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This is issue #348 - 21 February 2008 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
“US Navy orders USD25M telehandlers from JLG.”
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Kion’s double-digit sales growth
The Kion Group outperformed the global forklift market in 2007 with a 13% increase in new vehicle orders. According to Kion, the global forklift market grew to over 950,000 new vehicle orders in 2007, 11% higher than in 2006.
Hubertus Krossa, group CEO, says all three of the company’s forklift brands contributed to the growth in new orders.
Group net sales grew 10% from EUR3.909 billion (USD5.731 billion) in 2006 to EUR4.312 billion (USD6.323 billion) in 2007.
Net sales for the Linde brand rose 8% from EUR2.521 billion (USD3.697 billion) in 2006 to EUR2.726 million (USD3.997 billion) in 2007. The 386 series electric counterbalanced forklift with load capacities of 1.2 to 2 tonnes, introduced in 2006, was popular with end-users.
For the Still brand, the new diesel and LPG RX70 forklift which boasts of low fuel consumption contributed to net sales, growing 12.6 % from EUR1.260 million (USD1.848 billion) in 2006 to EUR1.419 million (USD2.081 billion) in 2007.
OM, which sold well in Eastern Europe, saw its net sales jump 17.4% from EUR305 million (USD447 million) to EUR358 million (USD525 million).
Kion CFO Nedim Cen says the group’s targets under the GoIPO program were achieved or exceeded in 2007. GoIPO is Kion’s synergy and efficiency improvement program to prepare the group for a stock market listing. Kion was acquired by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) and Goldman Sachs from Linde AG in 2006 (Forkliftaction.com News #285).
“In 2008, the program will deliver additional enhancements, further improve processes across the group and increase efficiency …. To build on our leading position in the industry in terms of size and profitability,” Cen says.
The GoIPO program aims to generate synergies in sales and service, purchasing, production and costs among the three forklift brands to boost the group’s profitability.
Group earnings before tax and amortisation rose 31% from EUR244 million (USD358 million) in 2006 to EUR321 million (USD471 million) in 2007.
Kion employed 1,000 new people in 2007 and now has 21,086 employees, over 13,000 for Linde, over 6,600 for Still and 1,245 for OM.
Gordon Riske will succeed Hubertus Krossa as CEO of Kion Group on 23 April 2008. Krossa will remain with the group as advisor and support KKR in Germany (Forkliftaction.com News #310).
US federal agency seeks forklift/AGV partner
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) wants to partner with a forklift or automated guided vehicle (AGV) manufacturer to research a semi-autonomous pallet mover based on its home, lift, position and rehabilitation (HLPR) chair.
Roger Bostelman, an electronics engineer with NIST’s Intelligent Systems Division (ISD), tells Forkliftaction.com News the HLPR chair is a device that transfers patients to and from seats, beds and toilets.
“While working on the autonomous functionality of the HLPR chair, ISD also considered the material handling aspects of the device as it is based on a manual forklift, and how the technology could perhaps help the forklift industry through advancements and future standards,” he says.
Bostelman says forklifts today are manned for mobility and fork control with minimal autonomous functions like fork guidance and “other functions”.
“For this project, ISD hopes to provide a forklift capable of moving loads autonomously from one end of a building to another and then [the operator can] unload and load the forklift manually.”
He explains that the forklift would be suitable for large facilities with unstructured loading and unloading areas and clear walkways. Applications include loads “with boxes on or off pallets, stacked loads weighing up to 300lbs (136kg) and not cordoned-off vehicle paths”.
Bostelman says ISD wants to support the materials handling industry through standards development, performance measurement methods and advanced technology R&D.
The forklift or AGV manufacturer could participate in ISD’s research project through a co-operative research and development agreement, as guest researchers, a contract or other means to guide the research for the fastest government-to-industry technology transfer, he says.
The NIST Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory’s ISD has been working on autonomous mobility for about 30 years through its Intelligent Control of Mobility Systems program. NIST researchers found there was a gap in technology and standards that supported its concept for mobilising and lifting patients. The HLPR chair project, an NIST seed project, was born four years ago to research future standards needs with USD262,000 invested so far.
Established in 1901, NIST is a US Department of Commerce agency that promotes US innovation and industrial competitiveness through advancing measurement science, standards and technology.
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US Navy orders USD25M telehandlers
OSHKOSH, WI, United States
The US Navy has ordered 197 telehandlers valued at USD24.7 million from Oshkosh Corp subsidiary JLG Industries Inc.
Oshkosh CEO Robert G Bohn says the company supports US military efforts through its “industry-leading” brands.
