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NISSAN LAUNCHES AGRES FORKLIFT |
released the Agres forklift, designed for environmental
protection, low-cost operation and improved
Co-developed with Mitsubishi, the red and
silver Nissan Agres, whose name is derived from the word
aggressive, hits the world stage just weeks after the
companies Grendia project (see Forkliftaction.com
Nissan said the 69-model range,
from 1.0 tonne to 3.5 tonnes, would be released through
Nissan dealers around the world. The Agress strong
points were low exhaust emissions and advanced noise
The company was targeting
20,000 sales a year, including 4000 in its home market,
Petrol and LPG models reduce nitrogen
oxide emissions by 99% over conventional engines, and
satisfy US Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
Diesel models reduce black smoke emissions at start up
by 90%, Nissan said.
Standard safety equipment
includes a roll control system for turning stability, a
mast lock mechanism, a parking brake warning buzzer and
an automatic transmission power cut-off
here to see a picture of the Nissan Agres.
- Nissan website -
JLG BUYS OMNIQUIP FROM TEXTRON
McCONNELLSBURG, PA, United
JLG Industries Inc has bought OmniQuip from
Textron Inc for USD100 million.
JLG and Textron
signed the acquisition agreement, subject to regulatory
approvals, on July 8. OmniQuip, based in Port
Washington, WI, builds telescopic handlers for the light
construction industry under the SkyTrak and Lull
Textron said the sale was part of its
strategy to recreate the company as a simpler, more
focused network of companies. SkyTrak and Lull generated
about USD217 million for Textron in 2002.
and SkyTrak are the last segments of OmniQuip, which
Textron bought in 1999. The company sold the Scat Trak
skid-steer loader business to Volvo Construction
Equipment in December 2001, and the Snorkel aerial work
platform business to Elwood Holdings last
JLG chairman Bill Lasky said JLG saw
value in the SkyTrak and Lull brands, the operations'
engineering depth, and the brands creativity and market
successes. He said OmniQuip's military contracts opened
new avenues to JLG.
"This acquisition is
consistent with our strategic direction of remaining
focused on our core access products," he said. "We have
identified and will realise significant hard
synergies, allowing JLG to apply its competencies in
manufacturing, engineering, new product development and
supply chain management."
- JLG website -
CROWN FC4000 SERIES HONOURED
NEW BREMEN, OH, United
Crown's FC4000 Series forklift has won a gold
award in the business & industrial products section
of the 2003 Industrial Design Excellence
The judges said the four-wheel, sit-down
counterbalanced electric forklift demonstrated a
marriage between function and
"Simple, clean, well-executed details
(and) totally designed," juror Tom Matano said. "This
truck can stand alone in front of the building rather
than in the back of the warehouse. This sets a new
standard for this category."
Through user and
product research, Crown said it identified an
opportunity to set new standards in ergonomics, create
an innovative design and simplify servicing.
FC4000 Series features an operator-forward concept that
differs from traditional ergonomics. The overhead guard
uses round tubing that arches away from the operator and
eliminates the need for separate grab handles. Crown
says the steering column, which pivots from a low,
sculpted cowl, is the narrowest in the
Crown said production volume and sales
of the FC4000 had doubled over the previous model since
its introduction in 2001. The company did not disclose
Crown will receive its award at a
ceremony in New York on August 16. Jurors chose entries
for 38 gold, 38 silver and 45 bronze awards.
- Crown website -
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**FORK TALK** FLTA SAFETY CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON
ALTON, United Kingdom
the realities of safety issues and legislation is the
aim of the Fork Lift Truck Associations safety
conference, to be held in Gaydon on September
FLTA chairman Brian Warbrick said the event
brought together high-calibre speakers, selected for
their authority and experience.
"What we will be
learning about is not just a theoretical risk. Accidents
can and do happen. They involve real people in real
tragedies, with catastrophic consequences for victims,
families and businesses, he said.
"Just take one
recent example. An engineer was killed when a fork
detached and fell from seven feet. Investigations
revealed there had been a crack in the fork before the
accident. The business had to pay fines and costs, but
the true cost for the employee and his family was much
Mr Warbrick said forklifts were deadly
weapons if not handled properly.
"A major problem
in addressing safety concerns is information overload,"
he said. "That is why the FLTA has set-up initiatives
such as the safety conference, to cut through to the
most vital advice and make it relevant to everyday
- FLTA website -
SOUTH OF THE BORDER: EXPO LOGISTICA 2003
MEXICO CITY, Mexico
Expo Logistica 2003 came and went last week in Mexico
City, with the tough economic situation here and in the
USA impacting on visitor and exhibitor
While the estimated attendance was
healthy at 5000, considering it poured with rain,
exhibitor numbers were down, with only 70% of the floor
space occupied. But what the show lacked in numbers, it
made up for in quality, with vibrant displays throughout
Forklift companies presenting at
the show included Clark, Crown, Hyster, Nissan and
Still. The best forklift stand by far was Raymond's.
Notable absences were companies which have a marketing
presence in Mexico, including Caterpillar, Daewoo,
Komatsu, Linde, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Yale.
surprising, and contrary to last year, was that there
were no tyre or battery companies exhibiting.
Email Rolf -
FORKLIFT DRIVER SACKED FOR WORK PORN
A forklift driver
has pleaded ignorance of corporate policy after being
fired for storing 400 megabytes of pornography on his
The Australian Industrial
Relations Commission (AIRC) ruled that using a work
computer to download and distribute porn was a valid
reason for dismissal, a report by The Age newspaper
Bassam Darwich, a former forklift driver
with metal processing company Kaal Australia, told the
AIRC he was never informed of Kaal's email policy and
had never read warnings when he accessed email before he
was fired last year.
The commission heard a
"blokes are blokes" culture existed at Kaal and
employees regularly distributed jokes, games, videos and
pornographic material using the work computer
LIFT TRUCK, HAND QTY 2|
Keyport, WA, United
Closing: 24 July 2003 TBA - Contract:
LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT AND
Closing: 17 July 2003
TBA - Contract: CPV: 29220000
LIFTING EQUIPMENT AND PARTS.
Closing: 16 July 2003 4:00pm - Contract: CPV:
DOCK LEVELER REPLACEMENTS
Closing: 15 July 2003 3:00pm - Contract:
ARTICULATING BOOM LIFT
Offutt AFB, NE, United
Closing: 18 July 2003 4:00pm - Contract:
Closing: 13 August 2003 TBA - Contract: (CPV):
VARIOUS SUPPLIES INCLUDING VARIETY OF
January 2004 TBA - Contract: ND:113401-2003
PORTBLE FLOOR CRANE - QTY 6
GA, United States
Closing: 31 July 2003 TBA -
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