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NEWS
Doosan builds second Chinese forklift plant
Nissan, NEC joint venture produces batteries
Epic deal for JCB
Adopt dual strategy in China, companies told
Forklift dealer lifts Vulcan project
Product News
Chinese forklift companies aid quake victims
Briefs
Forklifts sold at 50th anniversary auction
Tusk and Komatsu recognise dealers
Sample of used equipment for sale
ATM robbery suspect nabbed

LOCAL NEWS
The big spenders
NZ port meets carbon challenge
Next link in port’s logistics chain
Barrier keeps Coles safe
Briefs

MEDIA RELEASES
Omega Lift Wins Canadian Department of National Defence Contract for Omega Lift 50,000 lb. HERC Units
Bayer Award for Excellence in Development and Implementation of Advanced VULKOLLAN® Processing Technology for RAEDER-VOGEL
Leading attachment manufacturer will be at CeMAT 2008.
Terra rounds up its product range

PRODUCT WATCH
Taiwan Dihshiang offers a complete range of Tie Rods for the Forklift Industry
Pallet Dawg now available factory direct
Common RFID problems solved with practical solutions from RealRFId
The Best just got better (and thinner too). Introducing our new H-Series Paper roll clamps

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Where will tomorrow’s forklift technicians come from? This topic is being discussed on our Discussion Forum, and there are some interesting suggestions. There are techs who left car dealerships to become road techs, some who left the military and even one who landed from aviation. There are some equally interesting suggestions about future training, with one member approaching a local college and offering to donate a forklift to the mechanics course. However, that didn’t work because the automotive industry got in first. If you have any suggestions, share them here.



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NEWS STORIES
Doosan builds second Chinese forklift plant
SEOUL, Korea, South

Over 1,000 manufacturing jobs will be available when Doosan Infracore completes its second forklift plant in Suzhou, China, in August 2009.

The forklift manufacturer held a groundbreaking ceremony in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, last week, for a production complex dedicated to forklift and compact excavators. The complex will be run by Doosan Infracore China Co and Doosan Infracore (China) Investment Co.

Doosan already has a plant for forklifts and mid-sized and large excavators in Yantai, China. Managing director Byunghoo Kang tells Forkliftaction.com News the increased capacity will boost the company’s global competitiveness.

“The drive to boost global sales will be strengthened as well. Importantly, both complexes (Yantai and Suzhou) will have optimal production systems and operating at two locations will foster greater specialisation.”

Kang explains that China’s rapid growth and logistics industry demand have increased forklift demand by about 30% annually.

“Last year, 110,000 forklifts were sold in China. The government has also been promoting urbanisation and farming community development, and annual compact excavator sales have grown by an average of 60% per annum,” he says.

Doosan will invest USD192 million to build the new complex located on a 240,000m² site. Initial production, planned to start in the first half of 2009, will total about 20,000 forklifts and 10,000 compact excavators annually. This is expected to grow to 44,000 forklifts and 31,000 compact excavators by 2013.

Most of Doosan’s forklift range will be produced in Suzhou and about half of them are planned for export. The site will need about 1,100 new employees once it is operational, Kang says. Construction on the complex began in January.

According to a Doosan spokesperson, Suzhou is China’s most advanced industrial zone with excellent access to overland and marine shipping.

“It is near Shanghai, where China’s demand for forklifts is highest, as well as south China, where most of the compact excavators are sold. Therefore, Doosan Infracore stands to save money by producing at Suzhou,” he says.

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Nissan, NEC joint venture produces batteries
TOKYO, Japan

Nissan Motor Co Ltd and NEC Corp’s joint venture company, Automotive Energy Supply Corp (AESC), has started producing batteries for forklifts and cars.

The company, with a start-up capital of JPY1.5 billion (USD14.3 million), is focused on developing and producing advanced lithium-ion batteries for forklifts, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, electric and fuel cell vehicles. NEC and its subsidiary, NEC TONKIN Corp, contribute expertise in cell technology and electrode production, while Nissan brings its experience in real-world vehicle application.

