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This is issue #347 - 14 February 2008 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
“Rocla's driverless truck tackles skills shortage”
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Kalmar launches rival to AGV for container handling
Kalmar has launched a self-loading vehicle that picks, places and transports containers between ship-to-shore (STS) and yard stacking cranes.
The one-over-one Kalmar Autoshuttle boasts benefits over its older rival, the automated guided vehicles (AGVs).
According to Kalmar, advantages include the decoupling of vessel and yard operations, traffic congestion reduction, better space utilisation behind a STS crane, higher buffer capacity in front of yard stacks and the elimination of a second STS trolley due to the buffer zone created on the quay.
Jorma Tirkkonen, president of Kalmar Intelligence and Automation, says he is proud of the “industry’s first fully automated one-over-one container handling unit”.
“In the 1990s, Kalmar designed the Shuttle Carrier to meet the handling needs of future mega-terminals which are today’s reality. Requiring even faster turnaround times, higher productivity and better cost efficiency, Kalmar is anticipating its customers’ needs with the Kalmar Autoshuttle.”
Kalmar claims two to three Kalmar Autoshuttle units perform the tasks of five to seven AGVs in servicing one STS crane. Like its manually operated counterpart, the Autoshuttle can handle 20-foot and 40-foot containers and two 20-foot boxes in twin-lift operation with load ratings of 40 tonnes (single) and 50 tonnes (twin).
The Kalmar Autoshuttle’s onboard automation system controls it according to the routes specified by the Terminal Logistic System. The vehicle continuously measures the distance and direction travelled with odometric information like wheel revolutions and steering angles.
Navigation of the Kalmar Autoshuttle is based on Magnetic Measurement System (MMS) technology. The unit’s position is formulated by the magnetic markers embedded in the terminal surface and MMS sensors located on the Kalmar Autoshuttle’s side frames.
Intelligent sensor technology controls the spreader’s fine positioning. The unit can also be remotely controlled.
The Kalmar Autoshuttle is designed in co-operation with Netherlands-based Kalmar Advanced Cargo Transhipment (ACT). Kalmar ACT, a former Frog Navigation business unit acquired by Kalmar in 2007, is a supplier of navigation and terminal operation control software.
• Capacity: 50 tonnes (twin)/ 40 tonnes (single)
• Max driving speed: 30km/h
• Max hoist speed: 20m/min (empty)/ 13m/min (40t)/ 9m/min (50t)
• Max lowering speed: 18m/min
• Deceleration in normal driving: 0.8 sqm
• Deceleration in fault stop: 1.25 sqm
• Minimum turn radius in automation control: 9,000mm (from vehicle centrepoint)
EnerSys expands plant to meet demand
READING, PA, United States
EnerSys is expanding its manufacturing facility in Warrensburg, Missouri, increasing its production capacity by 50% to meet demand from premium automotive, telecommunications, aerospace, defense and other industrial users.
The plant expansion will take place over a two-year period, increasing the plant's area from 365,000sqft (33,910m²) to 500,000sqft (46,451m²). It will also create about 180 jobs in the local Warrensburg area.
Net sales for EnerSys’s third fiscal quarter of 2008 were USD553.4 million, compared to USD377.9 million in the same period of the prior year. Net earnings were USD11 million compared to USD9 million for the third fiscal quarter of the previous year.
“We continue to experience record sales and operating earnings in our third fiscal quarter as a result of strong demand for our products and services,” John Craig, EnerSys’s CEO, says in a statement.
“Our pricing recovery efforts to offset increased commodity costs, especially lead, remain a primary focus of our organisation, coupled with our on-going cost reduction efforts,” he says, adding that it will take time for EnerSys’s pricing recovery efforts to fully offset increased costs.
EnerSys estimates its third quarter lead costs have increased about USD79 million - or 106% more than the third quarter of the previous year.
Craig said in a conference call last week that many of EnerSys’s competitors were also affected by higher lead costs.
“I think many of our competitors are hurting and they’re in worse shape than we are.”
Hyundai launches AC-powered forklifts
Hyundai Heavy Industries Europe (HHIE) will launch six new “Dash 7” forklift models at Manutention, Paris, from 11-14 March.
The introduction of the four-wheel and three-wheel 1.5- to 2-ton electric forklifts with AC drive system is the last phase introduction of Hyundai’s latest forklift generation.
