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“Toyota FCHV drives from Osaka to Tokyo.”

INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION.COM

NEWS
Briggs broadens US presence
More automated systems for China
Fuel cell vehicle travels from Osaka to Tokyo
Trelleborg acquires Australian solid tyre distributor
Dealer changes name to reflect family heritage
Terex seeks tax abatements to expand
Companies win awards
Sample of used equipment for sale
Movers & Shakers
Haulotte chief is entrepreneur of the year
Briefs
New orders
Jaguar forklift drivers protest outsourcing

LOCAL NEWS
No fire sale at collapsed IFS
Workers strike at NZ’s biggest port
NAB sells commercial fleet business
EMC Group makes top business list again
Job site for supply chain and logistics practitioners
Work Safe Week around the corner

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Blue Giant Expands Lineup of Pallet Movers.
QV Unaffected as Independent Falters

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NEWS STORIES
Briggs broadens US presence
DALLAS, TX, United States

Yale’s largest North American distributor is expanding in the US with the acquisition of four Atlanta dealerships.

Briggs Equipment has bought the assets of Adobe Equipment Holdings Ltd’s dealerships in Conley, Columbus, Rome and Suwanee. Adobe Equipment previously operated as Lift Systems of Georgia. It is a principal distributor of Nissan forklifts and Teledyne Princeton Piggy Back.

The Conley, Columbus and Rome locations will operate under the Briggs Equipment name and distribute the complete line of Yale Materials Handling Corp in addition to its old forklift lines.

They will also distribute products from Aisle-Master, Bendi, Broderson, Brudi Bolzoni, Cascade Kenhar, Drexel, Lift-Rite, Long Reach, Pettibone, Sellick and Taylor.

Briggs Equipment president Mike Winemiller explains the Suwanee location will be closed and integrated into the Lawrenceville facility about 3 miles (4.8km) away.

The transaction adds 34 technicians to Briggs’ 300-plus team that services 21 US locations, including the recently acquired Atlanta locations. A fifth Atlanta location is planned by the end of the year.

Winemiller says the acquisition shows the company’s commitment to strengthening its service and support footprint to the materials handling industry’s retail sector.

“Purchasing other forklift dealers will elevate our service capabilities and expand our market served, while increasing revenue to support further growth.”

He will not rule out future acquisitions, saying opportunities to buy successful and customer-driven businesses would be assessed when the time comes.

Asked by Forkliftaction.com News if more consolidation among forklift dealers is likely, Winemiller says capital availability to the market makes it possible.

But, “manufacturer restrictions on distribution may impede on consolidation”, he says.

Briggs Equipment was established in 1896 as the Briggs-Weaver Machinery Company. It is one of the world’s largest materials handling and construction equipment distributors with operations in the US, Mexico and UK.

The acquisition value is confidential.

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More automated systems for China
WELLINGBOROUGH, United Kingdom

China’s materials handling production is tipped for rapid growth. A study by industry analyst IMS Research looks at the growth of programmable logic controllers (PLCs), the computer components used for automation of industrial processes.

The report forecasts that revenues from PLCs sold to machine builders in China will steadily increase to over USD1,026 million by 2011, at a cumulative annual growth rate of 16.2%. The materials handling equipment sector is projected to register even stronger growth, registering 21.9% growth.

According to the report’s author, Jackey Wang, shipments of PLCs to the materials handling sector are much smaller than shipments to the textile machinery, packaging and printing machinery sectors. They were worth USD19.8 million in China in 2006, or 4.1% of the total PLC market for machine builders.

“However, strong growth is predicted for the materials handling sector over the next five years of between 17% and 28% per year,” Wang says.

Wang says production of materials handling equipment such as cranes, electronic hoists, conveyors, elevators and escalators has grown very fast in the past three years and this is forecast to continue.

“Currently, China is a global production base for many consumer and electronic products, which is driving the development of the logistics industry and thus domestic demand for this equipment,” the analyst adds.

“As automation levels are enhanced, more and more PLCs will be installed on or integrated within this equipment. The adoption of PLCs will help to improve the accuracy and efficiency of the materials handling equipment and reduce the labour costs of the equipment users.”

