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This is issue #462 - 20 May 2010 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
BITA says UK forklift market recovering

INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION.COM

NEWS
Forklift players anticipate improved economy
Barloworld posts half-year loss
Nissan spins off forklift division
Nissan appoints Myers Select in southern California
H&K acquires ancillary brands from Hoist
Hoist Liftruck reports forklift orders
BITA says UK forklift market recovering
Contract hire rates are lower than ever
Dairy Crest’s large single order
Sample of used equipment for sale
Briefs
Associated boosts student awareness

LOCAL NEWS
Komatsu renews contract with Woolworths
New Haulotte stock picker coming soon to Australia
Asciano secures freight contract with Toll
ICHCA lunch highlights stevedoring safety

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Inside Forkliftaction.com
It’s another week of acquisitions, mergers and large orders. Unfortunately, there’s sometimes such a delay between this activity and the communication of the developments to the market that we may actually be missing the start of the recovery. For all we know, it could have begun months ago, but it’s only just starting to filter through. The pity of it all is that bad news travels fast. We hear about closures almost as soon as they happen and it’s hard to hide insolvencies and receiverships. But good news is slower to reach the industry. Hopefully, we can speed it along a little…




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Forklift players anticipate improved economy
United States
By Roger Renstrom

A number of North American suppliers are seeing improvements in the economy, according to a Forkliftaction.com News survey.

Dealers for Clark Material Handling Co report “increased activity across all aspects of their business inclusive of parts, service and rental”, says Scott Johnson, director of dealer services. “All three engines showing improved results is a great sign that there is some recovery occurring.”

Johnson likes what he sees. “While two months do not make a trend, the last 60 days have been very encouraging,” he says. “The trend over the last six months is also heading up.”

Clark Material Handling believes that, in general, forklift demand is an indicator of the economy’s direction in North America. “While it will take a few quarters of solid performance before we breathe easier, the signs are there that things are improving,” Johnson says.

The North American unit of forklift attachments manufacturer Bolzoni Auramo Group also perceives continuing improvement in the economy and forklift industry.

“If you went strictly by [industry] numbers for the first quarter, you could conclude the recession is over, and we are headed back to better times,” says Ronnie Keene, vice president of sales and marketing with Bolzoni Auramo Inc in Homewood, Illinois. The report of comparable first-quarter order increases for Class 1, 4 and 5 forklifts “is a great start for 2010”.

Keene believes that forklift demand is an indicator of the economy's direction. “I remember specifically discussing with colleagues the sudden slow quote activity and drop in sales during the month of December 2007,” he recalls. “After so many months of good quote activity and orders, not one of us thought about the prospects of the economy going into such a deep recession. The economy now appears headed up and in the right direction. I believe the forklift industry will do the same.”

Keene thinks that sales of original-equipment-manufacturer national accounts can lead the industry back and constitutes “a key reason for the substantial increase in orders for the first quarter of 2010”.

“The larger customers are in a better financial position to purchase and invest in needed equipment. The small end users continue to have difficulty obtaining financing, and this will affect local dealer sales well into 2010,” he suggests.

Parent company Bolzoni SpA is based in Casoni di Podenzano, Italy.

Equipment converter Miretti USA of Fairfield, New Jersey is receiving more requests to supply quotations in its niche explosion-proof forklift market but, for the moment, is experiencing slow order volumes, says Ash Bansal, managing director. “We are putting in a lot of effort.”

The New Jersey site markets lines of converted flame-proof and explosion-proof counterbalance electric and diesel forklifts in the western hemisphere . The forklifts comply with Class 1, Division 1 requirements for explosion-proof and flame-proof conversion technology and allow operation in chemical plants, oil refineries and other hazardous environments or where there is an explosion risk.

“We have seen signs of activity from dealers,” Bansal notes. “I am optimistic.”

Miretti USA is a subsidiary of Miretti SpA, based in Limbiate, Italy near Milan.

