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This is issue #220 - 04 August 2005
of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
“Miracle's near death experience inside a forklift.”
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Linde and workers agree on wage cuts
Linde AG has agreed on wage cuts with workers of its materials handling segment, in exchange for a guarantee that current German production sites will not close.
Linde said last week that the deal, which will see a reduction in salary levels and overtime bonuses but an increase in working hours, was expected to result in “tens of millions of euros” in the company’s annual profit.
To be effective in stages, the deal aims to reduce unit labour costs for Linde’s materials handling products.
Workers will receive a guarantee production will not move to eastern Europe.
However, the guarantees are valid for six years and subject to the company’s economic situation not changing.
Similar negotiations underway for German production sites of the STILL brand are expected to be concluded at the end of August.
INTRUPA and LTE to merge
GRAYSLAKE, IL, United States
INTRUPA International Holding bv and LTE SpA have announced a merger of their businesses that they expect will enhance their ability to deliver forklift parts and service to the European market.
INTRUPA has principal offices and distribution facilities in Cujik, the Netherlands, and LTE has principal offices and distribution facilities in Torino and Milano, Italy.
An INTRUPA statement said the merger would immediately increase product offering, product availability and the financial strength of both companies, and improve delivery times and technical support.
Erik van der Goot, Intrupa managing director, and Roberto Lanzone, LTE managing director, said in a joint statement: “Both companies performed well in 2004 and are coming together from positions of strength at a time when there are significant opportunities for enhanced future growth. The new group will be better placed to capture and exploit this growth.”
The companies would continue to operate under their own names and from their current premises.
Combined, the companies’ product line will offer more than 65,000 SKUs and represent more than 650,000 OE applications for forklifts.
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TVH buys Bruco Maskin
The TVH group has bought Norwegian forklift spares distributor Bruco Maskin for an undisclosed price.
The acquisition was “confirmation of the importance the group attached to the Scandinavian market as a trading area with business opportunities”, a TVH statement said.
TVH marketing advisor Sofie Duquesne said the Scandinavian market now stood for 5 per cent of the company’s turnover and was generating “sound growth figures”.
“Bruco Maskin customers will be offered the same service as existing Norwegian TVH customers. TVH is confident that it can guarantee a quicker or at least equal delivery time to its Norwegian customers compared to Bruco Maskin (previously),” she said.
Trond Stenrud, from Bruco, has been appointed TVH representative in Norway.
“Trond has worked for around 10 years at Bruco Maskin as a sales representative and has an in-depth knowledge of the Norwegian marketplace,” Duquesne said.
Safety Alert - by ICHCA International
ESSEX, United Kingdom
The ICHCA International office has received a report on the failure of a boom hoist gearbox on a Morris container crane that may be due to a design fault for all Morris container cranes dating from 1986 onwards.
No one was injured and no property damaged as the fault was discovered in time.
Morris Cranes no longer exists so no equipment alerts will be issued by the company.
Anyone who owns or operates Morris cranes is urged to contact the ICHCA office, which will supply details of a contact person who can provide preventive measures, testing and technical engineering information related to the failure.
Contact ICHCA International:
Suite 2, 85 Western Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 3LS, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1708 735295 Fax: +44 (0) 1708 735225
Miracle saved from forklift crushing
SHERWOOD, OR, United States
A kitten whose Spanish name means Miracle has been rescued from being crushed by a forklift.
Portland’s KOIN News 6 reported four-month-old Milagro had apparently sought refuge inside a forklift engine compartment at a Canby, Oregon, construction site.
When the forklift wouldn’t start, a worker lifted the hood and found Milagro’s eyes staring back at him.
The kitten was pulled from under a fan belt and rushed to the Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital where doctors stitched major lacerations along the length of his abdomen.
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Komatsu aims for double-digit turnover
Komatsu Division, Komatsu Forklift Co Ltd’s European head office, aims to continue 2004’s double-digit turnover in the coming years.
While the European forklift market grew at an annual rate of 7 per cent, Komatsu increased its turnover by 21 per cent last year.
Eiji Fukuda, Komatsu Division general manager, said the company aimed to maintain an annual increase of 20 per cent in subsequent years.
“We are extremely satisfied with the success obtained this year and we hope to continue growing over the coming years,” Fukuda said.
Komatsu intends to expand the range at its European production plants, as seen by the launch of new diesel and LPG AX50 and BX50 forklifts with lift capacities ranging from 1.5 tons to 3.5 tons (Forkliftaction.com News #217).
Movers & Shakers
Tetsuro Matsuura has been appointed CEO for Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM). He has also become executive vice president for Toyota Material Handling Group (TMHG). Matsura will chair TIEM and Toyota Material Handling USA Inc (TMHU)’s boards of directors. He will remain senior managing director for Toyota Industries Corp (TICO).
TIEM has appointed Susumu (Sonny) Toyoda as president and chief operating officer. He will oversee the US manufacturing facility for Toyota forklifts in Columbus, Indiana. Toyoda has also joined TIEM and TMHU’s boards of directors.
Matsuura and Toyoda take the reins from Yoshimitsu Ogihara who leaves his post as president and CEO for TIEM after 30 years with Toyota Motor Corporation and more than nine years with TIEM. He becomes senior technical advisor to Toyota and its suppliers.
Eiji Fukuda is the new brand manager of Komatsu Forklift in Europe. He is also general manager of Komatsu Division, the Komatsu Forklift Ltd division that manufactures and sells forklifts in Europe (Forkliftaction.com News #220).
Gehl Company has appointed James J Monnat as treasurer. Monnat joined Gehl in January 2005. He was previously chief financial officer and treasurer of WE Power LLC, a Wisconsin Energy subsidiary.
JM Equipment wins 2004 President’s Award
CHICAGO, IL, United States
JM Equipment, headquartered in Modesto, California, has won the Nissan Forklift 2004 President’s Award for dealership excellence.
It was the third time JM Equipment had received the award.
Nissan Forklift president Tak Tokugawa said JM had been “a loyal Nissan dealer for 23 years and a Nissan Nine recipient many times over”.
Cat Lift Trucks awards forklift to food bank
HOUSTON, TX, United States
The Houston Food Bank is the proud recipient of a Cat Lift Trucks’ 5,000lb (2,268kg) capacity hand pallet truck.
Houston companies and non-profit organisations committed to serving the community had a chance to win the forklift as part of Cat Lift’s sponsorship of the 2005 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (Forkliftaction.com News #191).
Toyota celebrates new facility opening
COLUMBUS, IN, United States
Toyota this week opened a national customer centre at its manufacturing facility, Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM), in Columbus, Indiana.
The forklift supplier invested USD11 million to add 108,000 square feet (10,033.5 square metres) to the TIEM facility, expanding its distribution centre and building a “state-of-the-art” customer centre.
Malta Freeport Terminals buys 13 container handlers
Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd has signed a deal for 13 container handling machines from KCI Konecranes.
The order is 10 eight-wheel, all-electric, 50-ton KCI Konecranes rubber-tyred-gantry cranes, two masted SMV Konecranes forklifts (SMV SL6/7, ESB 90) and a 37-ton, SMV SL 37-1200 forklift.
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Company Profile: Taylor Machine Works
In our first weekly industry profile, we turn the spotlight on materials handling company Taylor Machine Works.
Taylor Machine Works is a major provider of materials handling products with capacities ranging from 16,000lbs (7258kg) to more than 120,000lbs (54,431kg). Its market includes forest products, container handling, heavy metal production, marinas, and concrete products industries to other heavy industries. Forkliftaction.com News spoke to Taylor Machine Works' vice president for operations Robert Taylor about his company. Read more
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