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This is issue #280 - 05 October 2006 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
“Asian container handling market is Kalmar’s fastest growing.”


Jungheinrich to build fourth German factory
Kalmar plans to grow Asian markets
Harbour crane order worth more than USD50M
Linde unveils “redesigned” electric forklift
Cat and Sichelschmidt launch new products
Bulgarian manufacturer plans production expansion
Twenty-one countries exhibit in China
Crown honours dealers and loyal employees
Forklift transports predatory shark

Linde Australia sees restructure as “positive”

Fantuzzi New and Genuine Parts for sale

TCM’s All-New Three Wheel Electric Lift Trucks
Meclift Variable Reach Truck ML 3012RC


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Jungheinrich to build fourth German factory
HAMBURG, Germany

Jungheinrich AG’s Nordestedt plant has reached maximum production capacity, prompting the Hamburg-based manufacturer to plan a new facility in eastern Germany.

Jungheinrich head of corporate communications Markus Piazza said the location of the new plant had not been decided.

“We are taking a close look at several regions. A decision will be made by year’s end,” he said.

There were currently no details on the financial investment size or production capacity for the new plant, Piazza said.

The Nordestedt plant manufactures electric pedestrian pallet trucks, reach trucks, order pickers and forklift components. Construction for the new plant, a dedicated low-platform truck facility, is slated for 2007 and an official opening planned for the second half of 2008.

“The sustained growth displayed by the materials handling equipment market presents Jungheinrich with a very positive order situation … Low-platform truck production at Nordestedt is to be transferred to the new facility,” a Jungheinrich statement said.

There would be 140 job openings at the new east German plant and 70 extra jobs would be created at Nordestedt next year.

Cletus von Pichler, Jungheinrich board of management chairman, said:
“These plans are further proof of our company’s clear commitment to Germany as a place to do business.”

Last March, Jungheinrich announced it was turning its sales and service base in Dresden into a plant for used forklift refurbishment ( News #251). Jungheinrich officially opened its only non-German forklift assembly plant in Qingpu, China, in August ( News #276). Besides the main plant in Nordestedt, Jungheinrich has plants in Moosburg und Lüneburg, Germany.

Jungheinrich had said earlier that forklift production could not keep up with incoming orders, because Jungheinrich’s Nordestedt plant was reorganising its manufacturing processes ( News #272).

The Nordestedt reorganisation, expected to be completed in 2007, included production sequence changes, installation of new production machines and a new test and development centre.

According to Jungheinrich’s interim report for the first half of 2006, the global market for materials handling equipment sold increased 13 per cent from more than 376,1000 units in the first half of 2005 to more than 426,1000 units for the same period in 2006. Warehousing forklifts and counterbalanced forklifts contributed 12 per cent and 14 per cent respectively to the world market growth. Demand for materials handling equipment in Europe increased 12 per cent from more than 155,1000 units in the first half of 2005 to more than 174,4000 units for 2006’s corresponding period.

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Kalmar plans to grow Asian markets

Kalmar Industries CEO Christer Granskog has sent a message to competitors that the Swedish equipment manufacturer intends to establish and grow its business in the “important markets” of China and Asia.

At the opening ceremony of Kalmar Industries (Shanghai)’s new plant last month, Granskog said the USD10 million, 7,000 square metre assembly plant, in Shanghai’s Lingang Industrial Park, would give Kalmar “shorter lead times”.

“It sends a strong message that China, and Asia as a whole, are important markets in which we intend to stay and grow together with our customers,” he said.

The Asian container-handling equipment market is now Kalmar’s fastest growing area. Kalmar’s Shanghai plant assembles terminal tractors, empty container handling forklifts, rubber-tyred-gantry cranes (RTGs) and reach stackers. It is next to Yang Shan Port, a 20 million TEU-container terminal development project whose first berths began operating in 2005, a Kalmar statement said.

