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WELCOME TO FORKLIFTACTION.COM, MATERIALS HANDLING ONLINE.
This is issue #112 - 19 June 2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. KALMAR "AUTOSTRADS" HAILED A SUCCESS
2. DAEWOO ON TRACK FOR 2003 TARGETS
3. STEELBRO LIFTS WITH UK AWARD
4. **FORK TALK** FLTA LAUNCHES REDESIGNED WEBSITE
5. DEFENCE DEPARTMENT OFFERS AUD3 MILLION TENDER
6. CAPTION COMPETITION WINNER CROWNED
7. FIRM FINED FOR SAFETY BREACHES

UPCOMING EVENTS
8. MARITIME SECURITY EXPO EUROPE
9. US MARITIME SECURITY EXPO
10. EUROCARGO 2004

OPEN TENDERS
11. QTY 25-30 ROUGH TERRAIN FORKLIFTS 8000KG
12. 47 STORAGE CABINET SETS
13. HOIST,CHAIN
14. ELECTRIC RIDER FORKLIFT - YALE 3000LB
15. HARBOUR CRANES
16. LIFTING, HANDLING, LOADING OR UNLOADING MACHINERY
17. 2 ELECTRIC FORKLIFTS
18. LIFTING TRUCKS ETC

RESUMES
19. LATIN AMERICA SALES & MARKETING MANAGER - FULL TIME
20. SALES MANAGER / PROJECT MANAGER - FULL TIME



Many companies have taken a fresh approach to their marketing by unleashing their business onto the Forkliftaction.com community, with staggering results.
Below is an extract from a letter, forwarded to us, from a happy advertiser to a colleague who was thinking about a Forkliftaction.com campaign:
"...In the past, to make lift truck distributors aware of our shrink protective packaging, we advertised in several US journals. We even attended manufacturer fairs, and tried direct mail. I've found that we've received more business and interest through Forkliftaction.com than all the above, and in less time and money! It's even opened doors to some OEMs we had approached at other times without success. Weve even gotten some interest from overseas. It seems Forkliftaction.com reaches a lot of people in the wider materials handling business and covers a lot of ground..." Peter Cammisa, Sales Manager, CT Packaging
For more information about Forkliftaction.com's marketing packages, contact Penryn Maddrell on pm-marketing@forkliftaction.com.

This week Forkliftaction.com's research team has revised specifications in the Equipment Catalogue for some of the Fantuzzi range as well as some of the attachments manufactured by Durwen and Elme. If you deal with these brands, please check our entries and contact Rodger Lamb if changes are required.




1. KALMAR "AUTOSTRADS" HAILED A SUCCESS 
BRISBANE, Australia
After eight months' experimental operation at the Port of Brisbane, Kalmar Industries and Patrick Technology & Systems have claimed a resounding victory in their trial of the world's first automated container terminal.

The companies have extended the terminal layout and increased operating capacity. Since the first vessel was serviced late last year, the "Autostrads" have completed 15 ship calls, with each vessel departing on time.

Kalmar said the machines were consistently exceeding 23 moves an hour, peaking at 35 moves an hour.

Meanwhile, Kalmar is rolling out a new version of its Smartpath satellite container position verification system for straddle carriers after successful trials at Terminal Contenedores de Barcelona.

- Kalmar Industries website -
2. DAEWOO ON TRACK FOR 2003 TARGETS 
SEOUL, Korea, South
First-quarter results for Daewoo Heavy Industries & Machinery (DHIM) saw the South Korean forklift maker post 28.1 percent growth in turnover, compared to the same period last year.

This year DHIM expects to achieve turnover of EUR1.586 billion (USD1.857 billion) and net profit of EUR84.7 million (USD99.18 million). The company last year increased turnover by 22 percent to EUR1.563 billion (USD1.830 billion) and lifted net profit 20 percent to EUR84.1 million (USD98.48 million).

According to the company's first-quarter financial report, Daewoo sold 13,519 forklifts last year. With a world market share of 5.2 percent, Daewoo was the seventh largest forklift manufacturer in the world.

The company dominates the Korean forklift market with 57.1 percent of the market. Daewoo has a worldwide sales network of nine subsidiaries and 724 dealers in 90 countries.

- DHIM website -
3. STEELBRO LIFTS WITH UK AWARD 
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand
Steelbro received an accolade at the Commercial Motor Trailer of the Year awards in the UK last month.

The Steelbro MK6 Sidelifter, distributed in the UK by Containerlift UK Ltd, beat 13 other finalists to win the special purposes award, the judges commending its design, production and intermodal capacity.

Steelbro managing director Peter Batcheler said the award was a huge boost for the company as it expanded its business in the UK and Europe.

"This award is extremely significant for Steelbro. It gives us a huge profile in a very lucrative market and positions the Steelbro Sidelifter as a market leader," he said.

"Although Sidelifter technology has been in New Zealand since 1973, it is a relatively new concept in the UK and Europe. There is huge potential (and) this is a real springboard for us."

The award was presented in front of 500 guests at the Renaissance centre in Birmingham.

- Steelbro website -
4. **FORK TALK** FLTA LAUNCHES REDESIGNED WEBSITE 
ALTON, United Kingdom
A new look and more information are features of the redesigned Fork Lift Truck Association website - www.fork-truck.org.uk.

The clear, attractive format would guide visitors quickly and efficiently to the advice they needed, FLTA chairman Brian Warbrick said this week. The drive to improve online services was good news for members, potential members and forklift end users.

"Providing instant information online is an important part of our mission to raise standards in the industry," Mr Warbrick said. "In doing so we are helping to protect the interests of consumers, increase productivity for businesses and enhance safety in the workplace."

