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“Solideal commits to recycling”
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UK jobs under threat
STOCKTON-ON-TEES, United Kingdom
A study by leading industry analyst Plimsoll warns that almost 2,500 jobs could go as forklift companies face tough conditions.
Up to 2,496 jobs could be lost as the UK forklift industry consolidates over the next 12 months, according to the 3rd edition 2008 Plimsoll Analysis. The unwelcome news for the forklift industry coincides with the British Chamber of Commerce survey which suggests unemployment could rise by up to 300,000 over the next 12 months as the UK economy experiences a “prolonged and bumpy landing.”
The analysis examines each of the UK’s leading 486 companies and assesses each company’s chances of survival and the steps each could take to charter a path through these choppy times.
The analysis found that large numbers of jobs could be lost as companies seek to get costs in line with sales. One of the largest firms alone could see up to 888 jobs lost, according to Plimsoll.
The analysts suggest that as many as three-quarters of the firms studied will need to reduce their head count.
Of the 486 firms individually assessed, 113 companies, rated in danger, need to consolidate immediately. These firms are currently losing money, are heavily in debt and are exposed to their lenders. They need to take drastic action to shrink their business otherwise their survival is in question. Some of these firms could see 30% of the workforce go as they try to stay in the market.
A further 205 companies need to only “tweak” their business. Making small but simple changes to their business will see them maintain their profitability and improve their stability. Building up their strength is vital as they aim to stay competitive.
Meanwhile, 168 companies are currently leading the market with sales per employee figures of well over GBP211,000. These super-productive firms are generating over GBP7,000 worth of profit per employee and, according to analysts, are well-equipped to see out the next 12 months in good shape and are almost certain to prosper from their weaker competitors’ demise.
“The 113 companies we have identified as in danger need to act now if they are to survive,” says David Pattison, Plimsoll’s senior analyst. “It is very important they review their entire business cost base and take action now to significantly reduce their outgoings. Whilst job losses are undoubtedly bad news for any company, such decisive action may be called for to guarantee the ultimate survival of the business - even if this means the business is 30 or 50% smaller than it was.”
A Plimsoll spokeswoman stresses that the estimate of shedding 2,496 jobs is not a guess. “We have looked at each company in the report individually and assessed where companies need to make efficiency and productivity gains to meet the recommended sales per employee, and how many staff would need to be lost as a result,” she explains.
Reacting to the report, James Clark, secretary general of the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA), cites his organisation’s recent study conducted by Oxford Economics. That analysis predicts a 3% downturn in orders in 2008, stability in 2009 from 2008, and a subsequent increase of approximately 3.5% year-on-year in unit terms until 2012.
“It follows that for those companies who can weather it, the storm may not be too prolonged,” Clark says.
Clark admits that “market conditions have undeniably toughened considerably in the first six months of 2008”. He says BITA is under no illusions that, when new figures are released at the end of this month, members “may not be able to report such buoyant performance” as the organisation’s last reported increase in sales of 3.5%.
“For now, however, it is too early to comment,” he says.
Nissan passes on rising costs
Japanese automotive giant Nissan will be passing rising costs on to its customers. Bloomberg reports that Nissan Motor Co will raise domestic prices on its forklifts by 4.8% to 6.5% to pass on higher costs for steel and other raw materials.
The news service quotes a Nissan statement indicating that the new prices come into effect this week.
Prices for an engine-based forklift will rise to JPY2.53 million (USD24,000) from JPY2.39 million.
Analysts point out that Japan is an unusual market in that price increases are not formally announced in other regions. The Nissan hike is seen as catch-up in the wake of a similar increase in June by Nichiyu, a recently announced 6% increase from TCM on the back of its 3% January increase, a 5% rise by Komatsu in June and Toyota’s 6.5% increase in May.
Market watchers say global currency fluctuations mean the increases may not be passed on to other markets “at this stage”, but warn that rises are inevitable.
Nissan, which started forklift production in 1957, has production facilities in Japan, USA and Spain and produces around 30,000 units per year.
