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Fantuzzi purchase may not go ahead

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NEWS
Linde struggles in UK
NMHG, Komatsu reduce work force
BLT opens facility
Fantuzzi purchase may not go ahead
Skyjack extends Christmas shut-down
Auctioneers succeed in new market
Hyster demonstrates beverage industry solutions
Depot buys new ECH
Bread maker buys fleet of order pickers
Industry may seek AWP training standards
Online service training for Genie products
Neighbours lose forklifts to thieves

LOCAL NEWS
Linde secures forklift contract
Paperless supply chain from port to customer
Forklift training fills gap
Enfield freight terminal on track
Port opens trade office in Tasmania
2008 Mercury Awards winners

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NEWS STORIES
Linde struggles in UK
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
By Bill Redmond

Britain’s biggest forklift maker, Linde Material Handling UK, part of the Kion group, is struggling in a difficult market. In 2007, it made a pre-tax loss of GBP47,000 (USD72,000) on annual sales up by GBP5 million (USD7.74 million) to GBP329.3 million (USD509.5 million).

At the operating profit level, however, efficiency drives to cut distribution and administration costs led to a profit rise from GBP630,000 (USD973,00) to GBP7.4 million (USD11.4 million), but the improving picture was hit by an actuarial loss on the pension scheme of GBP20 million (USD30.9 million) compared with a gain of GBP8.8 million (USD13.6 million) in 2006. As in 2006, there is no dividend.

Negative working capital has dramatically improved since 2006 but still remains negative at GBP10.3 million (USD15.9 million). During 2007, an infusion of fresh capital saved the company from plunging even deeper into negative shareholder equity, which in 2006 stood at GBP6 million (USD9.2 million). Last year, the company converted ordinary redeemable shares of GBP42.8 million (USD66.1 million) into ordinary shares and issued GBP30.7 million (USD47.3 million) of new ordinary shares at par. At the end of the year, this left net shareholders’ funds of GBP56.7 million (USD87.4 million).

Linde has found the going tough in the UK market for the past seven years, racking up accumulated pre-tax losses of over GBP20 million (USD30.9 million) for that period and the directors continue to report that “the company suffers from cost pressures and competitor activity in its major markets which are expected to intensify in the coming year.” During 2007, it shed jobs, and then, in November this year, it announced further redundancies amounting to more than 10% of its labour force at its main Basingstoke factory, where it claims that orders received are now what drives forklift production.

Ultimately owned by private equity groups Goldman Sachs and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, Kion’s top management will be under rising pressure to turn the UK operation around after years of dismal performance, especially as its strong market areas in the East will weaken during next year.

Globally, Kion’s performance in the first half of 2008 seems encouraging, as it notched up rising sales of 9.3% to EUR2.26 billion (USD2.95 billion) in the first half of 2008 compared with the same half in 2007, but it reports that its market share in the first half for small and low-tech trucks fell slightly. Net income in the first half of 2008 was only EUR29 million (USD37.8 million), hardly the heady stuff investors expect from a heavily geared company posting significant first half sales. It is hardly surprising, perhaps, that Kion does not expect a stock market launch in 2009.
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NMHG, Komatsu reduce work force
Greenville, NC, United States
Manufacturing sites of Nacco Materials Handling Group (NMHG) in Greenville, North Carolina and Komatsu Forklift USA Inc in Covington, Georgia have reduced their labour force.

“Like all companies, NMHG is facing tough economic times, and we are taking measures to weather the storm,” says Christina Kmetko, manager of finance with publicly traded parent firm Nacco Industries Inc in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

The Greenville site employs about 1,100, but Kmetko declines to quantify the cutback, indicating that NMHG is adjusting staffing levels to meet current end-user demand for the products it makes under the Yale and Hyster brands.

Employees in Greenville learned about the reductions on 21 November.

The cyclical downturn in the forklift capital goods market resulted in lower NMHG orders in the Americas and Europe, according to Nacco’s 3 November third-quarter press release. “In addition, material cost increases and foreign currency movements are continuing to affect results negatively.”

