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This is issue #254 - 06 April 2006 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
“Trade survey raises eyebrows.”


NMHG chief ends 30-year career
BT celebrates 60th birthday
Eight forklift manufacturers exhibit at NA 2006
Toyota sponsors survey questions, loves results
Sample of used equipment for sale
New trucks from Cat and Raymond
Jungheinrich airlifts parts to British customers
TVH founder’s right-hand man retires
Movers & Shakers
Driver leaps from hot seat to safety

Vive la France: C.V.S. Ferrari again in Brittany

Introducing Wheelsafe loose wheelnut indicators
SkidWeigh ED2-EPT Series - Electric Pallet Truck Check Weighing System
Driver ID key pad entry system

Marketplace goes Rental!

SAFETY FIRST: Dave Hoover: Forklift standards at

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The Industrial Truck Association and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers have collaborated to make forklift standards available free from the Industrial Truck Standards Development Foundation (ITSDF). Industry members can now download these standards from In Part 1 of a two-part series, US-based Safety First contributor David Hoover writes on the forklift standards this week. David will explore the standards in greater detail in Part 2 next month.

NMHG chief ends 30-year career
PORTLAND, OR, United States

Reginald R Eklund retires as Nacco Materials Handling Group Inc (NMHG) president and CEO on June 30, 2006.

Eklund, 65, has had a career in materials handling spanning 30 years. He started as a market analyst in Eaton Corp’s materials handling group in 1966 before becoming Eaton’s Yale Materials Handling Corp president and CEO in 1984. In 1985, Nacco Industries acquired Yale Materials Handling Corp and Hyster Company in 1989.

In 1992, Eklund was appointed head of the combined Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc, later renamed NMHG. NMHG, ranked number 4 in dhf magazine’s world ranking list of forklift manufacturers for 2004/05, operates three divisions: Americas, Europe and Africa, and Asia-Pacific.

The group has 7,500 employees. Sales for fiscal 2005 totalled USD2.4 billion.

Eklund paid tribute to NMHG employees for the group’s growth.

“Through the years it has always been a privilege to serve, and ultimately lead, this outstanding organisation. What a wonderful experience to participate in the evolution of such a great business.  

“More importantly, it has been an honour to work with the fine men and women who have the highest values and a strong drive for success,” he said.

Watching Hyster and Yale grow under the structure of NMHG and Nacco Industries was the highlight of his career with the company, Eklund said.

He plans to spend time doing community service and with his family after retirement.

Michael Brogan, 56, NMHG executive vice president for operations, replaces Eklund.

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BT celebrates 60th birthday
MJÖLBY, Sweden

BT Group has pledged to “invest aggressively” and “intensify product development” as it celebrates 60 years of warehouse truck innovation.

The Swedish-based company, now part of Toyota Industries Corporation, has nearly 9,000 employees, seven production sites in four countries and annual sales of SEK15 billion (USD1,968 million).

In a brochure commemorating the group’s 60th anniversary, BT chronicled the company’s development from the 1950s to 2006.

Company CEO Per Zaunders said the group was intensifying product development to secure its position at the forefront of the industry.

BT through the decades
  • 1950s: BT acquired its first premises in Stockholm. Its original name was AB Bygg och Transportekonomi, later shortened to BT. The standard pallet truck was introduced and production of manual stackers started. BT products were exported on a small scale.
  • 1960s: BT established international sales companies in European countries and exports rose to 50 per cent of BT sales. The first BT reach stacker was manufactured.
  • 1970s: BT established in the North American market by starting sales companies in USA and Canada.
  • 1980s: Sales quadrupled, passing the SEK1 billion (USD131 million) mark in 1982. The 1,000,000th hand pallet truck was delivered in 1984. BT further strengthened its North American position with the acquisitions of Canada’s Lift-Rite and USA’s Prime-Mover.
  • 1990s: BT went through a major restructuring and, in 1995, listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Acquisitions included Raymond Corp, USA, in 1997; Mechanical Handling Consultants in 1998; and CESAB, Italy, in 1999.
  • 2000s: Toyota Industries Corporation bought BT in 2000. Combined, they have a 20 per cent share of the global industrial forklift market ( News #1).
    BT launched a lifetime guarantee for hand pallet trucks in 2005 ( News #204).
    Toyota and BT capitalised on synergy potentials by joining to form one global organisation, the Toyota Material Handling Group (TMHG) ( News #203). In 2006, BT added a sales and service company in Finland.
Go to to view a flash film of BT Group's 60-year history.

