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1. JCB wins big plant hire deal
ROCESTER, United Kingdom
Plant hirer Mervyn Lambert Plant Ltd (MLP) has bought more than GBP4.5 million (USD8.2 million) of JCB machinery, including 125 Loadall telescopic handlers.
An initial 125 machines, including 75 Loadalls, would be delivered this year, said MLP managing director Mervyn Lambert.
"Our telehandlers are predominantly JCB anyway and we are returning to JCB for our backhoe loaders after purchasing from another manufacturer last year," he said.
"We responded to customers' requests by buying telehandlers [with] air conditioning."
The latest JCB Loadall telehandler range has more than 50 new design features.
- JCB website -
2. Japanese market braces for emission controls
The Japan Industrial Vehicles Association (JIVA) sees emissions control as the biggest legislative hurdle for the booming Japanese forklift manufacturing market.
Ken'ichiro Takase, senior manager with JIVA, said the Japanese government had introduced emission controls on "diesel special motor vehicles", including industrial trucks, for the first time in October last year. The move is part of the government's plan to reduce hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide by up to 85% by 2007.
Mr Takase said the industry would work together and with the government to reach the targets.
- JIVA website -
3. MATEX 2004 - Australia's showcase
Matex 2004 has been and gone, but Forkliftaction.com was there.
A veritable who's who of the Australian forklift and materials handling market attended, but some of the world's largest forklift manufacturers - Yale, Hyster and Crown - were not among the exhibitors.
The general feeling from most forklift exhibitors was that, while opening day, June 1, was mediocre at best, by day two, when Forkliftaction.com attended, pedestrian traffic was good, and some companies reported "off-the-stand" sales.
Nicholas Tossman, a member of the Matex organising committee, said the response from exhibitors and visitors had been "really positive".
While official visitor numbers have not yet been released, Mr Tossman said more than 70% of next year's exhibition space had already sold.
"We had a great show. Everyone's looking forward to next year already," he said.
Matex was one of several shows being run concurrently at Sydney's Convention & Exhibition Centre as part of National Manufacturing Week. While that meant materials handling exhibitors gained many visitors from other exhibitions, exhibitors agreed the industry wants its own show.
"There are too many options, both for companies exhibiting, and industry participants, in Australia right now," one exhibitor said.
Certainly the show missed much of the glitz of international events, but that is a standard trend outside the "big three" world shows - CeMAT, Manutention and IMHX.
Apart from scantily-clad promotional staff roaming the aisles, and Linde's "stop-go" girls, stands were functional rather than flashy.
Materials handling companies present included Red Australia, NTP Forklifts, Westrac, Toyota Industrial, BT Australia, Apex Associates, TVH Australasia, Kalmar Equipment Australia, Adapt-A-Lift, Nomad Lift Trucks, Linde, Flexi-Lift and Fork-Safe International.
- Matex website -
4. Linde UK looks at safety
BASINGSTOKE, United Kingdom
Linde Material Handling (UK) has released "Mobile Equipment - Creating a Safe Working Environment", the first in a planned series of biannual white papers.
Linde plans to collate the reports into a larger report covering all aspects of UK materials handling.
The first study concludes that "a modest investment in time and training to meet health and safety requirements can pay impressive dividends in terms of efficiency, performance and profitability.
"The ramifications of industrial accidents can be far-reaching in terms of bad publicity, fines and lost production. [Health and safety] is an opportunity to involve the entire workforce in an ongoing project to make work a safer experience."
Linde Material Handling (UK) sales & marketing director Stephen Moule said Linde was "delighted" to be building a "definitive industry guide".
Copies of the study are available from Linde Material Handling. Email email@example.com.
- Linde UK website -
6. Toyota establishes subsidiary in South America
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina
Toyota has founded a new subsidiary in South America for its industrial vehicles operations in Argentina and Brazil.
Toyota Industries Mercosur (TIM), in Buenos Aires, would mainly provide forklift sales and maintenance services, the Latin America News Digest reported.
TIM vice-president Luiz Carlos Andrade Jr said the company expected to raise regional sales from 530 machines in 2003 to 800 this year.
