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This is issue #445 - 21 January 2010 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
Forklifts fulfill role in Haiti crisis


Komatsu drops Tusk brand
Forklifts fulfill role in Haiti crisis
Yale/Chase acquires Equip-Soft system
Konecranes expands with acquisitions
Cargotec supplies RTGs to DCT
Pyroban in North America converts used forklifts
Fuel cell industry expanded in 2009
Shaw forklifts on the market this year
JCB marks milestone, donates to Haiti
Sample of used equipment for sale
Forklift punctures PETN cylinders

No Australasian news this week

The TEP Technica and RAEDER-VOGEL® partnership goes from strength to strength
In search of the oldest truck
Arm-maximal Omni-Directional Forklift
Ruyi Launches Its New Reach Lift Truck

The FBRF Series Undergoes a Minor Update
HYTSU Product Range

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For some time, David Hoover, president of Newark-based Forklift Training Systems, has shared his safety and training insights as a member of our Safety First panel. He has covered a range of topics – and always in a pragmatic and arm’s length way. One thing Dave could not be accused of was self-promotion and he often admitted that he didn’t have all the answers. It is that pursuit of answers that will take Dave away from us for some time as he has decided to further his education. We’ll miss the Safety First contributions, but I’m sure everyone wishes Dave well in his studies and looks forward to his return to the roster. In the meanwhile, he has pledged to continue chipping in every now and again on relevant topics on the Discussion Forums.

Komatsu drops Tusk brand
Rolling Meadows, IL, United States
A US affiliate of Komatsu Ltd plans to discontinue sales of Tusk-brand forklifts on 31 July and focus on a single-brand single-channel distribution strategy for its Komatsu forklifts.

Komatsu Forklift USA LLC president Akira Yamakawa announced the decision this week, saying “the difficult but necessary strategic decision” was driven by “the prolonged tough economic conditions”.

The Rolling Meadows-based operation is stepping away from separate channels of distribution for the Tusk and Komatsu forklift brands “to focus all of our resources on our core Komatsu brand”, Yamakawa says.

No uniquely designed Tusk-only forklift models exist. Marketing for the Komatsu and Tusk brands in the US applies to a line of more than 120 electric and internal combustion engine forklift models with capacities ranging from 3,000-35,000 pounds (1,350-15,750 kg).

Support for “our loyal Tusk customers” continues, says Jeff Powell, senior vice president of sales and marketing. “After July 2010, Tusk customers will continue to be able to receive parts, service and support on all Tusk lift trucks through our extensive network of Komatsu-brand forklift dealers throughout North America and South America”.

The marketing initiative lasted one decade. “Komatsu Forklift has been using a dual-branding and distribution strategy since its acquisition of the Kalmar AC brand in 1999,” says Keith Allmandinger, senior marketing manager. “The Kalmar AC brand was changed to the Tusk brand in 2005 and, for the most part, Kalmar AC dealers became Tusk dealers”.

Separately, the organisation handles Komatsu and Tusk distribution, sales and marketing functions, “although the products are virtually the same and built in the same manufacturing facilities” with larger sizes imported, Allmandinger notes.

Komatsu Forklift USA is in the process of studying and evaluating labour needs and what changes are needed with elimination of the Tusk line.

For the western hemisphere, Tusk has about 150 locations under control of 100 distributors. Of those in North America, Tusk has about 65 locations managed through 33 dealerships, with nine of those dealers also representing Komatsu.

Tusk exhibited its product line at the ProMat trade shows in 2009 and 2007.

Komatsu Forklift USA in October named Kenco Logistic Services LLC of Chattanooga, Tennessee to provide third-party logistics in Newberry, South Carolina for the forklift manufacturing operation that Komatsu is relocating about 200 miles (320 km) from Covington, Georgia ( News #435). The Newberry manufacturing operation employs about 150, has been in operation since 2001 and is adding forklift production to its mix of material handling and construction equipment under the Komatsu brand.

Komatsu Forklift USA announced plans for the move in March but in July acknowledged that economic conditions would delay the Newberry startup to April 2010 instead of October 2009, although the change would not interrupt product flow to dealers or customers ( News #421).

“April 2010 is still the target date for the start of forklift production” in Newberry, Allmandinger confirms. The Tusk discontinuation will not impact on the move.

The Covington plant produced Komatsu- and Tusk-brand cushion- and pneumatic-tyre forklifts with lifting capacities of 3,000-7,000 pounds (1,350-3,150 kg).

