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This is issue #313 - 07 June 2007 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
“UK study ranks forklift companies.”
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Mitsubishi enlarges stake in Nichiyu
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) will become Nippon Yusoki Co Ltd’s largest shareholder after buying 6.3 million new shares in the Kyoto-based company on June 8.
The acquisition will boost Mitsubishi Heavy’s 7.7% stake in Nippon Yusoki to 20.1%, ahead of current top shareholder GS Yuasa Power Supply Ltd (11.6%). MHI will pay JPY4.2 billion (USD34.6 million) for its stake - JPY670 (USD5.51) per share.
MHI spokesman Hideo Ikuno attributes the purchase to a maturing global forklift market and rising Asian demand for forklifts.
Ikuno is also predicting further mergers and acquisitions and shake-ups in the global forklift industry.
“Under this circumstance, MHI and Nippon Yusoki have decided to strengthen their relationships to survive as winners in the market.”
MHI and Nichiyu have been in co-operative relationships for more than 40 years, leveraging on each other’s strengths. Nippon Yusoki, which manufactures Nichiyu-branded forklifts, is ranked number two in the Japanese electric forklift market while MHI is strong in the global market with its internal combustion (IC) forklifts, Ikuno says.
“[MHI and Nippon Yusoki] plan to jointly develop counterbalanced electric forklifts. Initially, the tie-up will focus on the enhancement of our domestic business,” he says.
At present, MHI sells about 300 Nichiyu electric forklifts a year while Nippon Yusoki sells 300 MHI IC forklifts a year, a total turnover of JPY1.5 billion (USD12.3 million).
Nippon Yusoki became the first Japanese company to manufacture electric forklifts in 1939. Established in 1937, it claims to have produced the first conveyance robot and unmanned forklift system. Its forklifts are manufactured in Kyoto and Shiga, and Shanghai, China.
For the financial year ended March 31, 2007, Nippon Yusoki’s net sales was JPY65.87 billion (USD542.2 million), an increase of 6.2% from the previous year. Operating profit totalled JPY3.11 billion (USD25.6 million), up 28.1 %from the year before. Overseas sales made up 12% of the total sales volume.
Detailed study offers snapshot of UK forklift industry
STOCKTON, United Kingdom
Mainserve Engineers Ltd, with annual sales growth of 571.9%, has been identified as the fastest-growing forklift company in the United Kingdom.
Other companies with strong growth include Haydock Forklift Services Ltd (218.0%), Hawthorne Plant and Vehicle Sales Ltd (130.3%) and Wordsworth Holdings Plc (61.5%), according to a ranking produced by Plimsoll Publishing Ltd.
The 510-paged UK Fork Lift Trucks industry: A comprehensive financial analysis of the top 400 companies uses a Plimsoll-developed model to analyse the “commercial and financial strengths” of forklift companies.
Plimsoll defines commercial strength as the percentage sales growth of a company while financial strength is based on an analysis of four years of a company’s financial data.
Based on percentage sales growth, Plimsoll has also identified Lancer Sideloaders Ltd (57.2%), BLC Sales & Hire Ltd (56.1%), Cascade Kenhar Ltd (43.4%), Cesab Ltd (41.6%), Kent Fork Lifts Ltd (37.7%) and Nasus Mechanical Handling Ltd (36.6%) among the UK forklift industry’s top 10 fastest growing companies.
One in three of the 400 companies analysed recorded a fall in sales with an average drop of 21%.
The average increase in sales was 11% for the rest of the companies. Generally, larger companies grew at 7.6% while smaller companies grew at 1.4%.
According to Plimsoll, the success rate of a company is not automatically affected by market conditions but depends on other things like good margins, low borrowing, responsible management and foresight.
The study provides a 10-year sales growth trend analysis, a ranking table of the fastest-growing UK forklift companies and a list of the top 50 companies by market share.
