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MEMPHIS JUDGE CONTEMPLATES LILLY
MEMPHIS, TN, United States
judge in Memphis is contemplating ways to resolve the
claims of two forklift industry heavyweights which both
want Lilly Co and Lilly-related businesses to represent
their mid-south regional interests.
includes portions of Tennessee, Mississippi and
Yale Materials Handling Corp (YMHC)
sued Toyota Material Handling USA Inc (TMHU) and Lilly
on July 30, claiming Toyota interfered in Yale's
long-time dealer relationship with Lilly (Forkliftaction.com News
On November 19, Judge JD Breen heard
the case in the US District Court and will deliver his
verdict on an unspecified date.
So far, the judge
has not addressed Lilly's request for a preliminary
injunction to prohibit YMHC from terminating it during
Lilly represents Yale in two
sales territories with separate YMHC offices in Memphis
and Nashville, Tennessee. On a permanent or temporary
basis, the judge could grant or deny Lilly's injunction
request for either or both offices.
headquartered in Greenville, North Carolina, and THMU is
in Irvine, California. YMHC reports through the Nacco
Materials Handling Group (NMHG), a unit of Nacco
THMU denied most of YMHC's
allegations and filed a counterclaim on August 27 (Forkliftaction.com News
Lilly filed its pre-hearing brief on
November 12 and submitted depositions from Donald Chance
Jr, president of Yale; William Pleger, director of
dealer development for Yale; Reginald Eklund, president
of NMHG; and Colin Wilson, president of NMHG
A week later, TMHU filed a memorandum
of law in support of Lilly's application for a
preliminary injunction against YMHC.
Memphis-based Lilly continues to represent YMHC. Since
August 1, Lilly-related business interests, through
recently-formed Mid-South Lift Trucks Inc (MSLT), have
represented THMU as a service and delivery agent. Thomas
J Clark III is Lilly president and MSLT principal.
STEELBRO SENDS MESSAGE TO BRAND CHEATS
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand
a New Zealand-based manufacturer of sidelifters, has won
a court order stopping a competitor from using the name
"Containerlift" in the UK and Europe.
with its European distributor, Containerlift Sales,
brought the action in the New Zealand High Court in
June, after a competitor, Maxwell Rotors, set up a
website, "Containerlift.com" and advertised under the
Maxwell Rotors sells second-hand container
handling equipment around the world. Its director, Max
Tooley, first registered the domain name in 1999 after
obtaining a Steelbro Containerlift video, Steelbro
The Containerlift group has been operating
and selling Steelbro Sidelifters in the UK since 1990.
As part of its promotional activity, Containerlift set
up "Containerlift.co.uk" in 1997.
The court found
there was an "irresistible inference" that Mr Tooley got
the idea for the name "Containerlift" from the video, or
from his earlier knowledge of the Containerlift company.
Steelbro and Containerlift were awarded costs of
Meanwhile, Steelbro has
received a multi-million-dollar order for the immediate
supply of "a significant number" of sidelifters for use
in rebuilding war-torn Iraq. After an initial inquiry to
one of its US distributors, Steelbro received an order
from an unnamed source in Kuwait. The company would not
reveal the total number of units
Steelbro managing director Peter
Batcheler said the order was placed after intense
"Despite an urgent delivery
requirement, we were able to supply the order on time.
We had a large number of units available from our
international stock, and some were diverted from current
production in Christchurch," he said.
- Steelbro website -
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JLG INVESTORS LOOK BEYOND FINANCIALS
McCONNELLSBURG, PA, United
JLG Industries Inc has reported lower profit
and generally flat sales for its first quarter, which
ended on October 31.
JLG said it had had
"aggressively" integrated its OmniQuip purchase (Forkliftaction.com News #115), leading
to a fall in profit from USD329,000 in 1Q 2002 to
JLG reported sales of USD212.2
million, including USD53.4 million of OmniQuip sales.
Sales in last year's comparable quarter were USD160.5
JLG said it expected to complete
relocating production of military telehandlers from
OmniQuip's plant in Port Washington, Wisconsin, to its
McConnellsburg facility in December.
America, rental fleets continued to age, with the
average age expected to be 42-56 months by the end of
2003. The ageing led to "increased servicing costs to
rental companies and an increasing need for fleet
refreshment", said JLG chairman Bill Lasky.
observed improvement in fleet utilisation and rental
rates "due to the concerted efforts of rental companies
to improve rates and the increased demand for equipment,
especially on the (US) west coast".
international sales volumes increased "primarily in
Australia and the Pacific Rim. Although these segments
are not as significant as North America, we are seeing
profit improvements there and in [parts of] Europe".
