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This is issue #350 - 06 March 2008 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
“BITA: 31,000 forklifts sold in 2007.”

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NEWS
New trial for Clark’s Quinn
Uncertain US economy affects companies’ Q4 results
BITA: 2008 a challenging but rewarding year
Barloworld benefits from business boom
Talley’s fined over poisoning
Ritchie Bros bumper auction
Tacoma adds to straddle carrier fleet
Yale Europe overhauls GEFCO fleet
Auto parts maker fined CAD60,000
“Pimp My Lift” attracts new marketing opportunity
Briefs
Sample of used equipment for sale

LOCAL NEWS
Fork in the road for United Equipment and Powerlift
Biggest reach stacker in NZ
A tree for every forklift
IronPlanet's next Australian online auction
CHEP reduces risks to forklift drivers

MEDIA RELEASES
Distributors sought for OM Carrelli line throughout Australia
EMC double the competition (free footy tipping comp)!
Forklift website attracts global advertiser

PRODUCT WATCH
HYTSU will release NEW PRODUCT at MATEX 08 to meet the world market
EP- New T-Series Truck comes with Two Year Warranty
Silent Nights - with the Yale MP16S Low Noise Pallet Truck

ADVERTISEMENTS
One week left! Advertising deadline for the International Warehouse and Logistics Review
Forkliftaction.com Launches Improved Search System

FORK TALK: AEM holds product safety and product liability seminars

INDUSTRY PROFILE
Alex Nelson, RTITB



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We are starting to see reports of slow-downs in forklift sales in the US market as the property crunch begins to impact on the broader economy. And of course, there’s speculation about a US-led recession – and that would affect us all. The good news, according to leading Chicago-based economist David Hale, is that Asian growth is probably sufficient to counteract the American downturn. Hale also told Australia’s ABC television network this week that recession is far from inevitable in the US, with the economy likely to benefit from a number of measures already in place. A bigger threat to the global economy, he warned, is the cost impact of environmental compliance which will add to production costs everywhere. We’ll all be watching closely …



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NEWS STORIES
New trial for Clark’s Quinn
WASHINGTON, DC, United States

Citing a serious government prosecutorial misstep, a judge indicated his intention to order a new trial for Robert E Quinn, a former executive of Clark Material Handling Co. The ruling prompted an exchange between Quinn’s attorney and the company.

Judge John D Bates decided that the prosecution improperly withheld critical information “unfairly prejudicing Quinn in the presentation of his defence.” Bates, who serves in Washington on the federal court for the District of Columbia, filed a 36-page opinion on 29 February.

With the verdict overturned and their case impugned, prosecutors in the US Department of Justice national security section must decide whether to retry Quinn or drop the litigation.

Quinn’s attorney blamed Clark of Lexington, Kentucky, for his client’s woes, and, in turn, the Clark chief executive officer defended the company’s actions.

“Basically, Clark sent Bob Quinn out there unprepared,” Aitan Dror Goelman tells Forkliftaction.com News. “The legal department at Clark should have made sure people were educated” about what is, and is not, permissible under US export control laws.

A district court jury heard evidence during an eight-day trial and convicted Quinn in December 2005 of conspiracy and five counts of violating the US trade embargo with Iran (Forkliftaction.com News #239). Quinn was sentenced to 39 months in prison and fined USD6,600, but he has remained free pending a resolution of his appeal.

Clark forklift parts, worth about USD32,000, were shipped through a trading firm in the United Arab Emirates and then illegally forwarded to a forklift truck manufacturing and distribution firm in Iran. Iranian seizure of the US embassy in Tehran in November 1979 led the US to impose the embargo.

Bates said the government withheld the fact that Quinn’s boss had lied to agents and prosecutors in saying he warned Quinn not to make indirect shipments to Iran.

The supervisor, David S C Tatum, pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to federal agents and was fined USD5,000 and sentenced to one year of probation and 50 hours of community service (Forkliftaction.com News #272).

US Department of Commerce agents searched the Clark facility in December 2004 and confiscated evidence including emails and other records. After the raid, Clark management had “no choice but to co-operate with the government,” says Goelman, a partner with the Washington-based law firm of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP.

“The expendable guy was Bob Quinn,” says Goelman. “Mr. Tatum told Bob Quinn that it was a way to conduct business, but it is clear from the documents that the government was relying on something that was not true.”

