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WELCOME TO FORKLIFTACTION.COM, MATERIALS HANDLING ONLINE.
This is issue #79 - 17 October 2002 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. FINNISH PLAYER LANDS FIRST EXPORT DEAL
2. LINDE WINS VIAMAX SOUTH AFRICAN DEAL
3. FORK TALK - FORK LIFT TRUCK ASSOCIATION
4. **ADVERTISEMENT** FOR SALE - NEW MANITOU MA470 ROUGH-TERRAIN FORKLIFT
5. FORKLIFT-MOUNTED SWEEPING ATTACHMENT UNVEILED
6. FLEXI DEBUTS IN THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN
7. FORKLIFT CAUSES CHEMICAL SPILL

UPCOMING EVENTS
8. TICARI ARACLAR 2002
9. 2002 ITA FALL MEETING
10. INTERLOG 2002

OPEN TENDERS
11. INDUSTRIAL FORKLIFT REQUIRED - TRADE 1988 WIGGINS MODEL 106Y
12. LEASE OF TURRET TRUCK
13. CRANES AND CARGO HANDLING GEAR
14. ASHDOD PORT PHASE TWO

POSITIONS VACANT
15. SERVICE MANAGER - FULL TIME

RESUMES
16. PRODUCT SUPPORT / SALES / MANAGERIAL - FULL TIME


Today marks the beginning of Forkliftaction.com Newss latest editorial service, Fork Talk, with the first article from the Fork Lift Truck Association of the United Kingdom. This new column is available for non-profit forklift and related industrial associations to publish news and technical articles which may be of interest to the wider Forkliftaction.com community. If your association would like to take advantage of this free service, contact our chief reporter, Damien Tomlinson, by emailing news@forkliftaction.com.
Welcome to all Forkliftaction.coms newest members, including those from the following companies: Richmatt Materials Handling in Malaysia, Ravenol in Russia, Hansler of Canada, Crown Equipment of the USA, Linde AG of Germany, Gough & Gilmore Holdings of Australia, Perkins Engines of the United Kingdom, Still Italia of Italy, D Nagata Co of Japan, Hyundai of South Korea, Auto-Trade Engineering of Singapore, TVH of Belgium, Taipei Trading of Taiwan and P&O Nedlloyd of the Netherlands.




1. FINNISH PLAYER LANDS FIRST EXPORT DEAL 
TAMPERE, Finland
Niche container handler manufacturer Oy Meclift Ltd has completed its first export deal, delivering two of its innovative ML3012R reach stackers to the Port of Beira in Mozambique.

Meclift general manager Keiji Kroger told Forkliftaction.com News that the deal, valued at EUR400,000 (USD391,380), was sealed after meeting the operations manager of Conelder de Mozambique, the countrys port authority, in Finland last year. Delivery time for the order was one year.

The ML3012R is the sharpest-turning (5490-millimetre turning radius) and narrowest (2850 millimetres) reach stacker on the world market and, with a 39-tonne gross weight, is designed to be hoisted into ships to move containers on deck.

Running a seven-litre Deutz BF6M engine through a Clark 3600 transmission, the machines can lift 30 tonnes up to 1200 millimetres high on their 2200-millimetre long forks.

Mr Kroger said Meclift, which was established in 1993, was now looking for distributors and sales agents around the world.

To see two pictures of the new Meclift ML3012R, click here.

- Meclift website -
2. LINDE WINS VIAMAX SOUTH AFRICAN DEAL 
CITY DEEP, South Africa
Lindes Heavy Truck Division has secured a R30 million (USD2.87 million), six-year deal to supply 16 Linde container handlers to Viamax, a subsidiary of Transnet.

Beating strong international competition for the tender, Linde supplied two C360 36-tonne capacity, three-high laden container handlers, six H160/200 general purpose forklifts and eight C4230 empty and laden reach stackers with 42-tonne capacities. The contract was an outright purchase, though Linde technicians will service the machines at Viamaxs City Deep and Rosslyn locations.

Viamax executive director Malcolm Yeomans said the Linde machines replaced existing Kalmar and Tantusi units.

The new equipment will streamline Transnets container handling operations and significantly enhance the organisations efficiency, particularly the speed with which various tasks are conducted, he said.

Linde sales and marketing director Adrian Clayton said the new machines would join an existing fleet of Linde machines at the Port of Durban.

We are delighted to be able to complement the existing Linde fleet with the latest container handling equipment, and look forward to continuing our excellent working relationship with Viamax, he said.

- Linde Heavy Truck Division website -
3. FORK TALK - FORK LIFT TRUCK ASSOCIATION 
LASHAM, United Kingdom
Thanks to its pivotal role in the materials handling industry, the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) is able to share a cautionary tale which might not otherwise have come to light.

A very reputable United Kingdom company, which has asked not to be named, reported an incident involving the sudden breaking of a chain on one of its seven-tonne forklifts.

More alarming still was that the chain was less than 18 months old, and no advance warning of a problem had been detected, despite the companys extremely rigorous, six-monthly inspection program.

