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This is issue #98 - 13 March 2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. NEW GENERAL MANAGER TAKES THE HELM AT SMV AUSTRALIA
2. DAEWOO POSTS SECOND PROFIT
3. EMC FORKLIFT PARTS OPENS IN SINGAPORE
4. MORE KALMAR CONTAINER HANDLERS ORDERED BY US ARMY
5. NEW LOAD SCALE HITS THE MARKET
6. CORRECTION
7. NEED A LIFT? DONT ASK THIS FELLOW

UPCOMING EVENTS
8. SOUTHPACK
9. SLING SAFETY AND FALL PREVENTION
10. ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE BATTERY CONFERENCE
11. INTERMAT 2003
12. SAFETY SEMINARS - SOUTHERN UK SEMINAR

OPEN TENDERS
13. TRANSMISSION ASSEMBLY, FOR A P & H CRANE, MODEL CENTURY 122
14. WAREHOUSE INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
15. PLANT OPERATIONS EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE
16. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT. COMPRESSORS. MACHINE TOOLS
17. HARBOUR CRANES. CONTAINER CRANES
18. LIFTING TRUCKS
19. ELECTRIC FORKLIFT, 4,500 LBS
20. PRIOR INFORMATION - HOISTS
21. INSPECTION OF HOISTS AND OVERHEAD CRANES

POSITIONS VACANT
22. MAJOR ACCT SALES - FULL TIME
23. SERVICE INFORMATION AUTHOR - FULL TIME
24. PROJECT MANAGER - FULL TIME
25. PROJECT LEADER - FULL TIME
26. CUSTOMER SERVICE - FULL TIME


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1. NEW GENERAL MANAGER TAKES THE HELM AT SMV AUSTRALIA 
SYDNEY, Australia
Chris Burns, former sales and marketing manager with Linde Australia, has been appointed general manager of SMV Australia, part of the Powerlift group.

Mr Burns told Forkliftaction.com News he left Linde last October after seven years with the company, citing management changes as a reason for his departure.

After considering his options, Mr Burns accepted the position with Powerlift, and travelled to Sweden for training and to meet SMV executives.

He began working in his new role, being responsible for all SMV heavy engine forklift sales in Australia and New Zealand, in mid-January.

Mr Burns said his first goal was to raise SMVs profile in the region and lift sales.

About 170 big trucks are sold in this region each year, of which SMVs share is about 18 to 20 currently, he said. Im confident we can push this to 30 to 40 machines through attaining a greater market share.

Established more than 50 years ago, SMV Lifttrucks AB, based in Markayrd, Sweden, manufactures forklifts and reachstackers ranging from 10 tonne to 52 tonne capacities. Its production facility can produce 225 machines a year.

- SMV website -
2. DAEWOO POSTS SECOND PROFIT 
INCHEON, Korea, South
Daewoo Heavy Industries & Machinery Ltd made KRW100.9 billion (USD81.16 million) in net profit in 2002, its second consecutive profitable year since its separation from the Daewoo group in 2000.

Total sales for the year ended December 31 were KRW1.88 trillion (USD1.512 billion), up 22 percent from 2001. Operating profits reached KRW157.5 billion (USD126.6 million), up 188 percent.

Daewoo said in a report that a recovery in the domestic construction market, stronger exports to China and enhanced profitability through restructuring contributed to the positive results.

- DHI website -
3. EMC FORKLIFT PARTS OPENS IN SINGAPORE 
JURONG, Singapore
EMC Forklift Parts Pty Ltd has expanded its Australia-New Zealand operation into the busy industrial hub of Singapore.

EMC Forklift Parts Singapore Pte Ltd opened on March 3. EMC finance director Stefan Marschner told Forkliftaction.com News EMC had concentrated on targeting the Asian market for about a year.

Expanding the Australian operation into New Zealand was very successful, and Asia was the natural progression, he said.

Dan Lokeyewfay has been appointed branch manager of EMC Singapore, and the company will offer replacement parts for battery-electric and IC forklifts from its warehouse in Jurong, the main industrial centre of Singapore.

EMC general manager Peter Milliken said EMCs experience in configuring the New Zealand operation helped it prepare for the latest expansion, but the culture and business customs in Singapore took some study.

We are very aware that, to do business in Asia, you must understand the local industry and culture. We feel our product range and local management experience will offer the industry something unique, he said.

The Marschner family established EMC Forklift Parts Pty Ltd in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, in 1978.

- EMC website -
4. MORE KALMAR CONTAINER HANDLERS ORDERED BY US ARMY 
SAN ANTONIO, United States
The Tank Automotive & Armaments Command (TACOM) of the US Army has placed a USD50 million order for 93 rough-terrain container handlers with the Kalmar RT Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Kalmar has already delivered more than 160 machines to the US Army; the 100th was delivered last August.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD) has taken delivery of 10 rough-terrain container handlers and is currently exercising an option for another 10 machines. The MOD contract and an Australian Army contract last year were made possible because TACOM, which has sole rights to the Kalmar machine, approved re-sale.