Solideal commits to recycling
By Melissa Barnett
Unexpected high demand for raw rubber over the past few years and increased global pressure to reduce industrial waste has caused many users and manufacturers of rubber-based products to rethink their rubber use. One of the biggest tyre manufacturers, Solideal, has developed a tyre recycling program which helps offset rubber price increases while also reducing the company’s environmental footprint.
Tyre recycling in the past has been fraught with difficulties. Collection and transport have been expensive due to the bulky nature of used tyres, and the technology required to extract reusable tyre components has, until recently, been lacking.
A rubber tyre usually contains, along with rubber, quantities of steel, fibre, carbon and oil. In the manufacturing process, these components are baked together and vulcanised to form a solid sheet which is then made into tyres. In the recycling process, the vulcanisation has to be reversed, effectively separating each of the ingredients. The devulcanisation process has been compared to “unbaking the cake and reusing the eggs”, according to Solideal spokesman Antal Takacs.
Solideal hopes to recycle up to 80,000 tyres this year in its two recycling projects. One involves the recovery of scrap metal, while the second involves shredding old Solideal tyres to recreate a new budget-brand tyre range. This program has been in operation for the past eight years and claims to re-use up to 50% of the old tyre.
Each of the recycling programs is designed to complement and support the existing product lines manufactured by Solideal. All of the recycling is done in Solideal’s Sri Lankan factories, with research and development shared between Sri Lanka and Belgium.
Takacs says the company hopes to achieve a recycling target of 60,000 used press-on tyres and 20,000 resilient tyres per annum. Although this figure is a drop in the ocean compared to the 1.6 billion tyres used throughout the world each year, Solideal has taken significant steps in reducing its environmental footprint and in showing that good business can be achieved through recycling.
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RSC acquires American Equipment
SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States
RSC Equipment Rental Inc has acquired the business and certain operational assets of American Equipment Rentals from FST Equipment LLC and AER Holding LLC, both based in Providence, Rhode Island. Terms were not disclosed.
American rents forklifts, scissor and boom lifts and other equipment to New England-area commercial construction contractors through locations in Providence; Woburn, Massachusetts; and New Britain, Connecticut. American works with manufacturers of the JLG, Genie, MEC, Lull, Gradall, Skyjack, Terex Aerials, Terex Handlers, Upright, SkyTrak and Snorkel brands.
American’s annual revenues are about USD19 million. Nearly 90% involves rentals. “The American business is a growth platform for us,” Ned Graham, RSC senior vice president of operations, says in a statement.
Publicly traded parent entity RSC Holdings Inc of Scottsdale employs more than 5,300, operates 468 rental locations in the US and Canada and reported profit of USD123.3 million on 2007 sales of USD1.77 billion. In mid-May, RSC disclosed a preliminary agreement to acquire American Equipment Rentals’ assets.
Kalmar wins SPRC contract
Container and heavy-duty materials handling equipment supplier Kalmar Industries has been awarded a contract to supply Colombia’s Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena (SPRC) with a variety of container handling equipment for its new Contecar terminal in Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. The order includes 30 terminal tractors, seven E-One+ rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes and five reachstackers. The smaller equipment is scheduled to be delivered by November, while the RTGs will be operational by May of 2009.
SPRC is one of Kalmar’s best South American customers and the company says the agreement demonstrates the importance of long-term partnerships where continuous support remains paramount in maintaining efficient terminal operations.
Dan House, Kalmar’s Latin America managing director, says SPRC expects sizable increases in cargo traffic at the Port of Cartagena. To accommodate this growth, the terminal operator looked to Kalmar yet again as a reliable partner in equipping its new container terminal with innovative and productive equipment.
Kalmar’s partnership with SPRC dates back to 1997, according to House. “Because they have a sizeable fleet of Kalmar machines at their existing terminal, Kalmar was the preferred supplier of equipment to the new Contecar container handling operation.”
