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This is issue #150 - 25 March 2004 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
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NEWS
1. NA 2004 - THE USA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
2. ITA FORGES REGULATOR RELATIONSHIP
3. HOIST SELLS E SERIES FORKLIFT LINE
4. KALMAR TO HEIGHTEN RTGS
5. **ADVERTISEMENT** LINDE TRUCKS MUST BE SOLD
6. TOYOTA USA INTRODUCES 4,500-POUND ELECTRIC PALLET TRUCK
7. TYRE HANDLERS - WHO'S GOT THE BIGGEST?
8. INTRUPA ADDS MANN FILTERS
9. FAMOUS JCB BACKHOE FINDS NEW HOME

MEDIA RELEASES
10. MASSIVE FORKLIFT CLEARANCE - ONLINE AUCTION
11. VNA WAREHOUSE ALERT: LASER-GUIDED CONCRETE GRINDER LAUNCHED

UPCOMING EVENTS
12. PARTS AND SERVICE MARKETING - AED
13. PRODUCT SUPPORT SALES - AED
14. CONDEX 2005 & ANNUAL MEETING OF AED

OPEN TENDERS
15. CARTON CLAMPS - AMMENDMENT
16. TOP LOAD CONTAINER HANDLER - IRAQ
17. QTY 6 FORKLIFT, 2 TON, LPG ENGINE
18. TOP LOAD CONTAINER HANDLER - IRAQ - AMMENDMENT
19. HOIST CHAIN - HAND OPERATED

POSITIONS VACANT
20. SALES BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - FULL TIME

RESUMES
21. LATIN AMERICA SALES & MARKETING MANAGER - FULL TIME
22. PRODUCT MANAGER - FULL TIME
23. PARTS MANAGER / SERVICE MANAGER - FULL TIME



The USA's biggest materials handling event kicks off in Cleveland, Ohio, next week, and Forkliftaction.com will be there. We'll bring you a special series of stories and photographs from the show in Forkliftaction.com News #152.
This week's newsletter is Forkliftaction.com News #150! In a few months, Forkliftaction.com turns four. It seems like only yesterday that our first newsletter circulated to about 50 members in July 2000. Now, more than 50,000 forklift professionals around the world make time each Thursday for Forkliftaction.com News.



1. NA 2004 - THE USA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS 
CLEVELAND, OH, United States
The USA's largest international forklift and materials handling exhibition, NA 2004, is open for business from March 29 to April 1.

More than 400 exhibitors, filling 180,000 square feet (16,700 square metres), will represent all sectors of the materials handling and logistics industries, from traditional manual equipment to computerised, automated systems.

NA 2004, sponsored by the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA), will feature an international business centre, where international trade specialists and translators can assist with international business relations.

In addition to the exhibition, NA 2004 offers a comprehensive educational conference sponsored by the Material Handling Institute. It will feature an executive forum on Monday, March 29, and free educational sessions on the show floor, covering aspects of materials handling and logistics, from planning and design to justification and implementation.

The MHIA will stage its annual "state of the industry" press conference at NA 2004 on Tuesday, March 30.

The conference, presented by MHIA executives, will provide an overview of the USD60 billion US industry's health, trends shaping the industry, future events, such as ProMat 2005, and MHIA initiatives.

Forkliftaction.com will have three representatives present at NA 2004 - look for the trademark orange shirts. Don't hesitate to stop them and ask questions about Forkliftaction.com. If you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss the news or marketing your company through Forkliftaction.com, contact info@forkliftaction.com.
- NA 2004 website -
2. ITA FORGES REGULATOR RELATIONSHIP 
WASHINGTON, DC, United States
The Industrial Truck Association (ITA) has improved regulator relationships, considered becoming a standards-developing organisation and gained greater insights into automotive industry needs.

ITA president Dirk von Holt gave a state-of-the-association report yesterday during the association's 53rd annual spring meeting in Washington. Mr von Holt is president of Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp USA and Multiton MIC Corp/Jungheinrich, both of Richmond, Virginia.

"Our initial plans for an alliance with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are going [well]. We have already established common links on operator training and rules and regulations [for] young people operating industrial trucks. We are very near to establishing a link to a revised daily checklist," he said.

