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AAL buys Hyster in Australia

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NEWS
Gehl, Linde extend credit arrangements
AAL buys Hyster in Australia
Cascade opens Indian operations
Gottwald appoints rep in the Philippines
Terex opens training locations
UK firm fined despite collapse
Army pilot project puts fuel cells in forklifts
NMHG, trucker win CIO 100 awards
AEM honoured for student initiative
Sample of used equipment for sale
Operators compete in forklift rodeos
Injury case settled for USD800,000
Hazmat practice uses forklift as prop
Hyundai blogs with the best

LOCAL NEWS
Autostrad terminal officially open
Logistics scholarships announced
Focus on safety at small businesses
Bigger loads, greater benefits
Unique traction control system for forklift
Toll secures AUD180 million contract

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Cascade Corporation announces launch of global nameplate
Davis Derby: TruckLOG case studies, Eurostar – St Pancras

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Happy new financial year to those whose ledgers turned a new page yesterday. Let’s all hope that the year ahead has more black ink than red – and more than last year. And while some begin a new financial cycle, it’s probably opportune to wonder why the business year is so unsynchronised. Until 1976, the US financial year started on July 1. However, the calendar has been changed, with the fiscal cycle starting on October 1 since ‘76. In the UK, Canada, Hong Kong, India and Japan, the financial year starts on April 1. Sure, this spreads out the reporting cycle for the accounting profession and the financial media, but it must be a nightmare for multinationals whose divisions will always be out of step with each other.




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NEWS STORIES
Gehl, Linde extend credit arrangements
Ancenis, France and Munich, Germany
Manitou has announced that its subsidiary, Gehl Company, has entered into an amendment of its bank credit agreement allowing continued borrowing for the next 24 months.

Gehl’s amended credit agreement with its US bank lenders provides for a total credit commitment of USD105 million and a term of 24 months.

This agreement includes two separate credit facilities: a revolving line for USD80 million based on the company’s North American inventories and accounts receivable maturing on June 26, 2011, and a term loan of USD25 million payable in quarterly instalments until June 26, 2011.

As part of the amended credit agreement, Gehl has granted to its bank lenders a security interest in all of its North American assets. The amended credit agreement replaces the company’s October 2006 USD125 million unsecured credit facility.

The amended credit agreement addresses all matters that gave rise to the Forbearance Agreement the company entered into with its lenders in April. The company has significantly reduced its outstanding borrowing, using operating cash-flows created in part by the cost savings initiatives implemented over the past months.

Malcolm “Mac” F. Moore, Gehl president, notes that in an unprecedented financial and economic environment, his team has been successful in renegotiating its credit line. “This important achievement should bolster the confidence of our business partners and employees and allow us to devote our full attention to running the business and preparing for the eventual upturn of the compact equipment marketplace”.

Gehl is a manufacturer and distributor of compact equipment used worldwide in construction and agricultural markets. In October 2008, it became a subsidiary of the Manitou Group which designs, assembles and distributes material handling equipment serving the construction, agriculture and industrial sectors.

Meanwhile, the Linde Group has announced that it has signed a two-year Euro-denominated forward-start revolving credit facility in an amount of EUR 1.6 billion (USD2.2 billion) available from 2011.

The credit facility will be available at the time Linde's existing revolving credit facility expires on 3 March, 2011. It will be the company's primary liquidity source from banks and is available for general corporate purposes.
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AAL buys Hyster in Australia
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Recent rumours circulating in the forklift industry (see Forkliftaction.com News #413) were confirmed this week with the announcement by Australia’s Adapt-A-Lift Forklift Rentals and Sales (AAL) that it has acquired NACCO Materials Handling Group’s Hyster retail operations and the National Fleet Network’s (NFN) rental fleet within Australia.

National Fleet Network is one of the country’s largest forklift fleet leasing and management companies, with over 6,500 equipment assets including trucks, forklifts and loaders.

