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This is issue #302 - 22 March 2007 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
“Plug Power pays millions for Cellex”
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Turret trucks and order pickers
Warehouse operations are essential in the supply chain. The ability to quickly and accurately move warehouse contents keeps stock moving and businesses thriving. Forkliftaction.com News reporter Christine Liew reports on the forklifts that help pick and shift stock in very narrow aisles. Read more
Bolzoni grabs market share with forks
Bolzoni SpA expects to have access to about 60 per cent more of the global attachment market with its entry into the forks market, the company chairman said.
Emilio Bolzoni said in a statement that the Italian attachment manufacturer had started producing forks for the forklift segment and would have access to an overall attachment market worldwide of about EUR650 million (USD864.8 million).
A market survey by Bolzoni consultant Bain & Co, combined with Bolzoni’s market intelligence, estimated the worldwide forks market at EUR240 million (USD319.3 million) to EUR250 million (USD332.6 million) and the European market at EUR50 million (USD66.5 million).
Carlo Fallarini, Bolzoni’s marketing & sales director, said fork production started in February at a 2,700 square metre plant that is part of its 20,000 square metre production facility at Podenzano. Bolzoni manufactures its whole range of forklift attachments, except paper roll clamps, at Podenzano. Paper roll clamps are made at its Finland plant. Fallarini said EUR7.5 million (USD9.98 million) was invested into the forks manufacturing facility.
There is a patent pending for the forks, “specifically for the forge and heath treatment of the forks”, Fallarini said.
A Bolzoni statement said fork production would give the manufacturer the opportunity to penetrate segments other than forklifts that used forks.
Fallarini would not comment on what other segments the company was considering.
Bolzoni projects a turnover of EUR3 million (USD3.99 million) in 2007 for forklift forks, increasing to EUR15 million (USD19.96 million) by the end of 2010, when it aims to have a 30 per cent share of the European forks market.
Emilio Bolzoni said the company’s entry in the fork segment was a “true turning point” in Bolzoni’s history.
“Our three-year plan foresees exploitation of synergies resulting from the Meyer acquisition, which we count on raising to the same levels of profitability as Bolzoni in 2009” (Forkliftaction.com News #281).
Fallarini said the synergies generated by Meyer’s integration into the group would be worth EUR1 million (USD1.33 million) in 2008 and EUR2 million (USD2.66 million) to EUR2.8 million (USD3.73 million) in 2009.
“The Meyer sales organisation will be distributing the forks in our markets,” he said.
Bolzoni’s forecasted consolidated turnover for 2007 is EUR145.4 million (USD193.5 million), 11.3 per cent higher than 2006, EUR157.8 million (USD210.0 million) in 2008, 8.6 per cent higher than 2007 and EUR172 million (USD228.9 million) in 2009, nine per cent more than 2008.
Plug Power pays cash for Cellex
LATHAM, NY, United States
Plug Power Inc has bought fuel cell developer Cellex Power Products Inc for USD45 million cash.
Cellex Power president and CEO Chris Reid said the Richmond, Canada-based company expected the move to hasten commercialisation of its fuel cell solutions for electric forklifts.
“Plug Power’s strong balance sheet and established operational capabilities in manufacturing, supply chain management, and product testing, support and training, will be critical to this effort,” he said.
Plug Power, of Latham, New York, offers fuel cell solutions for telecommunications applications. It is currently integrating fuel cell technology into backup power products for telecommunications companies. Telecommunications backup and materials handling applications were central components in the company’s revenue growth strategy, a Plug Power statement said.
Plug Power president and CEO Roger Saillant said: “The acquisition marks Plug Power’s commitment to providing clean, reliable on-site energy solutions and to the commercialisation of fuel cell technology across multiple robust market sectors.”
Plug Power did not expect “significant management changes” at Cellex, which employed 42 people.
“Chris Reid, Cellex president and CEO, will remain onboard and continue to manage the overall day-to-day operations,” the statement said.
Manufacturing, sales and support activities could be relocated in the future but Cellex’s Richmond, British Columbia headquarters would continue operating.
Cellex Power, established in 1998, has been developing proton exchange membrane fuel cell power units for electric forklifts and targeting the estimated USD1.5 billion industrial motive battery market.
Last November, Cellex completed beta testing of its hydrogen fuel cell power units in pallet trucks at two Ohio-based Wal-Mart distribution centres.
