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1. Major order tops strong year for Bromma
Crane manufacturer ZPMC has ordered 36 YSX45E all-electric Bromma spreaders for the Dubai Port Authority in the United Arab Emirates. It represents the single largest order to date for Bromma’s all-electric 45-foot yard crane spreader. The spreaders are to be delivered to Dubai by the end of December.
This order, the price of which was not released, follows another Dubai Port Authority order placed earlier this year for 16 Bromma YTS45, separating twin-lift yard crane spreaders.
Bromma has logged strong orders this year, with the intake at June 30 running at more than 100 per cent above those at June 30, 2003. The company received orders for more than 100 of the spreaders in the second quarter alone.
Second quarter orders included 12 single-lift units from Noell; 13 single-lift units from ZPMC; 10 single-lift units from Tanjung Pelepas; six all-electric units from Mitsui; four all-electric units from Gulf Piping Company; four twin-lift and all-electric units from Liebherr; and four single-lift units from Hyundai.
The Marathon family of spreaders, according to the company, are “designed for customers looking for high-productivity, low-downtime, and low-maintenance” products. The YSX45E single-lift spreaders, ordered for the Dubai Port Authority, are all-electric, eliminating the risk of oil leaks or spills.
Bromma operates manufacturing facilities in Sweden, Malaysia and the USA.
The company did not return Forkliftaction.com News’s calls regarding the value of its logged sales this year.
2. JCB machines at work on big UK projects
DEANSGATE, United Kingdom
JCB telehandlers are at work on two of the UK’s biggest and most important building projects.
Northamptonshire-based equipment hirer, Total Plant, has started work on the GBP265 million (USD475.6 million) Peterborough Prison - the UK’s first male and female prison - and in Manchester, the 47-storey Beetham Tower, the country’s highest residential building.
Total Plant has spent GBP180,000 (USD323,000) on new JCB machinery for the projects, including a 3.5 tonne capacity telescopic handler (a Loadall 535-125). The machines have been supplied by UK dealer, Watling JCB.
Her Majesty's Prison Service commissioned the development of Peterborough prison in February 2003, and it is scheduled to open in 2005. The prison has 840 places, 480 of which are for men and 360 for women.
Beetham Tower will be the tallest structure in Manchester at 171 metres. As well as 219 apartments, the tower will feature a 285-bed five star Hilton hotel. A completion date was not available for publication.
3. BOC, Cellex join forces for hydrogen trials
MURRAY HILL, NJ, United States
Forklifts could soon be powered by hydrogen following a landmark agreement between industrial gases company BOC and fuel cell supplier Cellex Power Products.
BOC and Cellex are working together to develop hydrogen supply solutions to power forklifts in large warehouses across North America. Under the partnership agreement, Cellex will supply hydrogen power units, and BOC will provide indoor refuelling facilities for field trials.
BOC hydrogen energy global director John Carolin told Forkliftaction.com News that real-world trials of hydrogen-powered forklifts would last three months, and take place at sites in the USA and Canada.
“These trials will show customers how hydrogen fuel cells can improve productivity by removing the downtime and performance loss in battery-powered trucks, and reducing the safety risks associated with handling lead-acid batteries,” he said.
“Also, hydrogen refuelling systems are considerably smaller than typical battery recharging facilities, which will free up additional floor space.”
Cellex Power sales and marketing vice-president Tom Hoyling said Cellex had logged “hundreds” of days in field trials since February 2002.
“The next step (is to) demonstrate the safe and efficient fuelling of hydrogen at customer locations,” he said.
BOC has customers in more than 50 countries and employs 44,500 people. It had annual sales of more than USD7 billion in 2003.
Cellex was formed in 1998 and focuses on developing fuel cell products to increase productivity for customers’ operating fleets of electric forklifts.
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5. JLG’s livery installed on SkyTrak, Lull units
McCONNELLSBURG, PA, United States
JLG Industries Inc is incorporating its company logo as part of the identity for its now-integrated SkyTrak and Lull brands of telehandlers.
In early September, JLG finished a staggered process to add the new branding, and make orange-dominated colour changes in its regular SkyTrak and Lull production, said Ky Kuehling, JLG vice president for telehandler products.
The brand name remains the predominant decal on each machine, but the stylised logo with JLG’s initials now appears near the base of each boom.
The branding changes came about because in August 2003, McConnellsburg-based JLG acquired the OmniQuip business unit of Textron Inc for USD100 million (Forkliftaction.com News #115). The purchase included all operations relating to the SkyTrak and Lull product lines.
In late 2003, JLG began integration of production at its McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania manufacturing plant, and relocated the SkyTrak and Lull brands there at the same time (Forkliftaction.com News #144).
JLG acquired Gradall Industries Inc in June 1999 for USD208.3 million.
Kuehling said each of JLG’s four telehandler product lines “has significant brand equity as well as distinct personalities, features and benefits”.
He said each product line was well known for different reasons: SkyTrak for a work-everyday reputation and low cost of ownership; Lull for an ability to routinely land a load precisely; Gradall for 90-degree rear-pivot steering for tight quarters, and JLG telehandlers for work-range capacities and ergonomic advantages.
Now, the JLG, SkyTrak and Lull brands share orange as their principal common colour.
“Gradall telehandlers will retain blue as their brand identifiable colour, and also display the JLG logo,” Kuehling said. By contrast, the manufacturer uses two shades of grey to identify Gradall excavators.
On all telehandlers, the head weld joint at the top of the boom shows each machine’s maximum capacity, and decals on the engine shroud and near the cab door identify the equipment model.
