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This is issue #99 - 20 March 2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. THE BATTLE FOR CLARK EUROPE HEATS UP
2. DAEWOO LOGS MANUTENTION ORDERS
3. JUNGHEINRICH PRODUCTS HIT WORLD STAGE
4. TOYOTA USA ANNOUNCES 2002 PRESIDENT'S AWARD WINNERS
5. CD EASES ATTACHMENT PURCHASES
6. FORKLIFT USED TO MOVE 56-STONE MAN

MEDIA RELEASES
7. FREE MASTER PARTS CATALOGUE
8. NEW RONCARI USA FORKLIFT ATTACHMENT PARTS DEPOT ONLINE

UPCOMING EVENTS
9. INTERMACH & LOGISPRO THAILAND 2002
10. PAC-EX 2003
11. 2003 ANNUAL CONVENTION & MANUFACTURERS' FAIR

OPEN TENDERS
12. TRACTORS. LIFTING TRUCKS
13. MECHANICAL HANDLING EQUIPMENT
14. BRIDGE CRANES.
15. ONE (1) USED YARD FORKLIFT (8000LBS)
16. MEZZANINE SYSTEM
17. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT
18. ALUMINUM PALLETS

POSITIONS VACANT
19. SALES MANAGER - FULL TIME

RESUMES
20. HUMAN RESOURCES /ADMINISTRATION - FULL TIME
21. LATIN AMERICA SALES & MARKETING MANAGER - FULL TIME



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1. THE BATTLE FOR CLARK EUROPE HEATS UP 
MULHEIM, Germany
Young An Hat Company Ltd (YAHC), which bought Clark Material Handling Company (CMHC) in the United States to bring it out of bankruptcy in January, is close to securing a similar buyout deal with the receivers of Clark Material Handling Europe (CMHE) in Mulheim, Germany.

CMHE was put into receivership when YAHC bought CMHC. CMHC chief executive Kevin Reardon said another company was also bidding for Clark MHE. He would not name it, but said it was a large US material handling company with a big presence in Europe. He would not reveal the value of YAHCs bid.

If the YAHC bid were accepted, CMHE would continue to operate in its present form, although staff numbers would be reduced. If YAHCs bid was not successful, naming rights would be retained, and YAHC would open a distributorship in the region. Mr Reardon said that was an unlikely outcome.

Well be there one way or another. If we [YHAC] were to lose the bid, we'd set up a sales and marketing branch there, so European customers would still be able to access Clark products and service, regardless of the outcome, he said.

Mr Reardon told Forkliftaction.com News that, under German laws, the government had supported CMHEs payroll since the receivership.

Clark company management was removed from CMHE when the receivers took over, but the company established temporary offices in Ratigen, 10 kilometres from the Mulheim plant. The YAHC buyout agreement is expected to be finalised on April 1, the day the governments 90-day support scheme expires.

None of the Clark MHE workers has missed a pay day, Mr Reardon said. Under this plan, there will be no gap in their payments.

He said staff cuts were necessary, as the number of staff created a significant overhead cost and was one of CMHEs biggest problems.

Well try to preserve as many jobs as possible, but some jobs will be lost. Well work with all parties to secure a satisfactory agreement for all concerned, he said.

Mr Reardon said negotiations on restructuring the debts of Clark Material Handling Asia were progressing, and once Clark Asia and CMHE deals were secured, a new Clark would emerge.

Already in the USA the thinking is all about the direction of the company, not like it was 12 months ago, when the major concern was whether we could make payroll, he said.

Its been a slow process, but hopefully well be back to business in the next few weeks. Weve done it piece by piece, and weve done it right. We just want to get back to making forklifts and having fun.

- Clark MHC website -
2. DAEWOO LOGS MANUTENTION ORDERS 
SEOUL, Korea, South
Daewoo Heavy Industries & Machinery Ltd booked USD12 million in forklift orders at Manutention 2003, the international logistics exhibition in Paris from March 11 to March 14.

A company official told Yonhap English News that Daewoos exhibit was very busy throughout the four-day event. Daewoo exhibited six types of forklifts, including an oil-cooled disc brake model.

Daewoo exports 37 percent of its forklift production to Europe, and plans to increase that by 10 percent to USD51 million this year.

- Euro Daewoo website -
3. JUNGHEINRICH PRODUCTS HIT WORLD STAGE 
HAMBURG, Germany
Jungheinrich is expanding in the world materials handling warehousing market.

Since mid-2002, the company has released new products which include the AMX, the AMX-E and the Am 2000 Inox Pro scissor pallet truck, a stainless steel version of its AM 2000 pallet truck.

Jungheinrich says the design of the scissor pallet trucks means that, through an electro-hydraulic system (AMX-E) or a quick-action stroke pump (AMX), the forks can be raised to 800 millimetres, turning the pallet truck into a lifting table or a work bench. Additional support legs automatically stabilise the trucks from a certain fork height onward.

The AMX and AMX-E work with only one lifting cylinder, simplifying maintenance. The AMX-E conserves energy as the battery does not lift with the fork. An integrated battery charger with automatic cut-out allows fast, simple charging.

The AM 2000 Inox Pro hand pallet truck is made entirely of stainless steel, removing the threat of rust. Enclosed fork tips ensure no dirt can find its way onto transported goods via the rollers, meaning the AM 2000 Inox Pro can be used in the food industry and corrosion-endangered areas.

