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This is issue #267 - 06 July 2006 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
“16,000 visit Buenos Aires materials handling show.”
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TVH expands in Maghreb and Gulf states
The TVH Group is expanding to Maghreb countries and the Gulf region, opening offices in Casablanca, in Morocco, and Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.
The Maghreb countries are TVH’s second biggest market after South Africa on the African continent (Forkliftaction.com News #253).
There are two TVH employees in the new sales & marketing office in Sidi Maarouf, Casablanca, and one in Karama, Dubai. The offices support TVH representatives who have been active in the region.
“Potential customers can become thoroughly acquainted with TVH and TVH’s e-commerce in the field of handling equipment, materials handling parts and other industrial means of transport and machinery,” a TVH statement said.
TVH’s e-commerce refers to TVH’s web-based software, Quick Source, that enables customers to conduct and monitor transactions with TVH.
Nordine Zanki, who was with TVH Belgium’s export sales department for two years, is now TVH Maghreb’s area sales manager. He will oversee Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, Sudan, Somalia and Djibouti from Casablanca.
Area sales manager for TVH Middle East is Sanjoy Roychoudhury, who will oversee United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait, from Dubai. Roychoudhury, a former Linde area sales manager, has been with TVH for more than a year.
Singapore MOM reins in forklift use
Singapore’s workplace safety regulatory body will increase checks on forklift operations from July 10.
The Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) occupational safety & health division said there were three fatal accidents involving forklifts in June alone, compared to four throughout 2005.
The latest incident, on June 22, killed a 30-year-old worker who was run over by a forklift while sleeping near a vehicle access road.
MOM investigations showed the forklift’s handbrake was not functioning, the horn was damaged and the tyres worn out. The operator had worked for 12 hours before the incident.
In the earlier fatalities, one driver had had no formal forklift training. In the second incident, MOM preliminary investigations found no risk assessment had been conducted or safe work procedures implemented for forklift operations. There was no documentary proof the forklift operator was trained.
The MOM said it would take legal action against offenders who did not comply with regulations on safe use of forklifts.
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Buenos Aires show attracts crowd
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina
The biennial Argentine logistics & materials handling show Expo Logisti-k has been hailed a “great success” by an Argentinian marketing company.
Henry Whitney, president of Marketeck SA, told Forkliftaction.com News the Buenos Aires show attracted about 16,000 visitors to its 187 stands.
Twenty-three forklift distributors showcased 36 brands of forklifts and nine stands offered batteries, tyres, maintenance and spare parts, he said.
Forklift distributors included AG Pruden (Linde), Autoelec (Carer), Autoelevadores Yale SA (Yale, Ausa, Drexel, Taylor), Boss Argentina SA (Crown, Daewoo-Doosan) and Industrias Darc SA (Clark). Battery suppliers included Autobat SA, Enersystems Argentina and Dataplex.
Whitney said the Argentine economy was growing at more than eight per cent a year. More than 3,000 forklifts were sold in 2005 and 2006 sales were expected to match or exceed that figure.
Argentina is South America’s second biggest forklift market, after Brazil, according to Marketeck.
Geography seals deal for JLG
McCONNELLSBURG, PA, United States
JLG has been awarded two contracts from the US Army for all-terrain lifter army system (ATLAS) vehicles and related parts and tools.
The contracts are worth USD9.8 million.
The ATLAS is JLG’s Skytrak telescopic handler engineered for military applications. Since production began in 1997, more than 1,800 ATLAS vehicles have been delivered to the US Army and army reserve to support combat operations.
The four-wheel drive, pneumatic tyre, diesel telescopic forklift has a 10,000lb (4,536kg) maximum load capacity, 27 foot 11.5 inch (8.5 metre) maximum lift height and a maximum reach of 24 feet 4 inches (7.4 metres).
US congressman Bill Shuster, a member of the armed services committee, promoted JLG to the defence department because JLG’s Pennsylvania factory was close to Washington DC, a JLG statement said.
In July 2003, 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.
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Hoist forklifts introduce warning system
BEDFORD PARK, IL, United States
Leading North American compact cushion tyre forklift manufacturer Hoist Liftruck Manufacturing Inc has introduced remote diagnostics technology to its entire forklift range.
The RemoteTech system is now standard on all Hoist forklifts, including the cushion-tyre Titan and FKS series, the pneumatic-tyre P series, the electric Lazer series and the marina Neptune series.
RemoteTech monitors potential problems in the engine, transmission, hydraulics, autoshifting and filters. It monitors shock, overloading and vehicle speed. It can be programmed to monitor maximum load capacity, speed limit and clogged filters.
RemoteTech automatically notifies pre-assigned recipients via email of specific occurrences and their details. Forklift dealers can reprogram standards to be monitored and fix problems from remote locations.
Hoist president Martin Flaska said the system “can detect problems and give warnings before further damage can be done”.
Boomerang replaced by intelligent truck
Rocla Oyj has introduced the Humanic reach truck range, calling it, “Rocla’s most significant product launch ever”.
Manufactured in Järvenpää for the European market, the Humanic range comes in load capacities of 1.4 tonnes, 1.6 tonnes, 2.0 tonnes and 2.5 tonnes. The maximum lift height is 11.5 metres and the turning radius varies from 1.547 metres to 1.749 metres.