Made in Ulsan, South Korea, the 15BT-7, 16B-7, 19BT-7 and 18B-7 models replace the “Dash 5” HBF15-5. 18-5. 15T-5 and 18T-5 models, while the 20B-7 and 20BT-7 models are additions to the range.
JCB introduces HiViz telehandlers
ROCESTER, United Kingdom
JCB has launched two new low-boom Loadall telehandlers that offer improved visibility.
JCB claims all-round visibility on the Loadall 535-125 HiViz and 535-140 HiViz models has improved by 10% over predecessors, especially to the rear of the machines. This was achieved by reducing the boom pin pivot height by 235mm (9.5 inches).
The new machines also have a “more compact rear chassis”, resulting in 90mm (3.5 inches) less overhang. Other improvements include new axles featuring higher lock angles which improve the telehandler’s turning radius by about 250mm.
New tow tractor with higher capacity
Still GmbH has introduced the CX-T series three-wheel tow tractor.
Made in Montataire, France, the CX-T series replaces the CX-series that was introduced in 2004. The new series has higher towing capacity, 30% higher maximum speed, 5mm higher floor clearance and longer life after charging.
New Bobcat telehandler is three-in-one
Bobcat has introduced the T2250 telehandler that offers the features of a skid-steer loader, articulated wheel loader and telehandler in one machine.
According to James Kennedy of Clark Equipment, Bobcat’s distributor for Oceania, the 4.5–tonne (9,921lb) telehandler is “as compact as the largest Bobcat skid-steer loader but offers a loading performance comparable to an equivalent-sized articulated loader”.
It is especially suitable for rough-terrain applications like low-rise residential construction or agribusiness.
Made in Pont Chateau, France, it is marketed as the VR417 in North America and T2250 in the rest of the world.
Caterpillar introduces super-compact telehandler
HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States
Caterpillar Inc has introduced the TH255 super-compact telehandler, the latest addition to its North American Cat Telehandler line-up.
Designed to work in construction, materials supply, landscaping, nursery and agricultural applications, it has a rated load capacity of 5,500lbs (2,500kg), lift height of 18’4” (5.6 metres) and capacity at maximum reach of 1,850lbs (839kg). Its low cab height, narrow machine width of 71.5 inches (1.82 metres) and turning radius of 126 inches (3.2 metres) make the telehandler suitable for working in tight spaces.
Caterpillar claims the machine offers “exceptional sight lines” despite the low cab height of less than 6’4” (1.9 metres).
The TH255 weighs in at 10,800lbs (4,898kg) and is powered by a Cat C4.4 diesel engine which produces 84hp (63 kilowatts) of power while meeting US EPA Tier 3 emissions requirements.
Marketing communications manager Maye Houck tells Forkliftaction.com News production of the TH255 has started and the first shipments are planned for mid-April.
“The telehandler is manufactured by JLG and while it has some of the same attributes as the JLG compact telehandler, the use of key Cat components in the machine is just one differentiator between the brands,” Houck says.
JLG Industries Inc’s super-compact telehandler, the JLG G5-18A, was launched in December 2007. It has a 5,500lb (2,495kg) maximum lifting capacity, 1,850lb (839kg) lifting capacity at the fully extended reach of 11 feet (3.4 metres) and a 126-inch (3.2 metre) turning radius. (Forkliftaction.com News #341).
Through a Caterpillar-JLG alliance finalised at the end of 2005, JLG now manufactures Caterpillar-branded telehandlers at its McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania and Maasmechelen, Belgium plants for exclusive distribution through Caterpillar dealers (Forkliftaction.com News #233).
The TH255 telehandler will be exhibited at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG show from 11-15 March in Las Vegas.
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Rocla’s automation tackles skills shortage
Rocla Oyj has introduced the first generation of its automated warehouse trucks as a solution to the labour shortage in the logistics industry in Europe.
“With the shortage of skilled warehouse truck drivers around Europe, a good way to keep the goods moving is to automate the material handling,” a Rocla statement says.
Rocla vice president of marketing & communications Maija Karhusaari says the automated warehouse truck (AWT) is made using standard warehouse truck components.
“AWT is based on standard technology, design and components from our award-winning Humanic reach truck family - as opposed to custom-tailored automated guided vehicles (AGV).”
AGVs, traditionally custom-made for customers, are expensive and implementation can be time-consuming. AWTs are used for moving pallets, paper reels and other loads between the warehouse and the plant or as a part of the production process.
