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Atlet wins big order from supermarket chain
OXON, United Kingdom
Atlet has won a contract to supply 153 forklifts to a nine hectare (90,000 square metre) national distribution centre (NDC) of one of the UK’s top 10 supermarket chains.
The forklift fleet, comprising 32 high-lift UHS Tergo reach trucks, 23 Presto PLP pallet transporters and 98 Select TPD low-level order pickers, will work in Somerfield’s NDC, in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, UK.
One reason Somerfield chose Atlet was the service and maintenance support Atlet provided that covered not only the new forklifts but the site’s existing counterbalance trucks and cleaning machines, Atlet said in a statement.
The 27,900 square metre NDC warehouse has more than 33,000 racked pallet locations that hold mainly slow-moving non-grocery items.
Operating seven days a week, the NDC supplies Somerfield stores and Kwiksafe outlets throughout the UK. Around 820,000 cases are picked each week.
Atlet would not disclose the value of the order.
CNH gives over USD1 million for hurricane relief
LAKE FOREST, IL, United States
CNH Global NV will donate more than USD1 million of Case and New Holland construction equipment to support ongoing relief efforts related to Hurricane Katrina.
Included in the contribution is about USD200,000 of construction equipment from Kobelco, its global alliance partner.
CNH president and CEO Harold Boyanovsky said the company was pleased to provide equipment needed to begin the process of rebuilding hurricane-affected communities.
“Our deepest condolences go to all those who have been affected directly or indirectly by this immense natural disaster,” Boyanovsky said.
CNH is also matching individual employee donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to USD250,000.
JLG honoured with silver award
McCONNELLSBURG, PA, United States
JLG Industries has been honoured by the Defence Supply Centre Columbus (DSCC) as one of the centre’s best suppliers at an automated best value system (ABVS) award ceremony last week.
The telehandler manufacturer accepted the supplier excellence silver award from the DSCC commander, Navy Rear Admiral Charlie Lilli, at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, in Columbus, Ohio.
Of 6,000 DSCC suppliers, only 140 received the award.
Companies that qualified as award winners met quality and delivery requirements established by the defence logistics agency.
The ABVS is a computerised system that collects vendors’ past performance data and translates it into a numeric score, ranging from zero to 100. To be eligible, suppliers must have shipped 50 or more contract line items for DSCC over 12 months. Contractors must have a score of 99 to 99.9 out of 100 to qualify for the silver medal.
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Linde expands Saxony-Anhalt site
Linde AG is investing EUR12.5 million (USD15.3 million) to expand forklift and warehouse equipment component production at its Ballenstedt site, in Saxony-Anhalt.
“This investment reflects the excellent performance of the Bellenstedt site and the region in general,” said Stefan Rinck, a member of the materials handling operational board.
The expansion will create 28 new jobs, bringing the total to 189. The number of trainee positions will increase from nine to 16.
Ballenstedt is to become a centre for the production of hydraulic control valves for products from the group’s three brands, Linde, Still and Om Pimespo.
Hydraulic control valves are components essential to forklifts’ rotating and lifting functions.
LXE introduces forklift-mounted RFID reader
ATLANTA, GA, United States
LXE Inc has unveiled the RX1, a rugged mobile, forklift-mounted RFID reader, at the EPCglobal US Conference in Atlanta this week.
The RX1 is the result of a joint collaboration led by LXE, with Sirit Technologies and Intel. The objective was to design and build a forklift-mounted RFID reader tough enough to survive the “shocks and jolts” of the forklift and versatile enough to RFID-enable processes in warehouses, like picks, put-aways and other material moves.
Dick Sorenson, LXE’s RFID director, said the device virtually removed the forklift operator from the data collection business and made quality control processes redundant.
“The operator is able to focus on moving product, significantly increasing both the speed and accuracy of the move,” Sorenson said.
The key to the device’s versatility was the combination of the intelligent RX1 reader with application-specific antennae, synchronised with forklift operations, LXE said in a statement.
The RX1 would initially read and verify case, pallet and location tags for warehouse moves.
With an expanding set of future antennae, the RX1 could verify that the correct cases in the correct quantities were placed on the right pallets during case pick operations, LXE said.
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JCB diamond jubilee attracts massive crowd
ROCESTER, United Kingdom
Around 30,000 employees and members of the British public enjoyed an open day at JCB’s Rocester headquarters to mark its 60th anniversary last weekend.
