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This is issue #109 - 29 May 2003
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FORKLIFT FUEL CELLS BY 2005? |
CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States
companies Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc and FIAMM SpA have
joined forces to develop a hydrogen-fuelled,
zero-emission power pack for forklifts by
The new 7kW-class hybrid battery/fuel cell
power pack consists of Nuvera's H2e power module, FIAMM
batteries, a fuel system, a battery management system
and other components.
In addition to being quiet
and emission-free, the FIAMM/Nuvera system offers
several advantages over conventional batteries,
including lower operating costs, reduced maintenance and
"always on" capabilities which eliminate the need to
swap batteries for recharging.
Nuvera president C
Roberto Cordaro said the partnership was "a tremendous
step" for the fuel cell industry. FIAMM president Giulio
Dolcetta said the company was excited to be "exploring
the world of fuel cells" with Nuvera.
agreement will see Nuvera and FIAMM enter a two-year,
three-phase development period aimed at making products
available by 2005.
- Nuvera website-
- FIAMM website-
DEALING WITH FORKLIFT COMPANIES "TOO
STONEHOUSE, United Kingdom
companies are too hard to deal with, according to an
online poll by forklift distributor On3 Ltd.
founder David Scammel, a former Toyota distributor, said
the poll, conducted on On3's website, found forklift
buyers preferred good customer service over innovative
"Were not surprised by the results.
The more manufacturers focus on high-tech gadgetry and
over-complicated machinery, the more customers want to
see excellent customer service and plain speaking," he
With Finning International's buyout of Lex
Harvey, the UK had few independent forklift
distributors, meaning customers had to consult different
companies if they wanted to compare forklift
"Combined with out-dated methods of
customer service, the results appear to suggest that
forklift buyers are dissatisfied with the UK scene," Mr
"Weve experienced the 'big company
culture', where shifting product is more important than
customer satisfaction. Times have moved on."
- On3 website -
WANDALEX WINS FIVE-YEAR DEAL
Wandalex SA has
signed a five-year, EUR600,000 (USD704,500) contract to
rent Yale forklifts to DS Smith Polska SA, one of
Poland's largest paper and plastic packaging
The full service contract involves
various Yale machines, including the GLP16AF, GLP30TF
and GLP50MJ models, fitted with attachments for paper
and general materials handling. All machines will be
equipped with catalysts.
Wandalex said in a
statement that it had seen a 20 percent increase in
turnover in the last quarter and a 400 percent increase
in net profits.
- Wandalex website -
**MOVERS & SHAKERS** COMBILIFT BOSS
little different in the world of movers and shakers this
week, with the wedding of Combilift Ltd managing
director Martin McVicar.
Mr McVicar and his
long-time sweetheart, Montessori school proprietor and
teacher Pauline Rooney, were married on April 26.
Combilift's innovative, multi-directional forklifts
featured at the ceremony, as can be seen in
Forkliftaction.com's exclusive picture.
couple will set up home just down the road from
Combilifts manufacturing facility.
- Combilift website -
KUHN WINS MITSUBISHI DEALER AWARD
Mitsubishi's Hungarian distributor, has been named the
best Mitsubishi dealer in Europe, Africa and the Middle
The Dealer of the Year 2002 award was
presented to Kuhn management at Mitsubishi Forklift
Trucks' annual meeting in Amsterdam last
Kuhn received a plaque and EUR10,000
(USD11,740) in cash to support Kuhn's own celebrations.
Kuhn said in a statement that it was opening new
headquarters in Budapest next month.
best dealer in Europe, Africa and the Middle East is a
great result for our company. We are very pleased that
Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks gave us this award," Kuhn
managing director Kazmer Csorba said.
- Mitsubishi website -
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