AAL imports business manager Alicia Whiffen tells Forkliftaction.com News that the deal has been under negotiation for the past two months, with an announcement to staff made on Tuesday this week.  “It’s a step forward for AAL which has been primarily a service and rental company in the past. Now we’re aligning ourselves with an actual brand through Hyster.”

The deal involves the company taking over all wholly owned Hyster divisions in Australia as well as the assets of National Fleet Network including service agents around the country, which will all operate under the name Adapt-A-Lift Hyster.

Divisions taken over include Hyster North in Queensland, Hyster South East in Victoria and Tasmania, Hyster South in South Australia and Hyster West in Western Australia.

Independent Hyster dealerships such as New South Wales-based Hystandard Handling Equipment, Riverina Lift Trucks and Hunter Lift Trucks are not part of the deal, and neither are Yale retail dealerships.

Hunter Lift Trucks, which has been operating as an independent Hyster dealership for the past 24 years, says it was only officially informed of NMHG’s plans on Tuesday.

“It will definitely affect our business negatively,” says sales manager Lex Griffiths, adding that everyone at the company is curious and a little unsettled about events.

Hystandard Handling Equipment director John Flynn says the recent announcement will not affect the business. “It’s business as usual,” he adds.

Under the terms of the agreement, AAL has purchased selected Hyster Retail and National Fleet Network assets, and secured the rights to the Hyster brand name, registered trademarks and associated intellectual property within Australia.

As a result, AAL will build upon its forklift fleet management system by extending its rental fleet from 5,300 units to over 10,500 nationwide, as well as creating an immediate opportunity to compete in the national retail and parts market.
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Cascade opens Indian operations
Portland, OR, United States
Cascade Corporation has announced the establishment of wholly owned subsidiary Cascade India.

Vishnu Bhagwat, Cascade India's first employee, has been appointed general manager – sales, based near Mumbai, India.

He brings over 19 years of technical, sales and management experience to Cascade India, most recently with Maini Material Handling Company, where he was the general manager of marketing. Maini is the authorised distributor of Still forklifts in India.

"Although India is a small market now, we believe it will grow rapidly," says Frank Altenhofen, vice president Asia Pacific, who was instrumental in the creation of the new company. "India's population is 1.2 billion, with a growing middle class. We see a growing need for modern materials handling practices and equipment in India, similar to what we saw develop in China over the past 20 years.

“Cascade is committed to providing India's forklift OEMs, dealers, and end-users with sales expertise and service and support for all of their forklift attachment and fork requirements," he adds.

Cascade Corporation was established in Portland in 1943 and is now a global leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of materials handling equipment and related technologies.
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Gottwald appoints rep in the Philippines
Manila, Philippines
Gottwald Port Technology GmbH (Gottwald) has appointed Translift Port Equipment Services, Inc. (Translift) as its local representative in the Philippines.

In co-operation with the Gottwald headquarters and the Gottwald Singapore Office, Translift is responsible for sales and customer support, including after-sales service and the supply of spare parts for the entire Gottwald product range. All Gottwald-related activities are handled by John Wellington, managing director of Translift.  

Klaus Roehrig, Gottwald’s regional director based in the Gottwald Singapore Office, says the new presence in the Philippines “will significantly improve our local customer contact and service”.

“I am certain that John Wellington and his colleagues are the perfect team. With its experience and profile, Translift is well positioned to advance Gottwald’s business in an important market that still offers great potential for our products.”

Translift, which started out as Electruck Pacific, originally manufactured RTGs and other port cranes according to Electruck designs. Now, the company concentrates on crane services and repairs, port equipment modifications and upgrades as well as manufacturing components for offshore platforms and the marine industry. The 70-strong staff is located in the head office in the Philippines’ Subic Bay Freeport Zone compound, with branch offices in Manila and other sites.  

