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This is issue #327 - 13 September 2007 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
“Konecranes Lifttrucks delivers world's largest reach stacker to Belgium”
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TCJ partners with Italian forklift maker
Construction machinery supplier TCJ Asia Pcl has partnered with Italian company OM to target the Thai forklift market.
OM has appointed TCJ as the sole distributor of its forklift and industrial vehicles in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.
TCJ Asia managing director Songwoot Graipaspong says the company is diversifying its business. It has been importing and distributing tools for heavy machinery, cranes and manufacturing and distributing stainless steel pipes.
Graipaspong estimates the Thai forklift market to be worth at least THB4 billion (USD125 million) a year, with a growth rate of 10% annually.
“Thailand is [now] one of the South East Asian countries with very high potential in industrial development,” he says.
He adds that his company is taking a “major step” in distributing forklifts.
“If we look closely at the industry’s growth and the priority placed in the country’s logistics system development, this business should enjoy a very high growth.”
TCJ will initially market several OM models including XD25, XD30, XG25, XG30, XE20, TL20 and CTX20. The starting price for the forklifts is THB600,000 (USD18,754).
The importer anticipates selling 100 forklifts in its first year representing OM and expects business to grow 10% each year as a result of its direct marketing strategy.
It is exhibiting the OM forklifts at the Thailand International Logistics Fair 2007 in Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre, from September 12 to 16.
TCJ Asia was established in 1980 and mainly distributes heavy construction machinery for the domestic and overseas markets.
It has a 51% stake in Toyo Millennium Co Ltd that manufactures and distributes stainless steel pipes. Its joint venture company with Furukawa Uni Corp of Japan, Unic Sales (Thailand) Co Ltd, imports and distributes UNIC-brand cranes. It also has majority ownership in the Big Crane and Equipment Rental Co Ltd in Bangkok, Thailand.
TCJ’s total revenue for the financial year ended June 30 was THB451.3 million (USD14.1 million). Its net profit was THB14.34 million (USD448,230).
Barge handling forklift for Belgium
Konecranes Lifttrucks AB has delivered what it claims is the world’s largest reach stacker to CTB Group’s new barge terminal in Liege, Belgium.
The SMV 4545 TB3 has a 9-metre (29.5-foot) wheel base, is 15 metres (49.2 feet) long and 4.6 metres (15.1 feet) wide, weighs 110 tons (111.8 tonnes) and lifts 30 tons (30.5 tonnes) in the third barge row at negative lifting height (2.3 metres/7.5 feet below ground level).
Sales director Mikael Andersson says the reach stacker is used for barge, yard container, rail car and road truck handling.
“Therefore, it is called ‘trimodal’ – road, rail and water.
“Besides containers, it can also load bulk cargo like coils, slabs, billets, machinery and pumps, and flat racks using four slings positioned in each corner of the spreader.”
CTB’s machine will be the sixth unit of its size delivered by Konecranes Lifttrucks.
The EUR600,000 (USD834,240) machine was first sold to DUK in Dörpen, Germany in 1996. Andersson says the seventh customer, a German trimodal operator, will receive its reach stacker in December.
The new CTB barge terminal is expected to handle 2,000 TEU a year and is the first phase in CTB’s expansion as a barge terminal operator.
The reach stacker will handle general cargo and containers.
According to Konecranes Lifttrucks, CTB plans to open another terminal in three years’ time as the barge transportation market is growing rapidly.
“The European Union has decided to promote the use of barge and inland waterway transportation methods instead of traditional trucking as significant environmental benefits can be achieved,” Andersson says.
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Samuk replaces Auto Renovations’ Linde
ROCHESTER, United Kingdom
Car loading company Auto Renovations selected a Samuk forklift to replace its 15-year-old Linde because the Chinese-made forklift gives a variety of cars a smooth progressive lift.
Samuk chairman Sir Neville Bowman-Shaw says the Samuk 45D, which originally lifts 4.5 tonnes (9,920.8lbs) at a 500mm (1.6-foot) load centre, had to be re-rated with a load centre of 900mm (3.0 feet).
“Load centre is important,” Bowman-Shaw says.
“It is like a handbag on your arm. If you hold it near your elbow, it is easy. Move it out to the wrist, then it is very heavy. Same thing with a forklift and it tips up.”
For Auto Renovations, the Samuk 45D’s load centre was re-rated to 900mm and the payload reduced to 3.25 tonnes (7,165.0lbs) with a safety factor of 55%. That meant the forklift could lift up to 55% more than 3.25 tonnes (7,165.0lbs) before overbalancing or tipping over.
