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This is issue #351 - 13 March 2008 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
“Watts Tyre Group raises tyre prices. ”


Konecranes forklift and crane sales post double-digit growth
Datamonitor: Logistics industry faces challenging year
Skyjack offers to buy Volvo telehandler business
Watts chief warns of rising tyre prices
Nacco expands Greenville plant
TCM opens new Shiga assembly line
Crown sit-down makes difference
New Products
Sample of used equipment for sale
Kalmar lifts Steveco’s stacking capacity
Danfoss strengthens hold on Sauer-Danfoss

JLG boosts facilities
Stevedore fined for unsafe workplace
New action plans to reduce workplace death and injury
Steady growth for POA
Electronic newsletter for OHS

A Plus Plastics to showcase collapsible heavy duty bulk packs during MATEX 2008
EMC double the competition (free footy tipping comp)!
Fantuzzi Reach Stacker for sale
OM Carrelli forklifts are appointing dealers in Australia now

Introducing the All-New TCM PRO Cushion Tire Lift Trucks
Meclift Variable Reach Truck ML 5012R

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SAFETY FIRST: Danny Maron: To be … or not to be (competent)

Gary Wilson, Master Lift Truck Services Inc.

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We welcome a new Safety First columnist this week. Danny Maron, owner of and principal trainer with Ideal Forklift Training in Ottawa, Canada, joins a panel of expert trainers around the world who regularly share their insights in our newsletter. Danny’s first contribution looks at the tricky subject of competency certification and raises the interesting observation that some of his clients think they are paying for a certificate rather than his professional testing ability. No doubt, this issue will continue to plague trainers and certifiers around the world until standardized testing is adopted everywhere.

Konecranes forklift and crane sales post double-digit growth

Rising demand for industrial raw materials may be putting pressure on tyre prices, but it is one of the factors fuelling growth for Konecranes’ heavy lifting equipment.

The global equipment manufacturer saw sales in its heavy lifting segment more than double in three years from EUR214.1 million (USD 328.2 million) in 2004 to EUR549 million (USD841.6 million) in 2007. Konecranes’ heavy lifting business area produces heavy-capacity forklifts, process cranes, ship-to-shore cranes, rubber-tyred and rail-mounted gantry cranes, reach stackers and straddle carriers.

Konecranes says in its 2007 annual report that market growth in its heavy lifting business was driven by the growth, rationalisation and relocation of process-type industries and increasing world trade with growing freight volumes.

According to the report, growth in the sector has also been fuelled by globalisation, the rising need for industrial raw materials, increasing energy demand, environmental issues, the booming shipbuilding industry and strong economic growth in developing economies like Russia and China.

Konecranes chairman of the board Stig Gustavson says in his annual report message that while 2007 was a successful year for the company, Konecranes’ share price dropped significantly. It peaked at an all-time-high of EUR34.90 (USD53.50) on 13 July 2007 but by the end of 2007, the value was EUR23.58 (USD36.15), almost the same as a year earlier.

Gustavson says the company’s stock performance was related to “external factors” and not the company’s performance.

“We have good reason to believe in a continuing strong stock performance as we have seen before in spite of the difficulties during the autumn.”

Company president Pekka Lundmark agrees: “The turbulence on the financial markets in the second half of 2007 did not seem to impact on our demand. Our 27% growth in new orders exceeded the 18% sales growth, which means that we start 2008 with an order book 32.6% stronger than a year ago. These promising numbers indicate continued growth in 2008.”

Gustavson says Asian trade is no longer dominated by links between the US and China, so lower US demand for Chinese exports will not mean lower Chinese demand for European-made production machinery.

He adds that Konecranes’ strong presence in the US market is not “necessarily risky” in an economic downturn.

“Over half of our US sales is related to service. Along with a depreciating dollar, many US industry sectors find new opportunities in export markets. Our company, being an early cyclical, can already feel this trend. Our US organisation also finds new opportunities in South America.”

Cranes, forklifts and key crane components like trolleys are assembled at the company’s manufacturing sites in Finland, Sweden, China, the UK and US. The products’ components are sourced globally including from manufacturing partners in Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Estonia, China and Thailand.

Konecranes’ heavy lifting business area recorded sales of EUR549 million (USD842 million) for calendar year 2007, 11.8% higher than 2006’s EUR490.8 million (USD752.3 million). The group’s total sales was EUR1.750 billion (USD2.683 billion), 18% higher than 2006’s EUR1.483 billion (USD2.273 billion) while net profit was EUR129.2 million (USD198.1 million), 88.3% higher than 2006’s EUR68.6 million (USD105.2 million).

