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This is issue #356 - 17 April 2008 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.

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INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION.COM

NEWS
Snow storms hit Chinese forklift industry
Terex plans factory in China
It’s time to buy companies
Komatsu Forklift appoints Ambassador
Swedish sawmill chooses Kalmar
Bendi keeps Palletways trucking
Toyota honours top dealers
Systems promise to cut costs
Grant helps drive woman’s ambition
Forklift used in “Denmark’s biggest robbery”

LOCAL NEWS
Tyre specialist launched
Four decades of selling forklifts
Forklifts are vital to company’s success
New counterbalance forklift in Australia
ICHCA’s upcoming meetings

MEDIA RELEASES
Only FOUR WEEKS to the start of Logistics China
TVH Australasia moving its Mt Waverley operations to Dandenong South

PRODUCT WATCH
Syncrude Mine Shops Takes Delivery of a 60 Ton Lift Truck from Paling Transporter
RackDeflektor Fits All Major Pallet Racking Uprights
HYTSU will release NEW TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT in 2008 to meet the World Market

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NEWS STORIES
Snow storms hit Chinese forklift industry
BEIJING, China

By Paris Lord

China’s forklift industry was hurt by snow storms in late January and early February that the government has called the worst in 50 years.

Nationally, more than 120 people died and losses were estimated at around CNY150 billion (USD21 billion). Worst hit were China’s southern provinces, but the poor weather also belted central and eastern parts of the country. Snow and ice cut electricity supplies for weeks in some areas, with thick ice causing cables to snap and pylons to collapse.

Coal shipments to power stations were delayed by blocked roads and railways.

One major industry group representing forklifts says it is hard to estimate how many members were influenced.

“Generally, it didn’t affect production of most of the companies, it only affected transportation,” Zhang Jie, administrative vice secretary-general of the Industrial Truck Institution of China Construction Machinery Association, tells Forkliftaction.com News. “They could not receive or deliver products when the roads became stuck.”

He adds it was fortunate the snow storms occurred during the annual Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year holiday, when most Chinese head home for family reunions.
“Around that time, the plants were going to shut up shop for a while anyway,” Zhang says. “Most of them took time off - say seven days or so.”

The timing was also considered positive in Hangzhou, capital of the eastern province of Zhejiang, home to several major forklift manufacturers including Hangcha and EP Equipment.

Each January, EP alerts customers and dealers that orders received before Chinese New Year will be postponed about two weeks. This year, “we gave some extra notification, but they also saw the news on TV and elsewhere so they knew what the situation was and accepted this,” says Sang Tian, general manager of the materials handling equipment division. She adds that while no company buildings were damaged, EP temporarily stopped production and stood aside staff.

Tian says the snow forced a 15-day lead time delay in February and monthly targets have been “hindered”.

“We lost time, lost money because we could not come to work and production had to stop for a couple of days,” she explains. “I think this happened to most of the factories in this area. But now, we’ve adjusted our working plan after that and the end of the Spring Festival (and) now, everything’s caught up and there’s no effects for April or for May and longer.”

Snow crushed the roof of one building at Baoli Group, a forklift manufacturer based in eastern Jiangsu province.
“Luckily, we didn’t have any more damage to personnel or production,” says a Baoli spokeswoman, who adds that “some of the workers had a few days off”.

Hefei Xieli Instrument Manufacture Co, based in central Anhui province, reported logistics problems for clients which included major Chinese forklift brands.

“Suppliers could not deliver goods to us at the time agreed, and our clients did not receive their orders in time,” says Zhu Hongfei, marketing and operational department manager.

Whitegoods giant Haier in the eastern port city of Qingdao reported that one of its warehouses was damaged by snow. Forklift maker Linde (China) sales and service people acted very quickly and efficiently to solve the problems for their customer.

A few Linde forklift shipments were slightly delayed from its headquarters in Xiamen, south eastern Fujian province, but customers well understood it was because of force majeure.

Li Xia, assistant general secretary of the China Logistics Association, believes lessons can be learned from the experience. These include ensuring pipes in southern China are laid deeper underground to withstand winter, as they are in the north.

Also evident was a deficit of preparation, such as better forecasting technology by the Central Meteorology Administration, that could have lessened the damage.

Li thinks the “snow havoc”, as state media called it, could be an “alarm” to Chinese to “rethink” their systems and change the way some things are done. People could “be more visionary and humble,” he says. “I remember several decades ago we had a similar natural disaster, but somehow people just assume it won’t happen again. This is one of the reasons we suffered that much.”

