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|It’s always interesting when politics and economics clash, and import tariffs are a typical source of conflict. This week, we report on a legal challenge in Australia which brings five major global players in conflict with Crown Forklifts, one of the few companies still manufacturing in Australia. The issue is likely to play out in other markets, especially as cheap Chinese imports gain traction and governments will increasingly have to choose between the interests of local jobs and the competitiveness of local players who rely on cheaper imports. Obviously, there’s no clear answer in this, but the ongoing reports of factory closures certainly tip the balance in favour of protectionism.|
|Major clash over import concessions |
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Australia’s major forklift importers go to battle this week against local manufacturer Crown Forklifts on an issue about tariff concessions. |
The five importers are Toyota Material Handling, Linde Material Handling, Powerlift Nissan, Komatsu Forklift and MLA Holdings.
The issue, which is being heard by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, concerns tariff concessions which allow importers to bring in electric counterbalanced forklifts duty-free.
Crown wants the concessions revoked because it believes that its locally manufactured electric pedestrian reach truck (the WR Series) can be “substituted” for imported electric counterbalanced forklifts, and are suitable for the same applications in which counterbalanced forklifts are typically used.
In terms of the law, if a locally manufactured machine is suitable to do the same job that an imported machine does, then duty must be paid on the imported machine.
But, argues consultant John Dunkley, who represents the importers, Crown’s pedestrian reach truck is only suitable for certain applications. “In situations where there is an uneven surface or where there is high-intensity work over a large area, for example, in a food market or timber yard or garden centre, the pedestrian forklift is just not going to be able to compete with a ride-on counterbalanced forklift.”
He tells Forkliftaction.com News that it is ironic that in 2001, Crown was the original applicant for the concession for counterbalanced forklifts to be imported duty-free even though it was manufacturing its pedestrian walkie stacker at the same time.
“At that time, they obviously felt the two machines were not substitutable,” says Dunkley.
So why the change of heart by Crown?
Dunkley explains that once the free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States and Australia came into effect in 2005, Crown was able to import counterbalanced forklifts from the US duty-free anyway. “It no longer needed the concession as it wouldn’t pay duty on imported US-made forklifts in terms of the FTA.”
“In essence, because it no longer needed the concession, Crown wanted it revoked with the effect of preventing other importers (who import machines from other countries) from benefiting from the concession.”
Crown’s application was successful, and the concession was revoked in September 2006. However, the other importers objected, and their views were put forward to Customs who then reviewed its decision and reinstated the concession in February 2007.
Crown is appealing the reinstatement of the concession through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, which will conclude the hearing on the matter on Friday.
The outcome of the AAT’s decision could take some months to finalise. Watch this space.
|Konecranes gets new orders, cuts staff |
|Konecranes has received orders for six rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes and two empty container reach stackers from Damietta Container and Cargo Handling Company (DCHC) in Egypt.|
Niklas Brönn, Konecranes’ sales director for the Middle East, says the company has supplied container handling equipment to private companies in Egypt since 2003.
“The recent orders are [a] breakthrough into the important government sector in Egypt for Konecranes,” Brönn says.
Antoine Bosquet, Konecranes’ sales manager for port cranes agrees: “These orders are crucial references with regards to our expansion strategy in North Africa and the Middle East.”
State-owned DCHC is located in Damietta Port. The port’s proximity to the Suez Canal makes it attractive for container vessels in transit. In 2008, DCHC handled 1.241 million TEUs and this is estimated to rise to 1.4 million TEUs for 2009.
The 16-wheel RTGs are equipped with “active load control with a horizontal fine positioning system” and Konecranes’ crane management system. They can lift up to 40 tons and stack one-over-five containers high and seven-plus truck-lanes wide.
Konecranes’ empty container reach stacker can lift up to 10 tons and stack six-containers high and three deep.
The machines will be delivered in 2010. The value of the orders was not disclosed.
Meanwhile, statutory negotiations have ended at Konecranes Plc and Konecranes Finance Corp. The companies will lay off 21 temporary and permanent employees, effective in the last quarter of 2009.