Europe overall, however, was lagging.
there are pockets of strength (such as Spain), we
haven't seen any solid improvement in overall economic
conditions in Europe," he said. "The economy there has
lagged (behind) the US, and some markets remain in
recession. If the spring and summer construction season
of calendar 2004 shows improvement in the US, a broader
European recovery may follow a year later."
- JLG website -
TOYOTA CHINA READY FOR PRODUCTION
Toyota's new Chinese
forklift factory is ready to begin production, a move
Toyota hopes will bolster its ambition to secure a niche
Despite a relatively small initial
investment (USD1.2 million), the factory is a key
manufacturing base for Toyota, according to a China
"The major reason for us to set up
such a facility here is the forklift industry's fast
growth and big potential," said Tadashi Ishikawa, Toyota
Industries Corporation (TIC) president.
senior managing director Tatsuo Matsuura said the
factory entered trials in April and was expected to
produce 300 units by the end of this year. Starting with
one to three tonne IC forklifts, the factory would see
its annual output raised to more than 1,500 units in the
next two years.
Toyota said it would further
expand its investment in the factory if market response
was encouraging. "Our target is to take a 10% market
share in China by 2008," Mr Matsuura
Chinese-built forklifts would supply the
Chinese market through Toyota Material Handling
(Shanghai) Co Ltd's dealership network, established this
year. The network also distributes Toyota's imported
forklifts. The report said demand for forklifts had
grown from 23,500 units in 2001 to around 40,000 units
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**SAFETY FIRST** FORKLIFT SAFETY PRODUCTS: STAY
NEWARK, OH, United States
with new trends in any industry is hard work, especially
in the ever-changing world of materials
Things change so fast it can make your
head spin and the overwhelming amount of email, mail and
magazines we receive gets processed quickly. If
something doesn't catch my eye in the first second, it
will probably be overlooked. How are we, as materials
handling professionals, supposed to inform end users of
new products if we ourselves are not aware of
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FORKLIFT RODEO A SAFETY SUCCESS
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United
The Utah Manufacturers' Association's first
forklift rodeo on November 22 was won by Frank
Bilanzich, of Moog Aircraft, in Salt Lake
The 13 entrants, all certified forklift
operators, competed in four events: safety inspection, a
zigzag course, an obstacle course and a trailer loading
and unloading event, according to a Salt Lake Tribune
Troy Bright, of Questar, in Salt Lake
City, took second prize and Kent Nebeker, of Smith &
Edwards, in Willard, won third place.
Forkliftaction.com's online events calendar to post your review
- UMA website -
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FORKLIFT USED IN ATM THEFT
JOLIET, IL, United States
used a stolen forklift to steal an automatic teller
machine, containing about USD50,000, from a bank in
Joliet, Illinois, police said.
Police said the
ATM was ripped from a wall at Joliet's Numark Credit
Union branch on November 17. The thieves stole the
forklift and the truck it was loaded onto from a
landscaping business across the street, a Chicago
Tribune report said.
An alarm went off
immediately, but the truck was gone when police arrived.
Police later found the ATM and the truck in a parking
lot some distance from the bank.
There have been
MOVERS & SHAKERS
McCONNELLSBURG, PA, United
JLG Industries Inc has named Jeff Bowen as
vice president of human resources. He will assume the
position from Samuel Swope, who will retire in 2004. Mr
Bowen was the top divisional human resources
professional for international truck group Navistar
WIESBADEN, Germany -
Linde AG has appointed Dr Peter Diesch as chief
financial officer. Dr Diesch, a board member at Tchibo
Holding AG, is the former managing director of Airbus
Deutschland GmbH and Dornier Medizintechnik GmbH. He
replaces Hero Brahms, who retires from Linde when his
contract expires on June 30, 2004.
RADIATOR, ENGINE COOLANT USED ON TRUCK, FORKLIFT, 10K,
ROUGH TERRIAN MHE|
Warren MI, United
Closing: 06 January 2004 TBA - Contract:
TRAINING ON INTERNATIONAL TRUCK CHASSIS FOR 10K
Randolph AFB, TX, United
Closing: 15 December 2003 TBA - Contract:
HIRE OF FORKLIFT TRUCKS
Newcastle upon Tyne,
Closing: 09 January 2004 12:00am -
Contract: CPV: 71340000
06 January 2004 5:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221411
LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT
Closing: 02 January 2004 TBA - Contract: CPV:
LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT (2)
Closing: 12 January 2004 4:00pm -
Contract: CPV: 29221000
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