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This is issue #244 - 26 January 2006 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
“JLG shows off compact machines in Las Vegas.”


Port operator and Kalmar to semi-automate terminal
Compact machines debut in Las Vegas
Linde buys gas, sells forklift business?
Sample of used equipment for sale
SMH moves to double-sized HQ
First Hyster for Columbia Containers
Ten years for gun thief?

Freighter's Special
Meclift Variable Reach Truck ML 1612R

Forklifts in the logging and timber industry

FORK TALK: Regulators to learn about forklift best practices

INDUSTRY PROFILE: Person: James Brindley

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This week, in News’s industry profile, we speak to a very special person from the UK. Former BT-Rolatruc national resale manager James Brindley, has retired but he still finds time for forklifts. The enthusiastic engineer can be found in his workshop these days, lovingly restoring old machines for the forklift museum he opened in Ripley, Derbyshire, in 2004. We hope you enjoy reading his profile as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

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Port operator and Kalmar to semi-automate terminal

Port of Hamburg’s biggest container terminal operator, HHLA, is working with Kalmar Industries to convert its Container Terminal Burchardkai facility to a semi-automated operation.

In phase one, Kalmar will equip the terminal with 15 automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) with automation and control systems. The first cranes will arrive at the start of 2007.

HHLA intends to increase the terminal’s throughput to 5.2 million TEUs by reengineering the operation and converting the main part of the conventional straddle carrier container storage area to an ASC system by 2015, Kalmar said.

Burchardkai terminal handled 2.7 million TEUs last year.

The contract includes an option for an additional 75 ASCs. New equipment is expected as the project develops.

Container Terminal Buchardkai managing director Christian Blauert said Kalmar had been a long-term HHLA partner.
“It makes life much easier for us to deal with one responsible supplier,” he said.

Jorma Tirkkonen, president of Kalmar intelligence & automation, said: “Automation will be a solution for many terminals looking for ways to improve capacity and productivity in a safe, environmentally friendly way.” Kalmar did not disclose the value of the contract.

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Compact machines debut in Las Vegas

JLG Industries unveiled its new line of compact telehandlers to the North American market at the World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas this week.

The G5-19A and G6-23 A, manufactured at the Maasmechelen, Belgium, plant, were derived from JLG’s models 266 and 307 that are marketed in Europe, JLG marketing director Dave Baxter said.

Baxter said the telehandlers had been well received at the trade show. “It was the largest level of inquiry of any product JLG displayed.”

Model G5-19A has a maximum capacity of 5,000lbs (2,268kg) while model G6-23A has a maximum capacity of 6,600lbs (2,994kg).

The model on display, G5-19A, has a lifting height up to 19 feet (5.79 metres) and a forward reach of 10 feet 4 inches (3.15 metres). It is powered by a 100hp Deutz diesel engine and has four-wheel drive.

Its features include a cab design for improved operator vision with 140-degree carriage rotation and a mechanical switch that enables changes from forks to other attachments.

It has three steering modes – four-wheel steering used for circle steer, crab steer or the machine can be steered with the front-wheel steering.

The machines will next be seen at the American Rental Association’s  The Rental Show in Orlando, Florida, from February 6 to February 9.

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Linde buys gas, sells forklift business?

After months of speculation, Linde AG has confirmed that it has made an all-cash bid for British gas group BOC Group plc ( News #224).

Dow Jones International News reported BOC shares surged 21 per cent to GBP13.94 (USD24.91) after the UK company said it had rejected an unsolicited approach from Linde.

BOC said it had turned down the offer because it failed to value fully BOC’s growth prospects. It did not say how much Linde had bid but that it was subject to several conditions.

In a later statement, Linde emphasised that its all-cash offer for BOC at GBP15 (USD26.81) a share was a friendly approach, noting that its gas & engineering arm and BOC complemented each other in terms of “products and regions”.

An analyst said Linde’s approach to BOC was a “decent strategic move” and the combination of the two companies could create the world’s biggest industrial gases company.

