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Finning sells Hewden to Sun European Partners affiliate

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NEWS
Bublitz enters partnership with Riekes
Finning sells Hewden to Sun European Partners affiliate
HFT supplies “biggest ever forklift”
Mitsubishi sells powertrain for hybrid machines
US Army needs forklifts in Kuwait
Sample of used equipment for sale
ARB extends exclusions on forklift LSI engines
Product News
Briefs
Prisoners take forklift training
“Too qualified” for forklift driving course
Forklift helps trappers move alligators

LOCAL NEWS
Allied Forklifts expands business
Forklift company wins national safety award
Intermodal freight terminals proposed for Melbourne
Brisbane port up for lease

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After a week of bad news, it’s refreshing to hear the International Monetary Fund declaring that a recovery is under way in Europe. Of course, the good news was tempered by a qualification that Europe’s bounce is still much weaker than in other parts of the world. "Lending conditions are still very tight, unemployment is high and still rising and, most importantly, people are worried about fiscal sustainability in a number of countries, which is depressing confidence in the outlook,” noted the IMF's Luc Everaert.
Meanwhile, the organisation has welcomed the European Union’s measures to stabilise its economic and financial system, describing them as “far-reaching steps … to restore confidence and financial stability in the Euro area”.
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Bublitz enters partnership with Riekes
North Kansas City, MO, United States
Bublitz Material Handling (BMH) of North Kansas City has entered into a partnership with Riekes Equipment Co of Omaha, Nebraska. Both are Yale dealerships.

The separate corporations with some common ownership will be managed as separate companies but use synergy from the alliance “where it makes sense”.

Duncan Murphy, Riekes Equipment president, adds duties as BMH president. “Our Yale territories have a common border, making the sharing of resources easy for us and Yale,” says Murphy. Riekes and BMH “have worked together on projects for years”.

Effective from 1 January, the arrangement combines the capital and strength of Riekes Equipment with “the excellent reputation of BMH and an outstanding team led by Jeff Bublitz to support the Kansas City marketplace”, the firms say in a 6 May announcement. BMH, which has won numerous industry awards, is undertaking best practices and Riekes-oriented initiatives in strategic planning, financial modeling and fleet management.

For BMH, Bublitz is now chief executive officer of operations and Pete Womack is chief operating officer for sales and marketing. Bublitz is the grandson of the business’s 1927 founder, Walter J Bublitz. Womack joins BMH after five years managing the Sioux Falls, South Dakota branch of Riekes.

On formation of the partnership, BMH had 40 employees including 20 technicians, and Riekes had 95 employees including 50 technicians.

Creating the venture took several months. “When Jeff Bublitz realised he needed a capital infusion to allow Bublitz to grow, he called me … to meet and discuss merging our interests,” Murphy says. “Papers were signed on March 1, 2010 effective January 1, 2010, the delay caused in part by the failure of the bank supporting Bublitz.” Prior to 1 March, the business operated as Bublitz Machinery Co, which remains in existence as a holding company for the real estate and vehicle fleet.

“We wanted to continue using the Bublitz good name in Kansas City but make the statement about our product and service offerings extending into all materials handling,” he notes.

Murphy, 57, will remain active with Riekes on a day-to-day basis, “financially managing Bublitz from 180 miles (288 km) away and making frequent visits to reinforce the Riekes culture for both companies”, he says. “Jeff and Pete will handle day-to-day operations in Kansas City.”

In addition to handling the Yale line since 1953 in the Kansas City metropolitan area, north eastern Kansas and western Missouri, BMH represents Landoll Bendi and Drexel forklifts, Advance floor cleaning equipment, Tymco street sweepers, boom construction cranes and storage systems. A BMH branch is located in Sedalia, Missouri.

Riekes Equipment has operated in the materials handling industry for more than 75 years and, in addition to Yale, represents and supports hoist, crane and other lift devices, warehouse logistics and storage products, fleet management services and parts and service. Other than Omaha and Sioux Falls, Riekes has locations in Lincoln and Grand Island, Nebraska and Sioux Falls, Iowa.

