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This is issue #324 - 23 August 2007 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
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Skyjack agrees to buy CareLift
Unique forklift working at City of Dreams
Study targets propane contaminants
Eastern Europe leads in second quarter
New Products
Forklift driver’s T-shirt offends city council
Sample of used equipment for sale

The scramble for Brambles
Companies must take risks seriously
Investment continues in Port of Brisbane

Vulkoprin introduces completely NEW WHEEL CATALOGUE!
EnerSys looks to the East
Trade Partners / Distributors Wanted !
3rd Trans Middle East Egypt 2007 Exhibition and Conference
TVH Australasia releases it's new Quick Reference Parts Catalogue
Experienced Forklift Sales Professional Required In The UK

Experienced Forklift Sales Professional Required In The UK Anounces September Special

FORK TALK: AEM seeks award nominees

SAFETY FIRST: Joseph Hrinik: Hydraulic Fluid Hazards

Evan Debenham, Hyster North

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Eastern Europe is a fascinating market where change is more than a buzz-word. The region has seen significant growth which has translated into bigger markets for forklifts and related equipment. At the same time, the sub-continent is building a reputation as an equipment manufacturer. Both aspects of Eastern Europe’s growth will be the focus of next week’s Special Report in News and suppliers and end-users with interesting stories are asked to contact our editorial team. There are also some attractive advertising opportunities, and for more information, please contact the marketing team.

Skyjack agrees to buy CareLift
GUELPH, Canada

Skyjack Inc has signed an agreement to buy telehandler manufacturer CareLift Equipment Ltd of Breslau, Ontario.

Linda Hasenfratz, the CEO of parent company Linamar Corp, says CareLift expands Skyjack’s product offering and opens up a large market for the Guelph, Ontario-based company. Skyjack Inc manufactures a line of self-propelled scissor lifts with elevated work heights up to 56 feet (17.1 metres).

“The global telehandler market is worth USD3 billion and growing,” Hasenfratz says.

“CareLift's popular ZoomBoom brand is well positioned to increase market share by using Skyjack's well established distribution network.”

CareLift, established in 1962, has a factory in Breslau, about 72km west of Toronto, Ontario, that employs 65 people. CareLift claims on its website its telehandlers are “heavier built than the competition” and meet the needs of the North American construction market.

CareLift's rough-terrain telehandlers have lift heights ranging from 32 feet to 56 feet (9.8 metres to 17.1 metres) and payload capacities from 6,000lbs to 32,000lbs (2721.6kg to 14,515.0kg).

David Bristow, CareLift’s vice president for sales & marketing, says the company will produce about 250 telehandlers in 2007 that will be sold through rental and retail distribution channels in North America. Sales revenue for 2007 is estimated to be about CAD25 million (USD23.5 million).

He adds that Linamar plans to significantly increase production of CareLift telehandlers over the next two years.

The transaction is subject to further due diligence.

Linamar Corp’s divisions manufacture components for engines, transmission and driveline system and offers product development service and expertise as well as transportation services. It employs 11,000 people in 36 manufacturing locations, five R &D centres and nine sales offices in Canada, US, Mexico, Germany, Hungary, China and Korea. In 2006, Linamar's generated almost USD2.3 billion in sales.

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Unique forklift working at City of Dreams
ROCESTER, United Kingdom

Sun Shing, JCB’s new industrial equipment dealer in Hong Kong, is off to a flying start after receiving a telescopic forklift order before the first shipment of machines had arrived.

Sun Shing sales manager Man Wong sold the TLT 30D 4X4 four-wheel drive teletruk to the new City of Dreams casino complex being constructed in Macau after showing a brochure to the customer.

Three JCB Teletruks in total were shipped to Hong Kong harbour from JCB Compact Products in Cheadle, UK, this month.

A JCB employee who declined to be named because of company policy told News the JCB Teletruk is a unique machine. Although the teletruk has a telescopic boom, it is nothing like a telescopic handler.

He says in 1977 JCB introduced its first telehandler, the JCB 520 with two-wheel drive design. The next generation machines were designed as four-wheel drive.

But in the mid-1990s, JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford wanted the company to enter the industrial handling market. In January 1996, two JCB employees started investigating possibilities and considered industrial equipment like counterbalanced forklifts, access platforms and hand pallet trucks.

“Now with counterbalanced forklifts commanding such a huge world market, that was the obvious place to start,” the spokesperson says.

