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This is issue #85 - 27 November 2002 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. PROFIT TURNAROUND FOR JLG
2. LINDE SEALS NORWEGIAN DEAL
3. SVETRUCK WHEELS OUT 53-FOOT CONTAINER HANDLER
4. TCM, ANHUI BUILD NEW CHINESE FACTORY
5. **ADVERTISEMENT** INTERNATIONAL DEALERS WANTED
6. WEST COAST WORKERS, EMPLOYERS REACH AGREEMENT
7. **FORK TALK** FIND YOUR NEAREST FLTA MEMBER FAST
8. FORKLIFT MAKES MOST WANTED LIST
9. FORKLIFT BLAMED FOR LIBRARY FLOOD

MEDIA RELEASES
10. BRIGADE REVERSING ALARMS SOLVE NOISE POLLUTION PROBLEMS

UPCOMING EVENTS
11. EUROPEAN BIENNIAL LOGISTICS EXHIBITION 2003
12. INTERNATIONAL WAREHOUSE LOGISTICS ASSOCIATION (IWLA) MIAMI BEACH 2003

OPEN TENDERS
13. BATTERY, FORKLIFT
14. FORKLIFT RENTAL
15. FORKLIFT REPLACEMENT PARTS
16. QTY 4 FORKLIFT, ALL TERRAIN HEAVY (10,000 KG), PLUS OTHER MHE
17. 30 TONNE MOBILE CRANE (WHARF)
18. TRUCK, HAND, LIFT, POLYURETHANE TIRES QTY 250

POSITIONS VACANT
19. BRANCH MANAGER - FULL TIME


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1. PROFIT TURNAROUND FOR JLG 
McCONNELLSBURG, United States
JLG Industries Inc continues to focus on improving manufacturing margins as it positions itself for the forklift industrys promised upturn.

JLG reported, in its financial report for its first quarter ended October 31, profit of USD329,000 on sales of USD160.5 million, compared to a loss of USD112.1 million on sales of USD156.2 million in the first quarter of 2001, which was blamed on accountancy changes.

Revenue from mobile aerial work platforms decreased to USD91.3 million from USD102.4 million in last years comparable quarter. The drop reflected economic pressures in North America and Europe, but the Asia/Pacific region showed a 23 percent gain, the report said.

Revenue from telehandlers jumped to USD27.6 million from USD14.1 million. JLG said new products, such as the all-wheel steer and European-design telehandler families, accounted for the gain.

Telehandlers offer a strong growth opportunity for JLG, both in North America and Europe, and, as the average age of aerial equipment in rental fleets rises, so too does the opportunity for fleet refreshment, said JLG chairman Bill Lasky.

The report said worldwide after-sales service and support revenues increased 41 percent to USD29.8 million, compared to the first quarter of 2001. Stronger parts and service revenues, and more sales of used equipment, led the category.

With few positive signs of recovery on the horizon, we now expect full-year sales to be similar to last year. Overall, we expect weaker aerial work platform sales offset by higher sales of telehandler products, service and support and used equipment, Mr Lasky said.

- JLG website -
2. LINDE SEALS NORWEGIAN DEAL 
HALDEN, Norway
EuroShuttle has taken delivery of the latest generation Linde reachstacker and two battery electric forklifts through Lindes dealer in Ostfold, Hesselberg Trucks, in a deal worth more than NOK4 million (USD545,665).

EuroShuttle, based in Halden, Norway, now operates two Linde reachstackers with grapple arm attachments, enabling the machines to pick up swap body trailers and conventional containers. The new reachstacker was manufactured at Lindes plant in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales.

The reachstacker is manufactured in accordance with new European Union regulations on exhaust emissions for engines above 130kW. It was fitted with a Volvo TWD 1240 VE engine, which boasts increased power and lower fuel consumption than previous 10-litre models.

EuroShuttle is an international transport company established in 1991, specialising in road/rail/road transports throughout Europe. EuroShuttles head office is in Denmark, but the company has subsidiaries in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Italy and Spain.

- Linde Heavy Trucks website -
3. SVETRUCK WHEELS OUT 53-FOOT CONTAINER HANDLER 
LJUNGBY, Sweden
Svetruck AB has delivered its biggest-ever container handler, designed to stack 53-foot containers five-high, to Alaska Marine Lines (AML) in Alaska.

The Svetruck S1150, delivered in August, has been servicing AMLs rail and barge service between Seattle, Washington, and Whittier, Alaska.

The new model has been fitted with a Cummins engine, a Clark transmission and a Meritor drive axle. Forkliftaction.com News understands at least one more unit has been ordered by AML.

A Svetruck spokesperson was unavailable for comment.

- Svetruck website -
4. TCM, ANHUI BUILD NEW CHINESE FACTORY 
HEFEI, China
Anhui Forklift Truck Group and TCM have built a new Anhui TCM Forklift Truck Co Ltd factory in Chinas Hefei economic district.