Toyota currently has a 30% share in the market, where it vies with Nissan, Mitsubishi, Caterpillar, Yale, Komatsu and Clark.
7. Forklift going cheep
TOLL BAR END, United Kingdom
A pair of robins and their brood have made an unlikely home in the housing of a truck-mounted forklift at Coventry-based Moffett-Kooi.
Conservation laws prevent Moffett-Kooi moving the family, forcing the company to leave the machine idle on the forecourt.
Operations manager Nigel Brooks told the Coventry Evening Telegraph the machine had only just arrived from Holland.
The company has had to quarantine the machine and import another one from the Dutch factory.
Mr Brooks said: "Well, we're a big company and these things happen, so we just absorb the cost".
- Moffett-Kooi website -
8. Tub man in hot water over forklift drama
ANNBANK, United Kingdom
An indebted businessman has escaped a potential death sentence after lifting and dumping a debt collector's car with his forklift.
Bernard Rooney, 46, chased sheriff's officer James McFarlane, who intended to impound a GBP6,000 (USD10,900) hot tub, to his car before fetching a forklift.
According to a Sunday Mail report, Mr Rooney lifted the debt collector and his Ford Mondeo and dumped them 40 metres away.
Mr Rooney, who sells saunas and spas, had company arrears of GBP4,000 (USD7,300). Mr McFarlane had been sent to recover goods to be auctioned to pay the debt.
After the attack, Mr Rooney was charged with "deforcement of messengers", which once carried the death penalty, but he admitted to a lesser charge of driving a forklift culpably and recklessly and with a criminal disregard for the consequences and the danger to Mr McFarlane.
He was likely to face a community service order, the report said.
SAFETY FIRST: DAVID HOOVER
NEWARK, OH, United States
In some ways, forklifts are the same basic machines designed many years ago to help people lift and move heavy loads.
They look slightly different, but still accomplish the same purpose.
It would be easy to say not much has changed, but that would be incorrect. In recent years, manufacturers have been getting better at building machines to customers' needs, and that includes their safety needs. Reach trucks that force operators to keep their feet inside the compartment and parking brakes with warnings that sound if not engaged are just a few advancements.
Aftermarket forklift safety product companies have also emerged. They build cutting-edge products that can be retrofitted to existing units to make them safer and more ergonomic. Almost without a doubt, if you have a forklift safety problem, someone makes a product that can help.
Of course only safe forklift operators can ensure safety, but safety products can assist operators to that end.
There are several interesting new products on the market. Forklift seats have gone high-tech and are designed with comfort and safety in mind. The latest examples incorporate a pivot that allows operators to swivel to either side to reduce back stress. Special materials are used to reduce shock and low-frequency vibrations to keep operators happier and more productive.
Another item is the seatbelt. It is a bright orange retractable belt that is highly visible and links to the lift's electrical system. The concept is simple: if the belt is not buckled the lift will not start. This simple product has helped many clients go from almost 0% seatbelt use to 100%. The prices of these items are very reasonable.
Forklift management systems are increasing in popularity. They range from several hundred to several thousand dollars. Why would you want one? They allow you to electronically complete pre-shift checks, detect damage and assign it to an operator, track hours of production by lift or person, schedule maintenance, provide a method of lockout, schedule operators for re-evaluations, keep unauthorised people off your lifts, and much more. Information is power, and for those who want to gain control of their forklift operations, the time has come to do it.
David Hoover is president of Forklift Training Systems Inc, a US safety company specialising in site and forklift safety training, training trainers, custom program development and cutting-edge forklift safety products. Contact David Hoover
1. Meclift introduces the new variable reach truck ML 1200RP
Oy Meclift Ltd, a Finnish manufacturer of variable reach trucks and side reach stackers, has launched the ML 1200RP for jumbo paper rolls.
The ML 1200RP is Meclift's response to handling large paper reels. The ML 1200RP has a telescopic twin boom configuration with an integrated multiple arm rotatable clamp. The machine is capable of an 8 tonne lift to a clamp centre height of 5 metres and has an outreach of 1.85 m.
Oy Meclift Ltd
tel. +358 20 743 1120
fax +358 20 743 1121
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