Reginald Rushton, 77, a retired construction worker, travelled from his Anglesley home to attend the event.
“Everything from the factory tour to the musical finale has been very well organised. Seeing the JCB success story first hand makes you feel proud to be British,” he said.
British TV celebrity Christopher Biggins compered the events that took place in a huge outdoor arena erected in the factory grounds.
The JCB Dancing Diggers performed, accompanied by the JCB GT, a high-speed digger fitted with a V8 Chevrolet engine capable of doing more than 100mph.
The open day was planned mainly for the company’s 4,500 employees at 10 UK factories in Rocester, Rugeley, Uttoxeter, Wrexham, Cheadle and Church Broughton in Derbyshire.
More than 27,000 visitors participated in the factory tour and an additional 3,000 attended the lakeside concert and fireworks display.
The late Joseph Cyril Bamford established the company in a lock-up garage in Uttoxeter on October 13, 1945. JCB now has production factories on four continents and an annual turnover of GBP1 billion (USD1.8 billion).
Gottwald Port Technology progresses in far-east
Mobile harbour crane supplier Gottwald Port Technology has received its first order from Thailand from the Ngow Hock Group.
The Ngow Hock Group ordered two 100-tonne HMK 260 E cranes to operate at Thai Prosperity Terminal Co Ltd (TPT), near Bangkok, on the Chao Praya River. The two cranes start operating this month and will be the largest capacity cranes in Thailand.
TPT general manager Sitthidech Supunyapanich said an important reason TPT chose the mobile harbour cranes was Gottwald’s ability to respond to its needs.
“Our quay structure has a restricted loading capacity. Gottwald easily met this challenge. The cranes have been adapted to our terminal requirements,” he said.
As a special feature for TPT, the two cranes are equipped with six aisles. Usually, the HMK 260 E features a five-axle chassis but they are designed to fit a sixth aisle if the quay has a restricted load-bearing capacity.
“I am especially pleased about our successful efforts to secure a foothold in the Thai market. These are important achievements, especially in view of the fact that the growth trend in the far-east region with the world’s busiest ports is likely to continue in years to come,” said Klaus Roehrig, Gottwald’s Singapore regional manager.
So far this year, Gottwald has received seven mobile harbour crane orders from Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia and Thailand.
Briefs Linde cuts costs with Still
Linde AG hopes to cut costs in the double digit million euro range at its subsidiary Still GmbH.
The German News Digest
reported the costs savings could be EUR20 million (USD24.6 million) to EUR40 million (USD49.2 million), according to Juergen Heck, a German financial analyst.
Last week Forkliftaction.com News reported Still had finalised an agreement with workers at its German sites, designed to boost company profits (Forkliftaction.com News #225
Forklift rodeo in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States
The Utah Manufacturers’ Association (UMA) will hold its third annual forklift rodeo on September 24 at Wheeler Machinery Company, Salt Lake City.
The UMA is seeking certified forklift drivers and corporate sponsors to participate in the event. Cash prizes will be awarded.
For more information, call Teresa at +1-801-363-3885 or go to www.umaweb.org.
“Good Samaritan” worried over forklift in bank
A spate of ATM thefts has inspired a bystander to call police after noticing a forklift in a bank one night (Forkliftaction.com News #224
The Newcastle Herald
reported police rushed to the ANZ bank, in Cessnock, New South Wales, only to find contract workers installing a new bank vault.
A Statewide Safe Relocations spokesperson said police checked the workers’ identification and security passes before letting them complete the task.
“An interested bystander must have called in and said there was a forklift inside the bank,” he said. “You can understand, with all the robberies in Sydney, especially after the Easter show with all the ATMs that have gone off.”
Movers & Shakers OLATHE, KS, United States
has been appointed SMH’s new OEM sales manager. Fallon has more than 25 years’ experience in the transport and materials handling industries. For the past 12 years, he has been associated with Raymond Corporation and held the positions of corporate aftermarket parts manager, regional business development manager and recently was regional customer care manager for US, Mexico and Japan.
LAKE FOREST, IL, United States
The board of directors at CNH Global has elected Harold Boyanovsky
as the company’s permanent president and chief executive officer. Boyanovsky was appointed interim president and chief executive officer in February 2005 when former president and chief executive officer Paolo Monferino
left CNH to become chief executive of Iveco SpA. Boyanovsky continues to serve as president of CNH’s construction equipment business, a position he has held since September 2002.
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