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This is issue #355 - 10 April 2008 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
“EPA offers USD50M to clean up engines”

INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION.COM

NEWS
Kion wants to expand through acquisitions
Barloworld buys Hong Kong-based Flynt
Northern Bear adds forklift business to portfolio
Narrow Aisle’s global contract with Bosch
USD50M available to clean up diesel engines
Fuel Systems Solutions converts Hyundai forklift engine
Bridgestone Firestone creates all-hydrogen fleet
Ballard supplies IdaTech fuel cell stacks
Green theme at NA 2008
Sample of used equipment for sale
North Carolina student wins AEM’s inaugural scholarship
Owner finds stolen forklift with family’s help
Movers & Shakers

LOCAL NEWS
Predator may become prey
FTA between NZ and China but union is unhappy
Accolade for Queensland branch
Logistics pavilion at NMW
NZ freight transport summit
Forklift driver tried to strangle wife

MEDIA RELEASES
SINOLIFT For Material Handling
Only ONE WEEK to the start of Logistics China
TAILIFT will be participating CeMAT Hanover, Germany 2008

PRODUCT WATCH
Aerial Lift Replacement Parts
Mobile Stackers
Linde PureMotion is our answer to environmental and health issues.

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Genuine Kalmar Reachstacker Parts Clearance
Clearance Sale! Massive wholesale clearance of Hyster used equipment.
Remote control forklifts for sale at Matex!

FORK TALK: Forklift tip-overs feature in national conference

SAFETY FIRST: Dave Hoover: Have you checked out your training program?



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A few of our advertisers have been targeted in a scam currently under way on the Internet. The emails are part of a spike in web-based scams involving expensive items being purchased outside their country of sale (in this case, the buyer claims to be in Dubai) and are designed to target the sellers’ banking and wire transfer details. While we go to great lengths to prevent fraud and protect all our members, unfortunately, Internet fraudsters are always on the look-out for opportunities and we urge all visitors to be vigilant. No system can ever be totally scam-proof, so we remind buyers and sellers of the key rule of Internet (and probably all other) business: It it’s too good to be true, it isn’t! Until next time, take care



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NEWS STORIES
Kion wants to expand through acquisitions
WIESBADEN, Germany

Kion Group is looking for acquisition opportunities in the mid- to low-end forklift market to further expand its business.

Kion’s CEO designate Gordon Riske told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that Kion, acquired by KKR and Goldman Sachs from Linde for EUR4 billion (USD6.3 billion) in 2006, wants to be the leader in the forklift industry (Forkliftaction.com News #285).

He explained that Kion is ahead of plan in its debt redemption and that KKR and Goldman will be ready to make acquisitions when the right opportunity came.

“We want to buy above all in the middle and lower price brackets, where we are represented with OM,” Riske said.

Michael Hauger, Kion’s head of communications, tells Forkliftaction.com News that an acquisition could mean the addition of a new forklift brand.

“[But] Kion will not change its highly successful multi-brand strategy [that] currently comprises three brands Linde, Still and OM. There could be reasons to add to one or the other brand.”

Hauger won’t comment on the geographical location of potential acquisition targets but reiterates the importance of Asia and US for the European-based forklift business.

“Asia, of course, is one of the important growth markets. In China, we are well positioned with a 100%-owned factory and R&D activities. [And] Linde Material Handling will introduce completely new trucks developed for the US market,” he says.

Linde Material Handling announced last month that it was investing EUR21 million (USD33.1 million) in its heavy forklift business (Forkliftaction.com News #352).

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Barloworld buys Hong Kong-based Flynt
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa

Barloworld Logistics has acquired Hong Kong-based logistics company Flynt International for USD13 million.

Flynt is a private company that has been operating since 1980. It employs over 130 people, with the majority based in Hong Kong. Other regional offices are located in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

The purchase price is subject to final adjustment based on profit and other warranties to be received.

Warren Erfmann, Barloworld Logistics CEO for Middle East and Asia, says Flynt is one of the top privately held freight forwarders in Hong Kong.

“By combining Flynt and Swift activities in the region, we will significantly enhance our ability to provide supply chain solutions to customers in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.”

