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This is issue #349 - 28 February 2008 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
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US construction machinery exports top USD17 billion in 2007
MILWAUKEE, WI, United States
Exports of US-made construction machinery grew 26% from 2006 to 2007,with a total of USD17.2 billion worth of equipment sold worldwide.
The US-based Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) released the information after consolidating US Commerce Department data with other sources in its export trends report.
AEM senior vice president Al Cervero says the positive export data emphasises the importance of global trade to US manufacturers as business in the US slows down, and the continued need for free and fair global trade.
“The worldwide demand for infrastructure building has helped the construction equipment industry remain strong,’ Cervero notes. “Countries around the world are committing to infrastructure projects that increase their capability to compete in the global marketplace.
“The United States also needs to step up infrastructure investment or risk being left behind, especially by emerging markets,” he adds.
Africa led the way in 2007 with a 67% gain in export purchases, a total of USD1.1 billion. Exports to Asia grew 57% to reach USD2.4 billion, while Europe received USD2.8 billion worth of US-made equipment, a 50% jump over 2006.
Export business to Canada showed the smallest growth – an 8.5% increase that totaled USD5.5 billion.
Construction machinery exports to South America grew 20% in 2007, with purchases worth USD2.3 billion; and exports to Central America rose 27%, a total of USD1.6 billion in sales. Export business to Australia/Oceania increased 12%, a total of USD6 billion.
The top 10 importers of U.S.-made construction machinery in 2007:
RTITB and Sumo Glove hold “first ever” UK forklift competition
TELFORD, United Kingdom
Counterbalanced forklift operators will have the chance to win a Ford Fiesta Duratorq or European holidays in the 2008 National Lift Truck Operator of the Year Competition sponsored by RTITB Ltd and Sumo Glove.
RTITB and Sumo Glove say up to 80,000 operators could compete in the regional rounds that will be held in April and May, with regional finals in June. Two operators from each of the five regions will compete in the grand final on 26 September.
The competition, the first ever to be held by a UK accreditation body, is open to any counterbalanced forklift operator registered on the RTITB National Operator Registration Scheme (NORS). There are over 80,000 registrations on the NORS database.
Regional rounds comprise of an online theory and hazard perception test and tied contestants will complete a further round of theory tests to qualify for a place in the regional final. At the regional final, contestants will take a 45-minute practical test of operating skills.
The regional finals will be held at Barloworld sites in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Northern England and Southern England.
The grand final will be held at RTITB headquarters in Telford and a gala prize winners’ dinner will be held on the evening of the competition.
Carol Grainger, the Health and Safety Executive’s programme manager for workplace transport, says the competition will raise awareness of accredited training and the benefits that regular “appropriate” training has for safety and efficiency.
James Clark, the British Industrial Truck Association’s secretary general, welcomes the competition, saying it highlights the importance of regular and accredited training in improving safety.
Sumo Glove managing director Simon Ross says the contest stemmed from the sponsors’ desire to raise awareness of adequate and regular forklift driver training.
He says he would like to see the “8,000 or so injuries reported in the UK each year” reduced.
The first prize is a new five-door Ford Fiesta Duratoq, second and third prizes are European getaways. Barloworld Handling will supply the competition with the latest Hyster models, while Linpac Allibert will equipment like containers, pallets and bulk boxes.
Entry is free to any NORS-registered operators who passed their test with less than 25 penalty points and scored 90% or above on the theory test.
Registration is open online at www.rtitb.co.uk from 7 April to 9 May.
When a forklift operator undertakes training with one of the 580 organisations accredited by forklift and mechanical handling equipment accreditation body RTITB, the training provider registers the operator on the NORS. Operator details are maintained on the database, enabling employers to validate operator qualifications and maintain skill levels. The registration period is for three years.
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Vibration control and new seats at CONEXPO
Grammer Inc will be exhibiting two new seats for medium-sized and large construction machines and a vibration dosimeter to help employers comply with the EU vibration directive at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 show.
The MSG95EAC/742, manufactured in Amberg, Germany, has an electronically controlled suspension which can reduce vibrations by up to 40% compared to low-frequency suspension seats.
The MSG95GL/741 produced in Amberg and Hudson, US has low-frequency air suspension with manual weight adjustment. Its lumbar support and integrated backrest extension help support the operator’s back.
Both seats are available globally.
Forklift and construction equipment operators are exposed to vibrations on a daily basis. The European Union’s vibration directive, 2002/44/EC, has defined vibration limits to protect the health and safety of workers.
Grammer will showcase its patented Grammer VibroControl vibration dosimeter at the show. When attached to a construction machine’s driver seat, the device continuously measures the vibrations and alerts the driver if they reach critical levels.
