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WELCOME TO FORKLIFTACTION.COM, MATERIALS HANDLING ONLINE.
This is issue #158 - 20 May 2004 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
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NEWS
1. NEAR-RECORD BELGIAN STRADDLE ORDER
2. SOUTHERN STATES TOYOTALIFT JOINS TMHU NETWORK
3. HYSTER TESTS HEAVY-DUTY CONTAINER HANDLER
4. **ADVERTISEMENT** AGENTS, DEALERS WANTED
5. WAREHOUSE SEGMENT RECOVERING, SAYS BT
6. YALE RECOGNISES 13 DEALERS OF EXCELLENCE
7. KCI KONECRANES: CLEAR 1Q IMPROVEMENT
8. **ANNOUNCEMENT** REACH THE WORLD FOR ONE USD A DAY!
9. LINDE AGM INTERRUPTED BY BOMB THREAT
10. FAIRWAY PRESERVES AN AIRWAYS' LEGEND

MEDIA RELEASES
11. TOYOTA MATERIAL HANDLING, U.S.A. INTRODUCES NEW LINE OF ELECTRIC REACH TRUCKS

UPCOMING EVENTS
12. 2ND TRANS PAN PACIFIC 2004
13. EXPOLOGISTICA
14. TOKYO PACK 2004
15. INDIAPACK

OPEN TENDERS
16. LATEST MODEL 1500 KILOGRAM (3,000 POUND) CAPACITY FORKLIFT TRUCK
17. GANTRY CRANE MAIN DRUM AND WIRE ROPE REPLACEMENT

POSITIONS VACANT
18. TERRITORY MANAGER - FULL TIME
19. FLEET/NATIONAL ACCOUNTS SERVICE & PARTS SUPPORT MANAGER - FULL TIME
20. SALES PERSON - FULL TIME
21. FORKLIFT SERVICE TECHNICIANS - FULL TIME

RESUMES
22. MANUFACTURING ENGINEER - FULL TIME



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1. NEAR-RECORD BELGIAN STRADDLE ORDER 
ANTWERP, Belgium
Kalmar Industries has received one of the largest orders to date for its Edrive ESC straddle carrier, with a request for 29 units from MSC Home Terminal in Antwerp.

All 29 machines have a three-high stacking ability, and 15 units are equipped with Kalmar's extendable twinlift spreaders, which have a 50 ton (45 tonnes) capacity. The 29 machines are due for delivery late this year and early next year.

Financial details of the contract were not released.

MSC Home Terminal is a joint venture between Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Hesse-Noord Natie NV. Hesse-Noord Natie was acquired by PSA Corporation Ltd in 2002 and handled 4.3m TEU that year. The PSA group has terminals in Belgium, Brunei, China, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Singapore and Thailand, and handled 28.7 million TEU in 2003.

Hesse-Noord Natie's partner in Home Terminal Antwerp, MSC, is one of the biggest global container shipping lines. Founded in 1970 and based in Geneva, MSC operates a fleet of more than 200 vessels with a total capacity of more than 500,000 TEU.

Kalmar will establish its own sales company in Belgium, Kalmar Belgium NV, on June 1 through the acquisition of BIA NV's materials handling equipment division in Antwerp. Damien Cols, currently BIA sales manager, will become managing director, and Vincent Josse, currently BIA technical manager, will become technical director.

Before the new arrangement, Kalmar had two distributors in Belgium: BIA and Catracom NV. BIA focused on heavy products, while Catracom sold Kalmar's counterbalanced equipment. Catracom will continue as a Kalmar distributor.
- Kalmar Industries website -
2. SOUTHERN STATES TOYOTALIFT JOINS TMHU NETWORK 
IRVINE, CA, United States
Southern States Toyotalift, the new owner of Handling Systems Engineering, has joined Toyota Material Handling USA Inc's (TMHU) dealer network.

The dealership is based in Jacksonville, Florida, USA, and has a Florida branch in Ocala and three Georgia branches in Valdosta, Columbus and Macon.

Southern States was formed on May 1 and acquired Handling Systems on May 3 through an asset purchase transaction. Terms were not disclosed.

Southern States dealer principal Jeff Fischer also owns Florida Lift Systems Inc (FLS) and its three Toyota dealer locations in Orlando, Tampa and Winter Haven, Florida. FLS joined the TMHU dealer network in 2000. Handling Systems had been part of the same network since 1989.