Using specialist sonic equipment, tests on this and six similar forklifts identified further horrors: two faulty chains and 31 broken pins. None of the damage was visible to the naked eye.

The company concluded that forklifts operated in harsh conditions - over rough and rutted ground on solid tyres, constantly carrying maximum load and regularly subjected to shock - would need additional and more thorough checks.

The company let the FLTA know about the problem so others using forklifts in tough environments could be made aware of the danger.

Highly-sensitive electronic instruments can be used to detect hairline cracks and other imperfections in situations like this, said FLTA chairman Brian Warbrick.

We will be delighted to pass on further information to anyone inquiring, and would like to thank the company concerned for contacting the FLTA and allowing us to bring this issue to peoples attention.

As part of its service to the materials handling industry, the FLTA runs the Safe User Group, which provides information on safety concerns, technical explanations, common-sense interpretation of legislation and a helpline.

For more information on the Safe User Group and the range of other services provided by the FLTA, visit www.fork-truck.org.

Fork Talk is a new Forkliftaction.com News editorial service available to non-profit forklift and related industry bodies around the world. If you would like to have your associations news included in this column, email news@forkliftaction.com.

4. **ADVERTISEMENT** FOR SALE - NEW MANITOU MA470 ROUGH-TERRAIN FORKLIFT 
~ Heavily reduced price - will deal in any major world currency
~ Must be cleared - surplus to requirements
~ Perkins diesel hydrostatic 4-wheel drive
~ 7000kg capacity
~ Elecar triplex mast - 6700 mm (264 inches)
~ Full tapered forks for lumber or timber use - 1200mm (48inch)
~ Sideshift and fork positioner
~ Unit has only logged 72 hours
~ Full new machine warranty available
~ FOR MORE INFORMATION please contact: Larry Farquhar, Atlantic Material Handling, Canada. Phone: +1 506 333 1902, fax: +1 506 652 9147, or email: larryf@atlanticrentals.com

- Atlantic website -
5. FORKLIFT-MOUNTED SWEEPING ATTACHMENT UNVEILED 
SUTON, United Kingdom
Sweeping attachments manufacturer Gurney-Reeve & Co Ltd has extended its range with the Mudmaster Junior, an engine-driven, forklift-mounted sweeper.

Power for the implement's 1.5-metre sweeping width is provided by a 12-horsepower petrol engine, according to a Farmers Weekly report.

Swept material is collected in a hopper and emptied by tipping the unit forward, preventing collected waste being blown back towards the operator, and enabling safe cleaning.

The Mudmaster Junior comes with a 140-litre water tank and sprinkler system. Caster wheels allow the unit to float within the fork tynes to smooth uneven surfaces.

- Gurney-Reeve website -
6. FLEXI DEBUTS IN THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN 
TOKYO, Japan
Flexi, the clever narrow-aisle forklift manufactured by Narrow Aisle Ltd of the United Kingdom, this week debuts at Japan's Logis-Tech exhibition in Toyko.

Tailift Co Ltd, Narrow Aisles sole agent for the Far East, Asia and Australia, and Narrow Aisle marketing manager Helen Bishop are exhibiting the Flexi.

The Japanese debut continues the Tipton companys expansion of the product, which it claims can increase warehouse capacity by 30 percent. The machine can work in very narrow aisles, lift up to 11 metres, carry loads of up to two tonnes, and work inside and outside.

- Narrow Aisle website -
7. FORKLIFT CAUSES CHEMICAL SPILL 
MELBOURNE, Australia
Eight people were hospitalised after a forklift caused a chemical spill last week.

Fire crews were called to Booth Transport after a spill of organic phosphorous pesticide, according to the Herald Sun newspaper. Fire inspector George Benham said a forklift ruptured three 20-litre drums of the toxic chemical.

Ambulance officers and firefighters "decontaminated" 13 people in chemical showers, but eight were hospitalised for specialist treatment.

 
8. TICARI ARACLAR 2002
Sofia, Bulgaria
28th, 29th
9. 2002 ITA FALL MEETING
Scottsdale, AZ, United States
Oct 30 - Nov 3 2002
10. INTERLOG 2002
Sydney, Australia
12th and 13th November 2002
 
11. INDUSTRIAL FORKLIFT REQUIRED - TRADE 1988 WIGGINS MODEL 106Y
Warwick, RI, United States
Closing: 21 November 2002 TBA - Contract: DTCGG1-03-R-3WK018
12. LEASE OF TURRET TRUCK
Chamblee, GA, United States
Closing: 23 October 2002 3:00pm - Contract: TIRSE-03-Q-00004
13. CRANES AND CARGO HANDLING GEAR
Berlin, Germany
Closing: 13 November 2002 TBA - Contract: CPV: 29221450, 29221890
14. ASHDOD PORT PHASE TWO
Ashdod, Israel
Closing: 17 November 2002 TBA - Contract: unknown
 
15. SERVICE MANAGER - FULL TIME
McAllen, TX, United States
 
16. PRODUCT SUPPORT / SALES / MANAGERIAL - FULL TIME
No preference, United States

 

  

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