Konecranes Plc and Konecranes Finance Corp started statutory negotiations on 1 September. Both companies are based in Hyvinkää and represent headquarter functions that include IT, R&D, marketing and communications, legal, financial, HR and procurement.
Konecranes reported a reduction of 850 employees at the end of 2008, in its second-quarter 2009 interim report. The recent staff cut is part of the 750-person reduction for the latter part of 2009 that the company announced earlier (Forkliftaction.com News #426).
Just this month, Forkliftaction.com News reported that Konecranes is closing its plant in Ettlingen, Germany, next year. About 85 workers will be affected by the closure (Forkliftaction.com News #431).
In 2008, Konecranes’ sales totaled EUR2.103 billion (USD3.14 billion). The group has 9,700 employees at 485 locations in 43 countries. It is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.
|More jobs to go at Moffett |
|About 60 workers from Cargotec’s truck-mounted forklift brand Moffett will be “let go” due to falling demand in the construction sector. The Argus reported 60 people were made redundant just before Christmas last year.|
Cargotec’s VP for forklifts and reach stackers, Dan Pettersson, tells Forkliftaction.com News that negotiations with the employees have started.
Some 200 people currently work in Moffett, Pettersson says and the latest layoffs will take effect “as soon as possible”.
The demand for load handling equipment has weakened in all Cargotec’s markets. There is a “marked fall” in construction and new truck sales compared to 2008.
“Customers’ business is slower than before, so they do not need to renew and replace equipment or order service to the same extent as when business was busy,” Pettersson says.
All of Cargotec’s restructuring measures announced since 2008 are estimated to save the company over EUR150 million (USD223.8 million) annually.
To combat the economic downturn, Pettersson says the company is focusing on having “strong frontline sale and service operations” to meet customers’ needs and demands.
“At the moment, we (are merging) Hiab and Kalmar business areas into a new Industrial and Terminal business area. The new organisation has an empowered frontline, wider management span and a flat organisation structure to [boost] customer focus,” he explains.
As part of Cargotec’s new marketing strategy, the Moffett forklift brand has been rebranded as Hiab while Moffett has been retained as a product name. Other Cargotec on-road load handling brands like Loglift, Multilift and Jonsered are also being rebranded as Hiab. Cargotec now markets under three brands – Hiab, Kalmar and MacGregor (Forkliftaction.com News #419).
As of 1 October 2009, there were 11,000 people working in Cargotec worldwide, compared with 11,800 people in December 2008.
|ACE has high ambition|
New Delhi, India
|India’s third-largest forklift manufacturer plans to expand its product range and become the leading player in the domestic market. |
Chetan Gole, assistant VP for Action Construction Equipment (ACE)’s forklift division, tells Forkliftaction.com News that the equipment manufacturer is currently evaluating possible acquisitions and has had joint venture offers from “some of the leading brands of the forklift world”.
“We have ambitious plans for our forklift business, like our crane business,” Gole says. Cranes account for over 85% of ACE’s machine sales.
“Currently, we are ranked number three in the Indian forklift business and our plan is to become a leader in this segment as well,” he adds.
About 11% of the company’s revenue comes from forklifts and the rest from cranes, trucks, loaders, aerial work platforms, mast climbing lifts, lorry loaders and truck-mounted cranes.
According to Gole, ACE’s sales turnover for 2007-2008 is USD100 million, and net profit is USD10 million.
ACE has a dedicated forklift plant in Dudhaola, Faridabad, about 40km from New Delhi. The manufacturer sold about 450 forklifts in 2008, mostly in north and west India. It produces a range of 1.5-10 ton diesel, 1.0-3.0 ton electric and 2.0-3.0 ton LPG forklifts.
“We are already expanding our product range by adding new products like telehandlers, multi-loaders and rough-terrain forklifts,” Gole says.
ACE has 900 employees. Synergies in manpower are created in the company where possible but 70 people work in the forklift division. The forklifts are distributed by about 70 dealers and agents.
ACE has been included in the Dalal Street Investment Journal’s compendium of Top 500 Mid Cap companies in India. Established in 1986, the Dalal Street Investment Journal touts itself as India’s leading investment magazine.
The company has plans to foray into the real estate and hospitality sectors through a new subsidiary, according to Indian Business Insight.