Wang notes that besides the efficiency improvement, the average cost of PLCs is forecast to keep falling, which helps machine builders make their equipment more competitive at relatively low additional cost by adopting small, compact automation systems.


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Fuel cell vehicle travels from Osaka to Tokyo
TOKYO, Japan

Toyota Motor Corp (TMC)’s FCHV fuel cell vehicle has completed a long-distance road test covering over 500km from Osaka to Tokyo without refuelling.

Last Friday, the Toyota FCHV’s initial hydrogen fill-up took the vehicle 560km on Japan’s expressways - with the air conditioner turned on the entire trip. The FCHV started the trip from the Osaka Prefectural Government Office in central Osaka City and travelled on the Meishin Expressway, Tomei Expressway and Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway before arriving at the Mega Web amusement park in Tokyo.

TMC spokeswoman Shiori Hashimoto says the 560km road test is a realistic target for the company “when considering the practical use of FCHV”.

“Conventional cars are able to make that trip without refuelling for that distance.”

She says the latest improvements to the Toyota FCHV enabled it to achieve a single-fuelling cruising distance of about 750km.

The improvements include changes in the Toyota FC Stack fuel cell and in the control system for managing fuel cell output and battery charging/discharging that resulted in 25% greater fuel efficiency than earlier versions, TMC says.

Also, new TMC-developed 70Mpa high-pressure hydrogen tanks are capable of storing about twice the amount of hydrogen stored by the vehicle’s previous 35Mpa tanks.

TMC is working with the Japanese government, energy companies and other entities to make fuel cell vehicles a viable alternative.

It says it is making progress in R&D related to, among others, cruising distance, low-temperature starts, durability and reduced costs.

Hashimoto won’t reveal how much TMC has invested in advancing its fuel cell vehicle.

The Toyota FCHV is 4.735 metres long, 1.815 metres wide and 1.685 metres high. It weighs 1,880kg and seats five people. Its maximum speed is 155km/h.

The vehicle will be available for test-drives at the 40th Toyota Motor Show at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba City from October 26 to November 11.

Toyota Industries Corp unveiled its fuel cell forklift prototype, the FCHV-F, at CeMAT 2005 in Hannover. The fuel cell hybrid system was developed with TMC, adapting the technology from the fuel cell car prototype (Forkliftaction.com News #230).

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Trelleborg acquires Australian solid tyre distributor
MELBOURNE, Australia

Swedish industrial group Trelleborg has signed an agreement to acquire the privately owned Australian solid tyre distributor Solid Service Group, which has about 40 employees and annual sales of approximately AUD11.2 million (USD9.9 million).

Solid Service Group is one of the largest distributors of solid industrial tyres in Australia, with its head office in Dandenong, outside Melbourne. The group has branches in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Tasmania.

The operation focuses on specialised service for industrial customers, including fixed pressing units and mobile pressing units for onsite fitting of all types of industrial tyres, primarily for various types of forklifts.

"Solid Service Group is a specialised, leading trader in the Australian market for industrial tyres. This acquisition represents an expansion of our presence in the Australian market and strengthens our current logistical network across the continent, creating new opportunities for our own tyre products and for our continued growth in Australia," says Maurizio Vischi, business area president of Trelleborg Wheel Systems.

The acquisition is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2007.

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Dealer changes name to reflect family heritage
EAU CLAIRE, WI, United States

A 2006 recipient of Cat Lift Trucks’ gold dealer of excellence award has changed the name of one of its operations to reflect the family’s heritage in materials handling.

Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp – Western Region announced last Friday its new name is Wolter Material Handling.

Otto Wolter established Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp in 1962 in a two-car garage, supplying forklift parts and service.

Over the years, the dealership has won awards and has been named in Arthur Andersen’s list of top Wisconsin private companies.

The newly named operation will be led by John O Wolter as president while his father, Otto, will be CEO.

Wisconsin Lift Truck has served western Wisconsin for over 25 years. The Wolter Material Handling operation evolved from Wisconsin Lift Truck’s Eau Claire service centre started in 2001. In 2003, John Wolter was promoted to vice president and general manager of the operation and established it as a separate division.

John Wolter says: “In 2003, we expanded our operation to a full-service branch to support our rapidly expanding business.”

In 2006, Wisconsin Lift Truck bought one of its competitors and now has a service centre in La Crosse.

