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This is issue #122 - 28 August
2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry
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week Forkliftaction.com's research team has revised and added
specifications in the Equipment
Catalogue for the Toyota
range of forklifts and tow motors, manufactured at Toyota's
TIESA plant in France and sold throughout Europe. If you deal
with this brand, please check our entries and contact research
Lamb if changes are required.
US DEALER LITIGATION EXPANDS |
MEMPHIS, TN, United States
law suit involving forklift dealer relations and
finances has been filed in the US District Court in
Three commercial financing units of New
York-based Citigroup Inc are suing former Toyota
forklift dealer CTK Inc, controlling CTK shareholder
Bernard Panchikal, equipment maker Toyota Materials
Handling USA Inc (TMHU) and seven others. The suit was
filed on August 18.
According to documents
obtained by Forkliftaction.com News, CTK owed USD5.8
million to the Citigroup units and USD4.6 million to
Toyota Financial Services America Corp. Both funding
sources had blanket security on CTK's assets, according
to the court documents.
CTK had done business
through Lift X Technology, ToyotaLift South and related
companies, but TMHU terminated its existing dealer
relationship on August 1. CTK had operations in Memphis
and Jackson, Tennessee; Tupelo and Jackson, Mississippi;
and elsewhere in the USA.
Commercial Corp and CitiCapital Equipment Leasing Corp,
both of Irving, Texas, and Citicorp Del-lease Inc, of
Harrison, New York, had provided financing for
Tupelo-based CTK's sales and rental of lift
The CitiCapital suit said TMHU
"unilaterally, surreptitiously and without legal
authority" seized and relocated CTK assets on August 2
and August 3, in part during a major storm-related
electrical blackout. The assets were moved to forklift
dealer Lilly Co, in Memphis, and other locations, and
those actions contravened CitiCapital's security of CTK
assets, according to the suit.
agreed to pay CTK USD6.8 million, of which USD4.2
million was designated to pay off most of the debt to
Toyota Financial Services.
negotiated a severe non-competition agreement with
CTK was limited to its current non-Toyota
customer base for service and rentals and prohibited
from "purchasing additional lift trucks of any brand",
the CitiCapital suit said. "In effect, this would result
in the destruction and liquidation of the CTK
defendants" and "clear the way" for a TMHU-Lilly
alliance "to operate as a Toyota lift truck dealer
without competition from CTK".
Such an alliance
is the subject of other pending litigation, reported in
Forkliftaction.com News #121. The same
Memphis court has scheduled an October 29 hearing, on
the request of Yale Material Handling Corp (YMHC), for a
preliminary injunction against TMHU, of Irvine,
California, and Lilly. YMHC objects to the break-up of
its decades-long business relationship with Lilly and
blames TMHU for encouraging Lilly to breach an existing
Yale-Lilly dealer agreement.
An August 22
teleconference set the court schedule for the YMHC suit.
Attorneys are to complete depositions by October 15 and
exchange documents for the hearing by October 20. Both
cases were assigned to federal judge J Daniel
YMHC is an operating division within the
materials handling group of Nacco Industries Inc, of
Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
Citigroup website -
CLARK APPOINTS ATLANTA DEALER
ATLANTA, GA, United States
forklift maker Clark Material Handling Company has
appointed Operant Material Solutions as its Atlanta
Operant will stock new, rental and
used machines and other Clark products, and establish an
aftermarket parts department. Operant chief executive
Jeffrey Welsh said the company expected to service 3500
Clark machines this year.
"I am very impressed by
the new Clark, its management team and its product line.
We are seeing a significant increase in demand among
Clark customers, and look forward to enhancing Clark's
legacy in Atlanta," he said.
Operant was formed
in May when the company acquired the assets of Clarklift
of Atlanta Inc and Clarklift Material Handling Inc, of
Macon, Georgia. The Macon assets were immediately
consolidated into the Atlanta operation.
said Operant would build a nationwide network, and
planned to add 15 locations throughout the USA over the
next two years.
"Our acquisition of assets from
two locations immediately gave Operant the equipment and
parts inventory required to serve our large customer
base," he said.
Clark president Brian Butler said
the company was pleased to welcome Operant to its
business family. Atlanta was "a tremendous opportunity"
for both companies.
CURRENCY TO BLAME FOR BT'S SALES PLUNGE
BT Industries says a
4% drop in net sales for the half-year to June 30 is
entirely due to foreign currency rates, particularly a
weaker US dollar.
BT, reporting its results on
August 21, achieved SEK5.88 billion (USD690.26 million)
in sales for the half, down from SEK6.09 billion
(USD714.79 million) in the first half last year. Orders
received fell 6% from SEK6.38 billion (USD749.18
million) to SEK6.02 billion (USD706.57
Chief executive Per Zaunders said
continued uncertainty in the global economy had affected
buyers' investment decisions.
