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This is issue #96 - 27 February 2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. MATERIALS HANDLING HINDERS LINDE PROGRESS
2. FLTA AWARDS HIGHLIGHT ACHIEVEMENTS
3. NACCO BOOSTS PROFITS
4. MOVERS & SHAKERS
5. SECOND QUARTER IMPROVEMENT FOR JLG
6. COST-CUTTING BOOSTS MAINTENANCE SECTOR
7. DOUBLE-DECKER TORN OPEN IN FORKLIFT CRASH

MEDIA RELEASES
8. RONCARI SINGLE DOUBLE ATTACHMENTS SELECTED BY OI CANADA
9. CASCADE-ITAB COMBINATION RAISES THE BAR IN DAMAGE REDUCTION

UPCOMING EVENTS
10. 2003 KANSAS CITY MATERIAL HANDLING & PACKAGING SHOW (KCMH)
11. HANNOVER MESSE 2003 - MILESTONES IN INNOVATION.
12. 12TH ANNUAL MIDWEST MATERIAL HANDLING & PACKAGING SHOW (MWMH)
13. 13TH ANNUAL NORTHWEST MATERIAL HANDLING SHOW
14. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MATERIAL HANDLING & PACKAGING SHOW
15. MATEXPO 2003

OPEN TENDERS
16. LEASE 6 EACH,10K FORKLIFTS - URGENT CLOSE DATE FRIDAY
17. PERSONNEL HOIST
18. LOADING OR HANDLING MACHINERY.
19. FORK-LIFT TRUCKS, WORKS TRUCKS RAILWAY-STATION PLATFORM TRACTORS
20. FORK-LIFT TRUCKS
21. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT. CRANES.
22. HYDRAULIC JACKS
23. 3 EACH 10 TON ELECTRIC HOIST/WINCH
24. LIFTING & HANDLING EQUIP AND PARTS. BUILT-IN JACKING SYSTEMS.

POSITIONS VACANT
25. SENIOR SPARE PARTS INTERPRETER/PURCHASING OFFICER - FULL TIME

RESUMES
26. REGIONAL SALES MANAGER - FULL TIME
27. SR. MANAGEMENT POSITION IN MATERIALS HANDLING DEALERSHIP - FULL TIME


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1. MATERIALS HANDLING HINDERS LINDE PROGRESS 
WIESBADEN, Germany
Lindes preliminary full-year 2002 results, released this week, show group sales fell slightly to EUR8.276 billion (USD9.386 billion) from EUR8.833 billion (USD9.5 billion) in 2001.

Despite challenging economic conditions, particularly in Germany, orders received rose 2.3 percent from EUR9.111 billion (USD9.8 billion) to EUR9.322 billion (USD10.026 billion), the company said.

Lindes materials handling business posted a significant drop in earnings, which the company said was due to decreasing demand and intensified competitive conditions.

While we cannot be satisfied with business for 2002, we are using this time to focus on bringing about a lasting improvement, said Linde president Wolfgang Reitzle.

As soon as the economy begins to improve, we will again show clear, positive growth in sales and profits.

At the end of 2002, Linde employed 46,521 people, compared to 46,400 at year-end 2001.

- Linde website -
2. FLTA AWARDS HIGHLIGHT ACHIEVEMENTS 
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
More than 500 people packed the Birmingham Hilton Metropole for the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) Annual Awards for Excellence 2003 on February 8.

Seven materials handling industry individuals and companies carried off the prized solid bronze Archimedes statuettes, Archies.

FLTA chairman Brian Warbrick said the Archies were potent symbols of the industrys quest for excellence. He applauded the industrys attitude to safety and the environment.

Recognised nationally and internationally as the industrys ultimate accolade for an individual, a product or a service, the Archie holds an enormous influence and prestige, Mr Warbrick said.

The high quality of nominees and winners confirms we are continuing to follow in the footsteps of Archimedes ... using our ingenuity to take the capabilities of people, aided by machines, to new levels.

Archimedes was a Greek mathematician and physicist.

Click here for a full list of nominees and winners.
  
- FLTA website -
3. NACCO BOOSTS PROFITS 
MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, United States
Nacco Material Handling Group (NMHG) has reported major financial improvements for the 2002 fourth quarter and the year ended December 31.

NMHG Wholesale boosted quarterly profit to USD12.6 million on sales of USD399.0 million, compared to a quarterly loss of USD11.7 million on sales of USD314.0 million in 2001.