When the two AAA batteries are fully charged, they power the dosimeter to last for at least 12 hours of operation.
Grammer spokeswoman Sandra Kirchberger says the dosimeter that can be used on forklift seats will be on sale in mid-2008.
Over 125,000 industry professionals are expected to visit the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 show in Las Vegas from 11-15 March. For show details, visit www.conexpoconagg.com.
Martens Beton contract helps Kalmar enter new market sector
Kalmar has entered the Benelux concrete industry after winning an order from Martens Beton for 14 forklifts with five- to 12-tonne lifting capacities.
The delivery to Martens Beton’s production facility in Oosterhout, the Netherlands comprises four DCE 50-6HM units with five-tonne lifting capacity; eight DCE 80-6HM units and one DCE 80-9HM unit, all with eight-tonne lifting capacity; and one 12-tonne DCE 120-12.
They will be fitted with a variety of attachments including rotators, triple forks, quadruple forks and stone clamps.
All 14 machines have been procured under a 60-month rental contract providing 1,500 running hours per machine. The value of the contract was not disclosed.
Paul Michon, Kalmar Nederland’s managing director, says the order resulted from effective “internal co-operation”.
Michon praises the “excellent communications” between the sales and service departments, the offices of Dutch agent, Kalmar Hoogyliet, and his team in Sweden.
“The contract is a real coup for Kalmar as we are confident it will give us valuable inroads into the concrete business in the Benelux region.
“Other producers will be monitoring the performance of Martens Beton’s forklifts closely, so it is important that both Kalmar and the machines excel for the duration of this contract,” he says.
Martens Beton is a leading producer of concrete and plastic products for earthworks, road construction and hydraulic engineering trades, and the DIY industry in the Benelux. Its products include concrete drains and sewerage systems, paving, concrete flagstones, agricultural plates, industrial concrete floor slabs and ready-mix concrete.
Separately, Kalmar has received an order for 22 E-One rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from South African Transnet Ltd. The delivery to the Port of Ngqura will be completed in 2009. The order is estimated at between EUR22 million (USD33 million) to EUR33 million (USD50 million).
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Hoist story in coming TV show
BEDFORD PARK, IL, United States
Hoist Liftruck will feature in John Ratzenberger’s “Made in America” on the Travel Channel on 14 May at 9pm.
The TV show, now in its fifth season, focuses on the blue-collar workers who create US-made products. Host Ratzenberger travels across the US visiting companies to learn how products are made and the history and people behind the companies.
Filming at Hoist’s Bedford Park, Illinois premises completed in September 2007 (Forkliftaction.com News #329).
RAM spreaders for Egypt
LANCASHIRE, United Kingdom
RAM Spreaders has secured an order for 57 spreader units for the first phase of DIPCO’s new development at Egypt’s Damietta International Port.
DIPCO, through its manager KGL PI, selected 18 units of RAM model 2940 separating twin lift telescoping spreaders for ship-to-shore cranes, four units of RAM model 2220 telescopic over height spreaders with automatic latching and 35 units of RAM model 3540 all-electric 20ft/40ft/45ft telescopic spreaders with fixed guides for rubber-tyred gantry cranes.
The value of the order was not disclosed.
CAEFI honours Linde
Linde China has received two awards from the China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment (CAEFI).
The “National Excellent Foreign Investment Enterprise in 2005-2006” and “National Excellent Foreign Investment Enterprise in Fulfilment of Social Responsibility” awards were conferred to only 16 foreign-invested companies in Xiamen.
CAEFI wanted to recognise foreign-invested companies that have promoted Chinese economic development and were socially responsible.
Jungheinrich awards top performers
RICHMOND, VA, United States
Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp has presented the 2007 Elite Awards to its top dealerships, dealer sales managers and sales representatives.
Based mainly on sales volume, the dealer winners are Montrial Hydraulique of St Hubert, Quebec; New England Industrial Truck of Woburn, Massachusetts; HOJ Engineering & Sales of Salt Lake City, Utah; J. M. Equipment of Fresno, California; and Southwest Materials Handling of Dallas, Texas.
Montrial Hydraulique was the best performing dealer and was awarded the Goldener Gabelstapler (German for golden forklift) trophy.
JCB teletruk helps maintain robots
ROCESTER, United Kingdom
A JCB teletruk was chosen to assist maintenance of production line robots at Halewood, northwest England, the home of the Jaguar X-Type and Land Rover Freelander 2.
Dealer Gunn JCB supplied the Halewood plant with a TLT 35D teletruk fitted with a fork positioner to facilitate the removal of a production line robot in the event it failed. Halewood had previously hired a crane or dismantled robots to repair them on site.
The teletruk was selected because of its extending boom with a low pivot design and its compliance weight and physical size requirements.