Mr von Holt expressed confidence in working with OSHA on other issues such as lock out/tag out and lifting in unison. ITA's "executive committee has established a task force on this, and I am confident we will be able to reduce the number and severity of accidents by working together", he said.

ITA could become a standards-developing organisation under the auspices of the American National Standards Institute. "It is clear that the American Society of Mechanical Engineers will drop the sponsoring of some standards, and we want ITA to step in," Mr von Holt said. "This is our industry, and we need to maintain our leadership role."

ITA has played a key role in developing standards governing forklift safety in Canada, he said.

ITA was exploring how to deal with the imposition of duties on USA-originated parts and industrial trucks heading to Europe and what to do, if anything, about the "incredible increase in the cost of steel and steel products".

ITA has established a close relationship with the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) to gain insights to AIAG's efforts to develop best practices for suppliers to the automotive industry.

ITA reported 2003 receipts of USD1.82 million, expenses of USD1.806 million and a balance in the cash reserve fund of USD320,000, "an amount we believe is adequate for an organisation of ITA's size", Mr von Holt said.

ITA holds its annual meeting from October 23 to October 26 in Miami, Florida, and will host the Alliance of Industrial Truck Organisations, consisting of the management committees of the ITA, European Federation of Materials Handling and the Japan Industrial Vehicles Association.
- ITA website -
3. HOIST SELLS E SERIES FORKLIFT LINE 
BEDFORD PARK, IL, United States
Hoist Liftruck Manufacturing Inc has sold its E Series forklifts to Schaeff Inc for an undisclosed amount.

Hoist Companies (Hoist Liftruck, Elwell Parker, AutoLift and Schreck Industries) had marketed the E Series, with capacities from seven tonnes to 12 tonnes, since early 2001 through Hoist, Elwell Parker, Clark, and Komatsu dealers in the USA and the UK.

But, after three years of research and development, Hoist will finish building and deliver its current orders by late April.

Hoist president Marty Flaska said the sale had caused an "unavoidable delay" in the production schedule.

"Schaeff will continue building this product under its company label and expects to have products in production by [the] third quarter 2004," he said.

"Schaeff will accept orders in the immediate future ... Hoist Companies will no longer be involved. Schaeff will honour warranty commitments for this product and provide after-market support for models built and sold by Hoist Companies as well."

Hoist would continue to produce its heavy compact forklifts and large counterbalance machines.
- Hoist website -
4. KALMAR TO HEIGHTEN RTGS 
GDYNIA, Poland
Kalmar has won a contract to increase the height of eight Kalmar rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) for Baltic Container Terminal Ltd (BCT) in Gdynia, Poland.

The modification will raise the lifting capacity of the cranes from one over three to one over five containers, and increase BCT's handling capacity from 400,000 TEU to 600,000 TEU. As part of its expansion plans, BCT has also ordered four new Kalmar 5+1 wide RTGs capable of lifting one over five containers high.

Kalmar parts & projects general manager Kari Ronkainen said crane heightening was most cost-effective, as the machines were in excellent condition.

"Finding the right approach required a lot of technical research and planning. It is a solution that will be valuable for terminals where physical grounds cannot be extended and the only possible direction for growth is upwards. By extending the container stacking height, capacity can be increased considerably," he said.

Kalmar would supply materials, technical calculations, electricity and documentation for the rebuild, and BCT would perform the installation under Kalmar's supervision. The work begins at Gdynia in late May and should be completed by October.
- Kalmar Industries website -
5. **ADVERTISEMENT** LINDE TRUCKS MUST BE SOLD 
We have new six Linde A13 narrow aisle electric turret trucks for urgent sale. These trucks are brand new, and surplus to our materials handling requirements. All offers will be considered, and a discount is offered for a bulk buy.

Capacity:1350 Kg
Mast Height: 4960mm, 6210mm extended
Turning radius: 2080mm
Polyurethane tyres
Electric power steering
Centrally-controlled functions
Similar specs and photo: see Spec-Checker.

