity and reduce handling times.

Maryland International Terminals operations manager Brian Miller told The Baltimore Sun that the 125-tonne cranes used the latest computer and satellie tracking technology to streamline container retrieval at Seagirt Terminal.

"You need to stay current with the technology that's out there and these are really state of the art," Mr Miller said.

The new cranes, shipped from KCI in Finland to Baltimore, are 70 feet (21 metres) high and 80 feet (24 metres) wide, enabling four-high, six-wide stacking of 20-foot containers.

Last year Port of Baltimore handled 493,135 20-foot containers, down almost three percent from the 508,320 units handled in 2000.

(Picture courtesy of The Baltimore Sun)
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5.COMPENSATION WON FOR INJURED FORKLIFT DRIVER
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UNDERDALE, Australia A forklift driver who suffered serious injuries when his machine rolled has been awarded AUD550,000.

Brian Lennard Gonsalves, 36, was injured on November 4, 1996, while using a forklift to load a pallet on a truck, said an Adelaide Advertiser report.

Mr Gonsalves sued the truck driver, Shane Whitham, and his insurer, the South Australian Motor Accident Commission (MAC), after suffering a broken hip, spine and neck injuries, and stress. He claimed Mr Whitham drove away while he was loading the pallet, causing the forklift to roll.

The South Australian District Court awarded the money to Mr Gonsalves after the MAC rejected the claim.
http://www.forkliftaction.com/news/newsdisplay.asp?nwid=401

6.FORKLIFT DRIVERS NOT VICTIMS OF STRESS
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, United States Forklift drivers are the fifth least stressed workers in the USA, according to a new jobs almanac.

"Jobs Rated Alamanac" rated forklift drivers behind actuaries, medical records technicians, florists and musical instrument repairers in its list of the least stressful vocations.

According to the almanac, US president George W Bush is the most stressed worker in the country and taxi drivers are the fifth most stressed workers. Senior corporate executives ranked third.

Author Lez Krantz said biologists had the best occupation overall and lumberjacks had the worst.
http://www.forkliftaction.com/news/newsdisplay.asp?nwid=402

7.POSITIONS VACANT: FORKLIFT MECHANIC - FULL TIME
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Miami/ Ft Myers, United States
http://www.forkliftaction.com/jobs/job_full.asp?joid=24

8.POSITIONS VACANT: AFTERMARKET SALES - FULL TIME
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Miami, United States
http://www.forkliftaction.com/jobs/job_full.asp?joid=26


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