The 35D has a full forward reach of 2.43 metres (7.97 feet), can lift 2,100kg (5,626lbs) at a 2 metre(6.56 foot) forward extension and also 3.5 tonnes (7,716lbs) to a 4.4-metre (14.4-foot) height. The absence of a mast also provides the operator with clear forward vision.
The diesel-powered teletruk provides a flexible solution to Halewood’s maintenance lifting and slinging problems. The low pivot on the extending boom allowed operators to work under the overhead systems without catching the guarding. It can also reach over the fence lines to provide a safe slinging spot.
Gunn JCB’s teletruk specialist, Mark Roberts, says the vehicle enabled Halewood staff to change the robot for a new one and repair the unit off site.
“When it came to providing maintenance access for slinging, a stacker truck with a ‘nose picker’ was used previously. As the teletruk has a hydraulic system using check valves, it provides a robust means of fixing a pulley block to the end of the mast to sling equipment from hard to reach places.”
JCB modified the teletruk to meet the plant’s specific needs. Operators needed to be able to slide the fork carriage sideways from the cabin.
Roberts says the JCB dealer advised Halewood to use a sideshifting positioner, which enabled the operator to move the forks to the left and right and to move the forks closer or wider from a lever inside the cabin.
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Movers & Shakers
Christer Högberg has been appointed Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) chairman, effective 1 April 2008. Högberg, who is TMHE president, replaces Per Zaunders who is retiring. He joined BT in 1990 as president of Business Region BT Scandinavia. In 1997, he became BT Europe president, a position he held for nine years before becoming TMHE president in 2006.
Håkan Dahllöf has been appointed TMHE president. He is currently TMHE vice president for business planning, a position he has held since 2006. Dahllöf joined BT in 1990 and has had roles as business controller, market controller, corporate IS/IT manager and chief financial officer. As vice president for business planning, he managed the project of integrating the Toyota and BT materials handling business in Europe.
FAIRVIEW, OR, United States
Cascade Corp has promoted Kevin Kreiter to the position of vice president of corporate engineering and marketing. Kreiter will have executive management responsibility for Cascade’s global product development, marketing and strategic OEM relationships. He was previously vice president of corporate engineering and will continue having executive management responsibility for corporate global engineering.
MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom
Jungheinrich UK Ltd has appointed Mike Wilshaw as technical support manager for its racking and storage industry. Wilshaw has over 21 years’ experience in the materials handling industry. He joins Jungheinrich from Linpac and will be based at the company’s Warrington facility.
Canadian Forklift Distributors Ltd (CFDL) has appointed Stephen Walsh as the territory manager for Ontario and Western Canada. Walsh will be responsible for servicing existing CFDL dealers and developing the dealer network.
HP to standardise Konecranes IT infrastructure
Konecranes has signed a five-year agreement to outsource its IT support services to Hewlett Packard (HP).
Under the agreement, HP will operate the helpdesk and provide on-site services for the group and standardise its desktop computer environment.
About 18 global information service employees, including seven from Finland, will transfer from Konecranes to HP in the northern hemisphere autumn of 2008.
Kari Suominen, Konecranes chief information officer, says by standardising the group’s IT infrastructure and outsourcing its support function, Konecranes will be equipped to face evolving business challenges.
Suominen explains the agreement will also help the group adjust the focus on IT from support and maintenance to development and innovation.
The transition will begin early April and will be finalised by 1 May 2009.
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Brambles profit driven by CHEP
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia
Brambles last week reported a 19% increase in comparable operating profit (12% in constant currency) to USD500.5 million for the six months ended 31 December 2007.
Chief executive officer Mike Ihlein said the company’s strong growth in operating profit was led by pallet supplier CHEP, which performed well in all regions in both sales and profit.
Ihlein said Brambles would make additional investments of up to USD750 million over the next three years, not including acquisitions, to drive further sales growth.
“Our planned investment of up to an additional USD750 million includes the beverages and food service sectors in the USA, expansion of our business in Germany, Central and Eastern Europe and China and the establishment of a CHEP presence in India. It is anticipated that, once fully realised, these investments will generate annualised sales of approximately USD600 million.”
CHEP continued to develop its new business in China during the six-month period, signing contracts with a number of new customers including Tsing Tao Breweries, Nestlé Waters and Asia Pacific Breweries.
Ihlein also announced that CHEP will soon commence operating in India, a country that is experiencing rapid growth in both the fast moving consumer goods and automotive sectors.
“India is a significant long-term opportunity for CHEP and we are very encouraged by the level of interest we have received from companies that already have major relationships with CHEP in other countries. The business will be based in Mumbai and we will shortly be announcing our senior team in India.
“There are significant opportunities in other Asia Pacific countries and growth in this region will be an important focus for Brambles.”