As previously reported {statlink|1|(Forkliftaction.com News #460)}, the Material Handling Industry of America of Charlotte, North Carolina predicts during 2010 that US orders for materials handling equipment will increase 6% to 8.5% and US shipments will grow 1% to 2%. Both projected measurements constitute a modest boost after dramatic 2009 decreases.
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Barloworld posts half-year loss
Johannesburg, South Africa
Barloworld Ltd has reported a net loss of ZAR135 million (USD17.4 million) for the six months ended 31 March 2010. This compares to a net profit of ZAR382 million (USD49.2 million) the previous year.

Revenue for the world’s largest independent forklift dealer declined 16% to ZAR20.2 billion (USD2.6 billion), compared to the prior year’s ZAR24.1 billion (USD3.1 billion).

Clive Thomson, CEO of Barloworld, says the past six months “have been challenging due to difficult trading conditions” for most of its businesses. The company fired workers to cut costs last year as demand for its equipment declined sharply (Forkliftaction.com News #396).

Barloworld’s handling division suffered from the declining forklift market worldwide and posted revenue of ZAR2.1 billion (USD270.5 million) compared to the previous year’s ZAR2.9 billion (USD373.6 million). The division posted an operating loss of ZAR19 million (USD2.5 million) compared to a ZAR44 million (USD5.7 million) operating profit in the year before.

The company is buoyed by the International Monetary Fund’s forecast of real growth of 2.6% for South Africa in 2010, and the increased global demand for commodities is expected to boost Barloworld’s mining equipment business.

Thomson says the company’s order book is “substantially below” the level reported in September 2008 but “is trending upwards for the first time” in 18 months.

“In the handling division, we are seeing tentative signs of market improvements. In particular, demand for short-term rental, a historical lead indicator of demand recovery, has improved in the UK, US and South Africa,” he says.

Thomson adds that mining companies that withheld their replacement capital expenditure in 2009 will probably start to “normalise the situation” in late 2010 and 2011.

Barloworld expects construction activity levels to remain sluggish in the short-term, while its Caterpillar equipment business in Iberia is expected to only recover in 2011 as the Spanish economy remains in recession this year.
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Nissan spins off forklift division
Tokyo, Japan
Nissan Motor Co wants to spin off its industrial machinery division to boost its autonomy and create a flexible management structure so that it can achieve sustainable growth.

Company spokesman Mitsuru Yonekawa tells Forkliftaction.com News that a feasibility study was commenced at the end of 2009 for the spin-off and more details would be available at a later stage.

Yonekawa declines to elaborate on how the division’s employees will be impacted by the spin-off, saying instead that Nissan is studying “possible alternatives for the employees”.

The industrial machinery division, which manufactures counterbalance and warehouse forklifts and tow tractors, employs about 2,500 people and has production facilities in Japan, Spain, Sweden and the US.

For financial year 2009, Nissan Motor’s total sales were JPY7.5137 trillion (USD81.782 billion). Sales from the industrial machinery division totaled JPY61.3 billion (USD667.2 million) or about 1% of total group sales.
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Nissan appoints Myers Select in southern California
Santa Ana, CA, United States
Nissan Forklift Corporation, North America has appointed Myers Select Material Handling as a distributor in Los Angeles and Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties in southern California.

Richard Allen is president of Santa Ana-based Select Equipment Inc under which Myers Select does business.

Myers Select “began representing Nissan and Barrett” brands on 1 April, says Dale Verseput, director of sales for Myers Select. “The Nissan relationship is brand new for Myers Select (and) is an addition to our existing product lines” involving the Linde, Doosan and Motrec brands.

“The Nissan forklift product line has enjoyed tremendous acceptance in the California industrial marketplace for over 40 years now,” says Mark Manninen, director of distribution management with Nissan Forklift in Marengo, Illinois. He adds with Myer Select’s “broad coverage area and industry expertise, they will provide the strength and confidence that our customers have come to expect from Nissan and its distributor group”.