Full details of the FLTA Safety Conference 2003 are among current items in the news section. Course and event details are constantly updated, and there are pages for those wishing to join the FLTA or its Safe User Group.

Users can also quickly find contact details for FLTA member companies.

"As anyone visiting the website will see, this is a very authoritative organisation with well-informed members, and now the vital contents of its website are available in an even more efficient, effective form," Mr Warbrick said.

- FLTA website -
5. DEFENCE DEPARTMENT OFFERS AUD3 MILLION TENDER 
MELBOURNE, Australia
Australia's Department of Defence (DoD) has issued a tender request for medium-sized rough-terrain forklifts valued at AUD3 million (USD2.01 million).

The tender calls for offers of up to 30 8000-kilogram capacity rough terrain forklifts to replace the DoD's ageing fleet of Case W-36 machines.

The contract requires the tenderer to supply technical documentation, training, support, testing equipment and spare parts. An option also exists for trading-in the existing fleet.

A DoD spokesman told Forkliftaction.com News the machines would be used at various DoD facilities around Australia.

The tender, which closes on July 9, 2003, can be viewed on Forkliftaction.com's Tenders page.

6. CAPTION COMPETITION WINNER CROWNED 
BRISBANE, Australia
Forkliftaction.com's latest caption competition has been a resounding success, with hundreds of Forkliftaction.com readers entering.

Due to the sheer volume of entries, Forkliftaction.com has decided to crown one winner, award three highly commended prizes, and list the top five finalists.

While the quality of entries submitted was outstanding, there can only be one winner, and it's Joe Knapschaefer, of Crown Equipment Corporation USA, for his caption:

"When we're not driving forklifts, we like to juggle chainsaws...".

Congratulations, Joe, and congratulations to these three entries, which have earned high commendations from Forkliftaction.com's panel:
Frank Choltco-Devlin, Raymond Corporation: "So, is this what they mean by taking your operations to the next level by seamlessly integrating material handling solutions?"
Ben Heyen, Total Handling Co: "The new four-stage counterweighted mast was launched today to mixed reviews."
Keith French, Material Handling Associates: "Kids, don't try this at home. This is very dangerous and should only be attempted by those with proper training."

Here are the other entries that reached the finals. Congratulations to the entrants:
Frank Beauchamp: "You know, if we invert the forks on both units we can gain another four to five feet!"
Scott Thomas: "Death In Storage Inc demonstrates its methods in warehouse storage solutions."
Keith Werner, NorthWest Handling Systems: "Which one of us should tilt?!"
Pat McKernan, Cascade Corporation: "Hey Fred, is my copy of 'The Darwin Awards' up there?"
Peter Cammisa, CT Packaging Systems: "Hey, you guys on the forklifts, why aren't you wearing your safety glasses?"

A pat on the back from everybody here at Forkliftaction.com. Caption competitions are a very popular feature of our community. If you have interesting forklift photographs, email them to Damien Tomlinson.

- Click here to see the picture one last time -
7. FIRM FINED FOR SAFETY BREACHES 
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
A timber yard has been fined GBP100,000 (USD168,400) after an unlicensed forklift driver accidentally killed a motorist in 1997.

Omar Akhtar, 20, was impaled by a forklift that swung onto the road as he drove past Moores Timber. The accident happened after the yards director, Paul Broadbent, had ignored many official safety warnings, a report in The Sun said.

The forklift driver had no licence, and was driving the wrong way down a one-way street. None of his workmates had any safety training.

A Manchester court this month ordered the fine against Moores, which is now in liquidation, for several breaches of safety laws, and fined Mr Broadbent GBP5,000 (USD8,420).  The case led to a complete change in HSE procedures. Yet the fine on the firm may never be paid as the firms managing director is thought to live abroad on his yacht.


 

8. MARITIME SECURITY EXPO EUROPE
Hamburg, Germany
1st & 2nd Oct 2003
9. US MARITIME SECURITY EXPO
New York, United States
29th & 30th Oct 2003
10. EUROCARGO 2004
Cologne, Germany
25th to 27th May 2004
 

11. QTY 25-30 ROUGH TERRAIN FORKLIFTS 8000KG
Melbourne, Australia
Closing: 09 July 2003 12:00am - Contract: E1-202848
12. 47 STORAGE CABINET SETS
Rock Island, Il, United States
Closing: 27 June 2003 TBA - Contract: DAAA08-03-Q-0004
13. HOIST,CHAIN
Columbus, Oh, United States
Closing: 27 June 2003 TBA - Contract: SP070003TSH15
14. ELECTRIC RIDER FORKLIFT - YALE 3000LB
McConnell AFB, Kansas, United States
Closing: 26 June 2003 4:30pm - Contract: F1931E314301
15. HARBOUR CRANES
Toulon Armees, France
Closing: 08 July 2003 4:30pm - Contract: CPV: 29221411
16. LIFTING, HANDLING, LOADING OR UNLOADING MACHINERY
Grevenbroich, Germany
Closing: 22 July 2003 TBA - Contract: CPV: 29221800
17. 2 ELECTRIC FORKLIFTS
Saint-Denis, France
Closing: 28 July 2003 4:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29220000
18. LIFTING TRUCKS ETC
Saint-Herblain, France
Closing: 01 July 2003 TBA - Contract: ND:101611-2003
 
19. LATIN AMERICA SALES & MARKETING MANAGER - FULL TIME
United States, Mexico

20. SALES MANAGER / PROJECT MANAGER - FULL TIME
Chicago, United States

 

  

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