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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Cascade sales up, restructuring in place

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NEWS
Still expands sales activities in the Baltics
JLG withdraws telehandlers from agricultural market
Cascade sales up, restructuring in place
Companies register for first Russian materials handling show
Portman, Barrett leave legacies
Grocer, foundation fund forklifts for non-profits
Forklift driver wins award again
Sample of used equipment for sale
Briefs
New forklift centre in Rayong
Forklifts move trees for 9/11 Memorial grove

LOCAL NEWS
Forklift heats reveal bad safety habits
Logistics industry raises money for charity
Keynote speakers confirmed for conferences
Mentor program calls for women in logistics

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No matter what industry we’re in, it’s hard not to think back to that fateful day nine years ago. There’s no doubt that 9/11 changed things forever. From the renewed security focus all around the world to military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, the repercussions have been widespread and significant. Some even attribute the Global Financial Crisis to the tragic events in New York and Washington DC. Of course, there’s a direct forklift link, as we report this week, with forklifts used at the 9/11 monument, but clearly the forklift industry, like all others, was affected by 9/11 and continues to carry the scars. Hopefully, one day, they will start to fade…




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NEWS STORIES
Still expands sales activities in the Baltics
Helsinki, Finland and Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg-based Still and Finnish company Konekesko Oy are expanding their sales activities with the appointment of the latter as Still’s exclusive distributor in the Baltics.

Konekesko is an importer of materials handling goods focusing on municipal vehicles and the construction and farming sectors, while Still manufactures forklifts. Both companies have been operating in Finland since early 2010.

“We are expecting substantial growth for forklifts and warehouse equipment and want to position ourselves on the market for this so we can offer our customers complete intralogistics solutions,” says Frank Schliesser, Still’s director of dealer organisation.

Schliesser explains that the companies’ corporate philosophies match well as both attach importance to quality products and fast on-site service. “There will only be one contact partner from both sides for daily business handling. Konekesko will have a common parts stock and a stock of trucks in Finland. This will lead to a high availability of parts and short delivery times in the Baltics.”

Aatos Kivelä, Konekesko’s president, says the extension of the companies’ joint activities unite the companies’ strengths. “We have been knowledgeable of the Baltic market for years and Still supplies our customers with the latest technologies.”

Environmental factors play a role in the new partnership. Konekesko says it wants to take the lead in Still’s energy-saving programs and looks up to Still’s leadership in the development of hybrid technology for counterbalance forklifts.

“As EU members, the Baltic states are committed to carbon dioxide emission reductions. They also have to import oil and gas and are therefore forced to focus on low-fuel consumption products,” Schliesser explains.

“The carbon footprint discussion is widening in the EU countries and will not stop at the border of the Baltics,” he says.
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JLG withdraws telehandlers from agricultural market
Hoofddorp, Netherlands
JLG Industries Inc is withdrawing JLG-branded telehandlers from the agricultural market sector globally and announcing a global supply agreement with SAME DEUTZ-FAHR Group (SDF) of Italy.

Jonathan Dawson, JLG’s director of sales and customer support for telehandlers, says SDF has developed a market for its Deutz-Fahr Agrovector telehandler range over the past five years.

“Simultaneously, JLG has invested time and effort into the development of a dealer network and brand recognition in the agricultural sector in certain regions of the world. Upon mutual reflection, we have decided that focusing on the world-renowned Deutz-Fahr brand and having access to its global dealer network will provide JLG the best opportunity to market in the agricultural sector,” Dawson explains.

Under the agreement, local JLG product specialists will work directly with Deutz-Fahr subsidiaries, dealers and distributors to promote, sell and provide after-sales support of the Agrovector range.

The 10-year agreement is effective from 1 October.

JLG says the agreement allows the company to plan a product development strategy aligned with market needs and meeting new emission regulations coming into force in 2012 and 2015.

JLG currently manufactures five models of Agrovector telehandlers ranging from 2.9-4 tonne capacities for Deutz-Fahr and plans to expand the range in the next 24 months. It is now focusing on the SDF and Caterpillar brands to grow its market share in the agriculture sector.

SDF manufactures tractors, agricultural machinery and diesel engines.
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Cascade sales up, restructuring in place
Fairview, OR, United States
Forklift attachments maker Cascade Corp reports a 28% increase in comparable quarterly sales and outlines some progress from its European restructuring program.

