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Bauma goes on despite airspace disruption
Hup Soon’s forklift sales declined last year
JCB takes action to stop product copying and patent breaches
Doosan badges Dieci telehandlers
Energy agency pushes for private fuel cell projects
DSV teams up with Pristine to boost warehouse safety
Sample of used equipment for sale
MHEDA expects 400 for May convention
Air regulators see slow economy, may modify emissions clean-up
Briefs
Product News
Forklift operator sues over sacking

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Heats on to become forklift champion in 2010
Stevedoring conference in Melbourne
New terminal tractors for Tasmania
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Last week’s European airline shutdown didn’t stop Irish manufacturer Combilift from its international launch of two new products. Undaunted by the air traffic woes, the company pushed on with this media event at its Monaghan headquarters, and when it was over, managing director Martin McVicar was up at 5.0am to see off his guests – including Forkliftaction.com’s UK representative Daren Thomas – for the epic journey that followed. For our colleague, it was by ferry, coach, train, the underground, the Heathrow express and finally a car drive home, 15 hours in total! “But at least we got back for the weekend, unlike lots of other people,” says a grateful Daren.




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SPECIAL FEATURE
The used forklift market, bouncing along
As the materials handling industry reeled from the rollercoaster ride of last year, most sectors of the industry found themselves at the bottom of the loop, but encouragingly, some found themselves a little better off. Melissa Barnett reports on one of the more buoyant sectors - the used forklift market.

While new forklift sales plummeted by up to 60% last financial year, the used forklift market generally maintained financial equilibrium; many dealers worldwide reported sales actually increasing in the same period. Luis Garza, director general of Mobinsa in Mexico, says “ the global financial crisis didn’t have a negative impact; in fact, sales increased”.

Others, in both the UK and USA, have reported that although sales are up, profit margins have been reduced.  Read more
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Bauma goes on despite airspace disruption
Munich, Germany
About 50 overseas exhibitors were prevented from participating in Bauma 2010 by the volcanic ash-induced ban on air travel in Europe last week.

However, Bauma organiser Messe Mόnchen International (MMI) and a number of exhibitors told Forkliftaction.com News that the show was an overall success and that the construction machinery industry is picking up after the impact of the global financial crisis.

“The mood in the industry shows that in Europe the bottom of the cycle is now behind us. Confidence has returned. Of course at the start of the fair, the exhibitors felt the lack of many customers from Asia and America but in the second half, this improved considerably,” says Ralf Wezel, secretary-general of the Committee for European Construction Equipment.

Wezel praises MMI’s crisis management in the days impacted by the airspace disruptions as “outstanding”.

Claudia Stadler, MMI’s communications manager, says the organiser took emergency measures to cope with the different situations that arose. For example, HE Kamal Nath, the Indian Minister for Road Transport and Highways, was unable to fly to Munich and was replaced at the opening ceremony by the Indian Ambassador in Berlin, Sudhir Vyas.

Also, an “Indian special” in the Bauma forum, organised with VDMA, German’s engineering federation, was planned for the first two days of the show. Some of the activities, Stadler says, were cancelled or re-staffed as Indian keynote speakers affected by the air travel ban could not attend.

“[However], the rest of the country specials were held as previously planned,” she says.

Megan Tanel, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) vice president of exhibitions and events, says the travel disruptions “substantially” affected the association which was co-organiser of Bauma’s North American pavilion.

“AEM’s US-based staff could not make it to the show but the pavilion was ‘open for business’ … thanks to the tremendous efforts of our partners. With pavilion staff onsite helping connect exhibitors with customers and AEM staff in Milwaukee, we were able to provide co-ordination and assistance to pavilion exhibitors whether they were able to travel to the show or not.”

Tanel says AEM is thankful to its partners, including its co-organiser, selling partners, stand builder, freight forwarder and interpreters, and MMI, for enabling it to participate despite the absence of key American staff.

“For our exhibitors who could not make it to Bauma, MMI organised a trained staff (member) in each unoccupied  stand to collect leads and offer answers to basic questions,” she explains.

Virtual media also proved useful for AEM’s communications as the association cancelled “numerous important meetings” and its press conference. Tanel says AEM hopes to meet the customers it missed at upcoming events like Bauma China 2010, Bc India 2011, CONEXPO Russia 2010 and CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011.