“By sticking with Kalmar, SPRC gets the benefit of having a consistent fleet of equipment across both terminals. This commonality simplifies operation and maintenance. SPRC trusts Kalmar’s quality and support.”
The order for seven E-One+ cranes will bring the total number of Kalmar RTGs ordered by SPRC to 27. The latest units will be 6 + 1 wide and 1-over-6 high. All will be supplied with Kalmar’s Smartrail autosteering and container positioning verification system and Remote Monitoring Interface (RMI).
The five Kalmar DRF450-65S5 reachstackers will offer SPRC advantages in operational flexibility, with the capability to lift 45 tonnes in the first row of container stacks, 31 tonnes in the second row and 15 tonnes in the third row. The units’ environmentally friendly engines feature low emissions, smoother automatic gear shift and driver controls. Kalmar’s DRF-series sets new standards for reliability, performance and easy maintenance.
The value of the orders was not disclosed.
Kalmar is part of Cargotec Corporation, a leading provider of cargo handling solutions which are used in local transportation, terminals, ports, distribution centres and ships. In 2007, Cargotec's net sales were EUR3.018 billion (USD 4.805 billion).
GS Yuasa to produce batteries in Thailand
GS Yuasa Corp. has announced plans to produce batteries for forklifts at a Thai plant to be operated jointly with a local car-maker.
The facility is scheduled to go online next Northern Hemisphere spring with an initial capacity of roughly 200,000 units. Output will be increased to 400,000 units by 2013, or enough to supply about 16,000 forklifts.
According to a company statement, GS Yuasa currently holds slightly under a 30% share of the market in South East Asia and Oceania, but hopes to raise that percentage to 40%.
The added production will come from a new JPY500 million (US$4.71 million) plant in Chachoengsao Province, located east of Bangkok. GS Yuasa Siam Industry Ltd is a joint venture comprising GS Yuasa International Ltd. (60%) and Siam Motors Co (40%).
Last year, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) overtook GS Yuasa Power Supply Ltd as the largest shareholder in Nippon Yusoki Co Ltd, one of Japan’s leading electric forklift manufacturers (Forkliftaction.com News #327).
Webb names resellers for SmartCarts
FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, United States
Jervis B. Webb Co named nine value-added resellers (VARs) to supply, install and service the firm’s SmartCart automatic guided carts (AGCs) in certain geographic areas.
Under agreements with Webb, the VARs are Advanced Equipment Co of Charlotte, North Carolina; Conveyability Inc of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Skarnes Inc/DL Systems of New Brighton, Minnesota; Flexicell Inc robotic systems of Ashland, Virginia; HCM Systems Inc of Willowbrook, Illinois; Herr Industrial Inc of Lititz, Pennsylvania; Lorik Tool & Automation Inc of Brantford, Ontario, Canada; Schneider Packaging Equipment Co Inc of Brewerton, New York; and Technical Packaging Systems of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The Webb firm intends to sign agreements with other VARs in strategic locations in the US and Canada.
“The affordability and flexibility of SmartCarts make them the ideal choice for companies looking to increase productivity while reducing costs,” said Bruce Buscher, Webb vice president of sales and marketing, in a statement.
Magnetic tape guide paths control the movement of SmartCart AGCs in materials handling applications involving assembly line or goods transportation within a plant or warehouse.
Farmington Hills-based Webb has manufacturing locations in Harbor Springs and Boyne City, Michigan; Carlisle, South Carolina; Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Bangalore, India; and Shanghai, China. Webb is a subsidiary of Daifuku Company Ltd of Osaka, Japan.
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Safety speakers unveiled
HAMPSHIRE, United Kingdom
Program details have been released for the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) Safety Conference at Warwick University on September 25th.
FLTA chief executive David Ellison says this year’s conference centres around the theme of ‘Safe Operations’. “As ever, the conference will bring together a host of experts whose presentations will show what the forklift industry is doing – and what those in the audience can do – to make lifting operations safer,” he explains.