Cellex initially focused on class 3 electric forklifts, often referred to as pallet trucks. The company’s product strategy is to develop a full product portfolio for all three classes of electric forklifts.
Plug Power’s revenue for the year ended December 31, 2006, was USD7.8 million, down from 2005’s USD13.5 million. The company made a net loss of USD50.3 million compared to USD51.7 million in 2005.
South Africa’s first boatshed needs forklift
KNYSNA, South Africa
A forklift with tynes up to six metres long will be used to move and stack boats at what is claimed to be South Africa’s first ever boatshed, currently under construction.
Boating products supplier Knysna Marine has commissioned property development company Agripro and engineering consultancy Nieuwoudt & Kie to build the commercial boatshed that will house 342 boats in a four-storey building.
Agripro project manager Stefan Maree said a boat-handling forklift would be specially designed and adapted for removing boats from up to 5.4 metres down and stacking them up to nine metres high.
Some boats would be stored in trailers. A boat’s weight including trailer would be about 2,000 kg. A forklift with six metre-long forks and a load capacity of up to 6,000kg would be selected.
“The forklift must be able to handle the boat. It has to be very precise to stack boats into the racks so the boats don’t fall over and suffer damage,” Maree said.
The boat shed would be a pilot project in South Africa. Most of South Africa’s boats were stored in marinas, open space or under roofs, which consumed space or exposed boats to the elements.
Maree said he was considering forklifts from Wiggins Lift Co Inc, of California, USA, Kalmar, of Stockholm, Sweden, and a South African Toyota dealer.
Knysna Marine was investing ZAR11 million (USD1.497 million) in the project.
For Sale: Clark Components and Spare Parts – also Carraro Axles
A very large package of New Clark Forklift Spare Parts including frames, counterweights, mast assemblies, carriages, steer axles and hundreds of original OEM production smaller parts originally purchased from the Manufacturer's Germany location for models CMP 40/50 is offerred for sale. Now warehoused in Texas U.S.A.
Package(s) by negotiation. Listing by part number and quantity available on request.
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Also for sale, CARRARO AXLE, brand new, model number 126554, 73 pcs, Toronto, Ontario, Ideal for parts. Best Offer contact Tim Wheeler at TimWheeler@liftking.com
Innovations shine at IMHX
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
By UK correspondent Bill Redmond
Europe’s premier materials handling event, IMHX, drew crowds and had much to show that was new and innovative among 300 exhibitors.
IMHX, on March 13 to March 16 this year, is held triennially at Britain’s National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.
More than 40 forklift companies and ancillary equipment suppliers of attachments and data capture devices exhibited, some of which launched new products. Yet there was a sombre note sounded over the future of even some leading forklift players, despite the encouraging outlook for forklift demand worldwide, particularly in Eastern Europe, the Far East and Russia. As in the car industry, the problem is overcapacity, which only consolidation or bankruptcy can cure.
Rolf Mock, MD for the European, Middle East and African divisions of Nacco Materials Handling Group (Hyster and Yale), said: “There definitely will be ongoing consolidation and there will be brands that struggle to survive if they don’t find a partner with whom to cooperate. It has a lot to do with economies of scale and is a question of your network and branding. I would not be surprised if there were a consolidation with Asian producers making an acquisition and we could see a Chinese producer taking over a European brand to enter the European market.”
Richard Close, CEO of Briggs Equipment (UK), which bought Finning’s forklift division last year (Forkliftaction.com News #277) echoed that sentiment. “There are too many manufacturing plants in Europe and possibly worldwide and someone has to either close them or consolidate by buying each other. But it would take some very brave decisions; decisions that should have been taken years ago.” Close said if China and India were included in the equation as manufacturing companies, that would accelerate the process. “There is either going to be a level of consolidation or [several] major players may become niche players or lose their global scale.”
Major forklift companies and their distributors now realise that supplying only their own forklift brands is not customer supportive. For example, Kalmar now supplies a complete package of trucks, including competitors’ machines, and maintains them. It is a one-stop shop for Corus Packaging Plus, which includes a mix of Kalmar, Yale and Nissan forklifts.
