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  Dear reader,
This is issue #200 - 17 March 2005 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.

“Caterpillar in top 10 employer list.”

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We are happy and proud to be publishing our 200th newsletter. With the launch of the Marketplace just weeks away, this is an exciting time for us and all our members. Our community of industry professionals has certainly grown vastly since the release of our first newsletter in July 2000.

A member sent us a letter this week:

“Because of you, a wonderful experience has happened to me, a fellow forklift professional from Canada. Last fall, I read a new post from Thailand in the Discussion Forums. I contacted and they forwarded my email address to Mr. Pin (the forum poster) who then contacted me. We corresponded via email over the next few months and this resulted in my travelling to Thailand for the first time.” Look out for Al Sloan's exciting story next week!


Kalmar buys Dutch companies

Kalmar, which is part of Kone Cargotec, has acquired the Dutch companies Peinemann Kalmar CV and Peinemann Kalmar Rental BV from parent organisation the Peinemann Group for an undisclosed sum.

Peinemann Kalmar CV and Peinemann Kalmar Rental BV will be renamed Kalmar Nederland and Kalmar Rental respectively and will continue operating from Hoogvliet in the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Kalmar Nederland will continue to focus on sales and servicing of counterbalanced equipment and terminal tractors while Kalmar Rental BV will continue to develop rental and fleet management activities.

Kalmar Industries president and CEO Christer Granskog cited the companies’ “good customer service” and “long-standing experience in the rental business” as major reasons for the acquisition.

“The acquisition also reflects our intention to become more directly involved in one of the world’s most active ports,” Granskog said.

Managing director of the acquired companies Ad Kornet and the 37 other employees will continue in their positions.

Kalmar, which was a minority shareholder in the newly acquired companies, now owns up to two thirds of the companies’ shares, Granskog said.
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Macneill is pioneer in India

Macneill Engineering Ltd has secured a RS83.0 million (USD1.9 million) order for 54 of its new, battery-powered forklifts from Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for use by the Indian Oil Corporation at its purified terephthallic acid (PTA) plant at Panipat.

The R1020EX forklifts, which have a capacity of 1.5 tons and a lift height of 3,658mm, are a new class of forklifts manufactured by the Indian company for use in zone 22 hazardous areas.

According to company director Gaurav Churiwal, Macneill is the only company in India and south east Asia to manufacture forklifts that can be used in hazardous areas.

The new product, manufactured on the outskirts of Calcutta, was developed to meet the guidelines of the Central Mining Research Institute (CMRI).

“Each forklift is certified by the CMRI, situated at Dhanbad, for safe operation in hazardous areas,” Churiwal said.

“L & T, turn-key contractor for the PTA plant of the Indian Oil Corporation, has ordered the forklifts for storage and handling of PTA bags in hazardous zone 22 areas,” he said.

Headquartered in Bishnupur, West Bengal, Macneill manufactures electric and diesel forklifts and other industrial materials handling equipment in the light-to-medium range, under the brand name Macneill.

Macneill’s customers include Indian Airlines, Proctor & Gamble, Whirlpool and Hindustan Lever.
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The best way to imagine the significance of today’s celebration is to look back at the very first issue of’s newsletter.
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Launched in July 2000, the newsletter started as a plain text email containing two stories: one about Crown Equipment Corporation (USA) and another about Clark Equipment (Australia). It was then emailed fortnightly to 50 subscribers in three countries.

Today, almost five years on, the newsletter has evolved tremendously in its style and content. It is published weekly and contains about ten news stories covering the materials handling industry worldwide.
The colourful email format with a side bar containing links to the online discussion forums, upcoming events, industry tenders and job vacancies is sent to 14,700 registered subscribers and read by an estimated 55,000 in 161 countries.

The newsletter was the first development in the internet portal project.

''Industry professionals around the world are increasingly turning to for the sort of immediate and relevant industry news, views and feedback that helps keep them up to speed on what's happening,'' Michael Leu,'s executive director, said.

“The readership continues to grow at an impressive rate and the website has well and truly established itself as a successful marketing tool for the industry on every continent," he said.