Myers Material Handling was established in 1968 as a service-oriented forklift repair shop. “We are now the oldest authorised Doosan (formerly Daewoo) and Linde dealer for the southern California area,” Verseput says. Select Equipment acquired Myers in 2007.

In addition to its Santa Ana corporate site, Myers has a showroom in Anaheim and full-line sales, parts and service facilities in a second Santa Ana location plus Rialto in San Bernardino County and Paramount in Los Angeles County. Santa Ana and Anaheim are located in Orange County.

Myers characterises its Linde line as the “choice for recyclers”, the Doosan line promising customers they will “never pay for brakes again” and its Motrec Inc line as offering “tough personnel carriers”.

Verseput joined Myers Select on 17 May after two and a half years as Linde regional manager for the western US and Canada. Previously, he was general manager of forklift sales with the Sacramento, California-based Holt of California dealership, which has 14 northern California locations serving the materials handling, earthmoving, agricultural and construction markets and has strong ties to the Caterpillar brand.

In addition to the Myers locations, the Nissan Forklift website also references the Santa Fe Springs and Ontario locations of Material Handling Supply Inc as representing the brand in southern California. Santa Fe Springs is in Los Angeles County, and Ontario is in San Bernardino County.
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H&K acquires ancillary brands from Hoist
Caraopolis, PA, United States
Forklift dealership H&K Equipment Inc has acquired three ancillary materials handling brands from Hoist Liftruck Manufacturing Inc. Terms were not disclosed.

The Elwell-Parker, Autolift and Schreck brands accounted for about 2% of Hoist Liftruck sales. Hoist acquired Elwell-Parker in 2000 and Autolift and Schreck in 2001.

Everything relating to the brands ─ from drawings to components ─ is being moved in coming weeks to H&K Equipment in Coraopolis.
“We began talking about a year and a half ago,” says George Koch, president of H&K. The transaction was completed on 7 May.

Koch has a history with the principal brand. “I have been associated with Elwell-Parker since 1975 as a customer and through a dealership,” he says.

The brand has a rich history. Elwell-Parker Electric Motor Company of America was formed in 1893 to produce electric motors for bulk cargo handling.

The H&K family of companies employs 165 people and includes H&K Equipment employing 70 staff and representing Taylor, Komatsu and Nissan forklift lines; Taylor Northeast Inc in Morgantown, Pennsylvania and Baltimore, Maryland; Yard Truck Specialist Inc in Bensalem, Pennsylvania; and Franklin Sales and Services LLC in Baltimore for industrial sweepers and scrubbers.

For expansion in Coraopolis, H&K acquired in 2007 an adjacent building now undergoing an interior renovation. The firm is constructing an additional space of at least 25,000 square feet (2,250 sqm) for occupancy in 2011 to bring the structure total to 130,000 square feet (11,700 sqm) on 10 acres.

“It’s always hard to part with well-known brand such as Elwell-Parker, but H&K has been an Elwell-Parker dealer for decades and has in-depth  knowledge of the brand,” says Marty Flaska, president of Hoist Liftruck in Bedford Park, Illinois. “This move is an excellent fit for both companies.”

Flaska says the three brands had not met Hoist Liftruck’s financial expectations and did not fit its long-term business plan.

“We’re reallocating our resources and staff to focus on our P-series, container handlers, Neptune series [marina forklifts] and Titan and FKS cushion-tyre products,” Flaska notes.
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Hoist Liftruck reports forklift orders
Bedford Park, IL, United States
Heavy-duty lift specialist Hoist Liftruck Manufacturing Inc reports receiving more than 10 orders for its highly maneuverable Titan and heavy-duty FKS cushion-tyre series forklifts during 2010’s first quarter.

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama LLC in Lincoln, Alabama ordered a Titan with lifting capacity of 18,000 pounds (8,100 kg).

