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This is issue #90 - 13 January
2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry
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BOLZONI AURAMO REFOCUSES BENELUX
Auramo Group has launched a new company, Bolzoni Auramo
BV, to distribute Auramo and Bolzoni attachments in the
The new company, which opened in
Helmond on January 1, assumes the distribution roles
formerly filled by Bolzoni Auramo GmbH, which
distributed Auramo products in the region, and Hydronika
BV, which distributed Bolzoni products. A company
statement said Hydronika would continue to distribute
Lift-Tek Elecar lift masts.
Bolzoni Auramo BV
would provide all sales, service and technical support
for Bolzoni and Auramo products throughout the Benelux
countries. The companys Helmond facility has a workshop
for individual installations and
The Bolzoni Auramo Group, Europes
largest forklift attachments manufacturer, was
established in August 2001 with the merger of Bolzoni
and Auramo. Bolzoni Auramo has an annual turnover of
EUR80 million (USD84.4 million).
- Bolzoni Auramo
AIRTRAX DEMONSTRATES OMNI-FORKLIFT ROBOT
HAMMONTON, United States
Inc has completed the first phase of a two-phase program
to develop an advanced cargo handling system for the
Office of Naval Research (ONR).
demonstrated to military officials at the Washington
Navy Yard last November, is a fleet of unmanned
omni-directional robots, equipped with navigation and
obstacle avoidance features, and designed to reduce crew
workloads by moving materials on ships.
robots are a modified version of Airtraxs ATX-Series
If developed, the robots would reduce
crew workloads and increase the speed with which
incoming cargo is stowed on board, reducing the time
ships are out of commission during replenishment, a
company statement said.
- Airtrax website -
TEXTRON OFFLOADS SNORKEL LINE
PROVIDENCE, United States
Inc has sold the Snorkel product line of its OmniQuip
business unit and the OmniQuip Textron Inc holding
company to Elwood Holdings, an investment group based in
The value of the sale was not
The Snorkel line includes aerial work
platforms and boom lifts for maintenance and
construction. It generated revenue of USD37 million last
year. OmniQuip ceased US production of Snorkel products
early last year.
Textron is retaining the Sky
Trak and Lull telehandler lines, and the rights to the
Textron is a USD12 billion
company with more than 51,000 employees in 40 countries.
The company is known around the world for its powerful
brands such as Bell helicopters and Cessna
Textron website -
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JLG CLOSES PLANT, SLASHES JOBS
MCCONNELSBURG, United States
Industries is closing a USA plant and concentrating
production of its aerial work platforms in two US and
one Belgian facility.
The closure of the Bedford,
Pennsylvania, plant comes as other cuts in sales,
administration and product development costs occur,
which JLG says should lead to USD20 million in annual
JLG will close the 130,000 square foot
(12,000 square metre) Bedford plant and, by July 31,
move production of some scissor lift models to JLGs
new, more flexible 300,000 square foot (28,000 square
kilometre) Shippensburg, USA, facility. The firm will
transfer 99 production jobs from Bedford to
While facing the challenges of
this economy, our actions are consistent with the
broader realignment efforts of our three-year,
multi-dimensional strategic plan to further optimise
performance, JLG chairman Bill Lasky said.
has aimed since mid-2001 to improve manufacturing
processes, standardise product lines and better manage
its global supply chain.
In addition to the
Shippensburg site, manufacturing of aerial work
platforms will continue in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania,
and Maasmechelen, Belgium. JLG is cutting 189 jobs
globally, including 36 in its European sales and service
JLG plans to achieve further design
commonality in the next two years, Mr Lasky said. The
change will provide greater manufacturing
ASE ADDS TO GREGORY PRODUCT LINE
FAIRFIELD, United States
Specialty Equipment (ASE) has launched an addition to
its Gregory product line, the Rider Counterbalanced
Turret Explosion-Proof Forklift (RCTEX).
RCTEX gives narrow aisle facilities access to
high-density explosion-proof materials handling for
totes, pallets and drums.
With a lifting capacity
of up to 3000 pounds (1.3 tonnes), a lifting height of
more than 15 feet (4.5 metres), and the capability to
operate in 60-inch (1.5 metre) aisles, the RCTEX can
increase warehouse storage space by 25
The RCTEXs left-right tilting, rotating
turret attachment provides unmatched manoeuvrability,
American Specialty Equipment website -
CHRISTMAS ALMOST RUINED BY LOLLY THEFT
DEWSBURY, United Kingdom
was almost ruined for thousands of children when thieves
used a forklift to steal more than six tonnes of lollies
from a Toffee Smith's warehouse last month.
lollies, worth thousands of Euros, included liquorice
allsorts, wine gums, mini-rolls, toffees, chocolates,
jelly babies and gum teeth, a Dewsbury Reporter
newspaper report said.
Detective sergeant Steve
Wogan said thieves opened a door, reversed a wagon in
and loaded it up using a forklift from inside the
premises on December 18.
Toffee Smith's owner
Gary Wilkinson said he had had to order more
confectionery in time for Christmas. He said he had
previously erected false signage to discourage
sweet-toothed young thieves, but believed it was not
children this time.
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