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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Arab forklift manufacturer plans expansion

INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION.COM

NEWS
MCFA loses franchise litigation
Hyster-Yale dealer discussions prompt rumours
Case plant likely to face huge fine
Arab forklift manufacturer plans expansion
Real or not, the sale of Yale
Big Joe competes with value-oriented series
Deutsche Messe boosts activities in Japan
Facebook raises forklift safety awareness
Snorkel expands core product range
Hyster reach trucks boost growth plan in DPW Tarragona
Movers & Shakers
Clark puts paws on pallet truck

LOCAL NEWS
Tasmania rail freight enters new era
WA show highlights safety
Port project completed
Keys for success in 2010

MEDIA RELEASES
A.F.S. Bring fully certified flameproof solutions to Australia.
The New Range DSI by Mast Explorer
Cascade Corporation, will be participating in the Cemat India 2009, December 10-13.
SMH Appoints Ed Cobb as Regional Manager of Business Development Midwest Region
CeMAT MIDDLE EAST trade show in Dubai - February 2010

PRODUCT WATCH
UG Series - Omega Lift Manufacturing Inc.,
Multi pallet transportation with maximum cost-effectiveness³ - The new KAUP Triple Pallet Handler
Range update boosts productivity to new levels - Cat® lift trucks
EP Introduces the New V-Series 3 Wheel Forklift in 2010

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Inside Forkliftaction.com
The hunt is on this week for old forklifts. Firstly, Forkliftaction.com is assisting Yale to track down the oldest Yale forklift truck or pallet truck still in operation today. Part of the manufacturer’s 90th anniversary celebrations, the competition is open to operators of Yale forklift trucks or pallet trucks that are at least 20 years old in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The prize is a trip to New York, the birthplace of the very first battery-powered low-lift platform truck in 1920. You can find more information on the competition in our Photo Galleries.
Meanwhile, a reader is keen to identify a mystery old forklift and you can end the debate by going to the Discussion Forum and naming the equipment for once and for all.




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NEWS STORIES
MCFA loses franchise litigation
Trenton, NJ, United States
By Roger Renstrom

The New Jersey Supreme Court has decided in favour of Mitsubishi forklift franchisee Maintainco Inc and against equipment manufacturer and franchisor Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc (MCFA), ending a decade-long legal dispute.

“We have worked for over 20 years to build the Mitsubishi forklift business here in northern New Jersey,” says James G Picarillo, Maintainco president. “We made the investment in money, in sweat equity and in dedication to Mitsubishi, so when they tried to destroy us, we decided that we could not let it happen. We are gratified by the court’s ruling and believe justice has been done. We look forward to the success of our efforts to continue to build the Mitsubishi brand over the coming decades.”

Last month, the Trenton-based court denied MCFA’s request for a review of the appellate division’s 30 July decision in favour of Maintainco (Forkliftaction.com News #422).

“The Supreme Court's ruling effectively ends this litigation with Maintainco the prevailing party,” says Jeremy I Silberman, an attorney representing the plaintiff. “Maintainco keeps its Mitsubishi forklift dealership, keeps its exclusive sales territory and keeps the lower courts’ award of a very substantial monetary judgment.”

The dollar amount was not disclosed. “The financial arrangements with MCFA have been set, but it would not be appropriate to detail them”, notes principal Maintainco trial attorney Theodore Margolis.

With its decision, the court upheld the protection of the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act for equipment dealers and other franchisees that a franchisor may have “constructively terminated”.

The ruling upheld appellate and trial court decisions that Maintainco is entitled to continue as the exclusive Mitsubishi dealer in northern New Jersey and affirms the monetary damages award. Margolis, Silberman and Haekyoung Suh, all with the Bridgewater, New Jersey office of the Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus law firm, represented Maintainco.

MCFA attorneys Kevin McNulty and H John Shank II with the Newark, New Jersey office of the law firm Gibbons PC did not respond to a request for comment about the supreme court decision or how it might impact MCFA business practices.