Barloworld announced last month it had bought Dubai-based logistics company Swift Group and its affiliates for USD70 million (Forkliftaction.com News #354).

Paul Stuiver, Barloworld Logistics CEO, says the acquisition forms another link in providing multimodal solutions in the global logistics arena.

Barloworld Logistics is the supply chain management subsidiary of industrial multinational company Barloworld. Barloworld Handling, another subsidiary, is a Hyster forklift distributor.

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  • 3 x 2000 models, 3 x 2001 models, one 2002
  • Hour meter readings are 6000 to 10,000.
  • Five units located East Coast port, two on West Coast at an export terminal.
Price:  $225,000.00 USD (each).

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Northern Bear adds forklift business to portfolio
CHESTER-LE-STREET, United Kingdom

Northern Bear plc, a building supplies and services company, has diversified its business with the acquisition of A1 Trucks and DJ McGough for GBP6.72 million (USD13.2 million).

A1 Trucks of Newcastle was established in 1983. It sells, leases, rents and maintains a fleet of about 400 forklifts. For the 12 months ended 30 April 2007, A1 Trucks had a turnover of GBP3.31 million (USD6.5 million) and pre-tax profit of GBP789,080 (USD1.6 million).

DJ McGough is a commercial and industrial plumbing, heating and mechanical services company established in 1988, with annual revenue of about GBP2.7 million (USD5.3 million).

According to The Journal, Northern Bear chose the established and profitable businesses to diversify from the new-build housing market and to insulate itself against the downturn in that sector.

The company’s finance director, David Jay, told the Newcastle paper that the housing market will bounce back in the future and Northern Bear wants to be “in a good position when it does come back”.

Northern Bear paid GBP4.67 million (USD9.2 million) for A1 Trucks, and founders Derek Wymes and Graeme Tennick will remain with the company.

“We will continue to look at businesses with strong cash flow and strong management,” says Jay.

Northern Bear was established in 2006 and, according to its website, has a market capitalisation of GBP18.5 million. Its investment strategy is to grow “by acquiring well established, cash-generative buildings services businesses based in Northern England”.

In 2007, the company acquired five businesses Jennings Roofing (November), Hastie D Burton (June), Chirmarn Surveying and Chirmarn (both in May) and MGM (February).

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Narrow Aisle’s global contract with Bosch
TIPTON, United Kingdom

Narrow Aisle Inc has signed an agreement to supply Bosch with over 20 articulated forklifts at four locations around the world.

John Maguire, Narrow Aisle’s sales and marketing director, says the contract was won after Bosch and Narrow Aisle technical staff co-operated to produce a detailed computer simulation of Bosch’s internal warehouse operation. The simulation highlighted the benefits of using the Flexi articulated truck.

The forklifts are working at Bosch locations around the UK and will be used at the Bosch facility in Hunan, China. Maguire says Bosch is also interested to use the trucks in locations throughout Europe.

The forklift fleet is supported by Narrow Aisle’s global authorised dealer network.

“Obviously, companies like Bosch that operate their truck fleets on a global basis only deal with forklift suppliers who can provide well organised after-sales service and parts support worldwide,” Maguire says, adding that Narrow Aisle has invested over 15 years developing a quality service authorised dealer network across the globe.

The Bosch fleet includes the Flexi G4 truck that was launched in September 2006. The forklift won the 2007 British Materials Handling Federation Safety Award.

The value of the contract is not disclosed.

Flexi trucks for the European market are designed and built at Narrow Aisle’s UK manufacturing facility while the company has a Taiwanese partner that produces the trucks for the Americas and the Asia Pacific region. Over half of the components used in the Taiwanese forklift assembly are sourced from Europe, Maguire says.

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USD50M available to clean up diesel engines
WASHINGTON, DC, United States

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making USD50 million in grant funding available to establish clean diesel projects to reduce emissions from existing diesel engines.

Authorised by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the fund will be administered by EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) and a network of seven collaboratives made up of EPA regional offices and public and private sector partners.

