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NEWS
BITA data shows LPG outsold diesel
Kion emerges from GFC better than expected
Advances open markets for guided vehicles, carts
DICE sees significant sales jump
Raymond addresses demand, consolidation needs
Britvic boosts efficiency through partnership
Zhongchai transmission aims to be market leader
IndyLift raises search-engine visibility
Forklift inventor celebrates 65 years in Ireland
Movers & Shakers
Briefs
Indictment for equipment destruction

LOCAL NEWS
Linfox moves to battery electric forklifts
Free workshops explain health and safety laws
Toll NZ launches annual forklift competition
NZ port profits soar seven-fold
Forklift driver lifts profile on X Factor

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NEWS STORIES
BITA data shows LPG outsold diesel
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Industry statistics reveal that liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) forklifts are increasing in popularity in the UK.

According to the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA)’s Retail Deliveries for 2010 report, LPG forklift sales lagged behind diesel forklifts for the first five months this year but the trend changed in June.

Sales of LPG-fuelled counterbalance forklifts jumped 188% over the previous month’s sales. About 342 LPG forklifts were sold in June, compared to 282 diesel forklifts. In July, 240 LPG forklifts were sold, compared to 230 diesel forklifts.

The BITA statistics are released monthly, providing an overview of the UK forklift market and the number of products sold, breaking down marketshare by fuel type. For the January-July 2010 period, the figures show that LPG forklifts account for 30.2% of all counterbalance forklifts sold in the UK.

Calor forklift specialist Jim Moyes says all of the major forklift manufacturers now offer LPG models in their product ranges. “The benefits of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the forklift market have been widely recognised over recent years,” Moyes says.

“LPG avoids the lengthy charging periods associated with electric trucks and, as a cleaner burning fuel than diesel, LPG results in less potential for oil contamination and reduced overall engine wear,” he explains.

Calor claims to be the UK’s leading LPG supplier. The advances it is making in the forklift market include larger capacity fixed fuel tanks to reduce downtime, the Magnatract cylinder technology that eliminates risk interruptions in fuel supply, and safety test “date stamps” that are placed on every Calor forklift cylinder.
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Kion emerges from GFC better than expected
Hamburg, Germany
The German newspaper Boersen-Zeitung has reported that the KION Group has emerged from the global financial crisis (GFC) better than expected by its creditors.

According to the paper, the group piled on high debts after a takeover by financial investors KKR and Goldman Sachs but is now well positioned to fulfill its newly agreed covenants next year.

KION Group spokesman Michael Hauger tells Forkliftaction.com News that the group agreed to technically adjust its covenants when the GFC started impacting on the global economy.

“This was a completely precautionary measure to avoid any future breach of covenants [and] was taken over a year ago,” Hauger says.

“With a significant increase in our business compared to 2009, we are significantly better [at fulfilling our] covenants, which is being well perceived by our lenders but is no surprise,” he adds.

The group’s order intake for new forklifts has risen by more than one-third in the first half of 2010 compared to the previous year. In value terms, its order intake is up by 27%. The figure included after-sales business, which Hauger says was a stabilising factor for the company during the GFC.

“Our growth in new truck sales was driven by all regions worldwide … Driven by the strong order intake, we are also, in terms of sales and operating results, significantly ahead of our plan for 2010,” Hauger explains.

He credits the group’s internal structures and the use of “short time work” in Germany for its ability to quickly adapt its capacities to the changed market demand.

The “short time work” model is used in Germany to avoid dismissals in difficult economic times. Employees are put on reduced work times during periods of low demand. Under the arrangement, employees temporarily lose some income, but do not lose their job.
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Advances open markets for guided vehicles, carts
Charlotte, NC, United States
Automation — including automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) and carts (AGCs) — is becoming more flexible and accommodating to changing operational requirements, an industry group reports.

In part to supplement forklifts in warehouses and distribution centres, suppliers of automated materials handling solutions have engineered their products and services for a broad range of applications and contributed to advances in lean logistics and just-in-time deliveries.