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|New considerations in lease vs buy |
|By Tom Andel, contributing editor|
The decision of whether to lease or buy a forklift was a lot easier when the economy was healthier. And although we may be on the verge of an economic recovery, fleet managers still have to deal with the vestiges of the recession. For example, it may be a bit easier to get credit these days, but will that credit be sufficient to meet your needs?
For this third installment of Forkliftaction.com News’s survey report on market trends, we asked forklift dealers and OEMs how they felt the lease vs buy decision was changing purchasing habits. Most of the dealers consulted are members of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA), and this has become an important discussion topic for them.
“A primary driver in the lease vs buy decision will be the availability of capital,” says Jerry Weidmann, president of Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp. “During a recession and the first part of a recovery, companies seek to preserve capital and cash flow. To preserve availability of their lines of credit, companies will seek third-party lease financing. To minimise cash-flow impact, more companies will lease on an operating lease with as long a term as makes sense for their utilisation.”
However, lessees may not have as many options available to them as they did when economic times were better. Tim Hilton, CEO of Carolina Handling, LLC, believes captive lessors are better equipped than banks or non-captive lenders to offer attractive terms to forklift users.
“We expect financial merchandising to be even more important for customers as the credit markets continue to impose the new and more restrictive lending criteria,” he continues. However, he predicts that residuals will remain static as purchase prices “will probably not move much and this will keep residuals about the same to reflect future pricing of new equipment”.
Brett Wood, president of Toyota Material Handling USA, notes that his company offers funding from its captive finance company, Toyota Financial Services (TFS). This means TFS is able to leverage its relationship with TMHU and its dealer body to remarket a customer’s used equipment.
“This option may have special financing linked to the equipment, providing the customer a more competitive pricing structure,” Wood says. “For small businesses, it is important that they are in a strong position with their creditors to ensure they can get favourable lending options.”
For example, TFS offers sub-vented rates with TMHU, which also means a myriad of rates, based on the customer’s financing goals and the amount of the loan.
Of course, the beauty of leasing has been that it allows businesses to conserve cash and other credit lines while maintaining fixed expenses throughout the life of the lease. It has also allowed lessees to keep assets off their balance sheets.
That might change, though, depending on whether the United States adopts international accounting rules that require leases to be included on balance sheets – a move which “could turn the whole idea of leasing upside down and change the way customers acquire trucks”, notes Jim Moran, senior vice president of Crown Equipment Corp. “For example, they may switch to some kind of rental agreement to keep the asset off the balance sheet. An operating lease might not even exist any more in a historical sense. I’m not convinced we’ll end up there, but it’s creeping along.”
If those changes do happen, Jim Malvaso, president and CEO of The Raymond Corporation, doesn’t believe fair market value (FMV) leases will be much better than a fully disclosed lease.
“The FMV lease will still be the best option for the cash flow and use vs ownership,” he says, “but with the interest rate low, the normal FMV lease is harder to compare to straight finance or a full payout lease. I think interest rates will increase, starting in 2011, and with this, FMV leasing will become more favourable.”
Many of the respondents to Forkliftaction.com News’s survey predict that leasing periods will get longer. Part of the reason for that is that forklifts are more durable than ever. Moran says even OEMs like Crown often recommend extending leases from the standard five years to seven.
Dave Griffith, president and CEO of Modern Group Ltd. in Bristol, PA, even sees potential for longer term rentals. But Bill Rowan, president of Sunbelt Industrial Trucks, points out that the beauty of leasing is that it can even favour those who don’t use forklifts all that much.
“If you are only paying for the utilisation, you can reduce your monthly payments and your hourly costs significantly,” he says. “If you anticipate low usage, your rates will reflect that, with the opportunity to pay for additional utilisation down the road.”
Kenneth M. MacDonald, president of M&G Materials Handling Co. in East Providence, RI, says leasing is an important strategy when economic times make capital more difficult to acquire.
“Customers must have liquidity to operate their plants and will commit to leasing in order to keep their financial lending institutions comfortable with them,” he concludes.
However, Bruce Pelynio, president and CEO of Memphis-based Heli Americas, predicts poor capital availability will restrict the ability to lease at will as companies used to do.