“To work with a crane manufacturer is part of our growth strategy to cover the entire Philippines, providing port equipment and services,” says Wellington. “Our technical staff has many years’ experience in crane design and manufacture which we feel are beneficial to our representation for Gottwald.”
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Terex opens training locations
Redmond, WN, United States
Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP) has announced two new sites for service training at Terex facilities in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  and Southaven, Mississipp.

“We recognise that service training on-site in our Redmond, Washington. facility can be more of a time and financial commitment than some customers are able to make in the current economic environment,” says Bob Bartley, Terex AWP director, technical services. “As part of our Genie 360° efforts, these additional locations provide customers with training options.”

Two courses will be offered in two-day increments: Genie electric and engine powered booms; and electric and rough terrain scissors. The classes cover product familiarisation, hydraulic and electrical systems, calibration, troubleshooting and product inspection.

The USD200 cost for each two-day class includes training materials and lunches.

These additional service training locations are part of the new Genie 360° comprehensive collection of customer support services ranging from parts to refurbishment.

As with previous Terex AWP training, customers can sign up at www.genieindustries.com.

Terex Corporation is a diversified global manufacturer with 2008 net sales of USD9.9 billion.
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UK firm fined despite collapse
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
A beleaguered Lincoln dairy firm has been fined GBP10,000 (USD16,000) after an employee sustained multiple leg injuries in an accident. But the company’s financial collapse means the fine is unlikely to be paid.

The Lincolnshire Echo reports that the bosses of the firm which owns Boultham Park Dairy were ordered to pay the maximum fine allowed by law in a hearing at Lincoln Magistrates Court.

The Cheshire-based business, Dairy Farmers of Britain, is already in administration – and the fine will add to the financial woes facing the firm.

Magistrates heard that the driver of a pallet truck was injured in a collision with a forklift truck at the Lincoln dairy, according to the paper.

The accident occurred on June 18 last year and the injured man, John Reader, suffered multiple fractures to his lower right leg.

HSE bosses hope that the fine and order to pay legal costs will send out a message that firms using vehicles in the workplace need to do so safely.
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Army pilot project puts fuel cells in forklifts
Fort Lewis, WA, United States
A fleet of 19 sit-down counterbalanced forklifts at the US Army’s Forces Command at Fort Lewis will get GenDrive fuel cell power units and two years of managed integration, training and support services under a USD1.5 million demonstration project.

The US Department of Defence (DoD) funded the project, which includes a study and assessment on the use of wastewater treatment plant digester gas as a hydrogen source for fuel cells.

The GenDrive power units will be commissioned during the third quarter of 2010 and replace lead-acid batteries. Service personnel at Fort Lewis will use the fuel cell-powered forklifts for heavy maintenance work.

DoD designated the non-profit Centre for Transportation and the Environment of Atlanta, Georgia for project management and administration; Plug Power Inc of Latham, New York for supply of the GenDrive power units; Air Products and Chemicals Inc of Allentown, Pennsylvania for bulk hydrogen storage, compression and delivery services; the non-profit Gas Technology Institute of Des Plaines, Illinois for supply of a hydrogen generation reformer and gas clean-up system for digester gas; and Proterra LLC of Golden, Colorado for a fuel cell hybrid electric bus.

DoD’s Defence Logistics Agency is managing pilot projects demonstrating the economic, operational and environmental benefits of powering material handling equipment with fuel cells. The Fort Lewis project is the third in a series of demonstrations.
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NMHG, trucker win CIO 100 awards
Framingham, MA, United States
Nacco Materials Handling Inc (NMHG) of Fairview, Oregon and Old Dominion Freight Line Inc of Thomasville, North Carolina have won CIO 100 awards for innovative practices in information technology.

The awards will be presented in a ceremony during a 23-25 August symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

A project at NMHG has saved approximately USD2 million and improved customer satisfaction and time to market, the company says.

NMHG automated several processes and introduced a capability to track core processes in real time. NMHG incorporated the Teamworks business process management system from Lombardi Software Inc of Austin, Texas as a way to eliminate the risk of defective designs entering production.
The system allows for a change order release process to be rolled out at every product development location.