Across the board, to enhance aesthetics and commonality, “many purchased components will be painted black or will stay the original suppliers’ colour,” Kuehling said.
- JLG website -
6. SMV supplies container handlers to new Egyptian port
PORT SAID, Egypt
SMV Lifttrucks has secured a lucrative supply agreement with the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT). This new development at Port Said East is expected to open on October 1.
SCCT managing director Philip Littlejohn said the new terminal was at the northern entrance to the Suez Canal and would attract major shipping lines.
“The new terminal will be a state of the art facility and soon be the natural transhipment centre for the Eastern Mediterranean,” he said. “At this location, deviation from the normal Asia/Europe-route is zero, and the growing markets of the Eastern Mediterranean are within easy reach.”
SCCT chose SMV reach stackers and empty container handlers for handling cargo at the new terminal. Low costs, good quality and service clinched the deal, Littlejohn said. Neither the number of machines sold, nor the contract price, was available for publication before deadline.
Littlejohn added that SCCT also wanted more than a regular supplier. “The reliability of the machinery we use decides our ability to give clients a swift and flexible service,” he said. “We see SMV as a business partner that, over time, will help us develop our service and cost efficiency.”
The new Port Said terminal will have between 400 and 770 employees. In its first year it is expected to handle about 600,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs), growing to 2.2 million TEUs within five years, Littlejohn said.
Also this month, SMV has sold three reach stackers to Indonesian container shipping company Tempuras Emas. The SC4127 TA machines joined 18 other SMV machines in the company’s fleet.
7. New Zealand operators fight it out in national final
AUCKLAND, New Zealand
The New Zealand National Forklift Drivers’ Championships is on again, and 14 qualifiers are preparing for the final in Auckland next month.
Chief judge of the championships is Maurice Flood, national forklift instructors' registrar for New Zealand’s Occupational Safety & Health Service. He said this year’s competition was the “best yet”.
“The standard of the competitors has been very good, and the final is looking like it will be quite close,” he told Forkliftaction.com News this week. “Last year’s winner, Mike Pennall, made the finals, but he was under a lot of pressure.”
The 14 qualifying drivers include eight winners of the regional competition, which has run throughout New Zealand since May, and the next six-highest ranked drivers from around the country.
The finals this year feature its first female forklift driver, Donna Karena. Donna represents a growing involvement in the competition by women, Flood said.
“The participation by female drivers has been increasing steadily over recent years, and Karen’s qualification is testament to the wealth of female talent there is here,” he said.
Forklift finalists will compete in a series of set courses at Loadlift Equipment Ltd in Auckland over two days from October 13. Loadlift is a major sponsor and has supplied Nissan LX 2.5 tonne capacity forklifts for the competition.
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9. Balkancar workers stage protests over unpaid wages
Balkancar Holdings, Bulgaria’s cash-strapped forklift maker, owes EUR90,000 (USD110,350) in wages to its 512 employees.
The Bulgarian News Digest reported the company’s Sofia employees, who have not been paid since November 2003, staged protests on September 13, pledging to continue protesting until Balkancar pays up.
Balkancar Holdings’ 14 subsidiaries are expected to manufacture 300 forklifts this year, compared to the company’s 90,000-unit output of the early 1990s.
In the late 1980s, the government-owned company was, per capita, the world’s biggest forklift producer, employing almost 60,000 people at its peak in the late 1980s.
After several failed privatisation attempts, Balkancar was declared insolvent in September 2002 with outstanding debts of more than EUR71.5 million (87.7 milion). The company’s largest creditors are Roseximbank, Yorset Holding and Biochim Bank.
10. Aussie Mitsubishi importer relocates
The Brisbane operation of Australia’s Mitsubishi and Fantuzzi importer MLA Holdings has bought a new building to cope with its expansion plans.
Garth Grams, MLA’s Queensland manager, said the company was “bursting at the seams” after experiencing double-digit growth over the last three years.
“We’d simply outgrown our existing location in Sumner Park,” he said. “We’ve won a lot of national blue-chip fleet deals in recent years, and needed more space to house our equipment.”
The new building, in Darra, features office and warehouse space, all accessible via three shipping container-height doors.
11. Low-speed chase ends abruptly for Washington thief
SPOKANE, WA, United States
A slow-speed stolen forklift chase in Washington ended when the alleged thief lost control of the machine on a steep hill.
Gerald Patten’s joyride came to a sudden halt when the forklift’s tines dug into the road at the bottom of a hill and threw him face-first into the steering wheel.
Police spokesman, Dave Regan, told the Washington Times the chase began when a security guard reported a forklift had crashed through a gate at a Spokane aluminium plant.
Police gave chase as the forklift cruised along at 10mph, running over roadside bins and signs. Regan said Patten was “looking over his shoulder and laughing as he weaved down the roadway” before the chase came to a crashing conclusion.
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DAEWOO JOINS SPONSORS LIST FOR ARCHIES 2005
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
Forklift maker Daewoo is the latest materials handling heavy hitter to join the list of sponsors of the “Archies” - the Fork Lift Truck Association’s (FLTA) Annual Awards for Excellence.
Daewoo joins others, including Albury Asset Rentals, Calor, Chloride Motive Power, Narrow Aisle Flexi, Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks, and Translift Bendi as major sponsors of the event.
FLTA Chairman Richard Baxter said nominations for the 2005 event were already being submitted, and he was “delighted” to have Daewoo on board.
“Daewoo’s decision to become involved reflects the truly global significance of the Annual Awards for Excellence,” he said.
Nominees across safety, environment, ergonomics and innovation will attend a gala ceremony at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham, on February 26, 2005. A new award, Employee of the Year, has also been introduced.
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