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Eight forklift manufacturers exhibit at NA 2006
CLEVELAND, OH, United States

by US correspondent Roger Renstrom
Materials handling exhibition NA 2006 featured displays from forklift manufacturers Hyster, Hytsu, JLG, Komatsu, Landoll, Narrow Aisle, Noblelift and Yale.

Trade group Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA), of Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, organised the North American Material Handling Show & Forum, known this year as NA 2006, from March 27 to March 30 in Cleveland.

Based on input from MHIA roundtable leaders, Brian McNamara, MHIA executive chairman, said MHIA saw an economic turn start in the third quarter of 2002 and an indication of continued growth well into 2007.

MHIA predicted new orders would rise 11 per cent to 13 per cent in 2006, followed by an additional 3.5 per cent to 5 per cent in 2007. Shipments should grow 10.5 percent to 12 per cent, followed by growth of 6.5 per cent to 8 per cent in 2007, McNamara said.

NA 2006 attracted displays from nearly 500 materials handling and logistics providers with exhibits covering 150,000 square feet (15,000 square metres). The event included an education centre with presentations and displays dedicated to the emerging adoption and implementation of radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies.

Other NA 2006  news
Yale Materials Handling Corporation (YMHC), of Greenville, South Carolina, USA, introduced its NTA-SB series of very-narrow-aisle forklifts  in 3,000 pound and 3,500-pound (1,350kg and 1,575kg) capacities for high-density warehouse applications.

In a joint marketing initiative, YMHC, Hyster Co and exhibitor ID Systems Inc, of Hackensack, New Jersey, USA, collaborated in promoting an active RFID-based ID Systems vehicle asset communicator mounted on a forklift. The device linked wirelessly to a system demonstration in the ID Systems exhibit.

JLG Industries Inc, of McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, exhibited its MSP Series of vertical mast stock pickers with platform heights of 10 feet, 15 feet or 20 feet (three metres, 4.5 metres or six metres) for overhead applications in warehouses, retail stores, factories and offices. JLG also demonstrated its Model 20MVL mobile vertical forklift with a 350 pound (157.5 kg) platform capacity for construction, maintenance and retail use.

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Toyota sponsors survey questions, loves results
BOSTON, MA, United States

by US correspondent Roger Renstrom
A news release about an on-line 2005 trade survey said Toyota Material Handling USA Inc (TMHU) again led two product perception categories, but the results raised eyebrows in the forklift community.

TMHU, of Irvine, California, USA, issued the release using responses compiled from a sponsored question it supplied to a Boston, Massachusetts, USA, division of survey organiser Reed Research Group.

TMHU “dominated the categories of quality and value for the second year in a row”, the forklift firm said in the release.
The sponsored question read: “Please rank the top five lift truck brands in terms of quality and value.” Survey participants selected from a supplied list of 13 manufacturers and assigned rankings in separate categories for quality and value. Toyota came first in each category in 2005 and 2004.

The research organisation is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc’s Reed Business Information US unit. Among its business-to-business titles, Reed Business publishes Modern Materials Handling magazine.

For the 2005 survey of those in the magazine’s database, TMHU, in the forklift manufacturing segment, and another firm in the conveyor business, paid Reed Research to include three proprietary questions. Responses to those questions went only to the sponsors.

“The proprietary questions are done in conjunction with the study on-line,” said Darrell Dal Pozzo, the magazine’s associate publisher. Only one manufacturer in each equipment category can ask proprietary questions.

