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  Dear reader,
This is issue #186 - 02 December 2004 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.

“Noell China has had a bumper November, installing 14 container handling machines around the world.”

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The caption competition – FINAL WEEK!’s popular caption competition, which has been running in the Discussion Forums in recent weeks, is in its final week.
NOW is the time to submit your entry, as the judges (you, the readers) will begin their deliberations on December 9.
Click here to view our funny photo and the current entries, and to submit yours.’s caption competitions are a great way to get involved in the online materials handling community, and past contests have proven very popular.
The most entertaining caption will be announced in the newsletter and online.
Have fun!


Chalmers in multimillion dollar expansion
BRISBANE, Australia

Transport, logistics and container park operator, Chalmers Industries has opened a AUD3.3 million (USD2.6 million) freight station at the Port of Brisbane.

Chalmers chief executive Graeme Birch said the freight station was the latest in a series of key port-based developments undertaken by the company since it established its container park and packing facility at Fisherman Islands in 2000.

“The new development, which incorporates a 3000 square metre (32,000 square feet) warehouse, container washing area and customs facilities, enables us to keep pace with continued trade growth at the Port of Brisbane, and most importantly to capitalise on the opportunities this growth presents,” Birch said.

The new facility follows a 2.5-hectare (six acre) expansion of Chalmers’ container park earlier this year.

Port of Brisbane Corporation acting chairman David Harrison said Brisbane’s record trade growth, which saw container trade increase by 12 per cent and total trade reach 25.1 million tonnes in 2003/2004, was expected to continue.

He said the Chalmers facility was the first of several new developments planned for the port in 2005.

“Work has begun on a purpose-built 28-hectare (69-acre) long-term car storage precinct which will cater for the growing motor vehicle import market,” Harrison added.
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Fortis announces reorganisation

European financial services giant Fortis has restructured its leasing companies to move them under a new, single, umbrella: Fortis Lease Group.

Based in Luxembourg, Fortis Lease Group will be responsible for the strategy, coordination and follow-up of all of Fortis’s leasing activities.

“By increasing the visibility and cohesion of Fortis’s leasing businesses, the creation of Fortis Lease Group should speed up development into a leading European leasing operator,” a company statement said.

Fortis’s leasing operations would be transferred to Fortis Lease Group through a series of intra-company deals.

Fortis Lease specialises in leasing products for cars, machinery, forklift, IT equipment and real estate. Fortis Lease operates in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Poland.
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OSHA fines company for poor forklift training
VERNON, CN, United States

The US Occupational Safety & Health Administration has fined Anocoil Corp USD15,000 after a fatal forklift accident in August. OSHA identified insufficient forklift training as a contributing factor.

Dave Turner died when a forklift pinned him against a compactor on August 18. The Hartford Courant reported that OSHA found Turner had not set the brake or chocked the forklift’s wheels. The 16,000-pound (7.2-tonne) forklift rolled down an incline and crushed Turner against the compactor.

OSHA fined Anocoil USD22,776, but reduced the penalty to USD15,000 after the company agreed to hire a consultant to evaluate materials handling and forklift procedures at its Rockville and Enfield plants. The consultant’s report must be received by OSHA by February 2005.

Among the violations noted in a 33-page inspection report were the absence of seat belts on two forklifts, employees wearing conductive materials such as wedding rings while working with electricity, and the use of insufficient gloves while working with corrosive liquids.
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Bumper month for Noell China

Noell China has had a bumper November through its delivery books, installing 14 container handling machines, worth millions of dollars, in various locations around the world.

The first delivery of the month was on November 7, when the company delivered six rubber-tyred gantry cranes to Shekou Container Terminal Phase II.

This was followed on November 9 with the arrival of three ship-to-shore cranes at Marport, Turkey, and eight rubber-tyred gantry cranes to Ningbo Port Phase IV Terminal on November 16. News has pictures of the Marport and Ningbo Port deliveries available for viewing on the website. Click the headline above to see them.
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He will not have a booth but, climate permitting, you will see him walking the aisles in’s distinctive orange and black uniform. Some exhibitors and visitors will have met Rodger at IMHX in the UK and NA2004 in Cleveland this year.

Don’t hesitate to stop him and ask any questions you have about the portal and its opportunities for your business, including our soon-to-be-released Marketplace, the online used equipment classifieds service.

If you would like to arrange a meeting, you can contact Rodger directly on his cell (mobile) phone: +61-419-535635, or by emailing

Rodger will also be staying in the Chicago area after ProMat to learn more about the materials handling industry in the area and to keep in contact with our US business partners.

Click the headline above to see a picture of Rodger online.
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Movers & Shakers

Yale Europe has appointed Steve Ridgway as its new strategic marketing manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Ridgway has worked for Yale for more than 16 years, previously holding the positions of advertising and sales promotion and dealer development manager.

Nissan Forklift Corp president Mark Akabori has been replaced by Takanobu “Tak” Tokugawa. Tokugawa, formerly general manager of overseas sales in the Japanese parent’s industrial machinery division, assumed the role on October 1. Akabori, who served in the position for seven years, has returned to Japan.
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Van Eck crowned Dutch forklift champion
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands

Marcel van Eck has been judged the best forklift driver in Holland after winning the 9th Dutch forklift championships in Rotterdam on November 27.