“Generally, global lift truck markets are recovering based on order and shipment rates,” Cascade says. “However, it is difficult to predict with certainty the pace and extent of the recovery.”

For fiscal second quarters ended 31 July, Cascade had profit of USD3.2 million on sales of USD97.7 million versus a loss of USD12.3 million on sales of USD76.6 million in the previous year.

Fairview-based Cascade reports “progress as a result of (European) restructuring efforts,” but “our results still fell short of our expectations due to the write-down of obsolete inventory, high freight costs, competitive pricing of certain products and costs to transfer the warehousing and delivery of our forks in France and Germany to a third-party provider.”

The European restructuring has “included closing production facilities in Germany, the Netherlands and France, changes in management personnel, other workforce reductions within Europe and movement of certain production activities to (Verona) Italy”.

In a 31 January regulatory filing, Cascade says it incurred USD32.5 million of European restructuring costs over two years and was seeking to sell four European properties. They are located in Almere, the Netherlands; Schalksmühle, Germany; and La Machine and Ancenis, France. Program costs have included USD17.3 million in severance, USD9 million for fixed asset write-downs and USD2.6 million for movement of equipment and facility shutdowns.

Cascade’s largest competitor is Bolzoni SpA of Casoni di Podenzano, Italy.
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Companies register for first Russian materials handling show
Moscow, Russia
The inaugural CeMAT Russia is proving popular as the global materials handling market recovers, with over 100 exhibitor companies registered so far.

Organiser Deutsche Messe spokesman Brock McCormack tells Forkliftaction.com News  that while the show has attracted strong exhibitor participation, there was still “a small amount” of space left for last-minute exhibitors.

“Currently, we have 108 companies registered to exhibit [on 1,800 sqm net space]. About 85% of them are from outside Russia. Some of the more recognisable names include Jungheinrich, Still, Knapp, Linde, Mitsubishi, Stöcklin and Viastore,” McCormack explains.

Wolfgang Lenarz, Deutsche Messe’s senior vice president, says the Russian government’s modernisation campaign offers a good opportunity for international companies wanting a presence in the Russian market.

“We expect this region to bounce back in the medium to long term, as already indicated by the positive trends of several key economic indicators,” he adds.

Christoph Hahn-Woernle, managing partner of Viastore and president of the German Engineering Federation’s Intralogistics Forum, says in 2009, exports of German intralogistics products to Russia were down 50% year-on-year but manufacturers are now observing an upswing in demand.

CeMAT Russia will be held with MDA Russia, Industrial Automation Russia and Surface Russia under the Industrial Trade Fair Moscow (ITFM) umbrella from 28 September to 1 October at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre. Collectively, the events will use 10,000 sqm of floor space and focus on materials handling and logistics; power transmission and control and fluid power; factory and process automation; and surface treatment.

Over 270 companies will exhibit at the ITFM. Over 20% of the exhibitors are from Germany, and Italy accounts for 16% of the total.

The exhibitor list for all four ITFM fairs is at http://www.itfm-expo.ru/visiting/exhibitorlist.aspx?lang=en-GB. Deutsche Messe is organising ITFM in co-operation with ITE LLC Moscow.
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Portman, Barrett leave legacies
United States
Two retired senior luminaries in the US forklift industry — dealership operator William Claudis Portman, 88, and technology innovator Arthur M (Mac) Barrett Jr, 89 — died in August.

Arthur M (Mac) Barrett Jr

Mac Barrett died on 17 August at Westmoreland Nursing Center in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Barrett’s father launched a manual pallet truck business in 1914. Barrett continued with that line and broke new ground in creating a generation of electric-powered equipment.

“By the 1940s and 1950s, Barrett was producing its first electric walkie pallet trucks, establishing a reputation for reliable and rugged products,” says a tribute from Nissan Forklift Corp North America in Marengo, Illinois.

The business of Barrett Industrial trucks was sold on 22 July, 1988 to Nissan Industrial Equipment Corp, now Nissan Forklift.

The Nissan tribute notes that buying Barrett Industrial put “Nissan on the North American map by making it the first Japanese manufacturer of all five classes of materials handling equipment. The Barrett brand was, and continues to be, extremely well-respected in our industry thanks to the many accomplishments of its founder and family successors, most notably, Arthur M Barrett Jr.”

