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This is issue #74 - 12 September 2002 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. CLARK AUSTRALIA IN MAJOR NOELL STRADDLE DEAL
2. FORKLIFT TO THE RESCUE
3. MOVERS & SHAKERS
4. FINNING EXPANDS UK RENTAL MARKET INVESTMENT
5. CONTRACT WIN FOR CARRYLIFT
6. FORKLIFT CHASE SUSPECT CHARGED


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1. CLARK AUSTRALIA IN MAJOR NOELL STRADDLE DEAL 
AUCKLAND, New Zealand
Clark 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.

The 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.

Mr Foulkes 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.

Mr Foulkes said the machines would be delivered by early next year.

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 Zealand.

- Clark Equipment Australia website -
2. FORKLIFT TO THE RESCUE 
ALDERGROVE, Canada
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 fire-fighters.

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.

In 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.

3. MOVERS & SHAKERS 
SOUTH GATE, United States
SOUTH 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.

4. FINNING EXPANDS UK RENTAL MARKET INVESTMENT 
VANCOUVER, Canada
Finning International, through its United Kingdom subsidiary Hewden Stuart, has acquired Maxxiom’s general equipment, hoist and accommodation assets for GBP18 million (USD28 million).

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 units.

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 -
5. CONTRACT WIN FOR CARRYLIFT 
LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
The Carrylift Group has won a Mersey Docks & Harbour Company contract to manage the entire materials handling equipment fleet at the Port of Liverpool.

The 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 Docks estate.

The value of the contract was not revealed.

Carrylift had moved staff into existing port workshops and had 58 engineers and a management team on site to support the contract, according to Cranes Today.

Carrylift distributes Nissan forklift trucks, Rocla warehousing equipment and Mafi tractors, and has seven regional centres throughout England and Scotland.

- Carrylift website -
6. FORKLIFT CHASE SUSPECT CHARGED 
YORK, United Kingdom
A 21-year-old 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.

The forklift 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.

North 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 said.

"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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