An unaffiliated firm, Research Results Inc, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA, independently tabulated the results for Reed Research.

The full 63-page study, “The State of Manufacturing, Warehouse and Distribution,” consolidated results anonymously on the basis of input from 563 eligible respondents - qualified buyers of materials handling equipment - between August 16 and September 6, Dal Pozzo said. “Every year, we do a lot of research for Modern for different industries by product.”

TMHU uses the information in marketing the brand. “It is an honour to be consistently rated number one by people who use materials handling equipment for their business needs,” Brett Wood, vice president of marketing, product planning and dealer development, said in the Toyota release.

Reed Research is willing to customise studies for others. “Another lift truck company could call us and ask us to conduct a study across our audience,” Dal Pozzo said.

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New trucks from Cat and Raymond

GREENE, NY, United States
Raymond Corp has added a Model 5500 order picker to its 5000 series order picker line.

The new model offers forklift users the choice of an AC order picker in 24 volts or 36 volts. It has a 3,000lb (1,361kg) load capacity and a maximum lift height of 366 inches (9.3 metres). The forklift is manufactured at the Greene, New York, plant for the US and international markets.

A new series of four-wheel electric counterbalanced forklifts, the 4700 Series, has replaced the DSD series introduced in 2002.

Available in load capacities from 3,000lbs to 6,000lbs (1,361kgs to 2,722kgs), the forklifts have a maximum lift height of 313 inches (7.95 metres).

The series, which is also manufactured at the Greene plant for the US and international markets, has Raymond’s ACR System, offering AC-powered motors for lift and drive functions.

HOUSTON, TX, United States
Cat Lift Trucks has introduced the ET3000-ET4000 series of AC-powered three-wheel forklifts.

The three models in the series have load capacities ranging from 3,000lbs to 4,000lbs (1,361kgs to 1,814kgs) and are made to handle uneven surfaces and trailer loading in demanding applications.

Loaded ET3000 and ET3500 trucks have maximum lift heights of 4.79 metres (188 inches) and 4.35 metres (171 inches) for the ET4000. A Cat Lift Trucks’ spokesperson told News the forklifts’ manufacturing location and export markets were not available for release.

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Jungheinrich airlifts parts to British customers
HAMBURG, Germany

Jungheinrich AG is working with a UK parcel services group to provide next-day delivery of spare parts to UK customers.

The parts are sent from Jungheinrich’s Nordestedt warehouse to Hamburg’s Fuhlsbϋttel airport where they are flown in Lynx UPS Company’s BAe 748 aircraft to Coventry, UK. After landing, Lynx distribution vehicles send the parts to Jungheinrich service engineers by 7am the next day.

Customers in the main population areas receive orders by noon and the rest of the British market receives parts by the end of the work day. Lynx’s aircraft will airlift parts from Hamburg to Britain five times a week.

Jungheinrich provides next-day delivery of spare parts in most European countries.

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Marketplace goes Rental!

Many dealers have a rental fleet or offer their used equipment for rental arrangements. You can now list your rental units in your Marketplace stock list here at

Simply tick the "Available for rent” option in your listings to indicate their availability for rental. So get the most out of the Marketplace and feature your rental units today!

For more information on how to access your stock list or on how to list your used forklifts in the Marketplace, write to

Phone: +61 7 3369 9090 - Fax: +61 7 3369 9096.

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TVH founder’s right-hand man retires
WAREGEM, Belgium

A TVH Group employee known by fellow employees as the “right hand” of group co-founder Paul Thermote is finally hanging up his work boots.

Luc Vandemoortele, 60, started his TVH career in 1971 as an assistant mechanical engineer, repairing agricultural machinery. His specialty was repairing diggers, excavators, cranes, bobcats and bulldozers. As the company increased focus on forklift parts, Vandermoortle started repairing masts, fork carriages, bale clamps, forks, cylinders and frames.

Vandemoortele was described by a TVH spokesperson as “someone Paul Thermote shared technical knowledge with and could always count on”.

After 35 years with TVH, he will spend time travelling with his wife, Edith.

