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This is issue #257 - 27 April 2006 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
“Forklift industry stalwart passes away.”
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China forklift sales to exceed 120,000 units
The China Industrial Truck Association (CITA) says China’s forklift sales reached 75,000 units in 2005.
Forklifts in service reached 340,000 units.
Forklift sales are expected to exceed 120,000 units by 2010 and forklifts are to become one of the biggest selling products in the construction machinery industry, Asia Pulse reported.
CITA secretary general Su Enyi said China had 14 regions where forklift sales exceeded 1,000 units a year. Guangzhou city, in Guangdong province, southern China, was the most important forklift market.
Combined forklift sales for Anhui Forklift Truck Group (Heli) and Hangzhou Forklift Truck Group exceeded 40,000 units in 2005 and accounted for about 60 per cent of the total market.
However, CITA said the gap between outdated production equipment and the expanding production capacity was growing larger.
“There are also problems in the sector such as a lack of information exchange platforms and cut-throat price competition affecting the quality of products,” Asia Pulse reported.
Former forklift operator in legal drama
WASHINGTON, DC, United States
The US Supreme Court grappled last week with how to determine if an employer had unlawfully retaliated against a worker because she claimed sexual harassment or other discrimination.
In the case of Burlington Northern v White, former forklift operator Sheila White claimed she was transferred to a lesser job after complaining to the company about sexual harassment, USA Today reported.
After White was hired to work in Burlington Northern’s train yards in 1997, she complained about sexual harassment. Her boss was suspended for 10 days but she was transferred to a dirtier railway track labourer job. A few months later, she was suspended for 37 days without pay after the company reviewed her complaint.
White alleged the actions were unlawful retaliation under the US Civil Rights Act and a jury awarded her USD43,000 in damages. The verdict was upheld by the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Burlington Northern is now appealing.
Burlington Northern claims the standard currently used by the lower court “dramatically expands” employer liability under federal anti-bias law.
Burlington Northern’s legal representative Carter Phillips said a lenient standard would interfere with how companies managed their businesses. He said “adverse” actions should primarily concern changes in pay.
White’s legal representative Donald Donati said if workers were not broadly protected from retaliation, bias victims were unlikely to come forward.
A court ruling is expected in July.
Forklift legend passes on
ALTON, United Kingdom
When Bill Phipps climbed to the rostrum to receive his Archie award in February, it would be his last appearance at the annual Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) awards ceremony (Forkliftaction.com News #249).
Phipps, 89, died on March 26, after almost 50 years in the forklift industry.
The FLTA lifetime achievement award winner’s career began in 1946 with Coventry Climax. For 34 years, he served with the UK forklift manufacturer as salesman, area sales manager and eventually home sales director. During his time with Coventry Climax, Phipps travelled to Iran, Canada, Holland and Sweden.
In 1980, Bill launched his own consultancy business and advised Still in its UK business development. He ran the consultancy for 14 years before retiring.
FLTA president Richard Baxter, when presenting Phipps with the award, said: “How can you quantify the achievement and contribution of someone who has worked so hard for so long?
“The list of companies that benefited from his advice reads like a who’s who of top industrial names – Ford, Metal Box, Bird’s Eye and the Port of London Authority, to name a few.
“It’s been said Bill had hydraulic fluid flowing in his veins and the words ‘forklift truck’ written through him like the lettering in a stick of rock.”
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JCB finishes new Asian plants
JCB CEO John Patterson said at the Intermat exhibition in Paris this week that the UK company had invested in boosting production around the globe.
He said JCB made the investment to ensure the company capitalised on “strong global demand” for construction equipment.
“An increasing level of JCB's production now comes from manufacturing plants outside the UK,” a JCB statement said. Patterson did not disclose the investment amount.
JCB had just completed its third plant in India, which will manufacture excavators and compaction machines. It will be the first time JCB Vibromax equipment is manufactured outside Germany. JCB took over Vibromax in September 2005 (Forkliftaction.com News #218).
In China, a new plant near Shanghai, producing backhoe loaders and small midi excavators, had just been completed.
“We are a very different company to the JCB of five years ago,” Patterson said. “In 2001 we manufactured 120 products, today that number is 257. We made 26,000 machines in 2001 and that number has jumped to 45,000 [in 2005].”