The new diesel counterbalanced forklift is equipped with an “all-weather cab” and heating and ventilation system.
Auto Renovations director Paul Seymour says the previous forklift had an open cab, making it unpleasant to operate in bad weather conditions.
“It was also becoming harder to repair and certify, so we looked at a number of different products available on the market.”
Auto Renovations handles stolen-recovered and accident-damaged cars, some so damaged they can’t be driven.
The Rochester-based company is in the process of registering its forklift for operation on public highways so it can travel on trucks and assist in loading cars at the scene of road traffic accidents.
The Samuk 45D, which will perform about 50 vehicle movements seven days a week, is expected to serve Auto Renovations for 10 years. Britannia Fork Trucks, the dealer that delivered the Samuk, will be servicing the truck.
Separately, Samuk representatives will be visiting China for a Hangcha dealer conference on October 10.
Bowman-Shaw is enthusiastic about the conference he calls “the first major conference” for Hangcha dealers.
“This up and coming forklift company is destined to be one of the top 10 worldwide … the conference will surprise many first-time Western visitors.”
The UK dealer expects to release forklift models with capacities larger than 16.0 tonnes (35,274.0lbs) at 1,200mm (3.9-foot) load centres in 2008.
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Forklifts for sale in Canada auction
More than 80 new and used forklifts will be auctioned off next month by Ritchie Bros at its customer site in British Columbia, Canada.
Ritchie Bros will be holding the auction for Leavitt Machinery at its used equipment branch at 24389 Fraser Highway in Langley on October 5.
“We hold five regular auctions at our Surrey sale site each year, but sometimes our customers are better served by an offsite auction,” says Jake Lawson, Ritchie Bros area manager. “We’ll be selling more than 120 forklifts, telescopic handlers, scissor lifts, skid steers and boom lifts for Leavitt Machinery,”
Leavitt Machinery’s used equipment branch recently relocated to Langley from Abbotsford. Among the equipment on offer are more than 80 forklifts including a new 2007 Hyundai HD70 (15,000 lb/6,804.0lbs capacity), a new 2007 HLF25 and two new 2007 Hyundai HLF15, all with full factory warranty; over 15 telescopic handlers including a 2003 Cat TH83 and a 2000 Skytrak 10054; and more than 15 aerial boom lifts including a 2002 JLG 450AJ and several good quality JLG 600AJs.
Coquitlam-based Leavitt Machinery leases and sells new and used materials handling and aerial equipment from 20 locations in British Columbia, Alberta and Washington State in the US.
Leavitt equipment manager Bob McIntosh says the company is excited to show off its new location and its products. “We’re selling equipment that is in demand in the marketplace right now. Most of it is late model; some is unused. This is equipment that people will be able to put to work straight away,” he explains.
The offsite auction follows the auctioneer’s first combined unreserved industrial auction held last week. Day one of Ritchie Bros’ September 3 to 4 Dubai auction was combined with the Singapore auction.
Branch manager Stephen Branch says Ritchie Bros’ research showed equipment sold in Singapore was suitable for export to the Middle East.
“The [heavy] equipment that was consigned in the Singapore auction was among the equipment that is in highest demand, and we were confident that there would be a ready market for that equipment in the Middle East specifically.”
Over 80 forklifts were sold in the Dubai auction from manufacturers like Toyota, Mitsubishi, TCM, Caterpillar and Hyster. An onsite bidder from Papua New Guinea bought a 1997 Toyota 2FD135 13.5-ton (13.7 tonne) forklift for USD30,000.
Konecranes buys Savcor One
Konecranes has bought Finnish container handling software specialist Savcor One Oy for an undisclosed sum.
Konecranes director for ports, Jarmo Juntunen, says Savcor One’s technology links different port vehicles like RTGs, straddle carriers and forklifts.
“This acquisition enables Konecranes to offer complete solutions to its customers,” he says.
Juntunen says major customers require integrated systems and turnkey delivery of equipment.
“(The acquisition) also gives access to the modernisation market both on Konecrane’s own equipment and for other makes in the yard. Also, Konecranes will be able to offer differential global positioning system-based automation systems for the existing equipment of customers and, therefore, generate new business.”
Savcor One, a part of Savcor Group, is based in Vantaa and provides its products and services to over 20 container ports worldwide.