Van Eck, an operator with logistics company TDG, recouped the title, having won it in 1999, from 31 finalists, ending the four-year reign of the absent Jan Boverhof.

About 125 drivers participated in the championships, and of the 31 finalists, Van Eck dominated with a score of 145 out of 155 points, eclipsing runner-up Antoon Rasenberg by 20 points.

The Dutch championships, sponsored by Hyster, BT, Nissan, Jungheinrich, Toyota, Exide, Still, PIT and Blanken Controls, were held as part of the first “Day of the Warehouse” conference which attracted more than 450 visitors.
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Desperate job hunt for UK operator
THORPLANDS, United Kingdom

A desperate unemployed forklift operator has blamed ageism for his fruitless job search in the UK.

Matt Earl, 39, wrote an open letter to the Northampton Evening Telegraph, which read:

“I am currently unemployed and at the age of 39 it seems my chances of employment are diminishing every day.

“I have been to countless agencies who advertise numerous forklift operator jobs and, once registered with an agency, the jobs are no longer available.

“I have nearly 15 years’ experience in warehousing and am constantly overlooked for even an interview at companies, and can only assume this is due to age.

“The sooner companies realise the wealth of experience that is available to them by taking a chance on the more mature applicant, the easier my job search will become but I will not be holding my breath.”

If you can help in Matt’s job search, write to and we will pass along your details. Let’s see if we can find Matt a job!
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Forklift to the rescue in rollover drama
OMAHA, NE, United States

A warehouse manager and his forklift have saved the life of a man trapped under a rolled truck.

The Omaha World-Herald said the man became pinned under a tyre when his pickup truck rolled onto him in an Omaha car park, injuring his leg.

Exide Technologies warehouse manager Eric Heiny came to the rescue aboard his propane forklift. Exide’s car park was adjacent to the lot where the accident happened.

The pickup was lifted off the man, and he was rushed to Creighton University Medical Centre.
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Purchasing the right forklift can be very challenging. If buying new, beware of dealer numbers stating market share, reliability or low maintenance etc. The dealer or seller will tell you whatever he thinks will sell the truck.

Click here for the full text of this Safety First feature.




ALTON, United Kingdom

An amazing 27 nominations have made it past the selection panel’s expert scrutiny to become finalists in the Fork Lift Truck Association’s Annual Awards for Excellence 2005.

That’s almost double last year’s total “and an all-time record for the Awards,” says FLTA chief executive David Ellison. “It just goes to show that competition for these accolades is fiercer than ever.”

FLTA chairman Richard Baxter said that, until the January 31 closing date, anyone working in materials handling could vote in the categories of safety, environment, ergonomics and innovation.

“These awards encourage constant improvement by recognising and rewarding those individuals and companies who have made outstanding contributions,” he said. “If they are to have their maximum beneficial effect on our industry, they must go to the most deserving recipients, which is why it is so vital that everyone votes.”

Voting cards were circulated to depots of all FLTA member companies and were the only valid means of taking part (photocopies, faxes etc would not count), the FLTA says.

To show how strong and varied the field is, here are the finalists:

Brigade, Castell, CAT, Hyster, Jungheinrich, Long Reach, Mondi, Palletcap

Brigade, CAT, Daewoo, Jungheinrich, Watts

BT Rolatruc, CAT, Daewoo, Hyster, STILL

BT Rolatruc, CMP, Crown, Hyster, Jungheinrich, Long Reach, Narrow Aisle, STILL, Translift Bendi

The Awards 2005 event is being staged on February 26 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. Bookings are being taken now (individually and in tables of 10).


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In the Discussion Forums
Do you have info?
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What do you think?
"I want to know what type of fleet management systems people are using across the globe. In Britain I have found Log-IT Systems the best for many of my customers. What are others thoughts on systems? Are there any horror stories people have had?"
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"Who knows the quality of the Hyster RS45, and the amount of pieces which are produced every year? I have a terminal container would like to buy this truck."
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Gone are the days...
"Gone are the days when operators took pride in their equipment; the hurry-up mentality prevails to the extent that loads are moved at breakneck speeds with little consideration of potential consequences."
vic_k, United Kingdom

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Upcoming Events
1. Safety in Action/Materials & Manual Handling 2005
Melbourne, Australia
21st to 23rd March 2005

2. National Manufacturing Week (NMW) 2005
Melbourne, Australia
10th to 13th May 2005

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1. Forklifts & hand lift trucks - Qty 28 - Iraq
Bagdad, Iraq
Closing: 06 December 2004
Contract: W914NS-05-Q-9036

Tenders >>

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Fast Facts
1. New from KAUP: TRIPLE PALLET HANDLER Type T 429 1-2-3

2. Nissan Forklift Europe has launched a new website, including a “Product Selector”, downloads and more. See

3. Introducing POWERKEY®’s new Industrial Vehicle Fleet Management System

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