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|Cascade reports loss, views industry status |
Fairview, OR, United States
|Attachments maker Cascade Corp is projecting slow industry growth for 2010 in North America and Asia Pacific, a relatively flat European market and improvement in China at a rate comparable to that country’s gross domestic product growth.|
“It should be noted that lift truck shipments and order rates in China have already recovered to their historic highs experienced” in early 2008, says Robert C Warren Jr, chief executive officer and president of Fairview-based Cascade.
“We believe the markets in North America and (the) Asia Pacific will experience growth at a slow, gradual pace during the upcoming year,” Warren noted during a 31 March conference call. “The European market seems to have bottomed out and will remain relatively flat through (2010), but we expect to see some (industry) recovery in (2011).”
For the fiscal year ended 31 January in 2010, Cascade sales fell 41% to USD314.4 million from USD534.2 million, and the business recorded a bottom-line loss of $38.6 million versus a profit of USD1.3 million the previous year.
“During fiscal 2010, we incurred USD30 million in restructuring costs as a result of the termination of manufacturing operations in Germany, France and the Netherlands,” Warren says. “Approximately 70% of the total restructuring costs were cash-related, and 30% were non-cash costs, such as write-downs.”
A security filing says Cascade seeks to sell properties occupying 162,000 square feet (14,580 sqm) in Almere, the Netherlands, at one time Cascade’s European headquarters; 81,000 square feet (7,290 sqm) in Schalksmühle, Germany, near Hagen; 37,000 square feet (3,330 sqm) in La Machine, France; and 12,000 square feet (1,080 sqm) in Ancenis, France.
Warren adds: “Our restructuring activities have put us in a position to achieve improved financial results. . . . At this time, we do not anticipate incurring any significant restructuring costs during fiscal 2011, although we will continue to review our existing production capacity and look for further opportunities to improve our global operations.”
Cascade is restructuring its marketing organisation “to make sure we are covering the market for our new supply chain adequately and be more efficient at how we’re spending our (selling, general and administrative) marketing dollars there,” Warren says. “I would say that you’re going to see an improvement in what we’re able to do more on the material handling product coming out of Verona (Italy). As we get lower costs, source components in labor and efficiency out of that facility, we’re going to be seeing margins we didn’t get to see up in Holland.”
Warren expresses confidence “as we’re looking at what some of the replacement costs locally have been over what we had in northern Europe.”
In March, Cascade signed a corrective-action agreement with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency outlining a comprehensive remediation plan at the firm’s Springfield, Ohio facility. A consent order that was signed in 1994 required installation of remediation systems for the clean-up of groundwater contamination. The new agreement allows Cascade “to proceed in our future cleanup” at the facility, probably through 2019, Warren says. Cascade incurred a USD1.3 million environmental charge to cover the planned activities.
Cascade reports 1,700 fulltime employees as of 31 January, down from 2,000 as of 31 March 2009. Warren reports the total headcount reduction was “about 475 to 500”, with some individuals still in the process of leaving the company.
Cascade has employees working in 26 locations in 17 countries and manufactures products “used in nearly every industry worldwide that uses lift trucks” and allows the forklifts “to carry, position and deposit various types of loads”, Warren says. “A smaller portion of our products are for construction vehicles, such as tool carriers and skid steer loaders. Approximately 60% of our products are sold through retail dealers. The remaining products are sold directly to global manufacturers, names such as Hyster, Toyota, Kion, Mitsubishi, Yale, Komatsu, Hefei, Ingersoll Rand, Caterpillar and Nissan.”
Cascade’s largest competitor is Bolzoni SpA of Casoni di Podenzano, Italy. Warren says Bolzoni has about 15% of the North American market where it has operated for about 20 years, 50% of the European market and 30% of the total world market.
|Manitou forecasts growth for 2010|
|Manitou projects mid-to-high single-digit growth for this year after reporting revenue more than halved in 2009.|
Jean Christophe Giroux, Manitou’s CEO, calls 2009 “an unprecedented year” for Manitou and the industry. “Our financial performance, therefore, reflects a severe operational under-activity across all product divisions and related one-off charges for over EUR65 million (USD86.7 million).”
