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This is issue #88 - 18 December 2002 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
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NEWS
1. CLARK, INVESTOR AGREE ON ASSET SALE
2. LIFT-TEK ELECAR PREPARES FOR MARKET ASSAULT
3. NACCO ASSURES FUTURE OF IRVINE PLANT
4. MHD 2003 POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
5. BROMMA TESTS NEW TWIN-LIFT SPREADER
6. JAGUARS DESTROYED FOR THEIR WHEELS

UPCOMING EVENTS
7. SCMH 2002 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MATERIAL HANDLING SHOW
8. MATERIALS HANDLING EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE 2003 - DUBAI

OPEN TENDERS
9. NEW OR USED ELECTRIC FORKLIFT TRUCK
10. RENTAL OF TWO(2) 44K FORKLIFTS AND TWO(2) SUPERSTACKERS
11. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT. WORKS TRUCKS.

POSITIONS VACANT
12. MANAGER NEW, USED & RENTAL EQUIPMENT - FULL TIME
13. INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER - FULL TIME


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1. CLARK, INVESTOR AGREE ON ASSET SALE 
LEXINGTON, United States
Clark Material Handling Company believes its North American unit is within weeks of emerging from the bankruptcy status it has carried since 2000.

Clark MHC yesterday announced it had signed an agreement to sell almost all its worldwide assets to an affiliate of private investment firm Sun Capital Partners Inc. The deals value was not available at this time, said Clark chief executive Kevin Reardon.

Clark lawyers filed a reorganisation plan with the US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware, yesterday and will soon file papers seeking approval of the sale, Mr Reardon said.

The pending transaction with Sun is contingent on other bidders making offers deemed higher and better for Clark, a possibility Mr Reardon said was very remote because of the complexity of the deal.

Clark MHC expects the court to consider approving the sale in mid-January, and the deal should be closed by the end of January. Court approval of the asset purchase agreement would be a milestone and a financial transition for the equipment maker, Mr Reardon said.

Clark applied in April 2000 for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code, listing USD349 million in assets and USD374 million in debts.

In August, Clark said Sun would settle with Clark bondholders and creditors, who were then owed about USD250 million. Clark worked on the transaction with Suns headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida, and another USA office in New York, Mr Reardon said.

Subsequent to the partnership, Clark, which makes electric and internal combustion forklifts, narrow-aisle forklifts, electric pallet jacks, stackers and electric tuggers, embarked on an aggressive restructuring to reduce manufacturing costs.

- Clark website -
2. LIFT-TEK ELECAR PREPARES FOR MARKET ASSAULT 
GUELPH, Canada
Lift-Tek Elecar is poised for an assault on the world attachments market with several high-level additions to its management team.

Company chairman Bill Harrison said Lift-Tek Elecar would announce some big news and launch some new products over the next year to accelerate the companys growth.

Brian Lamb, former vice-president and general manager of Sevcon USA, which supplies forklift components and systems, has joined Lift-Tek Elecar as vice-president of sales and business development in the Americas. Mr Lamb would be responsible for all sales and business development activities, including customer service, warranty, field service, field sales, after-market and parts, Mr Harrison said.

Tim Sevick, former vice-president of engineering at Schaeff, has joined the company as vice-president of engineering, and is responsible for managing engineering resources and projects throughout the company.

In other appointments, Russ Johnson has been promoted to director of OEM and after-market field sales, responsible for all field sales activities in North and South America. Rick Paddock, previously sales manager, has been promoted to director of product marketing and development. He also takes on Asian sales responsibilities.

This reorganisation of the management team will position the company extremely well to capitalise on the acquisitions and extensive product development activities of the past four years, Mr Harrison said.

Lift-Tek Elecar is a leading manufacturer of masts, carriages, side shifters and fork positioners from one to 50 tonne capacity, with manufacturing facilities in Italy, Sweden, the USA and Canada.

- Lift-Tek Elecar website -
3. NACCO ASSURES FUTURE OF IRVINE PLANT 
IRVINE, United Kingdom
Nacco Material Handling Group says the future of its forklift manufacturing plant in Irvine, Ayrshire, is assured, despite a global restructuring plan that last week saw the announcement that the companys Lenoir, North Carolina, plant would close.

