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This is issue #114 - 03 July 2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. RAYMOND TO APPEAL AGAINST USD14 MILLION VERDICT
2. HYSTER WINS NEW GENERAL MOTORS SOLE-SUPPLIER CONTRACT
3. **FORK TALK** ENTER THE KNOWLEDGE ZONE @ IMHX 2004
4. **ADVERTISEMENT** CLARK-FILCO ON TRACK FOR 2003 TARGETS
5. **MOVERS & SHAKERS** NEW PORT OF BRISBANE GM
6. HYDRAULIC EXTENDERS LIGHTEN THE LOAD
7. FORKLIFT DRIVER WINS USD100,000 POWERBALL HAUL

MEDIA RELEASES
8. AMSKAN LAUNCHES WORLD FIRST FORKLIFT SAFETY SYSTEM

UPCOMING EVENTS
9. DOING BUSINESS WITH THE DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
10. PROCESSING AND PACKAGING MACHINERY - PPMA SHOW 2003
11. FORK LIFT TRUCK ASSOCIATION SAFETY CONFERENCE 2003
12. IMHX 2004



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1. RAYMOND TO APPEAL AGAINST USD14 MILLION VERDICT 
GREENE, NY, United States
The Raymond Corporation has confirmed it will appeal against a USD14 million verdict for wrongful termination of a former dealer.

The June 19 verdict, reported in Forkliftaction.com News #113, found Raymond unfairly treated Minnesota Supply Company (MSC) in terminating its dealership arrangement in 1997.

Raymond president and chief executive James Malvaso said the judgement was "erroneous" and his company had acted in a "highly ethical and responsible" manner.

A Raymond statement said MSC's performance "dramatically" declined in the early 1990s and, in response to Raymond's concerns, MSC committed to improve its performance. When it did not, both companies agreed to end their relationship, Raymond said.

Although MSC executed a "termination by mutual consent" document when the companies parted, it "was able to convince the trial court that it should not be bound by its own document", the statement said.

"After several years of sub-standard performance, and attempts on Raymonds part to mutually remedy (the) situation, Raymond ... entered into a termination by mutual consent agreement with MSC," Mr Malvaso said.

"This latest verdict is yet another example of a legal system that is out of control. Raymond will use all available avenues to right this erroneous verdict."

- Raymond website -
2. HYSTER WINS NEW GENERAL MOTORS SOLE-SUPPLIER CONTRACT 
GREENVILLE, NC, United States
Hyster has won a three-year contract to supply materials handling equipment and forklifts to General Motors (GM).

The contract, which includes a further two-year option, covers forklift installations in Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico and the USA, and other locations worldwide as required.

The value of the contract was not released.

GM has also extended its fleet management contract with Hyster to coincide with the term of the new contract. Hyster will coordinate the management, including parts, of more than 10,000 Hyster forklifts at 63 GM locations.

- Hyster USA website -
3. **FORK TALK** ENTER THE KNOWLEDGE ZONE @ IMHX 2004 
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
What's your reason for visiting IMHX 2004? If it is to find out about industry issues, legislation, best practice and new products, you will want to attend some of the 90 presentations being run at the three-day show.

The "Knowledge Zone", which contains three presentation theatres, will be a central attraction at IMHX. There will be 10 presentations a day in each theatre:
~ The Must Know theatre will feature presentations by government agencies, industry associations and media on health and safety and relevant legislation;
~ The Whats New? theatre will be a forum for exhibitors to present their latest products and services or other topics; and
~ The Real Life theatre will feature case studies, presented by logistics consultancies with direct experience in distribution and materials handling operations.

Forkliftaction.com readers are invited to submit papers to present in the Knowledge Zone. If you're interested, email Rowan Jagger on r.jagger@turret-rai.co.uk.

IMHX 2004 organiser Turret RAI says 60% of available space has now been sold, with 120 companies buying exhibition space.

- IMHX 2004 website -
4. **ADVERTISEMENT** CLARK-FILCO ON TRACK FOR 2003 TARGETS 
Clark MHE owner FiLCO has begun building forklifts, despite only bringing it out of insolvency in May.
FiLCO will produce 1400 units this year and refurbish used Clark forklifts. Half of 2003's production is already sold.
FiLCO will target major rental companies and appoint sales staff in key markets like the UK, France and Spain.
FiLCO will become the most competitive manufacturer of three and four wheel 1.6 ton electric forklifts, and will produce a full line in 2004.
Our slogan is "High Quality @ Low Costs".
For more information, phone +492085881342, fax +492085881336, email reiten@filcogmbh.com or see www.filcogmbh.com.

5. **MOVERS & SHAKERS** NEW PORT OF BRISBANE GM 
BRISBANE, Australia
Gerry Johnstone has been appointed general manager, port development, for the Port of Brisbane Corporation (PBC), a role he has acted in since July last year.

Mr Johnstone was previously PBC's senior manager, business development, and before joining PBC was Queensland manager of the Association of Employers of Waterside Labour.

Gerry has extensive experience in waterfront industrial relations and human resources, and is well qualified to take on this key role as the leader of our largest division, PBC chief executive Jeff Coleman said.

6. HYDRAULIC EXTENDERS LIGHTEN THE LOAD 
ST JACOBIPAROCHIE, Netherlands
Meijer Special Equipment has released a new range of hydraulically-controlled extending forks, which it said would reduce pallet and product damage in warehouses.

Unlike conventional mechanical extendable forks, the new Slide-Range is controllable from the seat, and does not suffer the weight gains necessary with manual fork extenders.

Standard forks are often too long or too short, especially for euro-pallets. Forks too short do not support loads completely, and forks that are too long can damage goods. Damage and extra handling costs are estimated at 1% of the total stacked volume.

One feature of the Slide-Range is that the outer forks are level with the inner forks, preventing damage to pallets when retracting the forks. It is also possible to move two pallets at once.

- Meijer website -
7. FORKLIFT DRIVER WINS USD100,000 POWERBALL HAUL 
GREEN BAY, WI, Australia
A recently fired forklift driver has had a change of fortune after winning USD100,000 on TV lottery Powerball last Saturday.

Alan Jensen bought some Powerball tickets at Lou's One Stop purely by chance. He told The Green Bay News-Chronicle he rarely shopped there, usually stopping at an adjacent McDonald's restaurant.

Jensen, who was laid off this year, said he would use the money to "put a house up, go on vacation and just enjoy life".

 

8. AMSKAN LAUNCHES WORLD FIRST FORKLIFT SAFETY SYSTEM
MULGRAVE, Australia
Amskan Ltd has released the latest development of the Fork Alert System, the Vest Alert.

Vest Alert is the world's first intelligent vest that alerts the wearer to the presence of a forklift. Vest Alert allows the wearer to move or at least be aware of a forklift's presence.

Vest Alert is a great complement to Amskan's Fork Alert System. The two products can help to prevent death or injury, therefore reducing your company's risk.

For more information, see www.amskan.com or contact Amskan by phone on +61-3-9565-9705 or by emailing amskan@amskan.com.

 
9. DOING BUSINESS WITH THE DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Richmond, VA, United States
15th July 2003
10. PROCESSING AND PACKAGING MACHINERY - PPMA SHOW 2003
Birmingham, United Kingdom
23rd to 25th September 2003
11. FORK LIFT TRUCK ASSOCIATION SAFETY CONFERENCE 2003
Gaydon, near Warwick, United Kingdom
September 24th 2003
12. IMHX 2004
Birmingham, United Kingdom
2nd, 3rd and 4th March 2004
 

  

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