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This is issue #87 - 12 December 2002 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. NMHG TO CLOSE ONE PLANT AND DOWNSIZE ANOTHER
2. BITA: UK MARKET SHOWS SIGNS OF RECOVERY
3. AUSTRIAN DEAL BEARS FRUIT FOR KALMAR
4. ROLF SLOBOTZKY: SOUTH OF THE BORDER
5. NEW MD FOR BOLZONI AURAMO AUSTRALIA
6. BULGARIAN PARTNER FOR TOYOTA
7. FORKLIFT USED IN SHARK HAUL

MEDIA RELEASES
8. FORKLIFT TRAINING NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

UPCOMING EVENTS
9. FUNDAMENTALS OF INVENTORY CONTROL
10. TOC 2003 ASIA
11. PROMAT 2003
12. QUEENSLAND 2003 SUPPLY CHAIN SEMINAR

OPEN TENDERS
13. LIFTING DEVICE AND ACCESSORIES FOR FORKLIFTS
14. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT AND PARTS
15. PRIOR INFORMATION - INSTALLATION SERVICES OF HANDLING EQUIPMENT
16. LIFTING TRUCKS. HIRE
17. PRIOR INFORMATION - LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT


Whew! After a busy year bringing you the latest and greatest news from the world materials handling industry, Forkliftaction.com News will publish the last bulletin for 2002 next week. The first bulletin for 2003 will be emailed on January 16. If any readers have news they would like published before the year ends, please email our news desk at news@forkliftaction.com.  If your company would like to conduct some marketing during the break, contact Forkliftaction.com's marketing department at pm-marketing@forkliftaction.com.  
Welcome to all new members, including those from the following companies: Barloworld, South Africa; Locators Ltd, United Kingdom; Skidweigh Inc, Canada; Moffett Engineering, Ireland; BT Svenska, Sweden; Luc Xuong Company, Vietnam; Maybury Material Handling, USA; Svetruck Caribbean, Cuba; Sidasa, Guatemala; AB Equipment, New Zealand; Red Equipment Australia, Australia; Jungheinrich AG, Germany; Kilwoo Corporation, South Korea; Rocla Oyj, Finland; Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift Europe BV, The Netherlands; Alfamaq Venturi, Argentina; Interinstruments, Bulgaria; and Motransa, Ecuador.



1. NMHG TO CLOSE ONE PLANT AND DOWNSIZE ANOTHER 
MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, United States
Nacco Materials Handling Group (NMHG) will close its Lenoir, North Carolina, forklift component facility and restructure its Irvine, Scotland, forklift assembly and component facility under new plans revealed last week.

The Lenoir component facility, which employs 310 people, will be phased out over 12 to 15 months. The Lenoir plant's forklift component operations, including mast and cylinder manufacturing, will be consolidated into NMHG plants in Sulligent, Alabama; Berea, Kentucky; and Greenville, North Carolina.

The Irvine assembly and component facility, which employs 450 people, would be restructured to an appropriately sized operation in the next three years to manufacture three and four-wheel electric rider forklifts and mast components for the European market. Other components currently manufactured there would be outsourced to independent suppliers, Nacco said.

NMHG said it would record a USD8.3 million restructuring charge in the fourth quarter of 2002, but the move would provide about USD6.8 million in extra net profit by 2006.

- Nacco website -
2. BITA: UK MARKET SHOWS SIGNS OF RECOVERY 
BERKSHIRE, United Kingdom
The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) says a strong third quarter, which saw 7000 forklifts ordered in the United Kingdom, shows signs of a market recovery. It anticipates 27,000 forklifts will have been ordered in 2002.

The BITA report, released last week, said the United Kingdom market saw more than 15,000 counterbalance forklifts ordered this year.

United Kingdom fuel costs saw the proportion of diesel forklifts sold fall steadily since 1995, from almost 45 percent to 34.2 percent this year. LPG forklifts have taken a growing share of the market, now accounting for 31.5 percent of all counterbalance forklifts sold.

The reach truck market was at a record level, the report said, predicting 2002 would be a record year for reach truck sales, with more than 3000 orders taken.

- BITA website -
3. AUSTRIAN DEAL BEARS FRUIT FOR KALMAR 
VIENNA, Austria
Osterreichische Bundesbahnen (OB) has ordered the first of up to 10 Contchamp reachstackers from Kalmar Industries, under an agreement signed in 2001.

The first of the Generation F Kalmar ContChamp DRF 450-70C5XS machines will be delivered next April to OBs Vienna Northwest Terminal, replacing an existing Kalmar reachstacker.

OB chose the seven-metre wheelbase DRF 450-70C5XS for its compact size and performance when working two rail tracks. Fitted with front jacks and counter weights, it is able to lift 27-tonne containers at an outreach of 6.3 metres. The machine will be fitted with a 6.4 metre to 12.19 metre spreader for handling top lift containers and bottom lift swapbodies and trailers.