Houston, Texas-based MCFA was formed in 1992 as a joint venture of the industrial manufacturing and trading units of Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Group and an industrial subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc of Peoria, Illinois. MCFA makes Mitsubishi and Caterpillar forklifts and distributes the equipment in North America using a "Two Brands, One Promise" marketing strategy.

Family-owned Maintainco has New Jersey locations in South Hackensack and South Plainfield and has been the Mitsubishi dealer in the 12-county region since 1982. In 1999, MCFA decided to terminate Maintainco as part of a plan to reorganise its distribution network into larger regional dealerships. When Maintainco refused to voluntarily give up its Mitsubishi dealership, MCFA engaged in a course of conduct designed to force Maintainco to drop the line, including appointing a second dealer in Maintainco’s territory, say Maintainco attorneys. The second dealer was Mid-Atlantic Handling Systems LLC.

Maintainco sued, claiming that in 1985 Maintainco was granted the right to be the exclusive Mitsubishi dealer in the territory although the dealership agreement did not expressly use the term “exclusive”. The suit argued that Maintainco qualified for the protection of the state franchise practices act and that MCFA’s appointment of the second dealer in the territory breached the contract and illegally terminated Maintainco’s franchise in violation of the statute.

By filing the lawsuit, Maintainco was able to retain its Mitsubishi business while the litigation was pending. However, through investigations and the litigation discovery process, Maintainco attorneys found that MCFA gave the new dealer better pricing than Maintainco, supplied the new dealer with Maintainco’s customer lists and paid for letters sent to Maintainco’s customers directing them to buy from the new dealer. In further discovery of MCFA internal emails, it was learned that the executive vice president wanted to “ditch” Maintainco.

A 20-day trial occurred in 2007. Judge William C Meehan found in favour of Maintainco and awarded a multi-million-dollar judgment for damages including attorneys’ fee and litigation costs (Forkliftaction.com News #311).

The appellate division awarded Maintainco additional attorneys’ fees for the costs of the appeal and deducted some of the costs awarded by the lower court.
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Hyster-Yale dealer discussions prompt rumours
Greenville, NC, United States
Talks relating to the voluntary distribution-consolidation program for Nacco Material Handling Group (NMHG) brands are generating rumours but, so far, only one deal.

While NMHG acknowledges that discussions are under way with several dealers, the company has a policy of not commenting on any specific transactions until after the deal is closed, says Colin Wilson, chief operating officer and president, Americas, for NMHG in Greenville.

In August, Hyster dealer Arnold Machinery Co became the authorised dealer for Yale material handling equipment for all of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming and portions of Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and Arizona (Forkliftaction.com News #420).

The seller, H&E Equipment Services Inc of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, says in a financial filing that it received about USD15.7 million for a substantial portion of its Yale forklift assets in the intermountain region. Arnold Machinery is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“Following that (Arnold-H&E) development, there have been several rumours surrounding potential deals between Hyster and Yale dealers,” Wilson says.

NMHG opened the door in June to possible dealership and distribution consolidations as part of a North American growth strategy. Wilson emphasises that NMHG intends for any changes to be evolutionary, not revolutionary, and that current dealers are not required to consolidate.

“We have continuously stated that we have the best dealer networks in the industry,” Wilson notes. “Our goal is to strengthen these networks even further, whether through having dealers representing Hyster products only, Yale products only or . . . both brands and products.”
NMHG plans to continue offering full product lines through both the Hyster and Yale dealer channels.

NMHG is a business of publicly traded Nacco Industries Inc of Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
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Case plant likely to face huge fine
Basildon, United Kingdom
Case New Holland has admitted to putting workers’ lives at risk and ignoring repeated safety warnings.

Case committed the series of breaches at its tractor plant on Cranes Farm Road between November 2006 and May 2008, the Basildon Crown Court heard.