Daniel Vanhemelrijck, sales manager of Doosan Infracore’s forklift division, says the head of his division, Chinwon Park, had arranged meetings with German dealers at Bauma but his flight from Seoul to Frankfurt was scrapped. Instead, Tom Yoon, managing director of Doosan Infracore Belgium, and his colleague, head of sales Harry Chung, took a 10-hour drive over 750km from Brussels to Munich to keep the company’s appointments.

About 3,150 registered exhibitors from 53 countries attended the show. MMI reports that halfway through the fair, exhibitors were reporting more sales than they had expected.

“The good old times are coming back. The figures for sales taken at the fair far exceed our expectations. We reckon we will be able to match the volume we took at the Bauma in 2007,” says Michael Heidemann, CEO of Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH, Germany.

“We had a lot of new business opportunities, some of which already resulted in unexpected conclusions of sale,” says Michikazu Okada, vice president of Hitachi Sumitomo Industries Construction Crane Co Ltd, Japan.

Tanja Schneider, from Grammer AG, says the off-road seat manufacturer was “very happy” with visitor attendance at its stand and the number of customer meetings that took place during the show.

According to a survey of exhibitors by TNS Infratest, almost half the exhibitors are expecting the economic situation to improve following a year of crisis in 2009.

MMI says the general economic situation ahead of Bauma and the air travel ban impacted on visitor numbers. Over 415,000 people from about 200 countries attended the show, 17% lower than in Bauma 2007. Of that number, 65% of the visitors were from Germany. The show’s 555,000 sqms (5,973,970 sqft) was fully booked and registered exhibitor numbers from China, India and Turkey were particularly stronger than in 2007.

The 30th Bauma will take place from 15-21 April 2013 in Munich. MMI organises around 40 trade fairs for capital and consumer goods, and high-tech industries. It has six subsidiaries in Europe and Asia.
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Hup Soon’s forklift sales declined last year
Singapore
Equipment distributor Hup Soon Global is looking for more acquisitions despite declining sales in its forklift and tractor businesses.

Business Times Singapore reports that the Singapore firm has doubled its stake in Tai Kwong Yokohama Bhd (TKYB), the biggest automotive battery manufacturer in Malaysia, to 60.26%, and wants to buy more businesses to develop an extensive distributor network in Malaysia and Thailand.

While Hup Soon’s automotive business in Malaysia grew 32% last year, the recession affected its forklift business, which depends on manufacturing and trade activities. Forklift demand dropped by about 50% and 60% in Thailand and Malaysia, respectively.

According to the report, Hup Soon grew its operating lease fleet by 22% after Malaysian businesses turned to leasing forklifts to ease cash flow problems during the financial crisis.

Hup Soon also sold 11.3% fewer tractors last year, losing market share to rivals in the big tractor segment. The company has started marketing a new range of small tractors to rice farmers.

Hup Soon is the exclusive distributor of Mitsubishi forklifts in Malaysia. In 2007, the company acquired a 30% stake in Nichiyu Asia Pte Ltd, the Asian distribution arm of Nippon Yusoki Co Ltd (Forkliftaction.com News #334).
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JCB takes action to stop product copying and patent breaches
Rocester, United Kingdom
Three Far Eastern manufacturers had some of their machines removed from Bauma 2010 and impounded or concealed from view, after JCB successfully applied for court orders in Germany resulting in preliminary injunctions being served against them.

The action was taken against the unnamed manufacturers for product copying and patent infringements.

Tim Burnhope, JCB Group’s managing director for product development and commercial operations, says JCB “will not tolerate blatant copying of its machines or infringement of internationally recognised patents” and will act quickly and decisively to stamp out such practices in each instance.

“JCB invests many years and many millions of pounds developing and innovating new products. It’s clearly unfair for any manufacturer to then simply free-ride on the results of that investment and research,” Burnhope says.

He adds that the industry has to unite “to prevent such unlawful practices”.

The action in Germany concerned infringement of JCB’s intellectual property rights on its backhoe loader and Loadall machines by three separate Far Eastern manufacturers. JCB declined to provide further information when contacted by Forkliftaction.com News.
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Doosan badges Dieci telehandlers
Montecchio Emilia, Italy
Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment is partnering with Italian telehandler manufacturer Dieci srl to supply four Dieci high-capacity telehandlers rebadged as Doosan.