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Terex plans factory in China
WESTPORT, Conn, United States

Equipment manufacturer Terex Corporation has announced that as part of a plan to expand globally, its aerial work platform subsidiary Genie Industries has selected a new manufacturing site in China. This comes in the wake of Terex’s move to manufacture its Genie scissor lifts in Coventry, England and aerial booms and telehandlers in Perugia, Italy.

"In 2007, a large percentage of our sales came from outside of North America," says Tim Ford, Terex Aerial Work Platforms president. "Our markets around the world are growing and we want to provide them with world-class products, designed and produced locally, to their local specifications. Manufacturing globally will shorten lead times for all customers, as the addition of this new plant will also free up some of our current capacity to support customers in other regions of the world more effectively."

Genie chose a business park in Changzhou, China, a few hours north west of Shanghai, to build its production facility, and plans to break ground by mid-year. Initial production will focus on preparing a line of personnel lifts, but over time, a full range of aerial work platform products is expected to be produced from this facility.

Besides its current production, the park in Changzhou was chosen for its potential to be enlarged as part of a future Terex manufacturing campus.

"The Asia market in general, and the China market specifically, is learning about the importance of the lift product category," Ford explains. "Aerial work platforms are increasingly becoming more widely accepted as a safe option for people who work in high places."

Terex Corporation is a diversified global manufacturer supplying a broad range of equipment for use in various industries, including the construction, infrastructure, quarrying, surface mining, shipping, transportation, refining and utility industries.

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It’s time to buy companies
STOCKTON-ON-TEES, United Kingdom

The UK forklift market is bucking global trends and appears cashed up and ready to buy, according to the most recent Acquisition Study analyst Plimsoll Publishing.

Plimsoll’s survey of the UK’s top 420 forklift companies finds that the industry is “awash with cash and companies should use this time to go on the offensive and buy up the competition”.

The findings come at a time when it’s impossible to pick up a paper, or watch the news, without seeing a story about how the credit market is affecting the performance of UK companies and slowing acquisition activity.

The report found that the driving force of this move in the market is a group of 142 companies which, over the last few years, have built up a stock resource of cash, putting them in a very strong position.

“There is absolute evidence that the rich are getting richer as the gap between those making massive profits and those missing out has widened in the last few years,” notes David Pattison, senior acquisition analyst. “There has never been a better time for these dynamic companies to splash the cash.”

The report suggests that 2008 is the perfect time to consider an acquisition, but also points out that the profile of acquisition needs to change.

“For years, acquisition activity in the forklift trucks industry has been driven by distressed fire sales. Acquirers have been reluctant to invest heavily; instead, they have been content to snap up bargain basement companies, often getting bad deals, paying peanuts and getting monkeys,” Pattison explains.

“This attitude needs to change. What our report suggests is that companies need to look at the wider strategic picture and spend their money wisely.”

As part of the study, each of the UK’s top 420 forklift trucks companies have been valued and assessed on their future prospects. The report finds that there are 113 companies in the market who would make good strategic acquisitions. These attractive companies are operating in the growth areas of the market and are all extremely profitable.  

“Having the resources to buy one of these 113 powerful players is the perfect situation. In doing so, you take a strong adversary to your own company out of the market immediately, and it will instantly be generating profitability. The next step is then to focus your attention on the 99 companies we have identified who are failing anyway, pushing them out of the market. This may sound harsh, but if the industry is to develop and evolve, then there will need to be casualties. Our latest study shows the candidates least likely to survive 2008 are pretty obvious,” the analyst concludes.


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Komatsu Forklift appoints Ambassador
MILAN, Italy

Ambassador Lift Trucks Ltd. has been appointed to distribute the full range of Komatsu Forklift material handling equipment in Essex, Suffolk and East London, increasing the Japanese manufacturer’s network of distributors in the United Kingdom.

Ambassador offers the counterbalanced forklifts as well as the warehouse trucks for sale and rent, and also provides spare parts and service.

Ambassador’s inventory consists of new, used and fully refurbished forklifts. The forklift hire fleet is available for casual hire, for one day up to one year, or for long-term contract hire. Targeting all industry segments including logistic centres as well as the transportation industry, Ambassador was started in Essex in 1995 by two brothers, Andrew and Trevor De’Ath.

“We decided to become a distributor of Komatsu forklifts in order to offer our customers a full range of material handling equipment,” says Andrew De’Ath. “This means a wide range of counterbalanced as well as warehouse trucks.”