At the beginning of 2008, NMHG had a backlog of unfilled orders for about 30,500 forklifts, worth about USD668 million. At that time, NMHG expected to substantially fill all of the orders during 2008. The backlog was about 26,000 units as of 30 September.
NMHG employed 6,700 persons as of 31 January.

For now, its wholesale business operates five manufacturing and assembly facilities in the Americas, five in Europe and three in the Asia Pacific, including a Japan joint venture with Sumitomo Heavy Industries Inc.

NMHG said in September it would cut about 90 positions in a Craigavon, Northern Ireland plant. A NMHG facility in Irvine, Scotland was slated for closure in early 2009.

Komatsu’s Covington site employs about 100 and manufactures equipment under the Komatsu and Tusk brands. The operation reportedly reduced its work force in October, eliminating about a dozen positions and offering non-disclosure severance packages. The firm declined to confirm the cutback or comment on the reasons.

Komatsu Forklift USA is an operation of publicly traded Komatsu Ltd of Tokyo. Regional subsidiary Komatsu America Corp of Rolling Meadows, Illinois oversees 12 manufacturing facilities and more than 30 corporate entities in the North American market.

Other Komatsu units manufacture forklift trucks in Oyama and Mooka, Japan and, since 2005 in a 10,000 sqm facility, in Jinan, China.
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BLT opens facility
Jacksonville, FL, United States
MFT Distributors (Pty) Ltd Co, trading as Big Lift Trucks (BLT), has invested more than USD3 million in opening a distribution, warehousing and cross-docking logistics facility in Jacksonville.

“We expect vibrant growth in the Jacksonville market,” says Ryan Mouritzen, BLT vice president. The six-acre site has a 33,000 square foot (2,970 sqm) warehouse and operations building, allocates three acres of the space for a secure yard for storage of full and empty containers and is located near the Blount Island facilities of the Jacksonville Port Authority.

“BLT is well positioned to offer value-added products and services due to the close proximity” to the recently opened Jacksonville terminals of Mitsui OSK Lines India Pvt Ltd of Mumbai, India and Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd of Seoul, South Korea, he notes. “The long-term expectations are extremely positive as many of the services that BLT offers in the warehouse and container yard are not easily found in the surrounding Jacksonville area.”

The Jacksonville operation has dealership contracts for container handlers and straddle carriers from Mobicon Systems Pty Ltd of Brendale, Australia and variable reach and side reach stacker trucks from Oy Meclift Ltd of Tampere, Finland.

In Africa, parent firm Big Lift Trucks (Pty) Ltd of Durban, South Africa distributes Mobicon and Meclift equipment along with container handlers from Taylor Machine Works Inc of Louisville, Mississippi, United States and surface feeders and mobile ship loaders from Aumund Group unit B&W Mechanical Handling Ltd of Ely, England.

In Jacksonville, BLT’s cross-docking equipment can unload containers from incoming trailers and immediately load the units onto outbound vehicles. As needed, the staging areas can sort, consolidate and store materials until an outbound shipment is ready to leave, and the site has 24/7 camera surveillance and high intensity lighting.

The cross-docking service can significantly decrease a user’s inventory storage and streamline the flow between suppliers and manufacturers.
Florida State Representative Stan Jordan of Jacksonville cut the ribbon at a ceremony opening the BLT facility, which initially employs five and began revenue-generating operations in August.

The Jacksonville international trade seaport employs more than 7,000, supports another 43,000 jobs and has Blount Island, Talleyrand and Dames Point terminals that can handle container, automobile, bulk, break-bulk and refrigerated cargo.
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Fantuzzi purchase may not go ahead
Westport, CT, United States
Terex Corporation has been given the go-ahead by the European Commission (EC) to finalise its acquisition of Italian port equipment manufacturer Fantuzzi Industries. However, the sale may not proceed after Terex announced concerns about a “material adverse change”.

In a statement to the US Securities Exchange Commission, Terex says it has informed Fantuzzi “it believes that a material adverse change may exist with respect to the Fantuzzi business or other grounds exist which may preclude completion of this acquisition”.