Karhusaari claims the AWT has benefits over AGVs.
“Because of its modular, productised structure, it is fast to implement, flexible in changing needs, easy to service and possible to acquire even on a rental basis – as a standard truck it has residual value.”
Rocla CEO Jussi Muikku says the best solution for customers is to use a combination of automation and traditional warehouse trucks.
“[A] serially manufactured automated warehouse truck is easy to implement. The payback time on investment is exceptionally short due to fast delivery and great performance of the new solution.”
The AWT has the chassis of the Humanic reach truck and Rocla’s Integral mast, in which the lifting cylinders are integrated inside the mast construction. The truck is available globally but is focused on the European and Russian markets.
Rocla’s 2007 net sales grew by 20% to EUR124.9 million (USD181.2 million) and operating profit improved significantly from EUR1.5 million (USD2.2 million) to EUR4.9 million (USD7.1 million). The company’s production capacity is now 10,000 trucks a year.
Emirates SkyCargo woos Indian cargo industry
Emirates SkyCargo is set to woo the Indian cargo industry after participating in Air Cargo India (ACI) 2008, the region’s biggest event for logistics operators, last month.
It was at ACI 2008 that Ram Menen, Emirates divisional senior vice president for cargo, and Prakash Nair, manager for network cargo sales development, received the “Air Cargo Carrier of the Year” award on behalf of Emirates.
“The trade market with the highest growth is likely to be in the Asia Pacific region where its share will go from 24% to 26% by 2011, and India and China will be major players in the growth,” Menen said.
He emphasised the need for India to increase spending on infrastructure projects from the current 4.6% of GDP to 8%. India needs a USD30 billion infrastructure investment in the next five years to sustain its 8% annual economic growth.
“The cost of logistics in India is over 13% of the total GDP compared to less than 10% in Western Europe and North America and the main reason for this is the inefficiency of the system.
“Efficient supply chain management is the only way to bring these costs down and for this to happen, logistics infrastructure must consider developments in the science of the supply chain.”
Nair confirmed India was one of the main points of growth for Emirates’ operations this year.
“Our participation at the ACI forum will help establish a global focus on the region. With the launch of Sao Paulo last year, we now connect India to 99 destinations in 62 countries across six continents via our hub in Dubai.”
Emirates operates three freighter flights to India - two to Mumbai and one to Chennai – using Boeing 747 freighters and offering bellyhold capacity on more than 95 passenger flights in each direction per week.
Powercell buys Pb Batteries
RAYNE, United Kingdom
Powercell Industrial Battery Engineers Ltd has bought Pb Batteries of Colchester, Essex, for an undisclosed value.
According to Powercell managing director Derek Anderson, Pb Batteries’ strength in the rail and marine sectors will help the Rayne, Essex-based company to expand its market coverage.
“[Pb Batteries] is renowned for its traction batteries and has built a very successful reputation in the rail and marine sectors, where the Pb Batteries name will be retained.”
Powercell supplies battery solutions mainly to the logistics, airport and standby power sector, having grown 25-30% annually for the past few years. Its clients range from small forklift companies to OEMs like Toyota, Jungheinrich, Linde and Doosan. DHL, American Airlines and Wolsley Group are also customers.
Anderson says Powercell aims to set itself apart in the market by providing a “complete battery service” and maintaining close customer relationships.
“It is about providing the solution from a range of products to suit the customer’s best long-term needs. It’s not about looking at the short-term gain. You have to earn the customer’s trust.
“We have a bespoke service system, which has now been in place for over two years and this allows us to track all jobs which come into the system,” he says.
Powercell moved to its new premises near Stansted Airport in Essex in 2007 and has recently expanded its sales and service team and increased its fleet of service vans.
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Kalmar expands in Americas
Kalmar Industries has established a new sales company in Mexico to support its dealer network and help develop the market.
“In recent years, Mexico has been subject to a variety of foreign investment projects, particularly in the ports sector. Kalmar remains steadfast in its strategy of shifting its sales and service support closer to its customers’ operating environments,” says Kalmar president Pekka Vauramo.
Gaston Chipy will be managing director of the Guadalajara-based company. He was a Kalmar sales director in South America. The company will hire a few service technicians and parts specialists and will increase its employees as business develops.
Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city, was chosen for its growing economy and central position to main ports on the east and west coasts.