Nissan adds: “Brilliant in electronics and mechanical engineering, Mac was considered ahead of his time by introducing the world to driverless vehicles and radio remote-control equipment. His pioneering efforts resulted in the invention of what’s known today as the automatic guided vehicle (AGV). He instilled a strong sense of loyalty among his employees, inspiring creativity that resonated throughout his tenure with the business.”

Associates and friends reminisce.

Leon Hineman recalls: “To me, Mac will always be the ‘father of the driverless warehouse tractor.’ I worked side by side with Mac for over 40 years on many projects, and many times late into the night. I owe so much to Mac. I learned the fine points of electrical, electronics (and) mechanics (and) good business ethics.”

Larry Borre notes, “I began my career with Mac in 1959. . . . I was honoured (in 2008) to present Mac with a plaque from the Industrial Truck Association, Washington, DC for his many contributions to the industry.”

Paul Ritsch says, “I started working with Mac in 1950, and our working relationship lasted more than 30 years. He was brilliant, innovative and honest, and I enjoy many memories of our years together.”

Barrett was born in Evanston, Illinois, received a bachelor of arts degree and lived for many years in Lake Forest.

Survivors include his wife Esther (Itsy) Barrett, daughters Margaret Barrett, Joan Kellogg, Katharine Jacobson, Barbara Schneider and Elizabeth Ganitoupoulous, four stepchildren, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A chapel service was held on 21 August followed by burial at Lake Forest Cemetery.

The Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 8430 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631-3497 is accepting memorial donations.

William Claudis Portman

Bill Portman died on 31 August of natural causes at his home in the Cincinnati, Ohio neighborhood of Hyde Park. Active to the end, he went to work on 30 August.

In 1960, he became aware of the availability of a franchise for a Clark forklift dealership in Cincinnati. Unable to obtain traditional bank financing, he borrowed money from his wife’s uncle and established Portman Equipment Co in rented space in the back of a warehouse.

Growth took time, but the entrepreneurial founder and his organisation built a reputation for honesty, decency, a self-effacing manner and a strong work ethic.

Portman Equipment, which began distributing Caterpillar forklifts in 1994, employed about 300 staff in 2004, when the family sold the business. Portman Equipment had 2003 sales of USD65 million.

Now, the Pon North America (PNA) materials handling group operates the business in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia under the Equipment Depot identity. PNA is a division within the equipment and power systems group of privately held trading company Pon Holdings BV of Nijkerk, the Netherlands.

Portman was born in Cincinnati in 1922 and served with the US Army infantry during World War II. He was discharged as a first lieutenant.

Portman received a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College in 1946 and a master of business administration degree from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business Administration in 1947.

He worked as a salesman for several companies in the Cincinnati area and, in his spare time, cultivated passions for hunting, fishing and sports. He moved his family across Ohio to Cleveland for a sales position that provided healthcare coverage and commissions.

An interest in being his own boss, however, led Portman to pursue the forklift dealership and eventually build a highly respected legacy within the materials handling industry.

Among his activities through the years, Portman served as a member of the Cincinnati Business Committee, a member of the small business advisory council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, chairman of the Leadership Cincinnati organization and trustee of the Hamilton County Regional Airport Authority. In addition to Portman Equipment, he served at times as a director of seven companies.

in 1975 Portman was the first small businessman to chair the United Way annual campaign for Greater Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce presented Portman with a “Great Living Cincinnatian” award in 2005.

Among his possessions, Portman owned a replica of a 1917 Ford Model T that was similar to a car he drove in high school, and he flew a twin-engine piston Beechcraft Baron aircraft.

Portman’s younger son, Rob, is the Republican nominee against Democrat Lee Fisher in the 2 November election for US senator from Ohio. The winner will succeed incumbent Republican George Voinovich. Rob Portman was a member of the US Congress from 1993-2005 and then held appointed cabinet-level federal positions as US trade representative and director of the office of management and budget.

Other survivors include Portman’s older son Wym, daughter Ginna Portman Amis and nine grandchildren. His wife of 41 years, Joan Jones Portman, died in 1994.

A funeral service was held on 4 September at United Methodist Church in Cincinnati.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, PO Box 5200, Cincinnati, OH 45201-5200 is accepting memorial gifts.
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Grocer, foundation fund forklifts for non-profits
United States
Food distributor C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc of Keene, New Hampshire and community philanthropist Williams-Corbett Foundation of Santa Barbara, California have provided funding grants to help non-profit food banks obtain materials handling equipment for warehouse applications.