“This contract for additional JLG Millenia Military Vehicle (MMV) telehandlers will provide the US Navy Seabees Construction Battalion with essential equipment to perform their duties with greater safety, performance and comfort,” he says.
The MMV has a maximum load capacity of 11,000lbs (4,990kg) and a load indicator to inform the operator of the capacity limit. It can operate in climates ranging from -25 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It has three steering modes and a 110-hp Cummins engine. It can be attached to various fork configurations, a utility bucket and fork-rollers.
Since 2001, over 800 MMVs have been deployed to the US Marine Corps and Navy. The MMV has also been used in relief efforts after the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The order for the telehandler was awarded by the Defense Supply Centre of Philadelphia.
Baltic harbours opt for Linde brand
The Baltic subsidiary companies of Willenbrock Fördertechnik GmbH & Co KG have been awarded contracts to supply six Linde reach stackers for Tallinn-Muuga harbour in Estonia, Riga harbour in Latvia and Klaipeda harbour in Lithuania.
The 45-tonne Linde C4531 TL5 reach stackers will be used to transport containers to and from liners and to transfer containers into lorries and trains.
“The reach stackers have a crucial part to play in the time-critical business of container handling. That’s why we went for Willenbrock Baltic and the Linde Brand,” says harbour operator Klaipedos Smelte’s transport manager Gintaras Sa-dauskis.
The reach stackers’ engines provide high torque at low speeds and work with the hydraulic equipment and control systems to produce precise oil pressure and oil quantity for the application.
The machines’ chassis, boom, spreader and axles, Linde says, have been designed to cope with heavy loads and provide stress relief for weight-bearing surfaces.
Ergonomic features of the machines include a soundproof cabin with large windows, adjustable suspension seat, adjustable armrest with built-in joystick and a digital display providing an overview of the most important operational functions.
The trucks are equipped with heaters for the engine, hydraulics and brake system, suitable for extreme winter conditions. It can get as low as -30 degree Celsius (-22 degree Fahrenheit) at the Baltic harbours.
According to Linde, Baltic harbours have had an important role to play in providing ice-free logistical connections to and from Russia as well as neighbouring states and Central Asia.
Over the last few years, the harbours have invested in reorganising, extending and modernising existing facilities to cope with the increasing volumes that are being handled.
Willenbrock Fördertechnik GmbH & Co KG is the exclusive German Linde dealer for the Hannover and Bremen regions and has subsidiaries in the Baltic countries.
TVH acquires SMS
TVH has acquired Saveco Maintenance Service (SMS), an equipment sales and rental company in Wallonia, Belgium.
According to TVH sales manager Luc Maertens, SMS agreed to the take-over to broaden its product range and improve its after-sales service.
“The exclusive brands of TVH, like Doosan, Lafis, Icem, Thervan, Dinolift and JLG, will broaden the range of access equipment and offer products with the latest technology,” Maertens says.
SMS, a local dealer for OMG and Yale forklifts, also supplies its customers with scissor and articulating boom lifts, loading ramps and warehousing equipment.
The dealer will continue to sell and service its existing brands.
The addition of 10 engineers from SMS brings the total number of engineers serving the Wallonia area to 54, the “largest number of engineers from a brand-independent service”, Maertens says.
He adds that the technicians will be supported by TVH know-how and “continuous professional development”, resulting in improved after-sales service for customers.
SMS has 120 counterbalanced and warehouse forklift units in its rental fleet and made a EUR3.5 million (USD5.1 million) turnover last year. About 20 SMS employees will move to the TVH Group. The Wallonia region will now have access to over 2,000 units of new and used forklift and access equipment.
TVH will take over all SMS customers’ existing rental and service contracts under the same conditions.
TVH says the acquisition value is confidential.
Rocla opens new Russian office
Rocla Oyj has opened a Moscow office to capitalise on the city’s geographical and business opportunities and to support its dealer network.
The new office, Rocla Moscow, is a division of Rocla subsidiary OOO Rocla Rus in St Petersburg. The latter, headed by managing director Konstantin Titov, was established as a Rocla base for Russia and CIS in 2004.
Titov says the Moscow sales and service operations will benefit from the region’s growth.
“Many of Rocla’s target business segments are in Moscow,” he says, citing estimates that the area’s warehouse market is growing at over 70% a year.
Currently, 11 sales, support and marketing staff have been hired for the Moscow office and more will be recruited in future. Rocla is also looking to expand its Moscow operations with service and warehouse premises and to grow its Russian dealer network.
Rocla has been active in the Russian market through its dealer network since 1995. It has sold “tens of thousands” of hand pallet trucks to the former Soviet Union since the late 1960s. Titov says in good years, about 20,000 hand pallet trucks were delivered each year.