Toll delivers on growth strategy
MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia
Transport and logistics provider Toll Holdings last week announced an after-tax profit of AUD237 million for the six months to December 2007.
Net profit grew 18% to AUD248 million excluding discontinued operations and Virgin Blue development costs.
“We have continued to grow revenues and earnings organically, as well as make significant acquisitions and integrate new businesses,” says managing director Paul Little.
“In Australia, we have achieved record EBIT margins and maintained strong revenue growth. In New Zealand, despite difficult conditions, we have increased margins and in Asia we are making great strides in our strategic development.”
During the six months, revenue totalled AUD4.1 billion, an increase of 8.3% over the prior period for continuing operations.
Underlying EBIT from continuing operations and pre-Virgin Blue development costs was AUD431 million, an increase of 13% over the prior period.
The company continued to invest in new infrastructure, technology and fleet to drive further capacity and efficiency across its operations.
In Asia, Toll has been successful in securing over 98% of the issued capital of the Hong Kong-listed BALtrans Group (Forkliftaction.com News #348)
“This is a major step forward in developing our global freight forwarding presence, and will greatly complement our investment in cargo services as well as the existing Toll Asia network. BALtrans will contribute positively to earnings from day one.
“With the integration of BALtrans, we will have achieved in the order of 20% of our annual transport and logistics revenues in Asia.
“We are now seeing the top line benefits of our positioning in Toll Asia and we expect this to be reflected in EBIT going forward. When combined with the Toll Global Forwarding operations, we will have a very compelling service offering, both in-country and cross border from Asia,” says Little.
Volatility in global debt and equity markets has resulted in some uncertainties in relation to the outlook for global economic growth, he adds. At present, the company does not expect a significant downturn in the major markets in which it operates, and the outlook remains positive.
Across the core transport and logistics businesses, the outlook for the June 2008 year and beyond remains positive, and the company expects ongoing strong earnings and cashflow growth.
New freight port at Charlton
CHARLTON, Queensland, Australia
A new intermodal regional freight port at Charlton, west of Toowoomba, will be developed at a cost of AUD150 million.
The Australian Transport and Energy Corridor (ATEC) group has been granted permission to develop the 200 hectare site in three stages over the next 20 years, with stage one set to be completed by 2012, stage two by 2016 and stage three to be completed thereafter.
The Charlton terminal will link the rich Surat Basin resources province to the freight and logistics markets of eastern Australia.
John Dornbusch, chairman of ATEC Freight Terminals Trust, says the site will be the major regional port to support growth in Queensland.
"We support the Queensland government’s view that by 2030 the Surat Basin resources province will be adding AUD10 billion per annum to gross regional product and supporting 16,000 new jobs."
Dornbusch says the project means jobs in the development stage and ongoing jobs on site.
Greater risks in construction
The Federal Safety Commissioner has released a report showing the rate of fatalities in the construction industry is significantly higher than for other industries.
FSC Tom Fisher describes the building and construction industry’s OHS performance as completely unacceptable.
The statistics demonstrate that the building and construction industry is not achieving the level of OHS improvements, particularly in relation to fatalities, that other industries are achieving.
Dave Noonan, national secretary of the Construction and General Division of the Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union (CFMEU), recently spoke out on the “completely unacceptable level of carnage amongst construction workers which needs to be addressed with urgency”.
Direct Sydney-Auckland shipping route
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia
Gold Star Line, a Hong Kong-based company, has begun its new dedicated transTasman shipping service with a direct Sydney-Auckland link.
The service will depart from Sydney and make Auckland its first port of call in just three days, before continuing to New Plymouth, Timaru and Melbourne.
The company will deploy two new vessels, New Zealand Star and Australia Star, on long-term charter on the Tasman route. Each vessel provides 1,100 TEU capacity and 230 reefer plugs.
With several shipping companies now offering a direct Sydney-Auckland service, importers have every opportunity to access their goods in the shortest possible time.
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Watts Tyre Group wins Supplier of Year Award.
Watts Tyre Services, the UK operating division of Watts Tyre Group, picked up the award of Supplier of the Year at the 2008 Fork Lift Truck Association annual awards held at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham on Saturday 9th of February.
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EMC double the competition
EMC Group is proud to announce its inaugural Materials Handling Footy Tipping Competition. The competition is open to all EMC customers and suppliers in Australia and New Zealand free of charge. The competition will be for both NRL and AFL, with the grand prize for each code nationally of a plasma TV, plus weekly prizes and individual territory prizes.
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Taiwan Dihshiang offers a complete range of Tie Rods for the Forklift Industry
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Todd Brennan: What’s up, dock?
HELENSBURGH, NSW, Australia
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