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This is issue #93 - 05 February 2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
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NEWS
1. MORE SACKINGS EXPECTED IN JUNGHEINRICH CONSOLIDATION PLAN
2. ROCLA SALES UP TWO PERCENT, BUT PROFIT DIVES
3. TOYOTA SETS SIGHTS ON SUCCESS
4. **ADVERTISEMENT** PROTECT-A-LIFT TRUCK
5. PROMAT 2003 OPENS FEBRUARY 10
6. CROWN OPENS IN SALT LAKE CITY
7. MOVERS & SHAKERS
8. **ADVERTISEMENT** SIX MANITOU FORKLIFTS - OFFERS INVITED
9. MANILA DISTRIBUTOR TARGETS BETTER SALES
10. FORKLIFT THIEF LOCKED AWAY

UPCOMING EVENTS
11. EUROPEAN BIENNIAL LOGISTICS EXHIBITION 2003
12. MATEX 2003
13. AIRCARGO 2003
14. MHEDA TRAINING - PARTS & SERVICE MANAGEMENT
15. 2003 NATIONAL HEAVY EQUIPMENT SHOW
16. QUEENSLAND TRUCK AND MACHINERY SHOW

OPEN TENDERS
17. MEZZANINE SYSTEM
18. PRESOLICITATION NOTICE - KALMAR FORKLIFT PARTS
19. PERSONNEL HOIST
20. LIFTING, HANDLING, LOADING OR UNLOADING MACHINERY
21. OVERHEAD TRAVELLING CRANES

POSITIONS VACANT
22. SERVICE MANAGER - FULL TIME


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1. MORE SACKINGS EXPECTED IN JUNGHEINRICH CONSOLIDATION PLAN 
HAMBURG, Germany
Jungheinrich AG will continue to improve its competitiveness and business results by restructuring its production plants, the company says.

Subject to board approval this month, Jungheinrich will combine production of electric, diesel and LPG forklifts at its Moosburg, Germany, site, where the companys warehouse system and battery electric forklifts are currently produced, creating a centre capable of producing 15,000 forklifts a year.

The planned restructure would see the gradual phase-out, by mid-2004, of Boss Manufacturing Ltds IC forklift plant at Leighton Buzzard in the UK, which had produced negative results since being taken over in 1994.

Efforts to operate the plant on a cost-covering basis are showing progress, (but) the plant still fails to make a positive contribution to the group, and no such contribution is assured in the long term, Jungheinrich said in a statement.

The closure would affect 180 employees at the UK site, but talks with companies around the Leighton Buzzard site would occur with a view to transferring employees.

Jungheinrich said the orientation of its sales organisation in 2001 and 2002 to direct sales, rather than using distributors, had been a success.

- Jungheinrich website -
2. ROCLA SALES UP TWO PERCENT, BUT PROFIT DIVES 
JARVENPAA, Finland
The Rocla Groups 2002 consolidated net sales for 2002 increased two percent over the 2001 results to EUR89.5 million (USD96.5 million).

Rocla, presenting its annual financial figures on January 30, reported consolidated operating profit EUR700,000 (USD754,880), compared to EUR5 million (USD5.39 million) in 2001.

The company said operational profit was impaired by a EUR2.2 million (USD2.37 million) loss incurred by Danish subsidiary Rocla A/S, and the subsequent depreciation of goodwill. Rocla announced in January that it had initiated an investigation into the financials of Rocla A/S.

Roclas warehouse truck sales finished at EUR69.6 million (USD75 million), compared to the 2001 result of EUR72.9 million (USD78.6 million), due to lower demand, which forced a slow-down in production at Jarvenpaa. Net sales for the automated guided vehicles segment grew to EUR19.9 million (USD21.46 million), compared to EUR14.6 million (USD15.7 million) in 2001.

Roclas workforce fell slightly from 463 employees at the end of 2001 to 459 at the end of 2002, of whom 115 worked outside Finland.

- Rocla website -
3. TOYOTA SETS SIGHTS ON SUCCESS 
KARIYA, Japan
Toyota Industries Corporation is hoping to achieve domestic forklift sales of 28,200 units in 2003, a four percent increase on its 2002 figures.

Toyota last year posted sales of 27,119 units, a slide of 6.3 percent from the 2001 level, according to a Jiji Press article.

The company said it hoped to command 42 percent of the Japanese market in 2003, an achievement which would surpass its previous high of 41.2 percent, set in 2002.

Toyota predicted the Japanese forklift market would grow 1.7 percent to 67,000 units in 2003, despite the market shrinking 7.5 percent to 65,888 units in 2002.

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5. PROMAT 2003 OPENS FEBRUARY 10 
CHICAGO, United States
More than 40,000 materials handling industry professionals from 80 countries are expected to visit Promat 2003, which opens in Chicago on February 10.

Staged by the Material Handling Industry of America, the four-day event has attracted more than 650 exhibitors.