As the case developed, there was “a confluence of interests between the government (prosecutors) and the powers at Clark,” Goelman says. “Judge Bates’ decision shows that individuals are not powerless.”

Dennis Lawrence, Clark Material Handling president and CEO, has responded to Goelman’s comments, saying “Clark was not on trial in the government’s successful case against Mr. Quinn for violating the U.S. trade embargo with Iran”. Clark does not in any way condone or tolerate violations of the law and is committed to rigorous standards of compliance and training as well, he says.

Clark has had a long-standing mandatory compliance program that “it expected and required all employees at every level, wherever located, to adhere to”, he adds.  

“While Clark supported Mr. Quinn and others throughout the government’s investigation and prosecution of this case, it co-operated fully with the United States in this matter. Clark understands that this has been a difficult and trying period for Mr. Quinn and his family; however, Clark is committed to observing all laws and expects that all of its employees will uphold this commitment.”


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Uncertain US economy affects companies’ Q4 results
WEST BEND, WI and CLEVELAND, OH, United States

Two US materials handling companies have reported reduced earnings and sales for the fourth quarter of 2007 as a result of the uncertain domestic economic environment.

Gehl Company’s net sales for the quarter ended 31 December 2007 were USD102.2 million, 1% lower from the 2006 fourth quarter result of USD103.6 million. Gehl’s telehandler retail demand declined 16% in the fourth quarter compared to an industry-wide market decline of over 24%.

William Gehl, company CEO, says the company’s performance in “difficult domestic markets” was offset by its continued market share gains. Strong agricultural markets and growth of the company’s international distribution footprint were also credited with partially offsetting the impact of the weaker North American construction activity and lower capital investments by equipment rental companies.

Net sales for Gehl Company decreased 6% from USD486.2 million in 2006 to USD457.6 million in 2007. Sales outside the US were USD131 million or 29% of the company’s sales, increasing 31% over 2006.

Gehl Company said industry retail demand in North America for telehandlers was 28% lower than in 2006 but the company’s market share gains resulted in its telehandler retail performance decreasing by 9% only.

Gehl says the company does not anticipate North American housing conditions to improve significantly in 2008. International markets are expected to grow while current forecasts anticipate the North American compact equipment markets will decline between 10% and 30% in 2008.

Meanwhile, Nacco Industries Inc, a producer of forklifts, small appliances and coal, reported its fourth-quarter earnings fell 26% from the 2006 corresponding period.

Crain’s Cleveland Business reported Nacco earned USD51.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2007 compared to USD70 million in the like period of 2006. However, for the full year of 2007, revenue rose about 8% from USD3.3 billion in 2006 to USD3.6 billion.

Nacco says the economic environment “appears very uncertain” for its small appliances and forklift market.

“Key improvement programs continue to be implemented [for Nacco Materials Handling Group]. However, these programs will incur significant costs in 2008,” the company says, adding it expects to be impacted by the weakening US dollar.

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BITA: 2008 a challenging but rewarding year
SUNNINGHILL, United Kingdom

The UK forklift market grew by 3.5% with just over 31,000 units sold in the 2007 calendar year.

According to data from the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA), 2007 was the fourth consecutive year in which over 30,000 forklifts were ordered from UK suppliers. (2004: 32,213; 2005: 31,137; 2006: 30,111)

Orders for low-level order pickers increased the most, 25% over 2006 with 2,200 orders placed. The number of internal combustion engine counterbalanced forklifts rose 2.3% to 10,930 units while warehouse truck sales grew 4.9% to 14,229 units.

However, the market volume increase was not across the board and sales of several truck types fell.

Orders for reach trucks fell 7% to 3,038 units while orders for powered pallet trucks fell 8.7% to 5,800 units. While reach trucks and pallet trucks make up 40% of the UK’s total forklift sales for 2007, BITA notes that 2006 was a record year for the overall market and “comparisons may not be indicative of the overall market”.

BITA secretary general James Clark says it is difficult to predict the strength of the 2008 UK forklift market as “business confidence in some sectors is not as strong” as before.

“However, the market has shown a good degree of resilience over recent years. Although BITA expects 2008 to be a challenging year for its members, we expect it to be another rewarding year.”