Komatsu imports Komatsu- and Tusk-brand pneumatic-tyre forklifts of 8,000-35,000 pounds (3,600-15,750 kg) from a Komatsu factory in Tochigi, Japan. The Tusk discontinuation will not impact other Komatsu production sites in Japan at Oyama, Mooka or Jinan.

Komatsu plans in South Carolina to continue building a majority of its North American-sold products.

The parent Komatsu organization has manufactured forklifts since 1945. Komatsu Forklift USA began assembling units in the US in 1976, initially in La Mirada, California and moved manufacturing in 1995 to Georgia.

Toyko-based Komatsu Ltd’s regional subsidiary, Komatsu America Corp, oversees 12 equipment manufacturing, marketing, financing and distribution facilities—including the Newberry plant—and more than 30 corporate entities in the North American market including Komatsu Forklift USA.
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Forklifts fulfill role in Haiti crisis
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Immediately following Haiti’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake, no forklifts were available at Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport in capital city Port-au-Prince.

People on stepladders tried to unload emergency supplies, food and equipment from aircraft arriving from foreign countries, but, without forklifts, the process was clumsy.

Also in the initial period, a shortage of fuel threatened to halt engine movements including those of forklifts and aircraft.

The geologic rupture occurred on the evening of 12 January with the epicentre about 16 miles (25 km) west of Port-au-Prince. Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, shares Hispaniola Island with the Dominican Republic.

During 14 and 15 January, only one forklift was available, making it difficult to unload planes quickly. Subsequently, the arrival of three more forklifts made it more feasible to transfer the pallets from the aircraft to convoys of trucks and helicopters for delivery of shipments.

Forklifts prove valuable in airport operations, according to US Air Force Colonel Buck Elton, head of the Florida-based US special operations command south. Elton served as a point person in the 13 January deployment of an initial US force to reopen the airport, provide security, assist with medical evacuation and rescue efforts and establish command and control.

The airport was in chaos without functioning electronics or a control center. Elton established communications through Tyndall Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Over four days, Elton’s team controlled about 600 takeoffs and landings on an air strip that normally has three flights daily.

“The military aircraft are configured for faster operations, and we can use forklifts to offload them, so it goes much faster,” Elton says in a press briefing with a US deputy national security advisor and a US senior regional foreign-disaster-assistance advisor.

Members of the 439th airlift wing at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts loaded several forklift trucks on a C-5 Galaxy aircraft, brought them to Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia and then directly to Homestead Air Reserve Base near Miami, Florida for forwarding on another aircraft to Haiti.

Other military cargo aircraft transported forklifts and tents from New Jersey.

A US-funded search-and-rescue team, Virginia task force 2, flew to Haiti in two C-17 Globemaster strategic aircraft. Forklifts in Port-au-Prince removed 19 pallets of gear and four heavy-duty pickup trucks for use during the 80-person group’s 10-day mission.

Meanwhile, the death toll climbs. Four days after the earthquake, operators on forklift trucks transported corpses that had been scattered on the streets. An observer saw a forklift placing corpses into a dump truck that was parked near the presidential palace. Amid issues involving epidemics, diseases and civil disorder, at least 100,000 persons have died and, as of 18 January, more than 70,000 were buried in mass graves.
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Yale/Chase acquires Equip-Soft system
City of Industry, CA, United States
Yale/Chase Equipment and Services Inc has purchased an Equip-Soft dealer management system as a replacement for a text-based Minitrac system.

“Our payback should be less than one year from implementation,” says Roger Ketelsleger, president and chief executive officer of Yale/Chase.

Discussions between Yale/Chase and Mississauga, Ontario-based Equip-Soft began in May during the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association convention in Rancho Mirage, California.

The system “will allow us to file our warranty claims seamlessly while closing the repair order, submit information and billings for Yale Fleet Claims and download A/P invoices electronically for invoice/PO matching”, he notes.

“It’s the right time to make strategic IT purchases, and we were ready to invest in new technology,” Ketelsleger notes. “Our investment with Equip-Soft means that we will be able to directly interface with Yale Material Handling Equipment. This interface will help us better serve customers and increase operational efficiencies. We will also be able to access Speed Shield and will integrate to Mobileframe mobile computing solutions.”

Automotion Control Systems Pty Ltd of Springvale, Victoria, Australia owns the Speed Shield brand, and MobileFrame LLC of San Jose, California has the Mobileframe product. In each case, “through file exchange, we should be able to download hour-meter information on our customer, fleet and rental units in the field on a daily basis”, he says.