AESC will invest JPY12 billion (USD114.6 million) over three years in a manufacturing facility at Nissan’s Zama facility in Kanagawa prefecture that will be operational by 2009. Production capacity at the plant will be 65,000 units annually but initial start-up capacity is 13,000 units a year.

To support AESC’s production needs, NEC TONKIN will invest JPY11 billion (USD105.1 million) over three years at its NEC Sagamihara plant to mass-produce lithium-manganese electrodes by 2009.

Masahiko Otsuka, president of AESC, says the company will supply its batteries to any potential customer or car-makers.

“The first commercial application will be in forklifts, to be followed by Nissan’s electric vehicle and original hybrid in 2010,” he says, adding that no details of the electric vehicle are presently available.

He also says Nissan has no current plans for a fuel cell-powered forklift.

AESC, based in Zama, employs 80 people and plans to grow that number to 190 people by 2011.

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Epic deal for JCB
ROCESTER, United Kingdom

Plant hire company Fork Rent plc has ordered 2,000 JCB Loadall telehandlers, the largest deal for the construction equipment maker.

Supplied over three years through dealer Watling JCB, the order includes the range from the compact 520-40 to the 17-metre 540-170 and the new HiViz models recently shown at the Conexpo show in Las Vegas.

Fork Rent’s managing director, Guy Nicholls, says the new order ensures its fleet is “the youngest and most modern” on the market. The dealer’s policy is to replace its equipment every 12 to 14 months.

“We are an ambitious company and we pride ourselves on delivering the best customer service in the business and offering higher specification machines than our competitors,” Nicholls says. In April 2006, Fork Rent ordered 1,000 Loadalls (Forkliftaction.com News #260).

Watling JCB’s managing director Richard Telfer says the biggest single order in the dealer’s history underlines the shared aims of the two businesses.

“The new HiViz Loadalls are a case in point. The clear benefits these machines will bring to Fork Rent’s customers are of enormous importance to Trudi and Guy Nicholls, who clearly seek the safest and most comfortable machines for their customers,” Telfer says.

Fork Rent was established 40 years ago by Percy Nicholls. The Ipswich-based firm is now run by his son, Guy, and daughter, Trudi. Their aim is to provide a complete solution for customers through a fleet of 1,400 vehicles including JCB backhoe loaders and telehandlers and a full range of other construction equipment.

JCB has been manufacturing Loadalls since 1977. The low boom 535-125 and 535-140 Hi-Viz machines are the latest additions to the range.

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Kalmar - Five and Four High Top Picks for sale

For immediate sale, 9 x Kalmar DCD420-12CSG and DCD450-12CSG machines currently located at Port Everglades, Florida (Ft. Lauderdale).
  • All are 2000 or 2001

  • All in very tidy condition

  • All will ship in top working order

  • All have 7-10,000 original hours

  • All are complete and operating with no major issues whatsoever

  • All are ready for inspection at any time

  • Take advantage of US dollar at all time low

  • Shipper opening new automated port so these excellent machines are surplus to their needs. (They are not trades or mechanically redundant equipment.)
Price: 6 are 450, 5 high stack - $245,000 (each) includes disassembly.
3 are 420, 4 high stack - $225,000 (each) includes disassembly.


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Any questions, please call.


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Adopt dual strategy in China, companies told
RALEIGH, NC, United States

The smartest move materials handling companies can make in China is to adopt a dual strategy, according to Tompkins, a global supply chain services provider.

Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins Associates, says China’s business climate is changing.
“Now it is all about globalisation instead of ‘Chinafication.” Chinafication, he explains, is the process of evaluating best practices within the Chinese context.

“The goal is to find the right balance of western best practices and local costs and processes,” Tompkins says.

He advises companies to develop operations in China that export back to the US as well as sell to Chinese customers.

“Integrate sourcing from China with product sales in China and make Asia part of your overall global supply chain and customer base,” he adds.

The dual strategy recognises that opportunities for sales and distribution will increase as China’s middle class continues to grow.

Steve Ganster, senior vice president of Technomic Asia, a Tompkins division, points out that China’s materials handling industry has grown aggressively because of continued construction and industrial expansion.