“Komatsu’s priority for quality and reliable products convinced us, so we are sure we will be able to serve our customers also with a high quality service in the future.”

Ambassador, like all distributors of Komatsu forklifts in the United Kingdom, is supported by KMHUK, the Komatsu UK head office based near Birmingham.

“We are proud that Andrew and Trevor De’Ath, with their long experience in the forklift industry, decided on Komatsu Forklift,” says Rory Harvey-Kelly, the manufacturer’s general manager for sales in Europe. “This is an important step for us, to increase the network of distributors in the United Kingdom.”

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Swedish sawmill chooses Kalmar
TAMPERE, Finland

Swedish lumber products producer SCA Timber has selected Kalmar Industries to service and maintain several machines, including forklifts, logstackers and wheel-mounted loaders and to supply approximately 25 equipment operators at SCA Timber’s Tunadal operations.

Kalmar cites the contract as evidence of its commitment to providing total material handling solutions which require all-encompassing resources – from parts and labour extending all the way to the supply of drivers.

"Our comprehensive approach, which means we assume responsibility for SCA Timber’s machines, maintenance program and drivers, will allow the customer to focus on its core business of wood processing,” says Sten-Arne Sjφberg, Kalmar’s regional manager for Sweden. “Kalmar Sweden has signed several similar contracts with forest and lumber companies, proving the value of this type of close customer collaboration.”

Kalmar’s fees will be based on the productivity levels realised by SCA Timber’s Tunadal operations. This agreement will ensure that the sawmill runs as efficiently as possible by means of a cost-effective approach and an uninterrupted operation with high production flow.

Jerry Larsson, Tunadal sawmill manager, explains that Kalmar’s on-site staff are responsible for all internal transportation, including the loading and unloading of materials during the product processing phase as well as in preparation for shipping.
"This is a major and all-inclusive agreement, which SCA has also put into practice at several of its locations where the collaboration with contractors is also working well. From our experience, it's of prime importance that the payment level be based on the production volumes our operation achieves,” Larsson adds.

To realise the promised efficiency levels, Kalmar will bring three new Kalmar RTD 1623 logstackers into operation as well as one used unit. Also, for the timber sorting area, Kalmar will maintain and operate five other-branded wheel-mounted loaders with load ratings of up to 30 tonnes. In the timber yard, eight Kalmar DCE 150-12 forklifts with 15-tonne capacities will work alongside a 12-tonne wheel loader of another make.

SCA Timber is one of the largest sawmill companies in Europe, offering a broad range of high-quality solid-wood products. Its operations include eight sawmills and six planing mills located in northern Sweden. SCA Timber’s total production of solid-wood products amounts to 1.8 million cubic metres per annum.

Its Tunadal operation employs approximately 155 people, including the operators from Kalmar.

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Bendi keeps Palletways trucking
LICHFIELD, United Kingdom

Leading UK pallet network distributor Palletways lists two gas-powered Bendi forklifts as essential tools to cope with almost exponential growth at its Lichfield site.

Growth at Palletways’ Stargate Distribution division, a warehouse fulfilment operation, exposed the need for more articulating trucks 18 months ago, according to divisional manager Bob Richards.

Stargate offers 112,000 square feet (10,405sqm) of covered storage in two warehouses at Lichfield, with a second site in Scotland and a third store scheduled to open this year in north London.

Richards opted for gas forklifts, arguing that they produce a saving of 90 minutes a day in not having to change batteries or “an annual saving of GBP6,500 (USD12,755), which does not include the cost of standby batteries”.

“We also chose gas because I know from experience that when we get into three- or four-year-old electric trucks, we will start to have inherent problems. The reliability of the gas trucks has also been incredible.”

Such reliability is essential for a frenetic operation like Palletways which must cope with tight operational windows daily to fulfill its deliveries. Dealing with 300 incoming double-deck trailers every day, the Bendis work from 6.0am until midnight. Between 6.0am and 2.0pm, the Bendis work flat-out on goods-in operations, unloading vehicles in the yard and placing them in the racking. Then they are working on replenishment tasks, ready for the pickers who start at 4.0pm, and after that they work until midnight doing full pallet picks.

For Palletways, the manoeuvrability of the Bendi forklifts was another key factor. Because of their ability to operate in narrower aisles, Richards estimates that the operation can access up to 3,000 more pallet spaces than with other forklifts.