NMHG, a subsidiary of publicly traded Nacco Industries Inc, designs, manufactures and supplies forklift trucks and aftermarket parts globally under the Hyster and Yale brand names.

Old Dominion uses weight-sensitive forklifts with informational dashboards to more effectively move freight across a shipping dock. The project was included in phase two of the company’s dock yard management system.

A forklift operator can process freight by scanning a package, weighing it and following the handling instructions the system generates. Simultaneously, updates are sent to the dashboards. Supervisors use the dashboards to determine worker productivity and identify potential issues at the dock.

The constant updates allow supervisors to pinpoint productivity and quality issues in real time rather than wait for next-day reports. Since installation of the dashboards, Old Dominion has continued to improve its labour-to-revenues ratio.

Old Dominion employs 11,218, has 5,058 tractors and operates 20,000 trailers and vans as a less-than-truckload carrier with nationwide coverage. Old Dominion had 2008 sales of USD1.5 billion.

Candidates for CIO 100 awards fill out online application forms that a team of judges reviews for unique practices and substantial results. CIO editors review the judges' recommendations and vote on the final 100.

CXO Media/Network World Inc, a unit of International Data Group, publishes Framingham-based CIO magazine and related content and community resources.
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AEM honoured for student initiative
Milwaukee, WI, United States
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has received an “innovation” award for its Construction Challenge student competition. The AEM workforce initiative promotes greater awareness of construction industry careers and industry contributions to an improved standard of living.

The “innovation” award, sponsored by Trade Show Executive magazine, recognises programmes that provide new value for show organisers, attendees and exhibitors, and that contribute to the exposition industry as a whole.

An independent panel of judges selected eight organisations in the annual recognition programme.

The finals of the inaugural Construction Challenge were held at the AEM booth on the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 show floor. AEM is an owner of and manages the triennial event.

Student participants also toured the show and had the opportunity to talk with AEM member companies and other show exhibitors about the industry and the exposition.

The 2009 Challenge finals competition, which recently ended, was held at the global finals of the Destination ImagiNation organisation, which is a Challenge partner.

The innovation award judges cited the AEM programme as “heads and shoulders above other (industry) recruitment efforts” because of the innovative partnering with Destination ImagiNation and a commitment to measuring programme results.

The AEM Construction Challenge focuses on middle and high school students, and it uses a team format that emphasises creativity and problem solving skills. Challenge teams are surveyed pre- and post-participation on their knowledge of the construction industry, including careers and the importance of a well-maintained infrastructure.
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Operators compete in forklift rodeos
Mount Sterling, IL and Richland, WA, United States
Dot Foods Inc emphasised safety and fun at the company’s national rodeo finals for pallet jack, forklift and reach truck operators.

Using equipment from Raymond, Yale and Crown, Dot operates 104 pallet jacks, 104 forklifts, 95 narrow-aisle reach units, 32 order pickers and 74 second-level pick machines.

Dot’s 10 redistribution centres in nine states move more than 70,000 separate products from about 500 food industry manufacturers through distribution channels nationwide. Warehouse forklift operators at each centre competed for one of the 30 positions in the 25 June finals in Mount Sterling.

Winning operators were Clint Sutton from the Mount Sterling frozen warehouse in the pallet jack event; Jon Baker from the Cambridge City, Indiana warehouse in the forklift category; and Jeff Scrogum from the Mount Sterling dry warehouse in the narrow-aisle reach competition.

“The event is designed for our employees, both for fun and to encourage safe and efficient operation of the equipment,” says John Long, vice president of warehousing. “While speed is key, safe operation is critical to successful performance” in the competition.

Mike Ford, 2009 forklift rodeo co-ordinator and Indiana warehouse manager, notes: “It was exciting to see employees from distant locations coming together to celebrate each others’ success.” Dot arranged corporate headquarter tours, a St Louis dinner and a slide show with photographs and fun facts about each contestant.