“The lack of availability of easy leasing terms is going to have people looking at buying equipment, and they won’t be turning it every four years,” he says. “People will want to come back to buying a basic lift truck that they can service in house. They’ll want to use their own employees.”
- Next week, Part 4 in Forkliftaction.com News’s survey report examines the role forklifts play in reducing a company's carbon footprint.
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|Barloworld wins competitive tender |
Maidenhead, United Kingdom
|Barloworld Handling has won a competitive tender to supply Palletline with a new fleet of 40 LPG Hyster Fortens forklifts for its distribution hubs in Solihull.|
Palletline is a leading UK palletised distribution company, and operations director Mark Pulford says the company was looking for “optimum levels of reliability and performance”, improved ergonomics and advanced technology when it invited five companies to tender for the contract.
After a rigorous evaluation that considered contract life costs, service support, reliability and driver feedback, Palletline chose Barloworld.
“We are maintaining a close focus on efficiency across all our processes to match the cost, safety, and operational improvements already achieved at our new hub,” Pulford says.
Most of the fleet is deployed at Palletline’s new central hub in Solihull, which the company opened at the end of 2008 to meet rising demand for its palletised freight handling services. The new hub has tripled pallet throughput capacity and boosted operating efficiency for the company.
Palletline says it is the first palletised distribution network to operate a drive-through and side-load operation, which goes beyond safety requirements for its sector.
The two tonne Hyster forklifts will be deployed throughout the night to load and unload palletised goods.
Pulford says Barloworld’s service and account management is a major factor in their winning the contract.
Barloworld installed a telemetry device to each forklift that monitors its productivity and automatically uploads information like run time and availability to the fleet management portal. When there is a problem, a fault code is sent to Barloworld so that a technician can be sent to repair the forklift before a breakdown occurs.
A team of Barloworld engineers man a fully-equipped on-site servicing bay to carry out regular planned maintenance on the trucks.
The value of the contract was not disclosed.
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|TMHU adds 11 dealers offering aerial work platforms |
Irvine, CA, United States
|Toyota Material Handling USA’s (TMHU) Aichi dealer base has expanded from 15 to 26. In addition to work platforms, Aichi offers scissor lifts and crawler- and wheeled-boom lifts for indoor and outdoor applications. |
“As the business climate continues to recover in the upcoming months, Toyota is committed to offering the construction market and other industries quality AWP products that meet their customers’ demands”, says Brett Wood, president of TMHU.
TMHU entered the AWP market when sales slowed significantly industry-wide. Toyota and Aichi are both accustomed to long-term, incremental growth and plan to continue that strategy to grow US sales in the future. Despite this challenging market, Aichi is meeting its marketshare goals.
These are the new TMHU Aichi dealers:
• Bell Fork Lift, Inc. of Clinton Township, Mich.
• Conger Toyotalift of Green Bay, Wis.
• Florida Lift Systems, Inc. of Orlando, Fla.
• Hupp ToyotaLift of Cedar Rapids, Iowa
• Lift Truck Supply, Inc. of Tyler, Texas
• Mid Columbia Forklift, Inc. of Yakima, Wash.
• Shoppa’s Mid America, LLC of Kansas City, Mo.
• Southern States Toyotalift of Jacksonville, Fla.
• Toyota-Lift of Minnesota of Brooklyn Park, Minn.
• Vesco Toyotalift of Hickory, N.C.
• Westquip, Inc. of Oklahoma City, Okla.
|Cargotec delivers and refurbishes machines in Tunisia |
|Cargotec has delivered 20 Kalmar terminal tractors to Société Tunisienne d’Acconage et de Manutention (STAM) for the Port of Rades in Tunisia.|
Kamal Khelil, the director in charge of development at STAM, says Kalmar “has always been one step ahead of environmental issues” set by Tunisian authorities.
“We have trusted Kalmar machines for over 25 years. We [currently] have 22 Kalmar straddle carriers, reach stackers, empty container handlers and 50 Kalmar terminal tractors,” Khelil says.
“Respecting the environment is very important for us,” he adds.