Session will include:
Tipping Trucks – the HSE Perspective: John Moutrie from the Field Operations Directorate of the Health and Safety Executive will explain why tipping is still such a great cause for concern.
Design for Safety: Benoit Meunier of Toyota Material Handling UK will illustrate how safety features can be designed into new trucks as they are being developed.
Fork Lift Truck Attachments and Safety: Neal Fowler from B&B Attachments will highlight the key role that correct use of attachments can play in safety.
Battery Safety and Environmental Issues: Nigel Harris of CMP Batteries will talk about the potential hazards around batteries and their chargers.
Alternative Fuel Sources: Ian Melhuish of the NACCO Materials Handling Group will looks at safety improvements with alternative fuels and ponder the new safety challenges associated with them.
For further details visit the FLTA website (http://www.fork-truck.org.uk)
ITA sets agenda for October event
WASHINGTON, DC, United States
The Industrial Truck Association (ITA) will review industry issues, regulatory developments and business trends during its 57th annual meeting 2-5 October in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Delegates will hear a report on ITA-supported training seminars for US Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance officers from Jim Lyle, chief engineer for global product assurance with NACCO Materials Handling Group Inc of Portland, Oregon; Gary Cross with ITA counsel Dunaway & Cross in Washington; and Chris Merther, manager of technical programs with Washington-based ITA.
Ed Dailey, general manager of sales and marketing in Tullahoma, Tennessee with ThyssenKrupp Steel North America Inc’s GSP division, is slated to present the results of ITA’s 2008 business trends survey, and Richard Carr of Industrial Vehicle Technology International magazine will moderate the association Presidents’ Forum involving Gordon Riske of the Federation of European Material Handling Manufacturers (FEM), Tadashi Ishikawa of the Japan Industrial Vehicles Association (JIVA) and Stan Simpson of ITA.
Side meetings include gatherings of the suppliers, Canadian delegates, lawyers, engineering and statistics committees and six product and special interest sub-committees.
Social and recreational activities include award presentations, dinners, receptions, a golf tournament and a four-wheel desert excursion. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort is the host facility
EnerSys works with Lithium Technology
READING, PA, United States
Industrial battery manufacturer, marketer and distributor EnerSys has signed a memorandum of understanding with Lithium Technology Corporation. The agreement calls for the establishment of a relationship for the advancement of large lithium ion batteries between the parties. The parties intend to finalise the agreement in the coming months.
Under the proposed agreement, EnerSys will become the exclusive distributor of Lithium Technology’s product line of large-format lithium ion batteries and cells to the defense and aerospace markets globally. In addition, EnerSys will market Lithium Technology products to the reserve power and renewable energy markets on a non-exclusive basis.
John Craig, chairman, president and chief executive officer of EnerSys, says the relationship with Lithium Technology will allow EnerSys to “offer our customers additional lithium ion product options to complement our broad line of lead acid and other specialty products to meet our customers’ applications and needs”.
Dr. Klaus Brandt, president and chief technology officer of Lithium Technology Corporation, says the agreement underscores his company’s role as an industry leader. “We believe that the partnership, which started approximately a year ago, will increase our exposure in the battery market and increase our revenue growth.”
Om shows off new ICEs
Italian munfacturer Om Carrelli Elevatori used the recent CeMAT show to launch its new XD 15 and XD 25 forklifts.
The XD 15-30, based on the Italian-built XD 15-20 and XD 25-30 which made their debut in 2002, is available with load capacities of 1.5t, 1.8t, 2.0t, 2.5t and 3.0 tons.
The forklifts are powered by Yanmar 34 kW and 44 kW engines for diesel models and Nissan 33 kW and 38 kW engines for LPG models.
Om claims the compact size of the truck allows it to be used in narrower aisles.
The new XD 15-20 and XD 25-30 range is covered by the OM Intrinsic Safety Program (OMISP), which includes the Mast Safety System where the mast is locked when the operator is not seated or the engine is turned off.