Red Hearts for the unromantic
HOLLAND, MI, United States
Forklift users who have the romantic gene missing will enjoy Intella Liftparts LLC’s Valentine’s Day special.
The “Red Hearts” promotional campaign launched this month enabled forklift parts customers to earn points towards winning flowers or a dinner for two with their partners.
Customers who qualified can sit easy today as Intella sends a dozen roses to their significant other and rewards them with gift cards to participating restaurants.
“Let’s face it, lots of people procrastinate and dread thinking about what to get their significant other for Valentine’s Day,” says Intella general manager Marcel VandenTop. “What better way of helping our customers by taking over this responsibility?”
Toyota plant joins green programme
COLUMBUS, IN, United States
Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Inc (TIEM) of Columbus, Indiana has been inducted as a charter member to Indiana’s Environmental Stewardship Program.
TIEM is the US manufacturing plant for Toyota forklifts and has received the state’s Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. It has implemented recycling initiatives to make it a zero-landfill facility and is a part of the Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention organisation.
Besides recycling initiatives, TIEM also distributes to each employee a seedling to plant on Arbor Day. Since the program’s inception, nearly 13,000 seedlings have been distributed.
Arbor Day, established in Nebraska but also celebrated in other countries, is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees.
Operator wins Harley-Davidson at telehandler contest
BARAGA, MI, United States
A second generation telehandler operator from South Carolina won the third annual Telehandler Skills Competition at last month’s World of Masonry/World of Concrete (WOC) show in Las Vegas.
Jason Herschberger from Herschberger Steel Erectors of Abbeville, South Carolina beat 35 competitors from across the US to win the competition sponsored for the first time by Pettibone. Herschberger had been operating telehandlers at his father’s company for 10 years.
The competition tested the skill, accuracy and finesse of competitors operating a Pettibone Extendo Series 8044 or a Pettibone Traverse Series T8044.
Stage one of the competition saw the operators driving the telehandlers to a designated spot and picking up three planks from a sawhorse, then deposit one plank on each of three sawhorses.
The operator then had to pick the planks back up and return them to the original sawhorse.
In stage two, operators manoeuvred over to a second spot in front of a Hydek scaffolding system on which a 4’x4’x4’ (1.2mx1.2mx1.2m) fork box rested 35 feet (10.7 metres) up. Operators had to simulate picking up an overhead load by raising the boom, then guiding the forks into matching slots on the box, triggering a light that indicated completion of the task.
Contestants had to manoeuvre the telehandler back to its starting place after finishing stage two.
Herschberger won a 2008 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob motorcycle valued at USD15,000. Runner-up Chris Yeghoian won a USD500 Visa gift card.
The competition was organised and judged by Pettibone staff including product manager Dan Blondeau, sales managers John Graham, Steve Kiskunas and Steve Talley, and service manager Dave Raasakka.
The telehandlers were provided by Pettibone dealer Inland/Hobbs Material Handling of Las Vegas and Pettibone customer Seedorf Masonry of Strawberry Point, Iowa.
Pettibone exhibited its Extendo and Traverse telehandler models at this year’s WOC. Each of the telehandlers is now rated for lifting 1,000lbs (454kg) more than its predecessor.
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Forklift drivers rejoice over Lotto win
LEEDS, United Kingdom
Twenty forklift drivers are celebrating after collectively winning over GBP3 million (USD5.9 million) in the lottery.
The 16 men and four women who work at a toiletries factory in Normanton will share the GBP3,681,300 (USD 7,223,447) won in a Lotto rollover draw, the Yorkshire Post reported.
Ron Johnston, 61, says winning the money has changed his life.
“I couldn’t believe it when I realised we had a winning ticket. I must have checked it about 20 times. I didn’t sleep a wink that night.”
Most of the drivers would continue working but say they now have the opportunity to pay off their mortgages.
Hyster builds productivity for Ibstock Brick
FLEET, United Kingdom
UK brick manufacturer Ibstock Brick Ltd is so pleased with its three new 4-tonne Hyster Fortens forklifts that are working at its St Helens, Merseyside facility that it has ordered two more.
Ibstock’s Roughdales factory is one of the manufacturer’s 24 facilities in the UK that manufacture clay products. The facility operates seven days a week and manufactures over 30 million bricks a year for both domestic and commercial projects.
Locally quarried clay is crushed and mixed with water, extruded and then cut into bricks.
