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This is issue #104 - 24 April
2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry
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FAMILY BUYS CLARK GERMANY |
FiLCO GmbH has
bought Clark Material Handling GmbH from its
administrators, taking over up to 250 ex-Clark
FiLCO, a German limited-liability
company formed by the Filipov family, would remain
focused on producing forklifts, a statement said. The
purchase price was not revealed.
plans to launch a used forklift refurbishing centre for
Clark forklifts. It will also manufacture private brands
and complete machines for other companies.
Faenger, who has more than 30 years of Clark experience,
would become president and general manager of
Our challenge will be to produce German
quality products at the lowest possible cost, using the
people, know-how and first-class manufacturing
facilities here in Germany, Mr Faenger said.
further details were available before Forkliftaction.com
Newss publication deadline.
- FiLCO website -
EPA LAUNCHES EMISSIONS REDUCTION PLAN
WASHINGTON, United States
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a
proposal to drastically reduce emissions of soot and
nitrogen oxides from diesel engines by more than 90
percent by 2014.
The national program, launched
on April 15, requires stringent controls and reductions
of sulphur in diesel fuel to achieve major air quality
improvements throughout the USA, said EPA administrator
The non-road diesel engine
program would directly affect forklifts, tractors and
other off-road equipment in the materials handling,
construction, agricultural and industrial
"This action represents a strong
commitment to achieve cleaner air and protect the health
of all Americans, especially children and the elderly
who are more susceptible to diesel pollution," Ms
The proposal would take effect for
new engines from 2008 and be fully phased in by 2014.
The EPA, in a report, estimated that, by 2030,
the program could prevent about 9,600 premature deaths,
8,300 hospitalisations, 16,000 heart attacks, 5,700
childrens asthma-related hospital visits, 260,000
respiratory problems in children and nearly a million
work days lost due to illness.
The public has
been invited to comment on the proposal (see below for
an internet hyperlink) by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by August
Public hearings will be held in New York on
June 10, Chicago on June 12, and Los Angeles on June
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KALMAR SIGNS STEEL CONTRACT
Kalmar Industries has
signed a contract to service and maintain 92 materials
handling machines for Ovako Steel, a Kalmar customer for
almost 20 years, in Hofors, north of Stockholm,
Ovako Steel is the world's leading
producer of steels for rolling bearings and a major
producer of low-alloy special steels. The contract,
which has already started, covers regular servicing,
finance, insurance and administration. The terms were
The contract includes maintenance
of Kalmar and other trucks, traction vehicles, straddle
carriers, wheel loaders, side loaders, diesel and
electric counterbalance forklifts and warehouse
Tailored to the client's requirements,
the maintenance part of the contract takes into account
the relative importance of each piece of equipment in
Ovako Steel purchaser Reine
Wahlen said Kalmar manufactured the companys most
In addition to the
after-sales service Kalmar provides, its expertise in
manufacturing machines key to our business is essential,
given the tough environment in which these vehicles
work, he said.
Susanne Nyrell, who is
responsible for Kalmar rentals in Sverige, said Ovako
had very tough demands for availability of
"The contract takes a lot of the
administrative headaches away from Ovako and allows it
to concentrate on core competencies. Constant
communication with the customer, combined with flexible
planning, is an absolute necessity, she said.
- Kalmar website -
WOODWARD AND DAEWOO LINK UP
ROCKFORD, United States
Governor Company has won a contract to supply Woodward
MI-4 engine control systems for Daewoo Heavy Industries
& Machinery's gas forklifts for the US and Asian
The MI-4 system is a system of fuel,
air, and ignition control modules for small industrial
engines, designed to help engine manufacturers meet the
2004 Environmental Protection Agency emission standards
in the USA and other standards around the
Woodward vice-president Tim Lloyd said the
agreement resulted directly from the companys efforts
to meet the emission control needs of the engine
As tighter emission standards take
effect for diesel and spark-ignited engines, we will
continue working with Daewoo and other manufacturers to
develop solutions, he said.