“But the last thing we wanted to do was build a counterbalanced masted forklift like everyone else.”

Research undertaken by JCB then showed there were over 40 major counterbalanced forklift manufacturers. JCB also found that the industrial load handling market required small machines with tight turning abilities and high load carrying capacities.

In the northern hemisphere autumn of 1997, JCB launched the JCB TLT 25D, a 2.5 tonne (5,511.6lb) capacity diesel forklift with a telescopic boom. Unlike a telehandler, the new forklift was compact, had smaller wheels, a counterweight, a smaller working footprint and a higher load capacity (2.5 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes/ 5,511.6lbs to 7,716.2lbs).

The two-wheel drive TLT 30D will lift 3,000kg (6,613.9lbs) to 5,159mm (16.9 feet), the two-wheel drive TLT 35D will lift 3,500kg (7,716.2lbs) to 4,400mm (14.4 feet) and the four-wheel drive TLT 35D 4X4 will lift 2,750kg (6,602.7lbs) to 4,350mm (14.3 feet).

“Because no such machine exists beyond ours, we decided to differentiate the concept from the conventional forklift.

“We invented a new category –TLT- the telescopic lift truck.

“The JCB teletruk range of diesel, LPG, and both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models is today the world’s only TLT,” the spokesperson says.

A decade on, JCB continues seeking out the market sectors that will benefit most from its concept forklift. Used mostly outdoors, the Teletruk can load a lorry from one side only. The absence of a vertical mast means an unblocked forwards vision for the operator. No mast, chains or rollers mean Teletruks can get right up to a pile of sand, aggregates or waste paper on a recycling station with low risk of damage. It is also quick and easy to change the Teletruk’s attachments, particularly between forks and a shovel.

“The sector we have had the most success in is what we call builders’ merchants - supplying bricks, building materials, sand and aggregates. The other world growth is in recycling.”

The Teletruk will never replace a conventional masted forklift but will be used in market segments closed to an industrial forklift dealer, the spokesperson says.

UK legislation requires all machines used in mining operations to have roll-over-protection (ROPS) and falling-object-protection (FOPS) cabs. ROPs regulations govern the degree to which the cab’s structure deforms in the event of the machine rolling over. FOPs regulations govern the amount to which a cab roof structure will deform into the inner space occupied by the operator.

All industrial masted forklifts conform to FOPs regulations but none are required to have ROPs. A teletruk has no mast and therefore its cab structure conforms to ROPs and FOPs regulations.

The UK, France, Italy and the USA are JCB’s largest markets for the Teletruk.

Common applications for Teletruk
  • One-side lorry loading
  • Reaching from quayside for ships’ store and passenger baggage handling
  • Working on rough surface, semi off-road conditions with four-wheel drive
  • Changing attachments quickly for landscape suppliers, builders’ merchants and recycling.
  • Reaching over obstructions, saving time in congested yards
  • Utility companies and factories required to deliver valves and motors for maintenance work
  • Rail freight
  • Container work with difficult loads requiring good forwards visibility

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Study targets propane contaminants
SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States

The Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) of San Antonio is testing samples of poor quality propane that has impacted on performance of forklift engines.

SwRI is asking for industry help in gathering the samples of propane, or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), says Mike Ross, SwRI program manager. “We are looking at various methods—possibly filters or additives—to reduce a range of contaminants in the fuel.”

SwRI began the forklift engine LPG study on April 20 under a one-year USD701,500 contract from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) of Washington, DC.

“We need a worst-case fuel for a standardised test,” Ross says. “We do not know if we will get to that kind of test.”

For use as needed, SwRI created a kit enabling a user of contaminated propane to collect, package and send samples for evaluation.

“People are having problems with vaporisers filling with oil,” Ross explains. “We want to better understand the factors that may lead to vaporizer deposits and how to control them.”

Regarding propane contamination, “there is a lot of anecdotal data out there,” says Greg Kerr, PERC director of research and development. “We want to sort out what in the field is causing the problems.”

LPG is normally transported through pipelines and some tanker cars and is routinely exposed to a variety of foreign substances.
Once SwRI reports its findings, PERC will determine if additional research is warranted.

The 1996 federal Propane Education & Research Act authorised an ongoing assessment of 0.5 cent per gallon of odorised propane gas. The proceeds fund PERC safety, equipment and awareness efforts in support of the propane industry.

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Experienced Forklift Sales Professional Required In The UK

You are a Sales Manager now or else you think you should be.
You know what it takes to present your case both to client management and out on site.

