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This is issue #193 - 27 January 2005 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.

“Rocla-designed reach truck receives honourable mention for its compact design.”

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Focus: Manual Materials Handling Equipment
WASHINGTON, DC, United States

While the European market braces for the European Commission’s provisional ruling on dumping allegations against Chinese hand pallet truck manufacturers ( News #192), the western world is seeking ways to deal with “the monster we created”. DAMIEN TOMLINSON reports.  Read more
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JCB increases tsunami aid to USD2 million
ROCESTER, United Kingdom

JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford has agreed to increase the company’s assistance to tsunami-hit Asia to USD2 million of equipment.

On December 27, Bamford offered USD1 million of JCB equipment to assist in the clear-up efforts ( News #191).

To date, JCB has donated 19 JCB diggers to affected areas. Five backhoe loaders are working in Tamil Nadu, southern India; five machines are clearing debris in the Andoman and Nicobar Islands, and five more are destined for Sri Lanka.

JCB has donated three machines to Indonesia; two have just been shipped to Meulaboh, West Sumatra, in Aceh province.

A team from JCB’s Indonesian dealer, Tractor Nusantara, will spend a month training Indonesian marines to operate and maintain the machines.

JCB has also donated a Teletruk forklift truck to Oxfam’s main warehouse in Bicester, UK, to help load crates of sanitisation equipment for shipment to affected areas.

Bamford said it was “imperative” that clear-up operations were completed quickly to allow people to rebuild their lives.

“The response from the public in wanting us to send more JCB machines has been remarkable and, from feedback from the affected areas, it is clear that more equipment is needed and I’m happy to pledge a total of USD2 million of machines to help,” he said.
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Rocla receives honourable mention in Fennia Prize

A Rocla-designed reach truck for the US market has received an honourable mention in the Fennia Prize competition run by the Fennia Group and Design Forum in Finland.

The reach truck’s “creditable design” and “well-considered technical solutions” were attributed for the mention, a company statement said.

Rocla said the electric truck, which is driven in a standing position, has a compact design that “grants high satisfaction when used in various environments”.

The three different modes - drive, lift and optional - are controlled by an ergonomic control stick.

The truck’s lifting capacity ranges from 1000kg to 2000kg.

Rocla is a Finnish company that manufactures warehouse trucks and automated guided vehicles. Its international operations range from Europe to Asia and North America.

The biennial Fennia Prize of EUR25,000 (USD32,702) went to  Lappset Group for the AXIOM series of playground equipment while 13 companies received honorary mentions.

The competition is judged by a 12-member jury made up of design and business communities’ representatives, including internationally-renowned designer Alexander Manu of Canada.

It is now opened for the second time as an international event, with more than 60 companies applying for the top prize in 2004.
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KCI Konecranes taps into new Mediterranean market

KCI Konecranes, which acquired reach stacker and forklift manufacturer, SMV Lifttrucks AB last year, has been contracted to design and supply key components for three post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes for the new port of Astakos in western Greece.

Greek crane manufacturer C Rokas SA will construct and erect the cranes but KCI Konecranes will design them according to Konecranes’ modular STS crane design and supply key components.

The cranes, which will have a 50-tonne lifting capacity and an outreach of 44 metres, will be equipped with Konecranes AC drive system, DynaPilot Anti-Sway System and CAROL Crane Management System.

Konecranes’ container cranes director Mika Mahlberg said the company was delighted to see its reach in the Mediterranean market growing.

“Normally, when we are supplying globally, we are typically the main contractor,” Mahlberg said.

“We have decided on this approach for Greece, a new market area for Konecranes’ STS container cranes because of the strong presence of Rokas in Greece and the long history they have with the products.

“They also needed a partner to support them because we have the latest technology so it was a good match.”

Mahlberg would not disclose the order price but said Konecranes would receive 30 per cent to 60 per cent of the contract value.

The port of Astakos is operated by J V Astakos Terminal S A.

The three container cranes, to be delivered in December, will initially constitute the main port equipment at the new container terminal. They form part of a larger investment program at the port to create one of the biggest free zones for containers and bulk cargoes in the Mediterranean Sea.

Rokas has a history of supplying port equipment to all major Greek commercial ports.
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Hyster turns a page with new Fortis line
GREENVILLE, NC, United States

Hyster Company set its aim on the global marketplace and turned a few heads at ProMat 2005 with the introduction of its Fortis line of forklifts.

Hyster intends to roll out a series of Fortis-brand forklifts and offer powertrain configurations under the Package, Advance and Advance+ identities.