The internet portal ( not only offers a news archive with stories from the past 200 newsletters spanning five years in the global materials handling industry, but also features:

• Business Directory ( - currently listing 20,000 materials handling suppliers from around the world.
• Discussion Forums ( - a busy ''meeting place'' where the international forklift community shares ideas, gossip and business or technical expertise.
• Spec-Checker ( - technical specifications of materials handling machinery from the world's major suppliers.
• Events ( - comprehensive list of world materials handling events occurring around the world.
• Business Tenders ( – a list of open tenders for materials handling equipment and services from around the world.
• Jobs & Resumes ( – a service that allows members to browse for job vacancies or post their resumes for prospective employers

The Marketplace,'s newest initiative, is scheduled to be launched in the coming weeks. Dealers in the community are already taking up this opportunity to import their stock lists to explore the potential of this unmatched industry audience. Their used equipment stock lists will be a part of the new Marketplace when it is launched into the global industry.
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Caterpillar makes top 10 list
PEORIA, ILL, United States

Readers of Minority Engineer have ranked Caterpillar Inc among the top 10 places they would most like to work.

Caterpillar ranked number six on the list of 50 companies cited by respondents to a 2004 survey.

Readers were asked to name companies in the public and private sectors for which they would most like to work or companies they believed were progressive in recruitment, hiring and promotion of minority engineers.

Caterpillar vice president of human services Sid Banwart said the company was honoured to receive the recognition.

“Caterpillar works around the globe in a diverse world. Our world is one of many ethnicities but it is also a world that is diverse in experiences, beliefs, languages, cultures … and more,” he said.

The top 10 companies in descending order were Boeing, IBM, Northrop Grumman, General Motors, Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar, General Dynamics, National Semiconductor, Battelle and DuPont. Deere & Company was ranked number 40.

Minority Engineer, published since 1979, is provided free to black, Hispanic, Native American or Asian American qualified engineers and engineering students.
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Fortis Lease Group acquires Italian subsidiaries

Fortis Lease Group has bought Bank Austria Creditanstalt Leasing’s (BA-CA Leasing) Italian subsidiaries Austria Finanza and Austrolease for EUR32 million.

Fortis Lease CEO and managing director Philippe Delva said the acquisition would further strengthen the company’s ambitions to provide a complete range of financial services to European companies with cross-border activities.

“It will also secure Fortis Lease Group’s position as a top-five player among European leasing companies with cross-border activities,” Delva said.

With the addition of the acquired companies’ diversified portfolio of EUR500 million, approximately 8 per cent of its existing book, Fortis Lease’s total assets will increase from EUR6.4 billion to EUR6.9 billion.

Fortis Lease is a financial leasing company specialising in leasing products like forklifts, cars, machinery, IT equipment and real estate. It currently operates in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Poland.

With a market capitalisation of EUR27.7 billion and around 52,000 employees, the Fortis Lease Group ranks in the top 20 European financial institutions.
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Palfinger's new forklift has “unparalleled” reach

Palfinger is showcasing its new truck-mounted forklift, the CR50 Palreach, which it claims has an “unparalleled reach for its class” at the ConExpo in Las Vegas.

The CR50 has a maximum outreach of 77.5 inches (1.97 metres). That is achieved through a moving carriage which extends 32.5 inches (0.83 metres) and a Palreach scissor attachment which extends 45 inches (1.14 metres).

The moving carriage gets the forks in front of the tyres while the Palreach scissor allows the forks to extend across the bed and unload the truck from one side.

According to Palfinger head of communication Harald Bohaker, there are four types of truck-mounted forklifts – ones with moving mast, static mast, shooting boom or a combination system.

“The combination machine, our CR50 Palreach, combines the moving mast with the Palreach scissor. This combination allows the operator to unload from one side without having to drive under the body," Bohaker said.

“This allows for true one side unloading with a higher lift capacity than other systems because the mast is leaned against the truck body for added stability."

There are currently three other manufacturers with that system – Moffett, Princeton and Navigator, he said.
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Clark and Chinese produce CKD and SKD units

Clark Forklift Company Ltd, of the Republic of Korea, is partnering with Special Purpose Vehicle Corp (SPVC), of the China National Heavy-Duty Truck Group, to produce forklifts.

The Xinhua News Agency reported SPVC would complete CKD (completely knocked down) assembly of 800 forklifts this year. SPVC is expected to complete CKD assembly of 2000 units and produce 1000 SKD (semi knocked down) units in 2006.

Clark Material Handling Asia’s marketing and sales manager J B Lee confirmed the agreement between the two companies but would not disclose details.
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Forklift driver’s act evacuates Home Depot
OCEANSIDE, CA, United States

A dozen workers evacuated a Home Depot store after a forklift operator broke a natural gas line while working.