Meanwhile, in the State of Washington, 17 forklift operators from five companies competed in a regional rodeo at the Volpentest HAMMER (hazardous materials management and emergency response) training and education center in Richland. Competitors were tested in a written exam, pre-use inspection of a forklift and an obstacle course.

“The event was a huge success,” says Mark Ribich, material handling manager for the Seattle district site services unit of Boeing Co’s shared services group.

Ives Training & Compliance Group Inc of Blaine, Washington, the Papé Material Handling branch in Pasco, Washington; Mid Columbia Forklift Inc of Yakima, Washington; Columbia Colstor Inc of Moses Lake, Washington; and the US Department of Energy-owned Volpentest HAMMER centre sponsored the Richland event on 27 June supplying equipment, door prizes, food and refreshments.

Other regionals in Washington are scheduled for 25 July in Spokane and 22 August in Seattle. The top five operators from each region compete for a top prize of USD500 in the 12th annual finals occurring on 7 October in Tacoma as part of the governor’s 58th industrial safety and health conference. The governor’s industrial safety and health advisory board and the state’s department of labour and industries co-sponsor the conference.
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Injury case settled for USD800,000
Freehold, NJ, United States
In April 2005, carpentry labourer Deymison Menezes, then 21, of Newark, New Jersey, was assigned to unload metal framing studs from a Gradall 534 telescopic forklift, but the absence of a fall protection device resulted in him falling 40 feet (12 m) and suffering severe injuries.

Insurers for Erickson Construction LLC, Mega Construction and Heavy Contractors settled the case for USD800,000 after extensive litigation with Menezes’ attorney, Gerald H Clark, a partner with the law firm of Keefe Bartels Clark LLC in Red Bank, New Jersey and chairman of the firm’s traumatic brain injury practice group.

Clark filed the suit in Monmouth County Superior Court in Freehold, and the payment was made in May.

Menezes was working on the fifth floor at a large construction project in Warminster Township, Pennsylvania. The forklift would hoist the materials to upper levels, and construction workers would stand on unguarded balconies and physically handle the unloading. In this case, the forklift moved during the unloading process and knocked Menezes off the balcony onto the ground.

Erickson, the general contractor, neglected to require subcontractors and their workers to use fall protection devices until after the accident, according to evidence in the case.

The fall resulted in Menezes fracturing a leg that required surgery, amputation of a finger, a broken wrist and brain injury. He went through a lengthy recuperation and was out of work for more than a year.
Erickson “had a non-delegable duty to manage safety and enforce OSHA (regulations) on the job site and down the chain to (Menezes’) employer” who was operating the forklift, Clark says. “The lower tier subs also had this duty as to the subs below them. The case alleged all tiers failed in this regard.”

The failures included allowing an untrained worker without a forklift license to operate the forklift without the balancers extended and without proper signaling, Clark notes.

While the incident occurred in Pennsylvania, the case was litigated in New Jersey because the plaintiff and most defendants were from New Jersey and all defendants did business in New Jersey, according to Clark.
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Hazmat practice uses forklift as prop
York, PA, United States
Emergency services personnel used a forklift in a supporting role during environmental training exercises.

Organisers say that the forklift purportedly hit and damaged a pipeline carrying petroleum. Next, the operator supposedly put the forklift in reverse, and it collided with an electrical transformer that contained a cancer-causing agent. Adding to the hazardous material props were a drum with a corrosive material and a cylinder with poison.

Multiple lessons emerged from the complex scenario for the trainees from Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon and York counties. The respondents put on environmental protection apparel including suits, gloves and boots and went through drills on 28 June in York for on-scene trainers and coordinators including one from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
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Hyundai blogs with the best
Geel, Belgium
Materials handling and construction brand Hyundai is embracing social media to spread its message.