Both Murphy and Bublitz have served as president during different terms on both the central region and national Yale dealer advisory boards.

Murphy was 2009 president of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association.
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Finning sells Hewden to Sun European Partners affiliate
Vancouver, Canada
Finning International Inc has sold Hewden, its UK equipment rental business, for GBP110.2 million (USD164.5 million) to an affiliate of Sun European Partners LLP, the European adviser to Sun Capital Partners Inc.

Mike Waites, CEO of Finning International, says the company decided for “strategic and financial reasons” that it was in its shareholders’ best interests to divest Hewden. The sale was finalised through a cash consideration of GBP90.2 million (USD134.7 million) and an interest-bearing five-year loan note receivable of GBP20 million (USD29.9 million). Finning says the acquisition money will mainly be used to reduce its debt.

“While we believe that Hewden’s broad product offering, combined with our recent restructuring and national accounts focus will serve it well in the future, owning a large, short-term rental business operating separately from our UK dealership does not align with our strategic objectives,” Waites explains.

He assures Finning customers that despite divesting Hewden, it remains committed to the UK Caterpillar dealership.

Finning UK’s dealership will continue to work closely with its plant hire customers to supply Caterpillar equipment to the UK equipment rental market, says Andy Fraser, managing director of Finning UK Group.

“We are confident we can demonstrate the value of Finning to Hewden’s new owners and maintain a productive commercial relationship with Hewden,” Fraser says.

Hewden has 1,300 employees and covers 63 locations in the UK. The existing Hewden commercial centre in Manchester is proposed to be the new head office for the company.

Finning UK, headquartered in Cannock, Staffordshire, operates 20 branches in the UK with 1,470 employees serving Caterpillar dealership customers.

Finning International Inc is the world’s largest Caterpillar equipment dealer. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, the company operates in Western Canada, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay and the United Kingdom.

Sun European Partners LLP is the European adviser to Sun Capital Partners Inc, a US-based investment firm. Sun Capital affiliates have invested in and managed over 215 companies worldwide, with a combined sales of over GBP19 billion (USD37 billion) since 1995.
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HFT supplies “biggest ever forklift”
Hereford, United Kingdom
HFT Forklifts Ltd has supplied what it claims is the world’s largest diesel four-directional forklift to a Gloucestershire company that designs and produces hi-tech modular buildings.

The GBP250,000 (USD373,210), 25-tonne C25000 forklift was designed and built by Combilift in Monaghan, Ireland for HFT’s customer BladeRoom. The machine was specially built to lift and manoeuvre 18-tonne modular data centres built by BladeRoom at its new Cinderford, Gloucestershire plant.

The data centres, which measure around 14 by 4.2 metres (45.9 by 13.8 feet) and house banks of computer servers and IT equipment, are manufactured under exacting conditions in modular form to provide an energy-efficient, fully fitted out “plug and play” solution for BladeRoom's customers. Key to the manufacturing process was a watertight handling system at Cinderford. It became apparent that conventional materials handling vehicles would not be able to move the huge finished modules around the site.

HFT’s senior account manager, Kevin Heath, says the materials handling specialist looked at options like overhead gantry cranes and large counterbalance forklifts but they were inflexible and impractical for BladeRoom’s building and would take up too much room.

“The versatility of the four-directional trucks was ideal but there was nothing on the market that could have handled a job of this size,” Heath says.

HFT asked Combilift’s regional distributor, Abex Ltd of Birmingham, for help. Combilift designers developed the four-directional diesel forklift that the team believes could be the largest of its kind. It is the largest and most expensive forklift HFT has ever supplied.

BladeRoom CEO Paul Rogers says the truck, which measures 5 by 5 metres (16.4 by 16.4 feet) with a 3.2 metre  (10.5 foot) high cab will easily lift the fully fitted modules into place for pre-delivery testing. He explains that the manufacturing area can now be laid out more efficiently, with modules placed in rows allowing the C25000 to travel sideways along the aisles between them, and they can be double stacked because of the machine’s 4 metre (13.1 foot) lift height.