Likewise, Caterpillar distributor Briggs Equipment will supply forklifts of any make where special needs forklifts are not covered by the wide Caterpillar range, or where legacy customers, acquired when Briggs bought Finning, which included independent dealer Lex Harvey, prefer to stick with non-Caterpillar forklifts. “I am not going to lose a customer because of Caterpillar,” Close said. Briggs was eyeing expansion into Europe but that was likely to be two to three years off, he said.
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TVH offers clean product
TVH has jumped on the environmental bandwagon by offering Donaldson soot filters for forklifts.
Environmental laws in Germany and the Netherlands require soot filters to be installed on diesel forklifts (Forkliftaction.com News #282). The UK and Belgium would soon follow suit, a TVH statement said.
The Donaldson soot filter, mounted on the counterweight or the roof, comes with replaceable filter cartridges. Exhaust fumes pass through the filter cartridge, which stops most of the diesel soot content. Lights indicate when the filter is full. Under normal operating conditions, the filter cartridge is replaced every 300 hours to 400 hours.
The cellulose cloth cartridge, the heart of the filter, can withstand 320-340 degrees Celcius temperature.
Forklifts with power higher than 50KW (80hp) need two filter cartridges.
Donaldson Company Inc. headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, is a global filtration systems provider.
Alpha Warehouse Solutions - Agents and Dealers wanted
Alpha Warehouse Solutions, an Australian owned company seeks interested companies to distribute the Alpha range in Australia and New Zealand, also Southeast Asian countries, United States and Europe.
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Toyota adds two models
CASTLEFORD, United Kingdom
Toyota Industrial Equipment (UK) has added two new two-ton models to its heavy duty stacker range.
With lift heights of up to 3.95 metres, the 7SLL20 and 7SLL20F were designed for applications where lift height, load weight and frequency of movement were more demanding.
Both models have wrap-over forks for handling Euro pallets.
Industry publications approve of compacts
McCONNELLSBURG, PA, United States
JLG Industries Inc’s new compact telehandlers have been recognised by four industry publications.
Construction Equipment included them in its top 100 products of 2006, Compact Equipment recognised them as one of 15 innovative products for 2006, Lift Applications & Equipment called the range one of 2006’s best and Rental Equipment Register named them as an innovative product award finalist.
The G5-19A and G6-23 telehandlers are manufactured at Maasmechelen, Belgium (Forkliftaction.com News #244).
Gottwald grows in Latin America
Gottwald Port Technology’s orders from Latin America increased significantly in 2006.
For the past decade, Gottwald has sold five to eight harbour cranes annually in Latin America.
But last year 12 units, including one used crane, of the 82 cranes sold worldwide were ordered by new and existing Latin American customers.
Seven of the cranes sold to Latin America were Gottwald’s Generation 5 harbour cranes, launched in the northern hemisphere spring of 2006.
Gottwald senior sales manager Andreas Moeller said he was pleased with the customers’ choice.
“We can look back on more than 10 years of successful operation in this region. The phenomenal success of the Generation 5 worldwide continues the tradition of our highly popular Generation 4 that was phased out partially last year but still sold well,” he said. Gottwald has sold “several hundred” of Generation 4 cranes, a company spokesperson said.
Last year’s orders from Latin America were for two G HMK 7408 and three G HMK 7608 cranes for Puerto Rico, two G HMK 6407 and two HMK 300 E cranes for Brazil, two HMK 300 E cranes for Mexico and one HMK 300 E crane for Chile.
In total, Gottwald has sold more than 80 cranes to the region.
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Forklift on society’s wish list
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
The Malaysian subsidiary of international oil and gas company Talisman Energy Inc has donated nearly RM85,000 (USD24,495.60) to the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS).
About RM59,000 (USD17,002.80) of Talisman Malaysia Ltd’s RM84,388 (USD24,319.30) donation will be used to buy a forklift for the society, New Straits Times reported.
MRCS chairman Tan Sri Tunku Shariman Tunku Sulaiman said buying a forklift was on the society’s wish list.
“The forklift will help speed the loading and unloading of supplies for relief centres and reduce the risk of injuries to our staff and volunteers.”
Linde launches “baby brother” to 39X series
SYDNEY, New South Wales, Australia
Linde has expanded its 39X internal combustion forklift range to include lifting requirements of 1.4 tonnes to two tonnes in the new 391 series.
Andrew Satterley, Linde sales & marketing general manager, said in a statement that the “baby brother” of Linde’s 2.5 tonne 39X incorporated the latest materials handling equipment engineering concepts, with better fuel savings and lower maintenance costs.
