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|Market picks up south of the border |
|It has been six years since Forkliftaction.com has profiled the Latin American region. Since then, there have been changes in governments and economies. Latin America has weathered the Global Financial Crisis better than many other global regions and financial confidence is running high. Melissa Barnett reports. Read more|
|KION questions Meale’s warning, FEM updates view|
|Europe’s leading forklift manufacturer has hit out at FEM’s warning of a double-dip in the economy, while the association has issued an update on its outlook for the rest of 2010.|
KION Group spokesman Michael Hauger says that the producer of Linde, Still, OM and Baoli forklifts is “highly surprised” by FEM vice president John Meale’s predictions of a further dip in the economy that was published in Forkliftaction.com News two weeks ago (Forkliftaction.com News #471).
“We have not seen any advice by FEM to its members to prepare for a double-dip scenario, nor do we expect such an advice,” Hauger says.
“As the leading European provider of forklifts, we have observed a very strong market development, which started in the fourth quarter of 2009 and significantly took up speed in 2010,” he explains.
Hauger says the group’s current challenge is coping with ongoing customer demand for its products “which overall economic indicators strongly support to continue for the near and middle term”.
Orgalime, the umbrella organisation of which FEM is a part, sent Forkliftaction.com News a statement last week, stating that Meale’s words of caution were not reflective of the materials handling federation’s current views.
Orgalime adviser Olivier Janin wrote to Forkliftaction.com News saying Meale’s forecast of the European materials handling market was actually provided to Scottish Engineering magazine for publication earlier this year.
“This article was actually provided to the magazine at the beginning of March, though it was only published late June,” Janin says.
McConnells PR Agency, which represents Meale’s company, Thorworld Industries, was the source for Forkliftaction.com News’s article last month. We contacted McConnells to clear up the confusion but did not receive a reply by press time.
FEM’s updated statement says:
“The timid recovery witnessed at the end of the year gave some cautious hope for 2010 … Order intakes have been increasing regularly, some product groups showing particularly good results. Industrial trucks, for instance, experienced a significant market recovery in 2010 with a market volume increase of some 74% in the first four months.
FEM president Philippe Frantz says companies can start looking at the future with “some optimism”. “We must wait until the end of the year to have more certainties but the current signs are definitely encouraging.”
|Apex Material Handling distributes Clark line |
West Chicago, Il, United States
|Clark Material Handling Co added Apex Material Handling Corp as an authorised distributor in 14 counties in northern Illinois and north west Indiana, effective from 30 July.|
Clark continues its four-year relationship with National Lift Truck Inc sites in Franklin Park and East Hazel Crest, Illinois covering 15 counties.
“Clark now has two very solid and capable dealers covering the large Chicago (area of primary responsibility),” says Scott Johnson, vice president of business development for Clark in Lexington, Kentucky.
Johnson notes the new distributor’s strengths. “John Paul Turcich, Apex president, has an established reputation with Clark customers in Chicago from his time with Material Handling Services (MHS). Additionally, many of his current team, whom were also with MHS, are also very experienced with Clark new equipment, parts and service divisions.”
Johnson adds: “We have intentions to heavily promote the full line of Clark products throughout Chicago and to additionally focus on parts opportunities. Apex’s growth plan across all five classes of Clark’s product offering provides our companies with great synergy.”
Apex began selling, servicing and supporting Doosan forklifts in 2006. In addition, Apex represents Genie aerial equipment.
In December, the Apex organisation acquired a dealer management system from IndustryBuilt Software Corporation’s Equip-Soft business unit of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. “We have been live for two months” with the system, Turcich reports. “We are a service-oriented, professional organisation that is constantly working to stay abreast of the ever changing materials handling industry.”
Apex occupies 25,000 sqft (2,250 sqm), employs 36 staff and may add a sales person and perhaps a couple of technicians, Turcich says.