Stephen L Johnson, EPA administrator, says air in the US is cleaner today than a generation ago under the leadership of President George Bush.

“By encouraging innovations in existing diesel engines, EPA is driving the nation toward a clean, healthy and productive tomorrow,” says Johnson.

EPA says that if its stringent particulate and nitrogen oxide standards are fully implemented, over 20,000 premature deaths will be avoided and over USD150 billion in public health benefits can be saved.

The funding is aimed at reducing emissions from the existing fleet of 11 million diesel engines that pre-date the standards. “Addressing the existing fleet is important because diesels remain in use for decades,” EPA says in a statement.

State, local, regional and tribal governments as well as non-profit organisations and institutions with transportation, educational services and air quality responsibilities can apply for the grants.

EPA is targeting school or transit buses, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, marine engines, locomotives and non-road engines. Grant recipients can use a variety of cost-effective emission reduction strategies like EPA-verified retrofit and idle-reduction technologies, EPA-certified engine upgrades, vehicle or equipment replacements, cleaner fuels and creation of innovative clean diesel financing programs.

NCDC uses an incentive-based approach to achieve environmental results. According to EPA, over 400,000 existing diesel engines have been retrofitted during the campaign’s first few years, cutting harmful emissions by nearly 300,000 tons.

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Fuel Systems Solutions converts Hyundai forklift engine
SANTA ANA, CA, United States

Fuel Systems Solutions Inc has expanded its forklift business with a new contract to convert Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd’s 2.0 litre internal combustion engines to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

The engines that are used in Hyundai forklifts have been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. The forklifts will be imported and sold to US customers.

Fuel Systems Solutions will supervise engine conversions performed at Hyundai’s original equipment manufacturing facilities in South Korea.

The terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Mariano Costamagna, Fuel Systems Solutions’ CEO, says the addition of Hyundai as a customer demonstrates the company’s success in leveraging its industry position and technology in the gaseous fuels market.

Fuel Systems Solutions is also introducing a 2008 low emissions fuel system using General Motor’s 3.0 litre engine for off-highway industrial applications. It is certified to operate at emissions levels that approach Tier 4 standards that take effect in January 2010.

Fuel Systems Solutions is a holding company comprising of the operating subsidiaries IMPCO Technologies and BRC Gas Equipment. IMPCO designs, manufactures and supplies products and systems enabling internal combustion engines to run on clean burning gaseous fuels. BRC produces systems for converting vehicles to gaseous fuel.

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Bridgestone Firestone creates all-hydrogen fleet
AIKEN COUNTY, SC, United States

The Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC (BFNT) plant in Aiken County, South Carolina, is exchanging its electric forklifts for fuel cell-powered forklifts.

This year, the plant will exchange 23 forklifts and in 2009, another 20, to create an all-hydrogen fleet.  BFNT officials and representatives from the Economic Development Partnership of South Carolina unveiled the new “green-powered” forklift fleet and announced the installation of a hydrogen fuel pump across from the plant for use by BFNT and other businesses last week.

Mike Rose, the plant manager, says the company is “very excited” about the green initiative.

“This is a natural step for a technology-focused company like Bridgestone We’re proud to be among the first in the neighbourhood to use this green, clean fuel in our material movers.”

The passenger and light truck tyre plant started using fuel cells during a prototype fuel cell project with Plug Power, formerly General Hydrogen, in January 2007.

The project is expanding on BFNT’s success using hydrogen fuel cells to run industrial vehicles at other facilities. From its experience, BFNT found that hydrogen-powered vehicles run two to three times longer on a hydrogen fuel cell and take a quarter of the time to refuel compared to battery-powered forklifts.

Fred Humes, director of the Economic Development Partnership, praises Bridgestone Firestone’s commitment to using alternative energy, calling it a “true testament” to the company’s dedication to the environment and its community.

“The use of alternative energy sources like hydrogen fuel cells is key to our state’s economic future,” says Humes, who is also the founding chairman of the South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance’s board of directors.

The Aiken County plant has a history of implementing environmental initiatives including an on-site wildlife habitat and nature education area certified by the international Wildlife Habitat Council. The plant has also received environmental awards for pollution prevention and environmental stewardship. It is a charter member of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Performance Track program.