Giroux adds that at the same time, Manitou repaid half of its net debt in 12 months and is a year ahead in its repayment schedule.
“We have reduced our head count by 21% and lowered our breakeven point by 25% while successfully sustaining our operational assets and talent base. Our dealer networks are weathering the storm and are already shifting to new business opportunities,” he says.
Manitou reports revenue in 2009 was EUR485 million (USD647 million), compared to EUR1.033 billion (USD1.378 billion) in 2008. The rough terrain handling division saw its activity reduce by 53% but maintained its marketshare. The industrial materials handling division posted revenue of EUR124 million (USD165.4 million) compared to EUR224 million (USD298.8 million) the previous year. Above-average performance for the division came from Manitou forklifts, warehousing and service and parts activities.
Manitou has started hiring temporary staff to cope with “stronger than expected” orders. It expects the rough terrain handling and industrial materials handling divisions to be back in the black in 2010.
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|Industry member warns manufacturers of short product release times |
Tipton, United Kingdom
|A British manufacturer is warning that short product release times could affect the resale values of existing products.|
“We are aware of certain products that were launched as recently as three years ago with a lot of marketing collateral behind them that have now been succeeded by newer models,” says John Maguire, Narrow Aisle Flexi’s sales and marketing director.
“Even in a market when product release times are rapidly shrinking, this, in my opinion, makes no sense,” he says.
Maguire explains that since Narrow Aisle introduced the first Flexi articulated forklift in 1990, the company has gone on to develop six articulated forklift types.
“Each model in the range has been designed to offer reliable, safe and efficient operation to cover most industry requirements without resorting to customisation of one product with the risks that this process can present.”
He says that when new ranges and highly customised products are rushed to the market, some forklift manufacturers could be undermining the resale value of existing ranges, subsequently increasing the trucks’ cost of ownership for forklift fleet operators and rental companies.
“If I was a truck user or rental company who had been sold something that I thought represented the latest technology only for the product to quickly become all but obsolete, I would be very unhappy.
“With any significant capital equipment purchase, [buyers] need to have the reassurance of knowing that the product [they are] buying is not going to be two or three models out of date when the time comes for it to be re-sold ... Quite simply, changing a forklift model too quickly destroys the product’s used equipment value.”
Narrow Aisle has manufactured very narrow aisle equipment for over 30 years. It claims that the fourth-generation Flexi articulated forklift model, the Flexi G4 introduced in 2007, is the most popular articulated truck in Europe.
|Forklift company locks up emissions with partnership |
Lancashire, United Kingdom
|UK-based Carrylift is the first large-scale partner in Woodland Trust’s new carbon scheme, which will see the forklift company planting thousands of trees to absorb CO2 emissions from all of its new Nissan LPG forklifts.|
Under the five-year agreement, Carrylift has committed to mitigating the lifetime emissions of its trucks by creating 105 acres (42.5 hectares) of woodland.
Steven Routledge, Carrylift Group sales director, says the partnership is already having a positive impact on the company’s order books.
“The Woodland Carbon scheme has given Carrylift a competitive advantage within the marketplace and the uniqueness of the carbon capture element of our product has already brought in new business via a large-scale order,” Routledge says.
The Woodland Carbon scheme officially launched last month helps UK businesses meet their carbon offset targets and simultaneously increases native woodland coverage in the UK.
According to The Woodland Trust, native woodland will play a key role in adapting to climate change by creating wildlife habitats, aiding flood alleviation and offering wind protection. The conservation charity aims to double the coverage of native woodland in the UK from its current 4%.
The Woodland Trust says the 21.6 acres (8.7 hectares) of woodland being created by the Carrylift partnership will eventually lock up at least 3,400 tonnes of CO2.
“The trees planted by this partnership will not only add great beauty to the natural spaces enjoyed by local communities but also provide multiple additional benefits, including the creation of valuable wildlife habitats and reduced flooding,” says Woodland Trust CEO Sue Holden.
Established in 1988, the Carrylift Group, headquartered in Skelmersdale and operating from eight centres, is part of the Nissan forklift dealer network.
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|DuBye grows fleet despite recession trends |
Rocester, United Kingdom
|A Scottish plant hirer is bucking the trends of the economic recession by expanding its fleet with JCB equipment to accommodate business growth.|
Dealer Scot JCB has delivered 24 JCB machines that include 14 JCB telehandlers and the first 8085 midi excavator sold in the UK to DuBye Ltd.