The Kalmar TRX182 terminal tractors will service the quayside operation at the port. The machines have diesel engines with catalytic exhaust purification that Cargotec says significantly reduces emission levels. They are also equipped with electronically controlled diesel engines that meet the requirements of EU Tier 2 and US Carb 2 regulations.
STAM also placed an order for its 13 Kalmar straddle carriers, which are from four to 10 years old, to be refurbished. Under Cargotec’s refurbishment program, each of the machines will be individually assessed, repairs identified, and done according to need.
The refurbishment is expected to add five years’ operating time to the equipment.
Khelil says STAM’s annual capacity was 400,000 TEUs and it had planned for an 8% growth a year.
“This year we will not reach 8% growth but we are still growing in the Port of Rades. The seven Tunisian ports where we operate serve mostly national consumption – some cargo is transported by road to Libya and Algeria,” he says.
Established in 1961, STAM employs 1,500 people in the Tunisian commercial ports of Rades, La Goulette, Bizerte, Sousse, Sfax, Gabes and Zarzis. It handles 69% of the cargo transported via ports and maritime trade in Tunisia.
|Shortage looms for good warehousing space|
London, United Kingdom
|Attendees at the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA)’s Warehousing Futures Conference were told that there is potentially a shortage of good quality new warehousing space in the future.|
However, Sally Bruer from property consultancy Gerald Eve noted that while speculative warehouse and distribution centre construction would likely remain depressed for the next three to five years, there is plenty of warehouse space available in the UK.
“Landlords are under pressure and the incentives many are offering are some of the most attractive seen since the start of the 1990s,” Bruer says.
Speculative construction means that warehouses and distribution centres are built before occupiers are identified.
A UKWA spokesman tells Forkliftaction.com News that the economic downturn has impacted on the number of tenants renting warehouse space.
“The UK government changed the tax laws relating to empty property rates in April 2008. Owners of industrial property that have been empty for more than six months now have to pay the same rates if the buildings were occupied,” he says.
This is why owners are keen to fill their buildings within six months of them becoming empty and are offering price incentives to entice new tenants.
According to UKWA, the amount of new-build warehouse space completed in the first half of 2009 was lower than any time in the past decade – 2.5 million sqft (232,258 sqm) of new space was developed, and of that figure, only 1.2 million sqft (111,484 sqm) was speculatively developed.
This compares to the 44 million sqft (4.09million sqm) of warehousing that was built speculatively between 2006 and 2008.
About 150 delegates attended the UKWA Warehousing Futures 2009 conference at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel. It comprised a networking dinner on 5 October and a full day’s conference session on 6 October.
At a small exhibition held alongside the conference, delegates met with 22 third-party logistics and warehousing suppliers that included Narrow Aisle Flexi, Toyota Materials Handling and Psion Teklogix.
The conference was organised by Gyros Communications in association with UKWA and the Logistics Leaders Network.
|NIST helping industry target R&D|
Washington, DC, United States
|Roger Bostelman, project manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is testing the feasibility of new technologies in forklift applications. His latest project is examining how 3D imagers can make forklifts safer. A 3D Flash light detection and ranging (LIDAR) camera with a seven-meter range and rapid detection is being used to:|
1) detect standard-sized obstacles;
2) detect obstacles while highly reflective surfaces are also within detection range; and
3) detect forklift tines above the floor.
“These sensors indicate when a pedestrian passes or where the edge of a dock or the back of a trailer is,” Bostelman explains.
During the ninth annual “Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems (PerMIS ’09)” conference held last month in Gaithersburg, MD, Bostelman held a group discussion among attendees to collect recommendations for helping next generation forklifts become safer. The key observations include:
Follow the OSHA checklist; enforce the requirement that all drivers wear seatbelts.
Vehicle ergonomics currently make it difficult so change the driver’s seat so that the operator is not required to turn his/her head backwards to see in the direction of travel when the forklift is carrying a load.
In noisy environments, add rear backup lighting. Currently, drivers rely on their hearing to know when a pedestrian is in the way. Therefore, there is a need for something to replace acoustics. A suggestion would be to use a laser beam 15 m in front of the vehicle through the intersections to tell pedestrians where the forklift is intending to go.