Rocla CEO Tapio Rummukainen is confident the forklift business in Russia will grow rapidly.
“There is a shortage of millions of square metres of warehouse space in the area. Progressive building of warehouse space will take place in the coming years,” he explains.
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Pallet truck for less intensive use
FLEET, United Kingdom
Hyster Europe has launched the P2.0SE platform pallet truck for light applications.
The P2.0SE pallet truck has the same chassis and ergonomics as the Spectrum P2.0S pallet truck that is designed for heavy use.
The new pallet truck has reduced maximum speed compared to the Spectrum and mechanical steering.
FLTA awards Komatsu for innovation
The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) of Alton, United Kingdom, has voted the Komatsu BX50-109 series counterbalanced forklift as the “most innovative” forklift.
Komatsu Division of Milan, Italy, says the forklift series’ KAPS III steering system that reduces steering wobble and helps return the steering wheel to its original position is the reason FLTA recognised the forklift as being innovative.
The BX50-109 series that has reduced width compared to Komatsu’s standard BX50 series is suitable for use in space-constrained warehouses.
Oran goes for Mitsubishi diesel trucks
READING, United Kingdom
UK waste management company Oran's top concern was productivity when it upgraded its forklift fleet.
Jim McLeary, Oran's material recycling facility manager, says forklift specialist Douglas Gillespie Plant (DGP) of Glasgow, Scotland met its requirements with the FD15-35N Mitsubishi forklift series.
"When embarking on our new relationship with DGP, we sought flexibility, product knowledge and a high quality service. DGP delivered a fantastic package, meeting our needs and providing us with two Mitsubishi FD25Ns and two FD30Ns," he says.
The waste company delivers a closed-loop service including material collection, recovery and recycling, liquid waste processing, beneficial recycling to land, landfill diversion activities and waste to energy conversion.
Brian Docherty, a DGP sales manager, says Oran needed a forklift that would operate reliably over long shifts and load over 3,000 tons of baled paper and plastic waste each month.
Oran initially took one forklift followed by three more. Two of the forklifts have been fitted with special attachments - a rotating grab-fork and a bale clamp - to enable the effective and efficient operations at the company.
McLeary says Oran is pleased with its new forklifts.
“We needed robust trucks that were able to deploy sophisticated attachments under intensive working conditions, driving up and down ramps to load and unload lorries. The Mitsubishi forklifts work around the clock and we haven’t lost any operational time to breakdowns.”
"Our drivers really appreciate the simplicity, comfort and low maintenance requirements of these trucks," he says.
Konecranes wins repeat order from Steveco
Konecranes has received an order for one ship-to-shore (STS) crane from Finnish container terminal operator Steveco.
The crane will be delivered to Steveco’s container terminal in Vuisaari, Finland in the northern hemisphere spring of 2009. The terminal will take delivery of a similar crane in mid-2008.
Konecranes is keeping the order value confidential but a panamax-sized STS crane typically costs between EUR5 million and EUR7 million (USD7.3 million to USD10.3 million) depending on the machine’s technical performance and options.
AmeraMex secures Port of Vancouver order
CHICO, CA, United States
AmeraMex International has received a USD1.25 million order for EPA-compliant forklifts from a logistics company at the Port of Vancouver.
The forklifts will be used portside to load and unload general break-bulk cargo. Delivery is expected to be completed by September 2008.
AmeraMex sells Taylor Machine Works forklifts for handling non-containerised cargo.
Turkish trade show an international event
Over 45,000 visitors from 47 countries visited the TUYAP Fair and Congress Centre in Istanbul, Turkey for the World of Industry (WIN) trade show this month.
Around 602 exhibitors from 15 countries showcased their products in 10 halls that were dedicated to the machinery, welding, surface treatment and materials handling sectors.
The show was organised by Hannover-Messe Bilesim Fuarcilik AS.
NER signs Home Depot
NEW YORK, NY, United States
National Equipment Register (NER) has signed an agreement with Home Depot to help the home improvement retailer deter the theft of its rental equipment fleet and increase the recovery rate of its stolen equipment.
Liz Richardson, Home Depot’s senior manager of tool rental operations, says Home Depot has been hit hard by thieves.
“We know that by registering with NER, it will be easier to recover stolen equipment. We want to make it harder for thieves to steal and we want to protect our assets. Using NER increases the availability of rental tools for Home Depot’s customers.”
Each piece of Home Depot’s rental fleet equipment will be marked with NER decals that warn thieves the equipment is registered on a national database used by law enforcement.