Greenville, North Carolina-based Hyster, makes strong claims for the Fortis line and its design advances: better mechanicals to reduce downtime, fuel efficiency 20 per cent better than competing models, auto deceleration to dramatically extend brake life up to 60 per cent and tyre life up to 50 per cent, and a high performance in-tank filtration system capturing 99.5 per cent of hydraulic system debris.

Hyster touts lower operating costs as a key benefit of the Fortis concept. Hyster said it projected annual savings of USD1900 per vehicle, compared to similar competitive products.

The Fortis line features an overhead guard with a grid-style pattern, a Stablis mechanical stability system, patented DuraMatch transmission designs, an ergonomically designed operator compartment, an elastomeric-mounted steer axle and a counterweight design permitting greater airflow.

“The Fortis series represents a breakthrough in how lift trucks are designed, built and acquired,” Hyster claimed in a release.

A group within publicly traded Nacco Industries Inc produces forklifts and aftermarket parts under the Hyster and Yale brand names.
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Toyota appointed new Raymond distributor
SYDNEY, Australia

Toyota Industries Corporation Australia (TICA) has announced that it has been appointed as Raymond Corporation's new forklift distributor for Australia and New Zealand.

TICA’s Toyota Industrial Equipment dealer network will replace Raymond Australia Pty Ltd in distributing the products nationally but WA Fork Trucks(WAF) will continue to distribute in Western Australia.

TICA senior manager Nicholas Shepherd said the new arrangement enabled the company to better meet its customers’ needs.

“The opportunity was there for TICA to gain the Raymond franchise in Australia and, by doing so, increase TICA’s market representation to become a full materials handling solution provider for its wide customer base,” he said.

WAF is the Raymond forklift distributor in Western Australia because of a previous agreement with Raymond.

“They (WAF) will retain distribution rights in Western Australia,” Shepherd said.

He would not comment on whether TICA would take over distribution rights in Western Australia when WAF’s agreement with Raymond expired.

“At this point in time it is for WAF to be our representative in Western Australia for sales and service of Raymond products,” he said.
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Solideal Tire helps tsunami-hit Sri Lanka
LEBANON, IN, United States

Global industrial-tyre manufacturer Solideal Tire reduced production in its factories for four days after the Asian tsunami, to help ease stress on traumatised employees.

Solideal, which has a workforce of more than 5000 people, has most of its manufacturing plants located in Sri Lanka.

The company said there was no damage to its factories but shareholders had decided to “ease the stress” on employees traumatised by the tragedy.

“Our supply chain is designed to withstand supply shortages and demand spikes many times worse than a four-day disruption,” Solideal said in a statement.

The company has taken the following actions to assist tsunami victims:
• Establishing and operating crisis centres in temples;
• Sending medicines to hospitals and helping to care for the wounded;
• Organising doctors to attend to emergencies; and
• Organising basic sanitation facilities.

Solideal North America has also established the Sri Lanka Tsunami Support Fund and said it would match all public donations.

Interested donors can send corporate or personal cheques to:

Sri Lanka Tsunami Support
C/o Solideal Tire Inc
1205 W South Street
PO Box 689
Lebanon, IN, 46052

Donations will be acknowledged by email so donors should include their email addresses.
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Pinguely-Haulotte confirms profit for 2004
L'HORME, France

French manufacturer of rough-terrain forklifts and aerial platforms Pinguely-Haulotte has confirmed a net profit of 5 per cent for 2004, despite steel price hikes and the weak US dollar ( News #174).

The company said consolidated sales for last year totalled EUR285.8 million (USD370.2 million), a 30 per cent increase from 2003.

Exports were 81 per cent of sales, of which 71 per cent were to Europe.

“In 2005, we anticipate a progression in our activity and results of 15 per cent to 20 per cent,” the company said.
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Toyota Australia leads counterbalance market
SYDNEY, Australia

Toyota has the largest market share for counterbalance forklifts in Australia, according to figures compiled by the Australian Industrial Truck Association (AITA).

AITA’s year-to-date (YTD) November 2004 figures show Toyota with 23.5 per cent of the total forklift market compared to 10.9 per cent for Nissan and 6.7 per cent for Hyster.

The company is poised to claim leadership in the Australian counterbalance forklift market for the eighteenth consecutive year ( News #155).

Toyota Industrial Equipment’s forklift sales increased 42.8 per cent for YTD November 2004, with more than 2485 machines sold YTD November compared to 1740 sold in YTD November 2003.

Toyota Industries Corporation Australia executive vice president Steve Harper said the company’s strong performance was based on its “continuing ability to provide industry-leading product and a strong dealer network”.

