This is issue #61 - 13 June 2002 of your personal newsletter.
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1. CVS FERRARI ACQUIRES BELOTTI
2. EQUIPMENT DEMAND INCREASING IN THE USA
3. DELEGATES DROP IN THE MHEDA JUNGLE
4. ** ADVERTISEMENT ** ARGENTINIAN CRISIS FORCES MASSIVE FORKLIFT SALE
5. DEALERS PUT MATRIX TO THE TEST
6. MHD 2003 TAKES A FRESH APPROACH
7. CAPTION COMPETITION: WEEK TWO
8. POSITIONS VACANT > EQUIPMENT SALES REPRESENTATIVE - FULL TIME



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1.CVS FERRARI ACQUIRES BELOTTI
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ROVOLETO DI CADEO, Italy CVS Ferrari has bought fellow container handling equipment manufacturer Belotti. The price has not been released.

Belotti will join the company as a new entity named Ferrari Belotti, which will be controlled by the CVS Group.

CVS, in a statement, said synergies from the purchase would be derived from joining the two companies' engineering and production operations, which would "give us the necessary boost in these exciting times of containerisation".

Belotti customers would receive service and sales support through both companies' existing networks. The company would not be drawn on likely job losses or rationalisation of activities.

The Belotti acquisition comes soon after CVS Ferrari announced alliances with Taylor in the USA and Komatsu in Japan.

CVS Ferrari, a leading manufacturer, was established in 1973 and has eight factories in northern Italy and almost 300 employees. CVS Ferrari is represented globally, with offices in the USA, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Brazil and South Africa and dealers and distributors on all continents.
Website: http://www.cvsferrari.com
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2.EQUIPMENT DEMAND INCREASING IN THE USA
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CLEVELAND, United States New research by Cleveland-based Freedonia Group shows the US materials handling market will grow 5.2 per cent each year through to 2006 to reach USD23.5 billion.

That is an improvement on the early 2000s, which has been characterised by recession and a weak investment climate, the research report said.

Freedonia's Material Handling Systems: Advanced & Conventional report said innovations would stimulate demand, resulting in improved efficiency, productivity and safety, particularly in areas such as robots, guided vehicles and materials handling software.

Demand for industrial trucks and forklifts, conveying equipment, hoists, cranes and monorails would improve, but not as rapidly as the "more dynamic" advanced/automated segments. The same would apply to automated conveyors and automated storage and retrieval systems.

The report said the advanced/automated materials handling systems market would increase 6.6 per cent each year through to 2006 to USD6.8 billion. Gains would be fuelled by the "productivity-raising potential of advanced systems, magnified by aggressive vendor efforts to further upgrade performance at comparable or lower costs".

Materials handling equipment and systems would be more computer-integrated in large factory automation and warehouse environments. "Reflecting this trend is the popularity of materials handling control systems which provide a common interface between different materials handling products," the report said.

Material Handling Systems: Advanced & Conventional is available through Freedonia Group Inc for USD3,800.
Website: http://www.freedoniagroup.com
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3.DELEGATES DROP IN THE MHEDA JUNGLE
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MARCO ISLAND, United States The Material Handling Equipment Distributors' Association (MHEDA) 2002 convention and manufacturers' fair saw lower attendance figures than last year, but participants enjoyed high-quality workshops and activities, says MHEDA vice-president Liz Richards.

Individuals from more than 200 member, supplier or associate MHEDA companies attended the annual event, which had the theme: "It's a jungle out there. Let MHEDA be your guide."

More than 500 delegates took part in the April 27-May 1 event in Marco Island, Florida, compared with 586 at the 2001 event in Washington, DC, Ms Richards said.

Informal discussions indicated business activity for MHEDA members had increased since March, but the economy was still hesitant to resume its earlier pace, she said. Some distributors reported being extremely busy and experiencing a positive upturn, while others had not seen a dramatic turnaround but were fulfilling more requests for quotations.