“We are the only materials handling company in the western region that has a full-service branch in Eau Claire, and a service centre in La Crosse,” says Wolter, adding that it offers the largest forklift rental fleet in the area.

Wolter Material Handling has 10 road technicians, each with an average of 10 years’ experience, extending from Vernon County to Bayfield County in western Wisconsin. The in-house technicians have an average of 15 years’ experience.

The company has also changed the names of other divisions to reflect the family name. SW Engines is now Wolter Power Systems and ACV is Wolter Hydraulic Systems.

Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp celebrated its 45th anniversary in March. Today, it supplies, among others, forklifts from Komatsu, Taylor and Linde, Power Boss sweepers and scrubbers, Genie and JLG boom and scissor lifts, Steel King racking, E-Z-Go personnel carriers and Trackmobile railcar movers.

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Terex seeks tax abatements to expand
BARAGA, MI, United States

The Baraga Village Council has approved an industrial facility tax exemption policy that will allow Terex Handlers to seek tax abatements to fund its plant expansion.

According to the Houghton Mining Gazette, Terex plans to install a new production line for its 10,000lb (4,535.9kg) telehandlers, an addition that will concentrate the company’s telehandler production in Baraga.

Terex assistant controller Mary Anne Colucci told the paper the company is seeking a 50% tax abatement for 12 years, equivalent to USD1.79 million.
Colucci said an engineering manager had been hired and Terex Handlers would boost its engineering staff.

“In two years, we will probably be hiring about 75 people because of the expansion”.

The village will consider Terex’s application for the tax break, which must be submitted to the state by 31 October.

Village manager Roy Kemppainen said tax abatements were popular incentives for Michigan communities to expand and for new businesses to come in.

Kemppainen said companies applying for the abatements have to meet certain criteria.

“There will be a minimum [of] USD50,000 investment and some kind of job creation,” Kemppainen said.

Terex’s application is subject to approval by the village, township, county and state, as well as the local school district, all of which collect taxes from the company.

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Companies win awards

Birmingham Post recognises Bendi
REDDITCH, United Kingdom

Articulated forklift manufacturer Translift Bendi is the September winner of the Birmingham Post Business Award.

Translift Bendi now manufactures about 70 forklifts a month but plans to double this with a GBP500,000 (USD1.02 million) investment at its Pagets Lane factory (Forkliftaction.com News #322).

Managing director Simon Brown says:
“We are itching to get started because demand is so high.

“Once the new facility is fully operational, we are looking at increasing production to between 120 and 150 forklifts a month by the end of 2008. The expansion could also pave the way for around 20 new jobs, increasing the workforce to around 130 people.”

Company chairman Fred Brown, who designed the Bendi forklift, was in Hoar Cross Hall in Staffordshire last week to receive the award.

A panel of judges for The Birmingham Post selects the winner out of the best business news stories published by the newspaper for that month.

Norco Group wins Northern Star
ABERDEEN, United Kingdom

Battery specialist Norco Group has won the Northern Star ‘best use of ICT’ award for its asset tracking software, Norco RMS.

Stephen Neilson, Microsoft’s small business development manager and one of the judges, says Norco has demonstrated “innovative use of technology” to gain competitive advantage.

The awards are run by the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce.

Konecranes USA gets nod for safety
HYVINKÄÄ, Finland

Konecranes Region Americas has won an American National Safety Council (ANSC) award for the fifth consecutive year.

The company was selected to receive the “Occupational Safety Excellence” award for 2006 because of its “better than industry average” injury record.

ANSC’s annual awards banquet is on October 16 in Chicago, USA.

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Movers & Shakers

HAMBURG, Germany
Dr Klaus-Dieter Rosenbach has been appointed a member of the board of management of Jungheinrich AG. Rosenbach, the current head of Jungheinrich’s Norderstedt plant, will be responsible for technology as board member from 1 January 2008. He replaces Dr Erich Kirschneck.

BASINGSTOKE, United Kingdom
Andrew Daly
has been appointed sales and marketing director of Linde Material Handling (UK) Ltd. Daly has held senior positions with Unipart, General Electric and Ford Motor Company.