“The ideal solution from our viewpoint was a machine that could move modules in the same way as we move pallets but on a much larger scale,” Rogers says. “The Combilift’s flexibility to go anywhere and do anything means we can proceed at the pace we need to fulfil our orders and cope with future growth.”

HFT Forklifts was established in Hereford, UK, in 1984 by Peter and Carole Crawford. The family-run business employs 51 people and offers complete materials handling service. It works with manufacturers like Nissan Forklift, Manitou, Hoist Lifttruck, Hako Floor Care Equipment and JLG Industries.
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Mitsubishi sells powertrain for hybrid machines
Tokyo, Japan
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) has reorganised its forklift division and is selling powertrain systems to other companies.

MHI spokesman Hideo Ikuno says the company’s Material Handling Equipment Business Department that mainly deals with forklift sales is now the Forklift Department while the Industrial Vehicle Engineering Department, which is responsible for engineering work, is now the Power Train System Department.

Ikuno adds that the reorganisation has nothing to do with MHI’s plan to sell hybrid powertrains to other companies, but it is restructuring its departments based on products and not business activities.

The Forklift Department will now handle the marketing and engineering of forklifts while the Power Train System Department deals with the marketing and engineering of powertrains, including hybrid powertrains, motors and engines.

Mitsubishi Heavy wants to sell the powertrain system for its hybrid forklifts to foreign forklift manufacturers that market their products in North America and Europe.

“MHI has been selling forklift components to other companies. As for hybrid powertrains, [we] expect a large demand from other companies and decided to sell them to expand the business,” says Ikuno.

The hybrid system will be available to manufacturers that don’t have their own hybrid machine lines. The system can also be used for hydraulic shovels and other construction machinery.

In October, Mitsubishi Heavy launched its hybrid forklift, claiming it is the world’s first hybrid forklift powered by a diesel engine and lithium ion battery pack. It also claims the forklift has 39% better fuel efficiency than regular engine-powered forklifts of comparable size (Forkliftaction.com News #432).
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US Army needs forklifts in Kuwait
Camp Arifjan, Kuwait
A US Army contracting command in Kuwait is soliciting bids via its website to lease three telescopic forklifts for one year and obtain options on the same types of equipment for an additional six months. Bids are due on 14 May through civilian contractor Eric Paul Williams at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.

The request calls for two rough-terrain forklifts and one all-terrain forklift for use in the year ended 3 May 2011. The specifications call for each of the diesel-powered machines with enclosed air-conditioned cabs to have an extendable boom and capacity to lift 5,000 pounds (2,250 kg) at 44 feet (13.2 m) while the forks are extended at 30 feet 8 inches (9.2 m).

The options for similar equipment deal with leases ending 2 November 2011.

Prospective vendors propose the make, model and year—not older than 2008—and must agree to stringent maintenance and replacement requirements.

As a US military installation, Camp Arifjan is used as a forward logistics base, aviation classification and repair activity depot, helicopter ground support base and motor pool. Thousands of soldiers pass through the camp en route to or from Iraq.
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ARB extends exclusions on forklift LSI engines
Sacramento, CA, United States
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is again allowing operators of off-road large-spark-ignition (LSI) engine-powered equipment fleets to exclude certain forklifts and other LSI equipment from the fleet average emission level (FAEL) standards contained in the LSI regulation.

ARB issued program advisories extending exclusions from FAEL standards calculations for an additional year to 16 April 2011.

The exemptions under MSC 10-15 and 10-16 involve greater than three-litre displacement LSI engine equipment and fully controlled late model-year LSI engine equipment fleets. The first FAEL standard became effective on 1 January 2009 (Forkliftaction.com News #391) and LSI equipment not excluded by the program advisories must meet that standard.

ARB has not started enforcing the FAEL standards yet and may not do so until the agency receives approval from the US Environmental Protection Agency of a regulatory waiver, says Mark Williams, an air pollution specialist with the zero emissions vehicle implementation section in ARB’s mobile source control division. Williams says that waiver could happen some time this year.