At Intermat Paris, the telehandler manufacturer displayed 29 new products and exhibited the JCB Vibromax range to the world market for the first time.
Family-run and privately-owned, JCB employs more than 63,000 people and has 17 plants on four continents.
Intermat, an international exhibition for the construction and building materials industry is held at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre from April 24-29.
Yale delivers 500th truck to customer
HAMPSHIRE, United Kingdom
Yale UK has delivered its 500th forklift, a three-wheel electric ERP20ATF, to a major UK home improvement retailer.
Yale UK has supplied materials handling equipment to Homebase since 1998. The range of equipment includes MR16 reach trucks, MP20L pallet trucks, HP hand pallet trucks, two-tonne internal combustion forklifts and the GLP20SVX Veracitor.
The ERP20ATF was delivered to Homebase’s new flagship store in Kingston upon Thames.
Homebase store equipment manager Clive Hillman said the company chose Yale as its sole supplier because it was pleased with Yale’s products and the service it offered.
“The products are competitively priced and dependable and Yale offers a complete maintenance package with excellent response times,” Hillman said.
Yale UK has tailored its service to suit the needs of its loyal customer. A dedicated call centre to resolve Homebase’s issues, a short-term hire fleet and a fleet management program have been established.
Homebase has almost 300 stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Its association with Yale started in 1986 when both companies traded under different names. Homebase, then Texas Homecare, had employed Edison Lift Truck Services, a Yale dealership, to service its forklifts.
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Movers & Shakers
MILWAUKEE, WI, United States
Nick Yaksich, Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ global public policy vice president, has been appointed policy committee chair for the Canadian American Business Council (CABC). Yaksich is also on the CABC’s board of directors. CABC is a non-profit organisation that promotes Canadian-US business relationships.
IRVINE, CA, United States
Kosaku Yamada, Toyota Motor Corporation’s former chief engineer, is now managing director of Toyota Industries Corporation. He will oversee the design, development and manufacturing of Toyota forklifts. In his former position, Yamada was responsible for design and development of the Camry, Lexus ES300 and Avalon motor vehicles.
HAMPSHIRE, United Kingdom
Nacco Materials Handling Group has appointed Ralf Mock as managing director of its European, Middle Eastern and African operations. Mock has worked for Linde for more than 20 years. He was head of sales and marketing in the gas and materials handling divisions and a member of the management board.
Lindsay Cordner has been appointed Amskan Holdings Pty Ltd’s general manager, global sales & marketing. He was previously general manager of Enersys Australia Pty Ltd. Cordner will focus on international market development for Amskan’s Sweepscan and Fork-Alert products.
McCONNELLSBURG, PA, United States
JLG Industries Inc has appointed David Baxter as director of North American marketing and market development. He will market JLG’s four telehandler businesses under the SkyTrak, Lull, Gradall and JLG brands. He reports to Craig Paylor, JLG senior vice president of North American sales, marketing and customer support.
Children charged with robbery drove forklift
Five boys in Western Australia charged with robbery at a Newman business allegedly tried to drive a forklift at the rear of the shop.
Newman police alleged the boys, aged 11 to 13, broke into Tjilla Autos, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
They allegedly stole cash, keys and two rare collector model cars.
Police alleged the boys emptied four fire extinguishers, covering the premises in powder.
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Kerry Services is a technical translation company specialising in the lift truck sector. Mr Peter Downhill explained “For 10 years we have been supplying professional translations to some of the leading lift truck manufacturers, including 2 in the world's top 6.” Kerry Services specializes in the production of operator manuals, service manuals, parts lists, specification sheets and website translation in all the major languages of the world.
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Safety alert on telehandlers
Regulatory authority WorkSafe Victoria says its inspectors will take action against companies that use inadequately designed telehandlers as mobile cranes.
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Event: MATEX 2006
MATEX 2006, held from May 30 to June 2 at Darling Harbour Convention & Exhibition Centre, is the leading trade show for the warehousing, logistics and supply chain industries. This year’s event sees the introduction of the Interactive Warehouse, a showcase of the latest warehousing technologies.
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