Details of UK orders and deliveries are reported every month by members of BITA’s Truck Suppliers’ Group using exclusive computer software. All contributing members receive aggregated monthly and year-to-date figures on a confidential basis.

Twenty-four UK-based companies provided data for the 2007 statistics. Of this number, four manufacture in the UK while the rest import mainly from Europe, Japan, Korea and China.

BITA represents 82 forklift manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and media operating in the UK. As a member of the British Materials Handling Foundation, it is allied with the Fédération Européenne de la Manutention.

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Barloworld benefits from business boom
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa

Barloworld’s equipment division recorded strong growth for financial year 2007, posting a 44% jump in revenue to ZAR16,755 million (USD2,117 million) and a 62% increase in operating profit to ZAR1,584 million (USD200 million).

Thuli Senosi from Barloworld Corporate Affairs says the unprecedented growth in South Africa’s construction business and the global mining boom have boosted the company’s results.

Global demand has resulted in extended lead times and Barloworld chairman Dumisa Ntsebeza said at the company AGM on 25 January that Barloworld is working with Caterpillar to meet delivery dates: “The order book remains high and we expect the strong performance to continue for this financial year.”

In Iberia, Barloworld expects demand for construction equipment for infrastructure to balance the cooling off in the housing sector. Revenue for the Siberian business is growing while the Portuguese market saw a “slight improvement” with an increase in tenders awarded.

Barloworld Equipment supplies Caterpillar equipment to the mining, construction, marine, electrical power generation and other industries in southern Africa, Siberia, Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Sao Tomé and Principé. Customers in Portugal also have access to Mitsubishi forklifts.

Ntsebeza said the handling business in the US is slowing down, forklift sales in South Africa will be lower than in 2006 because of increased interest rates, but the UK and European businesses are showing steady profit growth.

Barloworld Handling supplies Hyster forklifts to south east US, Europe and South Africa. From October 2007, the division included the group’s agriculture business distributing the Massey Ferguson, Claas and Geringhoff brands in South Africa.

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Talley’s fined over poisoning
MOTUEKA, New Zealand

Talley’s Frozen Foods Ltd has been fined NZ110,000 (USD88,770) for failing to keep its employees safe.

The company was found guilty of failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the employees were not exposed to carbon monoxide fumes when an LPG forklift was used inside its factory on 19 June 2006.

Talley’s was found guilty on all 11 charges and was fined NZD10,000 (USD8,877) on each. It was also ordered to pay reparations of NZD3,000 (USD2,421) to each of the 11 victims.

According to the New Zealand Department of Labour, the fine is one of the highest ever imposed under the Health and Safety in Employment Act.
Andrew Annakin, deputy secretary of the Department of Labour, says the fines and reparations reflect the seriousness of the circumstances of the case.

“This case is a reminder of the dangers of using LPG forklifts which can produce potentially fatal carbon monoxide gases in confine spaces. The department welcomes the court’s decision and encourages all employers to check the safety of their LPG forklift practice,” he says.

Talley’s personnel manager Greg Cox told Marlborough Express the fines were excessive. The company acknowledged the incident but denied responsibility saying workers had overlooked safety procedures prohibiting long-term, indoor use of the LPG forklift.

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Ritchie Bros bumper auction
ORLANDO, FL, United States

Nearly 500 forklifts were sold to bidders from around the world during Ritchie Bros Auctioneers’ largest auction in its 50-year history last month.

From 19 to 23 February, about 6,200 lots were sold for total gross auction proceeds exceeding USD190 million at Ritchie Bros’ permanent auction site in Orlando, Florida. The auction surpassed the company’s previous record – a USD172 million auction at the same site in February 2007.

Gary Seybold, Ritchie Bros’ regional manager, says the company achieved “strong results” on the forklifts and telehandlers sold in the auction.

“In my 30 years’ experience, the bigger the sale, and the more bidders you attract, the better the prices you are able to achieve.”

Ring Power Corp sold several late-model telescopic forklifts, mostly from the company’s rental fleet at the auction.

Paul Twigg, Ring Power’s CAT Rental Store used equipment manager, says the dealer is pleased with the prices it got for its telehandlers.

“At this point, it is very much a global market and Ritchie Bros has taken a lead role in achieving that. The bidding audience they bring to their auctions is second to none. The internet bidding service is excellent. We use it ourselves to buy equipment at auctions all around the world.”