The telehandlers, with maximum lift heights of 10 metres (32.8 feet) and lifting capacities from seven to 21 tonnes, are larger than any of the Bobcat telehandlers produced in Europe. Doosan acquired Bobcat for USD4.9 billion in 2007 (Forkliftaction.com News#339).

Jae Jong Hin, vice president of heavy product management and parts in Doosan Europe, told IRN that the agreement enabled Doosan to quickly enter a niche market without investing in R&D. He expects sales of about 40 units a year for the telehandlers.

Doosan says its marketing strategy is to reserve the Bobcat brand for compact equipment and Doosan for heavy machines. That is why it decided to brand the telehandlers as Doosan, not Bobcat which is already well-known for telehandlers.

The new telehandlers can be combined with attachments that enable operators to use one machine for carrying out different jobs. The smallest model in the range is the DT70 telehandler, which has a maximum lift capacity of 7 tonnes, a maximum lift height of 9.65 metres (31.7 feet) and a maximum forward reach of 5.4 metres (17.7 feet). The DT70 is driven by the Iveco NEF-TA diesel engine.

The next model up, the DT120 has a maximum lift capacity of 12 tonnes, a maximum lift height of 9.4 metres (30.8 feet) and a maximum forward reach of 4.9 metres (16 feet). It is powered by the 106kW Perkins 1104D-ETA diesel engine.

The DT160 and the DT210 both have a maximum lift height of 10.2 metres (33.5 feet) and maximum forward reach of 5.15 metres (16.9 feet), with maximum lift capacities of 16 and 21 tonnes, respectively. Both are driven by the Perkins 1106D-ETA diesel engine.

Doosan will initially sell the telehandlers in Europe and the Middle East. The range will be available at the end of this year.
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Energy agency pushes for private fuel cell projects
Washington, DC, United States
The US Department of Energy (DoE) wants more private-sector fuel -cell projects along with cost-share projects now proceeding through demonstration phases.

DoE’s office of energy efficiency and renewable energy is interested in industry feedback on the initiatives and seeks to validate potential value propositions.

Among the fuel cells program targets: increased productivity and lower cost versus battery power.

Some of the funding came from the USD787-billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, but “we hope to get out of Recovery Act projects,” says Rick Farmer, the office’s fuel cells program manager. “We would like to back away from having to prime the pump.”

The establishment of hydrogen infrastructure at operational fuel cell refueling sites is proving costly and prompting an exploration of alternative power sources. “We are looking at direct methanol or liquid alcohol fuel cells as a way around that,” says Pete Devlin, the program’s manufacturing research and development and market transformation team leader. Either is “cheaper and easier” than hydrogen and involves a liquid tank rather than a gas tank.

The DoE, fuel cell providers and hydrogen suppliers are involved with forklift-intense pilot programs in various stages at the US Defence Logistics Agency’s Susquehanna distribution depot in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania; the defence depot at Warner Robins, Georgia; the US Army’s Fort Lewis in Pierce County, Washington; and the San Joaquin Valley defence depot in Tracy, California (Forkliftaction.com News #405).

The Susquehanna demonstration project has 40 fuel cell-powered forklifts now and plans to add 20 more forklifts, according to Devlin. Getting to 60 units, however, might not work in a commercial setting.

Farmer’s organisation envisions the federal government’s deployment of fuel cell-powered forklifts as a way to lead by example and wants to see more private-industry fuel-cell adoption such as the new Joliet, Illinois distribution centre of Central Grocers Inc (Forkliftaction.com News #404) and the Pottsville, Pennsylvania retail service centre of Wegmans Food Markets Inc (Forkliftaction.com News #426).
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DSV teams up with Pristine to boost warehouse safety
London, United Kingdom
A UK transport and logistics company is reducing manual handling incidents at its workplace by partnering with a company founded by a former Olympic weightlifter and world record holder.

Victoria Beale, DSV UK’s general manager of support services for DSV Road division, says most manual handling courses are “not that motivating” but Pristine Condition, founded by former sportsman Davy
Snowdon, teaches them in an exciting and fun way.

“This one is inspiring, encouraging the workers to take the messages out of this and reduce the incidence of injury,” Beale says.