Kalmar deliveries to Yang Shan Port (phase one) included two reach stackers, eight empty container handlers and 68 terminal tractors. It has delivered six reach stackers, two empty container handlers, five terminal tractors and three RTGs to Yang Shan Logistic Park.

Last month, Kalmar delivered a 25 tonne-forklift, two reach stackers and four empty container handlers to Yang Shan Port (phase two).

Construction began on the Shanghai plant at the end of 2004 ( News #185). The plant has delivered three one-over-five high, 6+1 wide RTGs to Tongsheng Logistics Park, in Shanghai, and two one-over-five, 6+1 wide RTGs to Yangzhou Yuanyang International Ports Co Ltd. Yangzhou Yuanyang will receive two new all electric RTGs by the end of the year.

“Our success in the RTG market is evidence Asian customers are looking for state-of-the art equipment that combines the latest in design with improved performance and high environmental standards,” Granskog said.

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Harbour crane order worth more than USD50M

Konecranes has signed a contract with Georgia Ports Authority, in the US, for four super post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes and 15 all-electric rubber-tyred-gantry cranes (RTGs).

Delivery of the machines, worth more than USD50 million, starts in the northern hemisphere spring of 2007 to the Garden City Terminal at the Port of Savannah, Georgia. Delivery will be completed in April 2008.

The STS cranes have a 65-ton lifting capacity and can handle ships of post Panamax size or 22 containers-wide container ships. The cranes, equipped with Konecranes’ new generation AC drive system, have an outreach of 61 metres.

The 16-wheel all-electric RTGs have a 50-ton lifting capacity and can stack containers one-over-five high and six-plus truck lanes wide. Konecranes claims to hold 20 per cent of the global market for 16-wheel RTGs.

Konecranes has delivered 11 STS cranes and 31 RTGs to Georgia Ports Authority.

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Linde unveils “redesigned” electric forklift

An on-board battery charger has been included in Linde Materials Handling’s “redesigned” electric counterbalanced forklift range.

A Linde statement said the E12 to E20 range, based on Linde’s electric counterbalanced 39X series and R14X to R17X reach trucks, had several innovations designed to manage energy.

“About 80 per cent of the forklift has been re-engineered and re-designed” after Linde engineers spent 3-1/2 years developing technical innovations in the drive and control units to produce energy savings, the statement said.

It was the first time an on-board battery charger had been installed in a forklift in the European market.

“The on-board battery charger is in the counterweight and is precisely matched to the size of the battery,” the statement said.

“The flexibility associated with an on-board charger enables the battery to be recharged at any available power outlet whenever convenient or necessary. Apart from not having to drive to a fixed charging station, errors due to connecting to the wrong or an unsuitable charger are eliminated.”

The statement said other technical innovations included an accurate battery discharge indicator.

“A large display directly in front of the operator keeps track of how much energy is left and how long the forklift can keep running before the battery needs to be recharged or changed,” it said.

Linde Materials Handling GmbH managing director Georg Silbermann said other unique features included a nearly maintenance-free enclosed drive axle in which all main components, such as power modules, traction motors and lift motors, were integrated.

Silbermann said the new range, with capacities from 1,200kg to 2,000kg, was available in every country except the US, where a modified version would be distributed.

Linde Materials Handling Australia sales manager NSW George Pappas said the E12 to E20 range would probably be released in Australia in November or December.

Linde said German dealers would accept the first European orders this month.

The new forklift, which rolled off the Aschaffenburg plant in June, was called Linde’s “most important truck release for 2006”, at a press preview in France ( News #265).

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Cat and Sichelschmidt launch new products

New Cat forklift for heavy-duty use
HOUSTON, TX, United States

Cat Lift Trucks has introduced the P17500-P33000 series diesel pneumatic tyre forklift.

The new diesel forklifts have “new turbocharged engines, hydraulic fingertip control systems and ergonomic styling”, a Cat Lift Trucks statement said.