Crown launches RC 5500
Crown has dubbed its new RC 5500 Series “three trucks in one”. The new stand-up counterbalanced truck can be used throughout the workplace, from unloading trailers, to internal and external transportation, to stacking and storage. The RC 5500 is equipped with the maintenance-free e-GENTM Braking System and
Crown’s patented FlexRide suspension technology.
Crown has also equipped the RC 5500 with the latest generation three-phase motors.
The series offers standard lift heights of up to 6,200 mm (20 feet) with the Triplex mast (TT-Mast) or 7,010 mm (22 feet) with a Quad mast and comes in 1.5 tonne and 1.8 tonne variants.
New pallet truck from Raymond
GREENE, NY, UNITED STATES
Raymond Corporation’s new Model 8900 pallet truck is being pitched at dock operations, loading and unloading trailers, and transporting pallets horizontally. The Model 8900 pallet truck features Raymond’s ACR System for quicker acceleration, smooth operation and greater energy efficiency. AC motors deliver more run time per battery charge and experience less reduction in truck performance as the battery discharges, even with a fully loaded pallet, according to the manufacturer.
The pallet truck is available in 6,000 lb and 8,000 lb (2,721 Kg – 3,628 Kg) capacities and is available with an optional operator compartment sensor system.
Raymond recommends the 8900 for dock operations, loading and unloading trailers and transporting pallets horizontally.
Forklift operator gets probation in stock scheme
NEW YORK, NY, United States
A judge has sentenced former forklift operator Juan Renteria Jr. to two years’ probation and ordered him to forfeit USD5,000 in illegal profits from an insider trading scheme.
US District Judge Richard J Holwell said Renteria admitted guilt and co-operated with federal authorities in identifying the leaders of a creative scheme involving more than a dozen people in the US, Croatia and Germany. Initially, Renteria entered a not guilty plea to charges of fraud and insider trading (Forkliftaction.com News #287).
At the sentencing in New York, Renteria apologised for his actions and said he would regret them for the remainder of his life. Because of his co-operation, Renteria, 22, was spared time in prison.
The scheme involved theft of pre-release copies of BusinessWeek magazine so traders could profit from security transactions based on tips in the magazine’s “Inside Wall Street” column.
Printing firm Quad/Graphics Inc in Hartford, Wisconsin hired Renteria at age 19 after he responded to an advertisement for work as a US$10/hour forklift operator. Subsequently, perpetrators of the scheme offered him money to forward early copies.
Purported ringleader Eugene Plotkin, 29, formerly an analyst with Goldman Sachs Group Inc, was sentenced in January to four years and nine months in prison and ordered to forfeit USD6.7 million. David Pajcin, a former Goldman Sachs trainee, and Stanislav Shpigelman, an analyst in mergers and acquisitions at Merrill Lynch & Co, pleaded guilty and cooperated with the government in return for lighter sentences.
The scheme began in 2004 and was disclosed in April 2006 after regulators learned Pajcin’s aunt, a retired seamstress in Croatia, had received payments of more than USD2 million.
Agents of the US Securities & Exchange Commission and the US district attorney’s office in New York conducted the investigation.
Transport industry included in emissions trading scheme
CANBERRA, ACT, Australia
The transport sector was included in the government’s Green Paper on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme released this week.
At the heart of the scheme is emissions trading, in which the government sets a limit on how much carbon pollution industry can produce, and then the government sells permits up to that limit, creating an incentive to look for cleaner energy options.
“Companies can buy and sell permits from each other depending on how much they value them, thereby enabling the market to find the most efficient ways to reduce carbon pollution,” said Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong.
Wong said the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme will cover stationary energy, transport, fugitive emissions, industrial processes, the waste and forestry sectors, and all six greenhouse gases counted under the Kyoto Protocol from the time the scheme begins.
“To offset the initial price impact on fuel associated with the introduction of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the government will cut fuel taxes on a cent-for-cent basis.
“We will periodically assess the adequacy of this adjustment measure for three years and adjust this offset accordingly. At the end of the three year period, the measure will be reviewed.”