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Clearance Sale! Massive wholesale clearance of Hyster used equipment.

Hyster Used Equipment - battery electric forklifts and other warehouse machines.  Gough Forklifts is the New Zealand Distributor for Hyster. We have a number of surplus, used battery electric warehouse machines to clear from our fleet. These machines are serviceable and have been maintained by us. Condition varies with age and hours but the prices are brilliant.  The range includes:
Forklifts - Hyster models E3.00XM, E50XM, E60Z, E65xm, E70XL, J1.75DX, J2.50DX, J2.50EX, J2.50XM, J40XMT
Order Pickers Hyster models K1.0L
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Ballard supplies IdaTech fuel cell stacks
VANCOUVER, Canada

Ballard Power Systems will provide its Mark 1020 ACS fuel cell product to be integrated into IdaTech plc’s 250 watt iGen power supply under a three-year agreement.

Ida Tech’s next-generation 250 watt iGen fuel cell power supply is designed as an auxiliary power unit for applications that could potentially include recreational vehicles and telecommunications backup power.

The supply agreement will generate about 100 fuel cell product unit shipments from Ballard to IdaTech in the first year with the potential for over 1,000 units over the full term of the agreement.

Ballard’s chief customer officer, Noordin Nanji, says the agreement shows progress in the market adoption of Ballard’s fuel cell products.

“This new strategic relationship with IdaTech broadens our market focus with an important new fuelling solution and deepens our market traction by establishing another important customer relationship in the fuel cell backup power market,” Nanji says.

IdaTech CEO Hal Koyama says the company selected Ballard’s Mark 1020 ACS fuel cell stack for its overall performance, reliability and price.

Nanji says auxiliary and back up power solutions based on fuel cell technology deliver advantages over conventional batteries and diesel generators, including higher reliability, lower maintenance costs, longer operating life and reduced size, weight, installation footprint and environmental footprint.

IdaTech of Bend, Oregon, US, is a fuel cell solutions developer for telecommunication, commercial and industrial backup power.

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Green theme at NA 2008
CLEVELAND, OH, United States

NA 2008, the Material Handling & Logistics Show and Conference on April 21-24 in Cleveland, will feature more than 500 exhibits including numerous forklift makers and equipment suppliers. The exhibits will cover more than 160,000 square feet (14,200 square metres).

Corporate environmental strategist Andrew Winston is scheduled to deliver the NA 2008 keynote address. He is co-author of the 2006 book “Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage”.

NA 2008 organisers have established an Earth Day-related green pavilion with information from the US Environmental Protection Agency, Michigan State University School of Packaging, Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition, Cleveland Sustainability Council and US Green Building Council.

In conjunction with NA 2008, the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) will hold the fifth annual classroom day to increase the recognition of the business among students and to offer them an opportunity for contact with industry professionals.

Trade association Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA), based in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, sponsors NA 2008 as a biennial North American showcase of equipment, systems and technologies. MHIA members include material handling equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, third-party logistics providers, consultants, simulators and publishers.


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North Carolina student wins AEM’s inaugural scholarship
MILWAUKEE, WI, United States

A high school student from North Carolina has won the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)’s inaugural scholarship worth USD5,000.

JR Poole, a senior from East Rowan High School won the scholarship for an essay he wrote on why he has chosen a construction industry career. Poole plans to become a mechanical engineer.

He wrote: “America's construction industry is growing rapidly, and with this growth, the construction industry has many tremendous job opportunities. I have always liked the construction industry, and I believe that by becoming a mechanical engineer, I can help contribute to the construction field.

"The construction industry offers many rewarding aspects for a job such as good pay and advancement, being able to create a better and more efficient world, and being able to see an idea become a reality."

Poole participated in AEM’s Construction Challenge competition at the association’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG expo in Las Vegas (Forkliftaction.com News #352).

Participants who were planning a construction industry career were given the opportunity of submitting a 750-word essay for a chance to win the scholarship.