We are the factory  team behind the unique JCB Teletruk, the counterbalanced forklift with a telescopic boom. We don't directly sell the machine against ordinary forklifts because  the two are not 100% comparable. So we need someone who can visit a site and see beyond the obvious. And therefore, because JCB doesn't make ordinary FLTs, we want someone who also isn't ordinary.

For more information, email with your query and contact details.

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Crown’s new truck most versatile
NEW BREMEN, OH, United States

Crown says its RC 5500 Series stand-up counterbalanced forklift is the warehouse’s most versatile performer.

The forklift is used for loading and unloading trailers, transporting and staging products in the warehouse and storing product in racks.

It features the Crown’s FlexiRide suspension, has “unmatched” visibility and “best in class” operator comfort, the manufacturer claims.

Mitsubishi appoints Malaysian distributor
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia

Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks has appointed Hup Soon Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd as its exclusive distributor for Malaysia.

Hup Soon Industrial Equipment, located in Hicom Glenmarie Industrial Park, Shah Alam, is a subsidiary of publicly listed and Singapore-based Hup Soon Global Corp Ltd.

Hup Soon Global is a marketing and distribution company for automotive consumables, tractors, industrial supplies and materials handling equipment in South East Asia through its Borneo Technical, Anglo-Thai, Kwikpart, FactoryPro and United Motor Works (Siam) Public Company Limited trade names.

United Motor Works (Siam) PCL has been distributing Mitsubishi forklifts in Thailand since 1983.

Maher-Kalmar relationship reinforced

Maher Terminals of Canada Corp is outfitting its new container handling operations at Fairview Terminal in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, with 17 Kalmar reach stackers and 34 Kalmar terminal tractors.

All units will be commissioned by the terminal’s opening in October.

Maher Terminals in the Port of New York/New Jersey is Kalmar’s largest global straddle carrier customer with 183 units.

Forklift used to steal church bells
TAVISTOCK, United Kingdom

A forklift was used to force and hold down a door while church bells worth GBP30,000 (USD59,439) were stolen from a Tavistock workshop last Monday night.

The three bells from All Saints Church in Merton were being refurbished in the workshop, the Evening Herald reported.

The church vicar, Reverend Christian Merryvale, said the parishioners had worked hard for many years to restore the bells, made from 70% copper.

Police are appealing for information. Contact Crimestoppers on +44 0800 555 111 and quote reference JT/07/1168.

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Eastern Europe leads in second quarter
HAMBURG, Germany

World demand for materials handling equipment increased 13% during the second quarter of 2007, according to World Industrial Truck Statistics.

German manufacturer Jungheinrich AG released the information with its second quarter financial results.

The number of orders in Europe jumped 22% in that period compared to the corresponding period in 2006. Eastern European demand for forklifts increased 51% compared to 18% in Western Europe.

The Asian market recorded a rise of 15% with China as the growth engine (24%).

In contrast, North American forklift orders declined by 15%.

Jungheinrich expects demand for materials handling equipment to remain high in the second half of 2007, but forecasts the pace of growth to drop marginally.

Hans-Georg Frey, board of management chairman, says Jungheinrich aims to attract over EUR2 billion (USD2.7 billion) in orders for 2007.

“We stand a chance of hitting the EUR2 billion (USD2.7 billion) mark in terms of net sales for the first time as well.”

The group’s orders for its new truck business rose 25% from EUR271 million (USD366.7 million) to EUR340 million (USD458.4 million) for the second quarter, ended 30 June.

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New Products

French manufacturer enters new market
L’HORME, France

Aerial work platform manufacturer Haulotte Group has launched its first telehandler range.

Manufactured at Haulotte’s Santander plant in Spain, the HTL 4014 and HTL 4017 telehandlers have lifting capacities up to 4 tonnes (8,818.5kg) and lifting heights of 14 metres (45.9 feet) and 17 metres (55.8 feet) respectively.

Haulotte boasts that the Haulotte Top Lift (HTL) range integrate “every technological innovation” developed in the field of aerial work platforms (AWP).

Access International magazine reported Haulotte’s entry into the telehandler market was influenced by its AWP customers’ demand for telehandlers.

Marjolaine Degrange, from the Haulotte Group, tells News the company sees the telehandler market as an important stepping stone towards diversification.

“[We] like the fact that there is an increasing overlap between the access and telehandler rental market.”