“Materials handling equipment sales have increased 25%-30% a year over the last four years,” he notes.

On the other hand, Ganster says China’s level of technology, including warehouse management systems (WMS), is still in the embryonic stage, with about 5% of warehouses reporting they have sufficient IT systems.

“Many Chinese companies are writing their own WMS programs that are not built to international standards, and this will only add to their difficulties in globalising,” he says.

Tompkins Associates, based in Raleigh, NC, provides global supply chain services and distribution operations consulting. Technomic Asia is a market entry and growth strategy consulting firm based in Shanghai, China.

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Forklift dealer lifts Vulcan project
LEICESTERSHIRE, United Kingdom

Northampton-based forklift dealer, Stantone Mechanical Handling, has played an essential role in putting a big bomber back into the British skies.

The GBP5.5 million (USD10.8 million) project by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust to restore an Avro Vulcan XH558 aircraft caught the attention of Stantone’s managing director of sales.

Richard Barkworth was approached for help as the project’s co-ordinators knew of his interest in aircraft.
“It all started when I was a boy, living just a few miles away from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire where the new Vulcans were being tested. Every morning at about 7am they were fired up … and even at that distance, the sound was loud enough to rattle our windows,” he says.

Stantone loaned the project a Clark EC500 30 four-wheel electric counterbalanced forklift built in the early 1980s, a 2004 Clark CGP30 four-wheel gas-powered counterbalanced forklift and other lifting equipment.

“Over the course of the project, the plane had to be taken apart entirely and then put back together bit by bit,” says Barkworth. “Just about every component had to be moved by forklift.”
The biggest components lifted by Stantone’s forklifts were the Vulcan’s three-tonne Rolls Royce Olympus 202 engines.

Restoration work on the aircraft included the rewiring of electric cabling weighing over one ton, the installation of refurbished flying controls and new piping for its pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Corrosion has been removed from the Vulcan’s structure and 14 fuel tanks have been reinstalled, along with four engines and modern navigation aids and a new avionics suite.

Stantone donated a sum of money and provided engineers to carry out equipment maintenance. Barkworth and Stantone’s managing director of service, Robert Hall, also gave their time.

The Vulcan was retired from active service in 1992 after over 30 years of RAF service. Designed in 1948, it is capable of reaching speeds of up to 645mph. It was part of Great Britain’s nuclear deterrent in the Cold War era and also served as maritime reconnaissance, air-to-air refueller and finally as a display aircraft.

Out of the 320 Valiants, Victors and Vulcans built for the RAF’s V-force, XH558 is now the only one flying. It will make its first public flight at RAF Cosford on 1 June.

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Product News

Yale Europe introduces raised operator module
FLEET, United Kingdom

Yale Europe Materials Handling will showcase a new raised operator compartment for the Yale Veracitor VX range at CeMAT 2008 in Hannover next week.

With a 500mm (20 inch) higher operator position than the standard Veracitor VX series, Yale claims the raised operator module offers clear forward vision and better all-round visibility when using attachments and manoeuvring in tight spaces.

Common applications for the raised operator version of the Veracitor VX include the drinks production and distribution, paper, timber, plastics and automotive parts industries.

Jungheinrich launches tow tractor
HAMBURG, Germany

Jungheinrich will launch a new tow tractor, the EZS 570, in the northern hemisphere summer.

Built at the group’s plant in Lüneberg, Germany, the tow tractor can move trailers weighing up to seven tons and can be fitted with different couplings, making it adjustable to any trailer type.

It features three-phase AC technology, an automatically activated electric brake and speed control.

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Chinese forklift companies aid quake victims
China

Materials handling companies have rallied behind victims of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked south west China on 12 May, killing thousands and leaving millions homeless.

Ningbo Ruyi Joint Stock Co Ltd president Chu Jiwang was on a business trip in the US when he heard about the disaster. He immediately responded with a RMB1 million (USD143,694) donation through the Ninghai Charity Foundation.

“Ningbo Ruyi is facing a tough exporting situation but residents in the disaster areas are undergoing incredible hardship,” Chu says.