Because there are nearly 1 million forklifts used in the U.S. alone, safety equipment should be retrofitted to existing forklifts, and it should be designed into new forklifts.
Both pedestrians and forklifts need to be tracked, and this information should be provided to the driver and/or to pedestrians.
Systems are needed to control forklift speed to prevent tip over without impacting productivity. Technology should provide advance warning of hazards (earlier reaction time) and limit forklift speed to ensure adequate stopping distance based on location, load, vehicle type, and known hazards.
Bostelman intends to use the findings from his LIDAR work as well as his collected recommendations to help the forklift industry better target their R&D efforts.
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|MCFA’s “Pink” campaign raises new health issue |
Houston, TX, United States
|Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks of Houston, the factory dealership owned by Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America, Inc. (MCFA), is attempting to raise awareness of male breast cancer with its new “Real Men Drive Pink” campaign. |
The American Cancer Society estimates that 1,910 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among US men in 2009. Breast cancer in men is often fatal because the symptoms are ignored. Simply put, men lack awareness.
Funds raised through the campaign will be donated to the Breast Cancer Three-Day walk, benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. The three-day, 60-mile walk requires months of physical and financial preparation, challenge and triumph. Participants commit to raising USD2,300 each to participate and follow a four to six month physical training program.
“We’re auctioning a PINK electric forklift truck as the cornerstone of the campaign,” says Landre Eagleton, the dealer’s general manager. “Forklifts tend to be perceived as ‘macho,’ so this focus to increase awareness with our customers, operators and the public is a great fit. We also have a few more events under development."
|Forklift company ordered to stop faxing|
|A forklift and plant hire company which sent unsolicited faxes to companies and individuals has been ordered to cease its marketing activity.|
According to Construction News, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) slapped the enforcement notice on Orion Forklift and Plant, after over 1,700 complaints were made.
ICO assistant commissioner Mick Gorrill says unsolicited marketing faxes can be “just as irritating” as unwanted marketing phone calls. In some cases, Orion continued to send the faxes despite requests to stop by complainants. Some faxes were also sent to residences in the early hours of the morning.
“The ICO takes all breaches of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations very seriously and we will not hesitate to take further action if it fails to comply with the enforcement notice,” Gorrill says.
Orion has been ordered to stop sending marketing faxes for 35 days.
Forkliftaction.com News contacted Ivor Cox, Orion’s owner, for comment but did not receive a response before press time.
|Fined for forklift injury |
Dry Creek, South Australia, Australia
|A trailer manufacturer has been fined AUD15,300 after pleading guilty to failing to provide a safe system of work as well as appropriate information, instruction and training.|
The incident, which resulted in a man being injured while working beneath a forklift, occurred at the company’s Dry Creek premises in June 2007.
A man and two colleagues had been instructed to lift several large items by forklift.
In the process, a drum that was part of an unsecured load raised aloft by the forklift fell about two metres onto the man as he moved a second pallet beneath. He suffered a head wound which required stitches and a finger injury that required surgery.
According to Industrial Magistrate Stephen Lieschke, the employer had failed to factor safety into the task being performed.
“(The employer) failed to consider the risks and appropriate control measures including proper instruction, training and supervision, in relation to the use of its forklifts.
“Forklifts are powered industrial trucks and present hazards not only from their own movement but also from their ability to lift loads. The stored energy in any raised object is a potential hazard that must be considered.”
SafeWork SA executive director Michele Patterson says the case illustrates one of the many dangers posed by forklifts in workplaces and the need for appropriate systems to keep people safely clear of such machines and their loads when they’re in operation.
|Madsen sets record straight |
Auckland, New Zealand, New Zealand
|Jens Madsen, Ports of Auckland MD, has rejected certain information provided to the market by a research unit about the port’s future capacity and capital expenditure requirements.|
According to Madsen, research unit AspectHuntley’s statement that Port of Tauranga was capable of handling larger ships with lower capital investment than Ports of Auckland is incorrect.
“AspectHuntley’s claim that Ports of Auckland needs to spend AUD200 million on dredging to accommodate the new generation of larger container vessels is untrue.”