Equip-Soft is a business of IndustryBuilt Software Corp, a Microsoft Corp dedicated partner with industry-specific solutions based on a Microsoft Dynamics platform.

“Yale/Chase Equipment and Services Inc has made a phenomenal name for itself and is considered one of the top dealers in the nation,” says Pierre Bertrand, Equip-Soft senior project manager. “The scope of the project is wide, and we look forward to working with the Yale/Chase team.”

In addition to its principal City of Industry site, Yale/Chase has branches in Escondido, Fontana, Huntington Beach and Valencia, California and Honolulu, Hawaii.

Yale/Chase employs 205 staff and reported 2009 sales of USD60 million.

Recently, the dealership changed its name due to growth and new products. The previous identity was Yale/Chase Materials Handling Inc.

Most forklift dealerships are sales organisations that also offer service. Yale/Chase started as a service organization and represents the lines of the Yale, Princeton, Drexel, Bendi, Taylor-Dunn, EZGO and PowerBoss brands.
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Konecranes expands with acquisitions
Hyvinkää, Finland
Konecranes has expanded its machine tool service business to Denmark and the UK by acquiring the assets of AH Maskinservice A/S and Axis Machine Tool Engineers Ltd.

AH Maskinservice A/S has seven employees while Axis Machine Tool Engineers Ltd has 12 employees. The combined annual net sales of the companies in 2009 was approximately EUR4 million (USD5.7 million). The value of the acquisitions is not disclosed.

AH Maskinservice is located in Horsens, east Jutland, Denmark. It specialises in safety inspections and CE labeling, hydraulic presses and overall machine tool service. The acquisition is a part of Konecranes’ strategy to expand its machine tool service business in the Nordic countries. The company’s previous owner will work as branch manager for Konecranes’ machine tool service business in Denmark.

Axis Machine Tool Engineers Ltd, headquartered in East Kilbride, Scotland, specialises in maintaining machine tools in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It also sells machine tools and auxiliary equipment for machine tools. Konecranes is now able to offer a wide range of maintenance solutions for customers in the Scottish engineering industry.

“Up to now, Konecranes has offered machine tool services in the Nordic countries through its offices in Finland, Sweden and Norway. We are now very pleased to be able to offer services in Denmark,” says Pekka Kujala, vice president of machine tool service at Konecranes.

“Axis Machine Tool Engineers Ltd will become the northern district organisation of Konecranes’ machine tool service operations in the UK,” Kujala adds.

Konecranes now has machine tool service offices in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Ukraine, the UK and the US.
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Cargotec supplies RTGs to DCT
Stockholm, Sweden
Cargotec has won a contract to supply two Kalmar E-One2 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to DCT Gdansk, which now services some of the industry’s largest vessels.

The 7+1 wide and 1-over-5 high RTGs have a maximum lifting capacity of 40 tonnes and come equipped with the Kalmar Smartrail autosteering and container position verification system. The RTGs will also be fitted with electrical anti-sway systems.

DCT Gdansk CEO Boris Wenzel says he is confident that by welcoming the first-ever post-Panamax ships to Poland, DCT will offer a viable alternative to traditional Northern European hubs and become the preferred gateway to Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia.

“The need to expedite the development of our handling capabilities has increased as more shipping lines are considering calling on DCT Gdansk,” Wenzel explains.

He says DCT chose Cargotec as their supplier because of its “market-leading equipment” and quick delivery time.

According to Cargotec, DCT Gdansk has been added to “a major shipping line service” this month. The weekly service will see 8,000 TEU vessels calling at DCT, which will become Poland’s largest container terminal.

The value of the contract is not disclosed.
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Pyroban in North America converts used forklifts
Bloomfield, NJ, United States
Pyroban Corp in North America is offering explosion-proof (EX) conversions on used equipment as an addition to its previous explosion-protection service for new forklifts.

“Most recent diesel and electric forklifts can be converted, but we stipulate that they must be in good working condition and be shipped to us clean and free of any contaminants, toxic or allergen materials,” says Robert Zuiderveld, general manager of Pyroban in Bloomfield.

Pyroban can handle a conversion in Bloomfield, generally with a six-week to 12-week lead time, and service can occur through a Pyroban-authorised original equipment manufacturer (OEM) dealership.