DSV was introduced to Pristine Condition by the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Beale contacted the HSE regarding a problem DSV had with a piece of materials handling equipment. Following its recommendation, she went to a meeting at Pristine Condition and was impressed by its work.

Pristine Condition provides a custom-made DVD for each client, filming it at the company’s own warehouse so it deals specifically with its needs.

“By watching a scene showing a DSV truck or warehouse and worker, DSV staff can relate exactly to the situation and therefore are more likely to retain what they have seen. This is then backed up with a practical session,” Beale says.

“Employees will perform their jobs and then be explained how to position themselves properly … Training is based on learning about the structure of the body. Snowdon believes passionately in maintaining physical welfare. His extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology proves to be beneficial to preventing manual handling incidents,” she explains.

The training aimed at the almost 1,000 drivers and warehouse workers in the UK and Ireland is accompanied by a maintenance program for ongoing support. Office staff are expected to receive the training next year.

Beale says that if the program works in the UK and Ireland, DSV may introduce the program internationally.

DSV is a global supplier of transport and logistics services with offices in over 60 countries. It employs about 21,300 people worldwide and recorded revenue of EUR4.8 billion (USD6.3 billion) for 2009.

Pristine Condition claims on its website a 70.5% reduction in manual handling-related incidents from training 13,500 people. By implementing a training program, a major British airline saved about GBP900,000 (USD1.374 million) a year.

According to the HSE's Health and Safety Statistics 2008/2009, there were 27,594 major injuries reported that year with one-third caused by slipping or tripping, and 104,301 “other injuries causing absence from work of over three days” of which two fifths of the injuries were caused by handling, lifting or carrying.
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MHEDA expects 400 for May convention
Marco Island, FL, United States
The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) anticipates attendance of more than 400 professionals at its 1-5 May convention on Marco Island.

More than 80 suppliers are expected to participate in an exhibitors’ showcase offering materials handling products and services.

The theme for the event is “2010: The Rules Have Changed”. MHEDA’s 2010 president is Greg Morrison, vice president of Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Morrison Industrial Equipment Co.

Presentations include “New Ways to Look at Business” and “Profitability Improvement”.

Discussing the new ways, distribution industry expert J Michael Marks will give insight about major marketplace changes and how cutting-edge companies are adapting. Marks is managing partner of the Indian River Consulting Group in Melbourne, Florida and a research fellow of the Distribution Research and Education Foundation.

In the profitability presentation, financial expert Albert D Bates will examine the contents of a 2010 Distributor Statistical Comparison Report, review trends and suggest business responses during the recovery. Bates is chairman and president of the Profit Planning Group Inc of Boulder, Colorado.

Two MHEDA members will present case studies. Duncan Murphy, president of Riekes Equipment Co in Omaha, Nebraska, will discuss strategic planning as a practical application to grow a business and increase profits. John Maybury, president of Maybury Material Handling in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, will review technology tools to streamline organisational processes.

Vernon Hills, Illinois-based MHEDA has nearly 600 members and regards itself as the only international trade association dedicated solely to improving the proficiency of the independent material handling equipment distributor. The Marco Island event is MHEDA’s 55th annual convention and exhibitors’ showcase.
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Air regulators see slow economy, may modify emissions clean-up
Sacramento, CA, United States
California air regulators may modify the state’s strategy for the clean-up of emissions from diesel engines – including those in forklifts – and give owners and operators more time to comply.

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) recognises the impact of the economic slowdown and the resulting lower volume of emissions, according to Mary D Nichols, ARB chair.

“The direction by the board (on 22 April) will result in additional flexibility to affected companies and individuals while still continuing to achieve the significant air quality and health benefits these diesel controls will deliver,” she says.

In 2007, ARB approved off-highway diesel rules that require engine replacement or retrofitting of forklifts, tractors, bulldozers and other types of equipment. Large fleet operators have until 2020 to comply, while fleets with fewer than 20 vehicles have until 2025.

ARB staff members intend to conduct workshops in May and June in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Fresno to obtain feedback from the proposed revisions to the regulations. Findings will be presented to the board in September.

Previously, ARB extended compliance deadlines for off-road equipment owners through legislation that was signed in February 2009. The provisions included delay in compliance requirements and credits for those reducing fleet size or operating hours in response to the recession.