In 2006, Haulotte Group made more than 20,000 AWPs. Access Intrernational rates Haulotte as the world’s third-largest AWP manufacturer according to 2006 turnover. Haulotte’s turnover exceeded EUR500 million (USD676.8 million) in 2006 and the company employs over 1,600 people.

New rotating boom machines from Italy

Italian manufacturer Faresin Handlers SpA has introduced two telehandlers with rotating booms.

The telehandler models 18.45 and 15.45 have an 18 metre (59.1 feet) lifting height and 4.5 tonne (9,920.8lb) lifting capacity, and the compact “canguro” (Italian for kangaroo) model can lift 2.5 tonnes (5,511.6kg) at a height of 6 metres (19.7 feet).

The machines’ electronics are controlled by a CanBus connection and sensor system through two control units that continually monitor and control the machine.

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Forklift driver’s T-shirt offends city council
PETERBOROUGH,, United Kingdom

Forklift driver David Pratt risks a GBP80 (USD158.50) fine if city council officials catch him wearing a T-shirt his wife got him in California.

The slogan on Pratt’s shirt reads: Don’t **** me off! I am running out of places to hide the bodies.

Pratt, 46, an American living in Peterborough, was waiting for a bus with wife Elly when street wardens approached him about his apparel, according to BBC News.

“We have put this incident online on several blogs and 90% of people who commented said they found it hilarious or that I should have the right to wear it,” Pratt says.

“It’s a pity because I like the shirt, but I am trying to get citizenship but if I get a fine I can kiss citizenship goodbye.”

Peterborough City Council says offensive, abusive or insulting language, even in print, is an offence under the Public Order Act.

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The scramble for Brambles
SYDNEY, New South Wales, Australia

Analysts have hosed down rumours of a Brambles takeover. That’s amid speculation that the Australian-based logistics group, whose businesses include pallet maker CHEP and data management company Recall, is being stalked by Toll and Asciano.

CHEP issues, collects, repairs and reissues more than 280 million pallets and containers worldwide to assist manufacturers, distributors and retailers to transport their products safely and efficiently.

Recall manages the secure storage, retrieval and destruction of physical and digital information for nearly 80,000 global customers.

Brambles, which operates in 45 countries around the world, has been sending ‘please explain’ letters demanding to know the intention behind the share purchases.  Toll has been identified as owning 5.1 million Brambles shares while Asciano has increased its shareholding to 53.6 million Brambles shares or 3,79% of Brambles’ issued capital.

While Toll Holdings has declined to provide Brambles with any assurances as to its future intentions, it has stated that it is not working together with Asciano.
In a media report today, Toll Holdings admits that Brambles is most attractive and represents a great opportunity for Toll to benefit from working closely with it, particularly in the Asian region.
But analysts have deemed it ‘unlikely’ that a takeover bid for Brambles is imminent. Instead, it seems the company is simply a very good buy as indicated by the excellent financial results it posted yesterday.  Moreover, Brambles’ market penetration of US and European markets provides just the kind of footprint that Asciano would covet, so some kind of joint venture proposal may be in the pipeline.

According to a report by Goldman Sachs JB Were analyst Paul Ryan, while Asciano has minimal operational overlap, it shares similar characteristics with CHEP to its port/rail assets: strong market position, organic revenue growth, and capital intensity. Toll has a greater level of synergies in Australasia with Brambles such as warehousing, transport cost optimisation, and integrated supply chain offer.

At the announcement of its full year results yesterday, CEO of Brambles, Mike Ihlein, said that Brambles had delivered another year of excellent results, with operations generating a 36% increase in profit after tax and a 48% lift in earnings per share, before special items. “This performance reflects solid growth in sales, further operational efficiencies and strong cash flow.”

Sales for continuing operations totalled US$3.9 billion, an increase of 6%. Sales growth continued in both CHEP (up 5%) and Recall (up 11%). Comparable operating profit for continuing operations was US$932.8 million, an increase of 17%. The major driver of this increase was the strong lift in CHEP’s earnings.

Earnings before interest, tax, amortisation and depreciation for continuing operations were up 11% at US$1,331.1 million, which underpinned the strong cash generation.
Profit before tax and special items for continuing operations was US$872.9 million, an increase of 28%.

Special items of US$677.9 million after tax included net profits of US$832.9 million from the sale of divested businesses and US$146.7 million of restructuring and unification costs in the continuing operations.

