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This is issue #309 - 10 May 2007 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
“Clark's pink truck raises money for cancer.”
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PlugPower powers ahead with General Hydrogen acquisition
LATHAM, NY, United States and RICHMOND, Canada
New York-based fuel cell provider PlugPower Inc has bought Canadian company General Hydrogen Corp for USD10 million.
The acquisition price consists of about USD7 million in cash and the assumption of USD3 million in loans previously made by PlugPower to General Hydrogen.
PlugPower ventured into the industrial vehicle fuel cell market when it bought Cellex Power Products Inc in March (Forkliftaction.com News #302).
PlugPower president and CEO Roger Saillant said that, with the two acquisitions, the company expected to realise significant technology and operational synergies while pursuing “high-value” applications in the materials handling market.
“We anticipate that higher-volume commercial product manufacturing activities will be established in PlugPower’s Latham, New York, facility.”
PlugPower plans to integrate Cellex Power and General Hydrogen into one operation managed by Cellex Power’s current president Chris Reid.
General Hydrogen, based in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, is close to Cellex Power, in Vancouver, Canada. General Hydrogen initially focused on larger class 1 sit-down forklifts typically used in manufacturing operations. Cellex Power focused initial product development on class 3 rider pallet trucks used in large distribution centres.
Both companies are developing fuel cell power units for class 2 stand-up reach trucks used in large distribution centres.
“Given PlugPower’s financial and operational strength and the combined fuel cell expertise of the three companies, we expect to accelerate product development for all three classes of electric forklifts,” Salliant said.
General Hydrogen and Cellex Power were targeting the estimated USD1.5 billion motive power market in which lead-acid batteries were the incumbent technology, according to a PlugPower statement.
With the new acquisition, PlugPower will buy fuel cell stacks from Ballard Power Systems Inc for all its commercial sales in the materials handling market, through a two-year agreement. It replaces a previous supply agreement between General Hydrogen and Ballard.
Ballard’s chief customer officer Noordin Nanji praised PlugPower’s entry into the materials handling market.
“[It] validates the value potential of this near-term market for fuel cell technology,” Nanji said. “PlugPower has significant experience developing low-cost fuel cell systems and has strong manufacturing capability and capacity.”
General Hydrogen and Cellex Power are Ballard customers, purchasing Ballard’s fuel cell stacks for their fuel cell products.
PlugPower 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 are central to the company’s revenue growth strategy.
Fork trucks lift former addicts out of despair
MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia
Hiring a forklift driver with a known history of heroin use is a policy that seems to run counter to common sense.
Yet it is a policy applied consistently at logistics giant Toll Holdings – and it works.
Company chaplain and co-ordinator of Toll’s Second Step program, Ruth Oakden, said the program “is not rocket science”.
“It is very much based on the kind of support we offer long-term employees who fall into a difficult period. The main difference is that [participants] are at the beginning of their time with Toll.
“It works because, as an organisation, the concept is accepted and, as we have developed the program, more people have come to realise that it is not difficult, dangerous or scary.”
Toll steps in after participants have completed the first step – a naltrexone-led physical recovery from heroin use – through a Disability Employment Action Centre (DEAC) clinic in St Kilda, Melbourne. DEAC is a not-for-profit employment organisation for people with disabilities and from disadvantaged backgrounds. Clients are prepared for work through training and development programs and counselling services. Most importantly, participants must demonstrate an ability to stay clean.
“Consciously employing people who have a mental illness is an aspect of our program, simply because addictions and prison sentences often have associated mental health issues that will respond to employment and a ‘normal’ social environment,” Oakden said.
“Basically, if we accept the stats that tell us one in four or five adults has a mental illness at any one time, we employ people with mental illness all the time.
“The benefits are that we retain staff, assist in their recovery, keep their expertise and knowledge, and respond to an illness as a situation that can be treated and will be recovered from and so assist in the reduction of time off, which benefits every one.”
Only a supervisor and a buddy on the floor know that the new forklift driver is a recovering heroin addict.
“It is important to remember that drug addictions often remain hidden any way,” Oakden said.
“The only thing we find that sets people apart is their eagerness to work and appreciation of the opportunity to get back into the work force.”
Oakden said she did not like to share too much detail of success stories as “it’s a small world”.
But she recounted the tale of a 42-year-old man with a 20-year habit who was reunited with his sons and parents. “He left work with us to complete an engineering degree,” she said.
“Following their time as Second Steppers, and during it, people have developed new relationships, applied for car loans, had children and have mortgages. That’s success, isn’t it?”
Of more than 50 people who have been through the program, about 70 per cent have been trained as forklift drivers.