An OEM dealer must conduct an equipment assessment in advance of Pyroban agreeing to the conversion. If an OEM dealer has provided maintenance, the equipment must be less than two to three years old. If a forklift is refurbished and factory recertified, Pyroban may convert units that are up to six years old.

Zuiderveld notes the 2009 dust emphasis progress report of the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said powered industrial trucks were the number three reason for OSHA violations.

“In the current economy, the financial burden to small and mid-size companies who are told to replace and upgrade entire equipment fleets can be devastating and the alternative of facing OSHA ‘with full intent’ citations or experiencing a catastrophic event are not much more appealing,” Zuiderveld says. “Working with these companies to establish a fleet management program and allowing them source equipment from the existing fleet for conversion can mean the continued operation of a company while reducing their exposure to fires and explosions.”

Forklifts can ignite flammable atmospheres through hot surfaces, the electrics, static and other sources such as the engine. Pyroban conversions provide either active or passive protection ensuring that the equipment cannot be the source of an ignition.

In addition to converting forklifts, Pyroban has certified solutions for skid steers, man lifts, wheel loaders and sweepers.

Parent firm Pyroban Group Ltd of Shoreham-by-Sea in south east England has offered EX conversion of used equipment in Europe since 1972, China since 2006 and North America starting now. Outside the US, Pyroban conversion work and manufacturing occurs in Shoreham-by-Sea; Hendrik Ido Ambacht, the Netherlands; and Suzhou, China.

Pyroban began in 1969 as a post-accident project at Imperial Chemical Industries, now a subsidiary of Akzo Nobel NV. Phil Tyrer formed Power Research Ltd in 1972 to offer prototype design and development techniques to prevent industrial equipment from creating an explosion in a flammable atmosphere, and the company’s name was changed to Pyroban in 1974.

In 1980, Pyroban pioneered gas detection on battery-powered electric vehicles such as forklifts, facilitating their use in the presence of a flammable gas or vapour.
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Fuel cell industry expanded in 2009
London, United Kingdom
Despite the global economic slowdown, the fuel cell industry grew by over 40% in 2009.

Fuel Cell Today’s (FCT) industry review, “Fuel Cells: Sustainability”, that was released this week, reveals that shipments of fuel cell systems last year were about 24,000 units or 41% higher than in 2008.

Most of the units to date were manufactured in Asia, where production of stationary fuel cells has been stimulated by the Japanese government’s subsidy program. In Europe, the leisure industry was affected by the economic crisis and shipments of transport auxiliary power units for recreational vehicles have fallen.

In North America, there has been an increase in shipments of stationary uninterruptible power supply units and fuel cells for forklifts, both applications supported by US federal funding.

FCT principal analyst Dr Kerry-Ann Adamson says the research organisation anticipates millions of portable fuel cell units being shipped by 2014, with a heavy dominance of portable fuel cells.

She says FCT anticipates over 1.5GW of shipments in stationary applications by the end of the forecast period. “All of this points to the vitality of the fuel cell industry over the next five years, with positive implications in the longer term for job creation and emissions reduction.”

FCT claims that its review is the only report that benchmarks the state of the global fuel cell industry in terms of shipments, supply chain and manufacturing availability, and five-year market forecasts.
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Shaw forklifts on the market this year
Halifax, United Kingdom
Abu Dhabi-based Shaw Handling has been affected by the global recession and has delayed the launch of its forklift range until the fourth quarter of 2010. News previously reported that the new forklift manufacturing company started by British-born David O’Callaghan would introduce its products to the market at the end of last year ( News #405).

“The global recession has caused some problems - not as bad as others, as we have started without the expensive manufacturing plants that some of our competitors have, but it has affected us in other areas,” O’Callaghan tells News.

He says that Shaw will test its i50-i80 (5-8 tonne capacity) forklifts in March and expects production to start in the second quarter of 2010.

Production of the i100-i180 (10-18 tonne capacity) forklifts and iECH empty container handler is slated to begin in the third quarter of this year, enabling Shaw to launch its full product range by the end of 2010.

O’Callaghan singles out Shaw’s 6-tonne forklift, the i60, as a potential “class-leading forklift”.

With a length to fork face of 3.181 metres (10.44 feet), width of 1.908 metres (6.26 feet) and turning radius of 2.796 metres (9.17 feet), the i60 is expected to be more efficient then its competitors.

O’Callaghan compares the i60 forklift to the Linde H60 forklift, which he says is “probably one of the best trucks on the market”.