Strong worldwide demand led to a 25 percent increase in the fourth quarters forklift volumes to 18,032 units, compared to 14,451 for the comparable 2001 quarter. Further improvements were expected, a company report said.

In 2003, NMHG Wholesale anticipates a modest strengthening of the Americas market, a relatively flat European market and a slight improvement in the Asia-Pacific market, NMHG said.

The potential for war and continuing economic uncertainty in the US and Europe could affect overall shipments in 2003.

NMHG Wholesale reported a USD8 million charge for the phase-out of its Lenoir, North Carolina, plant and the restructuring of its Irvine, Scotland, facility, which were announced in December.

In year-end results, NMHG Wholesale logged profit of USD21.5 million on sales of USD1.4 billion, compared to a 2001 loss of USD14.1 million on sales of USD1.5 billion.

The retail side of the business showed progress and was working to achieve at least break-even results for 2003, the company said.

NMHG Retail posted a quarterly loss of USD2.6 million on sales of USD43.3 million, an improvement on the USD14.6 million loss on sales of USD58.0 million it reported in the fourth quarter of 2001.

Nacco is eliminating inter-company transactions between its wholesale operations and company-owned retail dealerships. In January, the retail unit sold its only wholly-owned US dealer to MH Logistics, an independent Hyster dealer with operations in seven states in the USA.

NMHG Retail had a full-year loss of USD9.2 million on sales of USD172.2 million, compared to a loss of USD35.3 million on sales of USD209.1 million in 2001.

The Nacco Industries group reported a full-year profit of USD42.4 million on sales of USD2.55 billion compared to a loss of USD36.0 million on sales of USD2.68 billion in 2001.

- Nacco website -
4. MOVERS & SHAKERS 
BILSTON, United Kingdom
Christopher Stott, managing director of Still Materials Handling Ltd, the UK arm of Still GmbH of Hamburg, Germany, has resigned from the company, effective from February 17.

Directors Chris Booth and Frank Mller have assumed joint responsibility for managing Still UK, which employs about 6,000 people.

A company statement said Mr Stott and Still parted by mutual consent.

Pictures: Christopher Stott (above), Frank Mller (below left) and Chris Booth (below right).

- Still UK website -
5. SECOND QUARTER IMPROVEMENT FOR JLG 
McCONNELSBURG, United States
JLG Industries Inc improved in its second quarter, which ended on January 31, and is forging ahead despite dark economic and ratings clouds, the company says.

Chairman Bill Lasky said recessions started as a sprint, but recent times had called for a marathon response. We are proud of the team for getting through this tough recession, he said on February 25.

JLG posted a profit of USD4.2 million on sales of USD151.3 million for the second quarter, compared to profit of USD1.3 million on sales of USD156.4 million for the second quarter in 2001.

Aerial work platform sales declined to USD79.6 million from USD89.7 million a year earlier. Sales for telehandlers lifted to USD19.4 million from USD18.6 million. Excavator sales fell to USD10.6 million from USD14.6 million.

Mr Lasky said the industry was at the bottom of its economic cycle, and he anticipated better results in JLGs traditionally stronger third and fourth quarters and into the 2004 financial year.

- JLG website -
6. COST-CUTTING BOOSTS MAINTENANCE SECTOR 
MANILA, Philippines
With the falling peso constricting budgets, forklift users are refurbishing machines to save money, boosting the forklift repair and maintenance industry.

Jane de la Cruz, spokesman for RR Hydraulics Inc, which repairs forklifts, said the company expected increased forklift repair, maintenance and rehabilitation work this year.

Ms de La Cruz said the average cost of a total forklift rehabilitation and repair was 200,000 pesos (USD4,000). She was optimistic the repair business would be sustained this year, despite competition with 20 companies which offered repair and maintenance services.

Yale Trak Philippines Inc, the exclusive distributor of Yale forklifts in the Philippines, says 2002 was one of its best years.

But marketing vice-president Lerio Escano admitted war in Iraq could affect forklift demand and put further pressure on the foreign exchange rate and economy.

He would not reveal the companys 2002 sales figures.

7. DOUBLE-DECKER TORN OPEN IN FORKLIFT CRASH 
LONDON, United Kingdom
A forklift sliced open a double-decker bus as it drove down a busy London street in a bizarre accident last week.

No fatalities were reported, although one passenger, a 38-year-old man, was taken to hospital with a knee injury, the Scotland Evening News said. The collision happened on Leith Walk on February 17.