The EC approved the deal on November 19, saying it found the purchase would not impede competition in the European Union. “The commission’s examination of the proposed transaction showed that the horizontal overlap between the parties' activities is limited and that they would continue to face several strong, effective competitors with significant market shares. The commission therefore concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns.”

Terex announced in August it had reached an agreement to acquire Fantuzzi Industries for approximately EUR215 million (USD318 million).  The transaction was subject to the EC’s approval (Forkliftaction.com News #374) .

Terex has asked Fantuzzi for more information so it can clarify if there has been any change to the Italian manufacturer’s business and to the conditions that must be met for the purchase to go ahead.

Fantuzzi has issued a statement saying it is 'extremely surprised' by Terex's announcement.
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Skyjack extends Christmas shut-down
Guelph, Ontario
Aerial work platform manufacturer Skyjack will close its Guelph plant for four weeks instead of three at Christmas because of a reduction in orders. Skyjack's third-quarter results released early this month saw a 21.3% decrease in demand.

Ken McDougall, president of Skyjack, says the outlook for 2009 did not warrant keeping the factory open for longer over the Christmas period. “We do not see a level of demand that would warrant another week’s worth of inventory being manufactured this year. We came to a decision to extend this shut-down period in the Scissor plant."

In the past, the company has closed the factory for two weeks to allow for the Christmas holiday, inventory and annual maintenance. However, due to the lighter market demand, Skyjack extended that to three weeks.

"I think we are in store for an interesting 12 to 18 months," says McDougall. “I hope at some point in 2009 we will see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think the industry is strong and we are going through a correction cycle that has been heightened by the global economic conditions.”
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Auctioneers succeed in new market
Katowice, Poland
Industrial equipment auctioneer Ritchie Bros. held its first multi-million dollar auction in Poland this month, selling more than EUR5 million (USD7 million) of materials handling equipment.

The unreserved public auction was held in the city of Sosnowiec, near Katowice, with more than 200 people attending. Brian Butzelaar, Ritchie Bros divisional manager, says the auction included equipment from close to 40 companies, including H.E. Services (Plant Hire) Ltd.

“The auction was a success in many ways: prices were strong, the consignors were pleased with the results, and hundreds of people had the opportunity to experience a true unreserved auction for the first time ever.

“More than 460 items were sold on auction day,” he says. “Among the equipment sold were forklifts, telescopic forklifts, scissor lifts, boom lifts, hydraulic excavators, mini- and midi-excavators, loader backhoes, dumpers… and more.”

Butzelaar says more than 200 people from 26 countries registered to bid on-site and online at the auction in Poland. “Most of the equipment was purchased by buyers from across Western and Eastern Europe.”

Ritchie Bros. first established an office in Krakow, Poland in 2005 to service its customers there. Previously, many would travel to auctions held in other parts of the world or bid online. Butzelaar says demand for an auction in Poland has been growing, especially since unreserved public equipment auctions are not common there.
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Hyster demonstrates beverage industry solutions
Nuremberg, Germany
Materials handling equipment manufacturer Hyster exhibited its range of handling solutions at the recent BRAU Bevial 2008.

Hyster demonstrated a selection of forklifts adapted specifically for use in the beverage industry at the annual industry show.

Gavin Tull, major accounts manager for Hyster, says the drinks industry requires specific solutions tailored to suit individual applications. “When purchasing materials handling equipment, many of our customers need to consider optimising visibility over tall loads, short-term hire solutions for peak seasonal periods, or even preventing the risk of an explosion.”

Hyster supplies materials handling solutions to a number of European beverage companies including Coca-Cola in the Czech Republic, Romania and Poland, European brewer Plzensky Prazdroj and global drinks company Diageo in Scotland.

“Hyster helped to increase the overall efficiency of Coca-Cola in the Czech Republic by providing double pallet handling attachments,” says Tull.  “The production line is served by H3.0FT Fortens IC-engine forklifts that can transport two pallets at the same time, where two 1.5 tonne trucks were used (previously).”

Hyster’s customers in the beverage industry use raised-operator Fortens forklifts to maximise visibility over fully laden forks. The double pallet handler attachment can carry three pallets of beverages or six pallets of empty packaging per load.