DuBye, headquartered in Inverness, has expanded rapidly since it was established 12 months ago. In addition to the GBP3 million worth of investment pumped into its existing sites in Elgin, Tomintoul and Turiff, about GBP4 million has been spent on its 45,000 sqft (4,181 sqm) Inverness premises.
Managing director Nick Mellor says DuBye has its roots in the marine and oil sectors where “service is everything”.
“Customers demand immediate response and they expect the best equipment ... Our service is genuinely seven-days-a-week and with the massive investment in JCB equipment, we ensure that every customer gets the latest and highest quality products available in the rental sector.”
Mellor adds that DuBye recently secured a contract to supply all plant equipment to Tulloch Homes in Scotland. “We already operated a large proportion of JCB equipment, so when Tulloch requested exclusively JCB telehandlers to its sites, we were happy to continue our investment in the brand.”
Besides the telehandlers and the 8085 midi excavator, the delivery includes four 3CX backhoe loaders, one 2CX Airmaster, one 8080 midi excavator, one 8055 midi excavator and two JCB JS220 excavators.
|Changes occur in forklift computer market |
Nashua, NH, United States
|Within the forklift computer market, “the need for raw computing horsepower has diminished as customers look to save money and run thinner applications”, says John Geary, co-founder of Nashua-based value-added reseller and systems integrator NorthPeak Data LLC.|
“Windows CE, Linux, web browsers and HTML applications are more popular,” he notes. “Rather than (Intel) Core Duo processors, customers are happy with efficient, cost-effective (Intel) Atom processors. (Microsoft) Windows 7 is beginning to pick up steam and thereby increasing the requests for more DRAM capacity. Hard drives – once all rotating – are now predominantly flash due to their ability to withstand shock and temperature extremes.”
Geary says some customers ask for tablets so they can utilise a unit on or off a forklift “for greater efficiency and return on investment”.
Remaining challenges include DC conversion and mounting options.
“Forklifts are commonly 12V (propane) or 24, 36 or 48VDC, (electric),” Geary says. “Challenges include cold mornings and old 12V batteries for the propane lifts and worn brushes and spikes on the electric lifts. An internal supply needs to have a wide operating range to handle sags as well as the sudden high spikes.”
Geary notes that the converter needs to protect the computer and provide constant and consistent power so that the computer does not experience an interruption in operation.
Geary and Don Berch co-founded NorthPeak Data on 1 January as a sales-related spin-off from Glacier Computer LLC of New Milford, Connecticut. They were among four Glacier founders in 2001. Now, Glacier manufactures its computers through subcontractors and focuses on indirect sales and builds its business through partners including NorthPeak Data. NorthPeak Data retains access to all of Geary and Berch’s Glacier-originated customers but cannot sell a competing non-Glacier all-in-one forklift computer to them.
For NorthPeak, Geary handles marketing and the establishment of business relationships with hardware manufacturers. Berch handles purchasing and entering of sales orders. Both are heavily involved in sales.
As an independent reseller, “rather than be restricted by a relatively few number of Glacier products, we now sell a huge amount of data collection hardware to existing relationships that trust our input and suggestions,” Geary says.
In addition to the forklift market, NorthPeak specialises in selling rugged data collection hardware for shop floor workstations, police cars and mobile workers.
Glacier Computer took steps recently “to break out of the mould” among computer suppliers, seeking to differentiate their offerings, says Ron D’Ambrosio, Glacier chief executive officer. “We expanded our product line beyond (being) a one-product company.” The availability of handheld, wearable and tablet devices makes Glacier “more attractive to the reseller community”.
Further, Glacier moved to expand its distribution channel beyond the reseller community. “We were more friendly and more responsive than bigger companies,” D’Ambrosio notes.
A future Glacier initiative is pending. “We want to take hardware for the rugged user community and combine it with software solutions,” D’Ambrosio says. “We do not possess (it) in-house” yet, but Glacier has plans in place.
