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This is issue #97 - 06 March 2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. GOUGH IN HYSTER P&O COUP
2. BT: MORE WAS LESS IN 2002
3. MUSTANG LAUNCHES REVAMPED WEBSITE
4. KALMAR WINS STEEL MILL CONTRACT
5. PYROBAN SAFETY SEMINAR GOES SOUTH
6. FORKLIFT MANIAC COULD BE COMMITTED

MEDIA RELEASES
7. CONTINENTAL LIFT TRUCK HIRES BILINGUAL SPECIALIST

UPCOMING EVENTS
8. SMART 2003
9. SOUTHPACK
10. 20TH ELECTRIC VEHICLE SYMPOSIUM & EXHIBITION (EVS)
11. HANDLING EXPO 2003
12. WORLD OF PACKING 2003
13. ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE BATTERY CONFERENCE

OPEN TENDERS
14. BLUE GIANT MODEL BGL40-130
15. AXLES FOR ROUGH TERRAIN MHE
16. PRIOR INFORMATION - HARBOUR CRANES.
17. FORK-LIFT TRUCKS, WORKS TRUCKS RAILWAY-STATION PLATFORM TRACTORS
18. CRANE PARTS
19. NARROW AISLE, ELECTRIC FORKLIFT

POSITIONS VACANT
20. SERVICE MANAGER - FULL TIME
21. PARTS MANAGER - FULL TIME


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1. GOUGH IN HYSTER P&O COUP 
AUCKLAND, New Zealand
Gough Forklifts, a division of Gough, Gough and Hamer Ltd, has been appointed sole materials handling supplier to P&O Cold Logistics in New Zealand.

More than 100 machines will be maintained across nine sites in an arrangement that will see Gough, Hysters New Zealand distributor, supply and service mostly battery electric forklifts. The price was not released.

Gough, Hysters New Zealand distributor since 1945, had experienced a sharp increase in growth and market share over the last three years, said general manager Ray Crocker.

The P&O contract comes after Gough last year won a contract to supply all materials handling equipment for New Zealands rail service provider, Tranz Rail.

- Gough website -
2. BT: MORE WAS LESS IN 2002 
MJOLBY, Sweden
BT Industries results slipped slightly in 2002, but we have been able to compensate in volume terms through higher market shares, says chief executive Per Zaunders.

BT, world leader in the warehouse truck segment with about one fifth of the market, hopes to increase its share to 22 percent in 2003.

Orders received in 2002 rose to SEK12.556 billion (USD1.497 billion), up three per cent on 2001, but net sales fell seven per cent to SEK12.329 billion (USD1.469 billion).

Net income in the North American market, which generates 38 per cent of BTs net sales, fell 10 per cent to SEK796 million (USD98.883 million).

Mr Zaunders said the world market was more stable in 2002 than in 2001, and showing signs of recovery, but the outlook for 2003 remained difficult to predict. However, a slight increase in combustion-powered counterbalanced forklifts was predicted for this year.

- BT Industries website -
3. MUSTANG LAUNCHES REVAMPED WEBSITE 
OWATONNA, United States
Telehandler and construction equipment maker Mustang Manufacturing Company Inc has launched a new online source for equipment buyers looking for the most appropriate product for their needs.

Mustang marketing manager Randy Vagason said the revamped website, www.mustangmfg.com, was designed with decision-makers in mind, with products sorted by operating weight rather than model number, making it easy for customers unfamiliar with Mustang products to find product specifications.

Mustang decided to rework its existing site to ensure customers arent logging off without finding everything they had hoped to attain, he said.

The new website includes a dealer locator and a listing of trade show appearances.

- Mustang website -
4. KALMAR WINS STEEL MILL CONTRACT 
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands
Kalmar Industries Netherlands distributor, Peinemann-Kalmar, has delivered three 16-ton rental forklifts to Fundia Nedstaal steel rolling mill.

Peinemann-Kalmar managing director Ad Korney said his company would service all Fundia Nedstaals mobile plant, including forklifts and terminal tractors, at the mills existing workshop. The value of the contract was not released.

With the mill operating 24 hours a day, the new forklifts are expected to clock up at least 4,000 hours a year unloading steel slabs from vehicles and rail wagons and loading finished products.

More and more companies in the Netherlands are realising the benefits of rental and service agreements where they are given a fixed price for keeping their equipment fleet operational, Mr Korney said.