For sales enquiries:
Contact Ayman Ismail Ahmed
Tel: +97142135223
Fax: +97142135523
Mobile: +971506684302
Email: ayman.ahmed@alfuttaim.ae
6. TOYOTA USA INTRODUCES 4,500-POUND ELECTRIC PALLET TRUCK 
IRVINE, CA, United States
Toyota Material Handling USA Inc (TMHU) has launched a 4,500-pound (two tonnes) capacity electric pallet truck with pinwheel capabilities and advanced motor and control technology.

The new truck broadens Toyota's product range and adds another fast-charging model to the electric line.

Toyota's sister company, BT-Raymond, in Muscatine, Iowa, is manufacturing the pallet truck, which is available in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

According to TMHU, the truck is manoeuvrable, compact, efficient for use in confined spaces and incorporates advanced engineering technologies. For improved acceleration, higher speeds and precision positioning, the truck has a separately excited, or Sep Ex, drive motor and transistor control system.

The multifunction control handle has large, ergonomically-positioned buttons and dual thumb wheels for activation of controls with either hand. Angled handgrips fit the natural hand contour and reduce fatigue.

The truck is suitable for use in warehouses, retail stores, manufacturing sites and transport operations, including truck trailers.

The truck features a reduced head length and tapered fork tips.

Pinwheel capabilities permit right-angle stacking in a trailer or other confined area and allow a 40-foot-long (12 metres) by 96-inch-wide (2.4 metres) trailer to be loaded to its maximum capacity of 22 standard pallets.

For maintenance, all major components are accessible through a one-piece service access cover. The truck's system is engineered without drive contactors, reducing maintenance and inspection time.

Irvine-based THMU debuted the truck at a regional dealer advisory council meeting in Dallas, Texas, on March 18, and intends to exhibit the new model at NA 2004 in Cleveland, Ohio, next week.
- TMHU website -
7. TYRE HANDLERS - WHO'S GOT THE BIGGEST? 
SYDNEY, Australia
SMV Australia's claim to having installed Australia's largest tyre handler (Forkliftaction.com News #145) caused quite a stir among other suppliers.

Many companies contacted Forkliftaction.com News, claiming to have installed larger machines around Australia, so we decided to settle the argument by publishing the specifications of each company's machines.

Only SMV and Red Australia provided detailed specifications. Other companies were contacted, but had not returned their specifications by deadline.

Rather than make the judgement on the biggest machine ourselves, here are the specifications. You decide.

SMV Australia
FORKLIFT SUPPLIED
Make: SMV
Model: SL16-1200A
Max Capacity: 16 tonnes at 1200mm load centre
Type of equipment tyres are fitted to:
- Leibher T282 dump truck, using Bridgestone 55 80 R63s (4200mm diameter)
Delivered to: Bridgestone Earthmover Tyres, Mt Thorley, New South Wales

ATTACHMENT
Make: Cascade
Model: 220HTH211
Capacity: 10 tonnes
Opening range: 1450mm-4500mm
Rotation: Not supplied
Maximum tyre size: 4200mm


RED Australia
FORKLIFT SUPPLIED
Make: Komatsu
Model: FD200T-6
Max capacity: 20 tonnes at 1220mm load centre
Type of equipment tyres are fitted to:
- Tyre diameters 1500mm-4100mm, typically Hitachi dump trucks.
Delivered to: Callide Coal, Blackwater, Queensland

ATTACHMENT
Make: Cascade
Model: 220H-DT-11 sel
Capacity: 10 tonnes
Opening range: 1450mm-4500mm
Rotation: 180 degrees


Clark Australia
Clark Australia also submitted some details of a 25-tonne forklift it installed in Mt Newman, Western Australia. The machine was fitted with a custom attachment made by John Engineering, of Western Australia. This is the largest forklift submitted, but Clark provided no other specifications before deadline.
8. INTRUPA ADDS MANN FILTERS 
GRAYSLAKE, IL, United States
US forklift users now have access to German-engineered Mann filters through parts supplier Intrupa. Intrupa now stocks Mann fuel, lube oil, hydraulic, transmission and air filters. Mann air filters use advanced materials designed for maximum contaminant containment. Spin-on filters incorporate a threaded mounting plate for mechanical strength and seal integrity.
- Intrupa website -
9. FAMOUS JCB BACKHOE FINDS NEW HOME 
ROCESTER, United Kingdom
The JCB digger that made history for its spectacular role in the world's biggest attempted jewel robbery has been sold at auction for GBP10,200 (USD18,700).