“The Linde H60’s service weight is 9,855kg (21,727lbs), that’s over 2,000kg (4,409lbs) heavier than the i60. Its length to fork face is 3.395 metres (11.14 feet) while its width is 2.262 metres (7.42 feet) and its turning radius, 3.06 metres (10.04 feet).

“Both use hydrostatic transmission but as the i60 is much lighter, it will be much faster on acceleration and more fuel-efficient. Also being shorter, narrower and having a better turning radius, it will be more manoeuvrable.”

“The price of the i60 will be very competitive compared to other manufacturers but the real big saving will be on the larger trucks and ECH trucks that will have an hourly fuel consumption of about 8-9l/hr compared to [competitors’] 12-15l/hr,” O’Callaghan adds.
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JCB marks milestone, donates to Haiti
Rocester, United Kingdom
JCB has celebrated a milestone with the production of its 7,500th Teletruk industrial forklift.

Launched in the UK in 1997, the forklift’s appeal has since spread to customers across the world including South Africa, Brazil and the US. The forklift’s newest export dealers are in New Zealand and Australia.

The machine, produced at JCB Utility Products in Cheadle, Staffordshire, was launched after almost two years of secret development work.

The Teletruk uses the telescopic boom well-known on larger JCB Loadall telescopic handlers. The boom is fitted to a small chassis with a rear counterweight, enabling the machine to lift loads up to 3.5 tonnes.

The machine’s forward reach capability allows single-side loading, saving up to 50% loading space in congested yards, reaching over obstacles in yards and reaching into transit-type vans. It can also reach into ships, ferries and railway carriages from quaysides and platforms. Used with a range of over 3,000 different attachments, the Teletruk has a maximum lift height of 5.15 metres (16.9 feet) and a maximum forward reach of 3.3 metres (10.8 feet).

JCB industrial general manager Chris Nowell says the milestone is a huge achievement for a “unique JCB product” now found around the world.

“Its appeal has grown because of its ability to do what ordinary forklifts cannot by virtue of its telescopic boom,” he says.

Most of the Teletruks produced are four-wheel drive. Today, the forklifts are used in industries as diverse as agriculture, waste, ports, airports and fish farms.

Separately, JCB has donated two 3CX backhoe loaders worth USD150,000 to help the disaster relief in Haiti following the earthquake that has killed tens of thousands of people.

JCB chairman Anthony Bamford made the gift in response to an appeal from relief agencies for foreign aid. “There is clearly a lack of equipment on the island and I hope our gift of JCB machines will help in some small way to alleviate the suffering and in the rebuilding in the aftermath of the earthquake,” Bamford says.

The machines are being made available to the US government, which is taking a leading role in the relief effort on the Caribbean island.
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Forklift punctures PETN cylinders
Morehead City, NC, United States
An SSA Marine-operated forklift punctured nine cylinders of pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) and launched an emergency that disrupted Morehead City activities.

The operator was using a 1996 Hyster model S80X1BCS with lifting capacity of 8,000 pounds (3,600 kg). The task was to unload the cylinders from a 20 foot (6m) cargo container in the state port and transfer them to a waiting truck. Leakage from the cylinders was reported at 4:44 am on 12 January.

Officials closed a portion of an interstate highway, ordered a voluntary evacuation for nearby residents and businesses and established an initial two-mile (3.2 km) in-water safety zone that was later reduced to 300 yards (27m). The US Coast Guard kept the port restriction in place for more than two days.

Maxam Ueb Sociedad Limitada of Galdakao, Spain, a maker of explosives, shipped the PETN as slurry on the merchant ship Lehmann Forester. After Morehead City, the cargo’s destination was a commercial customer in Detroit, Michigan.

The cargo container was offloaded with the port’s gantry crane because the ship’s offloading gear was not working. The Coast Guard approved an application to unload the material.

Police, fire and emergency management teams from local communities, military hazardous material specialists and US Customs and Border Protection agents responded in addition to port authority and coast guard representatives. Follow-up inquiries are under way.

“The investigation will consider what various participating agencies and organizations could have done differently, review policies and procedures for handling explosive loads at both the Port of Morehead City and Wilmington terminals and determine questions that arose and lessons learned,” says Karen Fox, senior director of communications for the North Carolina State Ports Authority.

SSA Marine and its affiliates operate cargo terminals in multiple global locations and report to holding company Carrix Inc of Seattle, Washington.