The Glacier line includes the Everest in several variations including forklift applications, Windows XP, Windows 7, Linux-based E5000 and E4000 and Windows CE E2000. “The internal DC converter on the Everest is 10-60VDC making it a wider range than most,” NorthPeak’s Geary relates. “The Everest has the most forklift mounting options and custom software images that are done at no extra cost to the customer.”
In addition to the Glacier line, other computer brands and models competing for forklift applications include the LXE VX series, Motorola 5090 and Intermec CV60.
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|JLG wins multi-million dollar contract|
McConnellsburg, PA, United States
JLG Industries Inc has received two orders worth about USD51 million from the US Army to build 311 ATLAS II telescopic forklifts.
The first shipments of these products are slated to support US Army logistics in Afghanistan.
The forklifts can reach over obstacles to place loads weighing up to 10,000lbs (4,536kg) into trucks or shipping containers.
Cargotec’s hits F-series milestone
Cargotec has handed the keys of its 2,000th Kalmar DRF reach stacker assembled at its Lidhult plant to Kleinwort GmbH, a long-time customer of Kalmar counterbalance equipment.
Since starting production, Cargotec has delivered over 6,000 Kalmar reach stackers to international customers operating at port, railway, inland and other transport terminals.
Mikael Persson, Cargotec’s VP for reach stackers, says the F-series reach stacker has proven to be “the most innovative workhorse” on the market.
Clark expands product line
Lexington, KY, United States
Clark Material Handling Company has expanded its pallet jack line to include capacities ranging from 2,200 to 10,000lbs, custom widths from 16” to over 43” and custom fork lengths from 23” to 96”.
Galvanised and stainless steel jacks are also available for pharmaceutical or food industry applications.
Straddle jacks, high rise scissor jacks, low profile jacks and weigh scale jacks are also included in the product line.
TVH adds Edmolift to transporting range
TVH Handling Equipment, a division of TVH Group, has added the full range of Edmolift lift tables to its product range.
The Edmolift lift tables can be used for the transportation of various materials. They complete TVH Handling’s existing range of manual and electric lift tables.
Jayline unveils load protectors
Jayline Products has launched a product to prevent damage caused to palletised loads by forklifts.
The load protecters are made from heavy-duty moulded rubber and are designed to fit the rear of a forklift’s tynes to absorb the impact of an incoming load.
They are available in different sizes and are fitted using a strapping system.
|Propane explosion destroys building|
Gaylordsville, CT, United States
|A major explosion — possibly of a forklift propane tank — startled the community, seriously injured Greg Lee, 50, and destroyed a commercial building in Gaylordsville.|
“Witness accounts are that the 30 pound (13.5kg) cylinder on the forklift may have been leaking,” says fire marshal Karen A Facey. “The insurance companies’ engineers are sending the (building’s) propane heating system and the three 30 pound cylinders in the building out for full forensic analysis. Those results will provide us with a much better assessment of what happened and if the forklift tank was the cause of the propane build up within the industrial unit.”
Due to Lee’s injuries, “I have not yet been able to interview the business owner,” Facey notes. “Until we are able to do so, we will have little additional information beyond pure speculation as to what was leaking. At this time, it may be the heating system or a propane cylinder.”
Facey is fire marshal for the town of New Milford with responsibility for Gaylordsville.
Police report that Lee pushed a button to open the garage door to access his leased welding and construction equipment repair shop about 7:53 am on 1 April, and the electrical action apparently sparked the explosion which was heard for miles. Lee suffered second-degree burns on his face, chest and arms and remains in Bridgeport Hospital’s burn unit.
|Movers & Shakers |
|Bristol, PA, United States|
The Modern Group has appointed Paul Farrell as chief operating officer. Farrell was the president of Modern Power Systems, the Modern Group’s standby generator business. He joined the company in 2004 and is a Rutgers graduate.
Niagara Falls, Canada
Palfinger North America has appointed Jeff Black as its Canadian national sales manager. Black will manage all Canadian crane, forklift and Palfinger American roll-off dealers and provide additional support to key account sales in Canada. He has been with Palfinger North America since August 1995.
Olathe, KS, United States
Systems Material Handling has appointed Mark Fanelli as regional manager of business development for the western region of the US. Fanelli will cover Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California and Oregon.
