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Thursday, 14 November 2002
The Thai materials handling industry has not recovered from the 1997 financial crisis which crippled demand by 15 percent to 20 percent. Caterpillar Thailand managing director FC Ding Almazan told Forkliftaction.com News that industry sales had dropped from 6000 units in 1996 to only 800 units so far this year. The industry was adopting a “wait and see” attitude for 2003. Caterpillar's materials handling equipment sales had dropped from 2000 units in 1996 to about 300 units this year. N ... [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 14 November 2002
The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has announced its shortlist for the 2003 “Archies”, the annual awards for excellence. In the safety category, Atlet’s S3 stability support system, Linde’s direct-drive hydrostatic transmission as featured on the 39X, and Toyota’s manual handling campaign were shortlisted. In the environment category, BT Rolatruc’s water-based hydraulic system, Linde’s environment-friendly 39X, Nissan’s new Tri-Cat emissions reduction system and Still’s R60 Compact got ... [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 14 November 2002
A man who lost a small-claims lawsuit has had the last laugh in paying the award. Matthew Mokanyk used 185,387 pennies, boxed and shrink-wrapped, to pay a USD1853.87 award. Deliverers used a forklift to unload the 1036 pound (470 kilograms) pallet-load of pennies to Powerhouse Gym owner Norm Schaub this week, an NBC report said. The award stems from a landlord-tenant dispute Mr Mokanyk’s surveying company had with Mr Schaub. [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 14 November 2002
Finning International has reported record profits for the third quarter ended September 30. Finning had a profit of CAD35.6 million (USD22.6 million) on sales of CAD790.9 million (USD501.1 million), compared to a profit of CD29.9 million (USD18.9 million) on sales of CD799.7 million (USD506.7 million) for the third quarter of 2001. Finning president Doug Whitehead said the result was consistent with company forecasts. “We were expecting revenues for the year to be flat to slightly down, ... [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 7 November 2002
A forklift caused a partial roof collapse at a Hertz rental warehouse after smashing into a support column on October 24. People inside the building were evacuated. The collision broke a post that supported a roof beam, severing electrical wires and a sprinkler system pipe, said an Eastside Journal newspaper report. Firefighters said electricity was arcing at the ceiling and a several-thousand-gallon lake was forming in the warehouse. “We were concerned about the electrocution hazard ... [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 7 November 2002
KCI Konecranes’s gradual improvement through the first half appears to have waned in its latest results for the September quarter. “In the late (northern) summer there seems to have been a shift in market sentiment to the worse again,” said KCI Konekranes Group president Stig Gustavson. During the third quarter, KCI logged EUR49.2 million (USD49.153 million) in sales of standard lifting equipment, a 19.5 percent decline compared to last year’s third quarter. Sales of special cranes fell 10 ... [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 7 November 2002
Nacco Industries Inc, maker of Hyster and Yale forklifts and parts, reported an improvement in third quarter profit and sales and cited tight management controls as a contributor. “We expect improved operating results in the fourth quarter compared to the (corresponding 2001) quarter,’’ Nacco chairman Alfred Rankin Jr said. During the third quarter, ended September 30, Nacco shipped 15,299 forklifts, up from 14,452 shipped in the same period last year. The forklift backlog increased 30 per ... [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 7 November 2002
In light of the huge number of casual staff employed in the lead-up to Christmas, Toyota Industrial Equipment (UK) is offering copies of its manual handling guide free. The guide gives employers and employees advice on the safest way to lift, stack and move items in the workplace. Toyota says the guide, approved by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), reinforces the importance of assessing manual handling practices. From November 2001 to January 2002, about 1.6 million temporary workers ma ... [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 7 November 2002
Legislators must look further afield than drivers when considering forklift safety issues, says an Australian researcher. Ken Wood, proprietor of Safety Awareness Forklift Equipment (SAFE), is currently completing a study on the impact pedestrians have on forklift accidents. Australian workers’ compensation figures suggest 50 percent of all forklift accidents involve pedestrians. “Forklift safety training has always focused on the attitudes and skills of drivers, when a lot more attention ... [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 7 November 2002
As the December 5 deadline for fitting seat restraints to forklifts approaches, the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) is concerned some forklift suppliers may be panicked into making wrong decisions. While supporting the new legislation, which seeks to avoid injuries caused by forklifts tipping over, the FLTA says there are some situations where seatbelts are neither necessary nor advisable. The FLTA is collaborating with the United Kingdom Health & Safety Executive to offer an interpreta ... [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 7 November 2002
