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This is issue #125 - 18 September 2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. FINANCING LAWSUIT DROPS FIVE DEFENDANTS
2. **FORK TALK** UK FORKLIFT MARKET HEADED FOR RECORD YEAR
3. BALKANCAR WOES CONTINUE
4. AUSTRALIAN STATE LAUNCHES FORKLIFT SAFETY CODE
5. **SAFETY FIRST** GIVE ME A BRAKE
6. FORKLIFT DELIVERS A SPECIAL GIFT

MEDIA RELEASES
7. ATTICA EQUIPMENT COMPLETES MORE LARGE DELIVERIES - TRADE UNITS NOW SELLING

UPCOMING EVENTS
8. EUROPEAN SUPPLY CHAIN & LOGISTICS SUMMIT
9. SLING SAFETY CONFERENCE
10. MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT SHOW 2003
11. US MARITIME SECURITY EXPO
12. CANADIAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERING - NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2003

OPEN TENDERS
13. MAINTENANCE OF FORKLIFTS ETC
14. PAINTING/TRANSPORTATION LOADERS AND FORKLIFTS
15. FORKLIFT, 2 EA., 4K CLEAN BURN DIESEL, 4,000LB CAPACITY
16. DOUBLE BRIDGE CRANE SYSTEM
17. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT AND PARTS
18. SCISSOR LIFT WORK PLATFORMS QTY 8 + 2

POSITIONS VACANT
19. SERVICE MANAGER - FULL TIME
20. SALES EXECUTIVE - FULL TIME
21. SALES CO-ORDINATOR - FULL TIME
22. EQUIPMENT PARTS SALES - FULL TIME
23. EQUIPMENT PARTS SALES - FULL TIME



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1. FINANCING LAWSUIT DROPS FIVE DEFENDANTS 
MEMPHIS, TN, United States
Citigroup Inc has narrowed the list of defendants in a forklift financing dispute pending in the US District Court in Memphis.

In a September 11 court filing, three commercial financing units of New York-based Citigroup deleted five defendants from the lawsuit without prejudice.

Toyota Material Handling USA Inc (TMHU), Toyota Financial Services Americas Corp, Lilly Co, of Memphis, BancorpSouth Bank, of Tupelo, Mississippi, and SouthTrust Bank, of Birmingham, Alabama, were dismissed as defendants.

The remaining defendants are CTK Inc, four related CTK businesses, controlling CTK shareholder Bernard Panchikal, a related rental business, and CTK employee George Terrell.

CTK has operated as Lift X Technology, ToyotaLift South, CTK Services LLC and Equipment Engineering Co and, through Mr Panchikal, Lift Truck Service & Rentals.

Forklift distributor TMHU, of Irvine, California, terminated Memphis-based CTK as a Toyota dealer six weeks ago in the culmination of a frayed relationship.

"TMHU and CTK had discussions in January regarding the status of the dealership, and the decision to terminate was not made until shortly before the actual August 1, 2003, termination date," said TMHU general counsel Ronald Roensch.

Plaintiffs CitiCapital Commercial Corp and CitiCapital Equipment Leasing Corp, both of Irving, Texas, and Citicorp Del-lease Inc, of Harrison, New York, filed the federal lawsuit in Memphis on August 18 (Forkliftaction.com News #122).
- Citigroup website -
2. **FORK TALK** UK FORKLIFT MARKET HEADED FOR RECORD YEAR 
SUNNINGHILL, United Kingdom
The British Industrial Truck Association's (BITA) report on the UK market's second-quarter performance has returned results pointing to a record 2003.

BITA members reported sales of more than 7,000 forklifts in Q2, down slightly on sales for Q2 2002, but following a record first quarter, when almost 8,000 machines were sold.

"The combined first and second quarter figures show that, with a total of almost 14,900 unit orders, 2003 has seen the best first six months ever recorded by a margin of around 500 units," BITA's report said.

"With such a good start to 2003, a second consecutive record year for the UK industry is a distinct possibility."

A breakdown of the figures showed that, in the first half, 58% of forklifts sold by BITA members were counterbalance machines. Powered pallet trucks accounted for 16%, and 11% of forklifts sold were reach trucks, a buying pattern BITA said was "in line with recent trends".
- BITA website -
3. BALKANCAR WOES CONTINUE 
SOFIA, Bulgaria
Embattled Balkancar Holding EAD, once the world's largest per-capita forklift manufacturer, made just 320 forklifts from January to July.

According to the Bulgarian News Digest, the company's output was as high as 4,316 forklift trucks in 1994. Production dropped to 522 in 2000 and 400 in 2001.

After several failed privatisation attempts, Balkancar was declared insolvent in September 2002 with debts totalling 400,000 levs (USD99.7 million). The company's largest creditors are Roseximbank, to which it owes 111.7 million levs (USD61.8 million), Yorset Holding, 31 million levs (USD17.2 million) and Biochim Bank, 1.2 million levs (USD700,000).