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Haulotte chief is entrepreneur of the year
L’HORME, France

The CEO of telehandler manufacturer Haulotte Group, Alexandre Saubot, has been named 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year for the Rhône-Alpes area.

Saubot received the award from Gilles Poncet, manager of Fortis Bank France Lyon Business Centre. Also present at the September 25 ceremony was Marcel Deruv, Lyon Ville de l’Entrepreneuriat president and head of the judging panel.

Haulotte spokeswoman Carine Ploton says the award is the French version of the famous US “Entrepreneur of the Year” prize.

Organised by Ernst & Young and l’Entrepreneur Magazine, the award recognises sustained turnover growth, sustained profitability improvement and employee growth.

The 15th award was sponsored by Fortis, Kadeos, Microsoft, and endorsed by LCI, Figaro and Radio Classique.

Saubot will compete at the national final at the Opéra Garnier in Paris on 16 October.

Haulotte Group’s sales increased 31% from EUR236.9 million (USD334.9 million) to EUR310.2 million (USD438.5 million) and operating profit jumped 46% from EUR40.3 million (USD57.0 million) to EUR58.8 million (USD83.1 million) for the first six months of 2007.

Haulotte said last month it was looking to expand its sales network with new subsidiaries in the Middle East and South America before the end of the year.

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Jungheinrich truck for US market
RICHMOND, VA, United States

Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp is introducing its newly redesigned 4,500lb (2,041.2kg) electric walkie truck, the EJE 120.

Produced specifically for the US, the forklift offers users a 58.7-inch (1.5 metre) turning radius, a 24V-150Ah industrial battery with integrated charger and Jungheinrich’s proprietary AC drive motor and control technology.

MCFS to offer flexible “iWarranty”
EAST MOLINE, IL, United States

Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift Asia in Singapore (MCFS) has selected 4CS Inc’s iWarranty software to manage its warranty processes.

Mitsubishi forklift dealers in Asia, Oceania, Australasia and Southern Africa will be using the software to improve data accuracy and reduce claims processing time.

MCFS’s US subsidiary, MCFA, has been running iWarranty for over a year (Forkliftaction.com News #249).

Forklift dealers promote traffic safety
TOYOTA, Japan

Toyota forklift dealers are among the 429 Toyota affiliates joining the Toyota Traffic Safety Campaign from 21 September to 31 October.

Dealers will display educational posters made by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association and distribute about 800,000 educational leaflets to customers visiting their outlets.

Toyota Motor Corp launched the campaign to partly coincide with Japan’s autumn Nationwide Traffic Safety Campaign, which ran from 21-30 September.

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New orders

Hoist and YCOA complete multi-forklift deal
BEDFORD PARK, IL, United States

Private yacht club developer Yacht Clubs of America (YCOA) has ordered six Neptune Series marina forklifts from Hoist Liftruck.

The 24,000lb to 52,000lb (10.9t to 23.6t) forklifts have been ordered for Key West Harbour Yacht Club, Naples Harbour Yacht Club, Tampa Harbour Yacht Club and Fort George Harbour Yacht Club.

Standard features of the forklift series include intuitive electronic joystick controls, air-ride seat, Cummins QSB engine, Dana 32,000 automatic transmission, easy-access flip-open hoods and corrosion protection.

The contract value was not disclosed.

YCOA of Fort Myers, Florida acquires and develops marina properties and converts them into private membership yacht clubs where members can own slip and storage units for boats.

Another 10 RTGs for Malta Freeport
HYVINKÄÄ, Finland

Malta Freeport Terminals has signed an agreement to order 10 RTGs from Konecranes.

On 31 May, Konecranes announced a rubber-tyred-gantry (RTG) order for Malta Freeport that included an option for an additional 10 machines. Malta Freeport has now taken up the option.

The eight-wheel RTGs with a lifting capacity of 59 tons (130,072.7lb) and twin-lift capabilities can stack one-over-five containers high and six-plus-truck lane wide.

Deliveries will start in the second quarter of 2008.

The contract value was not disclosed.

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Jaguar forklift drivers protest outsourcing
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom

Forklift drivers at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant are angry that their jobs are going to courier company DHL.

The Birmingham Post reported that the approximately 90 forklift drivers have been offered other options as Jaguar outsources the positions, but the workers are still unhappy.