In the wake of its debut on YouTube, Hyundai Heavy Industries Europe (HHIE) has spread its presence to two other popular social media websites - Facebook and Twitter.

While Twitter will be used mostly for communications with media and other stakeholders, Hyundai will use Facebook to “get in touch with the men and women (who) operate the equipment”. It is using Facebook to post pictures, videos, testimonials and reports of Hyundai machines at work, “all from an operator perspective”.

According to a company statement, operators can share their machine experiences, comment on others and engage in discussions with fans and Hyundai. Any product-related remarks or suggestions found on Facebook will be forwarded to HHIE's R&D department in Korea.

Marketing engineer Jan Coemans says this is not the beginning of HHIE’s social media experience: "We were one of the first in our market to have a YouTube channel when we created it in March 2006, but now the time has come to take it a step further.”

He adds that the company is grateful for its strong and loyal customer base in these challenging times. “Facebook is a way of bringing these customers and fans together to have their voices convince others of their positive experience: the pleasure of no-nonsense quality".
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Autostrad terminal officially open
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Brisbane’s Berth 10 Autostrad terminal was officially opened in June following the completion of a AUD125 million expansion project.

As the world’s only fully automated container terminal, it utilises free-ranging automated handling equipment with the capacity to handle around 800,000 TEUs.

Operated by Patrick, part of the Asciano Group, the terminal uses automated straddle carriers which weigh around 60 tonnes each and can move at 27 km/h. Positional accuracy is achieved through a combination of differential global positioning and millimetre wave radar technology.

Patrick operates 24 autostrads and is currently constructing another four to take the fleet to 28.

The terminal is the largest stevedoring facility in the Port of Brisbane, covering an area of around 39 hectares with a quay line length of 900 metres.

Speaking at the opening, Asciano managing director Mark Rowsthorn said the terminal has been built to last and has been carefully planned to accommodate expansion as the Port of Brisbane grows.
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Logistics scholarships announced
Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
The winners of three scholarships in logistics and supply chain education have been announced for 2009.

Rebecca Ryan won the undergraduate scholarship, worth AUD2,500, while the winners of the postgraduate scholarships, worth AUD5,000 each, are Victoria Rose and Javik Vukasinovic.

The Swisslog and Logistics Association of Australia Ltd University Scholarships Program provides an incentive for undergraduate and postgraduate university students to undertake logistics and supply chain streams and majors, with the aim of pursuing careers in these areas.
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Focus on safety at small businesses
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
WorkSafe Victoria is targeting a number of regional and metropolitan areas, with teams of up to 10 inspectors visiting as many workplaces as possible over one week.

The focus will be on the major risks to small businesses, including:
• Improving the safety of hazardous manual handling; slips, trips and falls; and plant, which make up around 60% of Victorian workers’ compensation claims;
• Equipment guarding;
• Getting people back to work as safely and sustainably as possible;
• Ensuring small businesses have WorkSafe injury insurance to financially protect the business if someone is injured or killed.

“In the tough times many people are facing, no business can afford to have key people diverted from their real work to deal with a totally preventable issue,” says WorkSafe executive director John Merritt.

WorkSafe inspectors visited nearly 2,000 workplaces under both programs in 2008-2009 and issued 2,030 improvement notices requiring small businesses to fix specific safety issues.

Another 37 Prohibition Notices were issued, ordering work to stop immediately due to serious risks to health and safety.

To get started on improving safety, WorkSafe encourages small businesses to take advantage of its free and independent three-hour consultancy or the WorkSafe publication “12 ways to make small business safer”.
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Bigger loads, greater benefits
Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand’s transport minister Steven Joyce says a proposal to allow road transport operators to carry heavier loads, by permit, on specified routes would deliver big productivity gains for industry as a result of reduced transportation costs.

Road transport companies took part in trials during 2008 and into early 2009, carrying loads greater than the current statutory 44 tonne limit.

