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This is issue #153 - 15 April 2004 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
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NEWS
1. LONG LOAD SOLUTIONS: PART ONE - GENESIS
2. 1,000TH SMV ROLLS OFF THE LINE
3. MITSUBISHI LAUNCHES MEXICAN SUBSIDIARY
4. SAFETY FIRST: I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW...
5. MOVERS & SHAKERS
6. RAYMOND AWARDS TOP DEALERS
7. EAGLEPICHER UNVEILS ADVANCED POWER SOLUTIONS
8. THEFT HAS COUPLE TEED OFF

UPCOMING EVENTS
9. BUILD EXPO TANZANIA
10. ICHCA LUNCHEON - SOUTH AUSTRALIA

OPEN TENDERS
11. RIDER REACH TRUCK
12. FORKLIFT, 3-TON

POSITIONS VACANT
13. SERVICE BILLING PROCESSOR - FULL TIME
14. SERVICE TECHNICIAN - FULL TIME
15. SERVICE MANAGER - FULL TIME
16. FIELD OR ROAD SUPERVISOR - FULL TIME
17. MECHANIC - FULL TIME
18. FORKLIFT ELECTRICIAN - FULL TIME
19. TERRITORY MANAGER - FULL TIME

RESUMES
20. PARTS MANAGER - FULL TIME



This edition of Forkliftaction.com News features part one of our two-part editorial focus on long load solutions. This week's article focuses on the birth of the concept. This is a great opportunity for companies in this sector to share the spotlight during this month. Contact us on info@forkliftaction.com for details.

Don't forget to check out Forkliftaction.com's online galleries, featuring photographs of events our team members have attended in recent months. See www.forkliftaction.com/galleries.



1. LONG LOAD SOLUTIONS: PART ONE - GENESIS 
WASHINGTON, DC, United States
Welcome to part one of Forkliftaction.com News's special features on long-load solutions. This month you will receive two feature-length articles about developments and news from this increasingly popular segment of materials handling.
  
2. 1,000TH SMV ROLLS OFF THE LINE 
MARKARYD, Sweden
SMV Lifttrucks AB's 1,000th forklift has rolled off the production line at the company's manufacturing facility in Markaryd, Sweden.

It brings the company's total to 1,500 when the figures are combined with those of SMV's former production facility in Silverdalen. The Markaryd factory has been extended twice to increase production capacity.

The milestone forklift, a 32-tonne SL32-1200A, has been delivered to Heung Hwa Industry Co, in Seoul, South Korea. The customer had purchased a SMV 32-tonner seven years ago and placed a repeat order for the new machine. SMV said 91% of its sales income was from exports.

Meanwhile, Rautaruukki OY, of Finland, has ordered a 60 ton (54.5 tonnes) capacity forklift with a 1500-millimetre load centre to handle steel coils, the largest ever built by SMV.

The machine, a SL60-1500, can handle one 30 ton (27.2 tonnes) coil on each tine. The truck's driveline consists of a , Scania DI 12 50 A (294 kW) engine, Clark 40,000 transmission and a Kessler WDB D 111 PL 351 drive axle.

Extras include:
- Automatic gearshift
- Heated braking oil, hydraulic oil and engine
- Separate hydraulic system for brakes, tank and cooler
- Joystick hydraulics operation
- Extra large cabin
- Stick steering
- Forks designed for coil handling
- Extra sound insulation
- Two cameras with two monitors
- Eight extra working lights
- SMV website -
3. MITSUBISHI LAUNCHES MEXICAN SUBSIDIARY 
TOKYO, Japan
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) will this month start operations at a new, wholly owned subsidiary in Mexico.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries de Mexico, SA de CV, in Mexico City, will be capitalised at JPY94 million (USD866,119). The Mexican operation will initially have a staff of 10, headed by Naoomi Nakamura, MHI's current Mexico general manager, who will become the subsidiary's president.

MHI opted to create a locally incorporated company in Mexico to establish a domestic marketing and service base. Its primary role will be to market and sell MHI's large products, including its forklift range, and the company will use its new base to explore opportunities in Central America.
- MHI website -
4. SAFETY FIRST: I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW... 
VANCOUVER, Canada
Forklifts should be driven in reverse if vision is impaired to the front. However, many operators reject this out of hand and will go to great lengths to drive the vehicle forwards.
  
