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2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry
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TOYOTA AUSTRALIA SELLS INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT
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
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
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
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
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
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
HOIST RELEASES P-SERIES PNEUMATIC
BEDFORD PARK, IL, United States
Hoist Companies have moved into the outdoor pneumatic
forklift market with the release of the
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
"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
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
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.
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.
technology means cost savings for operators. Because the
hydraulic oil isn't constantly pumping around the
machine, the system requires less horsepower," Mr
He said the P-Series had been well
received, with eight machines sold in the US in
CESAB SWITCHES RANGE TO AC
Elevatori SpA claims that, by year-end, its entire
forklift range will be battery-powered.
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
Cesab's niche products now have
their unique green paintwork applied at a new,
environmentally-friendly spray booth in the Bologna
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
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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SAFETY FIRST: IT'S NOT JUST A FORKLIFT
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.
COMBILIFT ENTERS AUSTRALIA WITH
Rentals & Sales has signed an exclusive distribution
agreement with Irish companies Combilift Ltd and
Aisle-Master Ltd to introduce their forklifts to the
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
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
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.
website - www.adapt-a-lift.com.au
website - www.combilift.com
website - www.aisle-master.com
PROPANE FORKLIFT TRAINING PROGRAM
AUSTIN, TX, United States
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.
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
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.
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,
"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 -
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