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This is issue #141 - 22 January 2004 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
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NEWS
1. **EXCLUSIVE** SMH ON THE ACQUISITION TRAIL
2. AIRTRAX FILCO BUYOUT - TAKE TWO
3. COURT REDUCES JCB ANTI-COMPETITION CHARGES, FINE
4. **ADVERTISEMENT** MACHINERY FOR SALE
5. ITA, OSHA FORM ALLIANCE
6. **FORK TALK** VAUGHN ELECTED 2004 AED PRESIDENT
7. TOYOTA LAUNCHES BRAZILIAN SUBSIDIARY
8. **ADVERTISEMENT** NEW PIVOT SEAT NOW AVAILABLE FOR FORKLIFTS & UTILITY TRUCKS!
9. WORLD MARKET PREPARING FOR IMHX
10. ROBBERS IN BANK BUNGLE

MEDIA RELEASES
11. INTEGRATED QUALITY SERVICES ARE NEW EUROPEAN AGENT FOR CHINESE COMPONENT MANUFACTURER

UPCOMING EVENTS
12. IMHX 2004 - INCLUDES UK'S FLT DRIVER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
13. PROLOGISTICS & EMPAK
14. MATERIALS & MANUAL HANDLING / SAFETY IN ACTION
15. BUILDEXPO' 04

OPEN TENDERS
16. WAREHOUSE EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
17. FORKLIFT TRUCK MAINTENANCE

POSITIONS VACANT
18. SALES ANALYST - FULL TIME
19. ROAD SERVICE TECHNICIAN - FULL TIME



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1. **EXCLUSIVE** SMH ON THE ACQUISITION TRAIL 
OLATHE, KS, United States
US parts giant Systems Material Handling Co (SMH) has made two strategic acquisitions.

SMH, which was taken over by Belgian parts giant TVH Forklift Parts last year, acquired Paragon Parts LLC, of Louisville, KY, and Kiser Products Inc, of Haven, KS, last month. Financial details of the acquisitions were not revealed.

SMH said it would acquire all assets of Paragon and merge the company into its US and Canadian operations. Paragon's Louisville, KY, facility would be closed.

SMH domestic sales manager Cathy Diaz said: "Part of the reason customers called Paragon was that they needed parts SMH did not offer. SMH plans to continue sourcing hard-to-find parts for Paragon customers using the same methods and sources that proved successful for Paragon."

The Kiser acquisition means SMH will immediately begin offering Kiser's popular Mag-Klip, Mag-Mirr and Mag-Kaddy lines through its TotalSource catalogue and Information Resource Management Network online system.

The acquisition followed "a financial setback" which crippled Kiser's production and sales last year.

Ms Diaz said the Kiser line would be made available worldwide through TVH and TVH Australasia catalogues and ordering systems this year.
- SMH website -
2. AIRTRAX FILCO BUYOUT - TAKE TWO 
MULHEIM, Germany
FiLCO GmbH has signed a second letter of intent with Airtrax Inc for the sale of "a substantial part" of its equity.

The agreement, scheduled to close by January 31, follows an abandoned buyout deal the companies pursued in April last year and is contingent on a revision of agreements on the number of people to be hired by FiLCO GmbH.

FiLCO produced 560 forklifts in 2003 and plans to continue producing Filco-branded units, refurbishing Clark units and seeking additional private manufacturing for its 25,000 square-metre (270,000 square feet) facility.

No financial details of the proposed transaction were released.
3. COURT REDUCES JCB ANTI-COMPETITION CHARGES, FINE 
LUXEMBOURG CITY, Luxembourg
The Court of First Instance has annulled three anti-competitive trading charges against JCB and ordered a 25% reduction of a GBP25 million (USD45.7 million) European Commission fine.

The court reduced the penalty on January 13 after an appeal by JCB against five charges of anti-competitive behaviour. The court dismissed three of the five charges brought by the European Commission (EC), Europe's anti-competition watchdog. The EC was also ordered to pay 25% of JCB's costs.