According to Echo News, the company, that employed 1,400 people at the time, has admitted to failing to adhere to safety standards regarding equipment and training.

The UK Health and Safety Executive found that many of its forklifts were operated in poor lighting conditions and badly marked pedestrian walkways despite having broken lights.

The court heard that staff concerns that were raised with managers were repeatedly ignored.

A failure highlighted involved a 57-year-old engineer who was exposed to leaking liquid nitrogen in May 2008. The man held his breath as he entered a chamber containing the substance to stop the leak. He had worked for Case for 32 years but had never been properly trained to handle the dangerous substance, the court heard.

Prosecutor Nigel Ingram said it was lucky no one had been badly hurt in the plant. “At all levels within the company, including the health and safety department, there were significant failures,” he said.

Selva Ramasamy, representing Case, said forklifts had since been examined, factory lighting revamped and all other safety issues dealt with.

He said the company had a previously excellent health and safety record and it was hard to monitor safety on a large site.

Ramasamy referred to another company, fined GBP180,000 (USD299,235) for more serious breaches and requested the figure be considered a “ceiling” for the fine set for Case.

Case admitted to failing to provide a plant which was safe for employees and failing to ensure employee safety when working with liquid nitrogen.

Judge Christopher Mitchell adjourned the case but indicated that regardless of the fine, the company would have to pay GBP58,899 (USD97,906) prosecution costs.
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Arab forklift manufacturer plans expansion
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The manufacturer of the world’s first Arab forklift announced ambitious expansion plans at last week’s Big 5 PMV, the Middle East expo for construction plant, vehicles and machinery.

Gulf Automobile Industry Corp (GAIC), which produces cars, pick-up trucks and the Camel forklift, is responding to industry demand by moving its 14,000 sqm (150,695 sqft) Abu Dhabi factory to a 3 million sqm (32.3 million sqft) facility in Saudi Arabia.

Company chairman Nasser Hamad Al Hajeri says the expansion will occur in 2010 over two phases, starting with a 109,000 sqm (1.1 million sqft) factory.

"We are forecasting sales of AED50million (USD13.6 million) for 2010. The move to a larger manufacturing plant was necessary to meet the demand for our products and while it makes sense to be in Saudi Arabia, our biggest market, the UAE continues to offer us strong sales potential." Al Hajeri says.

He adds that 800 people will be employed at the new factory and by 2020, GAIC expects to have 11,000 employees.

The Camel forklift was introduced at the start of 2009, when most of the world was negatively impacted by the economic downturn. However, GAIC took advantage of that time to introduce the forklift, which it claims is competitively priced and specified for the Middle East region.

“The forklift is about 30% cheaper than its competitors but still offers excellent quality,” Al Hajeri claims.

The engines are sourced from Nissan and Isuzu in Japan, but the traditional forklift model has been adapted to work in the Middle Eastern climate. Each forklift is installed with a filtration system to deal with dust and sand, and a cooling mechanism helps deal with the region’s high temperatures. Air conditioning units can also be added if needed.

Al Hajeri says visitors to the Big 5 PMV expo at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre that ended on 26 November showed great interest in the Camel forklift.

GAIC received orders on the first day from Morocco, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Sudan.

In 2007, GAIC introduced the first UAE-made car, a 150-horsepower, double cabin pick-up priced between AED36,000 and AED60,000 (USD9,802 and USD16,337). The car has a 2,400 cc Mitsubishi engine and its components are from China, Japan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Africa and the UAE.
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Real or not, the sale of Yale
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Rumours are circulating in the industry that forklift manufacturer Nacco Material Handling Group (NMHG) is planning to sell its wholly owned Yale retail dealerships in Australia.

When contacted by Forkliftaction.com News, NMHG was unwilling to shed any light on the matter. Both NMHG Asia Pacific managing director Ian Neilson and US-based Nacco Industries, Manager-Finance, Christina Kmetko said they had no comment to make.