Jacksonville, Florida-based Ring Power Corp, one of the largest Caterpillar equipment dealers in southeastern USA, consigned over 140 items in the auction. It is historically the primary consignor at Ritchie Bros’ February Orlando auctions, having sent over USD270 million of equipment to the auctions for the past 20 years.

The forklifts were sold to people from all over the world who bidded on site and online. There were over 550 consignors at the auction including dozens selling forklifts. Forklift consignors were a mixture of dealers and end-users.

Equipment sold in the five-day auction included 290 telescopic forklifts, 180 forklifts, over 70 cranes, 230 boom lifts, 90 scissor lifts, 180 articulated dump trucks, 340 hydraulic excavators and 290 wheel loaders.

Over 6,000 people from 71 countries including all US states and Canadian provinces and territories, registered to bid in the auction on site or online. Nearly USD159 million of equipment was sold to buyers from outside Florida state while over USD68 million of equipment was sold to overseas bidders.

Internet bidders using Ritchie Bros’ internet bidding service, rbauctionBid-Live, were winner or runner up on 30% of the lots available online, purchasing nearly USD30 million of equipment. Over 2,000 people registered to bid over the internet.

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Tacoma adds to straddle carrier fleet
STOCKHOLM, Sweden

Kalmar Industries will supply the Port of Tacoma on the US west coast with seven CSC 350 straddle carriers for the port’s on-dock intermodal rail operations.

The straddle carriers, which have a 40-tonne single lift capability, will be engineered to stack containers three-high. They will be used to load and unload double-stack container cars at Tacoma’s on-dock rail facility.

Kalmar Americas president Leif Walin says the new order will add to the existing fleet of 26 Kalmar straddle carriers at the port.

“The new machines, which will replace five older straddle carriers, are ideally suited to demanding operating conditions found at intermodal rail terminals,” Walin says.

Bryon Boerner, the port’s electronics technology manager, says that the straddle carriers have proven to be reliable.

“The CSC machine has a robust frame that we feel stands up to the rough service of rail yards.”

Kalmar has been supplying straddle carriers to the Port of Tacoma since 1986. According to the supplier, Tacoma is the world’s first on-dock rail operation to use only straddle carriers, and Kalmar and the port authority jointly produced the world’s first straddle carrier operator training video.

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Forkliftaction.com Launches Improved Search System

The industry information you need is at your fingertips now more than ever, with the launch of Forkliftaction.com's improved search functionality this week.

To use this upgraded feature, type your word into the search field in the orange bar at the top of every page. Your ordered results will be drawn from all parts of the web portal, including News, Business Directory, Marketplace, Discussion Forums and Spec-Checker.

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Yale Europe overhauls GEFCO fleet
FLEET, United Kingdom

Peugeot Citroen Group division GEFCO’s UK operating centres have taken delivery of 40 Yale Veracitor internal combustion and electric counterbalanced forklifts and powered pedestrian pallet trucks.

GEFCO’s UK logistics manager, Andrew Hill, says about 36 manufacturing companies worldwide are supplied from GEFCO’s supply division’s UK headquarters in Coventry and 90% of them consider the timing of deliveries as critical to their operations’ success. The clients’ contracts allow them to penalise GEFCO if the deliveries are late.

“Our in-line sequencing service involves supplying parts directly to the manufacturers’ product line,” Hill explains. “If a part is not there on time, the entire production process could stop.”

At the 20-acre (80,937-m²) Coventry site, a fleet of two-tonne LPG Yale Veracitor counterbalanced forklifts unload incoming trailers and deliver palletised loads to a marshalling area from where they are picked up and packed in the racking by reach trucks.

Besides the racked storage area that holds up to 30,000 pallets, the site has a bulk store area where 4,000 to 8,000 stillages containing awkwardly shaped items like windscreens, engine parts and complete motorbikes are block-stacked.

When goods arrive, lorry drivers report to the gatehouse where they are validated and issued a time slot before reversing into one of 20 loading dock bays. The Yale Veracitor forklifts drive to the lorries and remove the pallet loads.

Hill says GEFCO was operating 2.5 tonne Toyota counterbalanced forklifts at all of its sites before switching to Yale. The bigger machines often damaged the curtainsiders delivering to the various sites and caused problems for the operators.