“They would potentially be able to use Linde’s cash flow in Germany to expand the industrial gas businesses in Asia, where BOC has a strong position,” the analyst said.

Linde said in its statement that its banks were “highly confident” that financing for a possible acquisition could be arranged quickly.

Breaking News
A Financial Times Deutschland report says Linde AG may consider selling its forklift business to help finance a possible acquisition of BOC. The report cites unidentified sources involved with the takeover plans.

Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Reitzle will seek potential buyers for the business if Linde's 7.54 billion pounds ($13.5 billion) offer, which BOC has rejected, goes through, the newspaper said. Linde Chief Financial Officer Peter Diesch is in talks with banks this week to discuss possible financing strategies, the FTD reported.

The report said Linde expects to fund 40 per cent of the acquisition with credit and the rest with the sale of new shares and its forklift business.

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Sample of used equipment for sale:Search 8773 listings in the Marketplace

CaterpillarTC100D1985GermanyEUR 3850Details
MitsubishiFGC25KLP1999United StatesUSD 12450Details
StillEGD-S 162001GermanyEUR 2850Details
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Toyota7FGCU302000United StatesUSD 7900Details
CaterpillarGP40K2001United StatesUSD 22000Details
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SMH moves to double-sized HQ
OLATHE, KS, United States

TVH Group’s US division, Systems Material Handling Co (SMH), has moved to a new Kansas headquarters double its previous size.

Its new headquarters, at 16355 South Lone Elm Road, in Olathe, Kansas, is two miles from the previous location. The new SMH building totals 275,000 square feet (25,548 square metres), of which 50,000 square feet (4,645 square metres) is offices and 225,000 square feet (20,903 square metres) comprises the warehouse.

SMH has evolved from a company with limited products to a “one-stop shop” since it was acquired by TVH in 2003, a TVH statement said.

TVH remains a wholly family-run business. Founder Pascal Vanhalst is responsible for management of the forklift division while the two daughters of co-founder Paul Thermote run the forklift parts business.

Ann Thermote and her husband, Bernard De Meester, manage TVH forklift parts while Els Thermote and her husband, Laurent Vannest, manage SMH.

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Police appeal for assistance
SYDNEY, Australia

New South Wales police are seeking help on an attempted theft of a forklift at Darling Harbour, Sydney, last weekend.

Five men stole a forklift from a car park and drove it onto the light rail platform at Darling Harbour around 4am on Saturday, a police spokesperson said.

The men fled after the forklift rolled off the platform onto the track. Anyone with information should phone the City Commuter Crime Unit on +612 9218 3749 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Jining plant up and running
TOKYO, Japan

Komatsu Forklifts’ new plant in Jining, Shandong province, is in full swing, producing 2.0 ton and 3.0 ton IC forklifts for the Chinese market.

The plant targets a 1,000-unit production for 2006 and expects production to grow to 3,500 units by 2008.

KCI gains new foothold

APM Terminals, the world’s third largest container terminal operator, has ordered four KCI Konecranes rubber tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) for its Yokohama container terminal in Japan.

The 16-wheel all-electric RTGs have 50 ton lifting capacities and can stack containers one-over-five high and six-plus-truck-lanes wide.

It is KCI’s first order for a Japanese port terminal. Delivery is expected in August 2006.

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First Hyster for Columbia Containers

Columbia Containers Ltd, an agricultural transload facility based at the Port of Vancouver, has received its first Hyster laden container handler.

The Hyster H1150HD-CH, to be commissioned on Canada’s west coast , has a five-high stacking capability and a Cummins QSM-11, 330HP engine.

The container handler will be used to load and off load laden containers on the terminal and for storage in the yard up to five high.

Together with Columbia’s fleet of older Taylor laden and empty container handlers, the H1150 is expected to increase productivity at the facility, said company president Randy Ferrario.

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Forklifts in the logging and timber industry

Next month, February 16, news looks at the forklifts and attachments used in the logging and timber industry.

Feature your product, your brand or your company in this special newsletter!

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Other upcoming features:
March - Industrial batteries & chargers
April - Chinese forklift market

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Ten years for gun thief?
LEHI, UT, United States

A man who used a forklift to steal a safe full of guns has pleaded guilty in the US District Court.