In addition to selling and servicing material handling equipment, the company operates the Apex Energy Solutions division focusing on efficient lighting, light pipes, control strategies and heating, ventilating and airconditioning solutions.
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|Fuel cell pallet trucks delivered to Walmart Canada |
Balzac, AB, Canada
|An under-construction perishable distribution centre of Walmart Canada has taken delivery of a fleet of fuel cell-powered PC 4500 pallet trucks from Crown Equipment Corp.|
The newly designed equipment was delivered to the discount retailer’s new centre in the hamlet of Balzac near Calgary in the province of Alberta and should become operational by September.
Working closely with the end-user, New Bremen, Ohio-based Crown created a new version of the Crown PC 4500 Series centre-control pallet truck to accommodate GenDrive fuel cells from Plug Power Inc of Latham, New York. The PC 4500 can operate in conditions as cold as negative 20° Fahrenheit (-29° Celsius).
Crown says the PC 4500 is the industry’s first pallet truck incorporating dashboard-available controls and gauges for fuel cells. Typically, the controls, gauges, fuel level indicator and start/stop button are located on the fuel cell. The operator is inconvenienced by the need to stop operations to access the control box or check the status of the fuel cells.
In addition, the new version of the PC 4500 places the fuel cell power unit behind the operator.
“With the standard PC 4500, the battery box is located directly below the steering control,” says Rod Squires, Crown product manager. “Because many fuel cell packs have a taller profile, there isn’t enough room to fit them below the steering control without creating safety and performance issues. The idea to place the fuel cell behind the operator came about while we were working to meet the fuel cell needs of our customer, Walmart Canada.”
The new Walmart Canada facility is the first complete distribution centre in Canada to utilise materials handling equipment powered exclusively by hydrogen fuel cells.
In a 10 February announcement, Walmart Canada said the 450,000 sqft (40,500 sqm) Balzac facility would be the first sustainable refrigerated distribution centre incorporating fuel cell technology, use of solar and wind energies, exclusive use of low energy solid-state lighting and high-efficiency doorways between temperature zones. Construction is costing CAD115 million (USD107 million).
Walmart Canada employs more than 85,000 associates, operates 319 retail outlets and is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario. Walmart Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary within the international business segment of publicly traded Wal-Mart Stores Inc of Bentonville, Arkansas.
Crown began fuel cell research in 2005, has received two grants and conducts testing at a dedicated facility near Dayton, Ohio. Recently, Crown introduced a fuel cell qualification program for its line of electric forklifts (Forkliftaction.com News #448). The State of Ohio department of development and the Third Frontier Commission provided funding in support of the qualification of lift trucks for battery replacement fuel cell projects.
Recently, food products distributor Sysco Corp began utilizing Plug Power’s GenDrive fuel cell units on 72 pallet trucks and 26 Reach-Fork trucks from Raymond Corp at a new distribution centre in North Houston, Texas (Forkliftaction.com News #467).
|Yale Queensland sold at last |
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Yale Queensland, the last remaining wholly owned retail dealership of the Nacco Material Handling Group (NMHG) in Australia, was sold this week to Perth-based Budget Forklifts.|
NMHG Asia Pacific general manager Ian Neilson tells Forkliftaction.com News that the deal was concluded on Monday, with a media statement expected to be released shortly.
Since NMHG sold off its Australian Hyster operations in April last year to Adapt-A-Lift ((Forkliftaction.com News #417), it has been an open secret in the industry that it would seek to do the same with its Yale dealerships in Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland.
And in just 16 months, it has done exactly that, with its Yale operation in Sydney the first to go, bought by Hystandard Handling Equipment in mid-December 2009 (Forkliftaction.com News #468).
Rumours surfaced in February this year that a sale of the Queensland dealership was imminent and Forkliftaction.com News was first to publish that Budget Forklifts, the independent Yale dealer in Western Australia, was a potential buyer (Forkliftaction.com News #449).