On 19 May, the company’s donation totalled RMB2,736,896 (USD393,277), with funds raised by staff including factory workers, who also gave blood at a local blood centre. Chu says the company plans to build a school in Sichuan province.

“We will send some experts to monitor the project to ensure the safety and quality of the building,” he adds.

Nearly 7,000 classrooms in Sichuan collapsed in the quake, burying thousands of schoolchildren alive, leaving many questioning the construction quality of China’s schools.

Jenny Zhang, general manager of leading forklift manufacturer Zhejiang Hangcha Company, says the company and its employees have collectively raised RMB631,880 (USD90,798) to assist the earthquake victims.

Container handling specialist Noell Crane Systems (China) Ltd’s management and employees have donated over RMB54,000 (USD7,760) to the victims.

Hytsu Group president Jerry Hu says company management raised funds to give to the Shanghai Red Cross Society but did not disclose the amount.

Nissan Motor Co Ltd announced last week it had pledged JPY15 million (USD145,151) to China’s Red Cross Society to support emergency relief efforts in Sichuan.

E-P Equipment Co Ltd also mobilised staff to raise money for the victims last week.

Company spokeswoman Sang Tian declined to reveal E-P’s total donation but called on industry members to support relief efforts.

“We believe when we hold hands together, we can do so much to support the humanitarian efforts to assist the earthquake victims. Our contribution unites us in making a difference.”

Readers wishing to assist quake victims can contribute to the Red Cross appeal with online donations at http://donate.ifrc.org/

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Briefs

Linde China CEO in top 10
XIAMEN, China

Linde China CEO CP Quek has received a “Xiamen Top 10 Business People” award for driving social and economic growth in the region.

Xiamen-based Linde (China) Forklift Truck Corp Ltd, the first foreign forklift manufacturer to set up in China, was established 15 years ago.

The award was organised by the Xiamen Strait newspaper and Xiamen University Economic Academy.

Clark South America supplies Landoll
CAMPINAS, Brazil

Clark Material Handling South America Ltda (CMHSA) is now the authorised distributor for Brazil of Landoll Corp’s Drexel and Bendi forklifts.

It also distributes Dalian forklifts, Hangcha forklifts and EP stackers and pallet trucks.

Hansen and Wang join Terex board
WESTPORT, CT, United States

Thomas J Hansen and David C Wang have been elected to Terex Corp’s board of directors.

Hansen is vice chairman of Illinois Tool Works Inc, responsible for the company’s worldwide Automotive Components and Fasteners, Fluids and Polymers, Industrial Metal and Plastic, and Construction businesses.

Wang is president of Boeing China Inc and vice president of international relations of The Boeing Company. Prior to joining Boeing, Wang was chairman and CEO of General Electric China.

Global market on the rise
HAMBURG, Germany

Global demand for materials handling equipment continued to rise from January to March 2008 with the exception of North America.

According to Jungheinrich AG, the global market expanded by 7% from 224,700 units to 239,900 units. China posted a 29% growth while the European market increased by 5%. Eastern Europe poste a 26% rise and the North American market experienced a 9% decline.

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Forklifts sold at 50th anniversary auction
VANCOUVER, Canada

Over 400 equipment items including forklifts will be on offer at Ritchie Bros’ 50th anniversary auction next month.

The 3 June unreserved public auction will be held in Kelowna, British Columbia (BC), where the company was founded 50 years ago. Co-founder David Ritchie, Kelowna mayor Sharon Shepherd, former Ritchie Bros president Randy Wall, and most of the 15 partners who owned the company before it went public in 1998, will attend.

Peter Blake, company CEO, says: “We’re proud to be the world’s largest industrial auctioneer, and we’re even prouder that we are a BC success story. And it all started here in Kelowna, with a small unreserved auction in 1958.”

Kim Schulz, corporate communications manager, says over 440 equipment items and a waterfront property on Okanagan Lake in Westbank, BC will go under the hammer in the one-day auction.

“Real estate is typically sold by photo during our large equipment auctions. We attract an average 1,300 bidders to our industrial auctions, both on site and over the internet. The target market for the properties we sell typically aligns with the audience we attract.”