“That’s 35 people who have not reused or re-offended, are earning their living, paying taxes and contributing positively to the same community that they were probably a drain upon previously,” Oakden said.
“They get a job, become part of the team and usually stay on after their time on the program.
“Some get promoted, or move into different areas – we won’t let good workers go.”
For more information go to www.firststepprogram.org/
Clark goes pink for worthy cause
LEXINGTON, KY, United States
Clark Material Handling Company is helping fight breast cancer by donating pink pallet jacks to supporters of a leading breast cancer advocacy organisation.
The idea for a pink pallet jack came from Karen Johnston, a member of Clark’s philanthropy committee.
“My first inspiration came from a photo of a ‘tropical’ pink Clark tugger from the San Jose International Airport, in Costa Rica.
“At that time I thought, ‘why not?’ Later, when a high-end retail store came out with an entire line of pink kitchen appliances to show their support for the Susan G Komen foundation, I thought of that pink Clark tugger,” Johnston said.
Clark’s corporate donations and philanthropy committee was founded by company president and CEO Dennis Lawrence in 2006. Made up of employee volunteers, the committee directs all corporate donations, fundraising efforts and company support of community events. It has raised more than USD35,000 for different causes.
With Clark’s latest fundraising effort, a pink pallet jack will be delivered to each dealer who donates a specified amount to Susan G Komen for the Cure. Other donors will be in a June 1 draw for a pink pallet jack.
Clark human resources manager Sherry Myers said the pink pallet jack initiative had already generated more than USD17,000 for Susan G Komen for the Cure since it was introduced on May 1.
Next Monday, more than 300 guests, comprising US and international Clark dealers and government officials, will attend a series of events at Clark’s Lexington headquarters to celebrate the company’s 90th anniversary of producing its first forklift in 1917.
Clark claims to have built more than one million forklifts. Its products are distributed through a network of more than 550 dealer locations globally.
Susan G Komen for the Cure, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, was founded in 1982 by Nancy G Brinker and several of her friends in Brinker’s sister’s memory. According to the Susan G Komen website, the organisation and its international affiliates have pumped more than USD12.1 million for breast cancer research into 43 institutions in 13 countries outside the US. It aims to contribute more than USD1 billion over the next decade to breast health care and treatment and research.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to donate to the Susan G Komen for the Cure foundation. To find out more about Susan G Komen, visit http://cms.komen.org/komen/index.htm.
Hyundai forklift sales grow 50 per cent
Hyundai Heavy Industries Europe (HHIE) is upbeat in its outlook for this year, after revealing at Bauma 2007 that its construction equipment and forklift sales grew 40 per cent for 2006.
From 2003 to 2005, the Korean manufacturer increased its trade volume in the European market by about 25 per cent a year.
In 2005, HHIE supplied 2,000 construction equipment units and 1,000 forklifts to Europe, achieving total sales of EUR160 million (USD216.8 million).
Construction equipment sales jumped to about 2,700 units and forklift sales to 1,500 units for 2006, a 40 per cent hike from 2005. Turnover rose to EUR230 million (USD311.6 million).
HHIE marketing manager Michel de Weert said the company worked hard to expand its dealer network and open new markets.
“We have supported our dealers with attractive terms and comprehensive marketing campaigns.
“At the same time, Hyundai has invested in research and development and today offers a wide and varied range of products.”
In March 2007, HHIE introduced its first Korean-design reach trucks to the European market. De Weert said HHIE was working on more Europeanised reach truck models (Forkliftaction.com News #299).
“Time will tell whether such a high rate of growth will continue at full throttle or stabilise. However, given the general prospects of economic development in EU countries and the extra stimulus provided by Bauma, we enter this new year in a very positive mood,” de Weert said.
New Toyota plant meets US forklift demand
FRANKLIN, IN, United States
Toyota Industries Corp (TICO) will invest USD12 million in a new plant to produce hydraulic valves for Toyota forklifts and, in future, other OEM forklifts and construction equipment.
An official ground-breaking ceremony for TICO’s new manufacturing plant, Indiana Hydraulic Equipment, took place at 2,000 Musicland Drive, in Franklin, Indiana, on Monday morning,
TICO established the new hydraulic valve manufacturing company, Indiana Hydraulic Equipment Corp, to meet rising demand for Toyota forklifts, an Indiana Hydraulic statement said.
The new facility is in the Franklin Business Park, 30 minutes drive south of Indianapolis. Construction starts this month and the facility is expected to start production in June 2008.
Indiana Hydraulic will manufacture hydraulic valves with technical support from Nishina Industrial Co Ltd, a TICO subsidiary and a leading hydraulic valve manufacturer in Japan. TICO anticipated Nishina would not be able to meet future production demands with its current capacity, the statement said.