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Datamonitor: Logistics industry faces challenging year
LONDON, United Kingdom

Logistics companies are set to have a challenging 2008, according to a new report by independent market analyst Datamonitor.

The report, “State of the Industry – Logistics” by Datamonitor’s logistics and express division lead analyst Chris Morgan, predicts that as the fallout from the global credit crunch becomes clear, the logistics sector’s margins will come under pressure.

“An outright global recession is unlikely but what is fairly certain is that 2008 will be a harder year for customers in the larger economies in the world and as such this will have a knock-on effect for the logistics market,” Morgan says.

The report says 2007 was a year of “two halves”. In the first half, the major concern was that the global economy would overheat through its rapid expansion driven by consumer spending in the larger economies. The US sub-prime mortgage crisis quickly dampened global optimism.

“The US has been hit particularly hard. While it is not technically in a recession yet, there is no doubt that the economy has slowed considerably since mid-2007.This has had an adverse effect on confidence around the rest of the world, particularly countries that rely on the US for trade.”

According to the report, third-party logistics players (3PLs) posted healthy revenue and operating profit increases in 2007 because the effect of the credit crunch in the second half of 2007 had not fully filtered through to consumer spending.

However, the report says operating margins were at low levels, with the average across the companies analysed a mere 3.5%.

Morgan believes the logistics sector can exploit several trends outside the macroeconomic environment that will have a large impact on the industry.

“Technology will play an increasingly important role and RFID (radio frequency identification) will eventually be seen as a standard product offering.

“The environment has rapidly risen up company agenda, requiring 3PLs to examine their green supply chain options.

“There will also be a shift in geographic focus. While China will still enjoy its position as the world’s main manufacturing region, other areas of the globe will eat away at its market share. This will further diversify supply chains and increase the demands made by clients on logistics providers.”

Morgan predicts 3PLs will collaborate with customers and competitors and consider strategic acquisitions as costs rise due to the continued high oil price and an economic slowdown.

“While the top companies have seen revenue increases in the past years, not all will survive in the medium-term as the market consolidates. Those that survive will be the companies that have a solid grasp of their own capabilities and the market situation, which will help them be proactive rather than reactive in identifying and exploiting market opportunities,” he says.

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Skyjack offers to buy Volvo telehandler business
GUELPH, Canada

Volvo Construction Equipment has accepted Skyjack Inc’s offer to pursue discussions relating to the latter’s telehandler business. Volvo bought the business from Ingersoll-Rand as part of a road machinery acquisition in April 2007.

Aerial work platform manufacturer Skyjack says Volvo’s materials handling equipment business would complement its acquisition of Carelift equipment that was completed in August 2007 ( News #324).

“This acquisition would further expand Skyjack’s telehandler product offering, add a rough-terrain straight mast forklift product and provide additional manufacturing capacity to further the company’s growth potential,” according to a Skyjack statement.

Linde Hasenfratz, CEO of Skyjack’s parent company, Linamar Corp, says the company will be able to bring its products to a broader group of customers if the acquisition goes through.

The transaction is subject to the parties reaching a definitive agreement and further due diligence, the statement says.

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Watts chief warns of rising tyre prices
LYDNEY, United Kingdom

Watts Tyre Group chief executive Jean-Paul Mindermann is warning forklift OEM dealers that they must adapt to a “new paradigm” with the rising prices of tyres as the UK-headquartered company announces its own price rise.

Mindermann says as a result of the higher cost of rubber, the prices of Watts tyres will increase between 6% and 10%, depending on the country and currency they are sold in.

“At the end of Q3 2007, we announced that we would be reviewing prices on a quarterly basis due to the soaring price of natural rubber,” he says.

According to Watts, rubber prices increased 12% in 2006 but rose by an astounding 35% over the last 12 months. The rise in rubber price is driven mainly by increased demand from the Indian and Chinese automotive sectors and the limited worldwide rubber production capacity.

“If rubber prices remain at these levels, further similar tyre price increases are to be expected in the second half of the year,” Mindermann warns, adding that tyre manufacturers have cut costs and reduced their margins but can’t continue to absorb the higher rubber prices.

In the new environment, the forklift industry may choose not to offer leases with fixed service and tyre costs, Mindermann says.

“OEM dealers must now accept that they face a new paradigm in equipment leasing and will have to work closely with the tyre producers to find a best value solution for customers.”

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NEWSFLASH - Leavitt on-site Auction Friday 14th March – all listings unreserved. Internet bidding available.