Separately, ARB opted to review and possibly modify regulations involving diesel engines including those in forklifts. (Forkliftaction.com News #459).

“So far, I have received no indication that the board intends to pursue actions similar to those in the in-use off-road diesel arena with respect to the LSI regulation,” Williams says.

Sacramento-based ARB is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency.
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Product News
Cargotec launches new truck-mounted forklift
Stockholm, Sweden

Cargotec has introduced the Hiab Moffett M10 25.3 truck-mounted forklift for loading from one side of a truck or trailer.
Equipped with a 50hp Kubota engine, Cargotec claims the forklift with telescopic boom produces less noise and vibration. It also has “excellent operator ergonomics” in that the driver compartment is spacious and offers 360° visibility.

Toyota enhances AC pallet trucks
Irvine, CA, United States

Toyota Material Handling USA Inc has introduced enhancements for its AC pallet trucks that are used in distribution centres, retail operations and cold storage applications.
The product enhancements are designed to meet tough materials handling demands, Toyota says.
They include an ergonomic handle for increased control, a new AC traction controller and electric disc brake system, 12-inch diameter tyres and an optional steering bearing for cold storage and wet environments.

Zayani launches hybrid in Bahrain
Bahrain

Zayani Motors, Mitsubishi’s exclusive dealer in Bahrain, will introduce a new range of hybrid forklifts in Bahrain.
The Mitsubishi hybrid forklifts, which are manufactured in Japan, were launched as the world’s first 4.0-5.0 tonne hybrid forklifts at the Bauma exhibition in Munich, Germany last month (Forkliftaction.com News #432).
Zayani is also the exclusive dealer of FUSO Truck & Bus Corp, Eicher and Freightliner in Bahrain.

AUSA introduces new range
Barcelona, Spain

AUSA is launching a new range of semi-industrial forklifts from 1.5-5 tonne capacities with its FullGrip system. The FullGrip system enables the forklifts to use 4WD when required. Under normal conditions, the forklift operates in 2WD mode, reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
The operator can select the 4WD mode by pushing a button located in the joystick. The FullGrip system is currently available for the 4 and 5 tonne forklifts only.
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Briefs
Report identifies top five fuel cell states
Washington, DC, United States

Fuel Cells 2000 has chosen California, Connecticut, New York, Ohio and South Carolina as the “Top 5 Fuel Cell States” in the US.
In its report “State of the States: Fuel Cells in America”, the non-profit organisation compiled information regarding supportive fuel cell and hydrogen policies, installations and demonstrations and overall activism in each state.
Each of the top five was selected for different reasons but “they all recognise that establishing a fuel cell-friendly climate brings environmental benefits and jobs to their state,” says Fuel Cells 2000 program director Jennifer Gangi.
The report says California is the world leader in vehicle demonstrations, hydrogen fueling stations and strict emissions standards, while South Carolina is active in forklift demonstrations.
Download the report for free at: http://www.fuelcells.org/statereport.html.

Konecranes builds new office
Hyvinkää, Finland

Konecranes has received permits to build a new 3,770 sqm (40,580 sqft) office building in Hyvinkää, Finland.
Pekka Lundmark, Konecranes’ CEO, says the new office is part of a wider program to develop the company’s operations at the site. “We feel that having different functions – R&D, manufacturing and management – at the same site carries a lot of value.”
About 100 employees will fit into the new office consisting of four floors. It will include conference rooms, a canteen, warehouse and technical space.
Construction starts in the northern hemisphere summer and the building is expected to be finished in a year’s time.

Heftruckvorken R van Herk supplies Scana forks
Heerjansdam, The Netherlands

Heftruckvorken R van Herk BV is now the authorised dealer for Scana Booforge SE in the Benelux.
Sweden-based Scana Booforge is the main fork supplier for Kalmar, Hyster, Fantuzzi, Svetruck and Konecranes forklifts.
Heftruckvorken R van Herk BV says the partnership with Scana Booforge is a “brilliant chance” to increase the company’s market share and name recognition in the Benelux.
The Dutch company supplies forks for different makes of forklifts and wheel loaders.
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Prisoners take forklift training
Salinas, CA, United States
Monterey County has completed a fourth course in an ongoing forklift training program for inmates at the jail in Salinas.

