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This is issue #118 - 31 July
2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry
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JCB SCORES FORK RENT LOADALL DEAL |
IPSWICH, United Kingdom
sealed a GBP18million (USD29.2 million) two-year deal to
supply hundreds of Loadall telescopic handlers to Fork
Rent plc, one of the UK's leading plant hire
The two companies have worked together for
17 years but the order, one of the biggest in JCBs
history, will give Fork Rent up to 500 units from JCB's
updated Loadall range.
Fork Rent chairman Trudi
Nicholls said the machines health and safety features
and JCB's support network secured the deal.
has always been at the forefront of innovation and the
new machines not only give high levels of operator
comfort, but improved visibility, which is an issue we
take very seriously," she said.
JCB launched the
latest version of the side engine Loadall range at the
Intermat show in Paris in May. A JCB spokesman said Fork
Rent was one of the first companies to buy the new
machines in bulk.
JCB website -
BT SECURES WOOLWORTHS CONTRACT
BT Lift Trucks Pty
Ltd has won a contract to supply 77 forklifts to the
Western Australian operation of supermarket chain
BT Lift Trucks general manager Jason
Marshall said the deal was signed this month. He would
not reveal details of the contract's value.
low-level order pickers and loading trucks had been
chosen for the deal, though specific numbers and model
types had not been confirmed.
Mr Marshall said
the units would be delivered early next year.
- BT Lift Trucks
RAYMOND LAUNCHES USED FORKLIFT SALES
GREENE, NY, United States
Raymond Corporation has launched a new website, www.RaymondUsed.com, to sell used
The website allows users to
search available forklifts by model year, price and
other criteria; choose from a variety of available
models; and order online. After ordering, the inquiry is
passed to a Raymond dealer close to the buyer to
complete the purchase and arrange delivery and
The company said in a statement
that all forklifts sold through RaymondUsed.com passed
Raymond's 20-point "Raymond Ready" inspection, and were
backed by Raymond dealers. Forklifts available online
included reach-fork trucks, counterbalance trucks and
- Raymond website -
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CLARK USES WOODWARD FOR EMISSIONS
ROCKFORD, IL, United States
Material Handling Company will use Woodward Governor
Co's MI-4 emissions control systems in its US and
Asia-bound propane forklifts.
The MI-4 system
uses fuel, air and ignition control modules to meet
emissions standards, including the 2004 EPA standards in
the USA. Daewoo signed a similar agreement with Woodward
this year. Click here for Forkliftaction.com News's
technical capabilities of the MI-4 system offer an
excellent solution for (the forklift) market," Woodward
vice president Tim Loyd said.
Clark MHC CEO Kevin
Reardon said emissions control was a considerable
expense all forklift makers had to
"Everybody's got to comply, no one is
excluded, so it's an expense we all have to endure.
Companies making their own engines, such as Mitsubishi,
Nissan and Toyota, will be better equipped to handle
it," he said.
"For the rest of us who buy engines
for our trucks, this expense could add hundreds to the
cost of a forklift in those markets."
As with the
Daewoo agreement, Natural Gas Vehicle International in
Korea will fit and certify the Woodward system on
Clark's General Motors and Mitsubishi engines.
- Woodward website -
AUSA STREAMLINES AFTER-SALES SERVICE
forklift manufacturer AUSA is distributing a CD-ROM to
distributors to streamline delivery of spares and
general after-sales service.
AUSA said the CD
would be delivered to all its dealers worldwide. By
using the CD with AUSA's website, dealers could access
updated parts information and orders
After-sales service management spokesman
Jordi Arenas said the initiative was a "decisive step
forward in customer care".