Palletways uses RF technology for stock location but it is currently working on product recognition by customer barcode which will allow the Bendis to scan loads on incoming lorries and place them directly into the racking, thus cutting out any double handling.

Leased with a full maintenance contract, the two refurbished Bendis lift loads to 8.2 metres, with a capacity for 900 kg to 7.7 metres. Training was done on site by Palletways’ own RITB-trained instructor.

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Toyota honours top dealers
IRVINE, CA, United States

Toyota Material Handling USA (TMHU) has recognised the achievements of its dealers in the 2007 President’s Award.  TMHU selects its top dealers each year from a nationwide network of 68 dealers and 190 dealership locations, recognising them for demonstrating excellence in parts, service and equipment sales, customer satisfaction and overall dealership operations.      
          
This year, 15 winners earned the coveted award and were acknowledged at Toyota’s National Dealer Meeting at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California.

“Our customers’ primary point of contact is with our dealers,” said Shankar Basu, president and CEO of TMHU.  “They provide our customers with the kind of service and attention they have come to expect and deserve.  Our dealers are one of the key reasons that we remain the world’s leading supplier of lift trucks and we are proud to recognise their contributions and achievements through this prestigious award.”

The winners are:
• Jerry Hatmaker of Allied Toyotalift, Knoxville, Tenn.
• Al Rawson of Atlas Toyota Material Handling, Schiller Park, Ill.
• Ron McCluskey of Brodie Toyota-Lift, Lawrence, Mass.
• Wayne Bell of Bell Fork Lift, Inc., Clinton Township, Mich.
• Jeff Fischer of Florida Lift Systems, Inc., Orlando, Fla.
• Brian Hull of Hull Toyota Lift, Elkhart, Ind.
• Ted Wente of ILT Toyota-Lift, Cleveland, Ohio
• Richard Sinclair of Jefferds Corporation, St. Albans, W. Va.
• Sam Smartt of Kenco Toyota-Lift, Chattanooga, Tenn.
• Terry Bolinger of Mid Columbia Forklift, Inc., Yakima, Wash.
• Bill Skinner of ProLift Industrial Equipment, Louisville, Ky.
• Larry McKevitt of Summit Handling Systems, Inc., North Haven, Conn.
• Michael Elliott of SwiftLift Inc., Victor, N.Y.
• Lee Smith of Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta, Scottdale, Ga.
• Scott  Plummer of W. D. Matthews Machinery Co., Auburn, Maine


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Systems promise to cut costs
LEICESTER, United Kingdom

British forklift technology company Transmon Engineering has unveiled its engine management systems designed to reduce costly downtime associated with engine and transmission damage.

According to Paul Sercombe, Transmon’s sales director, a number of serious engine problems, including cracked or warped cylinder heads, can be prevented through early detection and rectification. “By ensuring that drivers cannot continue operating through the early signs of a problem, such as low oil pressure or high coolant temperatures, engine failure can be reduced,” he says.  

Transmon has developed the Engine Savure to continuously monitor a forklift engine and completely shut it down after a 30-second warning when a problem is detected. This prevents drivers from continuing to use equipment when warning lights are present.

An additional option goes one step further to help minimise the number of hours the truck is used and help reduce overall fuel consumption, promoting a more environmentally responsible site. It is common for drivers to leave a truck running while they step off to quickly perform another task or talk to a colleague.  If the truck is left idling, it is putting hours on the clock and increasing wear, adding to unnecessary fuel costs and the overall contract costs, which are usually monitored by the hours used. Transmon’s technology will power the truck down after an adjustable idle time period of between one minute and eight minutes.

“The reality is that forklift trucks are open to abuse by drivers who may have fallen into bad habits and not understand the true costs associated with the materials handling fleet. The engine use is one issue; however, another common problem is transmission wear which can be attributed to bad driving,” Sercombe adds. To combat transmission wear, Transmon developed a system which prevents forklifts from being put into reverse before they’ve come to a halt.

“Drivers don’t always bring the truck to a controlled stop before selecting the reverse gear which not only causes unnecessary wear on the transmission but also adds to the overall cost of ownership through excessive tyre wear,” he explains.

He claims this system protects the transmission and reduces tyre wear by up to 400%, while also reducing housekeeping costs such as reduced floor marks and tyre dust on the product or in the atmosphere.
  
Each system can be fitted either to new machines (on the factory line or in the SPED department) or to machines that are already in operation (via distributors, dealers, service providers or direct with the end-user).