Last week, Tarja Halonen, the president of the Republic of Finland, visited Konecranes’ factory in Dalian, China. Konecranes has exported equipment to China since the 1970s and established a factory in Shanghai in 2002. The Dalian plant for harbour crane assembly and production was inaugurated in 2004. Halonen was in China for the World Economic Forum in Dalian.
JLG refurbishes in Iraq and Afghanistan
McCONNELLSBURG, PA, United States
Oshkosh Truck Corp subsidiary JLG Industries Inc has been awarded a USD78 million fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the refurbishment of equipment in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The JLG military team performs refurbishment work in Balad, Iraq and Bagram, Afghanistan. Under the contract, the work is expected to last until 2012 and is for JLG’s ATLAS and 6000M telehandlers, and Case M4K and MW24C loader equipment.
The contract kicks off with an initial order worth USD12.4 million for the refurbishment of equipment for the US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM).
In April, Forkliftaction.com News reported JLG received a USD39.5 million order for Atlas telehandlers from the US Army.
Wheel manufacturer buys Balkancar parts company
Bulgarian steel wheels manufacturer Balkancar Zarya has bought a 51% stake in forklift parts manufacturer Balkancar Ruen for BGL3.4 million (USD2.4 million).
Bulgarian News Digest reported Zarya wanted to diversify its business.
“Balkancar Zarya enters a new segment in the industrial vehicles manufacturing industry, growing from a product supplier into a systematic supplier to manufacturers,” Zarya said in a statement.
According to the report, Zarya expects its consolidated sales revenue to reach BGL8.5 million (USD6.0 million) because of the acquisition. Before, Zarya forecast a 24% year-on-year jump in sales to BGL6.0 million (USD4.3 million).
Balkancar Ruen, established in 1966, posted a first half net profit of BGL52,000 (USD36,897.80) on total sales revenue of BGL2.2 million (USD1.6 million). For 2006, its net profit was BGL65,000 (USD46,122.20) and sales were BGL4.3 million (USD3.1 million).
It exported about one-third of its products to foreign markets last year.
Forklift parts companies Balkancar Erma and Balkancar ZFI are up for sale after being bypassed by investors during a one-day sale by the Bulgarian Privatisation Agency.
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Crown to grow in Concord
NEW BREMEN, OH, United States
Crown Equipment Corp is moving its factory-direct sales and service branch from Charlotte, North Carolina to Concord, North Carolina.
Crown bought the 44,800 square foot (4,408 square metre) Oakmont Speculative Building on eight acres at 8401 Westmoreland Drive, near the Concord Regional Airport.
Crown is expected to invest USD550,000 and bring 52 jobs to the new office.
Concord city is offering industrial grants to Crown, providing up to 85% of the additional tax revenue generated by the project for three years.
Concord mayor Scott Padgett says he is looking forward to working with Crown.
“This is another example of why we need to have industrial land and speculative buildings in place. There are companies seeking these ready-to-go sites and we need to have an inventory of options available for opportunities such as this,” he says.
The Charlotte Observer reports Crown will move from its current Charlotte office to Concord in the first quarter of 2008.
Warren Snowdon of commercial real estate company Commercial Carolina, helped Crown search for and buy the property.
New operator-up forklift for Europe
BT has introduced the OME100N man-up stacker to the European market.
Manufactured at its Mjölby plant, the stacker has a lift capacity of 1,000kg (2,204.6lbs) and a maximum lift height of 3.4 metres (11.2 feet).
According to BT, the rising cab ensures the operator is always close to the load carrier and allows strain-free access to goods. Optional folding side gates and overhead guards provide protection for the operator.
The OME100N has a top speed of 12km/h (7.5 miles/h).
For bulky item handling, there is the OME100NW model with a fenced-in load area and folding side gates as standard.
Both models have the E-man tiller arm offering power steering and can be safely operated with one hand. BT says they have excellent manoeuvrability thanks to their narrow chassis.
Toyota Material Handling Europe product manager Charlotta Björklund says the OME100N stackers will soon be available outside Europe.
She will not, however, reveal the company’s sales target for the product.
The stacker was showcased at the HI Industri trade show in Denmark from September 4 to 7.
UK students tour Mitsubishi’s Almere plant
READING, United Kingdom
Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks has welcomed a group of UK agricultural students for a guided tour of its manufacturing centre at Almere in the Netherlands.
The 34 land-based technology students from Reaseheath College in Cheshire observed all stages of forklift production at the plant.
Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks UK’s technical support manager, Dean Young, says the students and their lecturers were impressed by the plant’s operations.
