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This is issue #219 - 28 July 2005 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.

“Palletcap Limited helps Sudanese have clean water!”

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Chinese manufacturers sell 57,500 forklifts in 2004

The Chinese engineering machinery manufacturing industry consumes around 4.5 million tons of steel annually, says the China Construction Machinery Association (CCMA).

The China Industry Daily News reported loading machine manufacturers, which consumed around 1.4 million tons of steel a year, were the largest steel consumers in the Chinese machinery industry.

China’s engineering machinery industry sold more than 400,000 engineering machines last year; including 96,000 wheel loaders, 57,500 forklifts, 34,000 excavators, 11,000 tower cranes and 6,100 bulldozers.

In 2004, there were around 1,000 engineering machinery manufacturers in China, including 124 foreign-funded enterprises and 15 public companies.

The combined sales of 23 Chinese engineering machinery enterprises in 2004 generated at least CNY1 billion (USD1.2 billion), which was 50 per cent of the total sales of the Chinese engineering machinery industry.
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Palletcap Limited to help Sudanese water supply
CANNOCK, United Kingdom

The manufacturer of the bright yellow cone used to protect vulnerable freight, Palletcap Limited, will donate palletcaps to Oxfam GB for its relief work in Africa.

The palletcap is a cardboard cone that is placed on top of a pallet load to warn forklift operators from stacking any higher.

Oxfam GB logistics warehouse manager Rod Hogg said the palletcaps would solve the problem of sacks of aluminium sulphate splitting on arrival at their final destination. Aluminium sulphate is being used to treat contaminated water in Sudan.

“Communicating a non-stacking approach throughout that long delivery cycle has been very difficult. The goods may be airfreighted and then moved by four or five different trucks before reaching a refugee camp in the middle of the desert.

“There’s a lot of handling involved, with further complications due to language barriers and illiteracy. I see Palletcap as being a solution to these difficulties as it makes it clear that the goods should not be stacked upon,” Hogg said.

Palletcap spokesperson Hayley Shirley said: “(We) will be supplying whatever quantities are required. This is a clear case where preventing waste could be a life-saver. I would personally get a huge amount of satisfaction being a part of this project.”
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Barloworld sells 25 per cent stake to Shongwe-led consortium
SANDTON, South Africa

Barloworld Ltd has sold a 25 per cent stake in its South African and African logistics business to a consortium led by industry veteran Issac Shongwe and his company Letsema Holdings, for around R118 million (USD17.6 million).

The transaction will lead to the formation of a new company, Barloworld Logistics Africa (Pty) Ltd, which will house all of the South African and African business activities of Barloworld Logistics Pty Ltd.

Barloworld Logistics Africa will have net assets of R472 million (USD70.5 million) with annual revenues exceeding R600 million (USD89.7 million).

The Shongwe-led consortium will play an active role in business development and the transformation of Barloworld Logistics Africa with Shongwe joining the board as an executive director, a company statement said.

The consortium consists of Letsema Holdings (60 per cent), CEPWAWU Investments, a trade union investment company (20 per cent), while the remaining 20 per cent has been placed in a trust to attract other black entrepreneurs who will be committed to joining and developing the business.

Shongwe founded Letsema Consulting, a strategic management consulting firm in 1995. He is founder and chairman of Letsema Investments, a black empowerment investment holding company, and has served as an executive with logistics and supply chain companies.

“We are pleased that their BEE (black economic empowerment) strategy requires real black participation at all levels of the organisation. We look forward to our partnership, to growing our business together, and contributing to the continued transformation of the industry,” Shongwe said.

Barloworld Logistics’ business in the UK, Europe, the US and the Middle East will remain directly owned by Barloworld Logistics Pty Ltd.
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Cat Lift Trucks boosts local students’ education
HOUSTON, TX, United States

Three US high school graduates received a USD1,000 scholarship from Cat Lift Trucks at a recent awards reception at the company’s Houston headquarters.

Two of the recipients Jason Fochtman and Bruce Jaynes, plan to major in mechanical engineering at Texas Christian University while Emily Fortuna plans to major in computer science at Rice University.