For heavy vehicle road users, who transport goods across the country, fuel taxes will be cut on a cent-for-cent basis to offset the initial price impact on fuel associated with the impact of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. The government will review this measure after one year.
The government will establish the Climate Change Action Fund (CCAF) to help business transition to a cleaner economy, by providing in-partnership funding for a range of activities, including:
• Capital investment in innovative new low emissions processes
• Industrial energy efficiency projects with long payback periods
• Dissemination of best and innovative practice among small to medium sized enterprises.
Canberra will provide transitional assistance in the form of a share of free permits to the most emissions intensive trade exposed activities.
The government also proposes to provide a limited amount of direct assistance to existing coal-fired electricity generators.
A report by the Total Environment Centre (TEC) earlier this week revealed that without a comprehensive plan, freight emissions could rise to more than 13% of national carbon pollution by 2020.
Executive director Jeff Angle says this is a major problem for the freight industry because business and individual consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the carbon footprint of products.
The biggest contributor is road transport (87%) and the largest emitters per tonne of product carried are air transport and light commercial vehicles.
LGVs replace forklifts at Mint
CANBERRA, ACT, Australia
Laser Guided Vehicles (LGVs) will replace traditional forklifts at the Royal Australian Mint as part of a modernisation program to improve materials handling and safety on the production floor.
The contract, awarded to Australis Engineering of Padstow, New South Wales late last year, involves the incorporation of a wide variety of technologies to work together as a cohesive system. These include laser guided vehicles (LGVs), robotics, automated vision systems, manufacturing execution system (MES) software, conveyors, multi-axis elevators, scanners and labellers.
Director of Australis Engineering, Anthony Gustafson, tells Forkliftaction.com News that the company has completed around 40-50% of the work involved, with final completion due in March 2009.
The company is responsible for implementing an automated system which will allow the mint to submit a work order that will then automatically set the system to work and allow minimum manual handling in the movement of materials throughout the system.
“The three LGVs, in conjunction with the rest of the system, will replace four traditional forklifts in total and will allow for approximately 1,350 pickup and drop off points for coin blanks, finished coins and associated production materials,” says Gustafson.
The LGVs are currently under construction, with initial programming also under way. The machines will have a carrying capacity of 1,500kg and a vertical reach suitable to pallet racks of three high. They will perform a variety of tasks apart from the traditional pallet movements. Movement of palletised product between floors happens automatically, with the LGVs interacting with an eight-tonne goods lift where pallets are loaded and unloaded directly into and out of the lift.
He says the traditional forklifts have in the past posed a serious occupational health and safety risk on the production floor where operators and vehicles work side-by-side. “The introduction of LGVs on the production floor eliminates these risks,” says Gustafson.
The use of LGVs also allows for some product movements to occur after hours, in preparation for the next day’s production. “This equates to a substantial saving in labour and a substantial decrease in OH&S risk to the Mint, while improving the production capacity of the system,” he adds.
Cameras mounted on the LGVs will also provide close up views of the minting process to tourists visiting the facility.
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Open day showcases forklift’s capabilities
WETHERILL PARK, New South Wales, Australia
Sydney-based distributor Adapt-A-Lift hosted an open day on Wednesday this week to showcase subsidiary Combilift Australia’s comprehensive range of forklift models.
Developed by Irish manufacturer Combilift a decade ago, the multi-directional forklifts have proved popular, with over 297 forklifts purchased or placed in long-term rental in the timber, steel, plastic pipe, plasterboard and window industries in Australia since their local launch six years ago.
Recently, Combilift Australia supplied a C4800L forklift to a leading steel company to support the new loading system at its premises.
“The company is continually expanding its product range into heavier gauge profiles, pack weights and longer lengths and was looking for a forklift that could lift these heavier and longer loads safely and efficiently,” says Combilift Australia product specialist Rosie Greaney.