Five finalists were selected on the basis of their interest and enthusiasm. Two weeks before the 11-15 March expo, the public voted on the winning essay via the CONEXPO-CON/AGG website. Over 17,000 online votes were cast.

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Owner finds stolen forklift with family’s help
CHANDLER, AZ, United States

An Arizona company set up its own sting operation to catch the man who stole a forklift after police were unable to help.

It all began, according to The Tribune, when Roger Bottomfield hired Joseph Bisson of Maricopa to do forklift repairs at his business near Chandler Boulevard and Interstate 10.

Bottomfield assumed it would be safe to leave the forklift outside because he had removed the propane fuel tank and locked up the keys. However, the vehicle vanished and Bottomfield suspected the mechanic.

“He was smarter than us. He brought a propane tank and the last time he was here, he changed out the keys,” Bottomfield said.

Bottomfield said he suspected Bisson of stealing the USD7,500 forklift after he called the repair company to cancel the work because of the theft and Bisson appeared unconcerned.

When the local police said they couldn’t investigate, Bottomfield enlisted the help of his family to set up a sting.

Armed with a false business name, his adult children called Bisson to see if he had a forklift for sale. Bisson said he did, and took Bottomfield’s daughter to a private residence in Maricopa to inspect the forklift. While a friend distracted Bisson, the daughter managed to photograph the vehicle’s serial number, which matched that of the missing forklift.

After receiving the photographic evidence, police arrested Bisson on suspicion of felony theft. Police told The Tribune additional felony charges are pending.

Bisson’s employer, The Lift Doctor, has “let him go” while the case is pending.

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Movers & Shakers

SHANGHAI, China
Tim Wang has replaced Eric Ting at Bolzoni-Auramo (Shanghai) Fork Lift Truck Attachment Co Ltd as sales director. Wang will focus on sales and marketing, developing and implementing sales strategies to maintain and drive business growth. He previously worked for 10 years at Linde (China) Forklift Truck Corp Ltd, most recently as branch manager.

MILWAUKEE, WI, United States
Douglas R Oberhelman, group president of Caterpillar Inc, has been named to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ board of directors. As a director, Oberhelman will help set the guidelines and operating policies of the association on behalf of its members in areas including technical and safety services, market information and equipment statistics and international support services.

WACO, TX, United States
Equipment Depot has promoted Kelly Kunka as president and CEO of the Texas-based company. Kunka joined Equipment Depot in 1995 to help the company enter the San Antonio market. He has worked in rental sales, services sales, equipment sales and branch management. He was the company’s chief operating officer since 1999.

Don Moes, Equipment Depot’s founder, will continue serving as company chairman. He will also continue being involved in the forklift and construction equipment industries through parent company, Pon North America, to help develop its four other materials handling companies in the US.

MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom
Jungheinrich UK Ltd has appointed Mike Wilshaw as technical support manager for its racking and storage division. Wilshaw has over 21 years’ experience in the materials handling industry and joins Jungheinrich from Linpac. He will be based at the company’s Warrington facility.

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LOCAL STORIES

Predator may become prey
MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia

Transport infrastructure group Asciano, once touted as planning an ambitious takeover of Brambles, a company three times its size, has sold its stake in the pallet supplier (Forkliftaction.com News #325).

MD Mark Rowsthorn announced last week that the company’s remaining stake of 48,7 million shares in Brambles had been sold at a disappointing loss.

The company said it expected the impact of the Brambles sale on its 2007/08 full-year results to be a loss of about AUD85 million before tax and funding costs.

The bulk of the proceeds from the share sale would be used to retire a AUD406 million facility to improve the group's overall level of gearing and enhance balance sheet flexibility.

Rowsthorn said the sale will allow Asciano to focus on its core business and pursue growth initiatives within its existing operations.

Meanwhile, a report in WorldCargo News Online this week speculates that Asciano itself may become a target for takeover as a result of losses reported in its first six months of trading and a floundering share price.

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FTA between NZ and China but union is unhappy
AUCKLAND, New Zealand

A free trade agreement (FTA) has been signed between New Zealand and China.

According to NZ prime minister Helen Clark, the FTA is the culmination of 15 rounds of negotiations over three years, making NZ the first developed country to negotiate such an agreement with China.

