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This is issue #135 - 27 November 2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. MEMPHIS JUDGE CONTEMPLATES LILLY DECISION
2. STEELBRO SENDS MESSAGE TO BRAND CHEATS
3. **ADVERTISEMENT** COMPONENT MANUFACTURER SEEKS PARTNERS
4. JLG INVESTORS LOOK BEYOND FINANCIALS
5. TOYOTA CHINA READY FOR PRODUCTION
6. **ADVERTISEMENT** MACHINERY FOR SALE
7. **SAFETY FIRST** FORKLIFT SAFETY PRODUCTS: STAY INFORMED
8. FORKLIFT RODEO A SAFETY SUCCESS
9. **ADVERTISEMENT** AGENTS WANTED
10. FORKLIFT USED IN ATM THEFT
11. MOVERS & SHAKERS

UPCOMING EVENTS
12. RORO 2004

OPEN TENDERS
13. RADIATOR, ENGINE COOLANT USED ON TRUCK, FORKLIFT, 10K, ROUGH TERRIAN MHE
14. TRAINING ON INTERNATIONAL TRUCK CHASSIS FOR 10K FORKLIFT
15. HIRE OF FORKLIFT TRUCKS
16. HARBOUR CRANES
17. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT
18. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT (2)

POSITIONS VACANT
19. BRANCH MANAGER - FULL TIME
20. SERVICE TECHNICIAN - FULL TIME

RESUMES
21. FIELD SERVICE ENGINEER - FULL TIME



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1. MEMPHIS JUDGE CONTEMPLATES LILLY DECISION 
MEMPHIS, TN, United States
A federal 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.

The region includes portions of Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.

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 #121).

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 the litigation.

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.

YMHC is headquartered in Greenville, North Carolina, and THMU is in Irvine, California. YMHC reports through the Nacco Materials Handling Group (NMHG), a unit of Nacco Industries Inc.

THMU denied most of YMHC's allegations and filed a counterclaim on August 27 (Forkliftaction.com News #123).

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 Americas.

A week later, TMHU filed a memorandum of law in support of Lilly's application for a preliminary injunction against YMHC.

For now, 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.
2. STEELBRO SENDS MESSAGE TO BRAND CHEATS 
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand
Steelbro, 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.

Steelbro, 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 name.

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 said.

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 NZD8,000 (USD5,000).

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 ordered.

Steelbro managing director Peter Batcheler said the order was placed after intense negotiations.

"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 -
3. **ADVERTISEMENT** COMPONENT MANUFACTURER SEEKS PARTNERS 
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4. JLG INVESTORS LOOK BEYOND FINANCIALS 
McCONNELLSBURG, PA, United States
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 USD277,000.

JLG reported sales of USD212.2 million, including USD53.4 million of OmniQuip sales. Sales in last year's comparable quarter were USD160.5 million.

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.

In North 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.

JLG 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".

JLG said 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.

"Although 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 -
5. TOYOTA CHINA READY FOR PRODUCTION 
KUNSHAN, China
Toyota's new Chinese forklift factory is ready to begin production, a move Toyota hopes will bolster its ambition to secure a niche in China.

Despite a relatively small initial investment (USD1.2 million), the factory is a key manufacturing base for Toyota, according to a China Daily report.

"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.

TIC 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 said.

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 this year.
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7. **SAFETY FIRST** FORKLIFT SAFETY PRODUCTS: STAY INFORMED 
NEWARK, OH, United States
Keeping up with new trends in any industry is hard work, especially in the ever-changing world of materials handling.

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 them?

Click here for the full text of David's column.
  
8. FORKLIFT RODEO A SAFETY SUCCESS 
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States
The Utah Manufacturers' Association's first forklift rodeo on November 22 was won by Frank Bilanzich, of Moog Aircraft, in Salt Lake City.

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 report.

Troy Bright, of Questar, in Salt Lake City, took second prize and Kent Nebeker, of Smith & Edwards, in Willard, won third place.

Use Forkliftaction.com's online events calendar to post your review
- UMA website -
9. **ADVERTISEMENT** AGENTS WANTED 
Oy Meclift Ltd, a Finnish manufacturer of innovative cargo handling equipment, is looking for agents worldwide.

Meclift products include variable reach trucks and side reach stackers for handling containers and heavy loads in harbours, paper mills, steel mills and railways. Lift capacities range from 12 to 70 tonnes.

If you are interested in promoting these world-class products, forward your company name, website, contact person, phone, fax and email address to sales@meclift.fi.

All enquiries will be treated confidentially.

See www.meclift.fi for more company and product information.
10. FORKLIFT USED IN ATM THEFT 
JOLIET, IL, United States
Thieves 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 no arrests.
11. MOVERS & SHAKERS 
McCONNELLSBURG, PA, United States
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 International Corporation.

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.
 

12. RORO 2004
Gothenburg, Sweden
25th to 27th May 2004
 

13. RADIATOR, ENGINE COOLANT USED ON TRUCK, FORKLIFT, 10K, ROUGH TERRIAN MHE
Warren MI, United States
Closing: 06 January 2004 TBA - Contract: W56HZV-04-R-0120
14. TRAINING ON INTERNATIONAL TRUCK CHASSIS FOR 10K FORKLIFT
Randolph AFB, TX, United States
Closing: 15 December 2003 TBA - Contract: F41689-04-X-0704
15. HIRE OF FORKLIFT TRUCKS
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Closing: 09 January 2004 12:00am - Contract: CPV: 71340000
16. HARBOUR CRANES
Narbonne, France
Closing: 06 January 2004 5:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221411
17. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT
Lyon Cedex, France
Closing: 02 January 2004 TBA - Contract: CPV: 29221000
18. LIFTING AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT (2)
Toulon Armees, France
Closing: 12 January 2004 4:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221000
 
19. BRANCH MANAGER - FULL TIME
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
20. SERVICE TECHNICIAN - FULL TIME
Richmond, BC (Suburb of Vancouver), Canada
 
21. FIELD SERVICE ENGINEER - FULL TIME
Anywhere considered, United Kingdom

 

  

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