At the presentation, Brambles outlined its opportunities to accelerate profitable growth with plans by CHEP to increase market penetration in existing customer segments, expand into adjacent segments and extend its geographic footprint. Recall will continue to focus on increasing density within existing markets and delivering enhanced operational efficiencies.

Key to the accelerated growth plans is the new organisational structure of Brambles which was announced to analysts on 2 August. CHEP operations will be managed as three Groups: CHEP Americas (USA, Canada, Latin America); CHEP EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa); and CHEP Asia-Pacific (Australia, NZ, SE Asia, China).
Each new Group will be managed by a group president who will report to the Brambles CEO. Current CHEP COO Dave Mezzanotte will assist in transition and leave Brambles by June 2008.

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Companies must take risks seriously
MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia

WorkSafe Victoria is urging companies not to wait until a forklift-related death or injury takes place before better separating forklift and pedestrian zones.

It warns that forklifts are one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment found in the workplace, yet certain companies have still not implemented the most essential of measures to reduce the risks of death and injury.

WorkSafe has a zero-tolerance policy on the unsafe or illegal use of forklifts and will not hesitate to prosecute companies which cause or tolerate non-compliance with health and safety laws.

A Melbourne food flavour company was recently fined for failing to implement the requirements of two improvement notices issued in relation to forklift safety matters two years ago.

Both matters involved inadequate measures in place to prevent pedestrians being hit by forklifts or their loads.

Of the 55 forklift-related deaths in Victoria since 1985, 30 involved pedestrians (16 were hit by loads and 14 struck by a forklift).

According to WorkSafe, the separation of work areas and pedestrian walkways by physical barriers such as bollards is one of the most essential safety measures.

Says executive director, John Merritt: “Many places still only have lines on the ground to show where forklifts and pedestrians should be, but they’re only part of the solution, as are reflective vests.

“To places with rudimentary arrangements in place for forklifts, we’d say that relying on good luck or the skill of a forklift driver to stop in time to avoid a collision is not the basis of good safety practice.

“Equally, you can’t hope that pedestrians will not walk somewhere they should not go.

“Although safety responsibilities are shared, the employer has the primary duty as they control the workplace.”

Thinking strategically, there are some obvious areas where forklift use should be
prohibited or minimised, such as around tea rooms, time clocks, cafeterias,
amenities and entrances.

Other recommendations are:
  • Designate exclusion zones for pedestrians and forklifts. Pedestrian exclusion zones should be enforced within a three-metre radius of a forklift. This distance should expand when the height of the forklift load or the speed increases.
  • If a pedestrian is within three metres of a forklift, employers are required to justify this practice through risk assessment and suitable risk control measures.
  • Pedestrian walkways must be clearly marked. Physical barriers ensure workstations and pedestrian walkways are separated from forklift travel areas.
  • Audio warnings are just as important as visual ones. A mix of high volume alarms and horns coupled with flashing lights best warn pedestrians of approaching forklifts.
  • Flashing lights are imperative in areas with high levels of ambient workplace noise.
  • Safety at intersections and blind corners can be enhanced by the addition of overhead dome mirrors, benefiting pedestrians and forklift operators. Avoid placing bins, racks or storage units that obstruct a forklift operator’s view at intersections or around corners.
  • Crushing is the most common form of forklift-related injury sustained by pedestrians.
  • Even when traveling at low speeds, forklifts present significant risk to the safety of pedestrians. Half the pedestrians killed between 1985 and now were crushed by forklifts that were barely moving.
WorkSafe Victoria’s publication Forklift Safety: Reducing the risk (February 2006) is available on line at

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Investment continues in Port of Brisbane
BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

The Port of Brisbane is Australia’s fastest-growing container port and a key driver of economic growth throughout the South East Queensland region.

According to CEO Jeff Coleman, average annual container growth over the past 10 years has been 12%.  “This financial year, our container trade reached 875,000 teus, a massive 14.2% increase on the previous 12 months; and this figure is expected to grow to 3.7 million containers a year in the next 20 years.”

He tells News that this rate of container growth has outstripped Sydney and Melbourne’s for the past four consecutive years, and is likely to be the case again for the 2006/2007 financial year.

The port is managed by the Port of Brisbane Corporation, a Queensland government owned corporation, and is a greenfield site that has been progressively developed since 1976 at the mouth of the Brisbane River.

