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This is issue #148 - 11 March
2004 of the weekly newsletter for industry
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review of IMHX 2004, which finished last week. What did you
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AIRTRAX BUYS MAJORITY STAKE IN FILCO |
HAMMONTON, NJ, United States
Inc, the US developer of the Sidewinder omni-directional
forklift, will acquire 51% of Filco GmbH, the new owner
of the formerly bankrupt Clark Europe.
acquired Clark Material Handling GmbH, in Mulheim,
Germany, last April (Forkliftaction.com News #104). The
200,000-square-foot plant in Mulheim is leased by Filco
with an option to purchase.
Airtrax will buy the
51% interest in Filco from Fil Filipov, principal
shareholder. In exchange, Airtrax will pay Mr Filipov
EUR12,750 (USD15,590) and provide USD1.3 million in
working capital loans over three months. Airtrax also
gave Mr Filipov a seat on its board, and options to
900,000 Airtrax shares.
Airtrax president Peter
Amico said: "Beyond the past sales and production
capabilities attained at this facility, we hope the
agreement will enable us to leverage Filco's established
production facilities and European associations for our
Sidewinder [forklift], as well as provide a platform for
us to [market] private-label, non-omni-directional
forklifts on a worldwide basis."
- Airtrax website -
IMHX 2004 - THE UK'S BACK ON THE MAP
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
IMHX 2004 was run successfully at the National
Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, and, though some
exhibitors and visitors took ages to reach the NEC by
car, it was worth the trouble. The UK is back on the
map! Forkliftaction.com staff were among the thousands
of visitors mingling in the stands. Correspondent Luc
De Smet reviews Europe's biggest show of the
Click here for the
- IMHX 2004 website -
BT INDUSTRIES: DEMAND UP, SALES DOWN
BT Industries says
global demand for forklifts rose almost 7% in 2003, with
the largest increase in combustion-powered,
In a financial report
for 2003, BT said the most substantial increases were
outside the mature markets of Europe and the USA. The
world market was estimated at 633,000 units. The
warehouse segment, BT's core market, accounted for
250,000 units, and grew 3%.
BT's global warehouse
market share declined slightly, and sat at slightly more
than 20% for the year.
"One reason is that we
have had an unfavourable market mix," CEO Per Zaunders
said. "The markets where [we have] strong positions have
experienced weaker development than markets where [we]
traditionally have a low market share.
important example of this is the USA, where BT
Industries has a relatively high share. Because of the
trend in recent years, this region now represents a
smaller share of the global market than
The group's total 2003 orders amounted
to SEK12 billion (USD1.6 billion), a decrease of 4% from
2002. Net sales totalled SEK11.88 billion (USD1.58
billion), also a 4% decrease.
reason for the decrease in orders received and net sales
was the translation of the weaker US dollar," Mr
Of the group's net sales, 54% were
in Western Europe, 36% in North America and 10% in the
rest of the world. Income after net financial items
decreased 8% to SEK736 million (USD98.2
"Economic conditions going forward in
priority segments are looking better. We are well
prepared for a likely upswing, and we anticipate
maintaining a high rate of product renewal to capitalise
on increasingly positive market conditions," Mr Zaunders
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SPOTLIGHT ON HONG KONG
HONG KONG, China
Hong Kong forklift
buyers prefer Japanese forklifts, according to industry
insiders contacted by Forkliftaction.com
Dealer Horace Industrial Equipment Ltd
sales manager William Chan says: "We only offer the
electric-powered (battery) type of platform lift. The
forklift is generally known as a power stacker. Our
power lift comes from Italy, a Carrelli. In Hong Kong,
90% of the market uses Japanese forklifts, and most are
"The industry here prefers to
purchase forklifts from Japan, as there is a vibrant
second-hand market in these and their spare parts, and
used and renewed forklifts are easy to come by. It is
important to end users that spare parts are conveniently
According to Mr Chan, Chinese-made
forklifts, though cheaper, are not popular in Hong Kong
and users prefer buying second-hand Japanese products
than new Chinese forklifts, which suffer from quality
and reliability problems.
Kelvin Wong, chief
salesman with Crown Motors, distributor and sole agent
for Toyota in Hong Kong, confirmed Toyota forklifts held
the largest market share in Hong Kong.
technology is more sophisticated than other firms and
our product is more stable," he said. "Another factor is
that Hong Kong people are familiar with Toyota products.
Many taxis in Hong Kong are Toyotas, so familiarity with
the brand name helps."
Crown Motors does not sell
second-hand forklifts but, Mr Wong said there were many
traders handling the second-hand market.
SAFETY FIRST: WAYNE CHORNOHUS
Michael Riley for having the best answer to the question
posed last month about proper use of the
pedals on a sit down counterbalance internal combustion
automatic transmission forklift. There are other pedal
arrangements, such as those used on hydrostatic
transmission-powered vehicles, but we are talking about
the most common configurations.
KALMAR LAUNCHES 5-9 TONNE FORKLIFTS
Kalmar continues to
expand its materials handling equipment range with the
launch of a new series of five-tonne to nine-tonne
Kalmar managing director Christer
Granskog said Kalmar hoped to grow through introducing
"In recent years we have expanded
our container handling business significantly, through
acquisitions and organic growth. We have also
consolidated our position in the heavy industrial
field," he said.
The "5-9" range follows the
launch of a nine-tonne to 18-tonne range in 2002. Kalmar
had now filled the weight class below, said Kalmar
Industrial Systems manager Leif Wallin.
launch of our new series is an important part of our
expansion. It provides excellent breadth, ranging from
the premium model to a more basically equipped model
that will give us the opportunity to reach customers in
Kalmar Industries website -
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MOVERS & SHAKERS
chairman and CEO of mast manufacturer Lift Technologies
Inc, has announced a major restructure of the company's
Sales & market development
vice-president Brian Lamb becomes president and
chief operating officer for the American
Konrad Ostmeier has been appointed
managing director for the company's European
David McBride, chief financial
officer and vice-president of finance, has had his
responsibilities expanded. He is now also vice-president
for information systems and human resources.
company has appointed Dave Chrismer as director
of quality, answering directly to Mr Harrison.
Harrison's responsibilities will be to coordinate the
company's strategic outsourcing initiatives, alliances
with OEMs, and strategic planning, product strategy and
mergers and acquisitions.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United
States - Rental Service Corp has named Kevin
O'Brien vice-president of its Midwest region. An
accountant, Mr O'Brien most recently served as Midwest
region controller for the company.
SEEING FORKLIFTS IN YOUR SLEEP?
Here's one for committed forklift
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ideals to find a solution to a problem. It may also mean
you need to clear out old emotions and/or
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