Nacco's European vice-president and managing director Richard Close told The Herald newspaper the company would cut some jobs, but Naccos European headquarters would remain at Irvine.

The restructuring program is scheduled to take place over the next two to three years. Taking this action will enable us to provide a clear role for Irvine, he said.

Mr Close said the future of the Irvine plant depended on restructuring its activities, which would involve changing its output "from a complex mix of forklifts to a focused product mix of electric rider forklifts".

4. MHD 2003 POSTPONED INDEFINITELY 
SYDNEY, Australia
The Materials Handling Distribution & Supply Chain Solutions 2003 exhibition, from March 26 to March 28, has been postponed indefinitely, due to limited support from the industry.

DMG World Media exhibition manager Peter Petherick said a lack of exhibitors meant DMG had no choice but to postpone the event, which was to have been staged alongside the Smart 2003 conference at Sydneys Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Without the ongoing support and participation of all key industry sectors, DMG was not prepared to stage an event that was not representative of the broader materials handling and supply chain solutions marketplace, he said.

The previous two MHD exhibitions had seen a downturn in both exhibitor and visitor numbers.

Our organisation believes in presenting exhibitions that are of benefit to exhibitors, visitors and the industry they represent, Mr Petherick said. We are not prepared to stage the exhibition in its current form.

Mr Petherick said the Smart 2003 conference, which is organised separately, would proceed as normal.

5. BROMMA TESTS NEW TWIN-LIFT SPREADER 
STOCKHOLM, Sweden
Bromma has completed field testing a fixed-length version of its new Tandem twin-lift spreader (pictured online), designed to lift two 40-foot containers.

The Tandem spreader launches a new generation of twin-lift spreaders that promises to alter the landscape of container handling, the company says. Bromma is now moving into production of a telescopic version of the machine.

Once released, the Tandem line would improve the efficiency of terminals around the world, as twin-lift handling of 40-foot and 45-foot containers would dramatically reduce lift cycles required to load and unload container ships, the company said.

In a statement, Bromma said the container handling industry had been moving away from single-lift spreaders for more than 10 years.

(Our) separating twin-lift spreader is our single highest-selling ship-to-shore crane spreader. The Tandem line continues the trend by adding 40-foot and 45-foot twins to the current 20-foot standard, the company said.

- Bromma website -
6. JAGUARS DESTROYED FOR THEIR WHEELS 
BORDESLEY GREEN, United Kingdom
Thieves used a forklift to lift 18 new Jaguar sports cars to steal their GBP8000-a-set (USD12,783) alloy wheels.

Police told the Birmingham Post & Mail the thieves caused GBP1 million (USD 1.6 million) in damage to the GBP50,000 (USD79,895) Jaguar XK8 cars by lifting them into the air with a forklift, removing the wheels and dropping them on the ground. The report said the cars were likely to be written off.

British Transport Police believe the unique wheels were stolen to order and could have been shipped abroad. The theft occurred at a holding depot used to store new cars before they were transported around the country and abroad.

Police said at least seven men were involved in the raid. A security guard was held at gunpoint and tied up, but managed to raise the alarm once the gang had fled.

 
7. SCMH 2002 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MATERIAL HANDLING SHOW
California, United States
Tuesday, March 18, 2003 / Wednesday, March 19, 2003
8. MATERIALS HANDLING EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE 2003 - DUBAI
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20th, 21st and 22nd January 2003
 
9. NEW OR USED ELECTRIC FORKLIFT TRUCK
Halifax NS, Canada
Closing: 30 December 2002 2:00pm - Contract: RFP2002-25
10. RENTAL OF TWO(2) 44K FORKLIFTS AND TWO(2) SUPERSTACKERS
Incirlik AB, Turkey
Closing: 30 December 2002 TBA - Contract: F61358-Rental
11. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT. WORKS TRUCKS.
Rouen Cedex, France
Closing: 30 December 2002 4:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221000, 29221520
 
12. MANAGER NEW, USED & RENTAL EQUIPMENT - FULL TIME
Almere, Netherlands
13. INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER - FULL TIME
Almere, Netherlands
 

  

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