West Bend, WI, United States
Gehl Company has promoted Shannon K Van Dyke to vice president-finance and corporate secretary. Van Dyke joined Gehl in 2005 and was most recently corporate controller. Prior to joining the company, she served in senior accounting positions with Nordstrom Inc and Lane Bryant Inc.
Latham, NY, United States
Plug Power Inc has appointed Reid Hislop as vice president of marketing communications and investor relations. Hislop has over 20 years of technology marketing experience. Prior to joining Plug Power, he was vice president of global marketing at Pitney Bowes Business Insight, the business unit created after the acquisition of MapInfo by Pitney Bowes in 2007.
Plug Power has also appointed Katrina Fritz Intwala as vice president of business development and government relations. Intwala will create new business opportunities for materials handling products and expand distribution channels.
|Anti-housing arsonist targets equipment|
Chambly, QC, Canada
|A bilingual no-growth advocate apparently has targeted and torched forklifts and heavy equipment to discourage housing construction in Chambly, east of Montreal.|
The Richelieu-Saint-Laurent municipal police force is pursuing an environment-conscious arsonist who intentionally sets the fires at night and often leaves a handwritten message in French and English demanding a cessation of construction work in a community that is experiencing significant housing growth.
Equipment of general contractor Benvas Excavation Inc of Varennes, Québec has been among the targets. Benvas Excavation employs about 100 staff and has taken steps to position overnight security for protection of its 50 heavy construction machines.
On the morning of 8 August, arson destroyed two forklifts, the investigator reports. In the more recent case, arson destroyed a mechanical shovel on the morning of 16 March. “The owner is the general contractor,” says Michel Tremblay, assistant director in charge of the criminal investigation for the south bank of Montreal.
“The value is approximately CAD400,000 (USD398,000) for a mechanical shovel, (but there is) no information about the price of a forklift,” Tremblay says. “Chambly is under my jurisdiction. The investigation of the fires on the heavy machinery is being conducted by one of my investigators.”
|Darrell Lea chooses to lease |
Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia
|Australian confectioner Darrell Lea Chocolate Shops leases up to 40 pieces of forklift equipment during peak production and distribution.|
Leased equipment includes BT reach trucks and stackers, Raymond pallet trucks and order pickers, and Toyota gas and battery electric counterbalance forklifts.
According to national logistics manager Shane Lincoln, the extensive product range, coupled with the flexibility of leased equipment, has helped the company meet its seasonal materials handling challenges.
"The peak season is Easter, and it begins eight or nine weeks out from the actual weekend. We ship upwards of 100,000 cartons a week during the peak of the four- to five-week distribution cycle."
"Toyota Material Handling modified the safety frames on the BT high-reach trucks so they fit into our drive-in racking. It also helped source special forklift attachments that have saved us eight to 10 man-hours when loading 40ft containers for export,” says Lincoln.
He adds that the company sourced forklift attachments for slip-sheet loading and fitted the attachments to the machine.
"We've been able to change our forklifts fairly quickly and slip-sheet our containers, which is a great cost saving to us.
"With the slip-sheet method, we can now load 200 cartons in minutes, as opposed to the hours it took before.”
Lincoln says his supplier also tailored the machines to meet specialised OH&S needs. “The high-reach trucks have settings for the different levels, so the operator knows the level of his tynes."
|ICHCA Australia conference takes shape|
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
|The 2010 ICHCA Australia Conference will be held in Darwin on 4-5 August and will focus on the oil, gas and mining sectors and the movement of bulk, break bulk and heavy-lift cargo by air, sea and land.|
While the list of speakers is still being finalised, subject areas for discussion will include current and future trade between Australia and Asia; working in and servicing remote areas; sourcing and supply chain decision-making; air freight challenges and solutions; ports and infrastructure planning challenges; coping with supply and demand fluctuations; meeting the challenges of the energy and mining sector; the role of coastal shipping in the supply chain; overcoming regulatory challenges; the role of freight forwarding; and prospects for an integrated government/private sector Australia-Asia logistics action plan.
Further details are available by contacting the ICHCA Australia secretary and conference co-ordinator Ian Lovell on 0400 708 182.
|Applications open for logistics award |
Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
|The Logistics Development Award (LDA), offered annually by the Logistics Association of Australia, is now open to applicants.|
Sponsored by CHEP Asia Pacific, this year’s major prize winner will go on a US Best Practice Tour incorporating the annual conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, the largest logistics industry conference on the international calendar, as well as various logistics and supply chain site tours.