C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc has provided an unspecified grant enabling the non-profit Food Bank of Western New York to acquire a battery-powered Clark narrow-aisle reach forklift.

The forklift dealership Prolift Inc delivered the Clark NPR 17, which has a lifting capacity of 3,500 lbs (1,575 kg). Prolift has locations in Buffalo and Rochester to serve 14 counties of western New York state and parts of Pennsylvania. The NPR 17 has a list price of USD33,000.

“This new forklift came just in time,” says Marylou Borowiak, Food Bank president and chief executive officer. “The one it is replacing was old, slow and on its last tyre. Much of what we do depends on the safe and efficient functioning of our equipment so the new forklift will make a real difference in our warehouse operations and our mission.”

Based in Buffalo, New York, the Food Bank distributes more than one million pounds of food each month to nearly 100,000 residents in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. Children account for 39% of those served.

Within the Food Bank’s service area, C&S operates food distribution centres in Lancaster and Cheektowaga, New York employing more than 600 persons. Across the US, C&S serves about 3,900 highly visible grocery stores from more than 50 locations in 11 states. C&S with affiliated companies had 2009 sales of about USD19.3 billion.

“C&S has supported the Food Bank of Western New York for a long time,” notes Gina Goff, C&S community involvement director. “Their request for support to buy a new forklift was compelling.”

Past C&S contributions have helped the Food Bank establish a new Kids’ Cafe, offer healthy cooking classes and operate a value-added-process program to repackage bulk quantities of food.

Meanwhile, the Williams-Corbett Foundation has presented a USD25,000 grant to help the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County purchase a new forklift for its south county warehouse in Santa Barbara, California.

“Safety is our No. 1 priority at the warehouses, with everything we do,” says Frank Abatemarco, Foodbank board chairman. “Food, volunteer and staff safety and moving the thousands of pounds a day is critical to our work. A new forklift was badly needed.”

Currently, the Foodbank operates forklifts from Graylift and Toyota dealerships. Lifting capabilities are 3,000 lbs (1,350 kg).

“We will be purchasing a forklift from Alta Lift” and should receive the equipment in October, says Kerry Main Aller, the Foodbank’s development and public relations manager. Quinn Group Inc’s Alta Lift dealership has five locations including a facility in Santa Maria, California.

The Santa Barbara-based foundation has provided a total of USD95,000 in funding for Foodbank equipment needs, including the forklift and a refrigerated cargo van allowing the organisation additional options for transporting refrigerated product.

“Williams-Corbett . . .  recognises the high importance we have placed on staff certification and training for operating the forklift and vehicle we have acquired with their funding,” Aller notes.

During 2009, the Foodbank distributed 9.2 million lbs (4.1 million kg) of food from warehouses in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. The Foodbank distributes food to more than 264 social service programs and agencies, churches and community groups.
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Forklift driver wins award again
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
A forklift driver from Miller Homes East Midlands has won the Operator Performance Award in the UK’s national Forklift Driver Awards for the fourth time.

David Dawson, who has worked on the award-winning house builder’s Derbyshire developments including Highfields Park and Royal Gate, won the award in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Under the awards scheme, drivers are assessed weekly by a site manager. The results for machine presentation, personal presentation, machine operation and lack of damage to the machine are then collated every six months. The winner receives a certificate of recognition.

The Forklift Driver Awards are the brainchild of Miller Homes East Midlands’ production director, Malcolm Ceney, and UK Forks division director Haydn Davies. They were developed to encourage pride in the job and to reduce machine repair costs.

“The awards have been hugely beneficial to our team,” Ceney says.

“They not only aid in the development of the individuals but also help to increase site health and safety and decrease costs to the business in machine repair and general damages,” he explains.

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Briefs
JCB pledges support for Pakistan
Rocester, United Kingdom

JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford has pledged USD250,000 worth of assistance to help in the reconstruction program in the wake of Pakistan’s devastating floods.
He will donate two high-specification 4CX backhoe loaders with attachments to the stricken country where the floods have left millions of people homeless and where rebuilding costs are expected to cost about GBP10 billion. It is not the first time JCB has helped Pakistan in times of natural disaster. After the 2005 earthquake, the company donated excavators to help in the clear-up operation.