Toyota has sold more than 39,000 forklifts in Australia since 1968.

The Australian market was 10,566 consumed forklifts in the first 11 months of 2004.
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Building contractor fined for runaway forklift
COBRIDGE, United Kingdom

A building contractor has been fined GBP14,000 (USD26,105) after a faulty forklift toppled a wall and buried a four-year-old boy in rubble ( News #187).

According to the Sentinel newspaper, the Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that Robert Dixon, 54, director of Friog Management Services, left a building site in Cobridge poorly supervised on July 10, 2003.

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) prosecutor Bernard Thorogood said it was fortunate the boy was not killed.

“He was bruised and bleeding. He has since suffered nightmares and woken up shouting, ‘Get off me’,” he said.

A 17-year-old employee, who was unqualified to drive the JCB 926 forklift, knocked over a garden wall, which toppled onto the boy who was playing in his backyard.

“The employee said the handbrake did not work and the brakes only worked if you physically stood on them. A nail was used as the ignition key,” Thorogood said.

The court heard that when Dixon was told about the accident, he ordered his employees to put the forklift in the driveway of a man he knew and asked the teenage driver to sign a form denying him permission to use it.

Dixon pleaded guilty in November to three breaches of the Health & Safety Act: failure to ensure the safety of people not in his employ, failure to maintain the forklift in good repair and failure to ensure the forklift operator was trained.

Tim Smith, Dixon’s lawyer, said his client has since updated the company’s health and safety plan, now screens employees and sub-contractors on health and safety matters, now trains unqualified employees and now employs a site manager.

Judge William Everard said Dixon started his company fitting windows and possibly “over-reached himself by taking on a much more ambitious project building houses”.

“Having initially tried to deflect the authorities from the real truth, the defendant did co-operate. This is not a case where I want a company to go into liquidation as he has no previous convictions,” he said.

Dixon was also ordered to pay almost GBP6500 (USD12,120) in costs.

HSE inspector Katharine Walker said it was a very serious case as the child nearly died.

“It is important that companies, through their management structures, take appropriate steps to ensure construction sites are properly supervised and under control, which was not the case in this instance,” she said.
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Noell RTGs for Chennai Port

Noell China has delivered four rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to Chennai Port, India.

The eight-wheel RTGs have a capacity of 40 tons (40.6 tonnes), the ability to lift one container over a five-container-high stack and a stacking capacity width of 6+1.

A Noell China spokesperson said Chennai Container Terminal PVT Ltd ordered 10 of the same RTGs in 2002 and was pleased with the “good quality and excellent operation system of the cranes”.

Another four RTGs are scheduled to be shipped to the same port in May.

Chennai Port is the third busiest port in India based on figures from April 2004 to December 2004.

To read about the tsunami's impact on Chennai Port, click here
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Drunk forklift joyrider banned from driving
VALE, Guernsey

A Guernsey man who admitted driving a forklift while drunk and possessing cannabis has been banned from driving for two years.

The Guernsey Press reported Craig Domaille, 21, was drunk when he found a forklift left with the engine running near North Beach at 1.15am on Christmas Day, last year.

The Magistrate Court heard Domaille got into the forklift and “accidentally” knocked the controls, thus moving the forklift.

He finally stopped it outside St George’s Hall.

Domaille admitted in court to drink-driving, driving without insurance or a licence, and possessing cannabis. He was fined GBP950 (US1789) and banned from driving for two years.

Assistant magistrate Cherry McMillen said the danger of someone driving a vehicle for which he/she was not qualified, with no insurance and in a drunken state, gave her cause for concern.

“This is the most serious offence you have committed,” she said. “At your age, drunken, loutish pranks are not acceptable.”

Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands, northwest of France. With a population of 65,000 and about the size of Washington, DC, USA, it is self-governing but comes under the umbrella of the UK.
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1. Lift Shield Offers Extended Warranties For Forklifts

Car dealers have offered extended warranties on automobiles for more than 25 years. Heavy equipment and construction companies have offered extended warranties on their equipment for the last 20 years. Now, a new company in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, is offering an extended warranty program for forklifts.

Lift Shield, the brainchild of President Jim Facente, is now offering forklift warranties through forklift dealers across the US. “Lift Shield offers extended warranties on both new and used equipment and allows Dealers to increase used Forklift sales by offering a 1 or 2 year extended warranty” said Facente.

Facente, a former dealer principal and CFO for a large forklift company in South Florida, came up with the idea after his dealership was sold to a large Caterpillar dealer in July of 2001.