“With guided carts, there are fewer disruptive plant modifications and it’s easier to change their paths,” says Mark Longacre, chairman of the Material Handling Industry of America’s (MHIA) Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems industry group.

“AGCs offer the flexibility that is needed in today’s warehouses and plants,” according to Sarah Carlson, vice chair of the industry group. “In both environments, the guide path is magnetic or optical tape which can be taken up and re-applied as needs change. The carrier can also be modified to accommodate load changes down-the-road.”

In a quarterly report entitled “New Paths for Guided Vehicles”, the MHIA industry group says, “advancements in guided vehicles and carts offer new flexibility and justify new possibilities”.

The group notes a past challenge for materials handling automation developers was “over-doing it or under-doing it”.

Improved engineering has led to a broader range of applications including distribution in hospital environments. “That’s quite a stretch, considering guided vehicles used to be found mostly in manufacturing operations,” the report says.

Longacre is marketing manager at the Chalfont, Pennsylvania facility of JBT Corp, officially John Bean Technologies Corp and, until July 2008, operating as FMC Technologies. Among its products and services, JBT’s AeroTech segment makes automatic guided vehicles for materials handling in the automotive, printing, food and beverage, manufacturing, warehouse and hospital industries.

Carlson is marketing director with Jervis B Webb Co of Farmington Hills, Michigan. The firm’s smart handling systems team has built AGVs since 1962.

In addition to JBT and Jervis B Webb, other regular members of the MHIA industry group dealing with complete AGV systems are Egemin Automation Inc of Holland, Michigan; Frog AGV Systems of Auburn Hills, Michigan; and HK Systems Inc of New Berlin, Wisconsin. Dematic Holding Sàrl of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is purchasing HK Systems (Forkliftaction.com News #476).

An associate member is SICK Inc of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a supplier of industrial sensors, safety systems, machine vision and automatic identification solutions for the materials handling industry.

Charlotte-based MHIA, an international trade association, has represented this industry since 1945.
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DICE sees significant sales jump
Incheon, Korea, South
Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment (DICE), which manufactures Bobcat and Dieci telehandlers, has reported a “very successful” second quarter.

Doosan says despite depressed conditions in many world markets in 2009, its business growth has remained positive worldwide.

The second quarter of 2010 has seen a 126% increase in sales from last year’s KRW278 billion (USD234 million) to KRW630 billion (USD531 million). Much of the growth came from China and Korea. No telehandler sales figures are available.

Sales from emerging markets like the Commonwealth of Independent States, India, Latin America and the Middle East and Oceania climbed by 238% to KRW126 billion (USD106 million) from last year’s KRW37.3 billion (USD31 million). In the second quarter, the emerging markets represented 20% of Doosan’s global sales.

DICE showcased several new products including its new high-capacity telehandler range and new rotary telehandler range at Bauma 2010 in Munich, Germany in April.

Anthony C Helsham was also appointed CEO of DICE in April after a 30-year career at Volvo, serving as CEO of Volvo Construction Equipment from 2000 to 2008, and previously as head of its Korean operations from 1998 to 2000.

DICE manufactures equipment under the Doosan, Bobcat, Ingersoll Rand, Doosan Moxy and Montrabert brands. This year, it announced that it is partnering with Dieci srl to supply high-capacity Dieci telehandlers rebadged as Doosan (Forkliftaction.com News #459).
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As we celebrate our 10th Anniversary, we can only imagine the possibilities that lie ahead. At Forkliftaction.com we will continue to find ways to generate new opportunities, to nurture good business, and to create new pathways across the materials handling industry worldwide.  

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Raymond addresses demand, consolidation needs
Greene, NY, United States
Equipment manufacturer Raymond Corp in Greene is beginning to deal with increased market demand and consolidating production from a Brantford, Ontario, Canada plant (Forkliftaction.com News #429).

The Greene facility employs more than 900 staff and may add 100 positions by mid-October as Raymond and others in the materials handling industry perceive an initial rebound from the 2009 downturn.