5. MOVERS & SHAKERS 
SYDNEY, Australia
Linde Australia has appointed Carl Smith as chief executive officer. Mr Smith, who formerly worked with Crown Equipment, replaces Glen Butler, who leaves in May.

BRISBANE, Australia - Diederik Lenssens has joined TVH Australasia as general manager, operations. Mr Lenssens, whose appointment was effective from January 22, was previously TVHs international business manager for Africa and Asia.
6. RAYMOND AWARDS TOP DEALERS 
GREENE, NY, United States
The Raymond Corporation honoured its top US dealers at a ceremony at Saddlebrook Resort, in Tampa, Florida, on March 19.

The awards were presented during the company's international dealer meeting. Six dealers achieved dealer of distinction honours, and eight achieved Raymond's second-highest award, dealer of merit.

The 2003 dealers of distinction are:
GN Johnston Equipment Co Ltd, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Carolina Handling LLC, Charlotte, NC
Heubel Material Handling Inc, Kansas City, MO
Raymond Handling Concepts Corp, Fremont, CA
Shaw Material Handling Systems Inc, Bartlett, TN
Malin Integrated Handling Solutions & Design, Addison, TX

The 2003 dealers of merit are:
ABEL Integrated Handling Solutions, Lawrence, MA
Arbor Material Handling Inc, Willow Grove, PA
Associated Material Handling Industries Inc, Carol Stream, IL
Associated Material Handling Industries Inc, Indianapolis, IN
Hooper Handling Inc, Hamburg, NY
Pengate Handling Systems Inc, York, PA
Raymond Handling Concepts Corp, Auburn, WA
Stoffel Equipment Co Inc, Milwaukee, WI
- Raymond website -
7. EAGLEPICHER UNVEILS ADVANCED POWER SOLUTIONS 
PHOENIX, AZ, United States
EaglePicher Technologies has introduced a high-performance lead acid battery and a rapid charger, designed to help companies extend the in-service time of their materials handling equipment.

Available in 24, 36, 48 and 72-volt configurations, EaglePicher's Horizon batteries are optimised for fast charging, and can charge in one-eighth of the time a conventional battery takes, according to the company. Ultra-low internal resistance prevents the batteries from overheating in service or under charge and allows them to be recharged without a cool-down rest.

The FazCharge is a 3kW, 36-volt, 85-ampere-hour charger that charges lead acid batteries two to four times faster than a conventional charger, and without battery damage or degradation.

EaglePicher says the charger is designed to deliver high levels of power at the fastest rate in its power range, the FazCharge features a self-regulating charging circuit that permits more amperage to be put into a battery while generating significantly less heat.
- EaglePicher website -
8. THEFT HAS COUPLE TEED OFF 
DES MOINES, IA, United States
A forklift could be behind the theft of a 300-pound (136 kilograms) golf ball from a very teed off Des Moines couple last month.
Terry and Dennis Lydon said the Indiana limestone sculpture of a golf ball was stolen in late March. It was a birthday present from Dennis to Terry, according to a Des Moines Register report.
The sculpture was delivered with a forklift, so the couple said they didn't think about anyone stealing it.
"If we get it back, I think we may try to anchor it in some way," Mrs Lydon said.
 

9. BUILD EXPO TANZANIA
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
7th to 10th October 2004
10. ICHCA LUNCHEON - SOUTH AUSTRALIA
West lakes SA, Australia
21st April 2004
 

11. RIDER REACH TRUCK
Lakehurst, NJ,, United States
Closing: 27 April 2004 TBA - Contract: 0010095601
12. FORKLIFT, 3-TON
Unknown, United States
Closing: 06 May 2004 2:00pm - Contract: 32-12-4732 Forklift
 

13. SERVICE BILLING PROCESSOR - FULL TIME
Los Angeles - Santa Fe Springs, United States
14. SERVICE TECHNICIAN - FULL TIME
Orlando, Tampa, Orlando, United States
15. SERVICE MANAGER - FULL TIME
Boise, Idaho, United States
16. FIELD OR ROAD SUPERVISOR - FULL TIME
Los Angeles - Santa Fe Springs, United States
17. MECHANIC - FULL TIME
Fayetteville, GA, United States
18. FORKLIFT ELECTRICIAN - FULL TIME
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
19. TERRITORY MANAGER - FULL TIME
Sydney, Australia
 
20. PARTS MANAGER - FULL TIME
Southeast, United States

 

  

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