One partner involved
in the Daewoo agreement is Natural Gas Vehicle
International, in Korea, which will apply and certify
the Woodward system on General Motors and Mitsubishi
engines for Daewoo.
- Woodward website -
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MOVERS & SHAKERS BPR/RICO APPOINTS
MEDINA, United States
Equipment Inc, a producer of specially-engineered
materials handling equipment, has appointed Hank Durica
as national sales manager.
Mr Durica has held
various sales and management positions in the primary
metals and other industries.
Michael Ross said: Hank brings a wealth of industry
knowledge and strong sales expertise, both of which are
essential to properly serve our customers.
manufactures materials handling equipment, with
capacities from 3,000 pounds (1.3 tonnes) to 300,000
pounds (136 tonnes), for customers in the industrial,
commercial, and military markets. The company has
manufacturing facilities in Ohio and West
- Rico Equipment
CAT HONOURS DEALER EXCELLENCE
HOUSTON, United States
States Cat forklift dealers have been awarded Cats
five-star customer service rating.
Trucks development manager Don Green said only dealers
that consistently accomplished five or more identified
benchmarks received five-star status.
customer service recognition means more than just a pat
on the back. It boosts customer confidence, positions
dealers in the top 10-15 percent in the industry,
increases employee pride and adds to the dealers bottom
line, Mr Green said.
Dealers awarded five-star
status were Inland/Hobbs Material Handling, of Las
Vegas, Nevada; Miami Industrial Trucks Inc, of Dayton,
Ohio; Naumann/Hobbs Material Handling, of Phoenix,
Arizona; and Ring Lift, of Miami, Florida.
- Cat Lift Trucks website
FORKLIFT DRIVER SPOILS POISON PLAN
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
forklift driver played a major part in unravelling a
brewery contamination plot that could have caused
widespread sickness in the United
Russell Jordan, a forklift operator with
Bulmers, a famous cider brewing company, blew the
whistle after he was offered GBP16,000 (USD25,300) by
Michael Hancocks, a major shareholder in rival Aston
Manor Brewery, to contaminate Bulmers product between
August 31, 2001, and April 5, 2002.
was the instigator and prime mover in the plan,
Bristol Crown Court was told. He blamed Bulmer's for his
firm's business problems and wanted to teach them a
lesson, a Birmingham Post report said.
his daughter's partner Paul Harris, chemist Richard Gay
and Mr Jordan to try to disperse three lots of
yeast-based contaminant into the Bulmers line, but the
plan was foiled when Mr Jordan told his employers and
Messrs Hancocks, Gay and Harris are
expected to be sentenced on May 1 after pleading guilty
in previous hearings.
CASCADE LAUNCHES REVAMPED USA
PORTLAND, OR, United
Cascade Corporation recently unveiled a new
Americas website at www.cascorp.com
that offers more functionality to lift truck
Registered users can now check the
status of their web orders, review order history and
maintain multiple addresses. Parts managers will find
parts ordering faster because descriptions and prices
are populated automatically.
Support/Service Literature, a search feature offers
multiple ways to sort through 1,000 parts, service,
installation manuals and more. Additional manuals will
be added regularly.
In the Products section,
Cascade has included video clips of some products, with
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ULHS/RONCARI USA APPOINTS NEW
GREENVILLE, SC, United States
Load Handling/Roncari USA, a supplier of forklift
attachments and integral carriages, has appointed Tim
Cornelius as regional sales manager.
Cornelius, based in Greenville, SC, will be responsible
for sales and support in Virginia , North and South
Carolina and Georgia.
With the additional support
Mr Cornelius, a 25-year industry veteran, will provide,
Roncari and ULHS front-end products will have a broader
Mr Cornelius can be reached at: PH:
+1-864-877-8607; FX: 864-608-1004; Mobile: 864-848-0874;
or Email: CTaccor@aol.com
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