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Crown comes out tops for SYSCO Corp
NEW BREMEN, OH, United States
The largest US food service distributor, SYSCO Corp, has recognised Crown Equipment Corp as a top 2006 operations supplier.
Crown was one of six suppliers honoured.
Gary Cullen, SYSCO Corp vice president of distribution services, praises Crown for its “industry expertise” and “attention to detail”.
SYSCO operations staff selected suppliers and graded them on their cost-effectiveness and efficiency.
The criteria included suppliers’ ability to be flexible, innovative, accurate and “good team players”. The suppliers were also required to display “a high degree of professional ethics and integrity, provide quality products and services, and be good communicators”.
“We work closely with SYSCO to understand their business needs,” says Crown director of corporate accounts, Jim Smeltzly.
Crown did not disclose the size of its forklift fleet.
SYSCO Corp, headquartered in Houston, Texas, has operations in 170 locations throughout North America and its 47,500 employees serve about 390,000 customers.
EnerSys integrates Bulgarian acquisition
READING, PA, United States
Leading US industrial battery maker EnerSys is restructuring some of its European production and commercial operations after acquiring Bulgaria-based Energia AD.
EnerSys says in a statement the restructuring will help ease the integration of Energia into EnerSys’ operations.
The acquisition provides EnerSys with greater access to the rapidly growing Eastern European and Russian markets and an additional low-cost manufacturing platform, the statement says.
The company expects to incur USD12 million of expenses, mainly for employee severance payments and USD5 million in fixed asset write-offs. However, the company should realise cost savings of about USD5 million in fiscal 2008 and more than USD10 million in fiscal 2009 from the restructure.
The restructure is subject to consultation with labour representatives and is expected to be completed by the end of EnerSys's current fiscal year, ending March 31, 2008.
EnerSys announced May 18 it had completed the acquisition of Energia AD, an industrial battery producer in Targovishte, Bulgaria. EnerSys paid about EUR13 million (USD17.5 million) for the company.
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Kalmar builds on automation with test facility
Kalmar is helping integrate its intelligent applications with customers’ container handling equipment and terminal operating systems at its newly built test facility in Tampere, Finland.
Completed this year, the facility located at Kalmar’s Tampere factory is conducting its first test on the automation and control systems developed for stevedore Hamburger Hafen & Lagerhaus AG (HHLA). HHLA is converting its facilities at Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) from straddle carriers to automatic stacking cranes (ASC).
In phase one of the conversion, Kalmar is equipping the yard stacking blocks with five ASCs and is also supplying the automation control systems. This will be completed by 2008.
According to a Kalmar statement, the container terminal operator aims to increase its handling capacity from 2.7 million TEUs in 2005 to 5.2 million TEUs by 2015.
Kalmar is using a computer simulation of a block stacking area with three ASC cranes to represent the terminal layout to test the CTB project’s automatic applications. Kalmar uses the simulator to test machine controls and the supervisory control system, which is responsible for controlling the cranes.
Kalmar says using a supervisory control system to manage CTB's crane blocks is a first for the container handling industry. The system, however, is commonly used in processing industries.
The control system will distribute and implement job orders from the terminal operating system "safely, effectively and economically". It also sends back real-time information about the cranes, container stacks and ongoing events, according to Kalmar.
Kalmar's range of onboard products and automated systems includes Fleetview, Smartrail, Smartpath, Remote Monitoring Interface and Automatic stacking cranes.
New JCB factory meets opportunity in growing sector
ROCESTER, United Kingdom
JCB is building a GBP7 million (USD13.9 million) factory to produce attachments for JCB machines.
JCB’s attachments facility is currently located in Rugeley, Staffordshire. It is being moved to enable the expansion of JCB’s neighbouring cab systems facility.
JCB managing director John Patterson says the company is projecting significant growth in the attachment sector in the next few years.
“Attachments are a vitally important part of the JCB business,” he explains. “Investment in a new factory will give us the capacity to meet that opportunity.”