“The 2.5 tonne trucks that we had been operating were designed in such a way that our forklift operators had difficulty seeing the entry point of the pallets when working in a lorry.

“We often had to dedicate a worker to stand inside the delivery vehicle and issue instructions to help guide the truck’s forks into the pallet,” he says.

The Veracitor GLP20SVX’s smaller capacity and shorter wheelbase removed these problems.

Hill says Yale Europe Materials Handling completely overhauled GEFCO’s fleet, resulting in cost savings.

“At certain sites, we have been able to reduce the number of trucks in operation … while at others, the introduction of, for example, 3.5 tonne counterbalanced trucks with extended forks to handle unusually shaped stillages has made a big difference to our efficiency.”

The fleet is supplied on a five-year contract with a full service and maintenance agreement.

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Auto parts maker fined CAD60,000
BRAMPTON, Canada

A parts maker for the automobile industry was fined CAD60,000 (USD60,808) in the Ontario Court of Justice after two workers were injured when one was working at height.

Irving Andre, the Justice of Peace, heard that on 20 June 2006, a worker at DDM Plastics Company’s Mississauga location was told to stand on a mobile ladder to manually remove and lower bumpers from a storage rack.

Andre heard that this was normally achieved using a reach truck where the worker would be raised and lowered on a platform and be secured by a fall-arrest system. However, the company’s reach truck had mechanical problems that day.

When the worker on the ladder tried to pass a bumper to his co-worker below, the ladder tipped and both workers fell to the floor, suffering injuries.

DDM Plastics pleaded guilty to failing as an employer “to ensure that materials, articles or things to be removed from a storage area, pile or rack, were removed in a way that would not endanger a worker’s safety”.

The court also imposed a 25% victim fine surcharge on the total in accordance with the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

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“Pimp My Lift” attracts new marketing opportunity
TORONTO, Canada

Masterlift’s “Pimp My Lift” advertising campaign has attracted media attention and now a cross-branding opportunity with a popular Canadian performer (Forkliftaction.com News #319).

Company president Greg Wilson says Choclair, a hip hop singer who has won four Juno awards (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys), has approached Masterlift to partner on several projects, one of them “The Choclair Experience”.

Choclair says he is excited to work with Masterlift.

“Having grown up around blue-collar workers and forklifts, there’s this ‘cool’ factor surrounding the brand and it speaks to the audience I’m reaching too.”

Wilson adds: “The crowd that attends these concerts is generally in their 20s and 30s and therefore fit the forklift operator demographic which is one of the demographics that our brands speak to.”

Starting on 27 February in Whistler, British Columbia, Choclair and other Canadian hip hop and rap performers will go on a 28-city tour that will end on 12 April in Fredericton, New Brunswick. During the tour, a modified Masterlift forklift will take to the stage, where the deejay will place his turntables on a pallet on the forks and models will dance to Choclair’s performance.

Both parties are also collaborating on a combined “Pimp My Lift” and “Choclair Experience” clothing line.

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New branding for JLG services
McCONNELLSBURG, PA, United States

JLG Industries has announced that “Ground Support” will be the new umbrella brand for its parts, training, used equipment sales, reconditioning, repair and maintenance services, financing and technical support services.

Craig Paylor, JLG president, says the new brand reflects the full scope of the company’s customer offerings and is a “unifying concept” for all its team members in the way its customers are treated.

The rebranding of all of JLG’s used machine products and services have resulted in the renaming of several JLG service offerings.

JLG Aftermarkets Plus replaces Parts Plus; JLG Training replaces Training Plus; JLG Financial Solutions replaces Access Financial Solutions; and JLG becomes the name for service centres, replacing ServicePlus.

Linde AG posts double-digit growth
MUNICH, Germany

The Linde Group’s sales grew 13.9% from EUR10.803 billion (USD16.415 billion) to EUR12.306 billion (USD18.699 billion) in its first year after the acquisition of its British competitor, BOC.

For financial year 2007, operating profit rose 18.1% to EUR2.424 billion (USD3.683 billion) while earnings before taxes jumped from EUR363 million (USD552 million) to EUR1.375 billion (USD2.089 billion).

The group sold its forklift division at the end of 2006 to focus on its gases business (Forkliftaction.com News #285).