The S7.0FT Fortens “Spacesaver” forklifts are a compact short wheelbase design with a 7-tonne lifting capacity that maximises the available storage space. This forklift has the same lifting capabilities as a standard 7-tonne H7.0FT Fortens truck, but delivers similar manoeuvrability to a smaller capacity forklift.

Specialist equipment such as explosion protection can be required when handling flammable liquids in the beverage industry. Hyster has pyroban explosion-protected forklifts to help manage the risk of explosion.
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Depot buys new ECH
Wilmington, CA, United States
A West Coast depot service provider will be one of the first to use Hoist Liftruck’s new modular design empty container handler (ECH) for its ISO containers.

Fast Lane Transportation has ordered two six-high ECH units for its Wilmington and Oakland depots.

Patrick Wilson, president of Fast Lane, says the price and strength of the warranty were the main reasons for selecting this product “and since it is made in the United States, the availability of parts and service.”

Wilson says Hoist has a proven track record in the equipment handling industry “and they customised the ECH for my specific business requirements”.

The new ECH is designed so the units can be shipped in containers and can be set up in minimal time. Marty Flaska, president of Hoist Liftruck, says this can save a customer as much as 25% on shipping and setup costs. “The modular design also provides efficient serviceability with bolt‐on assemblies for easy part replacement.

“The same heavy-duty foundation and quality design of our P Series pneumatic line is being carried over to the Hoist ECH,” he says.
The ECH mast features a rigid inner mast and telescoping outer mast, which reduces torsional stresses and increases durability. The wide‐view mast, high‐position cab with angled overhead glass and ‘dashless’ design give the operator excellent visibility.

Flaska says the Hoist ECH has gained interest worldwide. “There has been a lot of interest from Asia and South America and many are scheduling visits to the United States to view the new units.

“The anticipation of our ECH line has been tremendous. We are actually beginning to see the same interest from the wind energy market,” he says.
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Bread maker buys fleet of order pickers
Essex, United Kingdom
A UK bakery’s recent purchase of a fleet of specially designed low-level order pickers will help it get bread out to supermarkets faster and more efficiently.

Jungheinrich has supplied 51 EKS 105s to Hovis Bakery, part of Premier Foods, on a five-year contract hire deal. The low-level order picker (LLOP) has been designed to Hovis’s specification to provide efficient, safe and dependable order picking and internal transport in the company’s three distribution centres.

The regional distribution centre at Dagenham, Essex received 30 of the new Jungheinrich order pickers, 18 went to Motherwell, Scotland and three to Mendelsham, Suffolk.
The three distribution centres deliver 9,000 orders per day to a range of outlets throughout the UK, placing huge demands on the order pickers.

Jim Wright, equipment manager at Hovis, says, “We had been using the old Jungheinrich trucks since the Dagenham site opened in April 2002. We’ve worked them extremely hard compared to most users but they actually lasted longer than we would have expected.”

The LLOP features a cage attachment that allows three stacks to be handled at one time. The cage attachment has chamfered leading edges to guide the stacks straight inside with a slightly wider aperture to allow easier entry without catching.

Hovis found that when the 1.87 metre (6.1 feet) stacks are in the cage, the driver’s forward view was obscured, so Jungheinrich developed dual controls that allow the driver to operate the LLOP in either direction while still facing the direction of travel.

“This is more efficient and certainly safer, and safety takes priority over everything, in the whole of our operation,” says Wright.

In the past, Hovis found the order pickers would ground when they travelled over the dock leveller into a trailer, due to the variety of trailer heights and specifications. The LLOP has been designed to give greater ground clearance.
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Industry may seek AWP training standards
Rosemont, IL, United States
The possibility of setting global training standards for aerial-work-platform (AWP) operators has activated senior managers of some North American AWP makers and rental firms.

Representatives from six manufacturers and 10 rental companies met on 11 November in Rosemont near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to pinpoint the need and possible avenues toward standards.

Participants reviewed existing national and international regulations and standards, heard how other industries address training and discussed aspects of training.

Multiple issues were found, and the managers determined a need to review activities of other trade groups, governmental agencies and unions that have involvement with AWP operator training and best-practice benchmarking.