According to a company spokeswoman, the Engine Savure can be fitted to any IC engine - even a car.  The Tyre and Gear Savure can be fitted to any IC torque flow converter transmission, however, not to hydrostatic variants or electric motor vehicles.

Transmon’s systems start at GBP700 (USD1,400), depending on the application.

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Grant helps drive woman’s ambition
AYLESBURY, United Kingdom

A grant from the Prince’s Trust is making it possible for Kayleigh Sledziewski to realise her dream of becoming a forklift driver.

According to a report in The Bucks Herald, the 20-year-old is the first female candidate to be sponsored for forklift training under the scheme which provides practical and financial support to the young people who need it most.

She was trained by Aylesbury trainer Sivatech, and already looks like having a bright future in the industry.

According to a Sivatech spokeswoman, "By the time Kayleigh had finished here, she already had two jobs lined up to go to, so it has been worthwhile."

"Forklift truck driving is still male dominated; we have only had two ladies train with us," the spokeswoman, is quoted as saying. "But our instructor says we actually drive the truck better than men; women are more attentive and less destructive."

The Prince’s Trust programme reaches its 25th anniversary in 2008. The Trust supported 37,900 young people last year.

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Forklift used in “Denmark’s biggest robbery”
COPENHAGEN, Denmark

A forklift was used in what could be Denmark’s biggest robbery.

The Associated Press reported six masked men wielding rifles and submachine guns crashed a forklift through the wall of a cash depot in suburban Copenhagen and escaped with DKR62 million (USD6.3 million).

Investigators initially said the robbers stole about half that amount but have now revised the figure. They say it is Denmark’s biggest robbery ever.

Police also found 2 kilograms (4.4lbs) of plastic explosives at the scene, believed to be the robbers’ back-up in case the forklift failed to break through the concrete wall.

Details of the make and model of the forklift are not listed.

No-one was injured in the robbery.

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LOCAL STORIES

Tyre specialist launched
SYDNEY, New South Wales, Australia

A new division specialising in forklift and industrial tyre service launches across Australia this month, and will be exhibiting for the first time at materials handling exhibition Matex ’08 in Sydney from 15-17 April.

Solid Plus, a division of wholesale tyre supplier Tyres4U, offers tyre fitting, pressing and puncture-proofing for forklifts and heavy machinery, mainly in the mining, supply chain and transport industries.

General manager Henk van Diggele tells Forkliftaction.com News that the impetus behind the establishment of Solid Plus is to provide the Australian industry with much-needed service and competition.

“We intend to be a breath of fresh air when it comes to service and professionalism,” he says.

With 200 service providers signed up throughout Australia, and the back-up of the umbrella company’s 14 warehouses located in every state of Australia, Solid Plus guarantees next-day service at the very least, and in most cities, same-day service.  

“All our trucks are fitted with GPS, ensuring we can keep our clients up to date with the exact arrival of our services,” says Van Diggele, adding that the company’s motivated and technically trained staff are its greatest asset.

The company provides an online quoting system, and once the job is complete, the invoice is sent electronically via email to keep things streamlined and on track.

“We can provide a solution to every forklift in Australia through our commitment to service and a fair price through our multiple tyre brand options, including Continental, Watts and Advance.

“We can replace solid or radial and bias pneumatic tyres plus press-on-bands, and soon, an extensive selection of polyurethane wheels will be offered as well,” he says.

Van Diggele, previously national commercial tyres sales manager for Tyres4U, sees open trade with China as the biggest challenge facing the industrial tyre market.

“We intend to meet this challenge by getting it right the first time for our customers,” he concludes.

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Four decades of selling forklifts
SYDNEY, New South Wales, Australia

Leading supplier of counter-balance forklift trucks in Australia, Toyota Material Handling, celebrates its 40th anniversary in the market this month.

The company sold its first forklift truck in Australia in April 1968, and today sells over 6,000 units a year.

President of Toyota Material Handling Australia, Steve Harper, says the 40-year anniversary is an important milestone in both the history of Toyota forklifts and the development of TMHA as a business.

Last year, the company opened a new national headquarters at Moorebank in Sydney's west.

"Success really is about putting the customer first,” he says. “That was a key factor when Toyota commenced forklift truck sales in Australia in 1968 and applies equally well today.

"Toyota thinks about the needs of any manufacturing or warehousing operation, how to help it improve productivity and how to optimise conditions so forklift operators are comfortable and efficient.

"These issues are at the heart of what Toyota does as a forklift manufacturer. We would not be the company we are today without our focus on the end-user," says Harper.