"Results from the trials and research undertaken show productivity could increase in the range of 10% to 20%, trip numbers could reduce by 16%, fuel use by 20% and we could see an overall increase in GDP in the range of NZD250 to NZD500 million per annum," says Joyce.

The Land Transport Rule - Vehicle Dimensions and Mass Amendment proposes allowing operators to apply for permits to carry heavier loads and, in some cases, operate longer vehicles, and has gone out for public consultation.

Currently, heavy vehicles can carry loads of up to 44 tonnes. The Rule amendment proposes increasing this to allow vehicles of up to around 50 tonnes on routes approved by the New Zealand Transport Agency and local councils.

Subject to the consultation process, the amendment could be signed off by the end of 2009, with permits available for application by early 2010.
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Unique traction control system for forklift
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Crown Equipment Australia has launched the first-ever pantograph forklift with a traction control system.

The patent-pending system on the new Crown RR 5700 series is designed to increase traction on wet, dusty or sealed floors and uses an integrated control system to compare the truck’s speed with the number of revolutions per minute the drive tyre is turning to determine whether the truck has lost traction.

By reducing tyre spin during acceleration and preventing wheel lock-up during braking, the system reduces slipping and sliding.

“This decreases tyre wear, increases efficiency, and helps reduce the risk of accidents and product damage.  It also improves operator confidence in slick conditions, such as refrigerated or freezer applications,” says marketing manager Craig Kenchington.

Offered in reach heights up to 11 metres with lift capacities of up to 2,000 kilograms, the new series is available with AC-powered drive and hydraulic systems, and in a double-deep reach version.
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Toll secures AUD180 million contract
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Logistics giant, the Toll Group, has secured a contract worth around AUD180 million over three years from Chevron Australia.

The contract involves managing the Barrow Island Supply Base and Logistics Services for the Gorgon project.

The Gorgon project is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (Operator), ExxonMobil and Shell, to develop the Greater Gorgon gas fields, located between 130km and 200km off the north-west coast of Western Australia. The Greater Gorgon gas fields contain resources of about 40 trillion cubic feet of gas, Australia’s largest-known gas resource.

“The Toll Group plans to execute the scope of work of this contract through the WA-based operations of Toll Energy, which specialises in providing supply chain management and logistics services to the oil and gas exploration, construction and production industries in Australia,” says Toll managing director Paul Little.
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Eastwood Forklift Tyres exhibit in MHL Material Handling & Logistics 2009 in Auckland, New Zealand (22nd – 23rd July, 2009) featuring RAEDER-VOGEL® forklift wheels and castors
Eastwood Forklift Tyres & Spares, our trade partner in New Zealand, will exhibit in the MHL Materials Handling & Logistics Show in Auckland, ASB Showgrounds on 22nd and 23rd July, 2009, booth no. 227. For more info on MHL 2009, please visit: www.mhlshow.co.nz.

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Cascade Corporation announces launch of global nameplate
FAIRVIEW, OR, Cascade Corporation announces the implementation of an international nameplate.  This new design will replace 20 + differing Cascade nameplates currently being shipped on product. This allows Cascade to ship product from any manufacturing location to any end user around the world.   Steve Wittkop, Technical Publication Manager developed the new global nameplate to assist relaying technical information in a format understandable worldwide.

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Davis Derby: TruckLOG case studies, Eurostar – St Pancras
With some 25 million passengers expected to use the St Pancras mainline, underground and international services annually, public safety is of paramount importance. To minimise the risk posed to the travelling public by its platform vehicles, used to replenish on-board catering points, washrooms and other facilities, Eurostar turned to the Davis Derby TruckLOG suite of products.

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In modern production plants with a focus on lean manufacturing, tow tractors are taking over where moving material is required but no lifting. Tow tractors, also known as tuggers, are easier to operate than a lift truck and they can pull more than one load at a time on multiple carts. Moreover, in general the vehicle purchase costs are lower, and this also applies for operating costs.

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