Ritchie Bros conducted its first unreserved public industrial equipment auction in 1963.

Over 45,000 forklifts and 11,000 telehandlers have been sold in its worldwide auctions since 1998. A buyer from Canada paid USD270,000 for a Kalmar DCD300 30 ton forklift in a June 2007 auction in Sacramento, California, the highest ever for a forklift.

Other special events to commemorate Ritchie Bros’ 50th anniversary include parties for customers during auctions, USD50,000 in charitable donations, commemorative “then and now” posters for the 38 auction sites and online profiles of 50 special customers.

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Tusk and Komatsu recognise dealers
COVINGTON, GA, United States

Tusk Lift Trucks and Komatsu Forklift USA Inc have announced their top dealers for 2007 based on sales performance and market share growth in their territories.

The top Tusk dealers are H&K Equipment Inc, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania; Omnilift Inc, Warminster, Pennsylvania; Andersen & Associates Inc, Deerfield Beach, Florida; Maryland Industrial Trucks Inc, Linthicum, Maryland; TES Inc, South Kearny, New Jersey; Andress Engineering, Alabaster, Alabama; World Lift Inc, Hewitt, Texas; Albuquerque Forklift, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Tri-State Fork Lifts Inc, Dothan, Alabama.

The top Komatsu dealers are Sunbelt Industrial Trucks, Dallas, Texas; Aurora Lift Truck Service Inc, Montgomery, Illinois; Material Handling Resources LLC, Nashville, Tennessee; Lift Power Inc, Jacksonville, Florida; Quality Lift Trucks, Chula Vista, California; US Materials Handling Corp, Utica, New York; Bacon-Universal Co Inc, Honolulu, Hawaii; Lift Service Inc Tuscumbia, Alabama; Ceccacci Lift Truck Service Inc, Olyphant, Pennsylvania; Farmers Equipment Company, Lynden, Washington; Penn Equipment Co Assoc Inc, Burnham, Pennsylvania; and Hayhurst Equipment Inc, Pennsboro, West Virginia.

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ATM robbery suspect nabbed
GREEN BAY, WI, United States

A former Resch Center employee is accused of breaking into the entertainment centre and using a forklift to steal an ATM.

The 45-year-old suspect caught on surveillance video was identified by a Resch Center worker, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported (Forkliftaction.com News #360).

The suspect allegedly had the ATM covered with a blanket in the back of a stolen station wagon when police drove by his apartment. Investigators found USD736 cash on the man, a new Toshiba flat-screen television, a Wrangler jeep and almost USD7,000 in a drawer.

A warrant was issued and the suspect is now in custody. He has not been employed with Resch Center since 2004.

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LOCAL STORIES

The big spenders
CANBERRA, ACT, Australia

Industry and investment experience abounds amongst the newly announced members of Infrastructure Australia, the national body responsible for guiding the overhaul of the country’s infrastructure, and ensuring the government’s $20 billion budget for the job is wisely spent.

Led by Sir Rod Eddington, non-executive chairman of JP Morgan (Australia and New Zealand) and former British Airways chief, the committee includes Terry Moran (secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet), Dr Ken Henry (secretary to the Treasury), Jim Hallion (chief executive of the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure), Anthony Kannis (executive director of Western Australian Treasury), Dr Kerry Schott (MD and CEO of Sydney Water), Peter Newman (Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University), Mark Birrell (chairman of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia), Phil Hennessy (Queensland chairman of KPMG), Heather Ridout (chief executive of the Australian Industry Group), Ross Rolfe (senior executive, Babcock & Brown) and Garry Weaven (Chair of Industry Funds Management).

“Under the leadership of Sir Rod Eddington, this group has the capacity to cut through and identify the critical issues as well as the proven abilities to find innovative solutions to the infrastructure challenges Australia faces,” says Minister For Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese.

The 12-member advisory council's immediate responsibilities are:

• Completing an audit of nationally significant infrastructure by the end of 2008;
• Developing an Infrastructure Priority List to guide billions of dollars of public and private investment; and
• Advising on the removal of disincentives to greater private investment in public infrastructure, including the complexity and cost of public-private partnerships.

