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This is issue #76 - 26 September 2002 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. US MANUFACTURERS EMERGING FROM RECESSION?
2. LID LIFTED ON NEW KALMAR REACHSTACKERS
3. JLG POSTS USD100M LOSS, DESPITE IMPROVEMENTS
4. **ADVERTISEMENT** USED FORKLIFTS AT DRASTICALLY REDUCED PRICES
5. SPECIAL FEATURE: BOOST RETURNS WITH TELEHANDLER MAINTENANCE
6. FANTUZZI NOELL IN UK EXPANSION
7. TOYOTA AND DEALER PITCH IN FOR FORKLIFT DONATION

UPCOMING EVENTS
8. FABTECH 2002
9. THE MARITIME LAW ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND 29TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
10. US COAL IMPORTS CONFERENCE 2002
11. AUSINTERMODAL 2002
12. 2002 SHIPPER FORUM

OPEN TENDERS
13. LICENCE OF TECHNOLOGY - EXTENDABLE WHEELBASE
14. ELECTRIC LIFT TRUCK, 38 V, CATERPILLAR, MODEL EC25KS, OR
15. QTY 28 NSN: 3930-01-192-8399 ROUGH TERRAIN MHE
16. FORKLIFTS (TRUCK) 3930-01-X02-7759
17. RENTAL OF TWO FORKLIFTS


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1. US MANUFACTURERS EMERGING FROM RECESSION? 
IRVINE, United States
After a period of record growth heading into the 21st century, the US forklift industry experienced a significant slump in 2001 and into this year, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, manufacturers claim.

Toyota Material Handling USA sales and marketing vice president Jim McManus told Purchasing Magazine Online that the US recession was bottoming out.

We're starting to see a slight improvement and, by the end of the year, we expect to see the upturn be even more definite, he said.

Hyster Company marketing director Scott Alexander said the forklift industry led in downturns and lagged in recoveries, but Hyster was performing ahead of 2002 forecasts.

What were seeing has us bullishly optimistic. We are starting to see capacity utilisation up where its supposed to be, and pent-up demand is starting to return, he said.

Mr McManus said the US forklift industry had the capacity to produce 190,000 forklifts annually, but current demand was 135,000. This had seen some manufacturers slowing down and, in some cases, reducing to four-day manufacturing weeks.

Mr Alexander said the industry was focusing on designing forklifts for operators, not buyers. Mr McManus said the industry had also begun consolidating dealerships as the industry changed.

2. LID LIFTED ON NEW KALMAR REACHSTACKERS 
TAMPERE, Finland
Kalmar has released updated versions of its class-leading ContChamp and ContMaster reachstackers.

Kalmar reachstackers vice president Ismo Vaihtamo said the new machines had been developed in response to environmental, performance, reliability and operating cost requirements.

Weve been increasingly aware of the environmental concerns and pressures faced by our customers, especially in Europe and the USA, and we believe stricter regulations will be introduced in the Far East in the future, Mr Vaihtamo said.

Accordingly, both models are equipped with low-emission engines that meet 97/68 EC Stage 2 and US EPA Tier 2 standards. The ContChamp comes with a 12-litre Volvo Penta, which is also more fuel efficient than the older 10-litre unit. The ContMaster comes with Scania DI12 or Cummins QSM11.

Mr Vaihtamo said the need for additives was reduced because the wet disc brake oil system on the new machines was separated from the main hydraulic oil system. The hydraulic system also needed minimal hydraulic fittings, and all fittings were o-rings, making the hydraulic system practically leak-free.

The new ContChamp was equipped with Kalmars latest electronic transmission, developed exclusively for Kalmar, and had smooth driving and gear shifting, Mr Vaihtamo said. Considerable work was done on the new transmission, and on the Kalmar-produced steering axle and driveline.

Service intervals have been increased to more than 500 hours through changes such as reducing the number of lubrication points and developing a lubricant-free boom. All servicing operations are now completed from one side of the truck.

Kalmar reachstackers general manager Per Rosengren said the company had digitised the trucks controls, allowing easy and fast system checks and upgrades, and a new control system monitored about 500 measuring points 50 times a second, ensuring safe operations and rapid error reporting.

Forkliftaction.com has two photographs of the new reachstacker models. To view them, click on the "Photo" button above, or see www.forkliftaction.com.
- Kalmar Industries website -
3. JLG POSTS USD100M LOSS, DESPITE IMPROVEMENTS 
McCONNELSBURG, United States
Despite improvements in some areas, JLG Industries Inc recorded a loss of USD101.59 million on sales of USD754.34 million for the fiscal year ended July 31, compared to a profit of USD34.21 million on sales of USD958.54 million the previous fiscal year.

The Pennsylvania-based firm said in its latest financial report, released on September 23, that sales increased for telehandlers (USD87.44 million from last years USD87.70 million) and after-sales support and service (USD124.59 million from USD116.38 million).

But sales fell in JLGs biggest product line, aerial work platforms, to USD475.24 million from the 2001 figure of USD682.69 million, and in telescopic hydraulic excavators, which fell to USD58.60 million from USD65.50 million. By region, North American sales were down 22 percent to USD570.0 million, and European sales fell 11 percent to USD167.94 million.

