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1. European, Chinese manufacturers face off
European hand pallet truck manufacturers have accused Chinese manufacturers of "dumping" cheap products on the market, in contravention of European Commission (EC) rules.
Manufacturers have complained to the EC that dumping of Chinese products has negatively impacted financial performance, margins and employment.
The EC said in a statement it was approached in March by four European manufacturers "representing ... 60%" of the industry, claiming imports of Chinese hand pallet trucks and parts were being dumped, causing "material injury" to the European manufacturers. Manufacturers contacted by Forkliftaction.com News would not confirm their involvement in the action.
The complaint claims breaches of EC regulation 384/96 (1995), which was introduced to apply an "anti-dumping duty" to any dumped product. A product is deemed to have been dumped if its export price is less than established rules for like products from the export country.
"On this basis, the dumping margin calculated is significant," the EC statement said.
"The complainant has provided evidence that imports from China have increased overall in absolute terms and in terms of market share.
"It is alleged that the volumes and prices of the imported product concerned have, among other consequences, had a negative impact on market share held, quantities sold and the level of prices charged by the industry, resulting in substantial adverse effects on overall performance, the financial situation and the employment situation of the industry."
The EC said the complaint involved an "apparent large number of parties" and that it would study a sample of the companies involved.
The investigation, which involves submissions from complaining companies, a study of companies accused of breaches, and hearings, would be concluded within 15 months, the EC said.
2. Japanese market gets a lift
Japanese forklift exports rose 26.3% in April, compared to April 2003, to 3,335 machines.
Latest figures from the Japan Industrial Vehicles Association (JIVA), Japan's peak forklift body, show the April increase is the 10th consecutive month of export increases.
The total included 1,736 diesel forklifts and 950 petrol-powered machines. Total forklift production for Japanese manufacturers in April was 9,947 forklifts, up 20.3% on April 2003.
The JIVA report said domestic sales increased 12.4% to 5,471 forklifts, of which 1,597 had diesel engines and 2,482 units were electrically-driven. Figures for other classes were not available.
Exports of Japan-made forklifts totaleld 35,811 units in 2003, up 14.1% on 2002. Domestic forklift sales totalled 68,449 units, up 3.9%.
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- JIVA website -
3. A happy marriage blooms: NFCNA, WLTC
BROOKFIELD, WI, United States
Nissan Forklift Corporation North America (NFCNA) has added 29 Wisconsin and Michigan counties to the coverage area of its authorised Nissan and Barrett forklift dealer, Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp (WLTC).
WLTC has had limited territory coverage of the Nissan/Barrett product line since 1997. The company is now the authorised Nissan dealer for the following Wisconsin counties: Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Green, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Price, Rock, Shawano, and Vilas and in the following Michigan counties: Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Octonagon and Schoolcraft.
WLTC is now the authorised dealer in the same counties for Barrett Industrial Trucks, a division of NFCNA, with the exception of Green and Rock counties, in Wisconsin, and Chippewa, Delta, Luce and Mackinac counties in Michigan.
WLTC chief executive Otto Wolter said: "The expanded territory coverage, the strength of Nissan/Barrett, [and] our 42-plus years of experience will be a successful combination."
WLTC, headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, is a 42-year-old full service materials handling distributor with more than 400 employees.
- WLTC website -
4. Out with the old, in with the new: SMV's new reachstacker
SMV Lifttrucks AB has released what it claims is "the most cost-effective reachstacker on the market".
The new SMV reachstacker range, which does not have a model designation yet, was released this month and replaces the company's first tilt at the market, which was introduced in 1994.
"The SMV RS was a strong, reliable container handler. The new model will have a lot of features that will be of benefit to customers," the company said in a statement.
While Forkliftaction.com News was able to obtain photographs of the new machine, detailed specifications were unavailable.
- SMV website -
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6. Propane council expands training program
WASHINGTON, DC, United States
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is expanding a technical study program to 20 cities across the US.
The PERC this week announced the expansion of its Forklift Technician Maintenance & Training Program, for companies operating class four and five large spark ignition (LSI) propane forklifts, which began on June 22.