“Everything in the factory ran like clockwork, and the whole process seemed tremendously efficient. Seeing the quality of work that goes on there brought home to us the importance of good training.”
Young says the visitors were particularly interested in the plant’s features that sped up production and reduced fatigue, like the ability to rotate the forklifts on the line to give easy access to their undersides.
They were also shown the factory’s training school and the custom shop modification area where forklifts are adapted to meet specific customer requirements.
“The students from Reaseheath are currently learning about hydraulics, mechanical engineering and electronic controls very similar to those used in our industry.
“If jobs in the agricultural engineering industry are in short supply, we may just have encouraged some young people to join the forklift business instead.”
Industry members say the ageing forklift engineering workforce in the UK is a major problem. Alton-based Fork Lift Truck Association has collaborated with the City of Bristol College to promote forklift engineering as a career choice for young people (Forkliftaction.com News #260).
Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks UK enjoys a reciprocal relationship with Reaseheath College, using its facilities for its own training.
Forklift driver fired for silence during leave
A forklift driver who took time off to console his grieving girlfriend was sacked for failing to notify his employer of his absence.
Brian Cowell, 48, has lashed out at waste company Viridor, calling their treatment of him “disgusting”.
Cowell, Bridgwater Mercury reported, was given compassionate leave after his partner Jackie Richmond’s 23-year-old son went missing while fishing off the Dorset Coast on July 22.
His body was found on August 9.
“These past five weeks, I have been comforting my girlfriend and making arrangements for the funeral.
“I think they have probably done this because I couldn’t phone up every day,” Cowell says.
A Viridor spokesman says Cowell had instructions to stay in touch with the company through a 24-hour hotline, which he failed to use.
“[Viridor] sent him a series of letters asking him to let us know what was happening and when there was no response to those, he was sent a letter [of termination].”
He adds that Cowell can appeal the decision.
Major contract for Fantuzzi dealer
ADELAIDE, SA, Australia
National Fantuzzi dealer, NTP Forklifts Australia, has recently delivered container handlers to two major transport and logistics companies in Adelaide.
Last month, the company supplied Scott’s Transport with a CS45KE Fantuzzi reach stacker which will be used primarily for container parking and distribution. It has the capacity to stack five containers high with a maximum capacity of 45 tonnes.
This week, the company supplied Patrick’s Port SA with their third Fantuzzi reach stacker. The equipment is an integral part of the distribution chain for Patrick’s Port Link and Rail operations in South Australia.
According to Tony Binnington, National Fantuzzi product manager, the relationship between NTP Forklifts Australia, Scott’s and Patrick’s is on-going, with the provision of training, after sales service and support with each unit sold.
“Within Australia, large fleet operators such as P&O Brisbane, Pacific National and Toll Shipping have reported unparalleled up-time, low machinery running costs and describe the Fantuzzi product as robust and dependable,” he tells Forkliftaction.com News.
WorkCover investigates forklift incident
GOSFORD, NSW, Australia
WorkCover NSW is investigating an incident where a 27-year-old worker sustained serious crush injuries to his leg and foot while operating a forklift in a Dubbo factory this month.
The man was operating a forklift with a pack of steel around 12 metres in length when the load dislodged.
A WorkCover inspector has visited the work site and will commence an investigation into the incident.
WorkCover NSW CEO Jon Blackwell says the operation of forklifts must not pose a safety risk to operators and pedestrians.
“It is important that forklifts are operated by correctly certified operators. Appropriate training and supervision is essential.
“Effective traffic management procedures should also be in place in workplaces where forklifts are used to help reduce the risk of injury to both operators and pedestrians,” adds Blackwell.
“It is also important that forklifts are correctly maintained and operated in accordance with the designer’s and manufacturer’s instructions.
“It is the responsibility of every employer to address all workplace safety risks and ensure that workers receive adequate training in safe work methods,” he adds.
“Workers should also work in cooperation with their employers and ensure workplace safety procedures are followed.”
A range of guidance material for the safe operation of forklifts is available from the WorkCover website, www.workcover.nsw.gov.au, or by calling 13 10 50.
Housing crisis dampens construction activity
The housing affordability crisis continues to impact upon the Australian construction industry, leading to a further deterioration in activity last month, new figures show.
Although the Reserve Bank of Australia kept interest rates on hold this month at 6.5%, nine interest rate rises since May 2002, including one in August, are hampering growth in the construction industry.