“Since 99 per cent of Toyota forklifts sold in the US are produced in North America, investment in additional capacity will be in the US. The primary customer for Indiana Hydraulic will be Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Inc, located 30 miles south of Franklin, in Columbus, Indiana.”
Hydraulic valve sales to Raymond Corp, of Greene, New York, were also planned, the statement said.
About USD7 million will be invested in new equipment for the 58,000 square foot (5,388.4 square metre) facility. The plant will employ about 20 workers initially, with plans to increase the number to 35 over the next few years.
Crown, you did it again
NEW BREMEN, OH, United States
Crown’s TSP6000 turret stockpicker has won another design award.
The forklift was honoured in the “Best of the best” category for the 2007 International Red Dot award. It was one of 43 products recognised among more than 2,500 entries.
Past awards for the stockpicker, introduced in 2005, include a Silver IDEA Award from the Industrial Designers’ Society of America and the iF product design award from Germany-based International Forum Design (Forkliftaction.com News #269).
Company CEO writes forklift guide
REDDITCH, United Kingdom
Translift Bendi has published a free, 32-page booklet on articulated forklifts.
Written by company CEO Simon Brown, The Warehouse Revolution, Articulated Trucks Explained, details, among other things, the trucks’ principles of operation, their advantages and training and safety issues.
“If the booklet has any shortcomings, it is that it undersells the huge impact these trucks can have on operational costs,” a Translift Bendi statement said.
Get Your Warehouse Running In Top Gear with MHL, 2007.
MHL 2007 will be an exciting event for in-plant materials handling and logistics technologies providing specialist companies from throughout New Zealand with a dedicated venue to present their services to manufacturers, warehousing, storage and distribution businesses. Visitors will be in excess of 3,000 of the most important known buyers, inﬂuencers and prospective clients.
Interlogic and Kerrect Logistics Centre - For the first time in New Zealand there will be a live interactive warehouse in the form of a demonstration theatre featuring warehousing innovations at work, not just in a static display.
MHL is co-located with the ISN Safety Show, ASB Showgrounds, Auckland, 11-12 July.
For more information, phone HAYLEYMEDIA: +64 9 486 0077 or visit www.mhlshow.co.nz.
Saigon Newport orders Kalmar RTGs
Saigon Newport Company (SNP) has awarded Kalmar Industries a contract for 10 E-One rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes for its container terminal near Ho Chi Minh City.
The order is estimated to be valued at EUR10 million (USD13.6 million) to EUR15 million (USD20.3 million).
A Kalmar statement said the cranes were headed for SNP’s Tan Cang-Cat Lai container terminal, near industrial parks northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. The city generates 80 per cent of Vietnam’s import and export business.
In 2006, Tan Cang-Cat Lai terminal handled 1.45 million TEU and is expected to handle 1.7 million TEU in 2007.
SNP operates four cargo handling facilities at the gateway of Ho Chi Minh City and in the heart of the south focal economic area of Vietnam. It handles 68 per cent of cargo in the Ho Chi Minh City area.
SNP’s 6+1 wide and 1-over-5 high units will be equipped with Kalmar’s Smartpath container position verification system.
Kalmar Smartpath is an automated system that verifies and reports on the location of all containers handled. The system saves time by minimising unladen travel distances and optimising laden travel distances.
Jungheinrich launches EKX in NA
RICHMOND, VA, United States
Jungheinrich has introduced a new version of its EKX 513-515 man-up turret truck to the North American market.
Jungheinrich product manager Paul Moffatt said the Munich, Germany-manufactured models had RFID technology as a standard, built-in feature.
An RF transmitter and receiver was placed underneath the forklift and a capsule-sized transponder buried in the warehouse floor. The capsule was programmed to issue commands whenever a forklift passed over it.
“We can change virtually any driving parameter of the truck that way, with appropriate programming in the capsule,” Moffatt said.
The transponder can tell the forklift to “slow down, limit lift height and sound the horn”.
The older version of the same model was introduced in 1997. A Jungheinrich US spokesperson said differences in the new version include better performance, improved ergonomics and higher productivity.
Jungheinrich AG spokesperson Jan Kaulfuhs-Berger, of Hamburg, Germany, said there were no significant differences between the EKX forklifts for the European and US markets (Forkliftaction.com News #302).
Separately, the German manufacturer launched the EJE range 1 and 2 pedestrian trucks at Bauma 2007 in Munich last month. The range 1 pallet trucks have capacities up to 2,000kg. The range 2 pallet trucks have capacities up to 2,500kg.
Both ranges come with a newly developed multifunction tiller head.
“The main difference of the tiller head is a so-called ‘rocker switch’. With this rocker switch, the user [can] lift and drop the tiller safely and easily in any position,” Kaulfuhs-Berger said.