Ultimately, the work and advice of Infrastructure Australia will inform the Government's allocations from the soon-to-be-established $20 billion Building Australia Fund.

Victoria expects to benefit from a significant portion of the fund – at least AUD10 billion, according to its Treasurer, John Lenders.

He says Victoria has a particular need for funding to reduce urban congestion, with the federal government estimating the state’s bottlenecks would cost families and the national economy AUD6.1 billion by 2020 if action was not taken.

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NZ port meets carbon challenge
AUCKLAND, New Zealand

Ports of Auckland has completed an independent audit of its greenhouse gases as part of its commitment to keeping its carbon footprint to a minimum.

The audit comes ahead of this week’s Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation Conference on Climate Change, at which Ports of Auckland chief financial officer Wayne Thompson will join an industry forum canvassing key industry representatives on their companies’ responses to the carbon challenge.

MD Jens Madsen says the port has already begun to demonstrate its commitment to energy efficiency.

A number of initiatives, both in terms of technology purchases and operational behaviours, had been introduced over recent years, including:

• the significant investment in an upgrade of the Port’s floodlighting in 2005, to reduce the company’s respective energy consumption by around 15% ;
• the purchase of 35 new hybrid diesel-electric straddle carriers over the last three years, forming the country’s newest and most efficient fleet;
• the introduction of a Vehicle Booking System; and
• the recent introduction of a sophisticated fuel-monitoring system.
  
The port is working on the establishment of a rail link between the Auckland seaport and the company’s Wiri Inland Port, which would generate further operational and environmental efficiencies.

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Next link in port’s logistics chain
ENFIELD, New South Wales, Australia

Sydney Ports Corporation has called for Registration of Interest for the design and technical advisory services of its AUD200 million intermodal logistics centre at Enfield, with construction due to begin in 2009.

Approved in September last year, the Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre (EILC) project is expected to begin operating in 2011/12, and reach full capacity of 300,000 TEUs by 2016. The project will consist of:  
• an intermodal facility where containers will be moved on and off trains and trucks;
• warehouses where containers from trains can be stored and unpacked for delivery and where freight coming into the centre can be packed into containers for export;
• empty container storage facilities ;
• a light industrial/commercial area; and
• an ecological/community area.

Once completed, the EILC will be one of the first custom-built terminals aimed at supporting the port’s target of moving 40% of its containers by rail to and from Port Botany. At present, only 21% of containers are transported by rail.

Container trade through Port Botany is expected to exceed 3.2 million TEUs (by 2025 (1.62 million in 2006/07). The facility at Enfield will form part of a network of existing and planned intermodal terminal facilities in Sydney and will service around a quarter of the total intermodal demand.

The ILC is forecast to create around 840 direct and indirect jobs during construction and approximately 850 direct and indirect jobs during operation.

Once the ILC is operating at capacity, an annual economic contribution of
AUD80 million would be generated.

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Barrier keeps Coles safe
GEELONG, Victoria, Australia

Barrier Security Products of Geelong is installing a specially designed safety product aimed at separating busy forklift traffic from pedestrian activity across seven Coles stores within Australia.

The AUD1 million contract, secured in July last year, will be completed by September 2008 and incorporates a fully modular design capable of being built and repaired on site.

“The design involves using an outwardly facing 200mm high by 6mm thick galvanised channel to trap the fork tines and prevent them deflecting up and into the pedestrian traffic,” explains Barrier Security Products business development manager John Watts.

He tells Forkliftaction.com News that unlike conventional barrier products, the system can be installed using basic hand tools without any oxy cutting or welding required.

According to Watts, the company is designing a range of impact absorbing barriers for another major retailer’s distribution centre which will have wide applications throughout the logistics industry.

“We are constantly developing new products, and specialise in forklift separation barriers, machinery guarding, barriers for asset protection, visual warning signs and vehicle control.”

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Briefs
Australia

Brambles reports increase in sales

Global pallet supplier Brambles has reported a 13% increase in group sales for the 10 months from 1 July 2007 to 2 May 2008, reflecting continued sales growth across all regions of the group.