"The success of last year's pilot program demonstrated the value and need for expanding," said John Kamps, an independent propane marketer and PERC executive committee member.
"The propane industry is committed to helping forklift operators maximise their trucks' performance while adhering to workplace safety and air quality requirements."
The 2004 program, designed for pre-2002 open-loop forklifts, consists of a one-day course in the proper procedures for maintaining and repairing propane-powered forklift fuel systems.
The first batch of classes this year will be held in Atlanta (June 22), Houston (July 13), Dallas/Fort Worth (July 15), Sacramento (August 4) and Cerritos (August 10).
- PERC website -
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8. Clever cookies: Smart 2005 calls for papers
Smart Conference, organisers of the Smart 2005 supply chain conference, has made a big step towards the show's June 1, 2005 start date with an invitation for interested parties to submit papers.
Potential speakers are being asked to submit applications to present papers around the theme "Staying in the Fast Lane".
Smart 2005 will run from June 1-2, 2005, at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
The conference program is yet to be finalised, but will focus on 10 information streams:
Fast-moving consumer goods;
Radio frequency identification;
Transport & distribution;
Customer & supplier relationship management; and
Smart 2005 program director Arch Fraser said there would be more than 60 presentations, with an emphasis on case studies, during the two-day event.
"As more than 1,000 delegates are expected to attend, it is crucial we attract qualified, experienced speakers," he said.
"Feedback from delegates has shown case studies are well received, as they offer the best insight into real problems and solutions."
Papers can be submitted online at www.smartconference.com.au. The deadline for submissions is September 30.
- Smart 2005 website -
9. Demoted boss wins dismissal claim
GLASGOW, United Kingdom
A warehouse boss who quit after being demoted to forklift driver has been awarded GBP6,096 (USD11,084.90) in compensation.
Andrew Paterson, 35, told a Glasgow employment tribunal he felt "distressed and humiliated" at his loss of status after 18 years and said he had no option but to resign, an Evening Times report said.
Paterson, who was distribution manager with Scot-Nail Ltd, a nail and tool supplier, had raised concerns about health and safety and said his workload was becoming increasingly heavy.
He was told that, with effect from the next day, his brother, the sales manager, would be "running the store" and Paterson was to drive a forklift.
WAYNE CHORNHOUS: "LET'S GET A HANDLE ON IT!"
I wonder if jurisdictions that have outlawed forklift steering wheel knobs in the name of safety have any idea how they have contributed to increased health and safety risks?
My thesaurus says "handle" is a synonym for "knob", but I think most operators call the protuberance (another synonym) on a steering wheel a knob.
We have dealerships here in Canada removing knobs from their entire new inventory because they believe it is illegal to have this device.
Yes, it is illegal to have a knob on a car and, perhaps, in other political jurisdictions, on forklifts as well.
Here in British Columbia it is legal to have a knob on a forklift if it is the mushroom-style knob, mounted within the confines of the steering wheel.
There are several anecdotal instances of local inspectors ordering these devices be removed, even though the regulations permit.
In my opinion, every forklift with power steering should be equipped with an OEM steering wheel knob. Forklifts are often steered with one hand, as the other usually operates the hydraulic and other controls. The knob on the steering wheel allows positive control for steering.
The knob is a device that allows firm, positive control of the mechanism that controls the direction of a vehicle that operates close to people, machinery, equipment and drop-offs!
Another reason for having a knob is for manoeuvring in tight spots or situations requiring large, quick movements of the steering wheel.
I wonder why those people who think it is dangerous to have a knob on the steering wheel of a sit down counterbalance (SDCB) forklift don't order the knobs removed from reach trucks?
Wayne Chornohus is a forklift consultant with Hunter Industries Ltd. He brings more than 20 years' experience in the forklift and training industries to the Forkliftaction.com community.
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3. Fantuzzi-Reggiane Australasia has sold five Fantuzzi CS 45 KL reach stackers to P&O in Brisbane, Australia.
4. Rotterdam stevedore ECT has ordered 11 automated stacking cranes from Kalmar Industries.
5. Webzine Logistieke reports grocer The Greenery BV has ordered 56 electric Still R60 forklifts.
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