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This is issue #115 - 10 July 2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. NISSAN LAUNCHES AGRES FORKLIFT
2. JLG BUYS OMNIQUIP FROM TEXTRON
3. CROWN FC4000 SERIES HONOURED
4. **ADVERTISEMENT** EX-RENTAL TRUCK BLOWOUT SALE
5. **FORK TALK** FLTA SAFETY CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON REALITIES
6. SOUTH OF THE BORDER: EXPO LOGISTICA 2003
7. FORKLIFT DRIVER SACKED FOR WORK PORN

UPCOMING EVENTS
8. DOING BUSINESS WITH THE DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
9. LOGISTICS SHOW - SALAO DA LOGISTICA
10. TOTAL PROCESSING & PACKAGING
11. IMHX 2004

OPEN TENDERS
12. LIFT TRUCK, HAND QTY 2
13. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT AND PARTS
14. LIFTING EQUIPMENT AND PARTS.
15. DOCK LEVELER REPLACEMENTS
16. ARTICULATING BOOM LIFT
17. HARBOUR CRANES
18. VARIOUS SUPPLIES INCLUDING VARIETY OF FORKLIFTS
19. PORTBLE FLOOR CRANE - QTY 6



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1. NISSAN LAUNCHES AGRES FORKLIFT 
TOKYO, Japan
Nissan yesterday released the Agres forklift, designed for environmental protection, low-cost operation and improved safety.

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 News #113).

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 reduction capabilities.

The company was targeting 20,000 sales a year, including 4000 in its home market, Japan.

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 system.

Click here to see a picture of the Nissan Agres.

- Nissan website -
2. JLG BUYS OMNIQUIP FROM TEXTRON 
McCONNELLSBURG, PA, United States
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 brands.

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.

Lull 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 December.

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 -
3. CROWN FC4000 SERIES HONOURED 
NEW BREMEN, OH, United States
Crown's FC4000 Series forklift has won a gold award in the business & industrial products section of the 2003 Industrial Design Excellence Awards.

The judges said the four-wheel, sit-down counterbalanced electric forklift demonstrated a marriage between function and aesthetics.

"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.

The 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 industry.

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 specifics.

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 -
4. **ADVERTISEMENT** EX-RENTAL TRUCK BLOWOUT SALE 
Yale Industrial Trucks Ontario Ltd., with one of North Americas largest rental fleets is currently offering incredible savings on ex rental fleet forklifts. All have been fully maintained by the dealer using factory parts and serviced by factory-trained technicians and are rental or retail ready.

Many models to choose from and are available for immediate shipment to any country throughout the world.  Yale Industrial Trucks can negotiate discounts for bulk purchases or offer and arrange value packages which include delivery to your nearest port.

Contact Don Martindale to be one of the first to take advantage of this exceptional opportunity.  dmartindale@yaleforklifts.com 905-851-6620  
Visit us at www.yaleforklifts.com

5. **FORK TALK** FLTA SAFETY CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON REALITIES 
ALTON, United Kingdom
Bringing home 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 24.

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 higher."

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 situations."

- FLTA website -
6. SOUTH OF THE BORDER: EXPO LOGISTICA 2003 
MEXICO CITY, Mexico
The three-day 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 attendances.

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 the exhibition.

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.

Also surprising, and contrary to last year, was that there were no tyre or battery companies exhibiting.

- Email Rolf -

7. FORKLIFT DRIVER SACKED FOR WORK PORN 
SYDNEY, Australia
A forklift driver has pleaded ignorance of corporate policy after being fired for storing 400 megabytes of pornography on his work computer.

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 said.

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 system.

 

8. DOING BUSINESS WITH THE DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Fairfax, VA, United States
5th August 2003
9. LOGISTICS SHOW - SALAO DA LOGISTICA
Sao Paulo, Brazil
26th to 29th August 2003, 4 days
10. TOTAL PROCESSING & PACKAGING
Birmingham, United Kingdom
29th March 2004
11. IMHX 2004
Birmingham, United Kingdom
2nd, 3rd and 4th March 2004
 

12. LIFT TRUCK, HAND QTY 2
Keyport, WA, United States
Closing: 24 July 2003 TBA - Contract: N0025303Q0203
13. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT AND PARTS
Milano, Italy
Closing: 17 July 2003 TBA - Contract: CPV: 29220000
14. LIFTING EQUIPMENT AND PARTS.
Paris, France
Closing: 16 July 2003 4:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29220000
15. DOCK LEVELER REPLACEMENTS
Maryland, United States
Closing: 15 July 2003 3:00pm - Contract: 03-351-1892
16. ARTICULATING BOOM LIFT
Offutt AFB, NE, United States
Closing: 18 July 2003 4:00pm - Contract: F25600-03-T-0084
17. HARBOUR CRANES
Saint-Malo Cedex, France
Closing: 13 August 2003 TBA - Contract: (CPV): 29221411
18. VARIOUS SUPPLIES INCLUDING VARIETY OF FORKLIFTS
Kista, Sweden
Closing: 30 January 2004 TBA - Contract: ND:113401-2003
19. PORTBLE FLOOR CRANE - QTY 6
Warner Robins, GA, United States
Closing: 31 July 2003 TBA - Contract: FB20653100X901
 

  

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