The Christmas Day bombing attempt by a Nigerian man on a Northwest airline flight en route to Detroit involved PETN, but there was no indication of any terrorist connection with the spill. PETN by itself is not dangerous, but the chemical is highly explosive when mixed with other substances.
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Nichiyu updates reach truck
Kyoto, Japan

Nichiyu has updated its FBRF series sit-on reach truck.
The updated reach truck has a completely redesigned operating compartment, improved stability during high lifts and a multifunctional centralised control system. Its predecessor was introduced in 2005.
Manufactured in Kyoto, Japan, the updated reach truck is available in South East Asia, China, Europe and Russia.

Pyroban speaks at IFSS
Bloomfield, NJ, United States

Robert Zuiderveld, the general manager of Pyroban Corp, has been invited to speak at the Industrial Fire, Safety and Security Conference (IFSS) 2010 in Houston, Texas, on 2-4 February.
Zuiderveld will present on the use of powered industrial equipment in potentially explosive hazardous areas, focusing on dust applications.
Over 300 exhibitors are participating in the industrial emergency management event.

Ryzek joins Motorola program
Bellingham, WA, United States

Ryzek North America has joined the Motorola Enterprise Mobility PartnerSelect program.
As a member of the program, Ryzek can now offer Motorola enterprise mobility solutions like bar code scanners, mobile computers, wireless LAN solutions and RFID products to its North American customer base.
Ryzek is a global provider of mobile technology solutions with over 6,000 customers worldwide.
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The TEP Technica and RAEDER-VOGEL® partnership goes from strength to strength
As a world leader in the production of warehouse truck wheels and tyres RAEDER-VOGEL® is renowned for the quality and durability of their products and for a service level that is second to none. In these difficult trading times, RAEDER-VOGEL®’s sole UK and Eire distributor TEP Technica Ltd continues to win new customers who see for themselves the benefits that flow from using RAEDER-VOGEL® products and from their expertise and commitment to quality.

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In search of the oldest truck
Widely recognised as introducing the very first electric powered low lift platform truck to the European market, Yale is searching for the oldest Yale forklift truck or pallet truck, still in operation today, to mark its 90th anniversary year in 2010. Yale is offering a trip to the Big Apple in return for information on the oldest Yale forklift truck or pallet truck still in operation*.

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Arm-maximal Omni-Directional Forklift
Arm-maximal Omni-Directional Forklift brings you the latest technology, the most comfortable driving experience and maximisation of expected utility. The Academy of Armoured Force Engineering jointly developed the Arm-maximal brand Omni-Directional Forklift with Zhejiang Maximal Forklift Co., ltd and HeFei DeTong technology &Trade co., Ltd.

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Ruyi Launches Its New Reach Lift Truck
2010 is year of science and technology innovation for Ningbo Ruyi Joint Stock Co. Ltd. To meet changing market needs, Ningbo Ruyi consistently pursues innovation and finds something new in what is old, in its quest to perfect its range of electric trucks and forklifts.

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The FBRF Series Undergoes a Minor Update
Nichiyu’s FBRF offers AC control for responsive travelling performance, smooth lifts and easy steering thanks to the compact body design required for materials handling inside warehouses.

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HYTSU Product Range
Responding to the suggestion from customers, HYTSU Group began to research small capacity ( 1.5ton and 1.8ton ) and large capacity( 4-5ton ) of gasoline powered forklifts。After entering the market in second half of 2009, the small ton gasoline forklifts have earned high appreciation. And in 2010, we will promote the big capacity forklifts which are manufactured using brand-new technology.

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United States, Mobile, AL

2. Service Technician - Full time
United States, Memphis, TN

3. State Sales Manager - Full time
Australia, Brisbane

4. Business Development Manager - Full time
Australia, Sydney

5. National Sales Manager - Full time
United States, SouthWest region

6. Product Manager - Full time
United States, Southwest region

7. New Equipment & Service Sales Representative - Full time
United States, Chicago

8. EH54 8AS - Full time
United Kingdom, Livingston

9. Industrial Sales Executive - Full time
United Kingdom, livingston

10. Field Service Technician - Full time
United Kingdom, Livingston

11. Sales Manager - Full time
Australia, Brisbane


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1. Executive Management - Full time
Houston, TX, United States

2. Senior Management,TechnicalTraining /after sales & technical support - Full time
USA/Canada/Worldwide willing to relocate, United States

3. Sales Manager - Full time
Any, United States


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Fast Facts

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Editorial Calendar 2009

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
Spare Parts


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