A compact two-litre engine resulted in greater operator comfort. “The cabin offers clear space for entry and exit without going through any contortions and the entry step has an access height of just 460mm,” he said.
Two control levers for mast, fork and load movements were integrated in a wide armrest that was adjustable vertically and horizontally. “The electronic actuation of the hydraulics mean the effort required with either control lever is 85 per cent less than the operator effort needed with mechanical levers. The use of proportional hydraulic valves results in very smooth motions that minimise the risk of load damage,” Satterley said.
Linde sold 30 H20 forklifts, the model preceding the 391 series, to Sydney Markets Transport Services (SMTS) 18 months ago to replace its ageing fleet and increase efficiency.
Greg Lazarus, SMTS owner, told Forkliftaction.com News the company paid about $1.5 million for the forklifts and was happy with the way they had performed. “We run on gas ... and, when we did a test, we were saving about 60 per cent on the old forklifts we had,” he said.
The Linde forklifts were “more user friendly” than other forklifts SMTS had owned. “They are a hard forklift to get used to but, once [staff] did get used to them, they thought they were the bees’ knees,” Lazarus said.
One problem SMTS had experienced was plastic wrap getting caught around the forklifts’ wheels, but Lazarus said Linde was working on a guard to address that. “We don’t control the whole site, so that is an issue. It would be different if we were in a factory situation where you could make sure wrapping wasn’t left around.”
SMTS would not upgrade to a newer model for several years. “We think the resale value will still be there in five years,” Lazarus said.
Lean Thinking pays off for Safetech
MOE, Victoria, Australia
Victorian materials handling equipment manufacturer Safetech has reduced costs and improved efficiencies by implementing InteLog’s Lean Thinking methodology, says Lindsay Wakefield, Safetech managing director.
Safetech, based in Moe, 134km east of Melbourne, introduced Lean Thinking in 2005.
Wakefield said the company improved service levels in 2006 by 36 per cent, reduced costs by five per cent, grew sales by seven per cent and improved return on total assets by 33 per cent. “The production process is more cost effective because things flow through more easily.”
Implementing changes was not easy and getting staff involved was a challenge. “Learning to be more hands on rather than theoretical was a big step. Not only do people on the floor have to be convinced on an intellectual level that it is a good thing, they have to see practical benefits. You have to get in and make changes quickly so the benefits can be realised,” Wakefield said.
Safetech had spent AUD40,000 to AUD50,000 in time and consulting fees to implement Lean Thinking, but benefits had outweighed that. “We have much improved relationships with clients and staff as a result. Lean Thinking is about getting people to be responsible for their own areas. They can see it is working and they can do things easier and quicker.”
Andrew Stewart, managing director of supply chain consulting group Intelog, said many Australian organisations did not appreciate what it meant to be globally competitive.
Lean Thinking encouraged them to think differently about value creation and understand that they “exist within a bigger system and supply chain”.
Safetech won the 2006 Telstra Australian business of the year award for its products, designed to improve worker safety and increase productivity, and its business operations.
“Morningitis” and “casualisation” OHS risks
MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia
More workplace injuries occur on Monday mornings than other week days and occupational stress is higher among casual than permanent employees, researchers told the Safety in Action conference in Melbourne this week.
Safety consultant Dr Eric Wigglesworth said a study of 750,000 Queensland workers’ compensation cases showed week-day mornings were more hazardous than afternoons and Mondays were the worst.
The study found there were 70 per cent fewer workplace injuries on Friday mornings than on Monday mornings.
“Most previous studies were based on far smaller numbers and concentrated on the so-called ‘Monday morning excess’ attributed to workers who suffered weekend sprains, strains or other injuries not requiring immediate medical attention and who staggered in on Monday to claim an injury at work.
“The results of this study show those spurious claims actually represent just one per cent of claims,” Wigglesworth said.
There were more injuries among manual workers than non-manual workers on each week day, but the reduction of injuries in both categories from Monday to Friday was “strikingly similar”.
The University of Queensland’s Professor Niki Ellis, director of the Centre for Military & Veterans’ Health, said workplace stress was becoming more widespread, irrespective of social standing, with highly skilled workers increasingly experiencing unhealthy levels.
She said research had already shown occupational stress was worse for people who had “little control” over their work and people in insecure employment were often reluctant to report unsafe working conditions. “Casualisation of the workforce has had a huge negative impact on occupational health & safety.”