"Jeff Fischer and his team at Florida Lift Systems are consistently strong performers, and we are proud to see him extend his operations to serve additional customers in Florida and Georgia," said Shankar Basu, TMHU president and chief executive officer.

The ownership transition in Jacksonville does not appear to have an impact on pending Crown Equipment Corporation lawsuits relating to breach-of-agreement issues in Tampa, against FLS and TMHU.

Crown sued FLS on January 13 and TMHU on February 4 (Forkliftaction.com News #144). FLS counter sued on March 8 (Forkliftaction.com News #149). Crown has sought to terminate FLS as a Crown dealer in the central Florida market.

Southern States is the trading-as identity of a separate, distinct corporate entity with no relationship to Crown.
- TMHU website -
3. HYSTER TESTS HEAVY-DUTY CONTAINER HANDLER 
GREENVILLE, NC, United States
Hyster Co is conducting performance tests of a new mast-equipped container handling truck with a possibly unprecedented lifting capacity of 88,185 pounds (40 tonnes).

Production is scheduled to start in several months. Testing of the H1150HD has reached more than 4,000 hours. Last year tests began in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in March and in New Orleans, LA, USA, in December. Testing continued in both port locations, said George Marshall, Hyster vice president for big trucks.

Hyster believes the new model could be the only masted top-pick machine in that capacity available anywhere, Mr Marshall said. The H1150HD supplements a series of boom trucks with capacities up to 80,000 pounds (36 tonnes).

The new cab's design emphasises operator ergonomics and supports quick moves of container loads at port terminals and rail intermodal yards.
- Hyster website -
4. **ADVERTISEMENT** AGENTS, DEALERS WANTED 
Oy Meclift Ltd, a Finnish manufacturer of innovative cargo handling equipment, is looking for agents and dealers worldwide.

Meclift products include variable reach trucks and side reach stackers for handling containers and heavy loads in harbours, paper mills, steel mills and railways. Lift capacities range from 12 to 70 tonnes.

If you are interested in promoting these world-class products, forward your company name, website, contact person, phone, fax and email address to sales@meclift.fi.

All enquiries will be treated confidentially.

See www.meclift.fi for more company and product information.
5. WAREHOUSE SEGMENT RECOVERING, SAYS BT 
MJOLBY, Sweden
BT Industries' first quarter report shows demand for warehouse materials handling equipment is recovering.

"The increase was expected, since the combustion-powered counterbalanced truck segment grew relatively strongly in 2003," the report said. "This segment usually includes customers and industries that are early in the business cycle, signifying a more general upswing."

BT chief executive Per Zaunders said the USA was the strongest geographic region. "During the first quarter the increase was most clearly evident in the counterbalanced truck segment, but the positive development in demand is now obvious in the warehouse truck segment as well," he said.

During the first quarter, orders received rose 7% to SEK3,242 million (USD428 million). Net sales rose only marginally, from SEK2,923 million (USD385.8 million) to SEK2,960 million (USD390.7 million).

"The positive development during the first quarter of 2004 underscores that the market has now begun to recover and that BT has successfully been able to satisfy the higher demand," Mr Zaunders said.
- BT Industries website -
6. YALE RECOGNISES 13 DEALERS OF EXCELLENCE 
GREENVILLE, NC, United States
Yale Materials Handling Corp has crowned this year's 13 winners of its Dealer of Excellence awards.

All Yale dealers compete annually in the Challenge of Excellence program, and Dealers of Excellence awards are presented to the best-performing among them.

"Every year our dealers raise the bar for the Challenge of Excellence program," said Yale president Don Chance. "This year’s winners have successfully hurdled that raised bar through their dedication."

DEALER OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS
• Berry Material Handling
• Black Equipment Co
• ED Farrell Co
• Eastern Lift Truck Co
• Hy-Tek Material Handling
• Insley-McEntee Equipment Co
• Key Material Handling Equipment Co
• Northland Industrial Truck Co
• Yale Equipment & Services Inc
• Yale Industrial Trucks - Gulf/Atlantic
• Yale Industrial Trucks - Pittsburgh
• Yale Materials Handling - Dougherty Equipment
• Yale Materials Handling - Green Bay

DEALERS OF MERIT
• Alta Lift Truck Services
• Barclay Brand Ferdon
• M&G Materials Handling Co
• Riekes Equipment Co
• The Lilly Co
• Yale Industrial Trucks - Fresno