Jungheinrich is the worlds largest producer of battery-electric forklifts.

- Jungheinrich website -
4. TOYOTA USA ANNOUNCES 2002 PRESIDENT'S AWARD WINNERS 
IRVINE, United States
Toyota Material Handling USA has presented the 2002 Presidents Award, formerly known as the quality dealer award, to 15 of its 79 US dealers.

The award recognises excellence in parts, service, sales, customer satisfaction and overall dealership operations. The winners were acknowledged at Toyotas national dealer meeting in Dana Point, California, late last month.

Award recipients were Atlantic Coast Toyotalift; Atlas Lift Truck Rentals & Sales; Florida Lift Systems; Hull Lift Truck; ILT Toyota-Lift, L.I.F.T.; Madland Toyota-Lift; ProLift Industrial Equipment and ProLift Industrial Equipment Co; Shoppas Material Handling; Southeast Industrial Equipment; ToyotaLift of Houston; Toyota Material Handling Northern California; WD Matthews Machinery; and Williams Toyota Lift.

Winners were presented with a crystal award and will receive a trip to Italy in May.

- Toyota USA website -
5. CD EASES ATTACHMENT PURCHASES 
ST PETERS, United States
Meyer Wainwright Lifttruck Attachments (MWLA) has developed an interactive business-card CD containing its entire catalogue of forklift attachments and a database of available forklifts in the USA.

The CD, available through the MWLA website, allows customers to combine any Meyer Wainwright attachment with an available forklift. It gives access to demonstration videos and technical specifications for all possible combinations.

MWLA products and spare parts are manufactured in St Peters, Missouri, USA. The range includes carton clamps, push-pulls, paper roll clamps, bale and pulp clamps, rotators, multi-pallet handlers, fork positioners and multi-purpose clamps.

- MWLA website -
6. FORKLIFT USED TO MOVE 56-STONE MAN 
SUFFOLK, United Kingdom
Firefighters were forced to demolish a wall and use a forklift to carry a 56-stone (355 kilograms) sick man from his bed.

Paul Mason, 42, lived on a 20,000-calorie-a-day diet, equivalent to 81 hamburgers, said a report in The Express.

So obese that he could no longer move himself, Mr Mason was too heavy to be lifted when paramedics tried to take him to hospital for a hernia operation.
 

7. FREE MASTER PARTS CATALOGUE
BRISBANE, Australia
QFS Australia Pty Ltd has released its Master Parts Catalogue - 1150 pages featuring more than seven million known part numbers and 270,000 different items.

QFS is offering a complimentary copy of the catalogue, which features complete detailed descriptions, pictures and measurement specifications, to users at its new website - www.qfsaustralia.com.au/main/.

QFS, which supplies parts for more than 50 forklift brands, offers fast delivery of all stocked parts, and can access items not in stock within days.

For more information, visit www.qfsaustralia.com.au/main/, call 1800-506-814 (if outside Australia, call +61-7-3277-0877) or email info@qfsaustralia.com.au.

Click here for the full text of this media release.

8. NEW RONCARI USA FORKLIFT ATTACHMENT PARTS DEPOT ONLINE
FRIENDSWOOD, TEXAS, United States
Unit Load Handling Systems, Inc. and Roncari USA have opened a spare parts depot in Friendswood, Texas. The depot will ensure next-day availability for first and second echelon spares.

This depot will provide the shortest supply chain possible to support our users and dealers, said Roncari USA/ULHS president Brian Scally. Our inventories will go a long way to strengthen our USA entry and reassure customers.

Unit Load Handling/Roncari USA distributes Roncari forklift attachments throughout north America.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Phone +1 281-992-2006, email bscally@earthlink.net or visit www.unitloadhandling.com.

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

 
9. INTERMACH & LOGISPRO THAILAND 2002
Bangkok, Thailand
7th - 11th May 2003
10. PAC-EX 2003
Toronto, On, Canada
6th, 7th and 8th May 2003
11. 2003 ANNUAL CONVENTION & MANUFACTURERS' FAIR
San Antonio, Texas, United States
5th, 6th and 7th May 2003
 
12. TRACTORS. LIFTING TRUCKS
Marseille, France
Closing: 04 April 2003 2:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221510
13. MECHANICAL HANDLING EQUIPMENT
Corby Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Closing: 27 March 2003 TBA - Contract: CPV: 29221850
14. BRIDGE CRANES.
Arezzo, Italy
Closing: 28 March 2003 1:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221450
15. ONE (1) USED YARD FORKLIFT (8000LBS)
Lethbridge, Canada
Closing: 24 March 2003 2:00pm - Contract: EQ-03-07
16. MEZZANINE SYSTEM
Altus AFB OK, United States
Closing: 01 April 2003 TBA - Contract: F33600-03-R-1010
17. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT
Aix-en-Provence, France
Closing: 28 April 2003 4:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221000.
18. ALUMINUM PALLETS
Texarkana, TX, United States
Closing: 31 March 2003 TBA - Contract: DAAE32-03-T-0114
 
19. SALES MANAGER - FULL TIME
Harrisburg, York, Lancaster PA, United States
 
20. HUMAN RESOURCES /ADMINISTRATION - FULL TIME
Durban, South Africa

21. LATIN AMERICA SALES & MARKETING MANAGER - FULL TIME
United States, Mexico

 

  

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