However, after months of speculation, it was the Melbourne dealership that was sold first in early July, with Hystandard Handling Equipment again the buyer.
Commenting on the news of the sale of Yale Queensland to Budget Forklifts this week, John Flinn of Hystandard tells Forkliftaction.com News that he believes the Queensland operation is an excellent fit for Budget in terms of customer profile and the mining businesses in the two states.
“My warmest congratulations to Tim Leunig and Budget Forklifts, I wish them all the best and look forward to working with them on national deals.”
And so ends the final chapter of NMHG’s retail dealerships in Australia.
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|Oshkosh access equipment sales recover|
Oshkosh, WI, United States
|Oshkosh Corp’s access equipment segment — primarily JLG products — increased third quarter sales to external customers by 77% compared to last year’s period.|
Its access equipment sales increased in all major markets, with the largest dollar increases in North America and Latin America, Oshkosh says in its regulatory filing for the quarter ended 30 June.
The comparable-quarterly improvement to USD373.9 million from USD211.2 million, however, remains far below the segment’s sales of USD920.2 million to external customers for the third quarter ended 30 June 2008.
“While North American sales remain significantly lower than historical levels due to weak construction markets and tight credit, sales have begun to recover from historic lows,” the company says. “Third quarter fiscal 2010 access equipment segment sales also included USD316.0 million of intersegment M-ATV-related sales to the defence segment as the company continued to leverage underutilised facilities in the access equipment segment to meet defence production requirements.” An M-ATV is a mine-resistant ambush-protected all-terrain vehicle.
The access equipment segment reported operating income of USD31.6 million, or 4.6% of sales, for the recent quarter compared with an operating loss of USD71.2 million, or 33.7% of sales, in the prior year period. Operating results benefited from lower allowances for credit losses, intersegment M-ATV sales at high single-digit margins, higher volume of sales to external customers and lower material costs.
“This quarter, we commenced low-rate production of access equipment in our newly constructed Tianjin, China facility,” notes Robert G Bohn, chairman and chief executive officer of the Oshkosh-based firm. “We expect to gradually ramp up production in this facility over the next 12 months to serve Asian markets as access equipment becomes accepted as a productivity and safety tool for construction and industrial markets in this region.”
Effective 1 July, Wilson R Jones became president of Oshkosh’s access equipment segment, succeeding Craig Paylor, who retired Forkliftaction.com News #464).
For all operations, the publicly traded corporation had quarterly profit of USD211.2 million on sales of USD2.44 billion.
|New company for Nissan’s forklift division |
|Nissan Motor Co Ltd will spin off its forklift division in two months’ time to implement a flexible management system that will help the division cope with the “challenging forklift environment”.|
Nissan spokesman Mitsuru Yonekawa tells Forkliftaction.com News that the spin-off, which has been many months in preparation, is aimed at positioning the forklift business for sustainable growth and “establishing an independent entity with clear responsibilities”.
Most of the division’s 2,500 employees will be transferred to the new company, Nissan Forklift Co Ltd, in Yohohama-shi, Kanagawa. Division manager Akira Shiki will be the president of the company, which has a capital of JPY495 million (USD5.791 million).
“Employees will either be transferred or seconded, depending on the individual’s rank and responsibilities. [Employing more] staff depends on our business expansion in the middle and long term,” Yonekawa says.
Asked how Nissan’s forklift business had coped with the challenges of the global recession, Yonekawa says the company “is trying and working hard to recover” and that “it keeps going”.
The spin-off takes effect on 1 October.
Nissan flagged the move in May (Forkliftaction.com News #462). Consolidated sales for the forklift division for the year ended 31 March 2010 totaled JPY61.3 billion (USD710.6 million).
|Glass manufacturer’s new fleet works in tough conditions |
Alloa, United Kingdom
|WH Malcolm faced a challenging environment in its logistics contract with OI Glass when deciding on a new forklift fleet for the manufacturer’s site in Alloa, Scotland.|
Not only is the operation area at the facility narrow, but forklifts have to work under molten glass dripping from a furnace overhead.