By December, Raymond was slowing production rates and manufacturing and assembling equipment primarily in response to specific customer orders.

Currently, Raymond has positions available in administrative, engineering, marketing, sales and production functions including fabrication, painting, welding and machining. The firm participated in an 18 June job fair (Forkliftaction.com News #467).

Raymond uses on-the-job training programs through local tax-funded workforce agencies and can benefit from federal payroll tax incentives of 6.2% for hiring a New York resident out of work for at least 60 days after 3 February 2010. The US Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act expires on 1 January.
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Britvic boosts efficiency through partnership
Lutterworth, United Kingdom
UK beverage firm Britvic Soft Drinks says partnering with Barloworld Handling to manage its 200-plus materials handling vehicles on its six different sites has helped reduce costs and optimise efficiency.

The company that sells brands like Robinsons, Fruit Shoot, Tango and J2O, sells about 1.4 billion litres of soft drinks annually. It operates six UK production facilities and a national distribution centre based in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

“All drinks are palletised and handled by the materials handling fleet critical to every Britvic operation,” says regional drive site manager Chris Jackson.

Britvic has developed a partnership with Barloworld over the past 10 years. The latter provides a bespoke service for the soft drinks seller’s materials handling fleet in the UK.

“The [Barloworld] team has helped us improve our understanding of how we use the equipment and how we can manage it more effectively to improve performance and reduce downtime,” Jackson says.

Barloworld manages over 200 of Britvic’s Hyster vehicles ranging from counterbalance forklifts, to order pickers and pallet trucks.

“Truck utilisation is now properly managed so that we balance the hours used across the fleet and centrally manage life-time costs. This has had a significant, positive impact and our contracts with Barloworld are now tuned accordingly,” Jackson explains.

Britvic’s 275,000sqft (25,548sqm) Lutterworth distribution centre receives about 60% of all Britvic’s finished products, handling 470 vehicles a day in peak periods. Pallets are received by lorry and unloaded by eight Hyster Fortens forklifts with a double pallet handling attachment.

Steve Martin, facilities manager at Lutterworth, explains that fleet intelligence positively affects the operation. “The Fortens trucks should work 70 to 80 hours a week in an intense, short -run, stop-start operation but we were finding the hours were incredibly high for some trucks but not others. We now direct drivers to use specific trucks for each shift, saving money and optimising the management of scheduled maintenance.”

Barloworld introduced its new fleet management system to Britvic last year. It uses a unique telemetry device to transmit data from all Britvic’s trucks directly to Barloworld’s secure bank office management system. The system collects, analyses and reports truck performance data like hour-meter readings, impacts, maintenance completion and cost of ownership information. Data for all sites is then accessible via a secure online portal, providing an instant audit trail.

Goods received at Lutterworth are transferred from lorries to an automated pallet handling system by the forklifts and then stored in high-bay warehousing with over 50,000 pallet locations. Over 300 pallets are then typically picked per hour for onward distribution and loaded onto trailers by the Hyster forklifts with double pallet handlers or loaded into containers by the forklifts on a ramp.

Pallets are also transferred to the case picking area where 12 Hyster LO2.0M low-level order pickers and two Hyster J1.80XMTs are used for picking about 30,000 cases in 24 hours. The machines operate with a spare battery supported by Barloworld’s Total Battery Management service that incorporates Hoppecke’s Trak-air technology.
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Zhongchai transmission aims to be market leader
Hangzhou, China
Zhejiang Zhongchai is on track in its goal to become the leader in the transmission gearbox market after significantly increasing production and delivery of its products in fiscal 2010.

Zhongchai Machinery Inc subsidiary Zhejiang Zhongchai Machinery Co Ltd says it has produced and delivered  over 10,000 sets of transmission gearboxes in fiscal 2010, five times the number produced and delivered  to Chinese equipment manufacturers in fiscal 2009.

According to Zhongchai, over 20 major forklift manufacturers, including leading global players, have adopted the newly developed transmission products.