Of course, “not commenting” on a rumour is different to denying a rumour and one industry insider claims it’s an open secret that the group wants to offload Yale, much like it did its wholly owned Hyster divisions earlier this year.

Prior to that sale which took place mid-2009, there had been months of rumours and plenty of ‘no comments’ from parties involved, but in the end, smoke proved fire and Adapt-A-Lift announced it had acquired NMHG’s Hyster divisions in Australia along with the rental fleet of National Fleet Network, (Forkliftaction.com News #417).

The Yale businesses owned by NMHG include the Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales dealerships.
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Big Joe competes with value-oriented series
Lombard, IL, United States
Big Joe has launched a new series of electric forklifts aimed to compete with online retailers and low-price imports.

“The new line of forklifts will surprise people,” says Kevin Pletch, dealer sales manager at Big Lift LLC which manages the Big Joe brand and factory.

Pletch explains that the forklifts will maintain the rugged construction for which the brand is known but has “a price that is hard to beat”.

“Our distributors have asked us to reinvent ourselves to combat low-price competitors that have flooded the market in recent years, and with this product line, we are now proving we have heard their call,” he says.

Big Lift LLC has also unveiled a new distribution program to maintain factory stock at several regional locations in the US. The improved distribution footprint and product availability is expected to boost the forklift producer’s competitiveness. The forklifts are available through over 150 Big Joe dealers in the US.

The new series includes the S30 walk-behind straddle truck, the C22 walk-behind counterbalance truck, the M22 manual stacker, and the PTE30 and PTE45 electric pallet trucks for medium-duty applications.
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Deutsche Messe boosts activities in Japan
Tokyo, Japan
Deutsche Messe AG has established a subsidiary in Japan to promote CeMAT Hannover, CeMAT Asia and its other trade shows in the region.

“This move marks an extension of our activities in one of the world’s most important markets and is an important step towards further developing our international network,” says Andreas Gruchow, member of Deutsche Messe AG’s board in Hannover, Germany.

According to Deutsche Messe AG, Deutsche Messe Japan KK’s main priority is to boost efforts to attract exhibitors and visitors to leading international trade fairs at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds in Germany.

The trade fairs include CeBIT, Hannover Messe, CeMAT Hannover in Germany and also CeMAT Asia in China.

The new company headed by Kenichi Mori, a former general manager of Mitsubishi’s energy division, will also promote overseas trade fair activities and develop a base for Deutsche Messe’s trade fair business in Asia.

Deutsche Messe spokeswoman Monika Brandt tells Forkliftaction.com News there are currently no plans to hold a trade fair in Japan. She declined to provide statistics of Japanese exhibitors or visitors at its trade fairs, but maintains that many of the world’s market leaders have main offices in Japan.
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Facebook raises forklift safety awareness
Cornwall, United Kingdom
A marketing strategist who used Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to create forklift safety awareness has been nominated for the innovation award from business network The Hub.

David McGuire, from industrial marketing agency John Knowles Company, is the creative brain behind the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA)’s National Fork Lift Safety Week marketing campaign. By combining regional and industry-based news with social media websites to promote the safety week, the FLTA has received numerous responses for its resources.

In September, press and online media coverage prompted thousands of companies to contact the FLTA for safety packs, download resources or view training videos online, quadrupling traffic at its website www.fork-truck.org.uk.

FLTA CEO David Ellison says the interest in this year’s Safety Week “far exceeds” anything the association has achieved before.

“A good deal of the credit must go to David McGuire and his colleagues at the John Knowles Company, for their innovative ideas and sheer hard work. This nomination is richly deserved,” Ellison says.

McGuire says he is privileged to work with extremely talented and dedicated people, and that the work being recognised was “very much a joint effort”.

“Awards are great, but being told your work may actually have saved someone’s life, that’s a real buzz. So in a way I feel like we’ve been rewarded already,” he adds.