"In North America,
demand for warehouse trucks declined 6% compared with
the corresponding period of 2002," he said. "In Europe,
slight volume growth has been noted, although there were
major differences between individual countries. In the
rest of the world, demand for warehouse trucks has
BT's report said: "It is our opinion that
the economic downward trend has passed the bottom and,
from now on, we should see a gradual, more positive
BT's sales fell for
counterbalance and warehouse forklifts, but manual
handling trucks felt the decline the worst, dropping 14%
from SEK234 million (USD27.46 million) to SEK202 million
(USD23.71 million) at June 30.
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**SAFETY FIRST** FORKLIFT SAFETY: AN INDUSTRY-WIDE
NEWARK, OH, United
Forkliftaction.com News this week welcomes
another "Safety First" contributor, David Hoover,
president of Forklift Training Systems. In this edition,
David focuses on the role manufacturers play in forklift
here for the full text of this special
ZPMC WINS 10-RTG ORDER
HONG KONG, China
operator Modern Terminals Ltd has ordered 10
rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) from Shanghai Zhenhua
Port Machinery Co Ltd (ZPMC). The contract's value was
Modern Terminals said in a
statement that the RTGs would be deployed at its
Container Terminal 9 (CT9) facility, which is coming on
stream in phases at Kwai Chung Port.
would have a reach of one over six high and one plus six
wide, and a maximum handling capacity of 50LT under
spreader for twin-lift operations. An array of advanced
technology and automation features would also be
incorporated, the company said.
container management system would indicate container bay
row tier positions using a global positioning system. It
would communicate with the terminal's control centre via
a radio data transmission on vehicle-mounted terminal
system for better container management and
Container handling time would be
reduced through the use of container stacking profile
and spreader path optimisation systems.
Terminals' managing director Erik Christensen said the
RTGs were one element in an array of state-of-the-art
equipment the company was deploying to create one of the
most technologically advanced and efficient container
handling facilities in the world.
investing heavily to ensure our new berths will deliver
maximum productivity, the highest safety standards and
optimal levels of service to our customers," he
Mr Christensen said ZPMC was chosen because
of the performance of 10 RTGs previously supplied by the
company. The new cranes would be delivered to CT9 by
CT9 is the largest single terminal
infrastructure project ever undertaken in Hong Kong. The
first berth owned by Modern Terminals will become
operational this year. When completed, Modern Terminals
will own and operate four of the six berths, giving the
company 1,240 metres of continuous quayside frontage,
plus a terminal area of 48.85 hectares.
with its existing facilities at Terminals 1, 2 and 5,
the completion of CT9 (south) will boost Modern
Terminals' throughput to 5.5 million twenty-foot
equivalent units a year.
- ZPMC website -
FORKLIFT IN CHEMICAL SPILL
LAKEWOOD, CO, United States
forklift caused a chemical spill which saw the
evacuation of two buildings and the lock-down of three
The forklift was on the back
of a semi-trailer when it punctured a barrel of mixed
acetone and chloroform, spilling up to 10 gallons (45
litres) of the flammable mixture in Lakewood, a West
Metro Fire Department spokesman told Associated
Three schools were locked down and asked
to shut off air conditioning systems. Two buildings in a
nearby federal centre were evacuated after vapours were
sucked into their ventilation systems.
No one was
ROSS ISSUED PATENT|
BELLEFONTAINE, OH, United
Biomet-Ross, Inc., parent company of Ross
Hydrostatic Lift Trucks, LLC has been issued Patent No.
6,604,601 for a forklift drive train.
quite an achievement for the company to have pioneered
the design, development, and manufacture of the worlds
first and only patented electric hydrostatic drive
forklift," says Biomet-Ross, Inc Chairman Keith Ross,
The most desirable market place for Ross lift
trucks will be the harshest and most demanding
conditions for an electric lift truck, such as the
carpet and paper industries.
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or visit www.rosshydro.com.
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QTY 4 FORKLIFT, 2 TON|
Closing: 04 September 2003 2:00pm - Contract:
SHEET METAL STORAGE RACK
Luke AFB, AZ, United
Closing: 03 September 2003 TBA - Contract:
Closing: 06 October 2003 4:00pm -
Contract: (CPV): 29221894.
EXCHANGE 4 OLD FOR 4 NEW FORKLIFTS
Stewart, GA, United States
Closing: 22 September 2003
TBA - Contract: DABK3703T0123
SCISSOR LIFT WORK PLATFORMS
Tinker AFB, OK,
Closing: 10 October 2003 TBA -
HIRE OF FORK-LIFT TRUCKS
Closing: 06 September 2003 TBA - Contract:
ELECTRIC TOW TRACTOR
Luke AFB, AZ, United
Closing: 01 September 2003 4:00pm - Contract:
LIFTING, HANDLING, LOADING OR UNLOADING
September 2003 TBA - Contract: CPV: 29221800
INSTALL WIRE MESH PARTITIONS IN PAPER
Washington, D.C, United
Closing: 05 September 2003 TBA - Contract:
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