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WELCOME TO FORKLIFTACTION.COM, MATERIALS HANDLING ONLINE.
This is issue #108 - 22 May 2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. RECORD QUARTER FOR UK MARKET
2. LINDE: WORLD MARKET RECOVERING?
3. ROLF SLOBOTZKY: SOUTH OF THE BORDER
4. KCI KONECRANES Q1 RESULTS DISAPPOINTING
5. YALE RECOGNISES 14 DEALERS OF EXCELLENCE
6. FORKLIFTACTION.COM NEWS CAPTION COMPETITION RETURNS

UPCOMING EVENTS
7. CIF 2003 - CHINA INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIAL SUBCONTRACTING FAIR 2003
8. HANDLING EXPO EGYPT- CAIRO 2003
9. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MATERIAL HANDLING & PACKAGING SHOW

OPEN TENDERS
10. MISCELLANEOUS RAYMOND AND LANSING SPARE PARTS
11. LEASE 6 OR 7 FORKLIFTS
12. PALLET TRUCKS & MISC HANDLING EQUIPMENT
13. OVERHEAD TRAVELLING CRANES
14. CONTAINER-HANDLING EQUIPMENT & OTHER REQUIREMENTS
15. LIFTING, HANDLING, LOADING OR UNLOADING MACHINERY.

POSITIONS VACANT
16. SERVICE TECHNICIAN - FULL TIME
17. SERVICE TECHNICIAN - FULL TIME
18. AFTERNOON SHIFT FIELD SERVICE TECHNICIAN - FULL TIME

RESUMES
19. GENERAL MANAGER - FULL TIME
20. DIRECTOR - FULL TIME
21. SALES OR CUSTOMER SUPPORT - FULL TIME



Forkliftaction.com makes it easy to plan your business travel by providing a detailed list of world materials handling events on Forkliftaction.coms events page. Our researchers constantly gather information on new events and enter them into our revolving calendar, which currently lists 49 upcoming events. The events list allows you to plan weeks, months, even years ahead of schedule. If your company is exhibiting at an event, or if you are hosting seminars, workshops, training courses, corporate events or product launches, email us at events@forkliftaction.com, and we will try to include them in the calendar.

This week Forkliftaction.com's research team has revised the specifications contained in the Equipment Catalogue for Nissan Europe, Nissan USA and Armanni Carrelli Elevatori, from Italy. If you deal with these brands, please check our entries and contact Rodger Lamb if changes are required.



1. RECORD QUARTER FOR UK MARKET 
SUNNINGHILL, United Kingdom
The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) is predicting continued growth for the UK market in 2003, with renewed confidence following a record first quarter.

BITA members reported orders for 7,870 forklifts for the first quarter, a record number for a single quarter and 16 percent higher than the first quarter of 2002.

The impact of the quarter on annual figures was "considerable", a BITA report said. In the 12 months to the end of March 2003, 28,600 new forklifts were ordered from the UKs principal suppliers, representing market growth of four percent in one quarter.

The most significant growth areas for the year to March were reach trucks (19 percent), powered pallet trucks (19 percent) and LPG counterbalance forklifts (13 percent).

"BITA expects the UK forklift market to remain buoyant during the second quarter, but the market is not expected to grow as rapidly as over recent months, and may level out as we head to the second half of the year," the report said.
- BITA website -
2. LINDE: WORLD MARKET RECOVERING? 
WIESBADEN, Germany
The world market for forklifts is showing signs of recovery, according to Linde AG.

Linde's first quarter 2003 report, released last week, said orders in the European, USA and Asian core markets exceeded 2002 first quarter results, despite overall group orders decreasing.

But the recovery, in Europe at least, was driven only by warehouse trucks, the report said. Demand for counterbalance forklifts continued to fall, especially in Germany, our most important market.

Overall, orders received decreased 1.6 percent from EUR756 million (USD872.5 million) to EUR744 million (USD858.7 million). Sales decreased 3.2 percent from EUR685 million (USD790.6 million) to EUR663 million (USD765.2 million).

The worldwide rollout of Linde's 39x forklift was almost complete, the report said, and the expansion of drive types to include LPG and new load classes would have a "positive impact".

"The global economy still does not exhibit a trend towards recovery. At least the official ending of combat operations in Iraq has removed an important source of uncertainty, and energy prices have decreased noticeably," the report said.

"The European economy is confronted with weak domestic demand and a strong Euro that continues to hamper exports. In southeast Asia, it appears the spreading of the SARS virus will have a negative effect on the regions economic growth. Prospects in the USA are modestly positive, and we expect a stronger recovery there during the second half."
- Linde website -
3. ROLF SLOBOTZKY: SOUTH OF THE BORDER 
MEXICO CITY, Mexico
As the saying goes, when the USA catches a cold, Mexico gets pneumonia.

Forklift sales in Mexico have fallen over the last two years for several reasons. The most obvious is that Mexico reflects the US market, which has been wavering.

While forklift sales in 2000 achieved close to 5000 units, in 2002 they were around 3500, and this year looks like being a repeat. The market pressure has resulted in fierce competition, meaning reduced profits for traditional competitors.

Meanwhile, a new challenge facing the Mexican market is that used forklifts from countries participating in the North American Free Trade Agreement are now duty-free. Used forklifts imported from Europe are subject to only a six percent duty, compared to the 23 percent tax on Asian imports.

An additional challenge is increasing insurance premiums and up to 40 percent deductibles, which have been driven up by the theft of almost one forklift a month in recent times.

Unfortunately, the local forecast is that it will be 2004 before the situation improves, and even that predication depends on circumstances beyond the Mexican markets control.

The Logistic Show is on again this year from July 2 to July 4, and it could be the last time forklifts are featured with supply chain machinery. In 2005, a separate materials handling show is projected.