- AUSA website -
**FORK TALK** GET READY FOR THE FORUM
ROSEMOUNT, IL, United States
some of the best minds in the equipment industry and
prepare for 2004 by attending the Associated Equipment
Distributors 2003 Executive Forum, from September 11 to
September 12, at the Westin O'Hare in Rosemont,
The event, titled "The Dealer's Dilemma: How
Good Companies Plan to Fail", will address the trends
and issues shaping equipment distribution.
the speakers sharing their insights are:
McGinty, Wall Street analyst and managing director of
Credit Suisse First Boston, who will discuss the impact
of manufacturer consolidation and the lack of dealer
capital. "The industry still has global over-capacity
and manufacturers must consolidate. The question is how
that is to be accomplished. Compounding the impact of
consolidation is a lack of dealer capital," he
~ Matt Eyring, managing director of
Innosight, will show how an organisation that does
everything right may eventually fail due to improper
~ David Raso, of Citigroup Smith
Barney, will provide a complete 2004 industry outlook
and discuss how dealers can increase profits in a
challenging economy. "Our Q2 survey results mark the
second survey in a row where dealer results were better
than expected. Most encouraging is that inventory seems
to be becoming increasingly manageable. However, dealers
are absorbing a majority of the OEM price increases," Mr
Register online -
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FINNING ON TRACK FOR 2003
International Inc increased second quarter sales 8% to a
record CAD861.1 million (USD622.8 million), up from the
CAD797.4 million (USD576.7 million) in Q2 in
"Finning delivered record second-quarter
revenue and strong bottom-line performance while
continuing our strategy of growing through accretive
acquisitions by completing the acquisition of Lex Harvey
Ltd in the UK," Finning president Doug Whitehead
"Economic conditions in our markets are
improving at a modest pace, and we remain confident in
our outlook for the balance of 2003."
starting to integrate the Lex Harvey business and assets
into Finning UK's materials handling division. The
combination would form one of the UK's largest materials
handling businesses, with 16,000 machines and more than
1,300 employees, the company said.
record revenue, CAD5.1 million (USD3.7 million) in
pre-tax expenses affected net profit, which fell from
CAD34.7 million (USD25.1 million) to CAD32.2 million
Mr Whitehead said Finning had
"excellent" medium to long-term prospects, based on
recent developments, including a 20-unit sale closed
this month by Finning's Chilean operation.
- Finning website -
PORT OF HOUSTON SPENDS USD7 MILLION WITH
The Port of
Houston Authority (POH) in Texas, USA, has placed a USD7
million repeat order for five rubber-tyred gantry cranes
(RTGs) with Konecranes VLC. Delivery is due in the first
quarter of 2004.
POH operates 10 Konecranes RTGs.
In 2002, the port's Barbours Cut terminal handled more
than one million containers. Executive director Tom
Kornegay said the new RTG cranes were needed to ease
congestion, which was slowing operations at Barbours
Konecranes VLC managing director Mikko Uhari
said delivery of the five new RTGs would see a total of
125 Konecranes machines operating in North and Central
America. KCI Konecranes has a market share of more than
50% in the US RTG market.
Mr Uhari said the RTGs
would be manufactured and erected in Europe before being
transported by ship to the Barbours Cut terminal in La
Porte. The 16-wheel RTGs would initially be
one-over-four containers high and six-plus-truck wide,
and would be serviced through KCI Koneports' branch
office in Houston.
- KCI Konecranes
**MOVERS & SHAKERS** PEREZ JOINS
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina
forklift distributor Vialven SA has appointed Daniel
Perez as parts & service manager at its Buenos Aires
Mr Perez, who has a masters degree
in business administration, joins Vialven after working
for Clark Material Handling and, most recently,
Mr Perez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Vialven website -
FURNISH FIFTEEN MOBILE SECURITY CARTS|
Lee, VA, United States
Closing: 07 August 2003 TBA -
HARBOUR CRANES. CRANES, MOBILE LIFTING
September 2003 4:30pm - Contract: CPV: 29221411,
MANLIFT BOOM SYSTEM
Wrightstown, NJ, United
Closing: 05 August 2003 4:30pm - Contract:
SECOND-HAND FORK-LIFT TRUCK
Closing: 05 September 2003 4:00pm - Contract:
September 2003 TBA - Contract: (CPV): 29221511
FORK-LIFT TRUCKS. WORKS TRUCKS
Closing: 06 September 2003 TBA - Contract: CPV:
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