The resulting shapes are then dried and fried in a kiln to about 1,050 degree Celcius temperature, cooled, and then bound in packs of 500.
The site has three Hyster Fortens H4.0FT forklifts equipped with double pallet handlers. One forklift is used to support the production process while the other two are used for two eight-hour shifts, five days a week, offloading the packs of 500 bricks from the production line and storing them in the stockyard. The forklifts also load trucks for customer deliveries.
The Hysters are the first of the brand to operate at an Ibstock site, supplied and supported by Barloworld Handling.
Bill Padmore, the stockyard foreman, says the drivers appreciate the forklifts’ small ergonomic touches like the e-hydraulic mini-levers on the adjustable seat-side armrest.
To boost stability on uneven surfaces, a Hyster stability mechanism fitted to the forklifts gives the drivers a smoother ride and reduces driver fatigue over the shift.
A Barloworld Handling spokeswoman says the mechanism is a passive mechanical system that uses gravity to optimise steer-axle geometry.
“It reduces truck [sway] by limiting the articulation of the steer axle.” The mechanism is maintenance-free and found on Hyster Fortens forklifts with capacities up to 5.5 tonnes.
The forklift’s “auto deceleration system” allows the operator to slow the forklift down without braking through electronic control of the forklift’s DuraMatch2 transmission. The “controlled power reversal” feature enables the driver to change direction smoothly without removing his foot from the accelerator pedal - also through electronic control of the transmission.
Ibstock has ordered two additional Hyster Fortens forklifts, an H1.6FT and H2.5FT.
Forklift dangers highlighted by fine
GAWLER, South Australia, Australia
The dangers of forklifts in the workplace have been highlighted again, following a conviction in the SA Industrial Relations Court.
Last week, a Gawler fruit and vegetable business was fined AUD21,500 for breaches of workplace safety laws, involving the provision of safe systems of work and keeping written statements on safe work procedures.
On 22 February 2006, a 25-year-old-employee of She's Apples Service Pty Ltd had his left leg fractured when caught between a forklift and an industrial waste bin. The forklift had rolled down a slope where it had been parked, due to the brake not being properly secured.
SafeWork SA’s investigation revealed that the employee was required to use a forklift, although his employer was aware that he was not qualified to do so. There was no system to ensure that only employees who had been satisfactorily assessed as competent were permitted to operate forklifts.
Further, it was found the employer had not conducted a hazard identification and risk assessment, nor provided safe work procedures relating to the use of forklifts.
Industrial Magistrate Michael Ardlie said that forklift injuries can be fatal and although that was not the case in this instance, significant injuries were sustained.
A conviction was recorded, but the fine was discounted by 20% in recognition of the early guilty plea.
This decision follows the death of a woman in hospital recently after she was struck by a forklift at her workplace on 21 January. That incident remains under investigation, but SafeWork SA is again warning that forklifts are a constant source of danger in workplaces.
“Any forklift operator in South Australia must be assessed as competent by a properly qualified assessor,” says SafeWork SA executive director, Michele Patterson.
“This helps considerably in ensuring that such equipment is used properly and safely, as a means of reducing the risk of harm in the workplace.
“To further strengthen safety systems, this year will also see the introduction of a national licensing standard which will require all forklift operators in SA to be licensed by SafeWork SA from 1 July,” says Patterson.
IronPlanet to hold first Australian online auction
IronPlanet, a global online auction company for used heavy equipment, will hold its first auction in Australia today, featuring around 170 items including forklifts, with either low or no reserves.
"We are excited to bring IronPlanet’s very successful online auction of used heavy equipment to the Australian market,” says IronPlanet Australia managing director, Graeme McPherson.
“I am confident that we will deliver on what is most important to our Australian customers – quick disposition of their equipment, market-leading prices, low selling costs and IronPlanet’s guaranteed inspection reports.”
Buyers will be able to bid on equipment across Australia, New Zealand and SE Asia.
Equipment to be sold in the auction has come from dealers, contractors and hire and rental companies across Australia.
Business confidence crumbles
The monthly business survey of National Australia Bank (NAB) reports that business confidence fell dramatically (by 9 points) in January on the back of global financial and equity market weakness.
Confidence is now at the lowest level in the survey’s history since the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The NAB survey is based on about 500 firms with annual turnovers of more than AUD25 million each.
NAB head of Australian economics Jeff Oughton says the falling confidence measure is an early sign of slowing business activity.