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Movers & Shakers

PORTLAND, OR, United States
Nacco Materials Handling Group Inc (NMHG) executive vice president for operations Michael Brogan will take over as NMHG president and CEO when Reginald R Eklund retires on June 30, 2006. Brogan joined NMHG in 1983 and is currently responsible for global operations and product development. He has held leadership positions in engineering, manufacturing, product strategy and procurement within NMHG.

GREENVILLE, NC, United States
Yale Materials Handling Europe has appointed Bill Pfleger as managing director. He was previously vice president of dealer development for Yale Americas. Before joining Yale, Pfleger was chief financial officer at a Yale dealership for eight years. He holds an accounting degree and an MBA from Michigan State University, USA.

Vancouver, Canada
Finning International Inc has appointed Michael T Waites as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective from May 1, 2006. Waites was chief financial officer of Canadian Pacific Railway for the past six years and CEO of its US network for the past three years. He has resigned as a member of the Finning board of directors to accept his new position.

WAREGEM, Belgium
Luc Vandemoortele has retired after a 35-year career repairing forklift parts for the TVH Group. Vandemoortele was called the “right hand” of TVH co-founder Paul Thermote and would be missed by the company, a TVH spokesperson said.

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Driver leaps from hot seat to safety
TAURANGA, New Zealand

A Kiwi forklift operator leapt to safety at the Mount Maunganui wharves last week after his seat caught fire.

The man noticed a smoky smell while operating the forklift, Bay of Plenty Times reported. Wharf employees rushed to his aid with fire extinguishers and by the time fire trucks from Tauranga and Mount Maunganui arrived, the blaze was well underway.

The forklift was destroyed but the driver escaped uninjured. A package of logs nearby was singed but no other damage was done.

The blazing forklift sent black smoke into the air that was visible across the city, the newspaper reported.

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Vive la France: C.V.S. Ferrari again in Brittany

CVS Ferrari has just delivered three reach stacker units, model Ferrari 277.5 to a big terminal in Brittany, where CVS Ferrari equipment has been working since 1998. The three machines are operating in a terminal situated in the Northern part of France and are part of the plan for constant development and modernization of that terminal fleet. The reach stacker Ferrari F277.5 is able to lift 45 tons in the first row and 25 tons in second row offering great combination of weight and engine power, great manoeuvrability and light ground pressure.

Click here for the full text of this release, including pictures.

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Introducing Wheelsafe loose wheelnut indicators

Wheelsafe tyre pressure indicators are an innovative high quality replacement to the dust cap, providing a three colour visual status of your current tyre pressures, green safe, yellow caution, and red danger.

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

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SkidWeigh ED2-EPT Series - Electric Pallet Truck Check Weighing System

The hydraulic pressure transducer electric pallet truck check weighing system, ED2-EPT SkidWeigh Series is an economical alternative to the electronic load cell based pallet truck weighing scale. This heavy duty, universal check weighing system is ideal for aftermarket retrofit to all kinds of “Electric Walkie Pallet Trucks” at either customer or forklift dealer locations. The digital indicator compact design fits easily on the limited vehicle dashboard space.

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Driver ID key pad entry system

The Driver ID is a key pad entry system to forklifts. Whilst key pad entry is not unique to the market the Driver ID is unique as it prompts the first driver that keys on at the start of a shift to complete and log a full start up safety check. The Driver ID goes through the check list and the driver answers “YES” or “NO” to each question, should all the answers be “YES” the Driver ID will allow the forklift to be started.

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

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Dave Hoover: Forklift standards at
NEWARK, OH, United States

Eleven standards are free at Whether you are a trainer in the US or not, these are excellent guidelines for forklift safety and contain a tremendous amount of professionally written technical and safety material.

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

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Good news for the industry!
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What about replacement cycles?
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Help this guy out.
"Which type of oil is required for the Toyota 6FBR10? There is a cap with the word "oil" written on top of it but I have no idea what type of oil to use. Can you share more information about the maintenance of the forklift?"
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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
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