7th July, 2000
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July 3, 2000

OHIO, USA -- Crown Equipment Corporation has won two Industrial Designers'
Society of America (IDSA) awards for the SC 4000 series sit-down
counterbalanced lift truck and the 2000 series pallet truck.

The company's products both earned 2000 Gold Industrial Design Excellence
Awards after two-and-a-half days' deliberation over 1078 entries by the
panel of 16 jurors.

IDSA juror Noel Mayo said the Crown SC 4000 was "pre-eminent" in its design.

"The forward-tilting steering wheel allows safe entry and egress. It also
provides service access to critical areas without tools, increasing
workforce productivity and safety," he said.

Mr Mayo also applauded the 2000 series pallet truck, noting its decreased
turning radius and stylised look.

"The pallet truck, with its beautiful soft lines, retains a sense of
strength. The rounded front end ... reduces potential for accidents and
injuries," he said.

Entries were submitted across 47 categories, ranging from cars and computers
to museum exhibits and furniture. Each entry was rated across five
categories: design innovation; ecological responsibility; appropriate
aesthetics and appeal; benefit to user; and benefit to the client/business.

Crown, the world's seventh-largest lift truck manufacturer, has won more
than 40 design awards for its products since the 1960s.

Its heavy-duty electric lift trucks include narrow aisle stacking equipment,
powered pallet trucks, order picking equipment and forklift trucks.


June 30, 2000

SYDNEY, Australia -- Clark Equipment Australia Pty Ltd (CEA), based at
Hornsby in Sydney's west, is close to finalising a deal with Fantuzzi
Reggiane SPA that will see CEA distributing the Italian's heavy lift truck
range throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region.

A heads of agreement signing earlier this year almost assures closure, says
CEA marketing manager Alan Foulkes.

"The Fantuzzi deal is a big operation for both of us. It means we will be
joining forces with a strong international manufacturer, and Fantuzzi will
be joining with a big player in the regional market," he said.

Mr Foulkes said the two companies also had reached an agreement which will
see CEA manufacturing Fantuzzis under licence before year end.

"We will be distributing all Fantuzzi's heavy lift trucks throughout
Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, and acquiring a reach stacker to
complement our current range," he said.

The Italian trucks will be sold under the Fantuzzi-Omega brand name in
Australia, and simply as Omega throughout the rest of the Asia-Pacific

Fantuzzi's current distributor, Sydney-based MLA Holdings Pty Ltd, will
continue to service its current Fantuzzi customers, while CEA will handle
new business.

Fantuzzi Reggiane Australasia general manager Terry Mulqueen said the deal
was the "way of the future" and management was excited about the prospects
of the new arrangement.

"This deal not only covers Australia and New Zealand, but also Polynesia and
Papua New Guinea," he said.

Since the agreement was made, five Fantuzzi-Omega lift trucks have been sold
to Brisbane's Multi-Modal Terminal, at Fisherman's Island. understands the contract is worth around $A3 million. CEA
is currently delivering the machines.

CEA, the manufacturer of 10-tonne to 48-tonne Omega lift trucks, is the
largest player in the materials handling industry in Australia-New Zealand,
supplying more than 50% of the industry's forklift trucks.

A licensee agreement secured 18 months ago has seen Clark Materials Handling
Corporation in the United States manufacturing the Omega 10-tonne to
16-tonne range for markets in North America and Europe.


June 30, 2000

BRISBANE, Australia: From today, the global materials handling industry will
have a central focus:

The website is the world's first online information portal for forklifts and
associated materials handling products, and will become the world's foremost
destination for trading and researching industry information.

The new website - developed by a team of experts with industry experience
spanning decades - presents news, comprehensive links, product comparisons,
and listings of worldwide manufacturers, components parts suppliers and
service support. It is developed by The Machinery Action Group.

The site will attract anyone involved with forklifts, battery electrics,
telehandlers, all-terrain forklifts, container handlers, reach stackers,
swing-lift trailers, towing tractors, container straddles, forklift
attachments, side-loading forklifts or truck-mounted forklifts. is the first "publication" in a planned series of niche
portals by The Machinery Action Group, which will eventually cover all
aspects of the world of small and large machinery.

The web site will provide up-to-date industry news and current events and a
range of other valuable tools.

Features of will include:

- lists of international manufacturers with catalogues of products;
- worldwide listings of new and used forklift dealers, including details of
- industry events;
- listings of forklift hire companies;
- advertisements for used equipment for sale worldwide;
- international tender information;
- comprehensive links;
- statistics;
- a new product comparison database;
- industry employment;
- advertisements for associated services, financiers, transport, customs
brokers, service agents, etc;
- professional comments; and
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