Peinemann-Kalmar now has more than 2000 units in its rental fleet, including 1300 forklifts, 400 aerial platforms, 70 mobile cranes, 30 terminal tractors and about 100 Kalmar reachstackers and empty container handlers.

- Kalmar website -
5. PYROBAN SAFETY SEMINAR GOES SOUTH 
SLOUGH, United Kingdom
Pyroban will alert forklift users and industry professionals to the latest developments in hazardous materials handling laws when it hosts its Southern Safety Seminar at the Marriot Hotel, Slough, on April 2.

A similar event was held in Chorley, Lancashire, last November, and a healthy response encouraged Pyroban, which manufactures explosion protection systems for forklifts, to stage the seminar in the southern region, said sales and marketing manager Malcolm Davis.

We will be communicating the effects of new legislation such as the Explosive Atmospheres Directive (ATEX) and the Dangerous Substances & Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) so anybody involved in handling and storing potentially explosive materials cannot afford to miss this, he said.

ATEX defines essential health and safety requirements for all new machinery intended for use in potentially explosive or hazardous environments, while DSEAR applies to storing hazardous substances and protecting workers. Both laws take effect in June.

- Event website -
6. FORKLIFT MANIAC COULD BE COMMITTED 
YORK, United Kingdom
A man who crashed into seven vehicles while speeding through York on a stolen forklift (Forkliftaction.com News, Issue 72) could be sent to a psychiatric hospital.

Raymond Anthony Wilson, 22, caused traffic chaos after stealing the Caterpillar forklift from a street in Bishophill last August. He was stopped only when forced off the A64 dual carriageway by police vehicles, said a Newsquest report.

Mr Wilson, who has been remanded in custody since his arrest, admitted to recklessly endangering 14 lives and causing criminal damage to six cars and a police van. Sentencing was adjourned until May 2.

Defence counsel told Newsquest they may seek a period of psychiatric confinement as an alternative to jail.

 
7. CONTINENTAL LIFT TRUCK HIRES BILINGUAL SPECIALIST
JORDAN, United States
Continental Lift Truck, in Jordan, MN, has hired Juan "Carlos" Ruisenor to handle accounts in Mexico, South America and Spain.

With more than six years experience in international sales and manufacturing, Carlos, originally from Mexico City, Mexico, has visited many countries around the world and understands their cultures.

These skills and knowledge will enable Carlos to work successfully with Continental's national and international customers.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Phone: 1-952-492-3900
Fax: 1-952-492-6218
Email: carlos@continental-lift.com
Website: www.continental-lift.com

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8. SMART 2003
Sydney, Australia
26th and 27th March 2003
9. SOUTHPACK
Atlanta, United States
30th April and the 1st May 2003
10. 20TH ELECTRIC VEHICLE SYMPOSIUM & EXHIBITION (EVS)
Long Beach, California, United States
15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th November 2003
11. HANDLING EXPO 2003
Cairo, Egypt
25th to 28th September 2003
12. WORLD OF PACKING 2003
Minsk, Republic of Belarus, Belarus
23rd to 26th September 2003
13. ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE BATTERY CONFERENCE
Nice, France
10th to 13th June 2003
 
14. BLUE GIANT MODEL BGL40-130
Fredericton, NB, Canada
Closing: 19 March 2003 1:30pm - Contract: 0663600
15. AXLES FOR ROUGH TERRAIN MHE
Warren, MI, United States
Closing: 14 April 2003 TBA - Contract: DAAE07-03-Q-T179
16. PRIOR INFORMATION - HARBOUR CRANES.
Nantes, France
Closing: 30 March 2003 TBA - Contract: CPV: 29221411
17. FORK-LIFT TRUCKS, WORKS TRUCKS RAILWAY-STATION PLATFORM TRACTORS
Troisdorf, Germany
Closing: 22 April 2003 4:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221500
18. CRANE PARTS
Nantes Cedex, France
Closing: 18 March 2003 12:00am - Contract: CPV: 29221910
19. NARROW AISLE, ELECTRIC FORKLIFT
Unknown, California, United States
Closing: 01 April 2003 TBA - Contract: SOL # 51737
 
20. SERVICE MANAGER - FULL TIME
McAllen, Tx, United States
21. PARTS MANAGER - FULL TIME
Columbus, United States
 

  

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