Available in six capacities, ranging from 17,500lbs (7,938kg) to 33,000lbs (14,969kg), the forklifts are designed for “demanding applications”.

Safe truck can carry and weigh
WHARTON, NJ, United States

Explosion-proof specialist Sichelschmidt has introduced the d-170S-XP/ADM model, a US-certified explosion-proof scale pallet truck.

The forklift has a 7,000lb (3,175kg) capacity and a 3.4 inch (0.09 metre) lowered fork height. It can carry and weigh pallets and totes.

The pallet truck’s Ravas safe scale system measures weights in 2lb (0.907kg) increments.

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Bulgarian manufacturer plans production expansion
SOFIA, Bulgaria

Bulgarian forklift manufacturer Dimex plans to quadruple forklift production capacity from 2,500 units a year to 10,000 units a year over the next five years.

Dimex executive director Dimitar Dimitrov said at the autumn International Plovdiv Fair that the Plovdiv-headquartered company invested LEV1.0 million (USD 654,935) in production upgrades annually, Bulgarian News Digest reported.

Dimitrov said Bulgarian forklift demand had increased greatly in the past two years.

Dimex produced about 300 new forklifts and 100 recycled forklifts a year and had a LEV12 million (USD7,859,215) annual turnover.

The report said Bulgarian forklift manufacturers competed with Chinese, South Korean and Indonesian companies.

Dimex produces 1.0 to 5.0 ton capacity internal combustion forklifts, 1.0 to 3.0 ton electric forklifts and hand pallet trucks.

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Twenty-one countries exhibit in China

Deutsche Messe AG, organiser of CeMAT Asia 2006, says 350 exhibitors will display their products and services at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre next Tuesday.

That is a 28 per cent increase on last year’s exhibitor numbers, the organiser said. The trade show  runs from October 10 to October 13.

Global forklift manufacturers, like Toyota, Linde, Jungheinrich, Mitsubishi, Komatsu, OM, Hyundai and Still, are included in the exhibitor list. Chinese manufacturers Anhui Heli, Hangzhou, Shangli and Tailift are exhibiting.

Forklift parts and accessories manufacturers, like Cascade, Kaup, Auramo Bolzoni, GS, Hoppecke and Solideal, have also registered for the show.

A total of 21 countries will exhibit at CeMAT Asia. Highlights of the show include China Logistics Focus 2006 and the 2006 China RFID Forum.

Deutsche Messe AG is organising the event jointly with industry associations China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing and the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society. Visitors to CeMAT can walk to the PTC Asia fair for power transmission and control technology, held concurrently at the same venue.

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Crown honours dealers and loyal employees
NEW BREMEN, OH, United States

Crown Equipment Corp has recognised 53 employees, who have a combined 1,325 years of experience in Crown’s forklift operations.

The 53 employees who reached 25 years of service were presented with an acrylic-styled plaque and “a monetary gift” at a ceremony at the New Bremen High School gymnasium. Ceremonies recognising employees who reach the 25-year mark are held annually.

More than 647 Crown employees have reached 25 years with the company. Active employees in that group have more than 14,000 years of experience, Crown said in a statement.

At the national awards ceremony, 13 dealers and branches received awards for outstanding achievement.

Crown Lift Trucks, of Memphis, Tennessee, and Lift Stak & Stor Inc, of Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota, received the forklift manufacturer’s highest dealer recognition, the James F Dicke Pioneer Award.

Lift Stak has won six Pioneer awards in the past 11 years and Crown Memphis was a first-time winner.

“In an industry where the pressure is unrelenting and much of the competition sells only on price, these dealers and branches consistently looked for opportunities to add value for customers,” Crown senior vice president Jim Moran said.

Eleven other dealers and branches received Summit and Ascent awards. The winners were selected from Crown’s 37 branch operations and 64 independent dealers.

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Forklift transports predatory shark
WHITBY, United Kingdom

A forklift was used to carry a 133kg shark to fishmongers in a northeast England coastal town.

