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This is issue #90 - 13 January 2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
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NEWS
1. BOLZONI AURAMO REFOCUSES BENELUX PRESENCE
2. AIRTRAX DEMONSTRATES OMNI-FORKLIFT ROBOT
3. TEXTRON OFFLOADS SNORKEL LINE
4. **ADVERTISEMENT** UNLIMITED GOLF BY THE BEACH
5. JLG CLOSES PLANT, SLASHES JOBS
6. ASE ADDS TO GREGORY PRODUCT LINE
7. CHRISTMAS ALMOST RUINED BY LOLLY THEFT

OPEN TENDERS
8. 2 (TWO) KOMATSU FORKLIFT MODEL FB15SH-6 OR EQUAL.
9. PRE SOLICITATION ADVICE - REPLACEMENT PARTS FOR WIGGINS (MODEL W156Y)
10. FORKLIFT TRUCKS
11. HARBOUR CRANES
12. CRANES. PARTS OF CRANES ETC
13. HARBOUR CRANES
14. HOISTS

POSITIONS VACANT
15. CONVEYOR SALES SPECIALIST - FULL TIME
16. TERRITORY SALES MANAGER - FULL TIME

RESUMES
17. PRESIDENT/VP/GM - FULL TIME
18. TECHNICAL SUPPORT IN SALES - FULL TIME
19. REGIONAL SALES MANAGER - FULL TIME


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1. BOLZONI AURAMO REFOCUSES BENELUX PRESENCE 
HELMOND, Netherlands
The Bolzoni Auramo Group has launched a new company, Bolzoni Auramo BV, to distribute Auramo and Bolzoni attachments in the Benelux region.

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 modifications.

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 website -
2. AIRTRAX DEMONSTRATES OMNI-FORKLIFT ROBOT 
HAMMONTON, United States
Airtrax, 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).

The concept, 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.

The robots are a modified version of Airtraxs ATX-Series forklift.

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 -
3. TEXTRON OFFLOADS SNORKEL LINE 
PROVIDENCE, United States
Textron 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 Lenexa, Kansas.

The value of the sale was not released.

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 OmniQuip name.

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 aircraft.

- Textron website -
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5. JLG CLOSES PLANT, SLASHES JOBS 
MCCONNELSBURG, United States
JLG 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 savings.

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 Shippensburg.

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.

JLG 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 operations.

JLG plans to achieve further design commonality in the next two years, Mr Lasky said. The change will provide greater manufacturing flexibility.

- JLG website -
6. ASE ADDS TO GREGORY PRODUCT LINE 
FAIRFIELD, United States
American Specialty Equipment (ASE) has launched an addition to its Gregory product line, the Rider Counterbalanced Turret Explosion-Proof Forklift (RCTEX).

The 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 percent.

The RCTEXs left-right tilting, rotating turret attachment provides unmatched manoeuvrability, says ASE.

- American Specialty Equipment website -
7. CHRISTMAS ALMOST RUINED BY LOLLY THEFT 
DEWSBURY, United Kingdom
Christmas 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.

The 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.

 
8. 2 (TWO) KOMATSU FORKLIFT MODEL FB15SH-6 OR EQUAL.
Minneapolis, MN, United States
Closing: 27 January 2003 10:00am - Contract: APVSERFL1-0009-3
9. PRE SOLICITATION ADVICE - REPLACEMENT PARTS FOR WIGGINS (MODEL W156Y)
Washington, DC, United States
Closing: 21 February 2003 TBA - Contract: VC0050-03
10. FORKLIFT TRUCKS
Kabala, Greece
Closing: 24 February 2003 11:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221511
11. HARBOUR CRANES
Koege, Denmark
Closing: 19 March 2003 12:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221411
12. CRANES. PARTS OF CRANES ETC
Veendam, Netherlands
Closing: 12 February 2003 12:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221410
13. HARBOUR CRANES
Kabala, Greece
Closing: 21 February 2003 11:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221411
14. HOISTS
Paris, France
Closing: 27 January 2003 TBA - Contract: CPV: 29221630
 
15. CONVEYOR SALES SPECIALIST - FULL TIME
Baltimore/Washing, United States
16. TERRITORY SALES MANAGER - FULL TIME
Dewsbury, United Kingdom
 
17. PRESIDENT/VP/GM - FULL TIME
Open for relocation-anywhere, United States

18. TECHNICAL SUPPORT IN SALES - FULL TIME
English speaking/understanding countries, United States

19. REGIONAL SALES MANAGER - FULL TIME
Ontario, Canada

 

  

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