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This is issue #138 - 18 December
2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry
Welcome to our second and final special issue
highlighting the materials handling industry in the
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UK MARKET FIERCELY COMPETITIVE |
LONDON, United Kingdom
part two of Forkliftaction.com's focus on materials
handling in the UK. In this final article,
Forkliftaction.com has interviewed the UK's industry
heavyweights and concentrated on the big news that has
shaped the industry in 2003.
Unlike other world
materials handling industries, 75% of the 30,000
forklifts sold in the UK this year were contract-hire
purchases. That meant only a small percentage of
manufacturers' customers were individuals; companies
dealt mostly with large corporate customers.
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JUNGHEINRICH TO CLOSE FRENCH DIVISION
will proceed with plans to close its struggling French
hand pallet truck business, MIC
Jungheinrich's board made the decision
official at a meeting on December 13. In accordance with
French labour laws, the 375 employees affected were
being informed, a statement said.
announced it was considering the closure in its
September 30 interim report. "This move is currently
predicted to have a one-time total impact of
approximately EUR30 million (USD37 million) to EUR35
million (USD43 million) on the group result," the
Jungheinrich website -
GERMAN GIANT SINKS FUNDS INTO CHINA
Truck Co Ltd, Linde AG's Chinese manufacturing base,
will establish a research centre to develop new
technology and introduce new products from
Founded 10 years ago, Linde-Xiamen
exported 3,500 forklifts and earned USD450 million this
year, a Xinhua News Agency report said.
equipped the manufacturing facility with advanced
production lines and its products were equivalent in
quality to Europe's, the report
Linde-Xiamen's annual sales soared to 4,000
trucks in 2002, compared to little more than 100 10
years ago. Over the decade, Linde-Xiamen has produced
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BT ROLATRUC: PRIDE IN PERFORMANCE
BERKSHIRE, United Kingdom
Rolatruc has been demonstrating its "pride in
performance" (PIP) safety program in a series of
presentations to customers around the UK.
first announced in July, is designed to reduce the costs
of accidental damage in warehouse operations. Six
presentations have been held in London, Leeds, Hinkley,
Chepstow, Huntingdon, and Warrington.
A key part
of the presentations was a motivational film for
operators presented by television personality Karl
Howman, better known as Jacko from the BBC's Brush
Strokes lifestyle program.
"Mr Howman's natural,
down-to-earth approach was just right to get drivers
interested," said BT Rolatruc spokesman Dave Rostance.
"The film explains how important operators are in the
BT Rolatruc website -
DAIRY DRIVER WINS NZ CHAMPIONSHIP
AUCKLAND, New Zealand
a forklift driver for national dairy company Fonterra,
has won the New Zealand National Forklift Drivers'
Mr Pennall was among 450 entrants
and was selected as one of 12 finalists who battled for
the title in Auckland on November 26 and November
Chief judge Maurice Flood, national forklift
instructors' registrar for New Zealand's Occupational
Safety & Health Service, which staged the event,
said Mr Pennall was the "best of the
"Drivers were gruellingly tested over the
two days, and the judges had a reducing tolerance for
error over each stage. We also used a reach truck this
year, which was a wildcard for many drivers," he
Mr Pennall won NZ1,000 (USD650), a trophy
and a trip for two to the Australian Grand Prix.
- OSH website -
PLANT WORKERS OVERCOME
OMAHA, NE, United States
workers were rushed to an Omaha hospital yesterday
suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning after a
propane-fuelled forklift was used in a confined
Firefighters told news service KETV that
carbon monoxide levels in the plant were extremely high.
The plant owner would install CO detectors to prevent
the problem reoccurring in future.
were treated with oxygen and later released from
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CASCADE PROMOTES KERN TO CORPORATE VICE PRESIDENT MHP
MARKETING & SALES
PORTLAND, OR, United
Cascade Corporation has appointed Mike Kern to
Corporate Vice President Material Handling Products
(MHP) Marketing and Sales.
Kern joined Cascade in
1966, acting most recently as Director of MHP Marketing
and Sales for the Americas. Now he also coordinates
European MHP Marketing and Sales, and MHP programs
By working with dealers and end users
around the globe, Cascade has become the premier
supplier to the material handling industry.
- Cascade website -
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