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This is issue #120 - 14 August 2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
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NEWS
1. AIRTRAX IN NAVY DEMONSTRATIONS
2. KCI KONECRANES TO SLASH JOBS IN RESTRUCTURE
3. **SAFETY FIRST** IS YOUR FORKLIFT A TOOL OR A WEAPON?
4. PINGUELY-HAULOTTE SEES GROWTH, DESPITE FALLING MARKET
5. FORKLIFT SAFETY BLITZ LAUNCHED
6. DRIVERS VIE FOR NZ CHAMPIONSHIP HONOURS

UPCOMING EVENTS
7. WORLD OF PACKING 2003
8. LOGISTICA 2003
9. HANNOVER MESSE 2004

OPEN TENDERS
10. FORK-LIFT TRUCKS. WORKS TRUCKS
11. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT AND PARTS
12. SHIP TO SHORE & RUBBER TYRED GANTRY CRANES
13. CONTAINER GANTRY CRANES
14. HARBOUR CRANES

POSITIONS VACANT
15. SWEEPER/SCRUBBER SALES PERSON - FULL TIME



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1. AIRTRAX IN NAVY DEMONSTRATIONS 
HAMMONTON, NJ, United States
Airtrax Inc has demonstrated its omni-directional weapons transporter to the US Navy.

Airtrax conducted two demonstrations of its multi-purpose mobility platform, named MP2, on July 16 and July 17 at the Naval Air Warfare Centre Aircraft Division in Lakehurst, New Jersey.

The MP2 uses Airtrax's patented omni wheels, which give a smooth ride and support greater loads than any previous wheel of that type. The MP2 was demonstrated alongside the MHU191 weapons transportation dolly it is designed to replace.

Airtrax president Peter Amico said omni-directional technology was ideal for the pressured environment of aircraft carriers.

"The MP2 and other omni-directional equipment will reduce the need for human-powered materials handling (which is) presently employed. Airtrax is actively pursuing several follow-on opportunities for MP2," he said.

Airtrax's ATX-3000, the world's first omni-directional forklift to enter the mainstream, is scheduled for release this year.

- Airtrax website -
2. KCI KONECRANES TO SLASH JOBS IN RESTRUCTURE 
HYVINK, Finland
KCI Konecranes will cut 200 jobs and focus on internal efficiencies.

The plan, announced with Konecranes' first half results on August 7, includes further consolidation of production facilities in Europe. President Stig Gustavson said the job losses would not affect production capacity. Restructuring has already cost the company EUR7 million (USD7.9 million) in the first half.

Konecranes' policy had been to introduce global product ranges at a slow pace, safeguarding market shares, Mr Gustavson said. But high market acceptance of its modern products and a lack of market recovery had spurred the company to quicken the pace.

Konecranes' Frankfurt operations, and other European facilities still to be identified, will be closed. The workforce would be trimmed in Finland, but Chinese component operations would be ramped up.

Konecranes said there was no market recovery in sight. Sales in all business areas, except internal sales, suffered, and total sales for the half, at EUR312.5 million (USD353.2 million) were down 9.9% compared to EUR346.8 million (USD392 million) last year. Orders received closed at EUR298.7 million (USD337.7 million), down 8.7% from EUR327.3 million (USD370 million) posted in the first half of 2002.

Sales in Europe fell 13.4% from EUR188.1 million (USD212.6 million) to EUR162.9 million (USD184.1 million) compared to the first half of 2002. Business in America was stable. Only the Asia-Pacific operations saw a noticeable upswing.

Comparing results for July 2002-June 2003 with July 2001-June 2002, this year's sales, at EUR679.3 million (USD767.9 million), were down 8.8% from EUR744.7 million (USD841.8 million). Orders received fell 10.3% to EUR570.3 million (USD644.7 million) from EUR636.1 million (USD719 million) in 2002.

- KCI Konecranes website -
3. **SAFETY FIRST** IS YOUR FORKLIFT A TOOL OR A WEAPON? 
VANCOUVER, Canada
Forklift technology has come a long way. Manufacturers are now building vehicles with in-built safety features to reduce accidents through automatic deployment of stability devices.