MHEDA will host two educational programs in Chicago this year. Success case studies in general lines and engineered systems will run from Sept 27-28 and parts and service management will run from Oct 18-19.

MHEDA, based in Vernon Hills, Illinois, was established in 1954 and aims to improve the proficiency of independent materials handling equipment distributors.
Website: http://www.mheda.org
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4.** ADVERTISEMENT ** ARGENTINIAN CRISIS FORCES MASSIVE FORKLIFT SALE
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina Rental fleet managers, forklift dealers and buyers: take note. With the ailing Argentinian economy affecting all businesses, forklift dealer Vialven SA is offering a large number of substantially discounted, new forklifts to the world market. Vialven, founded in 1955, has 2.5 and three-tonne TCM and Hyster forklifts, ready to ship, fitted with Perkins, Isuzu diesel and Nissan gasoline engines. Manufactured in Japan and the USA in 2001, the forklifts have fully-equipped three-stage masts and forks, and are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis, at drastically reduced prices. "Don't miss this unique opportunity," says operations manager Ignacio Lastiri. For more information, email ilastiri@vialven.com.ar, phone +54-11-4301-9378 or fax +54-11-4303-3417, or go to www.vialven.com.ar.
Vialven Website: http://www.vialven.com.ar
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5.DEALERS PUT MATRIX TO THE TEST
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THE DOCKLANDS, United Kingdom Hyster Europe has hosted almost 500 European, Middle Eastern and African dealers at the launch of its Matrix reach truck model.

The forklift, which had its world debut at CeMAT in April, was given a full roll out, complete with dry-ice dramatics. Dealers heard from Hyster Europe managing director Jean-Pierre Guerand, who said the Matrix would provide major growth in Hyster's share of the warehouse market.

The dealers put the Matrix through its paces in terms of manoeuvrability, lifting capabilities, cycle times, acceleration and braking. They were also given detailed briefings on marketing the model and how it offers customers a matrix - hence the name - of feature options and value, so they can get a forklift that matches their application, with low cost of ownership and high productivity.

The Matrix features the latest AC motor technology, raising performance levels with minimum power consumption, and has fly-by-wire 180-degree steering and optional 360-degree steering.

Hyster Great Britain sales director Gary Newall said: "Options like the joystick and the ergonomically designed levers are going to be important in the fleet hire market where you can just change different modules over. Operators are going to love its comfort and quiet operation."
Website: http://www.hyster.co.uk
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6.MHD 2003 TAKES A FRESH APPROACH
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SYDNEY, Australia The Australian Materials Handling & Distribution (MHD) exhibition, scheduled for March 2003, has a twist in its format, according to the organisers.

Visitors and exhibitors will experience two exhibitions: MHD 2003 and Supply Chain Solutions, each with space dedicated to the distinctly different, yet complementary aspects of materials handling and supply chain management.

MHD and Supply Chain Solutions 2003 will be held during Supply Chain Week, run in conjunction with the Smart 2003 conference. All three events are at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre.

More than 90 companies will display their products, ranging from manually operated mechanical equipment to sophisticated automation and warehouse management systems.

For more information, email simon.gould@dmgworldmedia.com.au.
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7.CAPTION COMPETITION: WEEK TWO
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Jim Maloney, Pyroban Envirosafe Ltd, United Kingdom: "The USA's new low-level bomber fails initial trials."

Wayne Borean, Nett Technologies Inc, Canada: "Um, who moved the truck?"

Ed Scott, Unit Load Handling Systems Inc, USA: -- "Good catch!"

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After viewing the picture, email your caption to info@forkliftaction.com. The funniest caption will be published in Forkliftaction.com News next week. Here's our hint again, we understand the forklift driver was not hurt, and yes, that is a missile.
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8.POSITIONS VACANT: EQUIPMENT SALES REPRESENTATIVE - FULL TIME
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