The San Diego Union-Tribune said the employee at the Mission Avenue store in Oceanside struck an overhead heating appliance when he was stacking a pallet on top of a tall storage rack.

The force of the impact broke the gas line leading to the heater.

Fire fighters shut off the main gas valve to the building before cutting holes in the ceiling to help the gas escape.

The workers were allowed to return after the building was aired out for an hour.

Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement retailer and the US' second largest retailer.
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The used equipment Marketplace is now being tested with participating dealers. The first stock lists have been entered and the new system is operating well.

If you are a dealer of used forklifts, telehandlers, rough-terrain, container handlers, reach stackers or attachments, we would like to invite you to explore the Marketplace’s potential by joining our free trial offer.

Send us your contact details and your current stock list by email to or by fax to + 61 7 3369 9096. We will import your stock list and give you a preview of the Marketplace systems.

All participating dealers will be offered a free trial period after launch.
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In brief …

Australian companies for tsunami effort
CANBERRA, Australia

Austrade will conduct five tsunami reconstruction workshops in April to inform Australian companies on reconstruction planning, funds disbursement, contract tendering arrangements and the agencies taking lead roles in projects.

Tsunami reconstruction task force leader Mike Moignard said:
“Austrade is particularly encouraging attendance at the workshops by Australian companies that have experience supplying products, services and expertise in infrastructure, housing, construction, water sanitation, education, health, agriculture, fisheries, tourism, power, environment and social welfare sectors.”

For more information, go to: or call: +61-13 28 78.

Combilift wins design award

Combilift Ltd’s design team has won the Fork Lift Truck Association’s design achievement award at the annual awards for excellence.

Combilift said the award was a testimony to the achievement of pioneers Martin McVicar and Robert Moffett, who created the Combilift four-directional forklift truck.

McVicar, who was named Ernst & Young entrepreneur of the year in 2001, said he was delighted the forklift industry had recognised the benefits of the Combilift solution, which initially challenged conventional design theory.
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Raymond raises USD340,000 for tsunami appeal
GREENE, NY, United States

Raymond Corporation and its dealer network are donating USD340,000 to help the victims of the Asian tsunamis.

The materials handling solutions provider and its dealers are fulfilling a commitment made in January to jointly donate USD200 for each electric rider truck and USD50 for each electric walkie pallet truck sold in January and February.

Raymond CEO and president James Malvaso said the company and its dealers hoped the contributions would help recipient charities maintain their efforts to aid the people in regions devastated by the Boxing Day tsunamis.

“We thank our customers who purchased Raymond trucks in January and February for their orders, which have enabled this effort,” Malvaso said.

The contribution will be equally split between:

• Action Against Hunger - USA, which will assist tsunami recovery efforts for at least two years.

• International Rescue Committee Inc, which has a two-year program to help rebuild schools and health care facilities.

• AmeriCares Foundation, whose long-term program provides equipment and supplies to rebuild hospitals and clinics.
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You can now access your online account pages and opt to receive the latest used equipment offers in weekly emails. As soon as the Marketplace is online you will start receiving these weekly Marketplace used equipment updates.

To turn on this option, visit Click on 'Marketplace notifications', then select the 'New Listings' option. Lost your password? Have a reminder emailed to you.

For more information contact us by email on or by phone on + 61 7 3369 9090.
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A major building products manufacturer reports that 57 per cent of all material damage is caused by forklifts. The late model, well-maintained forklifts of this large company are operated by experienced, certified operators. With an increase in the percentage of forklift operators who are trained, the aforementioned situation is occurring more frequently. Why are mature, well-trained people causing so much damage?

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

2. 7th East Africa int'l Trade Exhibition 2005
Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania
20th to 23rd March, 2005

3. Salao Da Logistica'2005 - and LogisMat
Sao Paulo, Brazil
9th to 12th August 2005

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4. Factory Store General Manager - Full time
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6. National Account Sales Administrator - Full time
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1. Field Service support / Training - Full time
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Fast Facts
1. JCB is poised for greater global expansion in its 60th anniversary with the acquisition of land in south Shanghai to build its first Chinese factory and the building of a second factory in India.

2. Poljoopskrba-AGRA d.o.o. in Zagreb, Croatia is now an exclusive representative of SkidWeigh products for Croatia and all former Yugoslav republics.

3. RSC Equipment Rental has launched its new website “”, which incorporates its new brand and logo and has an expanded range of user-friendly features and links.

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