She tells Forkliftaction.com News that with over 17 models in its range, including multi-directional Combilifts, sideloaders and the stand-up side loader (GT) for very narrow aisles, Combilift Australia can provide anything from a 2.5 tonne unit up to a 14 tonne unit, producing at least one new unit a year with improved capacities and features built to customer needs.
The Combilift is an engine- or battery electric-powered multi-directional forklift designed primarily for handling long loads in confined areas. Suitable for use both inside and out, the machine can operate in aisles as narrow as two metres.
Service fee for VBS system
AUCKLAND, New Zealand
Ports of Auckland plans to charge a service fee for its Vehicle Booking System (VBS) of NZD2.50 per container, effective from 1 August.
"The VBS has been highly successful in achieving its aim of reduced truck queues and consistent turnaround times. The efficiencies created via the trial process and the working group provide real benefits for the transport community and the supply chain as a whole," says Ports of Auckland transport manager Jon Ward.
"Charging a service fee will enable Ports of Auckland to continue the management and development of the VBS and ensure consistent, fast and efficient service to VBS users. Likewise, transport operators and their customers will benefit from the consistent service delivery enabled by the system, thus helping hold transport costs," says Ward.
While the service fee will initially apply only to Fergusson container terminal, the system is also being introduced to Bledisloe container terminal, with an agreement to introduce the same fee and conditions from 1 February 2009.
Heaviest impact of the credit crisis yet to come
A survey of the credit crisis across 14 countries including Australia by global financial services supplier Atradius is anticipating a much more significant impact than was felt in 2007.
Approximately 65% of respondents are expecting some bank failures as a result of the credit crisis. Direct exposure to sub-prime lending is higher in Europe (14% of respondents) than in the US (9%).
About 31% of respondents say they have indirect exposure to sub-prime lending with exposure highest in Mexico (51%) and the United States (46%).
Larger companies are more frequently impacted by the credit crisis than smaller companies.
Outside of the US and Mexico, companies in Italy (58%), the UK (46%), Spain (44%) and Australia/New Zealand (43%) have expressed the highest rates of impact from the credit crisis.
Swedish respondents expressed a very low rate of impact (7%), while 69% of companies in Mexico have already experienced tightening credit. Italy and Spain are also experiencing a high rate of tightening. Sweden (less than 20%), the Netherlands and Denmark (less than 30%) have experienced the lowest rates of tightening.
Businesses in the energy sector have been impacted by the credit crisis more than any other industry.
The building supply and construction; industrial and manufacturing; and consumer goods industries are expected to suffer the most over the next 12 months.
Only about 38% of companies surveyed have adjusted their credit extension policies in response to the changing business climate.
Supply chain speakers named
BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
Strategic futurist Marcus Barber will be opening the 2008 Supply Chain & Logistics Conference which will be held on Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1 at the Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane.
One of Australia’s top value systems specialists, Barber is the facilitator of the strategic futures block at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra, co-presenter on the National Geographic Channel’s TV series “Future Matters”, author of “The Money Tree and How to Grow One - Creating Success in Your Business” and is an advisory board member of the recently established Australian Strategic Planning Institute and the Australian Bill of Rights Initiative.
Additional keynote speakers at the conference will include: Professor Alan Harrison from Cranfield Centre for Logistics and SCM in the UK; Dr Robyn Keast from the Australian Centre of Business Research; Michael Mitchell, general manager, Perkins Shipping Domestic Logistics Services; and Dr Jeremy Davey from the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety.
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Engine Control Systems announces the extension of the CARB verification of the ECS TermiNOx™ system
Engine Control Systems (ECS) is pleased to announce the extension of its’ California Air Resources Board (CARB) verification for the TermiNOx™ emission control system to also include LPG fueled large spark ignited (LSI) engines greater than 3.0 L in displacement but less than or equal to 8.2 L.
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The new Hawker Water Less motive power batteries from EnerSys allow greatly extended periods between topping up - between 4 and 13 weeks - and produce a reduction in battery maintenance labour of between 60% and 75%.
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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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