Telehandler helps build giant snowman
SERGEANT BLUFF, IA, United States
A telehandler and some skid-loaders were used to build an18-foot snowman with a 35-gallon drum for a hat and a traffic cone for a nose.
Raymond Rogers of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa first built a 10-foot snowman for his daughter several years ago, and has been building them a little bigger each year, Sioux City Journal reported.
For this year’s snowman, friends Shannon Peschel and Bryce Lander brought skid loaders to roll the balls while Rogers rented a telehandler to lift the heavy sections into place.
The process shows that size doesn’t really matter when you have the right snow conditions.
“Just like doing a small one, [the snow’s] got to stick together,” he says.
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Patrick breaks container record
A record volume exceeding 250,000 TEU moved through Patrick’s container terminals in December 2007, 12% higher than the same period in 2006.
The company has invested heavily in all its container terminals across the country and has delivered a number of new cranes and straddles in the past 12 months. Its terminals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle handle more than 50% of Australia’s total container trade.
Ten new straddles will become operational at East Swanson Dock in early 2008 to accompany the two new cranes that were placed into service earlier this year.
Five new rail-mounted gantries currently being commissioned at Port Botany will become operational in February 2008 and will significantly improve the land-side efficiency in and out of the terminal.
Construction of the new B10 terminal at Fisherman Islands has commenced and is progressing well, and further expansion of the Autostrad fleet is on order.
Statewide buys Budget
MINCHINBURY, NSW, Australia
Forklift company Smeaton Forklifts, trading as Budget Forklifts (NSW), has been sold to Statewide Forklifts (NSW), owned by brothers Lou and Steve Pacchiarotta.
Budget Forklifts (NSW) was placed under voluntary administration on 31 October 2007 when it ran into financial trouble, owing around AUD$2.9 million to creditors. (Forkliftaction.com News #335)
Last week, the sale of the company’s rental stock comprising 114 forklifts, mainly Toyota and Nissan, plus its business name, customer lists and some sundry assets was concluded for an undisclosed sum.
A spokesperson for administrators Smith Hancock tells Forkliftaction.com News that only the two secured creditors will receive payment from the proceeds of the sale, while the remaining 32 unsecured creditors will go empty-handed.
Statewide Forklifts (NSW), which started as a one-man business in 1999, today has nine employees and runs a fully equipped workshop based in Minchinbury, as well as three mobile service vans.
“Now that we have purchased Budget Forklifts (NSW), we have a forklift stock list of around 200 units, ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 ton forklifts for rental or sale,” says Lou Pacchiarotta, adding that at this stage, he has no plans to use the Budget name in the business.
Move to address urgent skills shortage
CANBERRA, ACT, Australia
The Skills Australia Bill 2008 introduced to parliament last Wednesday will result in the establishment of a statutory body, Skills Australia, to provide Government with independent advice on increasing the country’s supply of skilled workers.
With an AUD14.6 million budget, the organisation will be made up of seven members with backgrounds in economics, industry and academia as well as training providers.
Estimates predict that Australia faces a shortage of as many as 240,000 skilled workers by 2016, with the mining and construction sectors particularly affected.
The mining industry is currently experiencing the highest vacancy-to-employment ratio, with around 3.7 vacancies for every 100 people employed in the industry. Wages growth is strongest in the mining industry, at 5.4% through the year to the September quarter 2007, compared to 4.2% across all industries.
The construction industry is also experiencing labour constraints. Wages growth in construction is at 4.8% through the year to September 2007. The industry also has the highest proportion of employees with a certificate as their highest qualification, at 45.7%. This means that it will benefit greatly from additional training places at diploma and above levels.
Skills Australia will:
•analyse current and emerging skills needs in the Australian economy – both in the broader economy and demands across industry sectors;
• assess evidence from commissioned research and industry stakeholders to inform Australia’s workforce development needs;
• widely distribute information from research and consultations with stakeholders to enable entrepreneurs, businesses and workers to have the necessary information to inform their training and employment decisions;
• provide the Government with recommendations on current and future skills needs to help inform decisions to encourage skills formation and drive ongoing reforms to the education and training sector, including on priorities for the investment of public funds; and
• establish and maintain relationships with relevant state bodies and authorities to inform its advice on current and future demand for skills and facilitate alignment of priorities for responses to skills needs.
Speakers announced for Supply Chain Conference - Sydney 2008
The Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) are pleased to announce that Hal Morris, Chief Executive Officer for the Australian Logistics Council will be one of the keynote speakers for the Sydney Supply Chain Conference which will be held at MATEX 2008 on the 15th and 16th of April.