Zhejiang Zhongchai president He Mengxin says the successful introduction of the company’s transmission product line gives it a solid footing in the market.

“We will increase our production capability and increase delivery to meet the market demand. We will continue to develop our next generation products to be the leader in this market sector,” he says.

Zhongchai Machinery Inc produces gears, transmission gearboxes and driving systems for industrial and agricultural equipment. It has developed three series of transmission products in the capacity of 1.8, 2.5 and 3.4 tonnes with 17 model variations, including mechanical and hydraulic versions.
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IndyLift raises search-engine visibility
Indianapolis, IN, United States
Linde and Heli forklift dealer IndyLift Inc has adopted higher visibility search-engine technology utilising the services of Small Box Web Design.

“We had to try something to reach more prospects than we could afford” from traditional marketing strategies, says Mike Branic, IndyLift president.

In May, IndyLift contacted Small Box’s Indianapolis office and initiated discussions with, among others, Jeb Banner, Small Box partner and chief executive officer.

“Before coming to Small Box, the IndyLift website did not incorporate search engine optimisation (SEO) techniques,” the technology supplier reports. “As a result, (the website) suffered from poor search engine visibility and only ranked moderately for a small number of keywords.”

The Small Box staff identified goals to increase both the IndyLift website’s organic search visibility and its local maps visibility. The strategy involved keyword research, an SEO audit, on-website optimisation, off-website optimisation and local listing optimisation on Google Places,

Yahoo! Local and Bing Local.

“A few weeks after completing the implementation of our SEO strategy, IndyLift began to see substantial improvement in both organic search rankings and local map inserts,” Small Box notes. “IndyLift now holds the top position in the Google map insert for ‘indianapolis forklifts’ and two of the top three organic positions.”

IndyLift employs 23 staff, occupies 30,000 sqft (2,700 sqm) in an Indianapolis facility and provides primary and auxiliary equipment, parts, repairs and services in a geographic area encompassing 45 counties.
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Forklift inventor celebrates 65 years in Ireland
Dundalk, Ireland
Sixty-five years ago, Cecil Moffett founded a small, family-run, engineering business in Monaghan, Ireland. Today, Hiab Moffett is a part of Swedish-headquartered Cargotec Corp and claims to be the market leader in truck-mounted forklifts.

Moffett started out by manufacturing farm implements for his own farm. Word of his expertise spread and the Moffett business was born. During the 1950s and 60s, Moffett developed products for the local agricultural market. In the early 70s, the company entered the global market with products for the building industry.

In 1986, Moffett invented a three-wheeled drive machine that can be carried on almost any truck or trailer without loss of load space- the truck-mounted forklift. It made deliveries faster and more cost-effective.

A decade on, Moffett relocated from the Monaghan factory to a new plant on Ardee Road in Dundalk to accommodate its product expansion. In 2004, a EUR8 million (USD10.2 million) investment enhanced the manufacturing facilities to include a research and development centre (R&D) and new paint facility. The site is now the prime manufacturing plant and R&D hub for all Hiab Moffett truck-mounted forklifts.

Moffett Engineering Ltd became a part of Cargotec Corp in 2000 along with Dutch truck-mounted forklift manufacturer Kooi. Moffett and Kooi then merged into one product line.

The Hiab Moffett model range includes 1.5 to 3.5 tonne forklifts for applications ranging from building, agriculture and animal feed to a wide range of other commercial and industry uses. The newest additions, the Hiab Moffett M2 and Hiab Moffett M10, were launched this year.

For more on truck-mounted forklifts, go to our Truck-Mounted Forklifts feature in the Forkliftaction.com News archive.
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Movers & Shakers
Coquitlam, Canada
Gary Levers has been appointed sales manager of Attica Equipment Ltd’s Capacity of Texas terminal tractor division. He will be responsible for the continued sales of TCM and Kalmar forklifts and container handlers, and develop sales of the Capacity of Texas terminal tractors for British Columbia and Alberta.