About 200 people bid on the 1992 3CX Sitemaster Backhoe Loader, which went under the hammer still bearing the damage it suffered during the amazing James Bond-style heist four years ago (Forkliftaction.com News #149).

The highest bidder was Brian Holmes, a Derbyshire-based property developer, who is chairman of Nottinghamshire non-league high-flyers Hucknall Town Football Club. Mr Holmes plans to make the machine the star of the show at the club's home ground.

"I'm very proud to own this very special machine. When I discovered it was going to go under the hammer I realised it would be a piece of history. It will be ideal to take pride of place outside my club's ground," he said.
 

10. MASSIVE FORKLIFT CLEARANCE - ONLINE AUCTION
Due to record sales and re-signed rental contracts, Yale Asia-Pacific has an oversupply of trade-ins and quality ex-rental forklifts.
More than 200 forklifts and other machines will now be sold via an online auction at www.graysonline.com.au, from March 25 to March 31.
Inspections of the machinery can be done in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. See our detailed release for locations.
The auction includes a wide range of dual fuel, gas and diesel forklifts from 1.5 tonnes to 16 tonnes in capacity, with unreserved bidding starting as low as $9.
Brands include Yale,Toyota, Hyster, Taylor empty container handlers, BT, Nissan and Komatsu.
For more information, click here.
11. VNA WAREHOUSE ALERT: LASER-GUIDED CONCRETE GRINDER LAUNCHED
Concrete Grinding Limited, specialists in upgrading the floor flatness of narrow racking aisles in new and existing VNA warehouse/storage units, have released the Laser Grinder, a laser-guided concrete grinding machine.
The Laser Grinder grinds aisles to the required flatness, while being clean, quick and non-intrusive. Designed to operate in operational warehouses, floors are upgraded to ensure a safe and efficient VNA facility with little disruption.
Concrete Grinding Limited has this year completed grinding projects for customers in Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Singapore, Germany and the UK.
Click here for our full article and pictures.
CONTACT US:
Tel: +44 (0) 1484 600080
Fax: +44 (0) 1484 600095
Email: information@concrete-grinding.com
Web: www.concrete-grinding.com
 

12. PARTS AND SERVICE MARKETING - AED
Palm Springs, CA, United States
November 9-10, 2004
13. PRODUCT SUPPORT SALES - AED
Palm Springs, CA, United States
November 11-12, 2004
14. CONDEX 2005 & ANNUAL MEETING OF AED
San Antonio, TX, United States
27th to 29th January 2005
 

15. CARTON CLAMPS - AMMENDMENT
New Cumberland, PA, United States
Closing: 24 March 2004 TBA - Contract: SP3100-4054-3158
16. TOP LOAD CONTAINER HANDLER - IRAQ
Baghdad,, Iraq
Closing: 05 April 2004 5:00pm - Contract: W914NS-04-R-0133
17. QTY 6 FORKLIFT, 2 TON, LPG ENGINE
TBA, United States
Closing: 15 April 2004 2:00pm - Contract: 32-12-4579 Forklift
18. TOP LOAD CONTAINER HANDLER - IRAQ - AMMENDMENT
Bagdad, Iraq
Closing: 05 April 2004 5:00pm - Contract: W914NS-04-R-0133
19. HOIST CHAIN - HAND OPERATED
Columbus OH, United States
Closing: 12 April 2004 TBA - Contract: SP076004QA766
 

20. SALES BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - FULL TIME
Sydney, Australia
 
21. LATIN AMERICA SALES & MARKETING MANAGER - FULL TIME
U.S.A. or Latin America, Mexico

22. PRODUCT MANAGER - FULL TIME
anywhere, United States

23. PARTS MANAGER / SERVICE MANAGER - FULL TIME
Southeast, United States

 

  

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