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Forklifts are vital to company’s success
RIVERWOOD, New South Wales, Australia

Forklifts play a crucial role in the warehousing operations of plastics manufacturer York Precision Plastics, which supplies Australia as well as New Zealand and China.

Based in Riverwood, NSW, the company is a leading manufacturer of prismatic lens panels and wraparound lighting diffusers and also manufactures a range of impact modified acrylic and engineering thermoplastic sheeting which is extensively used throughout the sign, fabrication, industrial, skylight and automotive industries.

According to plant manager David Searson, performance, service and support are the crucial elements which the company requires from its forklift supplier.

“We run a very tight operation here. There is no room for equipment failure or down-time and that especially applies to the forklifts. Over many years we’ve been impressed with the constant performance of the Nissan brand and the service and support we receive,” says Searson.

“We rely on Powerlift Nissan to advise us of when services are due and the technician is always here on time.

“We operate two shifts at the plant, so the forklifts are constantly operating for 17 hours a day and we work them pretty hard,” says Searson. “They handle raw material which can be in 800kg sacks, work in the warehouse or handle finished products which can be several metres long. So manoeuvrability and ease of operation are key issues for us”.

Nissan’s LX series forklifts have been specifically designed to increase operator efficiency and safety and improve the work environment. Exhaust emissions, fuel consumption, noise and vibration have all been reduced to new low levels.

York Precision Plastics operates three 2.5 tonne forklifts and a 1.8 tonne unit, all are LPG powered and fitted with catalytic converters. With this technology, fuel consumption is greatly improved and exhaust emissions are reduced even further, a key issue with forklifts operating in confined areas.

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New counterbalance forklift in Australia
DANDENONG, Victoria, Australia

Exclusive supplier of Sellick rough terrain forklifts, Flexilift Australia of Dandenong, Victoria, has the latest counterbalance range of the Canadian-manufactured forklifts in stock.

New on the market is the counterbalance 3.6 tonne unit available in two- and four-wheel drive versions, which complements the three-wheel drive truck-mounted units already in operation.

According to sales manager David Morgan, the machines are ideal to operate under arduous conditions unsuitable for conventional forklifts.

“These units are built for their robustness and reliability and will be best used in the construction, brick, housing, steel, timber, poultry and turf industries.”

Features include:
• one drive train utilised throughout the range with auto and synchroshuttle transmission options
• 45 degree forward tilt option, ideal for bucket applications
• excellent ground clearance
• unique side shifting mast assembly
• improved operator visibility
• common hydraulics utilised throughout.

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ICHCA’s upcoming meetings
ADELAIDE, South Australia, Australia

The International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) of Australia will host a lunch meeting at the Lakes Hotel Resort, West Lakes, Adelaide on 23 April.

Guest speaker is Captain Simon Woolrych, Air Warfare Destroyer Program Support Systems Director, ASC Shipbuilding Pty Ltd, who will speak on the development of the Maritime Precinct at Port Adelaide and the AWD Program.

The construction of the Navantia-designed AWDs will be one of the most significant shipbuilding projects undertaken in Australia and will provide enormous opportunities for the shipbuilding industry with important flow-on benefits for key subcontractors throughout the country.

The ICHCA Queensland Luncheon takes place on 30 April at the Queensland Rugby Club, Ballymore Stadium.

Guest speaker will be Lance Hockridge, CEO of Queensland Rail, who will discuss the benefits and requirements of rail transport.

QR is an AUD3.25 billion national transport and logistics business that operates in all mainland states of Australia. In 2006/07, it carried a record 238 million tonnes of freight.

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Only FOUR WEEKS 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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TVH Australasia moving its Mt Waverley operations to Dandenong South

TVH Australasia is pleased to announce the opening of our new sales and distribution centre located at Dandenong South in Melbourne Victoria.

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Syncrude Mine Shops Takes Delivery of a 60 Ton Lift Truck from Paling Transporter

Question: How do you move an object 10 feet deep, 15 wide, 9 feet high that weighs 48 tons? Answer: With a huge lift truck.

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RackDeflektor Fits All Major Pallet Racking Uprights

Chicago-based RackDeflektor will be launching its cost effective, easy-to-install patented deflector to protect pallet racking uprights against expensive and potentially life-threatening structural damage on stand number 3334 at the NA08 Exhibition which will be hled in Cleveland from 21 to 24 April.

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HYTSU will release NEW TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT in 2008 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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Stability of forklifts


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