The circumstances of the accident, which saw the forklifts tines tear a four-metre hole in the bus, were unclear, as the forklift operator claimed the machines handbrake was applied when the collision occurred.

Police were investigating, the Evening News said.

 
8. RONCARI SINGLE DOUBLE ATTACHMENTS SELECTED BY OI CANADA
FRIENDSWOOD, TEXAS, United States
Roncari USA and Unit Load Handling Systems, Inc. have been selected by Owens Illinois Canada Ltd. to supply the Roncari UFB model multi-pallet handler forklift attachments for all its Canadian operations.

One challenge was to eliminate troublesome air cylinders and extra hydraulic functions from OIs previous machines. OI determined Roncari was the superior product.

Advantages of the Roncari UFB are its simplicity and ruggedness, ease of use and total visibility, which speeds operations and reduces product damage.

Click here for pictures and the full text of this release.

- ULHS website -

9. CASCADE-ITAB COMBINATION RAISES THE BAR IN DAMAGE REDUCTION
ALMERE, Netherlands
Cascade Corporation, the top producer of forklift attachments and the industry leader in damage reduction technology, has joined forces with ITAB, the Sweden-based developer of the Smart Clamp system for paper roll handling.

Merging the two companies' product lines and damage reduction offerings further cements Cascade's position as the premier supplier to the European paper industry.

Tommy Abrahamsson, Europe's leading expert in damage reduction solutions for the paper industry, was chosen to merge the companies' complementary products and technologies.

Click here for pictures and the full text of this release.

For more information, contact: Tommy Abrahamsson at +46 (0)39 33 69 50 or abrahams@cascorp.com.

- Cascade website -

 
10. 2003 KANSAS CITY MATERIAL HANDLING & PACKAGING SHOW (KCMH)
Kansas City, MO, United States
7th and 8th May 2003
11. HANNOVER MESSE 2003 - MILESTONES IN INNOVATION.
Hannover, Germany
7th - 12th April 2003
12. 12TH ANNUAL MIDWEST MATERIAL HANDLING & PACKAGING SHOW (MWMH)
Minneapolis, United States
21st and 22nd October 2003
13. 13TH ANNUAL NORTHWEST MATERIAL HANDLING SHOW
Portland, Oregon, United States
11th and 12th June 2003
14. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MATERIAL HANDLING & PACKAGING SHOW
Santa Clara, CA, United States
1st and 2nd October 2003
15. MATEXPO 2003
Kortrijk, Belgium
3rd to 7th September 2003
 
16. LEASE 6 EACH,10K FORKLIFTS - URGENT CLOSE DATE FRIDAY
Fort Hood TX, United States
Closing: 28 February 2003 TBA - Contract: DABK15-03-Q-0023
17. PERSONNEL HOIST
unknown, California, United States
Closing: 21 March 2003 2:00pm - Contract: SOL # 51651
18. LOADING OR HANDLING MACHINERY.
Torino, Italy
Closing: 15 April 2003 10:00am - Contract: CPV: 28527300
19. FORK-LIFT TRUCKS, WORKS TRUCKS RAILWAY-STATION PLATFORM TRACTORS
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Closing: 06 April 2003 5:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221500
20. FORK-LIFT TRUCKS
Lyon Armees, France
Closing: 04 April 2003 12:00am - Contract: CPV: 29221511
21. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT. CRANES.
Monfalcone, Italy
Closing: 07 April 2003 12:00am - Contract: CPV: 29221000
22. HYDRAULIC JACKS
Ruelle, France
Closing: 18 March 2003 TBA - Contract: CPV: 29221320
23. 3 EACH 10 TON ELECTRIC HOIST/WINCH
Fort Carson, United States
Closing: 10 March 2003 TBA - Contract: DABJ13-03-T-0028
24. LIFTING & HANDLING EQUIP AND PARTS. BUILT-IN JACKING SYSTEMS.
Johanneshov, Sweden
Closing: 19 March 2003 4:15pm - Contract: CPV: 29220000
 
25. SENIOR SPARE PARTS INTERPRETER/PURCHASING OFFICER - FULL TIME
Welshpool, Western Australia, Australia
 
26. REGIONAL SALES MANAGER - FULL TIME
Ontario, Canada

27. SR. MANAGEMENT POSITION IN MATERIALS HANDLING DEALERSHIP - FULL TIME
Continental U.S., United States

 

  

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