Rocla spokesperson Sipilä-Heikura Mia said reach trucks were the “flagship products of warehouse forklift companies”, accounting for about 30 per cent of the total value of the European warehouse forklift market. Finnish-based Rocla has been manufacturing warehouse materials handling equipment since 1950. Its first reach truck was introduced in 1975.
The Humanic reach trucks replace the Boomerang range, introduced in 2000. A main difference between the two was the integral mast in the Humanic compared to the Boomerang’s traditional mast construction (Forkliftaction.com News #191).
“The innovation of the integral mast enabled new features and advantages in the Humanic range. No other Rocla product development project has been through such wide studies and usability tests,” said.
Forklift drivers, maintenance staff, supervisors and Rocla’s European resellers were interviewed during the extensive survey conducted for the Humanic range. Experienced and novice forklift drivers were asked to test the reach truck during its development. The integral mast introduced in 2005, has undergone 7,500 hours of testing over 48 months.
Since the integral mast has more compact dimensions, the Humanic’s driver compartment is 50mm larger than the Boomerang’s. That enabled ergonomic features like adjustable arm rests and seat positions.
Rocla solutions & services president Markus Alholm said the Humanic forklift was an “intelligent truck” because it had 30 driver settings and Rocla’s Abbot Inside diagnostics tool to monitor forklift use (Forkliftaction.com News #195).
The base of the Humanic is 40 per cent sturdier than the Boomerang, “thanks to the box body construction of the truck base”, Mia said.
Rotating forklift cabin reaches Australia
Red Australia Equipment Pty Ltd is the first Australian distributor to take delivery of an electric four-wheel counterbalanced forklift with a rotating cabin.
Last month, Sydney-based Red imported a Jungheinrich EFG D30 forklift, which Red national marketing assistant Leonie Laarhoven said had already been sold.
She said safety concerns had increased demand for rotating cabs in Australia.
“We have had significant inquiries in Australia, mainly from companies” that wanted to reduce high injury rates and others that place a high value on safety, Laarhoven said.
Red has 18 Australian branches and is one of Sumitomo Corp of Japan’s 720 worldwide subsidiaries.
Manufactured in Hamburg, the three-tonne capacity forklift’s rotating cab can be adjusted from 30 degrees to the left to 180 degrees to the right.
The EFG D30, based on the Jungheinrich EFG 425-430, is designed to improve visibility, efficiency and ergonomics. A Jungheinrich UK specifications sheet said back injuries resulted in annual non-productive costs of up to EUR7 billion (USD8.9 billion) across the European materials handling industry.
It said the rotating cab increased efficiency when reversing and mitigated back strain. “Instead of twisting and turning, the driver can revolve,” the spec sheet said.
Perth-based Curtin University of Technology occupational & environmental health lecturer Darren Joubert said forklift drivers’ awkward posture increased injury risk.
“The rotating cabin in the new model Jungheinrich EFG D30 looks to be a useful addition to control and reduce some of the ergonomic risks by allowing drivers to move and rotate the cab for better vision during loading and offloading.”
Joubert was concerned the Jungheinrich spec sheet did not have exposure levels to reduce whole-body vibration.
The forklift weighs five tonnes (including battery) and travels up to 20kph, laden or unladen. It has efficient handling turnover rates due to its peak values for acceleration, travel and lifting, Jungheinrich’s specs sheet said.
Movers & Shakers
PORTLAND, OR, United States
Brian Watchus has retired as general manager of Cascade Canada’s Mississauga plant. Former plant manager Chandica Harry takes his place. Harry joined Cascade in 1979 as the company’s sole design engineer. He has been plant manager in Mississauga since 1986.
John Januszczak has retired as Cascade Canada’s territory manager for Manitoba and Central Ohio. Craig Stilwell, who was account manager for Wajax Industries’ Hyster lift truck division for the past seven years, is his replacement.
HOUSTON, TX, United States
Roger Arras, product marketing & services director of Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America (MCFA), has retired. He has 38 years’ experience with Caterpillar Inc and MCFA and 30 years in the forklift business. Kevin Krakora, manager of product services, has taken his place.
MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom
Jungheinrich AG has appointed Hans-Herbert Schultz as managing director of Jungheinrich UK Ltd. Schultz has been with Jungheinrich AG for seven years. His most recent position was finance and aftersales director of the Hamburg-based group.
KCI Konecranes has appointed Pierre Boyer as president of its Europe, Middle East and Africa operations, from September 1. Boyer, a French citizen, has held general management and marketing positions in Carrier Corp, a division of US-based United Technologies Corp.
Pantographic reach truck for US
RICHMOND, VA, United States
Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp has introduced the ETR 320 reach truck to the US market.
The reach truck has a three-stage mast and a pantograph mechanism that enables loads to be placed precisely at a maximum lift height of 33 feet (10 metres).
Jungheinrich boasts the reach truck has “high energy efficiency, great ergonomic design, excellent load and fork visibility and smooth lift-hydraulics”.
Forklift blazed in hot summer
PRESTON, United Kingdom
The British summer weather may have been too hot for a forklift that suddenly caught fire while a man was using it.
The unnamed man was driving the forklift at a Preston delivery yard last Friday when it burst into flames and set alight a car parked nearby. Firefighters used a single jet hose to douse the flames, the Lancashire Evening Post reported.
The man, who suffered superficial burns, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital (RPH) and released the same day.
A spokesperson for RPH said: “We are looking into how it managed to catch alight, although our initial thoughts are that it overheated in the hot weather.”
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