Today, it is a modern, purpose-built 750ha facility just 24km from the Brisbane CBD, and unlike the ports of Sydney and Melbourne, it is unencumbered by urban encroachment and its associated operational restrictions.

The Port of Brisbane provides world-class cargo-handling and warehousing facilities and Patrick’s stevedoring operation uses the world’s first ‘free-ranging’ automated straddle system at its AutoStrad Terminal at wharves 7, 8 and 9.

Officially opened on 1 December 2005, with 18 automated, 10-metre high, 65-tonne straddle carriers, the company recently commissioned a further five autostrads.

The autostrads operate unmanned on a virtual, computer-generated grid, capable of being applied to most existing terminal facilities around the world with minimal capital works.

Patrick’s initial investment of $106 million is set to continue as it prepares to start work on the terminal area behind wharf 10 next month, with completion expected by early 2009.  

Patrick’s new terminal will include an administration building and garage, have an 800,000 teu capacity, and the ability to integrate its container, storage and trucking facilities.

Over the next seven years, three new container berths will be completed and 80ha of terminal space developed.

Wharf 10 is due to be completed in mid-2008, and in April this year, Hutchinson Port Holdings Limited (HPH) was announced as the preferred operator for berths 11 and 12.  HPH will invest $200 million over five years in berths 11 and 12 and associated terminals, which will increase Brisbane’s container-handling facility by 25% and take the number of dedicated container wharves at the port to nine.
According to Coleman, over the past five years, the capital expenditure of $501 million has been more than the combined capital expenditure of Australia’s other capital-city ports.  “This strong investment will continue for another five years, with budgeted capital expenditure in 2006/2007 at $220 million.  As a result of this activity, our assets are worth over $2 billion.”

Among the biggest infrastructure projects undertaken in recent years was the move from the old port of Hamilton to Fisherman Islands. This was prompted by the need for more space and improved facilities for stevedore operations, largely due to the rapid increase in vehicle imports which rose 13.2% in 2004/05 alone.

Observes Coleman: “By December 2005, Patrick had moved its container operations to the new Autostrad Terminal, and in May 2006, we had successfully moved the motor vehicles to the new motor vehicle precinct.”

A state-of-the-art 28ha motor vehicle processing precinct, with the capacity to store 18,000 at a time, opened in May 2006 and provides storage and pre-delivery inspection facilities prior to distribution to dealerships.

Coleman adds that motor vehicle imports for this financial year were 204,386 vehicles, representing a 15.8% increase on last year.

In July this year, the majority of the general cargo facility had been moved to the Fisherman Islands operation.

“Over the next 10 years, we will continue to relocate the remaining port-related activity from Hamilton to the river mouth.  This will enable us to progress with our plans to create a new residential suburb – Northshore – on the vacated port land.”

He says the biggest challenge facing the Australian port industry is the massive trade growth, particularly in containers and the increasing size of cargo vessels, which is placing pressure on all ports in Australia.  “These factors require land for port infrastructure, and deep enough channels and berths to accommodate the larger vessels.”

Coleman adds that trade growth, particularly in imports, has also placed pressure on port operators to become 24-hour operations to enable the cargo to be handled more efficiently and effectively.

“The future of the port also depends upon the people, and with the amount of growth we are currently experiencing, the port’s working population is predicted to grow from the current 1,600 to 5,000 in the next 10 to 15 years.”

Another project nearing completion is the development of a commercial and retail centre in the heart of the port.

The first building in the Port Central office park – Port Central One – was completed in June, and is nearly fully occupied, with plans for the next building well under way.

Concludes Coleman: “We will continue to plan for the ongoing and sustainable future development of the Port of Brisbane to ensure that infrastructure is provided ahead of demand, and all trade opportunities are met.”

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Vulkoprin introduces completely NEW WHEEL CATALOGUE!

Since 1964, Vulkoprin has been manufacturing, in Belgium, polyurethane elastomere Vulkollan® under Bayer license and is especially known for its high quality wheels, castors, rollers, tyres and technical parts. Today Vulkoprin is one of Europe's leading manufacturers in the "wheel industry" and is exporting to more than 50 countries worldwide.

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EnerSys looks to the East

With the acquisition last May of a Bulgarian battery manufacturer, Energia AD, EnerSys, the global leader in industrial batteries, demonstrates that it wants to play a predominant role on the fast growing markets in Eastern Europe and Russia. EnerSys adds this production capability to that of its Polish plant, which has achieved a dramatic increase in production volumes in recent years.