- Email Rolf - roslo86@hotmail.com
4. KCI KONECRANES Q1 RESULTS DISAPPOINTING 
HYVINK, Finland
Continuing difficult markets, increasing price competition, currency movements and particularly slow sales saw KCI Konecranes Group's first quarter sales drop 5.1 percent from EUR158.9 million (USD183.4 million) last year to EUR150.8 million (USD174 million).

The sales trend was downward in all business areas, the group's report for the quarter, ending March 31, said. Standard lifting dropped 13.1 percent from EUR48 million (USD55.4 million) to EUR41.7 million (USD48.1 million).

Special cranes sales dropped 7.6 percent from EUR47.2 million (USD54.4 million) to EUR43.6 million (USD50.3 million), despite increased new orders of EUR41 million (USD47.3 million), up 17.8 percent from the first quarter of 2002 and 35 percent more than the fourth quarter 2002 result.

Taken by region, the order intake remained strong in China, turned to a clear growth in Germany and remained at the previous years level in America. Compared to Q4/02, the order intake grew by 13.1% and all business areas showed growth, the report said.

Group chief executive Stig Gustavson said earnings were reminiscent of the seasonal fluctuations experienced in the 1990s, which saw poor results early in the year, but excellent results at the end.

"The result level of 2002 is still within reach for the current year, in spite of the disappointing beginning," Mr Gustavson said.

"Challenging markets also mean opportunity for (us). As one of the strongest and fittest companies in the industry, we have ample opportunity of advancing our position in many markets."
- KCI Konecranes website -
5. YALE RECOGNISES 14 DEALERS OF EXCELLENCE 
GREENVILLE, SC, United States
Yale Materials Handling Corporation has honoured 14 companies in its 2002 dealer of excellence awards, held last month.

Yale president Don Chance said all Yale dealers compete each year in the Challenge of Excellence program, and winners were the best in dealer performance, general management, sales, short-term rental, aftermarket sales, parts and service.

"Dedication to Yales uncompromising mission of providing solutions that exceed customer needs has helped maintain Yales number one position in the industry," Mr Chance said.

Yale's dealers of excellence winners are:

~ Joe Wilson, Berry Material Handling
~ Kenneth Bonnell, Black Equipment Co
~ Edward Otis, ED Farrell Co
~ Mike Pruitt, Eastern Lift Truck Co
~ Samuel Grooms, Hy-Tek Material Handling
~ Philip Robinson, Insley-McEntee Equipment Co
~ Robert Kehley, Key Material Handling Equipment Co
~ Stephen OLeary, Northland Industrial Truck Co
~ Duncan Murphy, Riekes Equipment Co
~ Joe Clark, The Lilly Co
~ AD "Sandy" MacKinnon, Yale Industrial Trucks - Gulf/Atlantic
~ Christopher Burns, Yale Industrial Trucks - Pittsburgh
~ Michael Dougherty, Yale Materials Handling-Dougherty Equipment
~ Gary Fairchild, Yale Materials Handling-Green Bay
- Yale website -
6. FORKLIFTACTION.COM NEWS CAPTION COMPETITION RETURNS 
BRISBANE, Australia
Forkliftaction.com News's caption competition returns this week with a bizarre picture for you to ponder.

Forkliftaction.com receives emails from readers who send in stories, comments, questions and even criticism, occasionally. When this picture arrived, most of us couldn't believe what we were seeing.

What's happening in the picture? Lateral thinking? Proof that there is more than one way to skin a cat?

Get your thinking caps on and give our caption competition a try. Click here to access the photograph on the website.

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Email your funny caption, and your name and company name to Damien Tomlinson at news@forkliftaction.com. The competition will run for one month, with the winner and commendable entries published on the website.
- Click here to view the picture -
 

7. CIF 2003 - CHINA INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIAL SUBCONTRACTING FAIR 2003
Shanghai, China
15th to 18th October 2003
8. HANDLING EXPO EGYPT- CAIRO 2003
Cairo, Egypt
25 September to 28 September 2003
9. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MATERIAL HANDLING & PACKAGING SHOW
Santa Clara, CA, United States
1st and 2nd October 2003
 

10. MISCELLANEOUS RAYMOND AND LANSING SPARE PARTS
New Cumberland, PA, United States
Closing: 03 June 2003 TBA - Contract: SP3100-03-T-0232
11. LEASE 6 OR 7 FORKLIFTS
Hill AFB, UT, United States
Closing: 02 July 2003 TBA - Contract: F42650-03-R-A067
12. PALLET TRUCKS & MISC HANDLING EQUIPMENT
Leicester, United Kingdom
Closing: 19 June 2003 12:00am - Contract: 227/04
13. OVERHEAD TRAVELLING CRANES
Chatenay-Malabry, France
Closing: 23 June 2003 12:00am - Contract: CPV: 29221420
14. CONTAINER-HANDLING EQUIPMENT & OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Fort-de-France, France
Closing: 25 June 2003 12:00am - Contract: CPV: 29221000
15. LIFTING, HANDLING, LOADING OR UNLOADING MACHINERY.
Nantes, France
Closing: 03 June 2003 12:00am - Contract: CPV: 29221800
 
16. SERVICE TECHNICIAN - FULL TIME
Melbourne, Australia
17. SERVICE TECHNICIAN - FULL TIME
Canberra, Australia
18. AFTERNOON SHIFT FIELD SERVICE TECHNICIAN - FULL TIME
Sydney, Australia
 
19. GENERAL MANAGER - FULL TIME
Any Place, United States

20. DIRECTOR - FULL TIME
United Kingdom or United States, United States

21. SALES OR CUSTOMER SUPPORT - FULL TIME
any, United States

 

  

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