The official cash rate is expected to fall to 6% next year from its present 7%, even if rates rise next month.
NAB forecast that the Australian economy would grow by 3% in 2008, compared with global expansion of 3.75% and US growth of 1.25%.
Auckland dropped in favour of Tauranga
AUCKLAND, New Zealand
CMA CGM, the world’s third largest container shipping line, announced plans last Friday to relocate its NEMO service from Ports of Auckland and consolidate at the Port of Tauranga. However, it will continue to call at the Port of Auckland with its Panama/US East Coast/Europe service.
Ports of Auckland managing director Jens Madsen explains that the loss to Auckland, while very disappointing, is not unexpected.
“Ports of Auckland will continue to compete strongly in the market but it will only do so on a profitable basis.
“The industry continues to be extremely competitive. Wins and losses of shipping services are an ongoing reality for New Zealand’s seaports.
“While Ports of Auckland lost out on this service, it recently won a new dedicated trans-Tasman service operated by Gold Star Line and gained Maersk business in 2007. This win-and-loss churn has always been the way the industry operates as shipping lines move ports, differentiating themselves from competitors.”
He adds that the industry is heading into an intense period of instability and volatility, where further rationalisation and consolidation among shipping lines can be expected.
Freight company delivers profit
Freightways, which owns New Zealand Couriers, Post Haste Couriers, Castle Parcels, SUB60, Security Express and Kiwi Express, has seen a 12% rise in revenue to AUD162 million.
Net profit for the six months ending December 31 was up 2% at $16.8 million.
Acquisitions have helped Freightways post a record result and the company is well placed to cope with turbulent market conditions, says managing director Dean Bracewell.
Full-year net profit is expected to be higher than last year. The core express package business is expected to perform soundly, with growth influenced by the domestic economy, Bracewell says.
Near-term cost increases are expected to be moderate, although fuel prices are volatile and higher than historical levels.
Express packages and business mail accounted for 85% of earnings before interest and tax, while the information management sector made up 15% - compared to 9% last year. The company says its recent acquisitions in the information management sector are all experiencing strong growth.
Document destruction businesses Shred-X and Document Destruction & Paper Recyclers in Queensland - both bought in July last year - have delivered against expectations.
Freightways will continue to explore complementary acquisitions and alliances.
Conference for mines and major hazard facilities
South Australia, Australia
SafeWork SA is hosting a Mines & Major Hazard Facilities Conference over one-and-a-half days, beginning 17 March.
The programme includes 15 presentations by experienced safety professionals from the oil and gas industry, mineral sector, consultants and regulators from several Australian jurisdictions.
The keynote speaker is Kevin Myers, Director of Hazardous Installations with Britain's Health & Safety Executive.
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Matex: New Venue To Celebrate 25th Anniversary
Australia’s premier materials handling and warehousing exhibition, MATEX will be celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2008 as a stand-alone event in a new venue. MATEX 2008 will also include live forklift demonstrations, the inaugural two-day supply chain conference and the grand finals of the GREAT FORK OFF.
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New International Publication and Website for the Warehousing and Logistics Industries
April 2008 sees the launch of the International Warehouse and Logistics Review which will be sent to all the members of the International Federation of Warehousing and Logistics Associations [ IFWLA].
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SA Forklift Sales seeks distributors for OM Carrelli line throughout Australia
SA Forklift Sales Pty Ltd has been appointed the National distributor for OM Carrelli materials handling products for Australia. Managing Director Mr David Clayton has confirmed they are now seeking metropolitan and regional distributors to commence trading in early 2008 Australia-wide.
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Material Handling Scale Models
A wide range of material handling scale models is now available from Systems Material Handling (SMH), Olathe, Kan.
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Silent Nights - with the Yale MP16S Low Noise Pallet Truck
Yale releases its new MP16S Low Noise powered pallet truck which features a patented triple wheel design and noise reduction measures.
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CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 advance registration deadline extended
MILWAUKEE, WI, United States
Show organiser, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), notes that advance registration is attracting more response than the last show in 2005.
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Dave Hoover: Protecting Pedestrians
NEWARK, OH, United States
It's not enough to ensure the safety of your forklift operators. Today, there is also a requirement to look after pedestrians who may - for whatever reason - be wandering around your work place.
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Paling Transporter started as a truck and heavy equipment repair and service provider over 20 years ago and has evolved into a heavy transporter and forklift manufacturer.
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