Deseret Morning News reported that Ryan Ferguson, 30, entered a guilty plea to one charge of possessing a firearm by a convicted felon.

He faces the possibility of 10 years in a federal prison when sentenced on April 3. His plea bargain spared him the possibility of 20 years in jail.

Lehi police said Ferguson stole a Utah Department of Transportation forklift, which he used to ram through the wall of a heating and cooling company. He then used the forklift to carry a safe containing 26 firearms ( News #230).

US District Court Judge Dee Benson asked him: “Why did you need 26 guns?”, but Ferguson’s defence attorney stopped him before he could answer.

She was concerned his answer would affect his sentence.

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Freighter's Special
GREENVILLE, NC, United States

Hyster Company offers the Freighter’s Special option, which includes shorter fork tips and a unique bumper profile making loads easier to maneuver inside trailers. In addition, three battery options and two battery compartments are available.

Click here for more information on this product, including pictures.

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Meclift Variable Reach Truck ML 1612R

Oy Meclift Ltd, a Finnish manufacturer of Variable Reach Trucks and Side Reach Stackers, introduced its Variable Reach Truck ML 1612R at CeMAT October 2005, in Hannover, Germany. Recent deliveries have been for container stuffing and handling applications in Europe and Africa.

Click here for more information on this product, including pictures.

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Regulators to learn about forklift best practices
TAMPA, FL, United States

Equipment manufacturing engineers will explain forklift best practices to federal and state safety regulators on February 9 at an inaugural regional seminar in Tampa, Florida.

Click here for the full story, including pictures

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Person: James Brindley
RIPLEY, United Kingdom

James Brindley has forklifts in his workshop he never wants to sell or rent. Keeping names like Towmotor, Lansing Bagnall and Coventry Climax alive is the aim for Brindley, 62, who opened the UK’s National Fork Truck Heritage Centre in 2004. News reporter Christine Liew spoke to the amicable Brindley this week.

Click here for the full text of this Industry Profile feature.

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3 of 8,773 listings
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Navigator - RT-5000-GHS1100495 - 2001
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Caterpillar - DP40 - 1999
Bremen, Germany

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In the Discussion Forums

Training the employers.
"Unfortunately, quality training is only half the battle - the other half is getting the employer to enforce the rules with regards to unsafe behavior and truck operations."
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Join EX discussions.
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About apprenticeships.
"There is an apprenticeship program in Ontario leading to a government certification as a "powered forklift technician". This is the trade certification soon to be a mandatory requirement for Ontario technicians."
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Upcoming Events

1. National Fork Lift Safety Conference 2006
Warwick, United Kingdom
19th September 2006

2. SED 2006
Corby, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
16th to 18th May 2006

3. FLTA Annual Awards for Excellence 2006
Birmingham, United Kingdom
11th February 2006

4. Logistics & Supply Chain Conference - Queensland 2006
Brisbane, Australia
13th & 14th July 2006

5. Safety Program - Sling & Rigging
Los Angeles, United States
4th and 5th April 2006


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1. Design & Manufacture specialized Fork Stacker
Washington, DC, United States
Closing: 01 February 2006
Contract: WPC-06-SMSC


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1. Sales/Marketing Manager - Full time
Mid-West, United States

2. Sales Executive - Full time
Brisbane, Australia

3. Shop Technician - Full time
Summerville, SC, United States

4. Sales Representatives (advertising) - Full time
Various, Australia


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1. VP/GM/Operations Manager - Full time
Open for relocation, United States

2. Sales Mgr./Regional Mgr - Full time
Southern California Base, United States

3. Sales Manager. - Full time
world, Germany


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Editorial Calendar

Explosion proof forklifts
Forklifts in the logging and timber industry
Industrial batteries and chargers
The forklift market in China
Reach stackers
Forklift tyres, wheels and castors
The German forklift industry
Container attachments
Truck mounted forklifts
Engines and drive trains
The forklift market in Canada
End of year review


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