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Fork in the road for United Equipment and Powerlift
Australia

Australia’s importer and distributor of Nissan forklifts, Powerlift (Nissan) will boost its services to forklift users in Greater Melbourne, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Powerlift CEO Kim Campbell says the company’s expansion plans involve changes to existing distribution arrangements and growing its branch network.

“In Darwin, we are appointing a new dealer, while in Melbourne and Western Australia, we are opening new branches to provide Powerlift’s high standard of service direct to all forklift users in these areas.”

Powerlift Melbourne’s existing Mulgrave branch and Nissan Forklift dealers have been servicing forklifts in Melbourne for over 30 years. The additional branch will achieve wider coverage and quicker response times for customers in the Greater Melbourne area.

“Customers will be able to purchase or rent Nissan forklifts directly from Powerlift (Nissan) Pty Ltd and existing owners will benefit from quick and direct service from the importer and national parts distributor, without the middle man,” says Campbell.

Campbell adds that transition arrangements had been made with United Equipment (the former Nissan dealer for East Melbourne) to prevent any potential disruption to customers, operations in the short term.

Meanwhile, the Perth-based materials handling and access equipment supplier which relinquished the Nissan distributor role, United Equipment, has added Caterpillar forklifts to its range of products.

The company, which has branches in Western Australia, Victoria, Northern Territory and New South Wales, also intends expanding its operations into Queensland and South Australia within the next six months.

CEO David Maxwell tells Forkliftaction.com News that although the company has made the decision to relinquish its exclusive dealer agreement with Nissan, it is well equipped to continue to support and service its existing customers.

The company offers a diverse range of products nationally including Caterpillar, Nichiyu and Dalian forklifts; Konecrane’s (SMV) container handlers; and JLG’s access equipment and telehandlers.

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Biggest reach stacker in NZ
AUCKLAND, New Zealand

Ports of Auckland has taken delivery of the biggest reach stacker in New Zealand, supplied by Hyster agent Gough’s Forklifts.

The new reach stacker, which went into service at Axis Rail this week, is part of the port’s ongoing investment in capacity and capability. The machine has a slightly higher lifting capacity than the existing reach stacker at 46 tonnes and, more importantly, a wheel base design that allows for heavier lifts for second-row loads – a real benefit when working across Ports of Auckland’s four parallel rail lines.

Despite its size, the design also aids productivity and safety with optimal manoeuvrability and great visibility from the new ergonomic operator cabin.

Also this week, 10 new straddles became fully operational at the port, having been assembled on site for the past two months.  Supplied by Noell in Wurzburg, Germany, the straddle carriers cost an estimated NZ$15.8 million.

Being dual diesel-electric, the new straddles are more eco-friendly and emit 90% less exhaust, use 20% less fuel and make less noise than the older diesel-only models.  They can also be used as back-up generators in the event of a power failure, providing power for up to 10 refrigerated containers.

With this latest addition, the port now has a fleet of 44 straddle carriers, with 35 being diesel-electric machines.

Approximately 770,000 TEUs are handled by the port each year.

The fleet upgrade, including more than 30 new straddle carriers since late 2006, will convert the port’s straddle fleet to heavy-lift capability (45-tonne single lift and 60-tonne twin lift), making them more compatible with the 60- to 65-tonne twin-lift capable cranes.

In December 2006, Ports of Auckland took delivery of three new Noell container gantry cranes for the Axis Fergusson container terminal.  The Port now offers New Zealand's best crane intensity, with eight cranes across two container terminals.

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A tree for every forklift
Australia

Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) is celebrating its 40th anniversary of supplying industrial equipment in Australia by planting a tree for every engine-powered forklift it delivers throughout 2008.

On current sales trends, the commitment will see up to 3 000 trees planted on behalf of the company by not-for-profit organisation Greenfleet.

As a fully owned subsidiary of a global forklift company, TMHA distributes the Toyota Industrial Equipment, BT Lift Truck and Raymond Forklift brands.

According to TMHA president Steve Harper, the company contributes to the curbing of global warming by actively working to reduce energy consumption and the output of greenhouse gases through the entire lifecycle of its products, services and production activities.

“Toyota manufacturing techniques are acknowledged as world’s best practice, not just because of the quality of what they produce, but because of the efficient use they make of raw materials and the high level of recycling achieved,” says Harper.