“Over time, this FTA will result in the elimination of tariffs on 96% of New Zealand exports to China, and is estimated to lift New Zealand’s export revenue from China by between USD180 to USD280 million (NZD225 to NZD350 million) every year.

“New Zealand and China have also signed binding agreements on labour and environment, aimed at encouraging dialogue and co-operation in these two important areas,” says Clark.

However, the FTA has been criticised by the Maritime Union of New Zealand.

Maritime Union general secretary Trevor Hanson says any attempts by employers to use international labour to attack wages and conditions will meet with a strong reaction.

He says free trade agreements tend to be an ongoing process rather than a one-off, and maritime and transport unions around the world viewed free trade agreements as mechanisms to attack working people.

"We don't believe this free trade agreement with China is just going to mean New Zealand selling more dairy products. There will be a major pay-off and we believe the implications for workers’ conditions, human rights and national sovereignty have been disregarded in the shallow analysis and lack of debate we have seen in New Zealand."

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Remote control forklifts for sale at Matex!

The Forkliftaction.com team will once again be attending the Matex exhibition in Sydney. This year, the team will have on display new remote controlled forklifts; please visit the Forkliftaction.com stand (1201) and take one for a test drive. They steer, weave and lift like the real thing! Forkliftaction.com is offering these fun and lifelike forklifts for sale at $49, including postage and handling and GST.

Matex is on from 15 17th April at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Bay, Halls 3B and 4.The team will be available to discuss industry news, demonstrate the Marketplace and Business Directory and assist with your marketing needs.

Email info@forkliftaction.com or phone 07 3369 9090 to arrange a personal appointment.

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Accolade for Queensland branch
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia

Toyota Material Handling Queensland has won its ninth national excellence award in the last 10 years.

Toyota Material Handling Australia chairman and CEO Terry Unnai presented the award to regional general manager Dan Williams at a gala dinner in Sydney last month.

The branch previously won six consecutive Toyota Industrial Equipment Dealer of the Year awards (the previous title for the Toyota Material Handling award), from 1998 to 2003.

According to Williams, the commitment and experience of his staff has been a key to the business's continued success over the past 10 years.

He notes that 20% of the staff now have over 10 years' service, “which helps us greatly with continuity of customer support”.

"In 2004, we delivered 552 new machines in total and this year we're aiming to deliver over 1,200 new machines.

"In the same time-frame our staff has grown from 55 to 93, the majority in product support," he adds.

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Logistics pavilion at NMW
SYDNEY, New South Wales, Australia

National Manufacturing Week (NMW) 2008 will incorporate an integrated Logistics, Materials Handling & Distribution pavilion at the Sydney Exhibition & Convention Centre, Darling Harbour from 27 to 30 May.

The pavilion will showcase all the important aspects of logistics, materials handling and distribution, from raw materials to production, through to warehousing.

It will include a comprehensive range of products, services and technologies from Australia and overseas, aimed at making it easy for Australia's manufacturing industry decision makers to source the latest logistics, materials handling and distribution solutions for their business.

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NZ freight transport summit
WELLINGTON, New Zealand

The New Zealand Freight Transport Summit 2008 will be held at Duxton Hotel in  Wellington from 16 to 17 April this year.

The summit will bring together senior managers and decision-makers from the country’s ports, port terminal operators, rail track owners and operators, intermodal terminals, trucking companies, air freight operators, exporters, importers, government and shipping companies to discuss the future freight transport needs for the country.

Hosted by Lloyds List Daily Commercial News, the summit includes speakers such as: The Hon Maurice Williamson MP;  Roy Weaver, CEO, Port of Taranaki;  Wayne Thompson, CFO, Ports of Auckland; Dr Anthony Ockwell, executive consultant, Meyrick and Associates (Australia); Rod Grout, CEO, Pacifica Transport Group; Tony Friedlander, CEO, Road Transport Forum New Zealand; Bryan Nye, CEO, Australasian Railway Association; William Peet, chief executive, ONTRACK;
Nigel Jones, general manager Supply Chain Strategy & Procurement, Fonterra; and Stephen Selwood, CEO, New Zealand Council of Infrastructure Development.