Citing fuel savings benefits, operator comfort, lifetime cost and a strong brand as deciding factors, WH Malcolm has replaced OI Glass’s old fleet with 28 Linde forklifts.
Freddy Solomon, WH Malcolm’s warehouse director, says he is particularly impressed by the forklift manufacturer’s provision of demonstrator trucks to be tested at the plant. A H40D diesel forklift that can be used in the tough conditions under the furnace and a Linde H25T demonstrator model especially built to the client’s specification were supplied.
“We extensively tested the trucks supplied to us (and) found out through our own in-house tests that these products were right for our application,” Solomon explains. The demonstrator models’ fuel consumption proved to be at least 20% lower than competitors’ trucks for OI Glass’s high intensity application.
WH Malcolm ordered three H40D trucks for working under the furnace. Built in Germany, the forklifts have special features including special safety glass for the windscreen, additional protection for the rubber hoses and side impact bars to prevent truck damage in confined spaces. Another 13 H25Ts are used in the production, warehouse, engineering and recycling areas of the plant. Eleven of the forklifts have been fitted with Cascade double pallet handlers, which have been modified for the operation.
Solomon says the trucks’ hydrostatic transmission provides a “key benefit” for OI Glass, which had experienced downtime issues with contamination of brake drums on conventional trucks.
Ten H16T LPG forklifts are used, mostly for factory work and two T20SP ride-on power pallet trucks are used in the packaging area.
“It is good to have a local supplier and the sales staff have been very professional,” Solomon comments on the set-up of Linde Scotland. The OI Glass site produces about 2,500 pallets in a 24-hour period and WH Malcolm manages all of the site-based logistics activity from production line to final customer delivery.
|Forklift supervisors “often weak link” |
Alton, United Kingdom
|The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) is making a collection of safety resources available free to supervisors who it says are “too often the weak link” in promoting a safe work environment.|
FLTA CEO David Ellison says busy managers lack the necessary awareness to implement and enforce safe working practices. “British workers are killed or hospitalised by forklifts literally on a daily basis. The risks those frontline staff face are influenced very significantly by the decisions their supervisors make.
“However, those managers can be very busy, perhaps with several areas of responsibility. Often they have no formal forklift safety training and, as a result, are less able than their employees to understand potential risks or spot dangerous working habits,” he explains.
To help address the issue, the FLTA is offering a downloadable PowerPoint presentation and Good Practice Checklist at its website www.fork-truck.org.uk.
Ellison says although accident figures have fallen since the association’s Safety Week inception, the forklift is “by far the most dangerous category of workplace transport”.
He hopes that by encouraging managers to take safety more seriously, the injury toll could drop even more. “From casual agency staff to the managing director, who influences policies, budgets and an organisation culture, everyone has a crucial role to play.”
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|Taylor’s William Metts dies at age 68 |
Louisville, MS, United States
|A funeral service for William Davis Metts, 68, a long-time Taylor Machine Works Inc director, was held on 20 July in his home town of Louisville.|
Metts joined Taylor as a service man in 1959, initially taking care of customers in the US south east, moved into sales and, since 1972, had responsibility as the firm’s director of marketing.
“William’s expert knowledge of the Taylor products, his infectious attitude of positive thinking, and his ‘get the job done no matter what it takes’ spirit led him into the Taylor sales organisation,” the company notes. “He led the company through its formative years as head of sales and service during the strategic transition from an agricultural and forestry equipment manufacturer into the big lift materials handling giant Taylor is known for today.”
Characterising him as an industry icon, Louisville-based Taylor adds: “There has never been a better forklift salesman than William Metts. William’s amazing analytical ability of assessing equipment wear and tear led him to become an industry expert in the field of lift equipment residual values, thus developing a sound aftermarket equipment valuation methodology for the company and competitors alike.”
