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This is issue #137 - 11 December 2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
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NEWS
1. NISSAN, ATLET LINK UP IN UK
2. GOVERNMENT SUSPENDS BALKANCAR SALE
3. SOUTH OF THE BORDER: ROLF SLOBOTZKY
4. DAEWOO USA LAUNCHES ONLINE PARTS SYSTEM
5. **ADVERTISEMENT** IMPORTERS OF INDUSTRIAL FORKLIFT TYRES WANTED
6. LENCROW STRIKES E-P DISTRIBUTION DEAL
7. TOYOTA TO STAND OUT AT IMHX
8. CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR GAMES THIEVES

MEDIA RELEASES
9. PALLET TRUCK KINGDOM - YOUR SOLUTION

UPCOMING EVENTS
10. 2ND INTERMODAL AFRICA 2004 CAPE TOWN EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE
11. MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW
12. TOC 2004 ASIA - EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE
13. MHX - MATERIALS HANDLING MALAYSIA 2004

OPEN TENDERS
14. ROUGH TERRAIN CRANES (RTC)
15. CONTAINER CRANES



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1. NISSAN, ATLET LINK UP IN UK 
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands
Nissan Forklift Europe BV and Atlet AB of Sweden have expanded their cross-branding relationship into UK warehouse products.

Under an agreement signed in June 2002, both companies began cooperating in France. Now Atlet will supply warehouse products under Nissan's label to Nissan's UK distributor, Nissan Motor Ltd.

Atlet and Nissan's German distributor, Fendt Fordertechnik GmbH, this year signed a distribution agreement for Atlet's other brand, Lafis. Atlet would also market Nissan's counterbalanced forklifts in Germany, a statement said.

Atlet, founded in Sweden in 1958, has an annual turnover of EUR175 million (USD214 million). Atlet manufactures electric warehouse equipment in Mlnlycke, Sweden, and Oberhausen, Germany, for distribution in more than 30 countries.

Nissan's forklift business was founded in 1957 and has global sales of more than EUR600 million (USD733 million) a year. Nissan forklifts, manufactured in Japan, USA and Spain, are distributed in more than 80 countries.

Pictured (left to right): Atlet deputy managing director Peter Kaschner; Nissan Forklift Europe managing director Kazuhiro Hirata; Atlet managing director Marianne Nilson; Nissan Motor industrial machinery director Brendon Sparks; Nissan Forklift Europe sales & marketing general manager Kees van Santen; and Atlet area sales manager Thorbjorn Bjornefeldt.

- Atlet website - www.atlet.com
- Nissan Forklift Europe website - www.nissan-nfe.com
2. GOVERNMENT SUSPENDS BALKANCAR SALE 
SOFIA, Bulgaria
Bulgaria's Privatisation Agency has suspended the sale of ailing manufacturer Balkancar Holding and its subsidiaries after a break-down in four-month negotiations with the sole bidder.

Balcars Consortium, comprising Bulgarian industrial conglomerate Industrialen Kapital Holding and several of its subsidiaries, offered less than the minimum price for the state-owned stakes in Balkancar subsidiaries. The sale was suspended on November 20, the Bulgarian News Digest reported.

Currently, seven of the 14 subsidiaries are majority-owned by Balkancar and seven by the country's economy ministry. Balkancar has incurred outstanding debts of BGL140 million (USD88 million).

But Balkancar Holding would sell its stake in Afrocommerce of Nigeria, a joint venture which manufactures forklifts, receiver Boyana Karaivanova said. Balkancar's 20% stake in the venture is valued at USD 63,000.

Ms Karaivanova told the PARI Daily she hopes that, "by the end of the first quarter next year, we will sell the holdings in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Serbia".
3. SOUTH OF THE BORDER: ROLF SLOBOTZKY 
MEXICO CITY, Mexico
Toyota Mexico has secured a USD5 million, 180-forklift sales contract and, through it, given Cascade its biggest ever attachments sale in Mexico.

Toyota will supply 180 6,000-pound, three-stage, masted IC forklifts to Femsa, Mexico's largest Coca-Cola bottler, by December 31. Each forklift would be fitted with Cascade's single dual-pallet handler, sources said.