Un-reserved Public Auction will be conducted by Richie Brothers at Langley, BC, Canada Friday March 14, 2008. Internet bidding available.

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Nacco expands Greenville plant
PORTLAND, OR, United States

Nacco Materials Handling Group (NMHG) is expected to complete a USD4.8 million project that will consolidate assembly functions and increase storage capabilities at its Greenville facility by the end of this year.

Project manager Judy Butts told The Daily Reflector an 18,000 sqft (1,672 m²) storage facility, the first of three phases of construction, could be ready by the end of April. A 12,000 sqft (1,115m²) building is targeted for completion in the northern hemisphere summer while conversion of the warehouse for very narrow aisle operation will be finished by the end of 2008.

“This kind of top-of-the-line warehousing equipment will be used and will become a showplace not only for our employees but, just as importantly, for our customers,” Butts says, adding that customers often visit the facility.

Butts says the plant expansion will increase NMHG’s competitiveness and “position the company for the future”.

NMHG, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is one of the world’s largest forklift manufacturers. It manufactures and distributes Hyster and Yale forklifts.

The Greenville facility is at 5200 Martin Luther King Jr Highway.

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TCM opens new Shiga assembly line
TOKYO, Japan

TCM is opening a new electric forklift assembly line at its Shiga plant this year to meet increasing demand for its forklift products.

The expansion will see the factory produce 22,800 forklifts for domestic and export markets in 2008, with production rising to over 25,000 forklifts in 2010.

According to dhf intralogistik editor Wolfgang Degenhard, TCM has been the fastest-growing
of the world’s top 12 forklift manufacturers for the last five years.

TCM’s forklift sales grew 108% from EUR253 million (USD389 million) in 2002/03 to EUR526 million (USD808 million) in 2006/07.

TCM UK managing director Terry Robinson says the strong growth is not surprising.

“TCM has continued to show strong sales performance year on year; a result of continuing to introduce new world-class, award-winning products and continuing to build on our reputation for reliability and build quality.”

The Shiga factory, in the Kansai region, is ISO9001 and ISO14001 certified. Shiga, one of TCM’s four plants in Japan, has diversified from producing only forklifts to include automated guided vehicles.

In 2007, TCM opened a new drive-unit factory on the Shiga site. The factory will this year produce over 30,000 drive-units.

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Crown sit-down makes difference
NEW BREMEN, OH, United States

Crown Equipment has introduced the RR5275S sit-down reach truck for high through-put applications.

Crown product manager Maria Schwieterman says operators working in high volume areas are often on their feet 10 hours a day and would appreciate the sit-down reach truck.

Customer Mark Harlen, Ventura Foods LLC’s distribution manager, says his company’s 19 forklift operators working at the company’s 180,000 sqft distribution centre in Birmingham, Alabama are happy with the forklifts.

“Operators are comfortable throughout their shift. The seat makes all the difference,” Harlen says.

Crown claims the reach truck has a shock-reducing floorboard design and provides 45% more foot room than its competitors’ forklifts.

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New Products

Linde to introduce updated engine forklifts at CeMAT

Linde Material Handling has updated its entire 1.4 tonne to 18 tonne internal combustion forklift range with the introduction of the 5- to 8-tonne H50-H80 models, debuting at CeMAT 2008.

Design improvements include a nearly 20% improvement over predecessors of through-the-mast view, stage 3-compliant engines and the addition of a model with an 8-tonne lifting capacity at a 1.1 metre (3.6’) load centre. Service intervals have also been extended from 500 to 1,000 hours.

The forklifts are powered by a Deutz turbo-diesel engine that complies with the 2004/26/EC emissions directive in force since 1 January 2008.

TCM launches FB35-7 and ERT range
TOKYO, Japan

TCM Japan has introduced the FB35-7 3.5 tonne (7,716lb) electric counterbalanced forklift to meet demand for environmentally friendly higher load capacity forklifts.

Manufactured in Shiga, the FB35-7 replaces the FB35-6. Compared to the old forklift, the FB35-7 has longer battery life, a smaller turning circle, an increased top speed, improved visibility and lift speeds under load and better comfort and safety features.

The new forklift is available globally.

TCM has also unveiled its first sit-down ERT reach truck range for the European market.

The ERT comes in 1.4 tonne (3,087lb), 1.6 tonne (3,527lb) and 2.0 tonne (4,409lb) capacities and has lift heights up to 9.75 metres (32 feet). TCM claims the 2.0 tonne reach truck handling a Euro pallet on its short side requires less aisle width than the 1.6 tonne (3,527lb) BT, Linde, Jungheinrich and Atlet trucks.