TIC plans Indian forklift sales base

Toyota Industries Corp (TIC) will capitalise on the Indian market’s growth potential by establishing a forklift sales base there, president Tetsuro Toyoda said.

The Jiji Press English news service said Toyoda cited the country’s vast population as a reason for TIC’s aim to make swift inroads into the Indian market.

MCFA renews CitiCapital finance program
HARRISON, NY, United States

Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America (MCFA) and CitiCapital, a Citigroup business unit, will renew their exclusive retail and wholesale finance program covering the US and Canada.

CitiCapital executive vice president Jim Gagne said: “Our partnership with MCFA began more than 15 years ago with the inception of our Material Handling Finance business. MCFA is a rock-solid partner and we are excited to build on our relationship.”
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JLG grows its service operations

Telehandler manufacturer JLG is expanding its ServicePLUS operations into the Mid-Atlantic region of the US.

Initially launched in Houston, Texas, JLG will now expand the ServicePLUS umbrella to include the Commercial Equipment Services operations in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, president Bill Lasky said.

“The Houston location will be renamed ServicePLUS - South Central Region, while the McConnellsburg location will become ServicePLUS - Mid-Atlantic Region.

“This organisational structure will better serve the multi-faceted needs of our customers,” Lasky said, adding that there were plans to expand it to multiple US sites.

ServicePLUS Inc is a JLG subsidiary that provides repair and maintenance, reconditioning, and training on JLG-manufactured products and other related construction equipment.

The company has also formed the JLG Commercial Solutions Group (CSG) to expand the market penetration of its access products, like vertical mast lifts and trailers.

“The unique requirements of this channel for product design and customer service will be the complete focus of the newly formed CSG,” Lasky said.
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Movers & Shakers

JLG has appointed Philip H Rehbein to assume responsibility for its new Commercial Solutions Group (CSG). Rehbein is a senior vice president with the company. Before joining JLG, he held various finance and operational positions with the Black & Decker Corporation. He is a certified public accountant.

John Louderback has been named JLG vice president of Six Sigma, Quality Processes and Training. Before joining JLG, Louderback was vice president and chief financial officer of a construction equipment rental company and was controller for an equipment manufacturer. He earned an MBA from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Issac Shongwe, founder of Letsema Consulting, a strategic management consulting firm, will join the newly established Barloworld Logistics Africa as executive director ( News #219). In 1996, Shongwe was named Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. In 2002, the Aspen Institute, in Colorado, US, made him a Henry Crown Fellow and, in 2003, he was co-founder of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI), a program similar to the Henry Crown Fellowship designed to develop the next generation of African leaders. Shongwe holds degrees from Wesleyan University, in the US, and the University of Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg. In 1991, he obtained a M Phil in management studies from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has elected Michael J Porcaro to serve on the AEM board of directors. Porcaro is president and managing partner of James Informational Media in Des Plaines, Illinois.

C Mike Simpkins has been appointed AEM’s vice chairman for construction. Simpkins is president of Bomag Americas in Kewanee, Illinois.
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Forklift driver wins at Royal Welsh Show
SWANSEA, United Kingdom

A forklift driver who has been fly-fishing the rivers of South West Wales for more than 50 years has landed “the big one” at this year’s Royal Welsh Show.

According to the South Wales Evening Post, John Graham, 61, won the Welsh fly caster champion title, together with fellow fisherman Arwel Evans, after casting over a distance with different styles of rod at the agricultural show.

“The biggest fish I ever caught was a 25lb salmon on the Towy (river in Carmarthenshire),” he said.

"I enjoy everything about fishing but most of all it's the solitude and being surrounded by nature."
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NEWARK, OH, United States

I was at a customer location and found forks in use on one forklift were worn around 30 per cent to 40 per cent. The dealer had mentioned the worn out forks to the customer, although no action was taken to follow through and get them out of service.

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MELBOURNE, Australia

An Australian glass manufacturer was fined A$310,000 (USD234,236) this week, one of the highest workplace fines imposed in Victoria, after a November 2001 workplace accident.

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