TACOM and Kalmar signed a four-year, 500-machine contract in April 2000, which included a 15-year parts and service agreement. The first 16 machines were delivered in June and July 2001, and Kalmar has delivered between eight and 10 machines a month since then.

The military version of Kalmars RT series has several unique features. It has a moving cab and a folding boom assembly that reduces transport height, enabling transport by aircraft, ship, rail or road without requiring disassembly.

- Kalmar website -
5. NEW LOAD SCALE HITS THE MARKET 
OXNARD, United States
Accurate Weighing Systems Inc (AWS) has developed a low-cost, general purpose onboard scale and weighing system for forklifts.

The Weigh-On The-Way scale will be marketed by American Forklift Scales, a division of AWS, said president Robert Bushong.

Electronic onboard vehicle scales for forklifts typically have been difficult to install or confusing for a driver to operate, he said. The new system makes warehouse and loading weighing functions easy, reliable and inexpensive.

The scale uses solid-state load sensors to detect the weight on a forklifts forks. The weight information is converted and processed by a microcomputer for the operator to read or for transmission to the fleet manager.

Established in 1971, AWS has been providing electronic onboard vehicle scales and weighing systems since 1979.

- AWS website -
6. CORRECTION 
MJOLBY, Sweden
BT expected its global market share in warehouse trucks to lift to 22 percent in 2002, not 2003, as reported in Forkliftaction.com News last week. Net income for the BT Group as a whole, not the north American market alone, fell 10% to SEK 796 million in 2002. Forkliftaction.com News apologises for the errors.
7. NEED A LIFT? DONT ASK THIS FELLOW 
FOREST OF DEAN, United Kingdom
A drunk motorist has been arrested after trying to get his car home from a nightspot after a few drinks, using a forklift.

Michael Bullock's car stalled as he left a hotel, The Express newspaper said. He walked to a building site where he worked as a security guard and climbed into a forklift. He used it to pick up the car and headed home.

But the plan came unstuck when the car fell off the forks at the first turn of the road. Police heard the crash, attended the scene and arrested Mr Bullock for drink driving.

Last week he was banned from driving for three years. The condition of Mr Bullocks car was not revealed.

 
8. SOUTHPACK
Atlanta, United States
30th April and the 1st May 2003
9. SLING SAFETY AND FALL PREVENTION
Los Angeles, United States
16th - 17th April 2003
10. ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE BATTERY CONFERENCE
Nice, France
10th to 13th June 2003
11. INTERMAT 2003
Paris, France
13th to 17th May 2003
12. SAFETY SEMINARS - SOUTHERN UK SEMINAR
Windsor, Berkshire, United Kingdom
2nd April 2003
 
13. TRANSMISSION ASSEMBLY, FOR A P & H CRANE, MODEL CENTURY 122
Norfolk VA, United States
Closing: 20 March 2003 4:30pm - Contract: N00189-03-T-0282
14. WAREHOUSE INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Kansas City, MO, United States
Closing: 27 March 2003 TBA - Contract: KCAO-03-I-03
15. PLANT OPERATIONS EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE
Atascadero CA, United States
Closing: 10 April 2003 1:30pm - Contract: 03-10017
16. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT. COMPRESSORS. MACHINE TOOLS
Marseille, France
Closing: 14 April 2003 4:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29123000
17. HARBOUR CRANES. CONTAINER CRANES
Napoli, Italy
Closing: 28 April 2003 12:00am - Contract: CPV: 29221411
18. LIFTING TRUCKS
Paris, France
Closing: 14 April 2003 5:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221510
19. ELECTRIC FORKLIFT, 4,500 LBS
Fort Dix, NJ, United States
Closing: 21 March 2003 TBA - Contract: DABJ15-03-T-0228
20. PRIOR INFORMATION - HOISTS
Mulhouse, France
Closing: 24 March 2003 TBA - Contract: CPV: 29221630
21. INSPECTION OF HOISTS AND OVERHEAD CRANES
Winnipeg, Canada
Closing: 19 March 2003 4:00pm - Contract: 99-2003
 
22. MAJOR ACCT SALES - FULL TIME
Memphis TN, United States
23. SERVICE INFORMATION AUTHOR - FULL TIME
Houston, United States
24. PROJECT MANAGER - FULL TIME
Houston, United States
25. PROJECT LEADER - FULL TIME
Houston, United States
26. CUSTOMER SERVICE - FULL TIME
Gardena, CA, United States
 

  

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