Activity has deteriorated for the second consecutive month in August, with the Australian Industry Group-Housing Industry Association Performance of Construction Index (PCI) falling 0.4 points to 48.4.
Companies contributing to the PCI survey attributed subdued market conditions to low levels of customer inquiries and fewer invitations to tender, according to the Australian Industry Group (AiGroup) and Housing Industry Association (HIA).
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If you’re in freight…
MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia
Freight Week takes place this week from 15 to 21 September at Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne. It includes 10 separate conferences, four major launches, five dinners and functions and a free three-day trade exhibition including daily workshops on technical issues.
The Freight Expo trade show, which runs from September 19 to 21, is free for anyone who wishes to attend.
Freight Week is presented by the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) and Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), and will appeal to a broad range of stakeholders ranging from port operators, transport operators right across the field to local government and including freight owners, freight movers, equipment vendors, solutions providers as well as government regulators and policy and enforcement personnel.
Higher sales and profits expected for rest of year
Signs of inflationary pressure and concerns regarding interest rate rises are impacting the outlook for the December quarter.
According to the latest Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Business Expectations Survey, 62% of firms expect selling prices to be higher in the coming quarter than the corresponding quarter in 2006, while 4% expect them to be lower.
The number of executives indicating that interest rates are the most important influence on their business has increased significantly to a level of 39%. This equates to a 24% increase in just two months, and is the highest level recorded since December 2005.
The outlook for growth in sales and profits is the strongest it has been in almost three years, with 42% of executives expecting an increase in sales and 38% expecting an increase in profits.
Meanwhile, another survey has revealed a positive outlook for employment in the next quarter.
The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the October – December quarter of 2007 has found the employment outlook to be upbeat.
A representative sample of 2,597 employers were interviewed in Australia about their employment plans for the last three months of 2007. Of the Australian employers interviewed, 33% said they expect to hire more people during the last quarter of 2007 and 4% of employers expect to reduce their workforce. No change in staffing levels is expected by 59% of employers.
OHS in Victoria
The seventh annual OHS Representatives Conference, “OHS in Victoria - Unfinished Business”, is being held on Wednesday October 24 at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, during Victoria's OHS Week.
The conference will look at key OHS issues in Australia today:
• The 2004 OHS Act: Two years after the introduction of the new OHS Act, an administrative review of the Victorian OHS Act will start. What difference has the new Act made? Are there any unintended problems with it? What remains as ‘unfinished business’?
• The new consolidated OHS Regulations came into effect on July 1 this year. Are these working as well as they could? Is there anything missing or unfinished?
• ‘Harmonisation’: What is it, what does it mean and what might it mean?
• What’s happening with the ACTU Charter of rights for OHS, compensation and rehabilitation?
Emerald forklift driver wins A$1.5m prize
A 57-year-old forklift driver from Emerald, Queensland last week won the RSL Art Union’s grand prize of three brand new luxurious units valued at more than A$1,5 million.
According to media reports, Kevin Leishman said it was the best A$10 he’d ever spent.
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4th Guangzhou International Brand Forklift & Accessories Exhibition China 2008
The 4th Guangzhou International Brand Forklift & Accessories Exhibition China 2008 is due to be held in the Liuhua Complex of Chinese Export Commodities Fair during March 13-15, 2008 .It will become an important platform for the enterprises of forklift & accessories to publicize the brands, process the effective transactions and open up the international markets.
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Hu-Lift releases the new Mini Electric Pallet Truck—RA15
Hu-Lift has recently pushed one new item of electric pallet truck into the market, which combined with the most advanced technologies and innovations from our usual practice. By strict testing in hard working conditions, its specifications and technical data already in advance line comparing to other similar products.
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SMH Release IRMN 5.1
IRMN 5.1 (Information Resource Management Network), the Material Handling Industry’s premier 24/7 on-line parts ordering program, is now available from Systems Material Handling (SMH), Olathe, Kan. Initially developed to assist users in ordering and to provide up-to-date information on more than 2,600,0000 replacement parts and accessories for forklifts and other industrial equipment, IRMN 5.1 is now easier to use.
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Safety First: David Hoover: Becoming a forklift operator can be harder than you might imagine
NEWARK, OH, United States
David Hoover is president of Forklift Training Systems Inc, a US safety company specialising in site and forklift safety training, training trainers, custom program development and cutting-edge forklift safety products. Contact David Hoover
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Henning Hoj, Hoj Engineering & Sales Co Inc
Salt Lake City, UT, United States
A Danish crane engineer branched out in Utah - and never looked back.
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