The award will be presented after a dinner at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall.

According to John Knowles Company, there were not many news reports about serious forklift incidents in September, traditionally the materials handling industry’s deadliest month. There are no official statistics on forklift incidents for the period at press time.
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Snorkel expands core product range
Elkwood, KS, United States
Aerial work platform manufacturer Snorkel International has developed a new family of electric slab scissors – the SX Series – as replacements for both its S Series and the Upright-brand MX and X Series.

“Our design engineers have been quietly working for months on some significant enhancements to our core product range,” says George Fitchett, vice president of sales. The new designs offer “effective, robust, cost-effective aerial lifts” consistent with Snorkel values.

In addition to the SX Series, Snorkel has the first in a new series of boom lifts – the SB46JRT – on a common chassis. That model is a 46 foot (13.8 metre) stick boom lift with a jib.

Snorkel plans also to launch its Speed Level Plus as an enhanced version of the Speed Level series of no-stabiliser, rough-terrain forklifts. “Our design engineers have completely revised the machine to make it stronger, more powerful and much more practical,” Fitchett notes.

Further, Snorkel has another introduction. The XT24SD combines the transport benefits of a trailer-mounted forklift with the performance and manoeuvrability of a self-propelled aerial work platform.

Snorkel, which makes aerial work and vertical mast access platforms in Elwood, intends to launch the new products during The Rental Show taking place 7-10 February in Orlando, Florida. The American Rental Association of Moline, Illinois organises the event.

Snorkel International, UpRight Powered Access and Smith Electric Vehicles are trading divisions of Tanfield Engineering Systems Ltd. The parent company is Tanfield Group plc of Washington, United Kingdom.
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Hyster reach trucks boost growth plan in DPW Tarragona
Fleet, United Kingdom
Eight new Hyster RS46-36CH reach stackers are working at the container terminal in the Port of Tarragona, Spain as part of DP World’s first stage growth plan for the port.

Since acquiring the container terminal in 2008, DP World has initiated an extension project to increase its capacity to 1.3 million TEUs by 2011. The first stage of the growth plan has elevated the terminal’s handling capacity to 200,000 TEUs.

DP World chose the Hysters to support the terminal’s restructure because of their high levels of productivity, reliability and efficiency, combined with the support provided by Hyster dealer Alfaland.

The RS46-36CH models also provide the residual capacity required by DPW Tarragona for handling ISO tank containers without needing to get too close. The reach stacker gives the flexibility of up to five-high stacking with 46 tonne capacity in the first row, 36 tonnes in the second and 19 tonnes in the third.

According to Hyster Europe, the reach stacker also includes automatic transmission with gear change protection, electronic load control, and a clean running, powerful diesel engine.
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Movers & Shakers
Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Barloworld Handling has appointed Mike Parkin as sales manager to support its new projects and existing customers in the ports and terminals sector. Parkin joins Barloworld after three years with Kalmar and has significant experience with other leading global companies.

Hamburg, Germany
Goran Mihajlovic has been appointed chief operating officer of Still GmbH. Mihajlovic joins Dr Rolf Karg (CEO), Karl-Heinz Birkner (CFO) and Bert-Jan Knoef (sales and marketing) on Still’s management board. He is a qualified industrial engineer who has worked for Still since 2008, first as head of the counterbalance truck business line and then as manager of its Hamburg site. In 2001, he worked for the OM brand company in Italy, also part of the KION Group, where he started as head of purchasing and logistics before becoming head of warehouse equipment in 2003.
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Clark puts paws on pallet truck
Lexington, KY, United States, United States
Clark Material Handling Company has done it again. The forklift producer has donated a customised pallet jack to assist a charity while attracting some good press.

This time, a pallet truck painted with black paw prints is being donated to the Lexington Humane Society to help with its annual Beastie Ball auction that raises money for the care of 700 animals now at the shelter.