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Trade Partners / Distributors Wanted !

RAEDER-VOGEL, one of the leading manufacturers worldwide for wheels and castors made of VULKOLLAN® and polyurethane with modern production facilities in Germany, is looking for trade partners/distributors for the sale of our products.

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3rd Trans Middle East Egypt 2007 Exhibition and Conference

The 3rd Trans Middle East 2007 Egypt Exhibition and Conference international ports, shipping and transport logistics event will take place next year on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 November 2007 at the new 5 star luxurious InterContinental Citystars Hotel Cairo attracting 500 international cargo handling conference delegates and trade visitors together with 60 international exhibitors and sponsors to a concurrent 2 days international Trade Exhibition.

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TVH Australasia releases it's new Quick Reference Parts Catalogue

TVH Australasia is proud to present our totally new “Quick Reference Parts Catalogue” designed specifically to assist both your parts department and service technicians.

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Experienced Forklift Sales Professional Required In The UK

You are a Sales Manager now or else you think you should be.
You know what it takes to present your case both to client management and out on site.

You're probably bored with ordinary forklifts and fed up with having little to sell besides a low price.

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

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AEM seeks award nominees
MILWAUKEE, WI, United States

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is accepting entries for its “Measures of Success” marketing communications awards program.

Click here for the full Fork Talk feature, including pictures.

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Joseph Hrinik: Hydraulic Fluid Hazards
Waters, MI, United States

Joseph Hrinik lives in Michigan (USA) where he retired after 40 years of diversified occupational health and safety experience in both the private and public sectors. He is currently researching regional and national forklift safety legislation and forklift training programs.

Click here for the full Safety First feature, including pictures.

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Evan Debenham, Hyster North
Brisbane, Australia

These are good times for the Australian forklift industry, with strong demand from the mining and minerals sector and good performance by the Australian dollar, according to Brisbane dealer.

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CVS-Ferrari - F278.5 - 1999
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Komatsu - FG25-11E - 1993
Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom
Hyster - H1150CH - 2006
California, United States

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In the Discussion Forums

Rental market
"I would appreciate if some people could respond to me and let me know what percentage (non-proprietary information) of their rental fleet is internal combustion? what percentage of their fleet is electric? "
marissa_l, United States

New ANSI standard
"Has anyone heard anything about a NEW ANSI standard on the locations of the lift lower, tilt, sideshifter and attachment levers? I heard that now the standard is lift, tilt, attachment and then sideshift"
hank_j, United States

Luis needs your help
"Can somebody help me to find a service manual for a Drexel 48 VDC Model: SL66 Serial No: 917498-189? "
luis_v, Mexico

Monitoring forklift vandals
"Anyone ever tried installing cameras on forklift? I am thinking of doing that to 'catch' people vandalising the steering wheel, dasboard, meters, etc."
chewingyu, Singapore

Discussion Forums

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Upcoming Events

1. Forklift Safety Seminars - NSW Australia - No Charge
Various venues in NSW, Australia
May to September 2007

2. Regional heavy equipment theft Summit- North Kansas City, MO
North Kansas City, United States
3rd October 2007


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City of Mitcham, South Australia, Australia
Closing: 31 August 2007
Contract: COM014754


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1. Thorough Examination Inspector - Full time
United Kingdom, Scotland

2. Inside Sales - Full time
United States, York PA

3. Service Billing Clerk - Full time
United States, York PA

4. Service / Rental Manager - Full time
United States, Tulsa Oklahoma

5. Material Handling Project Manager - Full time
United States, York, PA

6. Service Management Opportunity - Full time
Australia, Rowville

7. Experienced Forklift Sales Professional - Full time
United Kingdom, United Kingdom

8. Branch Sales Manager - Full time
Australia, Brisbane

9. Parts Manager - Full time
United States, Norfolk, VA


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1. Sales - Full time
Southeast, United States

2. Forklift Technician - Full time

3. Forklift Technician - Full time
Global, Australia

4. Sales - Full time
Memphis, TN, United States

5. Sales and/or Operational Management - Full time
Birmingham, Alabama and surrounding areas, United States


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Fast Facts

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Editorial Calendar 2007

Review of 2006
US forklift market
Turret trucks and order pickers
Forklifts and global warming
Fleet management systems
The global attachments market
Forklifts in harsh applications
Materials handling in Eastern Europe
Engines and drive trains
Forklifts in cold rooms
China’s forklift market
End of Year review


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