The 2010 Conference will be held in San Diego, California, USA from 26-29 September, 2010. The award includes return airfares, conference registration, accommodation, all expenses related to attendance at the conference and site visits of the winner’s choice before or after the conference.
Two runners-up will each receive prizes to the value of $1,500 to be applied towards the cost of attending a supply chain conference within the Pacific Rim. In addition, there will be three book prizes of $200 each.
Applicants are required to submit a paper of approximately 1,500 words on either:
• In light of predicted increasing fuel prices, describe how this might impact supply chains across Australia, and what initiatives the industry and individual companies could put in place to minimise risks, or
• Describe a “game changing” supply chain initiative that you have played a major role in for your company. Describe the value this delivered, the issues you faced and how learning might be applied by others outside of your organisation.
Applications close 30 June 2010 and should be submitted to: LDA Applications, LAA Ltd, PO Box 1265, Parramatta NSW 2124.
|Solid trade from Sydney and Melbourne ports |
Sydney, New South Wales, Azerbaijan
|Sydney Ports achieved record monthly container throughput for February, an increase of 25.4% on the previous February.|
Sydney Ports CEO Grant Gilfillan says regional trade is playing a significant part in NSW exports, representing over 20% of all export trade.
Agricultural exports remain strong, with a number of commodities experiencing over 30% growth for the financial year to February 2010.
Trade performance for this financial year to February 2010 was 1.301 million TEU, up 4.3% on the same period last year.
Meanwhile, total trade through the port of Melbourne has now drawn level with pre-GFC volumes, down just 0.1% for the financial year to date.
The Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) recorded a significant increase in total trade in February – up 24.6% on the same month the previous year.
In keeping with an upward trend apparent since August 2009, total container throughput jumped 23.6% in February to a total of 188,000 TEU. The port handled over 2.14 million TEU in the 12 months to the end of February 2010.
Full container exports continued to be a strong contributor to the positive result, increasing 9.3% over February last year to post an overall increase of 6.1% for the financial year to date.
Full container imports posted their fourth consecutive month of growth, increasing 28.7% over the corresponding month last year to be up 0.4% for the year to date.
Empty container movements, an important part of the international trade logistics chain, increased significantly by 41.8% but are still down 13.8% for the year to date.
|Business conditions improve but skills shortages return |
Canberra, ACT, Australia
|The latest survey of Investor Confidence shows business conditions continued to improve over the March quarter, with expectations for sales and profitability at their highest levels in almost three years.|
Conducted by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), the survey has also revealed that skill shortages are back, with the availability of suitably qualified employees moving into the top 10 constraints on investment for the first time since the December 2008 quarter.
“Overall, the survey has highlighted that trading conditions and business confidence have improved further over the March quarter, based on further signs of global and domestic economic recovery,” says Greg Evans, director of economics and industry policy.
However, he adds that strong improvement in expectations indicators over the second half of 2009 have begun to show signs of plateauing and actual conditions are still significantly below prior projections.
“Weak investment indicators also suggest that businesses remain pessimistic about their future capital expenditure plans in 2010. Difficulties in obtaining credit coupled with higher cost of finance and charges have constrained the ability of small business to invest, expand and employ.”
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|Nichiyu Mini-Series, a Complete Forklift in a Small Package ||Nichiyu’s electric counterbalanced truck Mini-series with load capacities of 0.5, 0.7, and 0.9 tonne combine exceptional maneuverability and powerful performance, making them ideal for materials handling in the limited spaces including storehouses of supermarkets, retail shops or small warehouses.
The model with load capacity of 0.5 has a minimum turning radius of only 1200 mm, despite of its long wheelbase. The secret of this tight turning is the dual front drive motors. At sharp steering angles, both front wheels turns in opposite directions to cause a pivot turn. Weighing only 990kg, it can even ride an elevator and work on upper floors.|
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Editorial Calendar 2010
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Materials Handling Equipment in Ports
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Industrial Tryes and Wheels
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Materials Handling in Europe
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