Clark has also thrown its support behind the animal shelter by sponsoring its annual Mutt Putt Golf Scramble, while its employees have volunteered at many local events.

The company has in the past donated pink pallet jacks for Susan G Komen for the Cure’s fundraising efforts (Forkliftaction.com News #314).

Clark CEO Dennis Lawrence says being a good corporate citizen is part of the company’s corporate identity.
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Tasmania rail freight enters new era
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Pacific National has sold its rail business in Tasmania to the government.

The newly established state-owned rail company, Tasmanian Railway, is responsible for the management and maintenance of all rail infrastructure and railway operations in Tasmania.

According to minister for infrastructure Graeme Sturges, the purchase heralds a new era for rail freight services: “Freight rail has an extremely important role to play in helping Tasmania meet its future freight demands.

“While Tasmanian Railway certainly has challenges ahead of it to overcome the decades of underinvestment that have impacted on our rail system, I am certain industry can now look forward with confidence to the future of freight rail in this state.”

The company’s first board has also been announced, with Bob Annells appointed as executive chair, and Roger Gill, Bob Neil, Sarah Merridew and John Fullerton appointed as diretors.

Gill will take on the role of interim chief executive officer while the board undertakes a national search for a permanent CEO.
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WA show highlights safety
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
The WA Safety Show will be held on 24-26 August next year at Perth Convention Exhibition Centre.

The show, which debuted in 2008, provides suppliers of OH&S and materials handling equipment and services with a forum to meet and demonstrate products to a targeted group of trade visitors.

Last year, the show attracted around 4,000 visitors and organisers are confident the anticipated boost in business confidence for 2010 will see a high level of business opportunity.
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Port project completed
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Victoria’s largest marine infrastructure project, the Channel Deepening Project at the Port of Melbourne, has been completed, ahead of schedule and almost AUD200 million under budget.

Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) CEO Stephen Bradford says the completion of the project is a significant milestone in the port’s 150-year history.

Work started in February 2008 to extend the shipping depth in the Bay and Yarra River from 11.6 metres to 14 metres (without tidal assistance). To achieve this, over 22 million cubic metres of sand and clay were removed from shipping channels, in an area representing around 1% of the bay.

Figures from the September quarter this year underpinned the urgency of the need to deepen, with nearly 54% of container vessels unable to load to full capacity.

“This new depth marks the beginning of the port’s promise to ensure that Victoria’s major sea highway to the world can meet our trade demands over the long term. It will see the Port of Melbourne – as Australia’s largest container port – remain a driving engine for trade, business and economic growth,” Bradford says.
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Keys for success in 2010
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Strong cash flow, low debt, disciplined management of working capital, rigorous risk assessment and the ability to identify markets and customers will be the key to success for companies in 2010.

According to Dun & Bradstreet CEO Christine Christian, to succeed, companies must have a clear and unwavering focus on the fundamentals.

She also identifies strong year-on-year growth in sales, revenue and profit as a key attribute of successful businesses. The absence of any collections activity and a strong history of paying bills on time are also signs that a business has a commitment to effective management of working capital.

According to Christian, a company’s success is built on managing the fundamentals while developing a unique competitive advantage in the marketplace, along with having a passion for their business and their industry.

“Over the next year, this blend of fundamentals and passion will drive business success. Focusing on the fundamentals will allow them to identify areas of risk and respond accordingly. If they have the right systems in place, it will also allow them to identify new customers who meet a good risk profile. Passion will provide the drive to meet the challenges of the current environment and perhaps, more importantly, seize the opportunities that come from having survived during a downturn.”
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MEDIA RELEASES
A.F.S. Bring fully certified flameproof solutions to Australia.
In a first for Australia and New Zealand, Australian Flameproof Services Pty Ltd have brought internationally certified flameproof solutions to the materials handling industry. A.F.S. have recently been appointed the exclusive Australian importer of the Miretti range of flameproof solutions and exhaust emission controls. This has seen A.F.S. become the only company in Australia capable of providing locally compliant flameproof systems or, when required, “off the shelf” full internationally certified flameproof conversions.