Madsen says the Rangitoto channel is already capable of taking the larger vessels within tidal windows comparable to those regularly applied at a number of other international ports.
“Ports of Auckland has already completed a major channel dredging project and invested in new cranes and straddles.
“We are fortunate that the Waitemata Harbour has a substantial tidal range and, as a consequence, the depth of water at high tide is greater than at most other New Zealand ports.
“We only need to deepen a berth pocket and undertake minor wharf strengthening work at the Fergusson terminal, at a cost of less than AU/NZD?50million, in order to cater for the larger ships, when it becomes necessary. Consents for this work are in place and detailed design will shortly be underway.”
Ports of Auckland has eight container cranes, the three largest of which are already capable of servicing 6,000 TEU vessels. A further two require only minor modifications to do so, according to Madsen.
|Sydney event expects 10,000 visitors|
Sydney, New South Wales
Around 10,000 visitors are expected to attend the safety and materials handling shows and conference taking place in Sydney next week.
Running from Tuesday October 27 to Thursday October 29, the events will dominate Safe Work Australia Week in New South Wales.
Exhibitors at Sydney Materials Handling, with its focus on "lift, shift and move", will showcase logistics and warehouse management equipment, including radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, forklifts, conveyors, storage systems, software and waste management.
ICHCA looks at terminal automation
Adelaide, South Australia
The next ICHCA luncheon takes place in Adelaide at The Lakes Resort Hotel on 28 October. Speaker Howard Wren, technical director of AECOM, will focus on “Terminal Automation – A time for change?”
|New CEO for pallet company |
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Australian-based pallet supplier Brambles has announced that chief executive officer Mike Ihlein will retire from his role on 1 November.|
Ihlein, who will be succeeded by Tom Gorman, the current group president of Chep EMEA, will remain as an executive and continue to be available to Gorman until 1 March 2010.
Ihlein’s decision to retire follows nearly six years with Brambles during which he was chief financial officer before becoming CEO in 2007.
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|In September, 2009 Systems Material Handling launched their new Social Networking Project. Social Networking is the new phrase that is being used to describe the online communities where information is shared publicly. Some examples of these networking sites are Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and MySpace. While Social Networking started as merely a forum for personal relationships in recent years this technology has moved into the business community.|
In an effort to always use innovative business practices SMH has started to use networking technology. SMH can be found on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The value for SMH customers is that it gives them the ability to find out more information on SMH and view the latest company news on their social network.
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|UN U-series Reach Trucks ||As the first company to design and produce reach trucks in China, UN FORKLIFT have led the development direction of reach trucks over the years. UN reach trucks have 30 years’ development history. They incorporate advanced international technologies and design ideas, taking ergonomics as a main guide and adopting excellent design. They have the characteristics of comfortable operation, safe driving, effectiveness and easy maintenance.|
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|In the Discussion Forums|
"An Emmy Award-winning production company is producing a new series all about Extreme Vehicles - and we're looking for some big, bad forklifts for the show. This series will air on a major US network. If you or anyone you know might be interested, contact us. We'd love to hear about you, the lift truck or trucks you operate.
"LionCasting, United States
"Have a look on e bay - just search Lister Forklift. Anybody fancy buying this for Jim Brindley's Forklift Heritage Musium?
"BobbyT, United Kingdom
"There is no free lunch, someone always pays.
Even in Government programs, we all pay for it, it is just spread out over more people for a longer time, but it still has to be paid for.
"edward_t, United States
1. Technical Sales - Full time
Cleveland Ohio, United States2. Parts Manager, Parts,Service, Rental, Allied inside Sales - Full time
Open, United States3. Aftermarket Support - Full time
North Carolina/Southeast Region, United States4. Technical Training/Course Development - Full time
Northern Illinois or Southern Wisconsin area, United States5. Service Engineer - Full time
Cairo, Egypt6. Forklift Technician - Full time
Editorial Calendar 2010
The Forklift Market in The USA
Attachments: Pallet Handling
Used Forklift Dealers
The Forklift Market in China
Materials Handling Equipment in Ports
The Forklift Market in Latin America
Industrial Tryes and Wheels
Batteries and Chargers
Materials Handling in Europe
Warehouse Counter Balance Forklifts