Atlas Tube Canada ULC ordered two P-series compact, heavy-duty pneumatic forklifts; a 65,000 pound (29,250 kg) unit for use in Plymouth, Michigan and an 80,000 pound (36,000 kg) model for use in Harrow, Ontario, Canada.

GE Aviation, an Evendale, Ohio-based subsidiary of General Electric Co, ordered a 70,000 pound (31,500 kg) P-series forklift for use in an undisclosed location.

In addition, Hoist Liftruck received orders for two 25,000 pound (11,250 kg) capacity Neptune series marina forklifts, one for the Winthrop Harbor, Illinois facility of SkipperBud’s marine dealership and the other through equipment dealer Williams Machinery LP for use in the family-owned Tow and Stow Dry Marina storage facility in West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

“It’s a pleasant surprise to see activity on the Neptune increase over the past couple of months,” says Marty Flaska, president of Hoist Liftruck in Bedford Park. “In speaking with various marina owners in the US and abroad, there is optimism for recovery, albeit a gradual one.”

Hoist Liftruck debuted a new modular design for the Neptune series during the Miami International Boat Show, held from 11-15 February in Florida. The forklift has bolt-on assemblies for easily removing or replacing fuel and hydraulic tanks, a 6.3-litre Cummins diesel engine and lifting capacities from 15,000 pounds (6,750 kg) to more than 55,000 pounds (24,750 kg) with a price range of about USD260,000-650,000.
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BITA says UK forklift market recovering
London, United Kingdom
The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) has revealed signs of recovery in the UK forklift market at its 2010 AGM held this month.

Shipments of counterbalance forklifts are expected to jump 1.8% to 8,500 compared to 2009, while warehouse forklift shipments are expected to increase by 6.8% to 8,900. Counterbalance forklift orders are predicted to rise 15.3% to 9,800 and orders of warehouse forklifts by 7.8% to 9,766.

The predictions are contained in the Economic Forecast, prepared for BITA by independent consultancy Oxford Economics, which is available to the association’s members.

According to BITA, the UK forklift market contracted sharply in 2009 – shipments fell by over 41% and bookings were down nearly 34% as demand declined in the first half of the year and the later part of 2008.

At the end of 2009, bookings for counterbalance forklifts decreased by 41% and shipments were down by 44.9%. Warehouse forklift bookings and shipments declined by 24.5% and 36.6% respectively.

James Clark, BITA’s secretary general, says the independent report provides a “strongly optimistic counterpoint” at a time when investment intentions remain weak and business sentiment is still fragile.

“We’re heartened by the positive trends evident in our latest Economic Forecast, both in terms of specific economic measures and indicators like the Purchasing Managers’ Survey, CBI Business Optimism and UK Manufacturing Investment Intentions.”

BITA’s AGM included a detailed presentation of the latest global sales statistics and an overview of the North American market from Jeff Rufener, president of the Industrial Truck Association.

BITA will promote UK materials handling expo IMHX with Quartz Publishing and Exhibitions this year. The trade show is at the NEC Birmingham on November 16-19.
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Contract hire rates are lower than ever
Alton, United Kingdom
The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) is warning forklift users to get the right forklift hire contract - and not the cheapest one - for safety reasons.

The FLTA’s recent research shows that contract hire prices are lower than they were 20 years ago and the association is concerned that forklift suppliers could be cutting corners to provide forklifts at low prices.

Its research reveals that average weekly forklift hire prices in 2009 are 17.8% lower than they were in 1989, before adjustments for inflation. The weekly hire rate for a reach truck has dropped from GBP142 (USD202.66) to GBP114 (USD162.70) and a 2.0 tonne electric counterbalance forklift, which cost GBP107 (USD152.76) a week to hire in 1989, or GBP191 (USD272.70) in today’s money, now costs just GBP93 (USD132.80).