“This is a special class because it is for our sentenced female inmates,” says Sgt Fabian Hernandez, who oversees inmate and program services for the county sheriff’s office.

Forty male and female inmates have graduated from the program since its inception in December 2007. Portions of the 30-35 hours of training occur in hands-on operation of a county-maintained Clark forklift with a lifting capacity of 4,000 pounds (1,800 kg).

“This program was created because of a need for skill and job training for incarcerated individuals,” Hernandez says. “Most of our sentenced inmates don’t have any skills.”

Any inmate sentenced to serve time in the county jail has an opportunity to sign up for our program. “We do look at the severity of the crime and their behaviour while in custody before we allow an individual to participate,” Hernandez says. Typically, nine to 12 persons take part in each course.

“There is no (additional) cost to the county or student,” Hernandez reports. “This program was incorporated into our daily agenda in our programs unit. It is taught by our own county employee at the jail.”

Skills instructor Jim Dominguez at the private non-profit Center for Employment Training (CET) trained and certified Robert Pulido in a two-week train-the-trainer course.

As senior inmate service specialist, Pulido instructs each forklift training course in the jail. In addition to the Clark forklift, Pulido utilises a training safety video from JJ Keller & Associates and CET training guides.

Students learn about forklift safety, daily inspection requirements, preventive maintenance, use of forklift controls, identification of operational parts and trouble shooting. They use a forklift obstacle course and need to pass a final review and safety quiz.

A CET certificate is given to each successful participant who upon release from custody can go through a CET centre in Soledad, California for additional instruction and an opportunity to obtain an operator’s licence.

“We encourage them to enrol in our full shipping, receiving and warehousing course,” says Diana Carillo, CET regional director.

The forklift training program started without funding, Carrillo confirms. “We should be doing something. What if we get staff from the jail and train over here? It took a lot of effort to make the change” and implement the program.

County Supervisor Jane Parker commends the program and provides certificates of recognition to successful participants. “I have a particular interest in rehabilitation and helping people get the skills they have not had an opportunity to get up to this time,” she says. Parker represents Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Sand City, Seaside and south west Salinas and is the county board’s alternative representative to the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace.

The most recent course led to a 12 May graduation for nine female participants including two inmate service specialists, Ramona Hewett and Brenda Cuevas.

“The Monterey County Sheriff's Office strongly believes in training programs for our sentenced inmates,” Hernandez says. “Part of our strong desire is to lower the recidivism rate in our county.” Hernandez is unaware of any similar forklift training program in northern or central California.
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“Too qualified” for forklift driving course
Nottingham, United Kingdom
A British jobseeker claims he was not allowed to sign up for a forklift driving course because his English and Mathematics qualifications left him over-qualified.

According to Nottingham Post, Callum Ward, 25, completed government-funded courses and exams in adult numeracy and literacy to improve his job prospects. He had been looking for full-time work since last year.

When he tried to apply for a free forklift course with Learning Zone in Castle Marina, Ward says he was turned away.

“Because I had already got my English and Maths, they said the government would not fund me because I am too qualified,” he told the Post.

Nigel Hennessey from the Learning Zone said Ward was not over-qualified to be a forklift driver but was denied the forklift course because he had already taken the literacy and numeracy courses. The courses were funded from the same source, he said, and it was impossible for one person to obtain the same funding twice.

Following Post’s enquiries, Working Links, the organisation responsible for Ward’s English and Mathematics courses, said it would find the jobseeker another forklift driver course.
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Forklift helps trappers move alligators
Gulfport, MS, United States
Trappers used a forklift to transport two large alligators from a bayou in a populated Gulfport neighbourhood.

“The trapping happened on 7 May, and I believe it lasted less than two hours,” says Ryan LaFontaine, public information officer with the city of Gulfport.