Metts died on 17 July at Winston Medical Center in Louisville.
Survivors include his wife, Nelda Childs Metts, three children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Poplar Flat Baptist Church, 906 North Church Ave., Louisville, MS 39339, is accepting memorial donations.
|Cimcorp buys RMT Robotics|
Finnish materials handling solutions provider Cimcorp Oy has acquired Canada-based RMT Robotics, a manufacturer of robotic materials handling systems.
RMT Robotics founder and president Doug Pickard says the merger will expand RMT’s engineering resources and expand its market reach in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.
RMT will continue trading under its current name as a subsidiary of Cimcorp Oy and retain existing management and staff. Pickard, who has acquired a 20% interest in Cimcorp, will join its board of directors. The acquisition value was not disclosed.
FFCSI offers forklift financing
Placentia, CA, United States
Independent equipment lessor First Financial Corporate Services Inc (FFCSI) has expanded its capital offering by introducing materials handling financing solutions.
FFCSI president Richard Stebbins says the Materials Handling Equipment Distributors Association has forecast
recovery for this year and it is the right time for the company to add materials handling equipment financing to its core
“Customers we talk to come to realise that there are better alternatives to paying cash,” he says.
UK companies support safety week
Alton, United Kingdom
Interactive Driving Systems and Calor are supporting the Fork Lift Truck Association’s forklift safety initiatives in September.
Interactive Driving Systems will provide five free user pins for its “Virtual Risk Manager – Forklift Truck” program designed for operator risk assessment, monitoring and improvement at the National Forklift Safety Week on 20-26 September at Warwick University.
Gas supplier Calor will sponsor the Safety Conference held on 22 September. Company representatives will host a seminar on best practice for LPG forklifts and be on hand at the event to advise delegates.
The National Forklift Safety Week was launched in 2008 to raise awareness of the dangers forklift operators face.
|Movers & Shakers|
Hartmut Müller has replaced Rolf-Dieter Kempis as the new CEO of Grammer AG. Müller, who has been a member of Grammer’s executive board since 2007, will be in charge of the strategic product planning, internal control, research and development, legal and IT functions. Manfred Pretscher has also joined the executive board. He is the personnel director and heads the central administrative departments.
Crown Equipment Pty Ltd has appointed Guy Bunn as the national rental manager for its Australian operation, managing a rental fleet of about 10,000 units. Bunn started his materials handling career in 1996 when he joined Crown as a rental sales cadet. He has since completed two international postings with the company and returned to Australia recently for his new role.
Placentia, CA, United States
First Financial Corporate Services Inc (FFCSI) has appointed William P Heston as vice president for materials handling. Heston is a 25-year veteran of the capital equipment industry, specifically in materials handling. Prior to FFCSI, he had worked most of his career in the leasing industry, serving 18 years at CitiCapital. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management and economics from Widener University.
Birmingham, AL, United States
PalFleet Truck Equipment has appointed Trak Coveleskie as general manager of its Nashville location. Coveleskie replaces Damon McDermott who retires at the end of the year. He has over 15 years’ experience in the truck equipment industry and previously worked at SIA Truck Equipment, Knapheide Truck Equipment, Florida Body and Stahl.
|Telehandler rolls unimpeded into the night |
Chatham Borough, NJ, United States
|A contractor’s lumber-loaded Lull all-terrain telehandler rolled from a backyard into a neighbour’s house in Chatham Borough.|
“As of now, it appears that the machine was improperly secured on a hill with a hydraulic brake,” reports Kevin O’Shea, executive administrative assistant with the borough’s police department.
The distance of the roll was about 200 ft (60 m).
An employee of Pepper Building & Remodeling Inc of Hellertown, Pennsylvania parked the forklift at the close of business on 28 July.