One of the drivers alleged Jaguar was intent on forcing its way although workers had voted to reject an incentive package and the move.

“People are being told they can be redeployed within the factory. They are being offered a pay rise to switch and there is redundancy available but this is not the point.

“This is about saving Jaguar jobs. There are lots of other smaller departments in Jaguar – so what will be next?”

A Jaguar spokesperson told the paper DHL already held a number of logistics roles at the plant and the move was an “extension of their existing function”.

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No fire sale at collapsed IFS
BRISBANE, Australia

It’s business as usual at failed forklift sales and rental operation, Independent Forklift Services (IFS), according to administrator Andrew Fielding.

National insolvency firm PPB took control of the business last Monday at the request of director Graeme Dillon.

It is still unclear how deep in debt the Brisbane-based business may be, with a number of financiers owed anywhere around A$10 million, according to Fielding. There is also a significant sum owed to staff in the form of severance pay, entitlements and superannuation. This debt could be as much as $200,000.

Fielding is confident of selling the business as a going concern and has had a number of promising responses after advertising the business in the mainstream business media.

Around half of the approaches have come from existing players in the equipment sales and hire industry, the rest from other parties.

Interested parties have until October 19 to submit offers for the business in writing.

For now, Fielding has scaled back the equipment sales operations to focus on servicing around 300 lease contracts, and has had to “let some sales and support staff go”.

Since sales can take some time to reach fruition, he says, it makes more sense to focus on the lease operations which are generating revenue.

The administrators are also maintaining IFS’s service operations to support the rental fleet.
IFS has around 700 forklifts for sale, but Fielding insists he won’t be running a “fire sale”, and he’s determined to get market value for the equipment.

He is very aware, he says, of the dangers of flooding the market with second-hand forklifts.

At this stage, there’s no explanation of what “went wrong” at the business which last showed a profit in 2005.

The director, according to Fielding, was having difficulty getting financial information out of the systems before calling in the administrators.

Fielding admits that it’s difficult to unravel the current situation because a lot of stock has been moved around from client to client, and there’s some confusion about the financing status of various pieces of equipment.

He is working with several financier creditors to determine the status of the lease fleet and urges current customers to continue meeting their lease obligations. “If they don’t pay, we can’t pay the staff,” he insists.

IFS, with headquarters in Sumner Park in Brisbane’s south west, has operations in Townsville, Mackay, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

QV Forklifts, also associated with Dillon, is unaffected by the financial woes at IFS.
Managing director David McGuigan says while QV Forklifts has had a long-standing professional association with Independent Forklift Services,  it “has always remained a separate business”.

Fielding expects to release more information on IFS’s financial position by the end of the week.

Administrators usually have 28 days to rescue a business in voluntary administration.

At that point, they are required to call a creditors’ meeting at which the business is either wound up or subjected to a deed of arrangement. Under the deed, creditors accept an offer against the debt, usually funded by the sale of the business or its assets.

In its heyday, IFS claimed to be “the largest second-hand forklift sales operation in Australia”, also selling into the Asia Pacific region.


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Workers strike at NZ’s biggest port
AUCKLAND, New Zealand

New Zealand's biggest port was brought to a virtual standstill after 265 dockworkers walked off the job in Auckland this week.

Workers at the Auckland port walked off the job on Tuesday for 48 hours to protest against the Ports of Auckland's response to bargaining for a new wage agreement.

The two-day strike affected cargo operations and cargo receival and delivery at the Axis Fergusson and Bledisloe container terminals, Axis Rail, Axis Shuttle and Axis Pack facilities at the harbour. It also affected Ports of Auckland-operated cargo receival and delivery at the general cargo wharves.  Third-party stevedoring operations at the general cargo wharves within the Auckland seaport, the inland ports, the Port of Onehunga and all other operations continued as normal.

The Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) also advised last week of a three–and-a-quarter-hour strike between 10.0am and 1.15pm on Tuesday 9 October. It is expected that this short strike will have minimal impact on port operations.

Ports of Auckland managing director Jens Madsen said in a statement that the company was trying to find a solution to the industrial unrest.

"This situation with rolling strikes is unacceptable and impacts all of our customers and New Zealand's international trade," he said.

