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FORKLIFT SAFETY PRODUCTS FEATURE - PART 1
Safety product spending - a balancing act between the benefits and the bottom line
Innovative forklift safety products are continually being created and refined and are available worldwide at relatively reasonable cost. On the face of it, the benefits of these products would seem self-evident - especially the element of insurance against lost production or the expenses associated with accidents. But among end-users, this is not always the case, writes BERNARD LEVY in the first part of this special report. Read more
1. Tailift names Worldwide as Nth American distributor
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States
Taiwan's Tailift Company has appointed Worldwide Wholesale Forklifts as its exclusive distributor for Tailift forklifts in the US and Canada.
The appointment follows Tailift's reacquisition of North American marketing rights from its original distributor there, Tailift USA of Dallas, Texas, as part of the settlement of an unresolved contractual dispute that was headed for a federal court hearing.
Tailift Co president Steve Lin said the Tailift USA contract was terminated on July 12 "as the result of a mutual agreement" and was followed on July 24 with the appointment of Wholesale.
The settlement involved Tailift Co agreeing to assume the rights, title and interest of the name Tailift USA as well as the contracts and dealer network established by Tailift USA.
The Taiwanese manufacturer repurchased the Texas firm's inventory of forklifts and parts before establishing Fort Lauderdale-based Worldwide as its distributor.
The settlement was reached the same day the case was scheduled to go to trial, after Tailift USA had disputed portions of its OEM contract and sued Tailift Co in the US District Court in January, 2003.
Worldwide Wholesale Forklifts employs about 40 people with consolidated 2004 sales of more than USD40 million.
Tailift, which makes forklifts in the 1.36-4.54-tonne range and is the Taiwanese agent for Hyster forklifts, employs more than 1000 staff at three plants and anticipates manufacturing more than 7,500 forklifts in 2004, generating sales of about USD100 million.
2. PSA, SSA join forces to clear Singapore container overload
PSA Singapore Terminals has enlisted the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) to address a surge in traffic volumes at PSA's Singapore terminals.
The SOS call comes after PSA placed a USD69.8 million order with Zhenhua Port & Machinery Corp (ZPMC) for 12 new super post-Panamax quay cranes in May.
Throughput at PSA Singapore had increased 14% to 6.36 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) in the first four months of the year, according to PSA Singapore Terminals CEO Grace Fu.
PSA met with members of the SSA last month to "proactively address" concerns at the surge in volumes which have led to lengthy delivery delays.
SSA said that with extra manning and more equipment, PSA could facilitate faster turnaround of ship calls.
The SSA would also encourage its shipping members to provide more information to facilitate better planning by PSA.
"We are pleased that PSA has listened to our feedback and that it will study all our suggestions to further improve the situation," SSA services committee chairman Patrick Phoon said.
"In fact, from the statistics shown, delays have dropped significantly and things have started to flow much better.
"PSA's operations staff are working round-the-clock and we appreciate their efforts.
"We know they are very keen to reduce the delays and priority will be given to critical services."
3. Caption competition winner crowned!
The entries have been submitted and the members have cast their votes - the winner of Forkliftaction.com's caption competition is Greg Mason of Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America, Inc.
Despite the number of high-quality entries submitted over the weeks the competition ran, members, using Forkliftaction.com's hot-link nomination system online, Greg's clever caption was voted most popular:
"Oh, it'll be fine. Just put some air in the tires and get the 'Wide Load' sign out."
Congratulations, Greg. Well done.
Forkliftaction.com would like to thank all the members who got involved in this popular competition. We would love to launch another caption competition soon.
If you have any funny materials handling-related photographs, email them to email@example.com.
4. Haldex reports 21% sales growth in first half
Hydraulics manufacturer Haldex has reported a 21% rise in orders and a 12% rise in net sales for the first half.
The group's order intake amounted to SEK3.751 billion (USD491.354 million), up from the SEK3.104 billion (USD406.602 million) reported last year.
Net sales reached SEK3.456 billion (USD452.711 million), eclipsing the 2003 result, SEK3.098 billion (USD405.816 million).
The company's hydraulic systems division, which builds forklift components for such companies as BT Industries (Forkliftaction.com News #145), increased its net sales by 13%, from SEK466 million (USD61 million) in 2003 to SEK527 million (USD69 million).
Haldex, in its financial report, said it expected to report a "substantial increase" in sales this year, given the first half results.