Since releasing its 2008 half year results on 21 February 2008, Brambles has bought back 29.2 million shares for a total consideration of A$279.9 million.
The group will report its usual trading update on 24 June 2008.


Demand for executives is at the lowest level since 2006

Demand for executives, except for accountants, has fallen to its lowest level since 2006 as the economy slows, according to a monthly index compiled by EL Consult.

There was a 6% fall in executive positions advertised nationwide, with a 2% increase in finance positions, a 5% fall in engineering positions and a 4% decrease in general management positions.

Demand for executives in the information technology sector was unchanged and there was a 26% drop in marketing and sales management positions.


Small business conditions moderate

The ACCI Small Business Survey shows that conditions moderated over the March 2008 quarter for small business, while labour costs continued to rise. At the same time, there was a moderation in the overall growth of employment. Growth of investment in plant and equipment slowed from previous high rates, while the growth rate for investment in buildings and structures was negative.

The survey has also found that:
• Business expects a further moderation in Australian economic growth over the next 12 months relative to the current annual growth rate;
• The growth of sales revenue was lower over the quarter. Expectations also moderated from previous figures;
• The growth of wage and non-wage labour costs continued to be high;
• Price growth moderated over the quarter from the previous all time high level;
• Profit growth declined further below the key 50.0 level and expectations for the March quarter were also negative, indicating small business was not confident of a quick turnaround.

The survey assessed business conditions and business confidence amongst 2,008 businesses around Australia over the January, February and March period.

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MEDIA RELEASES
Omega Lift Wins Canadian Department of National Defence Contract for Omega Lift 50,000 lb. HERC Units

Omega Lift Manufacturing Inc. has been contracted to provide the Canadian Department of National Defence with rough terrain forklift units. The Omega Lift 50,000 lb. (at 48” load centre) militarized HERC Series units are scheduled for delivery to coincide with the delivery of Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport planes by the Canadian Department of National Defence.

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Bayer Award for Excellence in Development and Implementation of Advanced VULKOLLAN® Processing Technology for RAEDER-VOGEL

On 15th April 2008, RAEDER-VOGEL Raeder- und Rollenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG of Hamburg was granted the "Award for Excellence in Development and Implementation of Advanced VULKOLLAN® Processing Technology" by Bayer MaterialScience/BaySystems.

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Leading attachment manufacturer will be at CeMAT 2008.

During the CeMAT fair to be held in Hannover from the 27th – 31st May 2008, KAUP, - Europe’s leading manufacturer of attachments for forklift trucks - will be situated in the outside area at FG : K 02, directly across from the Expo Roof .

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Terra rounds up its product range

The CeMAT 2008 in Hannover is the first venue where Terra, the specialist for handling long and heavy goods, displays its completed product line. The model range includes its conventional sideloaders, with lifting capacities from 4 up to 18 tons, electric or ic powered fourway-sideloaders, moving loads up to 35 tons, and the proven all terrain trucks from Austria lifting four, five or six tons.

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Taiwan Dihshiang offers a complete range of Tie Rods for the Forklift Industry

Taiwan Dihshiang manufactures a global range of forklift spare parts for tie rod end and ball joints. These products can be used for Toyota, TCM, Komatsu, Nissan, Hyster, etc.

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Pallet Dawg now available factory direct

The Pallet Dawg is now available factory direct. BST Technologies Inc. (the producers of the Pallet Dawg) has ended their exclusivity and is now selling factory direct.

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Common RFID problems solved with practical solutions from RealRFId

RFID can be used with forklift trucks or other vehicles to detect the location of the truck, trigger a speed control system, or start a pedestrian warning device. But standard RFID involves complex installation and is prone to: interference, poor read distance and tuning problems when normal antennae are mounted in the narrow space under the truck. RealRFid offers two solutions to these typical problems: the MM series and the IRMA series.

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The Best just got better (and thinner too). Introducing our new H-Series Paper roll clamps

Knifing between rolls in trailers, containers and rail cars can cause damage. Our new H-Series Paper Roll Clamps help reduce this costly situation.

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