The original judgement was delivered in December 2000, finding JCB was acting to hamper competition with dealer agreements.

JCB chief executive John Patterson said the company, which was seeking a full overturn of the original judgement, was considering an appeal to the European Court of Justice.

"Although the judgement vindicates JCB's decision to appeal, we are naturally disappointed the court did not uphold the appeal in its entirety," he said. "We will now be examining the judgement before deciding whether an appeal will be lodged."

- Read the judgement -
4. **ADVERTISEMENT** MACHINERY FOR SALE 
Qty. 2 Hyster Hyster H800E/H36.00E, year 2000
Coil Handling or Fork Handling Configuration

H970E/H44.00E with special engineering from Hyster. 80,000 pounds at 48 LC (36,000 kg @ 1200mm), wheelbase shortened 22 (56cm). Equipped as follows:
Cummins QSB11 Turbo Diesel
3 Speed Powershift
180in/4.6m OAHL Omni Mast (Single Stage)
90in/2.3m Integral Coil Ram
Cabin with A/C & Extended for rider/trainee
4,400 & 4,800 hours
Options Available
124in/3.2m Fork Carriage with side shift or fork positioner
Forks to Specification
173in/4.4m MFH Standard Vista Upright (2 stage)

Contact: Matt Dougherty
FCM, Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
P: +1-404-363-4888
W: www.fcmforklifts.com
E: matt@fcmforklifts.com

5. ITA, OSHA FORM ALLIANCE 
WASHINGTON, DC, United States
The Industrial Truck Association (ITA) and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) have formed an alliance, with the sole aim of protecting workers from forklift hazards.

OSHA administrator John Henshaw said thousands of preventable forklift-related injuries occurred each year in the USA.

"The alliance is designed to do something about that. We look forward to ITA's counsel and expertise in designing training and information products that will have a positive impact on the health and safety of workers," he said.

ITA president Dirk von Holt said the ITA was looking forward to working with OSHA regulators.

"The ITA has a long history of working with OSHA. We believe formalising this relationship is a major step towards increasing worker safety."

A joint statement said the alliance would:
Promote training based on OSHA's operator training standard;
Develop safety information for possible inclusion in operator manuals and distribution through online, print and electronic media; and
Provide speakers, exhibit or appear at events such as ITA's annual or spring meetings, and participate in forums on issues about forklifts.
- ITA website -
6. **FORK TALK** VAUGHN ELECTED 2004 AED PRESIDENT 
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States
Dale Vaughn, president of OCT Equipment Inc, has been elected 2004 president of Associated Equipment Distributors (AED).

Vaughn was installed during AED's 85th annual meeting in Orlando this month, attended by 2,300 distributors and manufacturers.

Other AED officers elected were:
Senior vice president: Walter Berry, president of Berry Companies Inc, Wichita, KS.
Vice president: Dale Leppo, president of LeppoRents/Bobcat of Akron, OH.
Vice president: Les Bebchick, president of Equipment & Systems for Industry Inc, Hopkinton, MA.
Vice president, Canada: Brian Taschuk, vice president and COO of Hammer Equipment Sales Ltd, Calgary, Alberta.
Vice president of finance: James Price, executive vice president of Valley Supply and Equipment Co, Funkstown, MD.
- AED website -
7. TOYOTA LAUNCHES BRAZILIAN SUBSIDIARY 
KARIYA, Japan
Toyota Industries Corp will establish a forklift sales subsidiary, Toyota Industries Mercosur (TIM), in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this month.

The new company, which starts trading in April, would have JPY1 billion (USD9.3 million) in paid-up capital, and would sell forklifts in Brazil and Argentina, a Japanese News Digest report said.