Comparing the forklift and automotive industries, the FLTA says that the industry norm for the levels of usage in contract and lease hire arrangements differ massively.

In the forklift sector, 40 hours a week is commonly assumed to represent a single shift. This equates to over 2,000 operating hours a year and puts significant strain on forklift components and suppliers.

By comparison, a similar level of usage in a contract rental car, even at an average speed of 30mph (48kmh), would give an annual mileage in excess of 62,000 miles (99,779km). This usage would be viewed as extreme, incurring a penalty and requiring service every two to three months.

The FLTA says it is therefore reasonable that 40 hours per week should be considered as “extended hours” for a forklift, or even a double shift.

“The current recession has led some forklift users to cut their level of preventative maintenance by as much as 50%. With forklifts already under strain and given the intensive workload demands on them, taking such drastic action could place a customer at risk of falling foul of the law,” FLTA president David Ellison warns.

Under the Provision and Use of Work Regulations, a forklift user has a legal duty to ensure a forklift is always in good repair. The FLTA advises that as a minimum, a forklift should be subjected to “a sound system of daily or pre-shift checks” and a regular schedule of preventative maintenance that meets the manufacturer’s recommendations and is compatible with usage.

“In an unsteady marketplace, users need to be alert to potential pitfalls. If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is,” Ellison says.

He adds that a significantly reduced price could indicate a significantly reduced level of service provision, thus compromising safety.
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Dairy Crest’s large single order
Aldridge, United Kingdom
UK milk and cheese company Dairy Crest has ordered over 130 new forklifts from Jofson Ltd and Kin Ltd, in what could be one of the largest single orders placed in the UK in the last 12 months.

Jofson Ltd in the West Midlands and Manchester-based Kin Ltd collaborated to deliver the order for six of Diary Crest’s production facilities. The trucks will work in nearly half of the company’s household delivery sites, carrying milk and other foods.

Both Mitsubishi forklift dealers have in-depth knowledge of chilled food applications. Kin has supplied and maintained forklifts at many of Dairy Crest’s depots for over 15 years.

Kin managing director Dave Scott says Dairy Crest conducted extensive trials of the Mitsubishi equipment, but attributed the latest order to the close working relationship between the pair.

The trucks, supplied on a maintenance-inclusive, contract-hire basis, have been delivered to 57 “household” depots and six production sites in the UK.

“From Hull to Welwyn Garden City and from Merthyr Tydfil to Great Yarmouth”, the forklifts will be keeping Dairy Crest on the move, explains Jofson sales manager Darron Hillier.

Most of the household sites received the Mitsubishi FB16NT AC powered three-wheel electric trucks. Each of these workhorses was fitted with four-prong Invicta milk tynes and Hoppecke batteries and chargers.

The six production sites have mixed fleets including electric and gas counterbalance forklifts, reach and platform pallet trucks. Some of the trucks have Davis Derby Truck Management systems and others have Hoppecke TracAir batteries. Every truck has been fitted with a high-frequency charger to help the company reduce its carbon footprint.

Rachel Moore, Jofson’s managing director, says the Dairy Crest will also benefit from the eMpower system, an internet-based job logging and fleet management system.

Dairy Crest Group Plc is one of the UK’s leading chilled foods companies, supplying brands like Cathedral City, Country Life, Frijj and Clover.
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Briefs
CeMAT 2011 focus on sustainability
Hannover, Germany

CeMAT 2011 organisers are optimistic about the trade show next May, which already has the tagline “Sustainability in Intralogistics”.
Wolfram von Fritsch from Deutsche Messe AG says the materials handling industry may have suffered a sharp drop in sales in 2009 but the global economy is gradually recovering and “the logistics and intralogistics industry will be among the first to benefit”.
The focus of the expo will be on sustainable and innovative products, and integrated systems solutions for materials handling and logistics.