In an unofficial capacity, the Milnthorpe, England-based International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) convened the meeting, agreed with participants to work on the research and planned to set up another meeting during the American Rental Association show from 2-5 March in Atlanta, Georgia.

An APEX 2008 keynote address of industry executive Ken McDougall prompted the Rosemont meeting. McDougall is president of equipment manufacturer Skyjack Inc of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, a unit of Linamar Corp since its purchase in 2002.

“Operator training is paramount to ensuring the access industry is made safer,” notes McDougall during his 17 September APEX remarks in Maastricht, the Netherlands. “The more educated and trained we can have all operators of access equipment globally trained to a documented standard, the better off the access industry is.”

McDougall suggests that a global standardised and accredited training program is the best way to ensure implementing training on a consistent basis.

“We will not ensure uniformity and consistency in training by conducting ‘back of the truck’ sessions that may vary depending on the allotted time and the skill of the person conducting the training,” McDougall observes. “Although this type of training is not globally mandated, it is up to us to actively support and encourage training through all levels of the organisation.”

In 2006, McDougall completed an IPAF-approved AWP training program and received his powered access licence or PAL card. “Our training people didn’t cut me any slack,” he says. “Skyjack supports the IPAF AWP training program globally.”

While IPAF issues more than 70,000 PAL cards annually, the senior managers look beyond the audited and TÜV-certified IPAF program for meaningful standardisation of AWP operator training.
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Online service training for Genie products
Redmond, WA, United States
Terex Aerial Work Platforms has introduced a free online training course to help technicians learn more about servicing and repairing Genie products.

The 12-lesson interactive course covers basic electrical theory and has a quiz at the end of each lesson so the technician can review the information. Participants who achieve 80% or more on the last exam will receive a certificate.

Steve Gooding, director of national accounts support and factory training at Terex AWP, says it is important to get training information into the hands of customers. “Our online service training program is a new avenue to reach our dealers and to provide essential, valuable training opportunities 24/7, anywhere there is an internet connection.”

Steve Howe, technical training manager at United Rentals in California, who completed the basic electrical course, says the online course is an exciting, efficient new training tool for customers. “Terex AWP online service training is a simple, interactive online classroom that enhances knowledge about servicing Genie equipment.”

The next online course will be on hydraulic theory.
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Neighbours lose forklifts to thieves
Watertown, NY, United States
Thieves have stolen materials handling equipment from across-the-street businesses in an industrial park in unincorporated Jefferson County near Watertown.

The county sheriff’s department and New York state police are seeking additional information in investigations of separate incidents at the Fisher Road facilities of Timeless Frames LLC and Northeast Rentals & Sales.

Investigators for both agencies “are looking at like crimes in other parts of the state” and would welcome input, says Michael Pastuf, senior investigator in the state police office at Watertown.

Detective Scott Sterling with the sheriff’s office reports Timeless Frames lost a Clark CMP 30 forklift with a 10,000 pound (4,500 kg) lifting capacity and a value of about USD15,000, a Toyota 7FGCU25 forklift with a 5,000 pound (2,250 kg) capacity and value of about USD8,900 and a Crown WP2335-45 self-propelled hand lift crate mover worth about USD4,000.

The perpetrators opened a portion of a metal wall to gain access to the Timeless Frames equipment during the weekend of 1 November. Timeless Frames occupies three buildings and manufactures picture frames for sale through retail outlets.

A week later, Northeast Rentals lost a Yale GLCO50 forklift with a 5,000 pound (2,250 kg) lifting capacity and value of USD11,000 and a Cat 226B skid-steer loader with a 1,500 pound (675 kg) lifting-mode capacity - and a value of USD30,000. “There were also computers taken from within the offices” of the equipment dealer, Pastuf notes.

Northeast Rentals & Sales represents 18 materials handling brands including JCB, Terex, Lull, Caterpillar and Deere.

Jefferson County shares a border with the Canadian province of Ontario along an extensive Lake Ontario shoreline in upper central New York State.
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Linde secures forklift contract
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Linde Material Handling Australia has secured a contract to supply slurry equipment specialist Weir Minerals with over 50 forklifts on a five-year, fully maintained lease basis.