Suwanee, GA, United States
Doosan Infracore America Corp has appointed Kim Parkinson, director and COO of its forklift group, to the newly created position of vice president and COO of its forklift operation. Parkinson who has served as director since 1 July 2009 will assume executive management responsibilities for the forklift group, which includes sales, marketing, product sales and parts sales.
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Briefs
GE honours Linde China
Xiamen, China

Linde (China) has received the “2009 Customer Service Excellence Award” from GE (China). It is the only equipment manufacturer to receive the award.
GE recognised Linde for being “a responsible company with high integrity while also being simple and efficient in the services it provided to GE across the various business units”, the forklift manufacturer says.

Briggs wins international award
Cannock, United Kingdom

Briggs Equipment has received a technology and innovation award from the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) for its BE Fleet “Speedshield” asset management tool.
The UKWA judging panel looked for evidence of “bold and innovative responses to the changing marketplace” and products that boosted efficiency in warehousing operations when evaluating nominations.
Speedshield was introduced in the US in 2008 and is new to the UK.

Cargotec receives Idealease order
Manzanillo, Mexico

Cargotec has received an order for 50 Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors from North American equipment lease and rental business Idealease. The units will be leased to an Idealease customer operating at the ports of Lázaro Cárdenas and Manzanillo, on Mexico's Pacific Coast.
The value of the order was not disclosed.

TVH expands logistics training
Waregem, Belgium

The TVH Training Centre in Belgium has added narrow-aisle stacker training and stowage training for internal transport equipment drivers to its range of courses.
The narrow-aisle stacker training takes place in a day and is fine-tuned to the specific needs of the company and its drivers, while the half-day stowage training instructs participants on pallet types, regulations for stacking and other points of interest.
Training is available in Dutch or French at the customer’s site or at the centre.

Konecranes expands machine tool business
Cleveland, OH, United States

Konecranes has acquired the assets of Ohio Hi-Speed Machine in Cleveland, Ohio for an undisclosed sum.
Ohio Hi-Speed Machine was established in 1992. It provides a range of services including machine tool rebuilding, re-designing, control retrofits, preventative maintenance, calibration and repair services.
The company’s 2009 annual net sales was about EUR1 million (USD1.3 million). It employs eight people.
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Indictment for equipment destruction
Chambly, QC, Canada
Prosecuting authorities in Quebec are moving forward with a nine-count indictment against an apparent bilingual no-growth advocate who torched forklifts and other equipment.

After an extensive investigation, the Richelieu-Saint-Laurent municipal police force arrested an unidentified suspect for allegedly targeting forklifts and heavy equipment — and leaving handwritten notes in English and French — to discourage housing construction in Chambly, east of Montreal (Forkliftaction.com News #456).

The damage is “close to half a million [Canadian] dollars (USD474,800),” says Michel Tremblay, assistant director in charge of the criminal investigation for the south bank of Montreal including Chambly.
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Linfox moves to battery electric forklifts
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Logistics specialist Linfox has placed its largest-ever order for forklifts with Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA).

The order comprises a mix of forklifts, pallet movers and high-lift reach trucks from the company’s Toyota, BT and Raymond brands, with a high proportion of three- and four-wheel electric forklifts, drawn from the latest 8-Series range.

The new equipment includes 2.5-tonne payload 8FG25 and 3.5-tonne payload 7FG35 forklifts, BT Levio LWE140 walkie electric pallet trucks, and Raymond 7600 sit/stand reach trucks with a working height of 10 metres.

According to TMHA executive director Steve Takacs, the order is weighted towards Toyota’s battery electric forklifts, a move he says leads an industry-wide trend, through the growing availability of clean energy.

“In every respect, Linfox’s order reflects the leading edge of industry demand, on an environmental level and in terms of OH&S safety considerations as well.

“Take-up of battery electric vehicles will continue to grow particularly as companies like Linfox continue to create an environment in which their use is put beyond question.”
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Free workshops explain health and safety laws
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Free 45-minute workshops will be held daily during the Safety Show and Sydney Materials Handling from 26-28 October to help visitors prepare for new Work Health and Safety laws.