California classifies diesel exhaust and more than 40 compounds within the exhaust as dangerous and toxic contaminants with potential cancer-causing elements.

Sacramento-based ARB is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency.
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Briefs
ICUEE ranked second largest
Milwaukee, WI, United States

The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) has been ranked as the second largest show of any industry in the US in 2009.
This is according to the annual “Gold 100” list of Trade Show Executive magazine.
ICUEE 2009 covered over 1 million net square feet (92,903 sqm) of exhibit space and was topped only by the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show. ICUEE 2009 attracted over 16,500 delegates, the second-largest in US trade show history. The next ICUEE will be held from 4-6 October 2011 at the Kentucky Exposition Centre in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks appoints LBMH
Wigan, United Kingdom

Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks has appointed Wigan-based LB Materials Handling (LBMH) as its authorised dealer.
Mike Jones, Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks UK general manager, says LBMH is “one of the region’s largest and most respected sales and service operations”.
LBMH currently supports over 300 north-western UK businesses and is able to service national customers.

Terex AWP and Manitou sign agreement
Redmond, WA, United States and Ancenis, France

Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP) and Manitou have signed a reciprocal supply and marketing agreement.
Terex AWP will manufacture 7.92m (26 feet) and 9.75m (32 feet) self-propelled, rough-terrain diesel scissor lifts for sale by Manitou as the 100SC and 120SC. Manitou will mainly use its dealer networks to sell the models to end-users.
Manitou will manufacture 5.7m (18.7 feet) and 7.9m (26 feet) self-propelled, vertical masts for sale by Terex AWP under its Genie brand as the GR20J and GR26J. Terex AWP will focus on marketing them through its rental channel.

Nissan hosts visit by Mazullo, Fujisaki and Pramadwinai
Marengo, IL, United States

Nissan Forklift Corporation has hosted a visit by US Representative Don Mazullo, Japanese ambassador to the US Ichiro Fujisaki and Thai ambassador Don Pramadwinai.
The delegation was in Northern Illinois to search for foreign investment opportunities.
Nissan’s Illinois facility has a team of 275 employees working in product design, engineering, manufacturing and aftermarket support. Nissan Forklift has been manufacturing forklifts for over 50 years, nearly half that time in Marengo, Illinois.

Bac2 raises further investment round
Southampton, United Kingdom

Fuel cell components company Bac2 has raised new funds to support the growing commercialisation of its fuel cell components business and the continuing development of new applications of its materials portfolio.
The first closing of an issue of ordinary shares led by Fair-Lead Partners of London on 31 March has secured commitments from new and existing investors to buy ordinary shares at GBP110 (USD167.95) a share, raising a total of GBP1 million (USD1.5 million). The funding round will remain open for further subscriptions until 10 May 2010.
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Product News
Combilift introduces two new products
Monaghan, Ireland

Combilift has launched its largest Combilift four-way forklift, the 25 tonne capacity C25,000 model, and the Combilift Straddle Carrier for haulage, distribution and shipping operations.
The introduction of the C25,000 is in response to customers requesting bigger size and capacity forklifts since Combilift introduced the four tonne C4,000.
The forklift has a John Deere 6068 HF engine instead of a Kubota engine that is standard in the diesel Combilift range.
Combilift says its straddle carrier is economical compared to conventional container handling forklifts, reach stackers and mobile cranes. It claims that in an operation handling just six containers weekly, the return on investment in the machine is quickly achieved.

Lifter extends QX series
Casole D’Elsa, Italy

Lifter srl has introduced the QX20DL electric pallet truck, which it says combines the efficiency of a standard QX electric pallet truck and the flexibility of a high-lift pallet truck.
The truck has a capacity of 2,000kg (4,409lbs) when used as an electric pallet truck and a capacity of 800kg (1,764lbs) when the load is raised to full height.
Lifter is a part of the Pramac Group.

Still launches truck for inner-city transport
Hamburg, Germany

Still GmbH has introduced the CiTi One truck to transport goods weighing up to 500kg (1,102lbs).
The name “CiTi One” stands for its main field of application – delivering to companies located in inner-cities and delivery zones with public traffic.
Still says that while other hand pallet trucks need a lot of operator force, the battery powered CiTi One “simply moves on”. It has a speed of up to 4.5km/h with loads and 6km/h without loads.
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Forklift operator sues over sacking
Lubbock, TX, United States
A fired forklift operator has sued the parent firm of his former employer, Llano Logistics, for violating the US Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993.