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Forklift a slow getaway vehicle
LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
A robber was caught by police while escaping from an office building in northwest England in a stolen forklift.
Christopher Croston, 24, was jailed for six-and-a-half years after Liverpool Crown Court heard he had returned to the crime scene six weeks later for a second robbery, Crosby Herald reported.
In the first theft, Croston and his mates threatened the Rolls Royce complex security guard in Bootle on January 17. The thieves took computer equipment from the office, along with the forklift.
Judge Mark Brown said the robbery involved gratuitous violence.
“The fact you used such a slow and conspicuous getaway vehicle as a forklift during the burglary shows how drunk you were.”
Police officers stopped the forklift as it travelled down Hereford Drive, in the suburb of Netherton, with Croston, wearing a high-visibility jacket, behind the wheel, the court heard.
On March 5, Croston and a mate returned to the Rolls Royce complex, punched the security guard and stole his car.
Croston’s lawyer said his client had a serious drink problem.
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Questa macchina si affianca ai tradizionali carrelli elevatori completando la gamma del distributore senza entrare in concorrenza diretta con i prodotti già distribuiti di qualunque marca e modello.
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Strategic alliance formed at Port Botany
SYDNEY, New South Wales, Australia
Maritime Container Services (MCS) and the Macarthur Intermodal Shipping Terminal (MIST) group have confirmed a strategic alliance that will consolidate their freight offerings for the NSW container movement and shipping market.
The alliance of the companies’ freight arms is expected to create new opportunities through intermodal terminals and rail paths at a time when the NSW Government is intent on increasing rail freight share to Port Botany.
MCS managing director Grahame Wright said the alliance would establish the two groups as an independent alternative to larger freight providers.
“The alliance will offer the market an independent, viable and sustainable alternative service in rail and road transport, full and empty container storage and related services,” Wright said.
MIST group managing director Steve Heraghty said the alliance would give the companies a platform for growth.
“The market has been consolidating for some time, with a small number of very large players now dominating,’’ Heraghty said.
“The time is right for a larger, independent, alternative offering.”
MCS is Sydney’s oldest established container storage and repair company coupled with a road transport fleet and rail service.
Its full container storage areas use traditional forklifts and reach stackers with telescopic extendable top-lifting spreaders and a maximum lift of 44 tonnes.
Its main empty container park covers seven hectares at Banksmeadow, 5km from Port Botany, with a capacity of 10,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in stacks of six. MCS is one of the largest movers of empty containers in Sydney.
The MIST group of companies includes Independent Railways of Australia and Bowport Allroads Transport, both of which specialise in moving containers to and from Port Botany.
The Macarthur Intermodal Shipping Terminal is a 39-acre site with rail and road links and warehousing. The site currently uses nine container forklifts and seven warehouse forklifts for packing and unpacking palletised and general freight. It has Tyne Cat container packing machines.
Port Botany is Australia's second largest container port, behind Port Melbourne, handling 95 per cent of NSW’s container trade.
Industries relevant to Port Botany - warehousing, container storage and handling – are fanned out across Sydney, placing heavy demand on arterial roads.
The NSW Government has set a target of increasing rail’s share of throughput at Port Botany to 40 per cent by 2011.
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After 40 years Lisman Forklift Trucks retains it's family business character.
Year 2007 is an exceptional year for Lisman Forklift Trucks, because in these months the Dutch based company will be celebrating 40 years in the business. To take you back in time we provide you with an insight in the Lisman history.
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RICO introduces new all electric - coil handling AGV design
BPR/RICO Equipment, Inc. has just announced their completion of a revolutionary, high tonnage, all electric coil handling design for an AGV system to move massive steel coils weighing up to 23 metric tons. The system will handle steel coils moving through the manufacturing process for a major US steel producer located in the United States.
“As the premier leader in our industry, we pride ourselves on staying two steps ahead of the competition. Our newest generation of ram straddle trucks is no exception. Our engineers were intent on improving upon their previous designs,” says company president Dave Mueller.
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The role of independent forklift distributors
by William Pfleger - YALE EUROPE MATERIALS HANDLING, HAMPSHIRE, United Kingdom
As the need to keep downtime to a minimum has emerged as a key driver in the forklift fleet selection process, Europe’s leading forklift manufacturers have sought to differentiate their product offering by the quality of the after-sales care they provide.
Rob Vetter: It’s all good
BLAINE, WA, United States
If you have trained a forklift operator or two in your time you can probably relate to the experience of seeing the emotional state of some trainees when they show up for training sessions. Often displaying signs ranging from utter apathy to immobilising fear, their state is usually due to the fact that they have been sent, usually against their will ...
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