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This is issue #91 - 23 January 2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. CLARK BUYOUT DEAL COLLAPSES, AUCTION TOMORROW
2. PORTUGUESE MARKET DOWN IN 2002
3. LINDE COMPLETES OM CARELLI ELEVATORI ACQUISITION
4. MEXICAN ORDER FOR KONECRANES VLC
5. TOYOTA LAUNCHES COLD STORE FORKLIFT
6. DRIVER DIVES OFF RUNAWAY FORKLIFT

MEDIA RELEASES
7. SAY GOODBYE TO FORKLIFT SEATBELTS FOREVER

UPCOMING EVENTS
8. PROMAT 2003
9. 3RD ANNUAL CENTRAL OHIO FORKLIFT RODEO
10. AIRCARGO 2003
11. HANNOVER MESSE 2003 - MILESTONES IN INNOVATION.
12. SLING SAFETY AND FALL PREVENTION
13. THE SALES PROFESSIONAL PARAGON - ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES - MHEDA
14. THE SALES PROFESSIONAL - ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES - MHEDA
15. PROFITABILITY SOLUTIONS EXECUTIVE FORUM - MHEDA
16. LEADING A SALES TEAM IN THE CHANGING WORLD OF SELLING
17. MHEDA - SALES BOOT CAMP (LEVEL I)

OPEN TENDERS
18. HOISTS. INSTALLATION SERVICES OF CRANES.
19. 2 (TWO) KOMATSU FORKLIFT MODEL FB15SH-6 OR EQUAL.
20. FORKLIFT TRUCKS
21. PROPANE POWERED FORK LIFT
22. PARTS FOR WIGGINS FORKLIFTS
23. STEEL PALLET MK3
24. HARDWOOD PALLETS

POSITIONS VACANT
25. SERVICE MANAGER - FULL TIME
26. ACCOUNT MANAGER - FULL TIME

RESUMES
27. SYSTEMS SALES - FULL TIME


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1. CLARK BUYOUT DEAL COLLAPSES, AUCTION TOMORROW 
LEXINGTON, United States
Clark Material Handling Companys buyout deal with investment firm Sun Capital Partners Inc has collapsed, and most of its assets will be auctioned tomorrow (January 24).

Clark MHC had signed a reported USD40 million sale agreement with Sun Capital, of Boca Raton, Florida, on December 18, but the deal unravelled on December 23 when Sun Capital withdrew its offer.

Sun Capital could not be contacted for comment.

Clark then moved rapidly to identify another buyer, according to Clark MHC chief executive Kevin Reardon. We have several very interested groups, he said this week.

Bidding procedures for the January 24 auction required interest notices to be filed by January 22, according to court papers. Bidders were required to deposit 10 percent of their intended bid in cash or via a letter of credit.

The auction is at 10am (USA EST) in the Wilmington office of lawyers Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling, which represents Clark. Court papers indicated the intent was to obtain sale approval from the US Bankruptcy Court on January 27.

Following the entry of an order approving the sale, the debtors and the successful bidder shall close the contemplated transaction by not later than January 31, 2003, court papers said.

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

While Clarks financial situation was unchanged after Sun Capitals withdrawal, the companys debtors moved, according to court papers, to expeditiously liquidate assets ... in an orderly fashion so the highest value ... may be realised. An earlier auction, planned for January 9, did not eventuate.

Court papers indicated Clark marketed its assets for more than two years to more than 100 entities to find a buyer. Clarks most recent cash flow report, required under the US Bankruptcy code, showed that, in November, Clark had receipts of USD2.79 million, disbursements of USD2.935 million, and a negative cash flow of USD145,212.

- Clark website -
2. PORTUGUESE MARKET DOWN IN 2002 
LISBON, Portugal
Portuguese forklift and machinery sales fell 31 percent in 2002, according to the latest figures from the Portuguese Association of Car Traders (ACAP).

Sales of materials handling equipment decreased 18.9 percent to 6,614 machines, compared to the 2001 figures, said a Portuguese News Digest report.

Total forklift sales fell 15.8 percent, with pallet trucks falling 34.9 percent, and reach stacker sales falling 21.2 percent. Gasoline-powered forklift sales rose 1.1 percent.

3. LINDE COMPLETES OM CARELLI ELEVATORI ACQUISITION 
WIESBADEN, Germany
Linde AG has acquired the remaining 25 percent of Milan, Italy-based OM Carelli Elevatori SpA from Turin-based Iveco SpA.

Linde acquired the majority of OM Carelli Elevatori, which is the Italian market leader in forklifts and warehouse trucks, in 1992. The total purchase price has not been released.

The company, under its OM Pimespo brand, employs 1300 people and sells about 14,000 materials handling units a year in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

- Linde website -
4. MEXICAN ORDER FOR KONECRANES VLC 
PORT OF MANZILLO, Mexico
Konecranes VLC has won a EUR6 million (USD6.4 million) four-unit order for rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG) from Mexicos second-largest port, Operadora Portuaria de Manzillo (OPM).

Significant growth at OPM, which is run by TMM Puertos y Terminales SA, has seen the port win government permission to add a 500-metre quay and a 12-hectare yard expansion.