Phase one of the 120,000 square foot (11,148 square metre) plant is being built next to JCB’s world parts centre on the A50 at Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. It will be completed in September.
Phase two, which will incorporate an additional covered storage area for the parts facility, will be completed by end of January 2008.
Once operational, the new facility will employ 50 people.
JCB PR manager Nigel Chell confirms the factory will make attachments for JCB forklifts and telehandlers. JCB makes more than 3,000 types of attachments for the construction, agricultural, groundcare and industrial sectors.
Pyroban and Crown help 3PL play safe
SUSSEX, United Kingdom
Pyroban and Crown Lift Trucks have helped third party logistics (3PL) company CERT FMCG Logistics upgrade its Rotherham facility to comply with UK safety regulations.
The Rotherham facility was built in 1990 for fragrance company Coty whose brands include Rimmel London and Adidas. Today it manages operations for more than 20 companies, including The Body Shop.
The collaborative solution was implemented to help CERT expand its storage of aerosols to 6,000 pallet positions. A Pyroban spokesperson says Rotherham stores 15,000 pallet locations in high-bay narrow aisle racking.
The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told CERT that this added capacity requires compliance with the Top Tier COMAH (Control of Major Accidents and Hazards) regulations.
Under COMAH regulations, there are two thresholds for liquefied petroleum gas – a lower one of 50 tonnes (lower-tier) and a higher one of 200 tonnes (top-tier).
CERT operations director John Hamilton says the aerosols added to the pressurised flammable gas risk at the facility.
“We estimated that at any one time we wouldn’t have any less than 300 tonnes of LPG onsite,” he says.
CERT also had to comply with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR), which covers the management of the operation, training and classification of zoned areas.
To meet the regulations, CERT invested GBP750,000 (USD1,495,576) to upgrade Rotherham. A 12.5 metre high projectile fence was placed around the 6,000 pallet positions to contain the aerosols in the event of an explosion and a penstock valve was fitted to contain fire water.
The storage areas are classified Zone 2 under DSEAR regulations and all equipment operating in the areas has to comply with the ATEX 94/9/EC directive.
The upgrade coincided with the need for a new forklift fleet and Crown was selected to implement a fleet replacement program consisting of TSP man-up VNA trucks, WP2330S powered pallet trucks, ESR4500 reach and SC3200 counterbalanced trucks.
Crown’s account manager Simon Barkworth says explosion-proof specialist Pyroban was brought in early in the program to ensure the forklifts operate safely in a Zone 2 hazardous storage system.
The forklifts were fitted with Pyroban’s 5000E gas protection system at the company’s West Sussex factory.
“The system combines active gas warning and equipment shutdown technology with a range of explosion protection solutions. The user benefits from the early warning of a problem, automatically shutting the equipment down if a hazard is detected.”
Due to their size, Crown turret trucks had to be converted in three sections at West Sussex. They were later assembled at Rotherham, where Pryoban conducted a final test of the system.
Truckpoolen chooses Kalmar after two years
Kalmar has been awarded an order for 22 five-tonne forklifts from Truckpoolen i Göteborg AB after a two-year trial period which also included Toyota and Linde forklifts.
Truckpoolen, a long-time Kalmar customer, has 135 forklifts it rents to more than 30 customers, the largest being Volvo Logistics which will hire the new Kalmar DCE5HM forklifts.
Toyota makes Fortune list again
IRVINE, CA, United States
Fortune magazine has included Toyota Industries Corp (TICO) in its top 50 list of “most admired companies” for the second consecutive year.
TICO ranked 28th, moving eight places up from last year.
TICO ranked at the top of the motor vehicle parts industry ranking - also for the second consecutive year.
Solideal China gains ISO 9001 credibility
Solideal Rubber Products (Qingdao) Co Ltd has gained ISO 9001:2000 quality management certification from Lloyd’s Register in Shanghai.
Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance audited the factory and granted the certification on April 25 after a one-year effort by Solideal to meet the ISO requirements.
Solideal has plants in Europe, North America and Asia.
Forklift hauls enormous halibut
The Sunday Mirror reported fishermen on a commercial trawler caught a halibut so big it had to be transported by a forklift.
Stephen Cousins, a spokesman for the commercial trawler, says the 20-stone (127kg) fish caught off the coast of Donegal is the biggest halibut the team has ever caught.
“The average size of a halibut would be around two stone (12.7kg) and even that is quite big.”
Marine Institute experts will examine the fish before delivering it to its buyer, Clontarf Castle restaurant.
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Benchmark facility fully functional
MOOREBANK, New South Wales, Australia
The new headquarters of Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) at Moorebank, NSW, is being described as a benchmark facility for materials handling in the country.
The 31,425m2 complex, completed in mid-February this year, was set up as part of the company’s long-term growth plans. The facility combines the import and distribution functions for new equipment and parts, together with retail functions of new equipment sales and hire, casual hire, pre-delivery, service and parts. The facility also has a fully equipped modifications centre for building specialised forklift trucks.
The repair workshop and pre-delivery centre has 59 bays, each set up to perform the final customer configuration for new equipment, major servicing and repairs of any unit in operation. It can handle around 180 jobs a month.
Marketing manager George Malamatinis says the centre’s unique equipment tilting platform “eliminates the risk of unpacking warehouse trucks that are shipped horizontally (on their side) in ocean containers”.
“The platform turns the equipment from the horizontal to the vertical, from which it can safely and easily be stored.”
The manager of the company’s equipment modifications and testing centre is also Australia’s representative on the ISO forklift demand committee. “This is significant because he is at the forefront of developments in design as well as being fully cognizant with domestic OHS &E requirements for our industry,” says Malamatinis.
Versatile forklifts to the rescue
MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia
The Melbourne branch of Kennards Lift and Shift has come up with an innovative solution using forklifts to solve a lifting problem experienced by a contractor on a project at the Watergardens Shopping Centre at Taylor’s Lake, Melbourne.
The contractor needed to lift and install a number of different bluestone bollards, which serve as features at the entrances of the shopping centre.
Initially, a floor crane and a 500kg block grab was used to install the first set of features, which measured 600m x 300mm x 300mm and weighed 300kg each.
However, the second set of bollards, due to their unusual shape and rough tapering edges, could not be lifted using the block grabs. These 18 features were 1m high, 700mm wide and 300mm thick and weighed 1,100kg.
“We suggested the use of a forklift attached with an extendable jib and 2-tonne nylon slings to lower the features into the holes the company had excavated so they could be set in concrete,” says branch manager Shannon Cooper.
He adds that the contractor was initially quite dubious. “Most people don’t realise just how versatile forklifts can be.”
“It worked brilliantly,” says Adam Newy from Image Paving. “We were able to install 10 of them in the one day and we’re extremely grateful for Lift and Shift’s help.”
The equipment solution suggested by Lift and Shift was so successful that the project was completed a few days ahead of schedule.
Lift and Shift has a range of lifting equipment including forklifts, forklift attachments, floor cranes and block grabs fit for a wide variety of projects, including construction and landscaping.
Woman faces jail for swindling Worksafe
A Geelong woman was convicted and fined A$6,000 in May and faces the possibility of six months in jail for fraudulently obtaining more than A$54,400 in workplace injury compensation payments and for providing false information.
Marlene Rimmrodt was working as a Credit Manager with a Tullamarine freight company in 2003 when she suffered an injury to her left shoulder after slipping at work.
Her claim for workers’ compensation was accepted and she formally declared that she was not “engaging in any form of employment” while receiving weekly compensation payments.
Evidence revealed, however, that while receiving compensation payments during 2004 and 2005, Rimmrodt was actually doing two jobs.