Some lift trucks are now equipped with automatic levelling measures, while others feature memory functions to improve accuracy in repetitive tasks.

Click here to read the full text of this special feature.
  
4. PINGUELY-HAULOTTE SEES GROWTH, DESPITE FALLING MARKET 
L'HORME, France
Pinguely-Haulotte, the world's third-largest manufacturer of aerial work platforms, has posted consolidated sales of EUR107.4 million (USD121.5 million) for the first half of 2003, a 10% increase from the first half of 2002.

Turnover for the second quarter finished at EUR67.2 million (USD76.1 million), up 7% on the EUR62.5 million (USD70.7 million) reported for Q2, 2002.

A Pinguely-Haulotte statement said its results improved due to an expansion of products and services to include financing, training and maintenance.

The expansion had allowed the company to increase turnover, despite the worldwide market downturn, "which shows a projected decrease of 10% in 2003".

"Given (decreasing exchange rates) and unclear economic prospects for the second half, the company confirms its cautious forecast for 2003 and continues optimising its production and sales facilities," the statement said.

- Pinguely-Haulotte website -
5. FORKLIFT SAFETY BLITZ LAUNCHED 
MELBOURNE, Australia
Forklifts are the major focus of a blitz on workplace safety taking place in Swan Hill, in country Victoria, next week.

The week-long operation will be conducted by WorkSafe Victoria, the state government's workplace health & safety authority.

WorkSafe transport & storage director Trevor Martin said a 53-year-old man was crushed between the mast and roll cage of a forklift in June.

"Forklifts are one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment in the workplace. Since 1958, they have been responsible for 50 deaths and more than 6000 injuries in Victoria," Mr Martin said.

"What is unique about forklifts is that more than half the people who died were not even using the machines. They were pedestrians, including the public, hit by forklifts or crushed by falling loads."

Mr Martin said it was still common to find workplaces where forklifts and pedestrians were working together with no traffic management plan.

This year WorkSafe produced an information pack to help employers prevent forklift incidents through improved forklift management.

"The pack was the result of cooperation between WorkSafe, academia and industry to find the best solutions to common problems. It is the best safety tool any company using forklifts can have," Mr Martin said.

- Download the information pack -
6. DRIVERS VIE FOR NZ CHAMPIONSHIP HONOURS 
PLAMERSTON NORTH, New Zealand
Forklift operators are in training as the township of Palmerston North prepares to defend New Zealand's National Forklift Driving Championship title for a second time.

The past two national winners have hailed from Palmerston North.

Competitors will contest the regional championships from August 26 to August 28. The winner of the Palmerston North contest, considered the toughest of the five regional finals, will represent the region and compete for a NZ7500 (USD4410) prize at the national titles in Auckland this year, the Evening Standard newspaper reported.

Chief judge Maurice Flood said the competition had been popular since it began in 1992, and he believed it had helped decrease NZ forklift fatalities from six a year in 1992 to two last year.

 

7. WORLD OF PACKING 2003
Minsk, Republic of Belarus, Belarus
23rd to 26th September 2003
8. LOGISTICA 2003
Utrecht, Netherlands
11th to 15th November 2003
9. HANNOVER MESSE 2004
Hannover, Germany
19th to 24th April 2004
 

10. FORK-LIFT TRUCKS. WORKS TRUCKS
Gramat, France
Closing: 08 October 2003 4:00pm - Contract: (CPV): 29221511
11. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT AND PARTS
Mechelen, Netherlands
Closing: 26 August 2003 11:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29220000
12. SHIP TO SHORE & RUBBER TYRED GANTRY CRANES
Felixstowe, United Kingdom
Closing: 01 September 2003 TBA - Contract: CPV:29221894
13. CONTAINER GANTRY CRANES
Pointe-a-Pitre Cedex, France
Closing: 30 September 2003 4:00pm - Contract: (CPV): 29221400
14. HARBOUR CRANES
Sete Cedex, France
Closing: 16 September 2003 5:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221411
 
15. SWEEPER/SCRUBBER SALES PERSON - FULL TIME
Los Angeles Basin, United States
 

  

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