Gabriel Cruz took time off work in early January to treat a medical condition and alleges in a US District Court law suit that Llano Logistics in Lubbock terminated him as a result.

The suit says Llano Logistics violated FMLA’s section 2615 “by interfering with, restraining and/or denying plaintiff the opportunity” to take a medical leave and “wrongfully discriminated and retaliated against the plaintiff . . . by terminating his employment after he had taken medical leave”.

An employer must provide an eligible employee with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year, according to the US Department of Labor.

Llano Logistics’ parent firm, TBGNA GP LLC, is affiliated with Tibbett & Britten Group plc of Enfield, England, a major logistics company that employs more than 30,000 people in 25 countries and offers warehousing, distribution and logistical support services through more than 400 warehousing facilities.

The Lubbock law firm of Johnston & Miller is representing Cruz in the litigation which was filed on 23 April in the Lubbock division of the court for the northern district of Texas.
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Heats on to become forklift champion in 2010
Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
Public heats for this year’s Forklift Championship will be held in Queensland on 13 May and 23 August at AIMM Industry Training at Richlands Business Park, while in Victoria, heats will be held on 5 May at the Dandenong Training Centre and on 17 August at the Altona Training Centre.

Details on heats in other states will be available at a later date.

Competitors will all be using Hyster forklifts, as the company is sponsoring the competition. According to the Forklift Championship’s national co-ordinator, Bill Henman, Adaptalift Hyster’s involvement means that competitors will be judged on the same equipment, thereby making the competition a level playing field.

Contestants will be judged on all facets of forklift operation ranging from being able to identify components of a forklift and complete a site risk assessment to being able to navigate through a set pathway while under the scrutiny of a qualified judge.

The National Forklift Championship will hold finals at the Sydney Materials Handling Show on 26-28 October with $3,000 worth of prizes on offer to the best female and male forklift driver.
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Stevedoring conference in Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
A conference on bulk and general stevedoring operations will take place on 11-13 May in Melbourne. It aims to bring together wharfies from various areas and align strategy on job and enterprise bargaining in the stevedoring industry.

The conference will also see the roll-out of the National Stevedoring Code of Practice and deal with many issues of significance to bulk and general workplaces.

It aims to raise unity across various enterprise sectors and work toward the development of an industry-wide union culture among bulk and general wharfies.

The conference will also set priority goals in bargaining in an attempt to bridge any gaps between companies.
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New terminal tractors for Tasmania
Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
Ferry operator TT Line has added three new state-of-the-art Daysworth Kalmar terminal tractors to its fleet, taking the total number to 20.

The new machines are part of the company’s replacement program of older tractors that date back 25 years.

“In order to keep pace with increasing freight volumes that go across our vessels, we needed these three powerful machines to act as the main frontline Ro-Ro tractors. And although the older ones have not been retired yet, their service has been limited,” says chief operating officer Patrick Guarino.

The new Kalmer TR618i units, purchased from Daysworth International, feature a CAN BUS system which integrates all functions into one system and are the only terminal tractors on the market to to have such an advanced function.
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ALC forum on seamless supply chain
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The Australian Logistics Council has announced the theme for its 2011 annual forum. Titled “A seamless supply chain”, the event will take place in Melbourne from 21-22 February.

The forum will explore critical transport and logistics (T&L) issues with the aim of ensuring Australia has a safe, secure, sustainable and competitive freight T&L industry.

ALC chief executive Michael Kilgariff says the forum will focus on Australia’s freight task and report on the outcomes from Prime Minister Rudd’s declaration in January 2010 that: “In 2010, the transport priority for the Council of Australian Governments will be freight transport”.