"The industry ... upturn is strongest in North America, but also Europe and other markets show a positive development," the company said.
"Figures show ... the market for construction equipment and forklift trucks developed positively in both North America and Western Europe, with production increases of 5-15%."
- Haldex website -
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6. Safety products in focus: news
Fork-SAFE launches US market blitz
Fork-SAFE International managing director Richard Jeney has embarked on a three-week tour of the US, promoting the company's range of safety products.
Jeney, who says Fork-SAFE has the largest range of forklift safety products in the world and is the largest products company in Australasia, said the new range was being launched as the "Summer Fashion Series".
"I'll be speaking to new and existing distributors and manufacturers, and I've been invited to a few engagements to present our products too," he said.
"We've long believed our products are the best quality and the most advanced in the world, and it's nice to be finally making good progress in the American and Canadian markets."
BITA releases guide for pivot steer forklifts
ASCOT, United Kingdom
The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) has added a pivot steer articulated chassis guide to its Safety Guidebooks series.
The Safety Guidebooks are targeted at trainers, forklift operators and end-users.
The latest booklet addresses the special training and operational requirements for pivot steer forklifts and features simple guidelines and advice.
Earlier publications in the series are "Operator's Safety Guide for Powered Industrial Trucks", "Dos & Don'ts for Users of Industrial & Rough Terrain Lift Trucks", and "Stability Awareness for Powered Industrial & Rough Terrain Lift Trucks".
BITA sells more than 25,000 safety booklets a year.
To order the guide, contact Julie Herbert at BITA by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
UK safety solution hits Australian market
A high-tech forklift safety system sold successfully in the UK has been launched in Australia.
eTag Solutions (Australia) managing director Andy Boulton said the Australian market had warmed to the company's Traka system, which replaces keys and locks with an intelligent key that reports a range of data to a central computer system.
"I've achieved a lot of success here in Australia through approaching employment unions, who have their members' safety in mind," he said.
"We have established a distribution network through Secure Edge Technology and we're very excited about the opportunities."
eTag had successfully installed its product, which comprises a bolt-on data logger linked to a networked key cabinet, in more than 2000 forklifts in the UK.
Australia, which had similar health and safety legislation and practices, was the logical choice for expansion, Boulton said.
7. Equipment operator arrested over ATM thefts
ATLANTA, GA, United States
An experienced heavy equipment operator has been charged over Atlanta's recent rash of ATM thefts (Forkliftaction.com News #165).
Conyers police arrested James Henderson, 45, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
A Conyers bank was among at least seven targeted since June 18. Stolen heavy equipment, including a forklift, was used to pry ATMs out of bank buildings.
Henderson was arrested with a stolen vehicle at the home of his estranged wife on July 23, but no money had been recovered, police said.
8. Fantuzzi delivers first P&O reach stackers
Fantuzzi Reggiane Australasia has delivered and assembled the first of five CS45KL reach stackers ordered by P&O Ports Brisbane.
The first machine arrived on August 1, and was assembled on location in Brisbane this week by Fantuzzi technicians.
Fantuzzi technical support manager Michael Kidd told Forkliftaction.com News he expected the first machine to be put into service early next week.
The second of the five machines were expected to arrive in Brisbane for assembly on August 7.
- Fantuzzi Reggiane Australasia website -
9. Gilted lover uses forklift to avenge being dumped
CEBU CITY, Philippines
Police have arrested a 27-year-old operator who allegedly rammed his forklift into the gate at the house of his ex-girlfriend after she dumped him.
Reports said Joey Gako was still sober when questioned at the police station.
Gako allegedly drove the forklift straight from the Cebu Port to his girlfriend Maribeth Coronado's house after she broke up with him because of her parent's disapproval of the relationship.
Residents called police after Gako rammed the machine into a steel gate several times, causing it to collapse. No one was injured.
Police said charges would be filed against Gako while his former girlfriend said she would make him pay for the damage.
DAVID HOOVER: PEDESTRIANS NEED SAFETY TRAINING TOO
NEWARK, OH, United States
Companies spend millions of dollars training their forklift operators and mechanics, but how many train the people working around forklifts?
Only a small number of companies do any "pedestrian training" and the majority of this consists of either a quick lecture during employee orientation or a generic five-minute videotape, neither of which is very effective.
Pedestrians are involved in up to 40% of all forklift accidents and many of these are serious or even fatal.
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