Anhui TCM Forklift Truck is one of the most successful joint ventures in Anhui Province, having sold more than 500 forklifts over nine years, an Asiainfo Daily China News report said.

The new factory has an annual output capacity of 3000 one-to 42-tonne combustion and electric forklifts. It can also produce TCM loaders and piling machines.

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6. WEST COAST WORKERS, EMPLOYERS REACH AGREEMENT 
WEST COAST, United States
A tentative six-year contract between West Coast dock employers and the dockworkers union could ease restrictions that have prevented the use of technology, such as scanners and other electronic equipment, which uses bar codes.

The agreement, announced on November 23, should lead to improved productivity, according to the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents terminal operators and ocean ship lines.

But some industry observers told Forkliftaction.com News the changes were too little to make West Coast ports competitive with European and Asian ports, which use robotics to move containers.

Members of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) will vote early next year on whether to ratify the contract. The ILWU represents 10,500 West Coast dockworkers.

West Coast ports handle shipments of about USD300 billion of goods annually, including automobiles, electronics, clothing and produce.

- ILWU website -
7. **FORK TALK** FIND YOUR NEAREST FLTA MEMBER FAST 
LASHAM, United Kingdom
The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), in response to feedback from users of its website, has added a Member Finder search function, giving internet users the ability to search for products through FLTAs member directory.

The online system meant users could find FLTA members instantly, day or night, said FLTA chairman Brian Warbrick.

Whether its hire, purchase, service or spares, customers realise membership of the FLTA is synonymous with the highest levels of professionalism, competence and integrity, he said.

The Member Finder flags FLTA members in users areas. If detailed information is required, selected entries offer a hyperlink direct to manufacturers or dealer websites.

- Member Finder -
8. FORKLIFT MAKES MOST WANTED LIST 
LAS VEGAS, United States
A toy forklift has made it onto the USAs great American toys top 18 list.

The Rokenbok RC forklift (pictured), which retails for USD59.99, allows children to drive, stack, load and sort items, and comes with a free warehouse, offering enough building pieces to create your own rack em & stack em warehouse.

Other entries on the top 18 list were the Barbie dance party, Chicken Dance Elmo, Hot Wheels Rev n Roll handlebars and the rescue net super-blast fire truck.

9. FORKLIFT BLAMED FOR LIBRARY FLOOD 
AUCKLAND, New Zealand
A forklift is believed to have caused a flood in Aucklands central public library which damaged more than 20,000 books and other items on November 23.

Library conservators were yet to establish whether any of the damaged books and sheet music could be repaired, a New Zealand Herald report said.

A city council spokesman would not confirm that a forklift being used on an escalator replacement job struck a water main, causing the flood.

 
10. BRIGADE REVERSING ALARMS SOLVE NOISE POLLUTION PROBLEMS
LONDON, United Kingdom
Timber and builders' merchant Travis Perkins has ordered 60 bbs-tek reversing alarms for its forklift fleet from Brigade Electronics.

The Brigade alarm uses broadband sound, which is directional, localisable and dissipates quickly, concentrating the sound within the immediate danger zone. Travis Perkins ordered the alarms, to be fitted as standard, following successful noise pollution trials.

Brigade Electronics is the only company in the world that provides a complete range of reversing safety systems for all vehicles, including forklifts and earthmoving machinery.

For more information, phone 020 8852 3261, email: sales@brigade-electronics.co.uk or visit www.bbs-tek.com. Forkliftaction.com readers please quote: bbs1102 for a 10% discount until January 31, 2003.

 
11. EUROPEAN BIENNIAL LOGISTICS EXHIBITION 2003
Paris, France
11th, 12th, 13th & 14th March 2003
12. INTERNATIONAL WAREHOUSE LOGISTICS ASSOCIATION (IWLA) MIAMI BEACH 2003
Miami, United States
23 - 26 March 2003
 
13. BATTERY, FORKLIFT
Washington, United States
Closing: 06 December 2002 TBA - Contract: 03SQ170362
14. FORKLIFT RENTAL
Portsmouth, United States
Closing: 06 December 2002 TBA - Contract: N0010203R1221
15. FORKLIFT REPLACEMENT PARTS
Washington, DC, United States
Closing: 26 December 2002 TBA - Contract: VC0045-03
16. QTY 4 FORKLIFT, ALL TERRAIN HEAVY (10,000 KG), PLUS OTHER MHE
Melbourne, Australia
Closing: 11 December 2002 12:00am - Contract: E1-202819
17. 30 TONNE MOBILE CRANE (WHARF)
Melbourne, Australia
Closing: 03 December 2002 12:00am - Contract: E1-202812
18. TRUCK, HAND, LIFT, POLYURETHANE TIRES QTY 250
Philadelphia, PA,, United States
Closing: 27 December 2002 TBA - Contract: SP0500-03-R-0015
 
19. BRANCH MANAGER - FULL TIME
Indianapolis, United States
 

  

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