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The New Range DSI by Mast Explorer
Mecano Continental S.A., manufacturer of Mast Explorer hydrostatic rough-terrain forklifts, a leader in innovation and development in its category, has launched the latest and ultimate product - the new DSI 25 / 30 range.

The DSI range, as the initials indicate, is the new Diesel Semi-Industrial model by Mast Explorer. This model meets a very real need in the rough-terrain sector, which requires versatile forklifts suitable to handle materials on industrial sites with limited space. These forklifts must be adaptable to outdoor areas with uneven ground but at the same time ensure conditions of comfort, stability and safety.

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Cascade Corporation, will be participating in the Cemat India 2009, December 10-13.
MUMBAI, INDIA, Cascade Corporation, the global leader in forklift truck attachments and forks, will be participating in the Cemat India 2009 Material Handling Fair, December 10-13. The Cascade booth will feature four attachments, used in the Paper, Textile, Warehouse and Logistics Industries. This show is the first fair that the recently established Cascade India Pvt. Ltd. will participate in, and the excitement is growing.

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SMH Appoints Ed Cobb as Regional Manager of Business Development Midwest Region
We are excited to announce the addition of Ed Cobb as the Regional Manager of Business Development – Midwest Region.  Ed brings with him over 25 years of industry experience in the sales, marketing, negotiation, and management areas.  

Prior to SMH, Ed worked in a number of sales roles, continuously growing his presence and product knowledge across Indiana and Illinois. Based out of the Chicagoland, Ed will serve customers in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky.

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CeMAT MIDDLE EAST trade show in Dubai - February 2010
USD 26 billion in investments for sea and air transport infrastructure to boost UAE's reputation as global logistics hub

International business organisations, key government agencies confirm support at CeMAT MIDDLE EAST trade show in Dubai.

Deutsche Messe Dubai Branch, organiser of CeMAT MIDDLE EAST, the world’s largest trade show profile for internal logistics and materials handling that debuts in Dubai in February 2010, has revealed that leading global business organisations and key government institutions have made strong commitments to support the trade show. Deutsche Messe Dubai Branch further pointed out that international investors have been particularly impressed with the UAE's efforts to establish itself as a global logistics hub with around USD 26 billion in investments being made to develop the country's air and sea infrastructure facilities.


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PRODUCT WATCH
UG Series - Omega Lift Manufacturing Inc.,
Omega Lift Manufacturing a Canadian manufacturer of premium Rough Terrain Forklifts has recently added to its extensive product line of equipment with the addition of the UG Series. The UG Series has been specifically engineered and manufactured to work in the harshest environments and handle extreme applications with very high duty cycles. The UG Series has been available for the last 18 month and has seen duty predominantly in mining and military.

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Multi pallet transportation with maximum cost-effectiveness³ - The new KAUP Triple Pallet Handler
"One may only make something new if one can make something better“. The Design Department of KAUP GmbH & Co KG had the quote by the Austrian Architect Adolf Loos (1870-1933) in mind when designing the new Triple Pallet Handler – the result is the best Triple Pallet Handler presently on the market.

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Range update boosts productivity to new levels - Cat® lift trucks
Enhanced productivity, class-leading durability and exceptional comfort and safety have all been built into the new DP/GP IC-powered Cat® lift trucks – making them among the most sophisticated and durable handling workhorses available with some of the lowest lifetime costs. Available with lift capacities of 1.5, 1.8, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 tonnes, there’s a model in the updated DP/GP line-up to suit the needs of every application.

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EP Introduces the New V-Series 3 Wheel Forklift in 2010
In the first quarter 2010, EP(EASTPOWER) will officially launch its V series 3-wheel forklift, with the latest AC technology.

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