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This is issue #74 - 12 September 2002
of the weekly newsletter for industry
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following companies: Linde Heavy Truck Division in the UK,
Jungheinrich in Germany, Henley Forklift Group in Ireland,
Allied Forklift in Malaysia, Solideal International in the
USA, J&K Services in Nigeria, and Cesab Carelli Elevatori
CLARK AUSTRALIA IN MAJOR NOELL STRADDLE
AUCKLAND, New Zealand
Equipment Australia (CEA), which designs and
manufactures the Omega range of heavy lift trucks, has
received a major order from Ports of Auckland (POA) for
four Noell diesel-electric straddle carriers.
machines are the first of their kind to be commissioned
in Australasia, and the deal marks a major change for
POA, which runs a 40-machine Kalmar straddle fleet,
according to CEA manager Alan Foulkes. He would not
reveal the dollar value of the order.
would not comment on POA’s decision to switch to Noell
machines, but said Clark Equipment New Zealand, CEA’s
wholly-owned subsidiary, had promoted the product to POA
and won the deal.
Officials from POA flew to
Melbourne, Australia, to view Noell straddles in action
at P&O’s facility at Port of Geelong, before signing
the deal with Clark Equipment New Zealand.
Foulkes said the machines would be delivered by early
CEA manufactures the Omega range of
container handling machines and heavy forklifts from its
Sydney base and distributes to customers throughout the
Asia-Pacific region and around the world. With annual
sales exceeding AUD115 million (USD63.6 million), the
company employs more than 260 workers at manufacturing,
distribution and retail facilities in Australia and New
Clark Equipment Australia website -
FORKLIFT TO THE RESCUE
Jerry Jensen has
been hailed a hero after crashing a forklift through a
concrete barrier and moving a 450-kilogram propane tank
away from a fire on August 24.
Mr Jensen, 37, was
at home when his brother called to say his workplace, an
Abbotsford wood mill, was in flames, according to The
Province newspaper. While the fire was actually at a
neighbouring pallet manufacturing firm, Mr Jensen and
co-workers helped remove wood and run hose for
One worker, Cathy Webster, rushed
to Mr Jensen and told him a propane tank had to be moved
or it would blow up. As hundreds of spectators watched,
he used a forklift to ram through a concrete barrier to
reach the tank. Fire-fighters cheered as he moved the
tank out to a road, away from the flames.
recognition of his bravery, Abbotsford Fire & Rescue
has nominated Mr Jensen for a heroism commendation, and
his boss gave him a week off, with pay.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
SOUTH GATE, United States
GATE, USA - Arnco, a leading supplier of
puncture-proofing products for forklifts and off-road
vehicles, has appointed Steven Ownby as marketing
manager for OEM and specialty markets. Arnco marketing
director Bob Giasson said Mr Ownby had 23 years’
experience in the tyre and wheel industry. He would be
based in Clinton, Tennessee.
BRANTFORD, USA -
The Raymond Corporation has appointed James Locker as
president and chief operating officer of GN Johnston
Equipment Company Ltd, Raymond’s wholly-owned subsidiary
and exclusive dealer in Canada. He replaces Martin Fabi,
who retires after 12 years’ service. Locker is currently
vice-president and general manager of Raymond Industrial
Equipment Inc, Raymond’s manufacturer of reach-fork
trucks and pallet trucks. He will start his new position
on September 16.
FINNING EXPANDS UK RENTAL MARKET
International, through its United Kingdom subsidiary
Hewden Stuart, has acquired Maxxiom’s general equipment,
hoist and accommodation assets for GBP18 million (USD28
Finning bought Maxxiom’s 640-unit
materials handling fleet in June, 2001. The latest
purchase is the majority of the remaining assets of
Maxxiom Ltd, and expands Finning’s rental fleet by 7200
Hewden, which logged revenues of CAD313
million (USD199.1 million) for the first half this year,
now has more than 350 depots and 4000 employees. Finning
sells, rents and finances Caterpillar equipment in
Western Canada, the UK and Chile.
- Finning website -
CONTRACT WIN FOR CARRYLIFT
LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
Carrylift Group has won a Mersey Docks & Harbour
Company contract to manage the entire materials handling
equipment fleet at the Port of Liverpool.
three-year contract covers management of 25 straddle
carriers, five Liebherr ship-to-shore container cranes,
three Liebherr harbour mobile cranes, quayside cranes,
gantry cranes, plus other port equipment on the Mersey
The value of the contract was not
Carrylift had moved staff into existing
port workshops and had 58 engineers and a management
team on site to support the contract, according to
Carrylift distributes Nissan
forklift trucks, Rocla warehousing equipment and Mafi
tractors, and has seven regional centres throughout
England and Scotland.
- Carrylift website
FORKLIFT CHASE SUSPECT CHARGED
YORK, United Kingdom
York man has been charged with aggravated vehicle theft
and three counts of criminal damage with intent to
endanger life after a bizarre, low-speed chase through
York last month.
Police who chased the stolen
Caterpillar five-tonner as it wreaked havoc on roads
said they had "never seen anything like it", according
to a report in the Yorkshire Post.
struck a police van, collided with a BMW and was
involved in a four-car pile-up before police used a
stinger device to burst two of its tyres. Even then, the
forklift was only halted when officers managed to force
it into the central barrier of a freeway.
Yorkshire Police officer sergeant Graham Carroll said
his team had not dealt with such circumstances before.
It was the first time a stinger device had been used to
slow a forklift.
"It was a big, big vehicle. You
think of a forklift as being one of these little things
with small wheels but this was huge, with large road
wheels. It was more like a small crane, really," he
"The tactics we used were exactly the same
as those we would use to stop a car, but it's obviously
much more difficult."
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