A British company bidding to become Hyster’s agent in Iran has already picked up sales of USD160,000 through a series of trade fairs. Alperton Ltd took stock to Iran and hired local staff to help with its sales push, said corporate manager Alan Rides. Alperton agents had travelled to Iran on sales trips 13 times in the past 14 months. “It was a gamble, but it appears to have paid off. Usually agents try to make sales before buying stock and hiring staff, but we wanted to make a real impact ... [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 31 October 2002
Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT), the largest container terminal in Indonesia, has taken delivery of nine rubber tyred gantry cranes (RTGCs) from Zhenhua Port Machinery Company Limited (ZPMC). JICT president WS Wirjawan said the one-over-five high machines would start operating immediately, and were expected to improve container yard productivity. The new machines have boosted JICT’s RTGC fleet to 45. JICT is strategically located in the industrial heartland of West Java. It ... [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 31 October 2002
Combilift will appoint up to six new dealers in the United Kingdom in the next 18 months after seeing sales double there this year. Combilift, a pioneering manufacturer of multi-directional long loaders, expects to sell between 160 and 180 machines in the United Kingdom this year, and has a sales target of 280 for 2003. The company has increased its United Kingdom network from three to eight dealers in the past 18 months, and says it has had a “huge” amount of interest from prospective dea ... [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 31 October 2002
Ciba Specialty Chemicals has outsourced materials handling requirements at its Bradford site to Lex Harvey in a five-year agreement. Fifty-three forklifts, including electric, diesel counterbalance and narrow aisle machines, have been provided on inclusive maintenance contract hire. The new forklifts replace an ageing 68-forklift fleet, which Ciba owned and maintained. Ciba Bradford warehouse manager John Scourfield said meeting future health and safety legislation was a factor in awarding ... [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 31 October 2002
Exports and domestic forklift sales in Japan dropped 5.3 percent between April and September 2002 to 48,075 units, according to the latest Japan Industrial Vehicles Association (JIVA) report. Domestic sales stood at 32,496 units, down 9.6 percent on the same period in 2001, while exports stood at 15,579, up five percent from last year, a Japanese News Digest report said. Exports rose due to a steady increase in engine-powered forklift exports since April this year. Between April and Septem ... [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 31 October 2002
A man is in a critical condition in a Melbourne hospital after swallowing hydrochloric acid when he was allegedly caught trying to steal an automatic teller machine (ATM) with a forklift on Monday. Police told The Age newspaper that the man was discovered by security guards attempting to remove an ATM from The Glen shopping centre about 10pm. The man tried to escape on the forklift but, when stopped by the guards, swallowed hydrochloric acid. [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 31 October 2002
The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) has relocated its head office to Sunninghill, Berkshire, less than five kilometres from its previous headquarters in Ascot. BITA secretary general James Clark said the new office offered better facilities and a modern, efficient, spacious working area for staff. "As well as being ideally situated, the new site provides excellent meeting facilities, which are available for members' use. With this extra capacity, we will hold more committee and ... [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 24 October 2002
A forklift driver narrowly escaped serious injury when his forklift rolled off a building site and into a car before embedding itself in the front porch of a house. The driver suffered minor neck injuries, and no-one in the house was hurt, a Western Mail report said. A spokesman for the Newtown fire service, which attended the scene, said: "The forklift rolled off the building site and bounced off a Vauxhall Vectra car before (embedding) itself right in the middle of a porch." A spokesm ... [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 24 October 2002
Toyota Industrial Equipment (United Kingdom) has won an overall award for excellence from its Japanese parent for the second consecutive year. The accolade, awarded by Toyota Material Handling Co and open to Toyota Industrial Equipment companies worldwide, recognises performance in sales, marketing, parts, service and technical support. Toyota Industrial Equipment (UK) managing director Steve Hodkinson said the company was grateful for the award, and would set even higher goals for the yea ... [ Read more ]
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Thursday, 24 October 2002
The world materials handling market will increase 6.2 percent a year to become a USD108 billion industry by 2006, according to projections in "World Material Handling", a new study by the Freedonia Group. The positive future represented a significant recovery from the sluggish early 2000s performance, which was impacted by the global economic slowdown. An improved world economy would fuel the turnaround, bringing accelerated demand for goods and creating opportunities for suppliers of goods-h ... [ Read more ]
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