Licensed by the state, trappers Sam Searcy and Chris Husley were contracted through Ricky Flint, a specialist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to remove alligators that had become a nuisance.

A news broadcast of ABC affiliate WLOX in Biloxi, Mississippi, available on the station’s website, shows the trappers at work and the role of the forklift in moving the bull alligators and placing them on a transport trailer.

In addition to the forklift, the trappers used heavy roll to wrangle the 13-foot (3.9m) and 10-foot (3m) alligators from the Brickyard Bayou and then wrapped duct tape around each animal’s snout to prevent any bone-crushing bites. The alligators’ familiarity with humans requires the trappers to kill the animals rather than relocate them. The hides and the meat were sold.

Gulfport, the second-largest city in Mississippi, is the east coast home for the US Navy Seabees construction battalion.
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Allied Forklifts expands business
Malaga, Western Australia, Australia
Forklift supplier Allied Forklifts of Western Australia has purchased the business of FTA Forklift Hire following the decision of owner Les Brown to retire.

Allied Forklifts managing director Wayne Adams, who worked as a manager for FTA from 1993 to1996 before leaving to start Allied, says FTA has operated successfully for over 20 years and has a large base of forklift hire clients.

He tells Forkliftaction.com News that the acquisition will enhance the company’s growth as forklift hire is an integral part of its operations.

The sale includes the acquisition of all hire equipment, new and used sales equipment, assignment of the WA Taylor-Dunn agency, phone number, web domain, client records, hire contracts and key staff.

Allied, which represents NTP Forklifts in Western Australia, services a broad spectrum of industries including manufacturing, transport, warehousing and mining. Its largest client is Australia Post.

“We are one of the largest WA privately owned forklift businesses in the state. Most of our competitors are owned by international or interstate companies with senior management located in the East.

“By the time they make a decision, we have already assisted the new client,” says Adams.

He says the company has a large investment in a fleet of casual hire forklifts ranging from 1 ton to 48 ton.  “Other WA forklift companies only focus on hiring the ‘bread and butter’ forklifts up to 3 ton capacity,” he adds.

The company is the Western Australia distributor for Taylor-Dunn industrial vehicles, TCM forklifts and skid steer loaders, Jungheinrich electric forklifts, Pramac Stackers and JCB Teletruk forklifts.
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Forklift company wins national safety award
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sydney-based forklift supply company IFE Forklifts received national recognition at the 2009 Safe Work Australia Awards recently when it won the category for ‘best workplace health and safety practices in a small business’.

One of 36 finalists from across Australia, the company implemented a systematic approach to workplace health and safety management through its Pride program, which was designed to develop a positive safety culture (Forkliftaction.com News #436).

The innovative program involves a risk management component which encourages workers to take action for their welfare and safety at work and policies to create a family friendly workplace.

Since implementing this program, the company has seen an increased awareness of workplace safety among workers, improved productivity and cost savings thanks to reduced staff turnover.

Now in their fifth year, the National Safe Work Australia Awards are the premier national awards for recognising excellence in workplace safety.
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Intermodal freight terminals proposed for Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
A government discussion paper proposes the development of a network of intermodal freight terminals across Melbourne to move growing volumes of port-related freight.

The Shaping Melbourne’s Freight Future discussion paper released recently proposes three principal rail-to-road intermodal terminals to the west, north and south-east of Melbourne, complemented by a number of road-to-road terminals sited to service freight activity.

Key design propositions include:

• That terminals should offer port-to-door service, comparable with current road options;

• Terminals should operate as inland ports with customs and quarantine status and be located within precincts that encourage freight customers to locate nearby;

• Operations should be based on government ownership of terminal land, oversighted by a single government-owned authority. Operation of the intermodal system would be contracted to the private sector;

• Freight would be carried to and from the terminals, mostly in off-peak hours, using a combination of rail and road modes, using specialised rolling stock and next-generation high productivity freight vehicles to minimise noise and environmental impact.

The number of containers using the Port of Melbourne is expected to increase from two million in 2007 to up to eight million by 2035.