In the late 1980s, the state-owned company made Bulgaria the world's number one per capita producer of forklifts. Balkancar forklifts led the Eastern Europe and Comecon markets, and the company sold its products in Asia and Africa. Comecon was an economic organisation similar to the EU, linking the former USSR with Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, East Germany, Mongolia, Cuba, Vietnam, Albania and Yugoslavia. It was disbanded in June 1991. With EU approval in 1997, Balkancar forklifts were sold in England, Italy, Germany, Spain, Turkey, the Czech Republic and Croatia.
4. AUSTRALIAN STATE LAUNCHES FORKLIFT SAFETY CODE 
MELBOURNE, Australia
The Victorian state government is developing a forklift safety code of conduct to be distributed to forklift owners early next year.

WorkSafe Victoria is developing the code with manufacturers and suppliers in the latest move to fight forklift-related fatalities, an Australian Associated Press report said. Fifty people have died in forklift accidents in Victoria since 1985.

WorkSafe's transport, storage & trade operational strategy manager, Lance Kenningham, said the code, expected to be implemented by January, would cover minimum safety requirements for all forklifts.

A study found 28 of the 50 forklift victims were working around the vehicles, 15 operators were crushed, six deaths followed falls from forklifts and one person died from inhaling exhaust fumes.

"Forklifts have become such a common feature in the workplace that people start to get blas about them," Mr Kenningham said. "They are an extremely dangerous piece of equipment.

"We intend to target employers and suppliers of forklifts who don't do the right thing, very vigorously," he said.
- WorkSafe website -
5. **SAFETY FIRST** GIVE ME A BRAKE 
VANCOUVER, Canada
Sit-down counterbalance forklifts can be very difficult to stop, particularly on wet surfaces. Many operators don't know the vehicles have brakes only on the front wheels.  
6. FORKLIFT DELIVERS A SPECIAL GIFT 
HESSTON, KS, United States
A forklift has helped bring four metres of joy to children at a non-profit day care centre in Hesston, Kansas.

The two-storey playhouse, which features two-metre ceilings, carpet, curtains and a staircase, swayed back and forth as the forklift delivered it to Hesston Community Child Care Centre this week (pictured).

The playhouse, constructed as a fundraiser for the Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, was donated by the winners, Wayne and Edna Decker, according to the Newton Kansan newspaper.

Picture courtesy of the Newton Kansan newspaper.
 

7. ATTICA EQUIPMENT COMPLETES MORE LARGE DELIVERIES - TRADE UNITS NOW SELLING
COQUITLAM, Canada
Attica Equipment Ltd has supplied 32 Kalmar forklifts to Doman Industries for USD3.85 million, and completed two other large orders for 30,000lbs capacity Kalmar forklifts.

Under each deal, Attica acquired trade units, from 1978 to late 1990s, available now at wholesale prices for immediate worldwide delivery.

Attica Equipment has sold forklifts and other machinery in Western Canada for 24 years. Products include Kalmar and TCM forklifts, Club Car golf & industrial vehicles and Rol-Lift material handling equipment.

Phone (604) 941-9608
Fax (604) 941-2158
Visit www.atticaequip.com
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8. EUROPEAN SUPPLY CHAIN & LOGISTICS SUMMIT
London, United Kingdom
28th & 29th October 2003
9. SLING SAFETY CONFERENCE
City of Commerce, California, United States
29th October 2003
10. MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT SHOW 2003
Moscow, Russia
29th October - 1 November 2003
11. US MARITIME SECURITY EXPO
New York, United States
29th & 30th Oct 2003
12. CANADIAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERING - NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2003
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
2-5 November 2003
 

13. MAINTENANCE OF FORKLIFTS ETC
APO, AE, 09094-3115, Germany
Closing: 19 September 2003 2:00pm - Contract: FF4070-3188-0100
14. PAINTING/TRANSPORTATION LOADERS AND FORKLIFTS
Travis AFB, United States
Closing: 23 September 2003 TBA - Contract: F1305831781000
15. FORKLIFT, 2 EA., 4K CLEAN BURN DIESEL, 4,000LB CAPACITY
Fort Richardson, AK, United States
Closing: 25 September 2003 12:00pm - Contract: DABQ03-03-T-0090
16. DOUBLE BRIDGE CRANE SYSTEM
Keyport, WA, United States
Closing: 26 September 2003 TBA - Contract: N0025303Q0310
17. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT AND PARTS
Linkoeping, Sweden
Closing: 08 October 2003 TBA - Contract: CPV:29220000
18. SCISSOR LIFT WORK PLATFORMS QTY 8 + 2
Tinker AFB, United States
Closing: 10 October 2003 TBA - Contract: F34650-03-T-0236
 
19. SERVICE MANAGER - FULL TIME
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
20. SALES EXECUTIVE - FULL TIME
Northwest, United Kingdom
21. SALES CO-ORDINATOR - FULL TIME
Melbourne, Australia
22. EQUIPMENT PARTS SALES - FULL TIME
Swedesboro, United States
23. EQUIPMENT PARTS SALES - FULL TIME
Swedesboro, United States
 

  

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