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WELCOME TO FORKLIFTACTION.COM, MATERIALS HANDLING ONLINE.
This is issue #116 - 17 July 2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
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NEWS
1. TOYOTA AUSTRALIA SELLS INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT BUSINESS
2. HOIST RELEASES P-SERIES PNEUMATIC
3. CESAB SWITCHES RANGE TO AC
4. **ADVERTISEMENT** GROW WITH E-P EQUIPMENT
5. SAFETY FIRST: IT'S NOT JUST A FORKLIFT
6. COMBILIFT ENTERS AUSTRALIA WITH ADAPT-A-LIFT
7. PROPANE FORKLIFT TRAINING PROGRAM LAUNCHED

UPCOMING EVENTS
8. MATEXPO 2003
9. INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT FACILITIES ANDS INFRASTRUCTURE CONFERENCE 2004

OPEN TENDERS
10. RENTAL OF 3 TON FORKLIFT, ENCLOSED, GAS OPERATED
11. FORKLIFTS - URGENT DEADLINE - MUST APPLY FOR SPECS BY 18JULY
12. 4 ROPE GRAB MOBILE HARBOUR CRANE
13. MECHANICAL HANDLING EQUIPMENT
14. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT

POSITIONS VACANT
15. SALES REPRESENTATIVE - FULL TIME
16. INSIDE SALES/CUST SERVICE - FULL TIME
17. OUTSIDE SALES - FULL TIME
18. FORKLIFT TECHNICIANS - FULL TIME



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1. TOYOTA AUSTRALIA SELLS INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT BUSINESS 
SYDNEY, Australia
Toyota Australia has sold its forklift and industrial equipment business to Toyota Industries Corp (TICO), an associate company of Toyota Motor Corp. The sale price has not been released.

While initial details were sketchy, Forkliftaction.com News has learned that a new company, Toyota Industries Corp Australia Pty Ltd (TICA), has been established to distribute and sell TICO equipment.

The acquisition is part of TICO's global strategy of consolidating industrial equipment distribution and working more closely with customers. Current Toyota Australia employees will form part of the new business.

Toyota Australia president Ken Asano said: "The new company provides an exciting platform for future growth. It combines the global strength of TICO with the market reach of Toyota in Australia."

TICA will distribute and sell Toyota forklifts, tow tractors and skid-steers. Initially the company will be located with Toyota Australia in Woolooware Bay, New South Wales.

Forkliftaction.com understands that a major Australian Toyota forklift dealer has been acquired by Toyota Australia.  The acquisition could not be confirmed before publication, see next weeks news for details.

- Toyota website -
2. HOIST RELEASES P-SERIES PNEUMATIC 
BEDFORD PARK, IL, United States
The Hoist Companies have moved into the outdoor pneumatic forklift market with the release of the P-Series.

After five years of development, the P-Series was an exercise in precision and a response to consumer feedback, said Hoist sales vice-president Stu Jacover.

"We went to trade shows and job sites and asked consumers what they wanted in a truck," he said. "What they came back with gave us valuable insight and helped with major decisions in the design process."

Consumers wanted big LPG forklifts, which have been phased out by other major manufacturers in recent years. The P-Series, with lift capacities from 22,000 pounds (10 tonnes) to 36,000 pounds (16.3 tonnes), is available with a 5.9-litre Cummins diesel or a 5.7-litre GM LPG engine. A larger, 60,000-pound (27.2 tonnes) machine is expected to be released by 2005.

Both configurations comply with tightened emissions legislation in the US and Europe, and feature Dana Corporation's Clark-Hurth transmissions running through a Rockwell planetary drive axle with a differential lock and wet-disk brakes.

The P-Series features two separate hydraulic pumps. An auxiliary pump operates the hydraulic steering and braking functions, and an on-demand piston-style pump handles lifting and tilting.

"The on-demand technology means cost savings for operators. Because the hydraulic oil isn't constantly pumping around the machine, the system requires less horsepower," Mr Jacover said.

He said the P-Series had been well received, with eight machines sold in the US in June.

- Hoist website -
3. CESAB SWITCHES RANGE TO AC 
BOLOGNA, Italy
Cesab Carrelli Elevatori SpA claims that, by year-end, its entire forklift range will be battery-powered.

Spokesman Francesca Laudani told Forkliftaction.com News that the company had this year launched AC versions of its 1.2 tonne to 2.0 tonne three-wheelers and its range of four-wheelers.

