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This is issue #216 - 07 July 2005 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.


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“Continued growth for Japanese forklifts”

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Hoist builds special paper handling forklift
BEDFORD PARK, IL, United States


Hoist Liftruck Manufacturing has delivered two Generation 2 Titan F180 model forklifts with Cascade 150D paper roll clamps to a major Chicago-based print company.

The dealer did not disclose the sale price, Hoist sales manager Terry Troutman said.

The forklifts' ability to handle larger diameter rolls enabled the printer to make fewer roll changes, saving time and labour costs and increasing productivity. The paper rolls weighed up to 6,100kg, Troutman said.

Hoist has been manufacturing Titan forklifts for six years. A change to a heavier duty drive axle for the Generation 2 series required chassis and frame changes, and modified mast mounts. That enabled the trucks to meet the high lift requirements of Hoist Liftruck's paper, steel and aluminum industry customers, a company statement said.

Design changes had also made it easier to do routine maintenance, reducing service and repair downtime, the statement said. The Titan F180 can lift eight metres high and stack 3,175mm tall rolls three high using Cascade paper roll clamps.

The Titan compact forklift range, which includes the F180, has a nine to 10 tonne capacity. Its 80 inch wheel base gives it a 2,920mm turning radius, enabling it to work in small areas when unloading and loading railroad cars or containers or working among large presses and stamping machines.

Hoist's FKS series forklifts have a lifting capacity of 11 tonnes to 45 tonnes.
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Japanese forklift sales continue to rise
TOKYO, Japan


Global sales for forklifts manufactured in Japan in May were 10,379 units, a 17.9 per cent increase on May 2004, according to the Japan Industrial Vehicles Association.

It was the 32nd consecutive month of year-on-year increases in global sales.

Sales of battery-powered forklifts in May were 3,989, up 24.7 per cent on May last year, while sales of diesel or gasoline forklifts were 6,390 units, an increase of 13.9 per cent on May 2004.

Japan's total domestic forklift sales for May increased to 6,765, up 17.2 per cent on the previous year's figure. Total exports were 3,623, a rise of 19.1 per cent, the 23rd consecutive month of year-on-year sales increases.

Domestic sales of battery-powered forklifts were 3,239 in May 2005, a 24.2 per cent increase on the previous year's figure. Diesel and gasoline powered forklift sales were 3,517, up 11 per cent on May 2004.
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Gottwald Port Technology supplies stacker cranes for P&O
DUSSELDORF, Germany


Gottwald Port Technology has signed an agreement with Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company UK (P&O) to supply automated stacker cranes (ASCs) for a new P&O Antwerp Gateway Terminal in Belgium.

Gottwald will supply, test and commission the first four ASCs for two stack modules by June 2006. Other stack modules would be built and put into operation later, a company statement said. The number of ASCs to be supplied and their cost was confidential, a Gottwald spokesperson said.  

The new ASCs would allow P&O to fully automate its cargo storage area at Antwerp and seamlessly link ship-to-shore equipment at terminals to inland storage areas, logistics systems and onward shipping facilities, including long and short sea traffic, inland waterways, road and rail, the statement said.

Gottwald chief executive and financial officer Dirk Kiessling said the company's strategy had been to use traditional crane manufacturing know-how and expertise as building blocks to gain a strong foothold in automated container handling systems.

"The new container stacking crane is an additional module to our growing product range, which now includes a variety of equipment that can be combined to suit our customers' specific requirements on a functional level while offering customers the advantages of standardisation and compatibility on a component level," Kiessling said.

Chief technical officer Dr Mathias Dobner said Gottwald had identified a growing demand for cargo handling automation in the early 1990s when it was developing automated guided vehicles, which have management and navigation systems.

Two ASCs mounted on one set of rails handle one container stack, reducing the number of rails and foundation work required to operate the stacking system.

An ASC can stack one over five containers high and the width of the modules can be varied to customers' requirements. The cranes have been designed to operate in wind strengths of up to 10 Beaufort.    

Gottwald Port Technology, based in Dusseldorf, is a mobile harbour cranes and systems supplier to sea and river ports.
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Marketplace notes

June has come and gone in a flash for the Marketplace team.
We are receiving more and more success stories from contributing dealers which has been very encouraging. Dealers are finding new leads and establishing new business through their Marketplace involvement. Both the Marketplace traffic and dealer involvement are growing rapidly.

The Marketplace statistics for June:
Marketplace page views: 31,008
Dealer ShopFront page views: 9,495
Email enquiries to dealers: 121 (phone and fax enquiries not included)

Marketplace traffic in June increased by 49% compared with the first operational month of May.
Today 163 dealers are involved in the Marketplace and we are determined to make the Marketplace work for you.
With unit numbers reaching healthy levels we have commenced a wider industry marketing campaign.