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Forklift driver tried to strangle wife
AUCKLAND, New Zealand

A 55-year old forklift driver has told how he tried to suffocate his terminally ill wife to put her out of her misery, according to a report in the Sunday News last week.

Lloyd John Faithfull was sentenced to a year's home detention last month for the attempted murder in October of his 66-year-old partner, Jean, who was dying from pancreatic cancer.

He escaped jail because the judge said the forklift driver thought he was "just going to put her out of her misery".

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MEDIA RELEASES
SINOLIFT For Material Handling

For more than 10 years, SINOLIFT has manufactured and sold efficient and safe materials handling equipment that bridges the gap between internal and external logistics. Now, the SINOLIFT brand name is being applied to 1,000-10,000kg diesel; 1,000-3,500kg petrol; 1,000-3,500kg LPG; and 1,000-3,000kg DC battery or AC motor forklifts.

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Only ONE WEEK to the start of Logistics China

The 11th “Logistics China”, which runs from 19 to 21 May, 2008, will be the biggest to date. The exhibition will take up 15,000 sqm and we expect to have 250 exhibitors in Guangzhou, showing the latest technology and equipment.

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TAILIFT will be participating CeMAT Hanover, Germany 2008

TAILIFT is looking forward to meeting with you at the CeMAT show which is being held in Hanover, Germany from 27th 31st May 2008. We will be located at Hall 025, Stand B17.

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Aerial Lift Replacement Parts

Aerial Lift replacement parts are now available from Systems Material Handling (SMH). The Aerial Lift line features exact fit replacement parts that meet or exceed OEM standards. Parts will be available for Genie, JLG, Skyjack, Grove, Snorkel, and Upright just to name a few.

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Mobile Stackers

Mobile started out as a custom Pallet Truck manufacturer but it was only a matter of time before this would expand into supplying pieces of equipment that required higher lift capabilities, and thus the Mobile manual push Stackers were born.

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Linde PureMotion is our answer to environmental and health issues.

There is a lot of talk about “going green” and being more “environmentally friendly”. But what does considering “environmental aspects” actually mean? It means doing what Linde has being doing for decades: focusing on having a more positive impact on the environment with everything we do.

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FORK TALK
Forklift tip-overs feature in national conference
ALTON, United Kingdom

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has a hard-hitting message for forklift users ahead of its upcoming annual National Fork Truck Safety Conference at Warwick University on 25 September.

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SAFETY FIRST
Dave Hoover: Have you checked out your training program?
NEWARK, OH, United States

Most managers assume that their staff are getting appropriate training when they sign up for off-site sources. However, the truth can be quite shocking.

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Upcoming Events

1. IMHX 2010
Birmingham, United Kingdom
2-5 March 2010

2. National Fork Truck Safety Conference 2008
Coventry, United Kingdom
25 September 2008

3. ShD Scotland
Glasgow, United Kingdom
22-23 April 2008

4. Logistics China
Guangzhou, China
19-21 May 2008

5. 3rd Southern Asia Ports, Logistics and Shipping
Mumbai, India
25-26 September 2008

6. SED 2008
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13-15 May 2008

7. 3rd Indian Ocean Ports & Logistics 2008
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30-31 October 2008

8. SITL 2009
Paris, France
24-26 March 2009

9. Batimat - International Building Exhibition
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2-7 November 2009

10. Multimodal 2008
Birmingham, United Kingdom
22-24 April 2008

11. National Fork Truck Safety Conference 2008
Coventry, United Kingdom
25 September 2008

12. ShD Scotland
Glasgow, United Kingdom
22-23 April 2008

13. ICHCA Luncheon Meeting
Brisbane, Australia
Wednesday, 30th April 2008

14. TOC Americas 2008
California, United States
18-20 November 2008

15. IAPH 2009 Conference
Genoa, Italy
22-29 May 2009

16. TOC Market Briefing Latin America
Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Forklift safety in warehouses
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Materials Handling in the Benelux
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Straddle Carriers
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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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