OPM has operated Konecranes RTGs since 1998. The new RTGs will be manufactured in Finland and arrive fully erected in July. The 16-wheel RTGs can lift 50 tonnes and have a lifting height of 59 feet (18 metres) and a span of 75 feet (23 metres).

This repeat order shows the competitiveness of our design and we look forward to seeing the RTG becoming the preferred choice among terminal operators, Konecranes VLC managing director Mikko Uhari said.

Konecranes VLC is part of the KCI Konecranes Group's special cranes business and specialises in port, terminal and shipyard cranes.

- KCI Konecranes website -
5. TOYOTA LAUNCHES COLD STORE FORKLIFT 
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
A reach truck that can handle one of the most demanding operations in warehousing has been launched by Toyota Industrial Equipment (UK) Ltd.

The 7FBRE Cold Store Cabin reach truck offers productive, safe operations in cold store warehousing at temperatures as low as 35C, Toyota said in a statement.

The new forklift is a significant enhancement to the existing 7FBRE range, which comprises five models with capacities from 1200 kilograms to 2500 kilograms and lift heights of up to 10.5 metres.

The forklifts heating system provides controlled temperatures from 5C up to 30C. Air vents direct the air flow, avoiding window fogging, and all switches, electrical components and motors are designed for continuous operations at
-35C.

- Toyota UK website -
6. DRIVER DIVES OFF RUNAWAY FORKLIFT 
LLANDYSUL, United Kingdom
A Welsh mechanic suffered injuries after leaping from a runaway forklift.

John Jones lost control of the borrowed forklift, which rolled down a hill. He dived from the machine before it collided with the porch of a nearby house, a Newsquest report said.

Mr Jones broke a leg and was airlifted to hospital, where he was in a stable condition.

 
7. SAY GOODBYE TO FORKLIFT SEATBELTS FOREVER
, Netherlands
With European regulations requiring driver protection for all forklifts, EBLO Seating BV has released its Personal Protection System onto the European market.

The EBLO Personal Protection System fits most standard forklifts and, thanks to its ergonomic design, does not impede drivers stepping on or off the machine.

There are three versions available, including one activated by the handbrake. EBLO Seating BV is currently releasing the Personal Protection System through its European dealers.

Click here to see pictures of this device, or contact EBLO Seating BVs through its website at www.eblo.nl, or email info@eblo.nl.

 
8. PROMAT 2003
Chicago, United States
10th, 11th, 12th and 13th February 2003
9. 3RD ANNUAL CENTRAL OHIO FORKLIFT RODEO
Ohio, United States
7th & 8th February 2003
10. AIRCARGO 2003
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
9th, 10th and 11th March 2003
11. HANNOVER MESSE 2003 - MILESTONES IN INNOVATION.
Hannover, Germany
7th - 12th April 2003
12. SLING SAFETY AND FALL PREVENTION
Los Angeles, United States
16th - 17th April 2003
13. THE SALES PROFESSIONAL PARAGON - ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES - MHEDA
Chicago, United States
Tuesday 11th Feb 2003, during Promat week
14. THE SALES PROFESSIONAL - ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES - MHEDA
Your office anywhere in the world, United States
Monday 24th Feb 2003
15. PROFITABILITY SOLUTIONS EXECUTIVE FORUM - MHEDA
Chicago, United States
7th and 8th March 2003
16. LEADING A SALES TEAM IN THE CHANGING WORLD OF SELLING
Chicago, United States
Tuesday 11th Feb 2003 (during Promat week).
17. MHEDA - SALES BOOT CAMP (LEVEL I)
Miamisburg, OH, United States
March 20-22 or - September 18-20
 
18. HOISTS. INSTALLATION SERVICES OF CRANES.
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Closing: 04 March 2003 TBA - Contract: CPV: 29221630, 50952110
19. 2 (TWO) KOMATSU FORKLIFT MODEL FB15SH-6 OR EQUAL.
Minneapolis, MN, United States
Closing: 27 January 2003 10:00am - Contract: APVSERFL1-0009-3
20. FORKLIFT TRUCKS
Kabala, Greece
Closing: 24 February 2003 11:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221511
21. PROPANE POWERED FORK LIFT
Richmond, BC, Canada
Closing: 27 January 2003 2:00pm - Contract: 'RFQ 01-01-2003'
22. PARTS FOR WIGGINS FORKLIFTS
Washington, DC, United States
Closing: 21 February 2003 TBA - Contract: VC0050-03
23. STEEL PALLET MK3
Rock Island, IL, United States
Closing: 20 March 2003 TBA - Contract: DAAA09-03-R-0058
24. HARDWOOD PALLETS
BREMERTON, WA, United States
Closing: 04 February 2003 TBA - Contract: N00406-03-T-0738
 
25. SERVICE MANAGER - FULL TIME
McAllen, Tx, United States
26. ACCOUNT MANAGER - FULL TIME
Los Angeles, United States
 
27. SYSTEMS SALES - FULL TIME
Midwest- Indiana - USA, United States

 

  

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