Clark reports strong performance
Lexington, KY, United States

Clark Material Handling Company has reported business growth for its first half of 2010 attributable to strong performance in dealer orders, the US government business sector and improved after-market parts orders, and a growing national accounts presence.
Clark reported the US forklift market grew 47% in the first half of 2010 compared to the previous year while the company’s business increased by over 80% in the same period.

NMHG gives back to locals
Greenville, NC, United States

Nacco Materials Handling Group Inc (NMHG) is sponsoring the East Coast University (ECU) athletics and simultaneously raising awareness for United Way of Pitt County.
During ECU’s upcoming season for football, basketball and baseball games, NMHG will sponsor each game’s touchdowns, tree-pointers and home runs as a way to communicate its partnership with United Way. Each year, NMHG and its employees donate to United Way of Pitt County, a volunteer-driven organisation that seeks to advance the common good by focusing on education, income, health and neighbourliness. There are about 1,400 United Ways in the US.
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New forklift centre in Rayong
Bangkok, Thailand
Siam Motors Industries has signed a THB60 million (USD1.9 million) construction contract for Patchara Architecture to assemble its new Nissan Forklift Centre in Rayong Province, Thailand.

According to The Nation’s report, a warehouse and distribution centre are also planned ahead of the Laem Chabang deep sea port's expansion.

Siam Motors Co Ltd of Bangkok was founded in 1952 to trade new and used vehicles. It was appointed the first overseas distributor of Nissan vehicles. Siam Motors Industries Co Ltd was established in 1994 to sell and service Nissan forklifts. In 1998, the group started PPN Rental and Service Co Ltd to offer forklift rental services and sell reconditioned forklifts to companies in Thailand.
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Forklifts move trees for 9/11 Memorial grove
New York, NY, United States
Environmental Design Inc used tine-equipped diesel-powered Caterpillar wheel loaders while positioning the initial trees for the World Trade Center (WTC) Memorial grove in New York.

Each boxed tree weighs about 22,000 lb (9,900 kg).

“Forklifts were used to stage the trees,” says Mark Merit, chief operating officer of Environmental Design in Tomball, Texas. “At the holding yard (in a Millstone Township, New Jersey horticultural nursery), the trees were moved from their field positions to a staging area for crane access. At the memorial site, a forklift was used to offload the tree from the freight trailer and stage the tree for crane access. We used a 988 (large wheel loader) on one end and a 972 (midsize wheel loader) on the other.”

Once completed, the memorial will commemorate victims of a series of suicide attacks that the militant Islamist group al-Qaeda made upon the US on 11 September 2001, known widely as 9/11 day.

The swamp white oak “trees currently average 30 ft (9 m) in height and have a branch spread of 12 ft (3.6 m)”, says Michael Frazier, senior communications manager for the 9/11 Memorial. In 2007, the trees “were chosen from areas within a 500-mile (800-km) radius of the WTC site, as well as from New York, Pennsylvania and near Washington, DC, to symbolise the locations directly impacted by the 9/11 attacks.”

Environmental Design transported and planted 16 trees on 28 August and intends to plant the majority of the remaining 400 trees “between now and the 10-year anniversary” of the attacks, Merit notes. Joe Daniels, 9/11 Memorial president, oversaw the ceremonial planting of the first trees.
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Forklift heats reveal bad safety habits
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
National co-ordinator of the state-wide forklift driving competition Bill Henman says although competitors’ skills have increased significantly over the competition, a number of bad habits have been highlighted.

“Bad habits for many of the competitors include the failure to look over both shoulders prior to reversing with and without load,” says Henman.

“The forklift tynes are regularly tilted too far forward and not kept horizontal which makes it difficult when placing loads in and out of pallet racking at various heights, which is a requirement of the competition,” he adds.

The competition, now in the final stages with in-house competitions being implemented across four states, will culminate in the grand final at the Sydney Safety Show on 28 October when 2009 champions Mark Gray and Anita Maliu defend their titles.
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Logistics industry raises money for charity
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
The 2010 Queensland Supply Chain and Logistics Conference dinner held recently resulted in the industry raising over $40,000 for charity in less than four hours.

This year’s nominated charity was Foodbank with specific focus on two local charities: Mama Rene’s Foundation and the YMCA school breakfast program.

Besides the money raised from the raffles and auction events, Costa Logistics donated over 33 trays of fresh fruit to Mama Rene’s on the set-up day of the conference, while George Weston Foods announced at the dinner that it would donate $20,000 worth of bread to the YMCA for its program.