Negotiations between the union and the Ports of Auckland have been under way since last November.





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NAB sells commercial fleet business
Australia

National Australia Bank (NAB) this week announced that it had agreed to sell its Commercial Fleet business to Super Group Australia, a subsidiary of South African-based Super Group Limited.

Commercial Fleet specialises in the leasing and maintenance of light to heavy duty commercial vehicles, buses, forklifts, trailers and other mobile equipment. Its operations are based solely in Australia.

The Commercial Fleet business earned A$6 million in 2006. It also contributed A$24 million to NAB Group earnings in the first half of 2007 which included a one-off benefit of $22 million (net of tax) as a result of the cessation of depreciation benefit taken to the profit and loss statement.

NAB Group chief executive officer, John Stewart, says while Commercial Fleet has been a profitable part of NAB since 1997, it is not part of NAB’s core business.

“Super Group’s expertise and activities in fleet finance and management make it an ideal home for Commercial Fleet, allowing NAB to concentrate on its core capabilities by creating sustainable growth in shareholder value,” he comments.

Robbie Blau, MD of Super Group says: “Commercial Fleet will expand Super Group’s fleet management offering in Australia. Fleet Australia, Super Group’s Australian fleet management business, is an extensive motor vehicle fleet management and leasing business in Australia and Commercial Fleet will be a strong fit with that business.”



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EMC Group makes top business list again
NARANGBA, Queensland, Australia

EMC Group, a specialist in forklift parts and attachments, has been ranked with the top Queensland businesses for 2006 in the latest Q400 list.
With combined revenue of over A$14 billion, the list represents Queensland’s leading 400 privately owned companies.  EMC was named in the list at the Q400 summit last month.
The company is 100% Australian owned and has made the Q400 list every year since 2005.  
EMC’s managing director, Stefan Marschner,  says EMC has enjoyed consistent growth throughout its history and “to be acknowledged in such a list is testament to the support it receives from the forklift industry as well as the hard work of all EMC staff”.


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Job site for supply chain and logistics practitioners
SYDNEY, New South Wales, Australia

The Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia, which opened its NSW branch last Friday, has also launched its own job board.

The online job listing aims to provide the industry with a one-point-of-call when looking for or placing jobs across Australia.

Key benefits of the job board include daily vacancy listings, resume database search functionality, resume alerts and the ability to access niche positions including permanent, part-time and consulting roles.

Job-seekers can post their resumes automatically and are ‘matched’ to available positions. Employers and recruiters are then alerted to suitable candidates on a daily basis.

Employers will also have the ability, free of charge, to list their company in an online directory, enabling them to develop a corporate brand and identity among job-seekers. Employers can tailor their message to attract the right candidates to their company.

The launch of the NSW division of SCLAA attracted over 250 participants to the breakfast function, which was held at the WaterView Convention Centre in Sydney.


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Work Safe Week around the corner
VICTORIA, Melbourne, Australia

‘Learn the latest and stay up to date’ is this year’s Work Safe Week theme.
Less than three weeks away, Work Safe Week from 22-26 October is an opportunity for employers and workers to hear and see the latest health and safety initiatives in their area.

Work Safe Week seminars will be led by marathon swimmer Tammy Van Wisse, North Pole adventurer Graeme Joy, workplace injury survivor Phillip Smallman (paraplegic as a result of a fall), Victorian Coroner Graeme Johnstone and psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Greg.

Registrations are now open for free seminars including the latest on manual handling, issues facing young workers, effective return to work, work-related fatigue, stress prevention and a ‘back to basics’ information session for manufacturing workers.



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Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam now best served by TVH and Curtis.

TVH Singapore Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of TVH Forklift Parts Belgium has been appointed as the official agent of Curtis Instruments for Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.

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Free Web Tool Compares Total Cost Of Ownership Of Various Lift Trucks

Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corporation is now making available a free, simple-to-use web tool for calculating the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) associated with various kinds of forklifts.

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Speedshield…the cutting edge management tool for fleet managers

We all want to make money, save money, or improve the bottom line. We need to make our forklifts more efficient and help our drivers get better use of their time and become more productive. We need to stop accidents from happening; we need a safe working environment.  Safety does not happen by accident!  Safety, like profitability, is by design and implemented as planned.  That is what “Speedshield” is all about.