The 2001 agreement saw OB commit to buy between five and 10 Contchamp reachstackers over five years. The specifications of each new reachstacker would be decided case by case, Kalmar said in a statement.

- Kalmar website -
4. ROLF SLOBOTZKY: SOUTH OF THE BORDER 
MEXICO CITY, Mexico
Raymond distributor Distribuiciones Molina SA has closed the largest battery electric-only deal in Mexican history through a 136-unit deal with Comercial Mexicana SA, a major Mexican supermarket chain.

The class two and three forklifts were ordered following a tender process, which at least Yale participated in.

Many deals in past years have surpassed this one, in terms of the number of forklifts, but never before have so many electric forklifts been bought in a single order by one customer.

I wish a happy holiday season to all readers, and a healthy and prosperous 2003.

5. NEW MD FOR BOLZONI AURAMO AUSTRALIA 
SYDNEY, Australia
Peter Beaumont has been appointed managing director of Bolzoni Auramo Australia Pty Ltd, replacing Gary Jackison, who has resigned.

Bolzoni Auramo Australia distributes Bolzoni Auramo forklift attachments, Lift-Tek Elecar masts and Elme spreaders in the states of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

Mr Beaumont has more than 25 years experience in manufacturing and distributing forklift attachments. He is also managing director of Adelaide-based Eurolift Pty Ltd, which distributes Bolzoni Auramo, Lift-Tek Elecar and Elme products in South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory, which means he now manages distribution of those products throughout Australia.

"Bolzoni is a shareholder in both Bolzoni Auramo Australia and Eurolift. Therefore the synergy created by the dual appointment will be beneficial to the company and our customers," Mr Beaumont said.

6. BULGARIAN PARTNER FOR TOYOTA 
SOFIA, Bulgaria
Toyota Industrial Equipment has enlisted Danubia 97 Ltd, an independent forklift distributor in Sofia, to market and sell its forklifts in the Bulgarian market.

Danubia 97, founded in 1991, would ensure extensive after-sales service, and its existing customer base, which included Nestle, Kraft Jacobs Suchard, American Standard and Union Miniere, would present sales opportunities for Toyota, Danubia 97 manager Ivo Stefanov said.

Toyota Industrial Equipment now has a direct presence in more than 20 European countries. Bulgaria was a strategic geographical market, with great growth potential, Toyota said in a statement.

"The market shows good potential for counterbalanced, IC forklifts and hand pallet equipment," Mr Stefanov said.

7. FORKLIFT USED IN SHARK HAUL 
CORNWALL, United Kingdom
Fishermen enlisted the help of a forklift to haul a 520-pound (235.9 kilogram) shark from the water.

The forklift, a Toyota Generation 6, was called in after the weight of the 14-foot (4.3 metre) shark, which got caught in the fishermens nets and was dragged back to Looe Harbour by two boats, was too much for the fishermen.

The forklift, working nearby, hoisted the shark out of the water, and was featured in national newspapers for its efforts.

 
8. FORKLIFT TRAINING NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
ST PETERSBURG, United States
OSHA rules (29CFR1910.178(L)) require employers to properly train forklift operators.

Occupational Safety and Health Consultants, Inc. (OSHC) has created two online safety courses: Frk101 for Counterbalance Sit-down Rider Lift Trucks; and Frk105 for Narrow Aisle Lift Trucks (Rough Terrain Lift Trucks coming soon).

Both courses can be downloaded or studied online. After a theory and practical exam is completed, a personalized certificate and wallet card, valid for three years, is presented. All courses, combining three hours of theory and practical study, can be conducted on-site.

See www.oshc.com for more information. A 10% discount applies if this notice is mentioned.

 
9. FUNDAMENTALS OF INVENTORY CONTROL
Brisbane, Australia
commencing 18 Feb 03 and continuing for 12 weeks
10. TOC 2003 ASIA
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
25th, 26th and 27th February 2003
11. PROMAT 2003
Chicago, United States
10th, 11th, 12th and 13th February 2003
12. QUEENSLAND 2003 SUPPLY CHAIN SEMINAR
Brisbane, Australia
12th and 13th June 2003
 
13. LIFTING DEVICE AND ACCESSORIES FOR FORKLIFTS
Kaiserslautern Industriel Center, Germany
Closing: 24 December 2002 TBA - Contract: WK4GBW23090151
14. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT AND PARTS
Milan, Italy
Closing: 30 December 2002 3:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29220000
15. PRIOR INFORMATION - INSTALLATION SERVICES OF HANDLING EQUIPMENT
Munich, Germany
Closing: 01 January 2003 TBA - Contract: CPV: 50952200
16. LIFTING TRUCKS. HIRE
Toulon, France
Closing: 09 January 2003 4:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221510
17. PRIOR INFORMATION - LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT
Kotka, Finland
Closing: 02 January 2004 TBA - Contract: CPV: 29221000
 

  

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