Hal Morris will be presenting a paper entitled ‘National Transport and Logistics Freight Strategy 2008 – 2015. Enhancing Australia’s Supply Chains’.
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For further information contact: Bill Henman, President New South Wales Division, Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia: firstname.lastname@example.org
Potential to sell Queens Wharf
AUCKLAND, New Zealand
Ports of Auckland says it could potentially sell Queens Wharf with sufficient notice and an appropriate sale price. This would allow the company to reconfigure and reinvest in alternative facilities for shipping lines that currently use the wharf.
Ports managing director Jens Madsen explains: “This could be a win-win for all. The port company generates funding to reinvest in its core operations to the east and the public gains further access to the waterfront.”
The company has long had a strategy to consolidate its port operations to the east of the Waitemata waterfront, freeing up land and wharves for public use over time when they are no longer needed for port operations. Since 1996 over 70 hectares of land and wharf space has been sold or leased for non-port uses. The latest release was 18 hectares on the Tank Farm.
“For a sale of Queens Wharf to happen, the Port would need to accommodate and service the shipping lines that currently use the wharf elsewhere in the port. This will require substitute facilities including further reclamation and berth construction over time. And this has to occur without compromising the ongoing cargo operations of those wharf users.
“We have also investigated whether an earlier sale - within two years - of Queens Wharf is possible. This could be achieved by implementing alternative interim measures for the shipping lines. It would be in addition to the construction of a permanent, long term solution.
“Any release of Queens Wharf would need to be by way of sale or lease, for an amount that covers the cost of alternative facilities for current Queens Wharf users. Any interim measure would involve additional cost and therefore an additional sale price,” says Madsen.
Toll strengthens global freight network
Logistics giant Toll is on track to compulsorily acquire all remaining shares of Hong Kong freight forwarder BALtrans Holdings, following acceptances of its takeover offer exceeding 95% of the issued share capital last week.
Toll managing director Paul Little says the takeover of BALtrans is a key plank in his group’s global freight forwarding strategy.
Toll intends to delist BALtrans following its acquisition of the remaining shares to make BALtrans a wholly owned subsidiary of Toll once the current offers close.
“Toll’s priority now is to work with the management team on an aggressive growth strategy for the global freight forwarding business,” says Little.
Tougher penalties for safety breaches
South Australia, Australia
South Australia has introduced tougher penalties for workplace safety breaches with the introduction of the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare (Penalties) Amendment Act 2007.
The amendment, which took effect from 1 January 2008, increases the maximum penalties for corporate offenders and the public sector. The new maximum penalties are AUD300,000 for a first offence and AUD600,000 for subsequent breaches.
A new offence of reckless endangerment has also been introduced. This offence applies to any person or business proven to have demonstrated a knowing or reckless disregard for workplace safety that creates a substantial risk of death or serious harm to others. Reckless endangerment can attract a fine of up to AUD1.2 million for corporations and public sector agencies, while individuals face a maximum fine of AUD400,000 or imprisonment of up to five years.
Incidents now before the court, or which happened prior to 1 January 2008 and are yet to be prosecuted, will (if proven) attract penalties under the old scale. The higher penalties and the new offence will apply to conduct taking place after 1 January 2008.
The legislation is part of a commitment to the South Australian Strategic Plan, which includes a target of reducing workplace injuries by 40% by the year 2012.
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HYTSU will be attending MATEX 2008
World famous Forklift manufacturer HYTSU will be coming to Australia for MATEX 2008.
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Distributors sought for OM Carrelli line throughout Australia
SA Forklift Sales Pty Ltd has been appointed the National distributor for OM Carrelli materials handling products for Australia. Managing Director Mr David Clayton has confirmed they are now seeking metropolitan and regional distributors to commence trading in early 2008 Australia-wide.
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FUTURE OF LOGISTICS – International CeMAT Conference 2008 at the Hannover Exhibition Center on 26 May 2008
The FUTURE OF LOGISTICS - International CeMAT Conference is being held the day before CeMAT – on 26 May 2008 – at the Hannover Exhibition Center in Hannover, Germany. CeMAT, which will take place from 27 to 31 May, is the world’s leading fair for intralogistics.
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EP- New T-Series Truck comes with Two Year Warranty
E-P launches its new model forklift T-Series: “TIGER”. The TIGER series comes with a 24 month warranty, excellent Quality Control, CE certificate and with a competitive price and a 100% service guarantee.
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Measures needed to fight fires
Following recent high profile warehouse fires, more emphasis is likely to be placed on preventing the escalation of a fire at the design stage of all new warehouse developments, says Roger Williams, chief executive officer of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association.
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