Until now, Toyota had sold forklifts in the two countries through South American subsidiaries of the carmaker Toyota Motor Corp. Toyota expects to sell 800 forklifts in Brazil and Argentina this year, up from 530 last year.
8. **ADVERTISEMENT** NEW PIVOT SEAT NOW AVAILABLE FOR FORKLIFTS & UTILITY TRUCKS! 
The Huddle Group has introduced the "Transport" retrofitable pivot seat.
The "U-TURN" Pivot is also available as a stand alone unit, retrofitable with all seats and trucks!
Universal - fits most seat/truck combinations
15-degree pivot
Choice - "Both Way" or "One Way" pivot
Low profile - only adds 5/8" to height
Durable, heavy-duty construction
Huddle also has a "Rebound" suspension unit (for WBV and low-frequency vibration) and a full ergonomic seat incorporating both the U-Turn and Rebound.
CONTACT: Huddle Group, +1-260-470-9838, visit www.huddlegroup.com, or email: rovitt@huddlegroup.com.
9. WORLD MARKET PREPARING FOR IMHX 
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
The world forklift market is getting excited about IMHX 2004, opening at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre on March 2.

The official sponsor, the Fork Lift Truck Association, will have a dedicated stand at the show, featuring a display of scale model forklifts. The FLTA is encouraging members to use its stand as their "base camp" for exploring the rest of the show.

Barloworld and Hyster have joined forces for an assault on the show, adopting a "Smarthandling" central theme, designed to address key aspects of materials handling: cost management, process improvement, and environmental and health & safety concerns.

Hyster's full product line will be on display, and the manufacturer will offer a sneak preview of its JXMT three-wheel battery electric forklift, which is planned for release late this year.

Linde Material Handling UK will use IMHX to showcase its new brand identity, launched in December, which shakes off the Lansing branding from the company.

Linde has also launched a special IMHX logo, said sales and marketing director Stephen Moule.

"IMHX is the main event in the UK materials handling industry calendar. It is an international exhibition as well as a major European event," he said. "IMHX allows us to present and demonstrate everything Linde Material Handling stands for."
- IMHX 2004 website -
10. ROBBERS IN BANK BUNGLE 
THE HAGUE, Netherlands
It should have been a highly daring bank heist. Four robbers ram-raided a bank, lifted out a safe with a forklift, placed it inside their getaway van and drove off at high speed.
But the safe fell onto the road because they forgot to shut the back doors, according to the Birmingham Post & Mail.
 

11. INTEGRATED QUALITY SERVICES ARE NEW EUROPEAN AGENT FOR CHINESE COMPONENT MANUFACTURER
WEXFORD, Ireland
Season Components Co. Ltd., is a Chinese company that is keen to expand its European customer base. Season manufactures:
wiring harnesses
Steel moulds
Plastic injected moulded parts
Electronic assemblies

Season has 1400 employees in China, Malaysia and Canada, and is ISO9001:2000 certified. They currently supply customers in Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia, and Australia. Check out: www.seasoncom.com and www.moldandmolding.com.

IQS represent Season in Europe, and they also provide :
quality consultancy
quality training
sub contract quality work
lean manufacturing consultancy services.

Click here for more information.

CONTACT US AT :
T: +353 53 40478
E: info@integratedqualityservices.com
W: www.integratedqualityservices.com
 
12. IMHX 2004 - INCLUDES UK'S FLT DRIVER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
Birmingham, United Kingdom
2nd, 3rd and 4th March 2004
13. PROLOGISTICS & EMPAK
Brussels, Belgium
31st March to 2nd April 2004
14. MATERIALS & MANUAL HANDLING / SAFETY IN ACTION
Melbourne, Australia
30th march to 1st April 2004
15. BUILDEXPO' 04
New Delhi, India
25th to 28th february 2004
 

16. WAREHOUSE EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
Fort Worth, TX, United States
Closing: 10 March 2004 TBA - Contract: 7FCI-F8-03-0056-B-FSG-39
17. FORKLIFT TRUCK MAINTENANCE
Virginia Beach, VA, United States
Closing: 08 March 2004 TBA - Contract: N62381-04-R-1023
 

18. SALES ANALYST - FULL TIME
SYDNEY, Australia
19. ROAD SERVICE TECHNICIAN - FULL TIME
Miami, United States
 

  

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