About seven hours later, the forklift made its move, blasting through a fence and rolling unimpeded until it crashed into the family room of another high-value home, startling the residents who were at home with their two children. No-one was injured.
The smell of natural gas prompted the Chatham Borough Fire Department to respond.
Police continue to investigate the cause. An earlier report suggested the machine overcame a wooden wheel chock before taking flight.
|Canberra joins forklift championship |
Canberra, ACT, Australia
|A number of heats leading up to the grand final forklift championship are scheduled for this month, including Canberra’s first.|
“This is the first time that Canberra has run a heat and we look forward to strong competition from the contestants,” says organiser Bill Henman of the Australian Warehousing Association.
New South Wales has a heat on 20 August at Regents Park, Sydney, with winners eligible to participate in the grand final on 28 October at the Sydney Safety Show. Heats in Melbourne, Brisbane and a number of in-house competitions are planned, including one in Albury-Wodonga.
Qantas Freight has recently come on board as the sponsor of the judges’ uniforms.
“Qantas was pleased to be associated with the event as it creates forklift safety awareness for all operators,” says Duncan Wyllie of Qantas Freight Marketing.
|Brisbane hosts logistics conference |
|A two-day event, the 11th Queensland Supply Chain and Logistics Conference, will take place at the Sofitel Hotel in Brisbane from 26-27 August.|
The conference, with the theme ‘2020 Vision: 2020: Harmonisation, Innovation, Acceleration’, will include presentations from Steve Meyrick of GHD Meyrick; Eddie Peters, general manager (assets and operations) from the Department of Transport and Main Roads; Greg Courts, general manager (contracts and procurement), QGC; Billie Gorman, head of strategic sourcing at Bank of Queensland; and Tom Caird, MD of Buker Australasia.
Highlights of the conference include the Supply Chain and Logistics Summit which is in its eighth consecutive year, the 2010 Queensland T&L Leaders Awards and the annual charity dinner which will be supporting Foodbank Queensland this year.
For further information, visit www.qldscc.com.
|Marine project benefits broader logistics chain |
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|The recently completed $248 million channel deepening project in Victoria will deliver an extra $2 billion to the state’s economy over the next 30 years.|
According to Premier John Brumby, the project has opened up Victoria’s sea highway to the world, boosting trade volumes into the port.
“Just over a year ago, 60% of container vessels calling at Melbourne were potentially draught-affected, with serious implications for the wider logistics chain and impacting exports.
“Since the completion of channel deepening, on average at least one vessel every two days has utilised the increased draught depth, with 74 vessels benefiting in the June quarter.”
In the six months from January to June, container volumes grew at an average monthly rate of 15.8% – the strongest ever performance for the port’s core trade.
The project created about 2300 jobs during construction, with port activities supporting a further 14,000 jobs
|Middle East shipping company appoints Australian agent |
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|United Arab Shipping Company has expanded its global services with the appointment of an agent in Australia.|
United Arab Agencies Australia (UAAA), based in Sydney, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Inchcape Shipping Services Group, and will have satellite offices in Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle.
The company will inaugurate a new container service, “AAC1”, which will cover Australia to South East Asia, with connecting services further covering the Indian subcontinent, Middle East, Red Sea, Mediterranean and Northern European markets, starting September 2010.
The AAC1 port rotation will consist of Port Kelang, Singapore, Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and Port Kelang, with the maiden voyage departing from Port Kelang.
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|The LTW Shuttle for Multiple-Deep Storage |
|When storage solutions calls for a method to store many pallets of the same SKU, a multiple-deep storage method (3-20 pallets deep from either side of a rack aisle) can be put into action. Multiple-deep storage effectively uses the warehouse footprint by reducing the square-footage-per-pallet needed. When deep lane storage is coupled with automated stacker crane technology, the result is a cost-effective, space-saving automated warehouse. Unique LTW Shuttle design which carries two pallets into the storage channel per trip greatly increases the number of pallets moved per hour.|
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