“For example Toyota’s advanced 8-Series forklift models are a major contributor to our current success and it’s no coincidence that they are amongst the world’s cleanest forklifts and the factories which produce them are world leaders in greenhouse gas abatement programs.

“Even at the end of their working lives, Toyota 8-Series forklifts can make a useful environmental contribution. They are 99% recyclable and, just as importantly, designed to make it easy for recyclable materials to be reclaimed.”

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IronPlanet's next Australian online auction
Australia

Online auction company IronPlanet will hold its second auction in Australia on 13 March.

“Having successfully completed our first online auction (on) 14 February, we are excited to continue delivering monthly auctions to the Australian market,” says IronPlanet Australia managing director Graeme McPherson.  “IronPlanet’s frequent auctions allow sellers to turn their equipment to cash faster.”

The company’s first Australian auction attracted over 11,000 auction visitors from auction preview through auction day.  

A preliminary sample of the equipment includes aerial work platforms, air compressors, compactors, dozers, engines, excavators, farm equipment, forklifts, graders, light towers, loaders, pumps, trucks, skid-steers, tools and welders.

Equipment to be sold at the auction has come from dealers, contractors and hire and rental companies across Australia.

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CHEP reduces risks to forklift drivers
HAWTHORN, Victoria, Australia

An automated pallet wrapping system from pallet supplier CHEP has improved the safety of forklift drivers.

CHEP pallet customer Pacific Brands, which manufactures, sources and delivers more than 160 000 different products, implemented the CHEPStretch system at its Australian distribution centres.

Not only did the system improve the safety and productivity of its forklift drivers, it also reduced the company’s capital outlay, maintenance costs and wrapping costs.

Explains Pacific Brands project manager Gabriel Sekias, “In some distribution centres, employees had to climb out of their forklifts to activate the wrapping machines, becoming exposed to the potential risk of injury from other forklift drivers.

“Since the installation of the CHEPStretch machines, forklift drivers no longer have to leave their vehicles. They deposit the pallet, activate the wrapping machine, and drive away to collect another. This has increased productivity and reduced a significant workplace hazard.”

He adds that CHEP’s preventative maintenance program minimises downtime for any repairs, and the volume of wrap required has been significantly reduced by replacing the old, inefficient machines.

The system includes the wrapping machines themselves, a high quality pre-stretch film, and preventative maintenance. The machines range from simple semi-automatics to fully automatic machines that automate the whole wrapping process.

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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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EMC double the competition (free footy tipping comp)!

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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Forklift website attracts global advertiser

Global forklift manufacturer Atlet has embarked on a substantial online marketing campaign, using Australian-based industry portal www.forkliftaction.com.

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PRODUCT WATCH
HYTSU will release NEW PRODUCT at MATEX 08 to meet the world market

Hytsu Group, a recognized manufacturer in the material handling equipment, will bring a new technology product to MATEX SHOW: the FE18S 4-wheel Electric Forklift.

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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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Silent Nights - with the Yale MP16S Low Noise Pallet Truck

Yale releases its new MP16S Low Noise powered pallet truck which features a patented triple wheel design and noise reduction measures.

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FORK TALK
AEM holds product safety and product liability seminars
MILWAUKEE, WI, United States

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) will conduct its annual product safety seminar from 21 April to 23 April in Dallas, Texas, followed by the annual product liability seminar on 24 April.

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INDUSTRY PROFILES
Alex Nelson, RTITB
TELFORD, United Kingdom

Alex Nelson started working for the Road Transport Industry Training Board (RTITB), then a statutory training organisation funded by an employer levy, in 1977. He was a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) mechanic, planning to get some bus and coach technical experience for one year before starting his own repair business. Today, Nelson is managing director of RTITB Ltd, leading a team of 24 staff members dedicated to improving training standards and safety among forklift and mechanical equipment users.

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Upcoming Events

1. ICHCA International Biennial Conference 2008
Busan, Korea, South
28-30 May 2008

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3. National Manufacturing Week (NMW) 2008
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Forklift safety in warehouses
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Materials Handling in the Benelux
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Straddle Carriers
June
Attachments: clamps
July
ICE forklifts - trends
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The forklift market in Australia
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Batteries and chargers
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Pallet stackers
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