Presently the new program covers only electric forklifts but the company plans to add coverage for internal combustion forklifts within the next few months. The used extended warranty program covers more than 140 major components on an internal combustion forklift and most all of the major electrical components on electric forklifts.

Although Lift Shield is a relatively new company, their warranty program is underwritten by the oldest insurance company in the world, Lloyd’s of London. The Lift Shield program is administered by Glynn General, who has been providing extended warranties to the heavy equipment and construction industry since 1984. Through its alliance with Glynn General, Lift Shield now also offers extended warranty coverage on all types of equipment.

{--picture2--}“To our knowledge, we are the only independent company offering extended warranties for forklifts,” said Facente. He adds, “With our program, a dealer can offer a 4 year, 5000 hour extended warranty, to its customers on our new electric forklifts and a 1 year, 1000 hour or 2 year, 2000 hour extended warranty program on our used program. Our goal is to allow our dealers the opportunity to remove the fear a customer had about purchasing a used forklift and to be able to provide added protection to customers purchasing new forklifts.”

The Lift Shield program will not only increase the dealer’s equipment sales but also boost parts and service sales. The program requires the customer to have the covered forklift on a periodic maintenance program and only serviced by the selling dealer, thereby locking out the competition. One of the best features of the program is that Lift Shield pays the dealer their published list price on parts and labor for warranty repairs, unlike manufacturers, who pay only a portion of the dealer’s labor rate and only the cost of the parts for warranty repairs. Best of all, Lift Shield pays with real money, not a credit like manufacturers and they pay most claims within 14 days, thereby improving the dealer’s cashflow.

Beyond conventional applications, some dealers have been successful at using the extended warranties in creative ways. A few examples cited by Lift Shield involve dealers who purchased the coverage for older units in their rental fleet and dealers who purchased the coverage on customer machines they have on full maintenance contracts. One dealer even offered to provide an extended warranty on a forklift sold to a customer by one of his competitors, just to get the service business.

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In the Discussion Forums
The good old days ...
"Remember when it was only AC and Clark? Think of how many ACCs and C500s are still out there running today. It's amazing to think these two literally owned the material handing needs for the country. Sure Yale and Hyster were out there along with Cat/Towmotor, white and some others. "
NTOLERANCE, United States

This is what he thinks! And you?
"The Nissan Platinum and MCFA are not identical - the fuel and engine management systems are different. The Cat and the Mitsi have only used the block and some frame parts. The Nissan has the five piece overhead guard and MCFA has one piece."
Scout, Canada

You think these are the best?
"For electrics, Crown and Raymond. For the common 5000lb LP truck, Toyota. Daewoos are basically junk. You can't keep them out of the shop because of leaks. Nissan, Cat, Hyster, Yale, Komatsu play second fiddle to Toyota."
richard_m, United States

Help, Help!
"Can someone inform me on who is the largest OEM and aftermarket parts and wheel distributor in the US or who is the best? I need quality parts and service. "
liftwrecker, United States

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Upcoming Events
1. SED 2005 - Event for Construction
MILTON KEYNES,UK, United Kingdom
17th to 19th May 2005

2. CeMAT 2005
Hannover, Germany
11th to 15th October 2005

3. Forklift Safety Seminars - Free - Regional Victoria
Victoria Regional centres, Australia
Various dates

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1. Forklifts 5 to 10,000 kg Total Qty 33
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Closing: 12 February 2005
Contract: tba

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1. Forklift Mechanic - Full time
Malaga, Australia

2. SHOP MECHANIC - Full time
MIAMI FL., United States

3. Test Engineer - Full time
Portland, Oregon, United States

4. Account Manager, National Accounts - Full time
Field position, United States

5. Electric Product Planning Engineer - Full time
Irvine/California, United States

6. Senior Account Manager - Full time
TBD, United States

7. Project Manager - Full time
West Houston, United States

8. Sales Account Manager - Full time
Omaha, United States

9. Used Equipment Manager - Full time
Nashville, United States

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1. Fleet Manager / service manager - Full time
1-Michigan, or 2 any, United States

2. Technical/Sales/Service/Operations Manager - Full time
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Australia

3. Sales/Marketing/Regional Manager - Full time
Asia-Pacific/US, Malaysia

4. Forklift Mechanic - Full time
Northern Colorado Area, United States

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Fast Facts
1. CCV Examenhuis of Netherlands has developed a new safety certificate for forklift and reach truck operators who work with the machines on an irregular basis.

2. Lift Shield Offers Extended Warranties For Forklifts

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