She pleaded guilty to three counts of fraudulently obtaining payments and two counts of providing false information under the Accident Compensation Act 1985.
$20 million for rail freight corridor
The Mildura Rail Corridor Freight project will receive A$20 million in Auslink funding from the Coalition Government. The rail works program will facilitate lifting of speeds on the track to a consistent level of 80km/hour.
Kerry-Lynden adds Australia to global partnership
SEATTLE, United States of America
Lynden International and Kerry Logistics have added Australia to their growing list of international forwarding and logistics coverage. The Seattle-based joint venture company, Kerry-Lynden, now reaches nearly 40 countries, including Canada, Mexico and U.S. Territories such as Puerto Rico and Guam.
With the addition of Australia, the network now includes major hubs such as Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and beyond.
Queensland Safety Show is less than two weeks away
Queensland’s only dedicated Workplace Health & Safety Trade Show the Queensland Safety Show returns to Brisbane 19 - 21 June 2007 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Co-located for the first time with the new Queensland Materials Handling Show, the event features more than 200 companies displaying latest products & services in workplace health, safety and manual handling.
Visitors will discover a better way to lift & shift with 1000s of new solutions for materials and manual handling, including forklifts & safety devices, cranes & hoists, racking & shelving, palletising equipment, sweepers & scrubbers and much more.
For free registration visit www.qldmaterialshandling.com.au or call 1300 858 108.
Truckers support deaf and blind children
SYDNEY, New South Wales, Australia
Sydney’s trucking community will combine business with pleasure while raising funds for a good cause when Sydney UD hosts its second annual Charity Golf Day for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).
The 2007 event takes place on Friday 12 October at Liverpool Golf Club, Hollywood Drive, Lansvale.
“Apart from being a great day for networking on a championship golf course, our main aim is to raise funds for deaf babies and toddlers,” says Sydney UD general manager, Geoff Carroll.
“This is the second year we’ve run the event, and with the support of Sydney’s trucking community we’re aiming to exceed the A$5,000 we raised last year.”
Based at North Rocks in Sydney, RIDBC is the largest independent special educator in Australia and relies heavily on community support.
Sydney UD is the largest UD dealer in Australia and continues to experience strong growth thanks to its ‘ultimate dependability’.
For more information on the golf day, please contact event coordinator Sue Porlan on (02) 9724 2055 or email@example.com.
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RICO awarded lift truck contract for the next generation aircraft carrier (CVN-21)
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has selected BPR/RICO Equipment, Inc. to design and build shipboard certified material handling equipment for the new-generation aircraft carrier, CVN 21.
“We are very excited about this contract award and to be part of the CVN-21 program. It builds on our existing, long-stand, relationship with the U.S. Navy and demonstrates our ability to create strong industry partners. Our engineering team is looking forward to getting started on both the 6,000 lbs and 12,000 lbs vehicles,” said Dave Mueller, President.
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Bolzoni Auramo and ABI (South Africa): a successful cooperation
ABI is one of the largest bottling and distributing Company of soft drinks in South Africa.
Today ABI accounts for 60% of Coca Cola sales in South Africa and has 6 state-of the-art production plants.
Of course, all this activity involves a perfectly organized Logistic System for the transportation from production sites to stocks and then to the final customers.
Their fleet of forklift trucks amounts to over 270 units and most of them are now being equipped with multi pallet handlers, in order to reduce the loading and unloading times of products and increase the efficiency of the distribution system.
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Attachment for Stone Slab Bundle Handling
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Dave Hoover: Hit the Books!
NEWARK, OH, United States
Some of you may have played this game as a kid. You have a number of people in a room, the first one starts with a short story and whispers it in the ear of the next person, that person remembers what he/she can and passes it along. The last person says aloud their version of the story and then the first person recounts the original version. This usually gets a big laugh because of the big difference from start to end. I see something similar happening in the forklift safety and training sector at times.
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