“Forklifts have been supplied over a period of months, with the first delivered in May 2008,” says Rod Chapman, Linde general manager - sales and marketing.

He tells Forkliftaction.com News that the contract includes LPG units ranging from 2.5 tonnes up to 5 tonnes as well as some battery-electric units, pallet movers and reach trucks.

As part of its ongoing program of quality control, Weir reviewed its forklift operations and decided to rationalise its mixture of hired and owned equipment by selecting a single supplier which would also provide a management service for the forklift range.

In finding a new supplier, Weir looked at a number of companies, before selecting three to participate in practical trial periods at its manufacturing facility in Sydney.

During the trial, the company focused on occupational health and safety, service and maintenance and productivity. Environmental issues were also a concern as was the level of after-sales support and the scope for finding long-term improvement.

Linde made an immediate impression. According to Anita Andrasy of Weir, “All our operators agreed that Linde’s hydrostatic transmission makes it much easier to operate the machines as it’s more user friendly than standard transmissions. The Linde forklifts also had lower emissions than the others – both in fuel and noise.”

The Linde Fleet Management System, which reduces misuse of forklifts to avoid potential damage occurring, also played a big part in the company’s decision to choose Linde.

“Before you even start the forklift, you need to do a safety check and start programme. If this isn’t done, then after five minutes it will slow down to 1 or 2km/h and start beeping, letting the driver know they must do the check,” explains Andrasy.

She adds, “If the vehicle is damaged in any way, then an email or SMS is immediately sent to a manager and this also helps discipline the operators. The system also reports when a vehicle is due for maintenance.”

“Even during the trials, we could see the positive impact that Linde was having on our business – lower costs, better productivity and reduced down time. So far we’ve had no problems with them at all, which proves our decision was the right one!”

Linde also provided Weir with a dedicated account representative to ensure the smooth operation of the fleet.
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Paperless supply chain from port to customer
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Salta Group subsidiary Westgate Ports has opened a large-scale container logistics centre at Victoria Dock, the first of its kind to operate without paper across the whole supply chain from port to customer.

Westgate Ports’ chief executive officer, Michael Haines, says the company’s paperless operation is unique.

“Our new system allows clients to pinpoint the location and status of containers in real time, watch trucks live via GPS, receive email alerts and manage jobs online - all without any paper, greatly improving accuracy and timeliness of delivery. We are using state-of-the-art IT equipment and systems to achieve this,” says Haines.

The centre services freight forwarders, customs brokers and the general business community by speeding both exports and imports.

According to Salta Group executive chairman Sam Tarascio, the smooth flow of information facilitates the smooth flow of freight.

“We are proud of this fantastic 21st Century facility. It represents the first stage of our long-term plan that will ease pressure on inner-city roads, improve safety and reduce carbon emissions and noise,” says Tarascio.

Westgate Ports is transforming the 21 hectare site through an AUD80 million redevelopment to become a world-class operation that provides clients with a one-stop-shop for all container-related and break-bulk services.

Located only 500 metres from the entry point to the international terminals, the facility comprises a 17,500sqm warehouse, a 50,000sqm container hardstand storage area and a separate 5,400sqm warehouse with a dual-gauge rail terminal.

Victoria Dock will become the vital hub between port operations and the freight catchment areas of Altona in the west and Lyndhurst in the south-east. Westgate Ports has approval to set up inland ports in these areas that will be linked via a mix of existing and upgraded road transport and rail infrastructure, as well as through hubs in regional Victoria and interstate.
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Forklift training fills gap
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
A hands-on transport and warehousing course offered by Victoria University has taken top honours at the recent Australian Supply Chain and Logistics Awards.

The institution’s Ready to Work program won the Training, Education and Development category, beating finalists from other universities, government organisations and private companies.

The four-week program helps tackle Australia’s shortage of logistics and transport workers by fast-tracking students into the industry. It offers a comprehensive range of hands-on and classroom transport and warehousing training, taught in nationally accredited competency units.

Explains Peter Jacobson, head of VU’s Industry Skills Training, “Anyone can get a forklift licence, but are they ready to work? This training fills the gaps and ensures that new starters have the background knowledge to be productive from the first day.”