Numerous economic events this year, such as terrorist attacks, high-profile bankruptcies and accounting scandals, contributed to mixed economic signals and a resulting conservative approach by major customers to fleet expansion or replacement, JLG chairman, president and chief executive Bill Lasky said.

We continue to focus on what is within our control in the short term while keeping an eye to the future.

JLG had generated significant cash flow and recapitalised its balance sheet by closing two facilities, outsourcing non-core operations and moving some production to Europe. Mr Lasky said the next two fiscal quarters, traditionally our weakest period, would be very challenging.

We have been able to manage our business successfully in the downturn by concentrating on process efficiencies, generating cash flow and reducing debt, he said.

While uncertain economic conditions remain as we enter the new fiscal year, we remain committed to industry leadership by providing innovative, cost-effective, reliable equipment to our end-users.

- JLG website -
4. **ADVERTISEMENT** USED FORKLIFTS AT DRASTICALLY REDUCED PRICES 
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~ Located next to Heathrow Airport, London, England
~ More than 200 forklifts for sale, with special discounts for package deals
~ 6 Komatsus for EUR16,000
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~ 6 Steinbocks for EUR10,000
~ For more information phone: +44 1784 461144, fax: +44 1784 461154 or email: sales@phl.co.uk
~ View the complete range of forklifts on offer, with full details and specifications at www.phl.co.uk

5. SPECIAL FEATURE: BOOST RETURNS WITH TELEHANDLER MAINTENANCE 
OWATONNA, United States
Telehandlers are quickly becoming one of the most popular profit generators for equipment rental houses around the world.

Paying special attention to preventive maintenance can increase rentable hours and customer satisfaction, greatly improving profitability for equipment owners and their telehandler customers. Mustang Manufacturing Company product specialist Mark Hennessey offers advice for preventive maintenance in this Forkliftaction.com News special feature. Click the "Read More" button for the full story.
  
- Mustang Manufacturing website -
6. FANTUZZI NOELL IN UK EXPANSION 
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
Specialist port equipment and sideloader manufacturer Fantuzzi Noell has expanded its United Kingdom headquarters.

A GDP1 million (USD1.55 million) investment has resulted in a new 7,500 square foot development which includes office space, a showroom, service and warehouse facilities and a parts distribution centre.

Fantuzzi Noell group managing director Davide Bertozzi said the company had enjoyed sustained growth in its worldwide operation in the past 10 years and the United Kingdom had made a significant contribution to that success.

We now have a superb and loyal customer base across the United Kingdom and believe the time is right to invest in improved sales, service and parts facilities to ensure we continue to expand and develop, he said.

The new development is part of a United Kingdom-wide distribution strategy. To ensure swift, local response to sales and part requirements, a national team of 14 distributors is being established, with 10 already operating. The expansion is also a cause for celebration in Manchester, with the promise of job opportunities.

Mr Bertozzi said the national network would expand availability of Fantuzzi Noells sideloader product range. Fantuzzi Noell already has a loyal following across the United Kingdom, and enjoys an impressive and expanding presence in that market, he said.

We are proud of our excellent team, and it gives me great pleasure to thank our loyal staff for playing their part in our success to date, Mr Bertozzi said.

- Fantuzzi website -
7. TOYOTA AND DEALER PITCH IN FOR FORKLIFT DONATION 
ABERDEEN, United Kingdom
Aberdeen College has commissioned a new forklift thanks to a local dealer and Toyota Industrial Equipment (UK).

The colleges Clinterty Centre, which trains forklift operators and construction plant engineers, planned to replace one of its forklifts with a second-hand one.

It approached dealer DI & K Groundwater in Stonehaven about purchasing a used forklift, but, unknown to the college, the dealer contacted Toyota, according to a report in the Press & Journal.

Between DI & K Groundwater and Toyota, Aberdeen Colleges purchase was upgraded to a new forklift, at no extra charge.

 
8. FABTECH 2002
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
29th, 30th and 31st October 2002
9. THE MARITIME LAW ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND 29TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Melbourne, Australia
2nd, 3rd and 4th October 2002
10. US COAL IMPORTS CONFERENCE 2002
Philadelphia,PA, United States
18th and 19th November 2002
11. AUSINTERMODAL 2002
Melbourne, Australia
19th and 20th Nov. 2002
12. 2002 SHIPPER FORUM
ATHENS, Greece
10th October 2002
 
13. LICENCE OF TECHNOLOGY - EXTENDABLE WHEELBASE
Milton, Australia
Closing: 05 October 2002 TBA - Contract: Invent 1
14. ELECTRIC LIFT TRUCK, 38 V, CATERPILLAR, MODEL EC25KS, OR
Quebec, Canada
Closing: 02 October 2002 2:00pm - Contract: F3072-020023/A
15. QTY 28 NSN: 3930-01-192-8399 ROUGH TERRAIN MHE
Warren, MI, United States
Closing: 22 October 2002 TBA - Contract: DAAE07-02-Q-T481
16. FORKLIFTS (TRUCK) 3930-01-X02-7759
Pine Bluff, United States
Closing: 05 October 2002 TBA - Contract: DAAD21-02-R-0027
17. RENTAL OF TWO FORKLIFTS
Yokota AB, Japan
Closing: 10 October 2002 TBA - Contract: F62562-02-T-0398
 

  

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