“The 2011 ALC Forum will explore progress over 2010 as the year of freight transport and focus on what will need to happen in 2011, as well as provide an opportunity for the industry to showcase the latest technology, products and services.”
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Proventia, an international emission control company, has complemented its electrically regenerated product family with CHILITM filters. CHILITM filter cleans the emissions from engines smaller than 130 kW. What makes CHILITM so convenient  for use in forklifts is the compact size and particularly the self-maintaining capability. Low load applications such as forklifts have quite low exhaust temperatures, which precludes the use of passive filters. CHILITM s operation is based on active regeneration by electricity, which means that regeneration is independent of vehicle duty cycle and the temperature. In CHILITM filters, the filter temperature is raised electrically to the optimal level for regeneration.

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Welcome to PRO SERVICE & CONSULT - Norbert Zimmermann e.K.
With more than 26 years of experience, we are known throughout Europe as a dependable dealer of 2nd hand forklift trucks.
Norbert Zimmermann started selling forklifts in 1984, back then to end-users. Over the years, he developed an extensive, European-wide network of trading partners in the forklift market. Because of our international contacts, we can offer you competitive prices and a wide selection! You can rely on our proactive service to find the optimal solution for your needs. Thanks to our international expertise and fluency in most major EU languages, we trade pre-owned units in all EU countries.

We look forward to your call – you can rely on us!

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The 6th Guangzhou International Brand Forklift & Accessories Exhibition 2010
Guangzhou International Logistic Equipment & Technology Exhibition 2010
Is Ceremoniously Opened in No Time.

“The 6th Guangzhou International Brand Forklift & Accessories Exhibition” (‘BFE 2010’ for short) and “Guangzhou International Logistic Equipment & Technology Exhibition 2010” (“LET 2010” for short), which is organized by the China Construction Machinery Association Industrial Motor Vehicle Branch, China Forklift Parent Company, China National Construction Machinery Quality Supervising Test Center, Guangdong Logistics Industry Association, Hong Kong Best International Exhibition (Group) Company and Guangzhou Best Exhibition Co., Ltd., are going to be held ceremoniously  in the Pazhou Complex of Chinese Import & Export Fair (Guangzhou Pazhou) on June 18th, 2010. It is estimated that exhibition area will reach 20,000 square meters, professional visitors will reach 40,000.


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FleetNet America’s system gives you the solutions
FleetNet America’s system gives customers confidence by controlling their PO process, simplifying their payables, providing detailed data and more.  

FleetNet America, Inc audits each activity.  The Operational Audit we perform ensures the vendor performs the work we requested.  The Pricing Audit verifies the vendor charged correctly for the work performed. Once our experienced staff confirms the audit is correct, the customer can be invoiced by several different methods.

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Hydrogen and Fuel Cell BASICS: Solutions to Power Your Business
A FREE Educational Forum held in conjunction with NHA Hydrogen Conference & Expo.

You are invited:

To the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Basics: Solutions to Power your Business Forum at the Long Beach Convention Center.  The Forum is a peer-to-peer series of presentations presented by current users of fuel cells for current and potential users of fuel cells. Speakers will be sharing first-hand business experiences with hydrogen and fuel cell products and how using them has given their organization a competitive or operational advantage. Topics include: lift trucks, back-up power systems, transit and portable power.

Following this invite-only Forum, please join hundreds of experts and other attendees in the Exhibit Hall for the Welcome Reception that kicks off the largest hydrogen conference in the U.S.

When/Where: May 3, 2010 Long Beach, CA Convention Center, Room 201B, 3:00-5:30pm (the reception lasts until 7:30pm)

FREE Registration: http://www.hydrogenconference.org/h2fcForum_registration.asp

Agenda: http://www.hydrogenconference.org/h2fcForum.asp

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PRODUCT WATCH
New Opti Vis Quad Masts Launched by Lift Technologies
Lift Technologies (USA) has launched an updated line of quad (4 stage) masts in the 3500, 4500 and 5550 lb capacity range (1.6 – 2.5 tonne) that can be customized to suit specific end use applications. Rick Paddock, Director of Product Marketing, says the new line of quad masts offer exceptional operator visibility due to a new streamlined internal hose reeving design which opens up the visibility window between the inner mast rails. “Our design team set out to not only improve visibility, but to simplify hose and chain routings to further improve an already very reliable quad mast”.

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Flexible Software for Small to Medium Sized Business:
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UN improved Very Narrow Aisle Truck
UN has introduced some new technology for its Very Narrow Aisle Truck. Compared with former V.N.A., the new one offers you excellent performance and operation.

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