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Blue Giant Expands Lineup of Pallet Movers.

Blue Giant adds several new models of pallet trucks, lift stackers, and push stackers to provide a full lineup of walk-behind materials handling solutions. The new XPL Series are self-propelled straddle lift stackers with lifting capacities of 3,000 to 3,500 pounds.  The new XPS Series are intermediate-duty manual push stackers with lifting capacities from 1,500 to 3,000 pounds.  The new XPT45 Series are low-lift walkie pallet trucks delivering 4,500 pounds of lifting capacity and travel speeds up to 3.7 mph. The new XPT30 Series are low-lift walkie pallet trucks producing 3,000 pounds of lifting capacity.

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QV Unaffected as Independent Falters

QV Forklifts Managing Director David McGuigan says “It’s business as usual at QV Forklifts”. This comes as QV shareholder Graeme Dillon’s Independent Forklifts was voluntarily placed under administration earlier this week.

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PRODUCT WATCH
Rejuvenation Kits for electric forklift batteries.

From the day a battery is made performance decline begins. Sulphate crystals gradually accumulate and cover battery plates resulting in lost capacity, cell distortion, short circuits and eventually cell failure from sulphate "suffocation" or related sulphate induced plate damage. The unique ENERGYTECH DUO-REGEN® process combines highly specialized additives and state of the art microelectronic PWM pulse technology as an electro-chemical sulfate reversion system. This technology dissolves sulfate crystals, cleans and re-energizes battery plates, restores electrolyte strength & recovers lost battery capacity.

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FORK TALK
AEM-OSHA alliance targets forklift safety
MILWAUKEE, WI, United States

AEM and OSHA are partnering to enhance jobsite safety for users of rough-terrain forklifts including telehandlers and masted forklifts.

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INDUSTRY PROFILES
Sigurd Clemeur, Port of Antwerp
ANTWERP, Belgium

Sigurd Clemeur has been driving forklifts for almost 30 years. His favourite forklift brand is Svetruck, mainly for its cabin comfort.

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Who made this attachment?
"There was an attachment to handle the pulverising rollers (called tyres) used in coal fire generating plants. This attachment went onto the forks (of a big forklift) and handled the large heavy roller when the plant did a change out or service on the machine. "
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Scrap forklift batteries
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"Can anyone give me their advice on the pro's and con's of high level order pickers and what they think are the best brands?"
Dais, Australia

Protecting technicians
"Are there regulations in place to protect the techs that rebuild transmissions? I work for a great company but sometimes I think we shouldn't have to clean the outside of the transmission before we get it to tear down...at what cost to our health?"
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Upcoming Events

1. United States Open Forklift Safety Rodeo
Springfield, Ohio, United States
12th and 13th October 2007

2. World Logistics Expo
Jeonbuk, Korea, South
10th to 14th October 2007

3. The National Safety Council Expo
Chicago, United States
15th to 17th October 2007

4. ICHCA National Conference
Adelaide, Australia
10th and 11th October 2007

5. Global Freight Logistics Conference & Exhibition
West Beach, Australia
10-11th October 2007

6. PPI Transport Symposium
Alabama, United States
15th to 17th October 2007

7. TOC Americas
Panama City, Panama
6th to 8th November 2007

8. NER / FBI-LEEDA Summit
Charlotte, United States
29th November 2007

9. Europort Maritime 2007
Rotterdam, Netherlands
6th-7th November 2007

10. SITL Asia
Shanghai, China
10th-12th December

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United States, Bergen County, NJ

2. Forklift Technician - Full time
United States, Charleston, SC

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Canada, St.John's, NL.

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United States, Troy OH

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1. Trainer/Assessor - Contract / temp
Any location, Vietnam

2. Training Manager Consultant - Full time
Worldwide, United States

3. Service Tech - Full time
South East, United States

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Editorial Calendar 2007

January
Review of 2006
February
US forklift market
March
Turret trucks and order pickers
April
Forklifts and global warming
May
Fleet management systems
June
The global attachments market
July
Forklifts in harsh applications
August
Materials handling in Eastern Europe
September
Engines and drive trains
October
Forklifts in cold rooms
November
China’s forklift market
December
End of Year review

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