A copy of the discussion paper can be found at www.transport.vic.gov.au/freight
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Brisbane port up for lease
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Bids have opened for a 99-year lease on the Port of Brisbane, with the transaction expected to be finalised by year’s end.

State treasurer and minister for employment and economic development Andrew Fraser says by leasing the port, Queensland will retain ownership of the port land and infrastructure but transfer the expense and risk of operating a commercial shipping port to the private sector.

Trade statistics show that Brisbane has outperformed southern capitals in mass tonnes between 2004 and 2009. Brisbane rose by 4.9%, compared to Sydney 2.1% and Melbourne 1.7%

Growth in container volumes between 2004 and 2009 had Brisbane up by 7.0%, Sydney 7.0% and Melbourne 4.6%.

There is no sale of freehold land in the Port of Brisbane transaction.

The competitive bidding process will involve three stages:

1. Expressions of interest will be sought from suitably qualified parties.
2. Bidders will then be shortlisted and asked to provide indicative bids.
3. Bidders will then undertake detailed due diligence assessments before providing the State with their final binding bids.

According to Fraser, the state expects to finalise the lease and announce the winning bid before the end of 2010, subject to market conditions.
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Baseplan Enterprise Lite is the most complete solution on the market for small to medium business and includes equipment inspections, depreciation processing (optional), purchasing, cashbook management and payroll (optional) in addition to normal accounting modules such as debtors, creditors and inventory control. The benefits of properly integrated accounting modules are numerous and include live and accurate reporting and reduced errors in re-keying due to the reduction in data entry. All of this is linked to the most advance rental module available.

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HK Systems introduces RollerForks® on Pallet-Free Family of AGV’s.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, HK systems, Inc., the leading automated material handling and supply chain software solution provider, introduces Pallet-Free Automation as a part of their "automate the conventional" solution. This new family of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) will utilize a patented RollerForks® mechanism, thereby eliminating the need for pallets within a facility.

The state-of –the-art pallet-free AGV offers extreme versatility with a single vehicle for multiple uses including slip-sheet handling  as well as pallet handling, allowing for stacking and push back rack capability. The elimination of pallets in the warehouse provides many key operational benefits including increasing labor savings, enhanced space utilization, decreased products damage and lower operational costs.

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Forklift Auction - 11am Wednesday 19th May 2010
230 Old Maitland Rd, Hexham (Newcastle) NSW
Enquiries: Pat Slattery - 0419 224 791
Buyers Premium: 7.5%
Inspection: Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th May 8:30am - 5pm
& from 8am day of sale
NB. Covered footwear must be worn

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Productivity Taken to a Maximum with Our New DP/GP40-55N Range
The robust DP/GP40-55N range has been designed by Cat® Lift Trucks with the input of customers around the world to continue offering maximum durability, greater ergonomics and performance for the hardest applications.

Following the styling of the recently updated DP/GP15-35N, this range replaces the current DP/GP40-50K introducing a new 5.5. tonnes capacity truck to match accurately customer’s applications requirements.

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And The Survey Says... IMHX 2010 Timed Just Right for UK Recovery and MHE Purchases.
According to an independent survey, IMHX 2010 is set to receive tens of thousands of visitors planning to purchase new materials handling equipment. Further proof then, that this year’s IMHX has been timed just right for exhibitors wishing to take advantage of the UK’s return to growth.

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Combilift Launches Two New Products
In spite of unprecedented travel disruption due to volcanic ash clouds over Europe, editors and guests from 30 countries were present at Combilift’s manufacturing facility and HQ in Monaghan on April 15th for the launch of two new products which have been added to the company’s now extensive range of 4-way handling solutions.

Combilift has responded to feedback from customers needing to handle ever larger loads by steadily increasing the size and lift capacity of its range since its “core” C4,000 model was first developed. It has now broken another size barrier with the launch of its 25t capacity C25,000 model, the largest ever Combilift 4-way forklift built to date. With dimensions of around 5 x 5m, three double sets of wheels, an unladen weight of 32t and a 170 HP John Deere engine this is a Combilift packed full of superlatives.

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