Toyota also secured a three-year, full service maintenance contract with the sale.

- Contact Rolf Slobotzky -
4. DAEWOO USA LAUNCHES ONLINE PARTS SYSTEM 
SUWANEE, GA, United States
Daewoo Heavy Industries America Corp (DHIAC) has launched an online parts ordering system.

It allows dealers to personalise purchase orders and is a new feature on Daewoo's website, which already offers dealers 24-hour access to parts information and manuals.

Dealers can clone or search previous orders and check pending shipments. Dealers can also keep orders open for extended periods, and select a shipping method for each part in their order.
- DHIAC website -
5. **ADVERTISEMENT** IMPORTERS OF INDUSTRIAL FORKLIFT TYRES WANTED 
Bandengroothandel Mast BV is looking for companies to distribute CARGOMASTER and LIFTGUARD solid and pneumatic forklift tyres.

We've begun a rapid expansion and are looking for new business relationships in areas where we aren't currently represented.

Although we've served the industry for more than 35 years, we have never put a dealer on every corner. Instead, we have focused on long-term relationships with a select number of importers.

If you're interested in starting a business relationship with our company, please email w.mast@cargomaster.nl.

For more information on our products, visit www.cargomaster.nl and www.liftguard.com.

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6. LENCROW STRIKES E-P DISTRIBUTION DEAL 
SYDNEY, Australia
E-P Equipment Co Ltd, a Chinese manufacturer of pedestrian materials handling equipment, has appointed Lencrow Group as its Australian distributor.

Lencrow, a national supplier and hirer of materials handling equipment, secured the distributorship this month, general manager Ross Grassick said.

"We were looking for a new line of high-quality products to introduce to the Australian market, and E-P was looking for a way to get its products into Australia," he said.

"Out national network gave them everything they were looking for, and the quality of their products more than satisfied our requirements. We're very excited about getting these products into the marketplace."

Lencrow has an extensive sales network along the east coast, and 37 agents around Australia.

- Lencrow website - www.nomadlifttrucks.com.au
- E-P website - www.ep-ep.com
7. TOYOTA TO STAND OUT AT IMHX 
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
Toyota will have a significant presence at IMHX 2004 (March 2 to March 4), building on its successful exhibition at the 2001 show.

Toyota will demonstrate its SAS stability system, standard on Generation 7 forklifts, and showcase its 24/7 electric range and Trailermaster, which have been nominated in the 2004 Fork Lift Truck Association awards.

Toyota UK marketing manager Miles Griffin said the Toyota stand promised a state-of-the-art look at how materials handling had developed.

"Visitors will be provided with an informative yet pleasurable experience that will allow them to make better choices for their materials handling operations," he said.
- Toyota UK website -
8. CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR GAMES THIEVES 
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States
Armed bandits have used forklifts to steal hundreds of Playstation2 and Xbox game consoles.

The robbers used duct tape to tie up three staff members at an ETA Transportation Consolidation Division warehouse, an Indianapolis Star report said.

Police said the robbers were inside the building for up to 30 minutes. After subduing the staff, they used two forklifts to load six pallets of consoles onto a truck.

Meanwhile, a manhunt is in progress for thieves who stole three forklifts from the back of a truck in East Kilbride, in the UK, the Evening Times reported.
 

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MIRAMAR, FL, United States
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10. 2ND INTERMODAL AFRICA 2004 CAPE TOWN EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE
Cape Town, South Africa
Thursday 5 and Friday 6 February 2004
11. MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW
Miami FL, United States
12th to 17th February 2004
12. TOC 2004 ASIA - EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE
Singapore, Singapore
2nd to 4th March 2004
13. MHX - MATERIALS HANDLING MALAYSIA 2004
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
7th to 10th July 2004
 

14. ROUGH TERRAIN CRANES (RTC)
Quantico, VA, United States
Closing: 27 February 2004 TBA - Contract: M67854-04-RTC
15. CONTAINER CRANES
Duisburg, Germany
Closing: 14 January 2004 10:00am - Contract: CPV:29221414
 

  

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