Taught by trainers direct from the industry, the course includes the basics of driving a heavy vehicle, securing cargo, operating a forklift, workplace communication, fatigue management, navigating by maps, occupational health and safety, and teamwork.

A major drawcard of the program is the opportunity to get work quickly after participants complete the course. One of the course’s major partners, family-owned business, Peter Sadler Transport, has already recruited several employees.

The course can be tailored to address skills shortages in specific areas of the industry. One session was custom-made and run exclusively for female employees of Australia Post.

Students are recruited through job networks or training organisations, or can register directly. The program has clear links to further study at higher certificate levels.
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Enfield freight terminal on track
Enfield, New South Wales, Australia
Sydney Ports’ newest freight terminal facility, the AUD150 million Intermodal Logistics Centre (ILC) at Enfield, has begun the search for tenants and operators.

When fully operational, the ILC will include:
• a 12 hectare terminal catering for up to 300,000 containers per annum to be moved by rail to and from Port Botany;
• eight hectares of empty container storage;
• 70,000 square metres of distribution centre/warehousing; and
• up to 44,000 square metres of light industrial/commercial floor space.

According to Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi, the development would help the government to achieve its target of moving 40% of containers by rail.

“The development of the ILC will bring a range of benefits to the logistics chain including helping move more containers closer to their final destination by rail in a way that is more efficient and environmentally friendly,” says Tripodi.

He claims the Enfield Intermodal will mean 300 fewer truck movements per day around the Airport, Port Botany and Marrickville, or nearly 80,000 fewer movements per year.

“More importantly, there’ll be 240,000 fewer truck movements per year between Port Botany and Enfield, with direct rail links to Port Botany allowing containers to be moved by rail without entering the passenger rail network.

“We expect to have some quality submissions from operators and tenants who want to be a part of this significant development.”
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Port opens trade office in Tasmania
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Australia’s largest container and general cargo port has opened a dedicated office in Tasmania to facilitate trade.

With almost 3,600 ship visits a year from over 30 shipping lines, the Port of Melbourne is a vital logistics hub for Tasmania’s access to domestic and international markets. Last financial year, Tasmania accounted for around 25% of the port’s containerised trade and is forecast to grow.

PoMC chief executive officer Stephen Bradford says it makes business sense. “Tasmania is a key trade market so it is entirely appropriate that we recognise its importance by having a dedicated representative on the ground.”

“Melbourne is a world-class port which is underpinned by ongoing capital investment by PoMC. Last financial year we invested over $140,000 a day, on average, in port infrastructure.

“As a result, we offer a wide variety of facilities and services and we have already identified a number of strategic initiatives to facilitate trade growth for Tasmania.”
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2008 Mercury Awards winners
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Top achievers in supply chain management were celebrated at Logistics Magazine’s third annual Mercury Awards Gala dinner held in Sydney last week.

Among the winners in seven awards categories were:  
• Logistics Leader (sponsor SmartTrans): DHL
• Top Transport & Logistics Provider (sponsor CHEP): Hills Transport
• Best Manufacturer (sponsor Toyota Material Handling): Smith's Pepsico
• Technology Application (sponsor TIG International): Peacock Bros.
• Australian Trader (sponsor Schenker Australia): The Hunter Valley Coal Chain Logistics Team.
• Young Professional of the Year (sponsor 3Logix): Matthew Baker of Powerhouse Logistics
• Best of the Best (sponsor Dematic): Smith's Pepsico
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The Russian forklift truck market has been developing in positive growth in the last few years. The potential of the Russian market has motivated Bolzoni Auramo to focus sales activities in Russia.

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Brand new ' State-of-the-art' Vulkollan® production offers top quality!
Since 1964, Vulkoprin has been manufacturing, in Belgium, polyurethane elastomere Vulkollan® under Bayer license and is especially known for its high quality wheels, castors, rollers, tyres and technical parts. Today Vulkoprin has put in place a brand new 'State-of-the-art' Vulkollan® production and has become one of Europe's leading manufacturers exporting to more than 60 countries worldwide.

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