WorkCover will explain why the legislation is changing and summarise the new model law and key issues for New South Wales. The authority will also outline what to expect in the lead-up to implementation on 1 January, 2012.

Statistically one of Australia's most dangerous sectors, WorkCover records show that NSW's transport drivers face a greater risk of death than any other worker.
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Toll NZ launches annual forklift competition
Auckland, New Zealand
Toll New Zealand recently held the first of what it hopes will become an annual competition for the company’s forklift operators.

The competition recognises those who have an integral role in the business: the freight operators.

All company forklift operators were invited to take part, with the winners from each regional heat meeting in Auckland to compete in the grand final.

The five finalists were Foli Ikutule, Gerardus Oti, Anthony Arapere, Leon Thomson and Cliff Williams.

Each had to complete a gruelling obstacle course and loading challenge, moving freight of all shapes and sizes.

The national freight operator champion for 2010 is Anthony (Patu) Arapere from Palmerston North.  Foli Ikutule from Auckland was named the runner-up on the day.

“Being a great freight operator is about more than just having a forklift licence and this competition is about recognising that,” says Toll Tranzlink general manager Murray Gardner.

“Through correct handling and loading, our freight operators can have an immediate impact on customer satisfaction through the reduction of damages as freight moves around the network, as well as through utilisation, which has a direct impact on profitability.

“They can affect our safety on the road as their skill and understanding of correct load distribution and how to safely load a unit can help to reduce load shift and prevent roll-overs. And their general skill and commitment to operate professionally can make a busy freight shed a safer place to be.”
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NZ port profits soar seven-fold
Auckland, New Zealand
Ports of Auckland announced a net profit after tax of NZ$37.2 million for the financial year ended 30 June 2010, compared to NZ$5.4 million in the previous financial year.

Managing director Jens Madsen says close management of costs (down 3.1% to $113.8m) and improved container volumes through the port contributed to the strong financial result. Overall container volumes reached a new high of 867,368 TEU, up nearly 3%, while full import volumes were up 4.2%.

“Ports of Auckland achieved some good market gains through the year but the operating environment remains very dynamic and competitive,” says Madsen. “We are handling larger vessels making fewer calls.

“To retain this volume and to grow further, Ports of Auckland has invested in leading plant and equipment and has in place a carefully planned berth and channel dredging programme to ensure it is ready for the next generation of larger container vessel.

“Maintaining a growing and successful Port on the Auckland region’s doorstep is critical to an effective and efficient New Zealand supply chain.

“It has been a good year financially, but it comes off a very challenging 2008/09 and volatility remains the feature of the operating environment we are in. As a result, our outlook for 2010/11 remains cautious,” he concludes.
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Forklift driver lifts profile on X Factor
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sydney-based forklift driver Altiyan Childs was given a second chance to prove himself on Australia’s X Factor show this week after his debut performance on Monday night saw him forgetting the lyrics to the Kings of Leon song he performed.

Despite his blunder, judges allowed the 35-year-old forklift driver to try again the following night, and this time Childs was sent through to boot camp stage.

It seems Childs is not the first forklift driver to dream of fame and fortune beyond forklifts. Earlier this year, the Britain’s Got Talent show featured 41-year-old forklift driver Jeff, who underwhelmed judges with his act that included stripping and skipping to Nelly the Elephant music.
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ShangLi Heavy Industry will be attending the 108th Canton Autumn Fair to be held in October at Guangzhou. With the great success of the last Canton Fair (the 107th), we are more confident of stepping out of the economic crisis. During this Canton Fair, we will extend our exhibition stand and improve the details of our products. We are looking forward to seeing domestic and international buyers, vendors and peers at our stand.

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High Reach Inc., designers and fabricators of quality, high capacity, fork lift trucks for more than 25 years, unveils the ORION, a lift truck that boasts the tightest turning radius, lowest counterweight profile and most options and attachments available on the market today.

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