The promoters say it is the only international show of its kind in the US this year.

Promat 2003s exhibits are separated into four solution centres: the centre for equipment, components & manufacturing solutions;
the centre for information technology solutions;
the centre for fulfillment & delivery solutions; and
the centre for assembly logistics & support solutions.

Industry experts will lead educational sessions focusing on issues facing the world materials handling industry, and the latest materials handling innovations and applications.

- Promat 2003 website -
6. CROWN OPENS IN SALT LAKE CITY 
SALT LAKE CITY, United States
Crown Equipment Co has acquired certain assets of Material Handling Equipment Co (MHE), its Utah representative since 1969, and opened a factory outlet in Salt Lake City.

Crown spokesman Dave Helmstetter told the Enterprise Business Newspaper that the new company, operating as Crown Lift Trucks, would employ 35 workers, many of them former MHE workers. MHE president Robert Clark said he would phase out his firm this year.

The new facility, managed by David Beers, will handle sales, rentals, parts and service for Crown products, and be a dealer for Komatsu and E-Z-Go machines.

Crown is one of the world's largest forklift manufacturers. The company, founded in 1945 by brothers Carl and Allen Dicke, began making materials handling equipment in the 1950s.

- Crown website -
7. MOVERS & SHAKERS 
LIBERTYVILLE, United States
Daniel Reilly has been appointed president of Carer North America, a new subsidiary of Carer, the Italian manufacturer of counterbalance electric forklifts.

Carer chairman Angelo Gaetani said Mr Reilly, former vice-president of the Material Handling Distributors Association (MHEDA) and editor of Material Handling Business magazine, was a great addition to the company.

Dan Reilly is well known and respected throughout the industry. Among his primary assignments will be to represent Carer in establishing a network of independent distributors in North America, which he is well qualified to pursue, he said.

- Carer website -
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9. MANILA DISTRIBUTOR TARGETS BETTER SALES 
MANILA, Philippines
Greenland Commercial & Forklift Corporation (GCFC), the Philippines exclusive distributor of Nissan forklifts, aims to more than double its sales this year.

Following a major reorganisation late last year, GCFC has embarked on a strategy to increase its market share, said operations and marketing manager Ferdie Sia.

As part of the strategy, the company had merged its sales teams with GLC Forklift Inc, the marketing arm of GCFC, and added five more sales staff, making a total of 15.

Mr Sia expected a big demand for Nissan forklifts from manufacturing and shipping companies in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.

We would also focus on spare parts and services to better serve our clients, he said.

Since winning its exclusive Nissan distributorship in 1997, GCFC has sold more than 437 Nissan forklifts. The 2003 target is to sell 94 forklifts, compared to the 38 machines sold in 2002. The company has been selling spares and performing mechanical services for more than 25 years.

10. FORKLIFT THIEF LOCKED AWAY 
NEW GLASGOW, Canada
A Nova Scotia man who has been convicted of stealing a forklift and leading police on a foot chase will serve two years in jail.

Walter Cameron, of Westville, 31, pleaded guilty to the theft, carrying a gun, assaulting police and breaching probation after he stole the forklift from a rail-car plant and drove it into a ditch last June, a Broadcast News report said.

He then led police on a foot chase and, armed with a rifle, fired several shots at officers, who eventually cornered him.

Forkliftaction.com understands the stolen forklift was not a rough-terrain model.


 
11. EUROPEAN BIENNIAL LOGISTICS EXHIBITION 2003
Paris, France
11th, 12th, 13th & 14th March 2003
12. MATEX 2003
Melbourne, Australia
20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd May 2003
13. AIRCARGO 2003
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
9th, 10th and 11th March 2003
14. MHEDA TRAINING - PARTS & SERVICE MANAGEMENT
Chicago, United States
14th and 15th Nov 2003
15. 2003 NATIONAL HEAVY EQUIPMENT SHOW
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
20th - 21st March 2003
16. QUEENSLAND TRUCK AND MACHINERY SHOW
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th May 2003
 
17. MEZZANINE SYSTEM
Wright-Patterson AFB OH, United States
Closing: 01 April 2003 TBA - Contract: F33600-03-R-1010
18. PRESOLICITATION NOTICE - KALMAR FORKLIFT PARTS
Washington, DC, United States
Closing: 25 March 2003 TBA - Contract: VC0051-03
19. PERSONNEL HOIST
California, United States
Closing: 28 February 2003 2:00pm - Contract: SOL # 51651
20. LIFTING, HANDLING, LOADING OR UNLOADING MACHINERY
Nantes, France
Closing: 20 February 2003 TBA - Contract: CPV: 29221800
21. OVERHEAD TRAVELLING CRANES
Paris, France
Closing: 05 March 2003 4:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221420
 
22. SERVICE MANAGER - FULL TIME
McAllen, Tx, United States
 

  

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