JCB Academy popular with students
Rocester, United Kingdom

The JCB Academy has opened a waiting list for places at its GBP22 million (USD31.7 million) regional learning centre after places filled up ahead of its September opening.
A total of 170 people have enrolled for Year 10 and the Sixth Form places at the academy, and will be trained to be the UK engineers and business leaders of tomorrow. The academy is based in the renovated Tutbury Mill, close to JCB’s world headquarters at Rocester.

Jungheinrich makes profit
Hamburg, Germany

Jungheinrich AG reports that it has returned to profitability in the first quarter of 2010, although sales were still on the decline. This is a result of an earnings jump from the group’s cost-cutting measures.
According to Jungheinrich, global demand for materials handling equipment for the first quarter climbed 45% to 175,700 units compared to 2009’s first quarter of 120,900. Asia recorded the strongest rise, growing by 86% with China gaining 113%. Meanwhile, the European market expanded by 15% while the North American market grew 25%.

TVH distributes CAM System range
Waregem, Belgium

TVH has added the full range of CAM System forklift attachments to its range.
Italy-based CAM System has 50 years’ experience in attachment manufacturing. Its product range includes fork positioners, fork spreaders, clamps, rotators and multi-fork positioners. It also designs custom-made attachments.
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Associated boosts student awareness
Addison, IL, United States
Raymond dealership Associated Material Handling Industries Inc of Addison has partnered with a university program to increase student awareness about the materials handling industry including forklifts.

Over three weeks, 33 executive-graduate students in a real-world project consulting class studied the materials handling industry and worked with Associated’s management to develop a business strategy for aspects of the company.

The students are enrolled in an executive master of business administration (EMBA) program in the College of Business at Northern Illinois University (NIU).

“In addition to the great ideas and valuable insight these students provided us with, NIU’s project consulting class served as a platform to create awareness and appreciation of our industry,” says Michael B Romano, president and chief executive officer of Associated Material Handling.

“Increasing exposure to the academic community will ultimately help ensure the availability of a continuing pool of people that will sustain the industry’s growth and bring new, fresh ideas. The industry must also continue to focus on the academic community to educate future decision makers as to the value it brings to the buyers and users of our products and services.”

Ann Carrel, director of NIU’s executive and professional MBA program, expressed appreciation to the company “for allowing the students the opportunity to work with them”.

Associated has committed its resources to the program.

“We spent approximately two hours individually with each of the six groups,” said Shari Sellers, corporate marketing director for Associated.

“Most of their work was done at the Naperville (Illinois) campus with each group spending countless hours researching the industry and company to develop their corresponding strategies.”

The project involved developing strategies for two of Associated’s emerging but otherwise unidentified operating groups.

Each team of students was instructed to recommend strategies that would be beneficial to the company as a whole.

This project started on 3 April with a presentation about the company and project to the NIU students, and it concluded 24 April with a student presentation to fellow students, professors and a panel of Associated employees.

Romano and his management team in Addison are evaluating the students’ recommendations.

“Overall, the students provided a unique perspective on the company and the industry,” Sellers says.

For many years, Associated has partnered with educational institutions to further educate emerging decision makers and future talent about the materials handling industry.

Associated Material Handling was founded in 1960, employs more than 300 staff and operates through six locations covering six states in the upper mid-west, representing Raymond narrow-aisle forklifts and related materials handling storage and picking solutions.
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Komatsu renews contract with Woolworths
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Komatsu Forklift Australia has renewed its contract with retail giant Woolworths for another term and extended its services to more stores in more states.

It provides maintenance, repair and servicing of the chain’s mechanical/hydraulic materials handling equipment including dock levellers, pallet movers and compactors, in over 800 stores throughout Australia.

Komatsu product manager Gary Hodge tells Forkliftaction.com News that the original three-year contract signed in 2004 entailed servicing around 400 stores.

“Now, as a result of our national branch network, we service the majority of Woolworths’ stores, which means being responsible for around 4,500 pieces of equipment.”