Haymans Electrical sponsored the dinner entertainment which featured speed-painter Brad Blaze.

In the last eight years, the event has raised over $500,000 for charities across Australia and Africa.
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Keynote speakers confirmed for conferences
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
The inaugural conference of the Australian Warehousing Association will be held in conjunction with the Sydney Safety Show and Materials Handling Exhibition in Sydney on 26 October.

The conference theme is “Achieving success, sustainability and a safe working environment”, and Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University, has been chosen as the keynote speaker.

Newman is a member of the Board of Infrastructure Australia, a government entity that is planning and funding infrastructure for the long-term sustainability of Australian cities and industry.

Other topics on the agenda include:
• Fresh food and lifecycle distribution challenges – a Sydney Market perspective;
• Employing and terminating staff under current legislation;
• Warehousing and distribution benchmarks – 50 metrics to compare and use;
• The driverless forklift;
• Road transport challenges of today; and
• Warehouse layout and design flow concepts.  

Meanwhile, the Australian Logistics Council has confirmed a number of senior leaders as keynote speakers at the plenary session of its annual forum to be held on 21-22 February, 2011.

Among the speakers are Paul Little, MD of Toll Group; Mike Mrdak, Secretary, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government (Canberra); Ahmed Fahour, MD & CEO of Australia Post; Michael Byrne, CEO of Linfox; Mark Rowsthorn, MD and CEO of Asciano; Lance Hockridge, CEO of QR Limited; Don Telford, Chairman of the Australian Logistics Council.
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Mentor program calls for women in logistics
Robina, Queensland, Australia
Women Moving Forward (WMF), a mentor program for women in transport and logistics, begins on 23 September with registrations closing on 15 September.

The program is aimed at the retention and development of women in the industry, and is administered by the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Australia (CILTA) on behalf of the Australian Logistics Council.

The government is supporting the program through the offer of a subsidy of $200 per person for the first 100 applications.

The program is open to all women in T&L, in any role, in any region, in any T&L company.  Contact CILTA on 1300 68 11 34 for more information.
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99p Stores started with a single location in London in 2001 and has since become a major national brand with 135 outlets across the country. With this figure expecting to rise to 200 by the end of the year, the company has built a new National Distribution Centre in central England which is two and a half times the size of its old HQ. To cope with the exacting demands of a site of this scale, 99p Stores has chosen a fleet of 11 Aisle-Master articulated trucks to handle and store pallets of incoming and outgoing consignments.

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High Reach Inc. unveils 'Orion' a revolutionary new fork lift truck
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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Ragasco Composite LPG cylinders for Fork Lift Trucks
Ragasco has supplied over 5 million Composite LPG cylinders worldwide since 2000 and in 2006 the company introduced their composite LPG cylinders for Forklift Trucks (FLT). The low weight combined with an ergonomic design makes the cylinder very easy to lift and handle.

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Extracting more performance from AC-powered trucks with Superior’s new Cushothane® XL-ACTM tire
The performance advantages of the new AC-Powered lift trucks are widely accepted in the market. However, if your truck is fitted with tires that utilize decade-old technology, you might not be able to enjoy the real potential of your truck and, more importantly, your investment. AC-powered trucks have faster acceleration and quicker response due to the greater torque potential of its AC-motor. This advantage may not be fully exploited if the drive tire cannot provide enough initial traction to transfer all the torque to the ground. Lower efficiency and poorer productivity can result from this slippage. Apart from traction issues, most tires in the market also have high rolling resistance, limiting the higher energy efficiency of AC-motor lift trucks.

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Eagletronic battery chargers
Jamco is an exclusive North American distributor of Eagletronic chargers and related products. This line of energy efficient chargers and related products offers users with good quality products that are user and technician friendly as well as a great price advantage enabling dealers to increase margins and market share. Our line of chargers offers a full range to meet every battery charging requirement for the forklift industry.

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FleetNet - Secured Web Access 24/7
Via our website, fleet managers have the ability to utilize a flexible reporting application to investigate breakdown transactions; both historical and current. FleetNet America’s maintenance services are enhanced by the data analysis and information customers receive on their events and equipment. Permission based access to our website gives management the ability to see real-time data, as well as historical information, enabling them to make cost effective decisions at anytime. Electronic equipment files are stored and accessible when they are needed for DOT/OSHA reviews, selling equipment, etc.

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