Cesab's niche products now have their unique green paintwork applied at a new, environmentally-friendly spray booth in the Bologna manufacturing plant.

The spray booth, the only one of its kind in Italy, uses water-based paints and performs the painting process through a continuous cycle in a closed environment.

Cesab sold 5,320 forklifts worldwide last year. Almost half - 49% - were sold in Italy, 47% remained in Europe and 4% went to the USA. In 2002, the company turned over EUR109 million (USD122 million), down slightly from 2001, when turnover was EUR118 million (USD132 million). This year Cesab hopes to achieve EUR122 million (USD136 million).

Cesab, launched in 1942, has been part of BT Industries since mid-2000. As a result, almost all Cesab forklifts are powered by Toyota engines.

- Cesab website -
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5. SAFETY FIRST: IT'S NOT JUST A FORKLIFT 
VANCOUVER, Canada
As forklift-related deaths and injuries continue at an alarming rate, Forkliftaction.com News this week launches Safety First, a new, regular feature providing practical safety tips and operator training articles by industry experts. Click here to read the first in the series.
  
6. COMBILIFT ENTERS AUSTRALIA WITH ADAPT-A-LIFT 
SPRINGVALE, Australia
Adapt-A-Lift Rentals & Sales has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Irish companies Combilift Ltd and Aisle-Master Ltd to introduce their forklifts to the Australian market.

The addition of the two Irish innovators is an opportunity for Adapt-A-Lift, which has a 4000-strong fleet throughout Australia, to significantly boost its business. Financial terms were not released.

Adapt-A-Lift national marketing coordinator Mark Pawsey said the Combilift was the world's first all-wheel-drive, engine-powered multi-directional forklift, able to operate indoors and outdoors, and would easily find its niche in the Australian market.

Aisle-Master's innovative range of narrow-aisle LPG forklifts, which were equally at home in very narrow aisles and competing with conventional forklifts in the yard, would also be a welcome addition to many companies' fleets in the Australian market, Mr Pawsey said.

- Adapt-A-Lift website - www.adapt-a-lift.com.au
- Combilift website - www.combilift.com
- Aisle-Master website - www.aisle-master.com

7. PROPANE FORKLIFT TRAINING PROGRAM LAUNCHED 
AUSTIN, TX, United States
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) will offer a pilot forklift maintenance and training program for companies operating class four and five large spark ignition propane forklifts.

Offered in partnership with the Propane Vehicle Council, the program is designed to train attendees in proper procedures for maintaining and repairing propane-powered forklift fuel systems, with an emphasis on pre-2002 open-loop models.

The curriculum includes safety, maintenance and monitoring of fuel systems and tailpipe emissions, and an introduction to US EPA and California Air Resources Board emissions regulations.

PERC president Roy Willis said the program would first be offered in California, Illinois and Texas. Forklift users had indicated a demand for that kind of training, he said.

"The program satisfies that interest, and gives users the skills they need to effectively maintain and test their equipment to ensure compliance with emissions standards, deliver improved performance and obtain maximum fuel economy."

- PERC website -
 

8. MATEXPO 2003
Kortrijk, Belgium
3rd to 7th September 2003
9. INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT FACILITIES ANDS INFRASTRUCTURE CONFERENCE 2004
Sydney, Australia
3rd to 5th February 2004
 

10. RENTAL OF 3 TON FORKLIFT, ENCLOSED, GAS OPERATED
Portsmouth, NH, United States
Closing: 08 August 2003 TBA - Contract: N0010203Q2302
11. FORKLIFTS - URGENT DEADLINE - MUST APPLY FOR SPECS BY 18JULY
Glenrothes, United Kingdom
Closing: 01 August 2003 12:00am - Contract: CPV:29221511
12. 4 ROPE GRAB MOBILE HARBOUR CRANE
Londonderry, United Kingdom
Closing: 28 August 2003 TBA - Contract: CPV: 29221411
13. MECHANICAL HANDLING EQUIPMENT
Athina, Greece
Closing: 27 August 2003 11:00am - Contract: (CPV): 29221850.
14. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT
Bordeaux, France
Closing: 05 August 2003 4:00pm - Contract: (CPV): 29221000
 
15. SALES REPRESENTATIVE - FULL TIME
Brisbane, Australia
16. INSIDE SALES/CUST SERVICE - FULL TIME
Los Angeles, United States
17. OUTSIDE SALES - FULL TIME
Los Angeles, United States
18. FORKLIFT TECHNICIANS - FULL TIME
Wingfield, South Australia, Australia
 

  

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