He adds that the company has expanded its coverage to a further three regions and now services Dan Murphy’s, Big W, BWS and Dick Smith Electronics, increasing the total number of stores for which Komatsu is responsible to over 1,100 nationally.
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New Haulotte stock picker coming soon to Australia
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Haulotte will launch its new battery-electric, vertical-mast stock picker in Australia in the second half of 2010.

The Star 6, which is aimed mainly at warehousing applications, can be used in very narrow aisles where fast-moving stock-picking operations are required.

The new model has a working height of six metres, a platform height of four metres and a width of just 0.76m.

Its adjustable stock-picking tray features a 90kg capacity and can never be overloaded as the weight management system prevents the machine from moving or lifting any further once capacity has been reached.

“Star 6 is quite an exciting development for Haulotte as our customers can use it like a stock picker in a parts warehouse or … for light construction and maintenance works,” says Haulotte general manager Damien Gautier.
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Asciano secures freight contract with Toll
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Transport infrastructure giant Asciano has signed a long-term contract with Toll Holdings for the haulage of intermodal rail freight.

The contract, worth up to $1 billion over the next five years, will see Asciano supply rail haulage services for the interstate movement of containers and cars through its Pacific National Intermodal division.

Pacific National has also granted Toll a lease over land within its Perth Freight Terminal precinct, where it intends to develop a freight forwarding facility immediately adjacent to the rail terminal (subject to ACCC approval).

"The benefits of co-locating rail and freight forwarding facilities are becoming increasingly important and may become a model for the development of Intermodal freight in Australia,” says Asciano managing director Mark Rowsthorn.
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ICHCA lunch highlights stevedoring safety
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

A lunch meeting, hosted by the International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) Australia, will be held on Wednesday, 9 June in Sydney.

Speaker Mick Kinley, acting CEO of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, will talk about regulatory reform including single national jurisdiction, and occupational health and safety including stevedoring safety.

For more information, contact ICHCA on tel: 02 99066372
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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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Lisman introduces its new corporate website
Ijsselstein, The Netherlands,
Lisman, a leader in wholesale used materials handling and construction equipment, has launched its brand new corporate website, www.lisman.nl.
“We wanted a new website tailored for both new and existing customers. This is why we have chosen a dynamic environment, where every customer can find the best used machine in our 1600-strong stock,” comments Loris Scarpa, Business Development Manager responsible for the functionalities of the site.
Know-how, innovation, customer care and wholesale-only; these are some of the genes in the Lisman DNA. The website represents the best showroom to display the Lisman values and history, according to the company.
“As a new customer, you want to know more about the additional value in our business proposition. The corporate section of the website describes all this,” continues Scarpa.

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Forklift Fleet Management gets Personal with Transmon
Transmon Engineering has made forklift fleet management even more personal by incorporating extra ‘human elements’ to its series of fleet management systems.  However, can detailed analysis of forklift drivers’ actions really improve the performance of an operation?

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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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Somerset Capital…Leading the way in the field of industrial equipment financing….Today, Tomorrow, and into the Future
Established in 1984, Somerset Capital Group, Ltd. offers highly customized equipment leasing, asset based financing and asset management solutions.

Our experience and financial strength give us the flexibility to offer you a variety of operating leases, capital leases and purchase-leaseback plans tailored to your specific needs. In fact, many of our clients select Somerset specifically for our expertise in structuring competitively priced transactions ranging from $25,000 to more than $25 million.

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PRODUCT WATCH
The New Product Line from HYTSU GROUP
After ten years of development, HYTSU Group has improved its product line, parts management system and general application of technology, all of which is now being applied to a range of large-capacity forklifts.

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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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INDUSTRY PROFILES
Company Profile: Forkserve
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Originally a one-man business, Forkserve has expanded to provide new and used forklift sales, service, repairs and hire - and a national service network in Australia.

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