DEALERS OF VALUE
• Briggs Equipment
• Fitzgerald Equipment Co
• H&E Equipment Services
• Hilo Yale Industrial Trucks
• Medley Material Handling Co
• National Lift Truck Service
• Ohio Materials Handling Inc
• The Brennan Industrial Trucks
• Tynan Equipment Co
• Yale - Pacific
• Yale/Chase Materials Handling Inc
• Yale Materials Handling Gammon Inc
• Yale Materials Handling - Torrance
- Yale website -
7. KCI KONECRANES: CLEAR 1Q IMPROVEMENT 
HYVINKKÄÄ, Finland
KCI Konecranes, which celebrated its 10th anniversary on April 15, showed a "clear improvement" in its latest quarterly report.

Orders have had double-digit growth for three consecutive quarters.

In standard lifting and special cranes, growth was attributed to R&D efforts that led to new products and growth in the Chinese market. The global industry was restructuring radically, according to the company's report, resulting in the loss of maintenance contracts. In 2003, the loss ratio was 16%, but new contracts grew 21%.

KCI's total quarterly sales were EUR152.2 million (USD182.9 million), up 1% on last year's result. Asia-Pacific now represents 22.1% of the company's total sales, almost doubling that of the first quarter last year.

Total orders received were EUR171 million (USD205.5 million), up 14.4%. Operating income was EUR2.5 million (USD3 million), a boost of 75.6% over 2003, and net income, at EUR1.3 million (USD1.6 million), eclipsed last year's first quarter by 114.9%.
- KCI Konecranes website -
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9. LINDE AGM INTERRUPTED BY BOMB THREAT 
MUNICH, Germany
Linde AG's annual meeting was evacuated and relocated on May 18 after a bomb threat.
Shareholders and Linde management were evacuated from the building, and the meeting was held later at the nearby Munich trade fair.
No details of the threat, nor any subsequent arrests, were released.
10. FAIRWAY PRESERVES AN AIRWAYS' LEGEND 
GLASGOW, United Kingdom
Fairway Forklifts Ltd has been hired to help preserve an important piece of aerospace history, the Concorde.

Fairway was asked to supply a forklift to the National Museums of Scotland's Museum of Flight to help relocate a British Airways Concorde (pictured) to its final resting place in the museum's aerospace exhibit.

The company, which is Toyota's Scottish dealer, supplied a 7FDF25, which had been moving engines and pallets for the project.
- Fairway Forklifts website -
 

11. TOYOTA MATERIAL HANDLING, U.S.A. INTRODUCES NEW LINE OF ELECTRIC REACH TRUCKS
IRVINE, CA, United States
Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. has introduced its 7-Series Electric Reach Trucks, including single reach, double reach and straddle trucks in 3,000 lb. to 5,000 lb. capacities.
The trucks feature a multifunction control handle to simplify operation and electronic power steering for precise maneuverability.
The line incorporates the SepEx™ drive motor, while the Toyota Advanced Control System allows smooth speed control.
The operator compartment is designed to maximize comfort. An ERGOMAT® floor pad absorbs vibrations, and lean points are cushioned for comfort.
For more information, visit www.toyotaforklift.com or call 1-800-226-0009.

 

12. 2ND TRANS PAN PACIFIC 2004
Busan, Korea, South
29th and 30th June 2004
13. EXPOLOGISTICA
Mexico City, Mexico
7th to 9th July 2004
14. TOKYO PACK 2004
Tokyo, Japan
5th to 9th Ocrtober 2004
15. INDIAPACK
Mumbai, India
26th to 29th October 2004
 

16. LATEST MODEL 1500 KILOGRAM (3,000 POUND) CAPACITY FORKLIFT TRUCK
City of Moncton, Canada
Closing: 10 June 2004 11:00am - Contract: TC04-059
17. GANTRY CRANE MAIN DRUM AND WIRE ROPE REPLACEMENT
Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Closing: 15 July 2004 TBA - Contract: 04SI408074
 

18. TERRITORY MANAGER - FULL TIME
Sante Fe Springs, United States
19. FLEET/NATIONAL ACCOUNTS SERVICE & PARTS SUPPORT MANAGER - FULL TIME
Columbus, Indiana, United States
20. SALES PERSON - FULL TIME
Tampa, United States
21. FORKLIFT SERVICE TECHNICIANS - FULL TIME
Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States
 
22. MANUFACTURING ENGINEER - FULL TIME
Florida, United States

 

  

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