Fisherman Howard Locker and his crew landed the porbeagle shark at Whitby harbour on their trawler named Emulate, Whitby Gazette reported.

Steve Boocock, of Sandgate Seafoods, paid GBP300 (USD565.17) for the nine-foot long shark.

His son said it took an hour to bone the shark and cut it into loins.

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Linde Australia sees restructure as “positive”
SYDNEY, New South Wales, Australia

Linde Materials Handling Australia says the restructure of parent company Linde AG into the Kion Group has been a “positive move”.

On 5 September 2006 Linde AG announced a merger with BOC Group plc, creating an industrial gas and engineering company trading as the Linde Group ( News #276).

Coinciding with the merger, Linde announced it would separate its materials handling business into another company, Kion Group.

Kion Group is a holding company that groups three brands, Linde, Still and OM.

A Linde Australia statement said the restructure would allow Linde to “focus on the aggressive market share growth targets set for coming years”.

Linde Materials Handling Australia managing director Carl Smith said the move was positive for Australia.

“The Linde branding will continue in Australia in its own right and the restructure will only help improve the remarkable progress Linde Australia has made in the past two years,” he said.

Linde Australia was formed in 1991 after Linde took control of Australian-based Linde Lansing.

Linde AG CEO Professor Wolfgang Reitzle said separating the materials handling business provided focus.

“By focusing on a clearly-defined business area, it will be possible to bundle strengths even more efficiently and better extract the potential of the individual brands,” he said.

Bidding for Linde’s forklift division has begun. According to Financial Times Deutschland, the latest bid was EUR3-3.5 billion (USD3.8-4.4 billion).

In 2005 the three brands, Linde, Still and OM, recorded a total turnover of EUR3.6 billion (USD4.6 billion) and an operating profit of EUR223 million (USD283 million). A total of 19,323 employees worked for the three brands worldwide. Kion Group is based in Wiesbaden.

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Fantuzzi New and Genuine Parts for sale

Announcing an extensive range of Fantuzzi new and genuine Spare Parts available for sale for most models. Full range of parts available for immediate sale including:
• engines
• cooling system
• electrical system
• frame and body components
• power lines
• hydraulics  
• masts
• transmissions
MLA Holdings Pty Ltd is one of the biggest General Cargo & Container Handling Equipment providers in Australia.

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TCM’s All-New Three Wheel Electric Lift Trucks

TCM’s new FTB16-7 and FTB18-7 Class 1 Electric Three Wheel Lift trucks are clean sheet designs engineered to increase your operation’s productivity and profitability. Optimized to deliver reliable day-to-day performance, they also feature improved safety, easy operation, and reduced maintenance as top priorities. Their state-of-the-art features include: Move more material quicker and with greater control + Reduce your cost of operation with simplified maintenance. Read More...

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Meclift Variable Reach Truck ML 3012RC

Oy Meclift Ltd, a Finnish manufacturer of Variable Reach Trucks and Side Reach Stackers, introduces its Variable Reach Truck ML 3012RC for container stuffing and other heavy lift applications. Over 20 tonnes into the middle of 20 ft container is possible. The Variable Reach Truck ML 3012RC has a lifting capacity of 30 tonnes at a load center of 1.2 meters. It is characterized by a reach feature which enables it to handle heavy loads from locations impossible for the straight-masted trucks.

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Upcoming Events

1. CeMAT ASIA 2006 - Shanghai, China ~ Forkliftaction will have a stand
Shanghai, China
10th to 13th October 2006

2. Western Ohio Forklift Safety Rodeo
Springfield, Ohio, United States
13th and 14th October 2006

3. ProMat 2007
Chicago, IL, United States
8th to 11th January 2007

4. The Safety Show
Sydney, Australia
Tuesday 17th to Thursday 19th October 2006

5. CITA 2007 3rd China International Forklift & Parts Exhibition
Shanghai, China
19th to 21st June 2007

6. Training sessions in EPC and RFID
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