She said highly skilled workers were not “putting in 50 hours a week” because they loved their jobs, but because they were trapped by their lifestyles. “Given that international research is showing workplace stress is a leading cause of illness, that’s a big problem.”
Ellis said there was an “attitude of denial” towards workplace stress in Australia, where little recognition was given to psychosocial workplace hazards.
“Australian employer groups have been very effective in blocking any action to address workplace stress and the Australian Safety & Compensation Council has been silent on it. It’s extraordinary really,” she said.
Forklift incident kills man
BUNDABERG, Queensland, Australia
Queensland Workplace Health & Safety (QWH&S) is investigating the death of a Bundaberg man who was crushed in a forklift incident at a Bundaberg, central Queensland, sawmill on Tuesday (March 20).
The incident occurred at Burnett Sawmill Pty Ltd. A Queensland Police spokesperson said Joshua Graham Wallace, 33, died from his injuries early on Wednesday morning.
She said police had no immediate cause to investigate the incident, but would do so if QWH&S’s investigation found criminal charges could be laid.
A QWH&S spokesperson would not reveal details of the incident.
Burnett Sawmill could not be contacted for comment.
Man crushed by steel coil
MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia
WorkSafe Victoria has warned companies using coiled steel to review storage and moving practices after a man, 51, died at Hastings, 62km south of Melbourne.
The man was working with a forklift driver at a BlueScope Steel warehouse on March 15 when he was crushed by a 25-tonne steel coil.
A WorkSafe spokesperson said BlueScope Steel had received a seven-day non-disturbance notice on the warehouse, which means the incident scene must be left as is, and two prohibition notices.
He was unsure whether the non-disturbance notice was extended or the warehouse had resumed operating before Forkliftaction.com News went to press.
WorkSafe's investigation was continuing.
Trevor Martin, WorkSafe’s manufacturing logistics & agriculture division director, said it was “essential” that safe systems were used for coiled steel storage to stop the product shifting. “Rather than saying ‘it should hold’, you must be able to demonstrate that it will hold,” he said.
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VNA Warehouse Floor Flatteners – Concrete Grinding Specialists
Flatness is an essential requirement of a floor slab in certain categories of industry. Undoubtedly the most important of these categories is that of aisles in high-density warehouses where fixed-path VNA forklifts operate. Variations in level across the aisle between the wheel tracks of the truck are magnified in proportion to the height of the racking. But this, calculated from geometrical considerations, forms only part of the potential movement at the top of the mast. READ MORE...
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Bi-annual Warehousing, Logistics, Transportation & Services Exhibition looks set to bring international experts to the region
The region’s biggest exhibition and conference for warehousing, logistics, transportation and services is set to take place in Dubai from 27-29 May, 2007.
Materials Handling & Logistics Middle East 2007 will take place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The show will attract experts from across the region, as well as from Europe, the Far East and Australia who will converge in the UAE for the three-day trade show. The number of exhibitors is expected to double compared to the 2005 show.
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RAEDER-VOGEL – wheels and castors for order pickers and turret trucks in demanding applications
Distribution centres and high-rack shelves are demanding applications for order pickers and turret trucks. Using high-quality RAEDER-VOGEL wheels and castors will increase overall productivity and safety while saving costs and reducing downtime. Horizontal order pickers are mainly used in distribution centres. Especially for intensive and high throughput order picking operations, with high speeds and heavy loads as well as constant start/stop motions, we recommend non-marking VULKOLLAN® treads (93° Shore A) to avoid thermal overload and resultant failure of the drive wheel.
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Keytroller LLC introdces a new inexpensive LCD keypad ignition system: the Model 502.
Keytroller LLC introduces the Model 502, a new inexpensive LCD keypad ignition system. The 502 is a condensed version of the popular full featured Model 502 and is priced to dealers to be an easily affordable alternative to keys and manual paper checklists. The 502 is available to any progressive lift truck dealer and makes any equipment more productive, safer and more saleable!
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Patricia Dawes, Task Forklifts SA - Australia
ADELAIDE, South Australia, Australia
Patricia Dawes, Australian forklift manufacturer and distributor Task Australia’s first female salesperson, has just moved from Sydney to Adelaide. She may be South Australia’s only female materials handling salesperson.
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