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This is issue #136 - 04 December
2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry
Forkliftaction.com News this week begins its
editorial focus on the UK materials handling market. Editorial
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MATERIALS HANDLING IN THE UK: PART ONE |
LONDON, United Kingdom
part one of Forkliftaction.com's overview of the
forklift market in the UK. This month
Forkliftaction.com's editorial team has drawn on many
sources to document this snapshot of the UK market. The
UK is one of the most highly developed, mature markets
in the world, and not just in materials handling. This
complex industry has many facets: manufacturing and
development, sales, rentals, exports and logistics
LITIGATION CRIPPLES SIDELIFTER MARKET
MANUREWA, New Zealand
Ltd director Max Tooley is "totally confident" his
company will defend a challenge brought in the High
Court of New Zealand by sidelifter manufacturer
The court awarded Steelbro,
Containerlift Sales and Containerlift Services a
temporary injunction against Maxwell Rotors, preventing
it from using the containerlift.com domain name in the
UK and Europe (Forkliftaction.com News
But Mr Tooley believes his case is
strong enough to win judgement when the action begins in
the High Court next year. The first significant date, a
conference to determine hearing dates, is in
Mr Tooley said the Steelbro action had
hampered his business in the UK and Europe, and
sabotaged Steelbro's own business potential in New
Zealand and around the world.
"When I export a
used machine from New Zealand, as in, recently, to
Bermuda, that opens a spot for a new machine in New
Zealand, [which is] potential business Steelbro can
win," he said.
"Selling my used machines into
markets around the world has created a lot of interest
in this type of machinery, and many customers are
finding they can't live without them. This generates
more interest from their competitors, more business for
me, and more business for companies like
"Because of this interim injunction, my
websites and advertising have been crippled, which will
create a flow-on effect down the track."
did not respond to Forkliftaction.com News before
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JAPAN FORKLIFT SALES UP 7.6%
manufacturers sold 6,050 units onshore in October, up
7.6% on October 2002, according to a Japan Industrial
Vehicles Association (JIVA) survey released last
A Japanese News Digest report said 1,786
were diesel-engined forklifts and 1,578 had gasoline
engines. A total of 10,243 forklifts, including
dedicated export units, was produced in October, up
16.7% on 2002.
Exports of 3,507 units were up
32.4% from October 2002, while 28,870 Japanese-made
forklifts were exported from January to October. Of
those, 15,023 were diesel-powered and 7,640 were
IMPCO TO SUPPLY EMISSION-FRIENDLY ENGINES TO
CERRITOS, CA, United States
Technologies Inc has secured a three-year contract with
Nacco Materials Handling Group (NMHG) to supply
California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) compliant engines for its Hyster
and Yale forklifts.
Impco said it expected the
contract value to exceed USD25 million in its first
Impco vice president Brad Garner said: "We
have worked very closely with NMHG in developing a CARB
and EPA emission-compliant engine family that is
versatile and flexible in meeting the high expectations
of NMHG customers."
IMPCO website -
**ADVERTISEMENT** PARTS & USED FORKLIFTS: TVH
TVH-Thermote & Vanhalst is the
world's biggest supplier of used forklifts. With an
average stock of 1600 machines, TVH supplies the widest
range at very competitive prices. Stock can be viewed at
our new website: www.tvh.be/stock.
TVH also has a
massive range of forklift parts, with affiliate
operations worldwide (TVH UK Ltd, TVH AUSTRALASIA, TVH
FAR EAST, etc). The key to TVH's success is a stock of
280,000 different parts and knowledge of over 8 million
This year TVH will move to a new 60.000m
covered premises, the biggest move in its history.
COUNTY ERRORS REQUIRE REVISION IN
MEMPHIS, TN, United States
County grand jury has returned a revised indictment
against Bernard Panchikal, controlling shareholder of
Until July, CTK and related businesses
represented Toyota Material Handling USA Inc in the
USA's mid-south region, including portions of Tennessee,
Mississippi and Arkansas.
A county attorney's
technical error and a county clerk's input error
necessitated the revision. Mr Panchikal is scheduled for
a December 18 hearing in Shelby County Criminal Court in
On August 19, a jury returned the same
basic two-count indictment alleging Mr Panchikal filed a
false police report and a fraudulent insurance claim of
more than USD10,000 with the Nashville, Tennessee,
regional office of CNA Insurance Co. The penalty for an
insurance fraud conviction is three to six years in
Conviction for a false report carries a
penalty of two to four years. Handling the case is Linda
Kirklen, chief prosecutor with the Shelby County
District attorney general's fraud and economic crime
AUSA JOINS EUROPEAN COMMITTEE
Utilitarios SA (AUSA) has been invited to join the
European Federation of Materials Handling's (FEM)
executive steering committee.
responsible for unifying materials handling safety,
ergonomics and environmental standards in Europe, works
closely with the Industrial Truck Association (USA) and
the Japan Industrial Vehicles Association (Japan) to
harmonise the criteria on a broader scale.
product strategy director Xavier Perramn said joining
the FEM was a "significant step forward" for the
company, allowing it to initiate important changes to
"barriers" restricting international trade.
time, we hope to eliminate the need to design and
specify forklifts according to the different norms in
force in each market, which, in essence, only serve as
barriers to entry," he said.
- AUSA website -
PYROBAN - LEADERS IN HAZARD
Companies that produce, store or distribute
flammable materials should know the risks of an
explosive atmosphere being generated during a normal
day. A forklift could be the ignition.
since 1 July, forklifts placed on the market required to
operate in explosive atmospheres must comply with the
European ATEX 94/9/EC Directive.
leaders in the explosion protection of
For more information, talk to the
Pyroban Ltd, Dolphin Road, Shoreham-by-Sea,
Sussex. BN43 6QG. United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)
Fax: +44 (0) 1273
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Meclift Ltd, a Finnish manufacturer of innovative cargo
handling equipment, is looking for agents
Meclift products include variable
reach trucks and side reach stackers for handling
containers and heavy loads in harbours, paper mills,
steel mills and railways. Lift capacities range from 12
to 70 tonnes.
If you are interested in promoting
these world-class products, forward your company name,
website, contact person, phone, fax and email address to
will be treated confidentially.
See www.meclift.fi for more company and
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