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Cat Reman increases push into Europe
PEORIA, IL, United States


Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services (Cat Reman) has agreed to buy French-based remanufacturer of automotive and industrial engines, transmissions and components, Eurenov SA.

Eurenov operates from Chaumont, France, and has a smaller operation in Radom, Poland.

Cat Reman general manager Steve Fisher said buying Eurenov would give Cat Reman greater access to the European automotive and industrial engine and transmission remanufacturing market, with potential for expansion into Eastern Europe.

"Eurenov is a strong strategic fit for our company. Its customer relationships and technical knowledge, combined with Caterpillar's know-how and expertise, will strengthen our position in this growing market," he said.

Eurenov chairman and chief executive officer Denis Tremeau said Cat Reman's remanufacturing expertise and global reach would enhance Eurenov's ability to meet customer needs. The acquisition of Eurenov would occur in two phases with Cat Reman obtaining full ownership in 2007.

Last year Caterpillar Inc, one of the world's largest remanufacturers, announced it would offer Cat Reman's capabilities to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in other industries, including automotive and industrial products.

Eurenov manufactures a variety of products, including remanufactured engines, new and remanufactured transmissions and remanufactured fuel pumps for OEM clients.
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Jungheinrich starts work on new testing centre
HAMBURG, Germany


German warehousing technology supplier Jungheinrich AG has fast-tracked a new testing and development centre at Norderstedt, near Hamburg.

The new centre, which cost USD6.1 million (5 million euros), will cover 5,900 square metres. Construction began on June 29 and it is expected to be operational by January 2006, a company statement said. The facility will test and inspect new developments in forklift technology and components. The centre would employ up to 60 people.

Since 2000, Jungheinrich R&D spending has increased 36 per cent. In 2004, Jungheinrich spent USD45.77 million (38 million euros) on R&D. There are 360 R&D employees groupwide.
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Mageon and Caterpillar end exclusivity deal
NIEUWERKERK, Netherlands


Dutch forklift dealer Mageon and Caterpillar have ended a 49-year exclusivity arrangement, according to an article published in the Dutch Logistiek magazine.

Mageon director John de Vaan told the magazine the exclusivity deal had effectively finished several years ago when other dealers began offering Caterpillar forklifts.

He said the current market required a more holistic approach, with one dealer able to offer forklifts to meet a variety of customer needs. Mageon wanted to remain brand independent as no one brand could meet all customers' requirements. He said Mageon would continue to service customers to whom it had sold Caterpillar forklifts.

De Vaan said electric forklifts were gaining market share, especially in the heavy lifting sector. For the past few years Mageon had supplied Carer electric forklifts up to 16 tonnes.

Mageon has supplied Eindhoven Handling Cargo with a 12-tonne Carer electric forklift to replace a diesel heavy forklift. No information was available on the cost.
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Crown wins "red dot" design award
ESSEN, Germany


Crown Lift Trucks has received a prestigious international design award, the "red dot", for the second consecutive year for its new WF 3000 series stacker.

The stacker's centre-mounted X10 control handle won a "red dot" last year.

Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, one of the oldest and most highly reputed design institutions in Europe, annually awards "red dots" to superior designs.  

Professor Peter Zec, initiator of the "red dot" awards, said companies were increasingly focused on sophisticated designs to meet the demands of their customers and maintain market position. "Design standards have risen constantly, not only in the premium price segment, but also in the mainstream market," he said.
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Vandals fire Finning forklifts
CANNOCK, United Kingdom


Vandals broke into the Livingston depot of Finning (UK) Ltd and set fire to four forklifts in its short-term rental fleet.

A Finning spokesperson said the estimated damage was about GBP35,000. "Thankfully this is a rare occurrence for Finning."

Finning (UK), a division of Finning International Inc, is the national Caterpillar dealer for Great Britain.
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Forklift needed to carry huge cheese
DORSET, United Kingdom


A gigantic cheese, which could be Britain’s biggest ever, will be transported by forklift to Harrods for the store’s Truly British promotion in September.

The Western Daily Press newspaper reported Ashley Chase Estates, in Litton Cheney, near Weymouth in Dorset, used 8,800 pints of milk to make the three-foot tall (0.914 metres), half-tonne cheddar.

Estates general manager Peter Mitchell estimated the cheese would make 10,000 sandwiches.

It will be sold over the counter in Harrods for GBP6.75 (USD12.10) a kilogram. The Truly British promotion runs from September 5 to October 15.
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Movers & Shakers
DETROIT, MI, United States


Dan Rivard has been named president of Fraza Forklifts, of Detroit. Fraza is a Michigan dealer for Cat Lift Trucks, Clark Forklifts, Linde Lift Trucks, Royal, Prime Mover and Sellick forklifts. Tracy Duncan has been named senior vice president and Tom Kreiselmeier vice president of finance & accounting.
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