Hyster Yardmaster II has “tightest turning radius”
GREENVILLE, NC, United States

Hyster Company has introduced the Hyster Yardmaster II reach stacker series.

Available globally, the new series replaces previous models introduced in 1999. Herman Klaus, vice president of Hyster’s big truck operations, says the new series has greater operator ergonomics, improved productivity and durability and a lower cost of ownership and is easier to service.

Manufactured at Nijmegen, the Netherlands, the Yardmaster II can support load capacities up to 101,000lb (46 tonne) and can lift 9’6” (2.9 metre) or 8’6” (2.6 metre) containers five-high in the first row.

Hyster claims the reach stacker has the tightest turning radius in the container handling industry.

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Kalmar lifts Steveco’s stacking capacity

Kalmar Industries has received an order for 10 Edrive straddle carriers from Finnish port operator Steveco Oy to expand its container handling capacity at the Port of Kotka.

The new ESC440W machines can stack one-over-three high, one container higher than Steveco’s straddle carriers currently employed at the Mussalo Container Terminal in Kotka.

Kalmar and Steveco have worked “side-by-side” in the Port of Kotka’s maintenance area. Kalmar’s service workshop is next to Steveco’s, making it convenient to service the latter’s machines.

Kalmar Finland president Jouko Kryola explains that the order is a result of the company’s past success in supporting its existing straddle carrier fleet in Kotka.

“They have turned to Kalmar yet again for reliable, environmentally friendly equipment which will help them handle the expected influx of containers at Mussalo,” he says, adding that Kalmar’s commitment to meeting a strict delivery schedule was also a deciding factor.

Delivery of the machines will commence in the northern hemisphere summer and be completed by October 2008. The new machines will replace some of the 20 Kalmar straddle carriers operating at Mussalo. Steveco will transfer some of the one-over-two high straddle carriers to its terminal operations at the Port of Vuosaari in Helsinki in October.

Mussalo is the largest container port in Finland, handling 461,874 TEU in 2006. Its logistics area is planned for expansion in 2008, enabling the terminal to handle 1 million TEU annually.

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Danfoss strengthens hold on Sauer-Danfoss
CHICAGO, IL, United States

The Danfoss Group and Sauer Holding GmbH have signed an agreement that will see the former become the majority shareholder in Sauer-Danfoss Inc.

Sauer Holding, owned by the Murmann family, will sell 17.5% of the outstanding shares in Sauer-Danfoss to the Danfoss Group. The agreement, subject to closing conditions, includes options to transfer the remaining Murmann shares, about 20% of the outstanding shares, to Danfoss in the next five years.

Sauer-Danfoss says in a statement the agreement evolved from the success of the Sauer Inc-Danfoss Fluid Power merger to form Sauer-Danfoss Inc in 2000. Since 2000, Sauer-Danfoss has experienced a significant jump in sales from USD850 million to USD2 billion. The company attributes its success to the partnership between the two family businesses.

Klaus Murmann, Sauer-Danfoss’s chairman emeritus, says the transaction is good for the company.

“As globalisation and consolidation in the industry set new standards and requirements for technological innovation and financial capacity, the parties believe the company will be better prepared for the future by being more solidly tied to a global group like Danfoss.”

Jørgen Clausen, Sauer-Danfoss chairman says: “The close relationship and trust that has been built between the Murmann and Clausen families, who are both rooted in the border region of Germany and Denmark, Schleswig-Holstein, has paved the way for this transition of ownership.”

Sauer-Danfoss has 9,800 employees worldwide and annual revenue of about USD2.0 billion. The company, with headquarters in Lincolnshire, Illinois and Neumünster, Germany, manufactures hydraulic, electric and electronic systems and components for mobile machinery including forklifts.

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Clark awards top dealers
LEXINGTON, KY, United States

Clark Material Handling Company has recognised its top performing North American dealers for 2007.

Ogden Forklifts from Atlanta, Georgia, is dealer of the year. The winner is chosen by Clark staff out of all “dealer of excellence” winners.

Tri-Lift NC Inc in Greensboro, North Carolina and AR Williams Material Handling in Calgary, Alberta, Canada are the dealers of excellence winners. Dealers of distinction include G&W Equipment Inc from Charlotte, North Carolina; Piedmont Forklift Inc in Greenville, South Carolina; Cardinal Carryor from Louisville, Kentucky; Forklifts Inc in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; and Raymond of New Jersey, in Union, New Jersey.

Doosan takes over Tongmyung
SEOUL, South Korea

Doosan Corp has signed an agreement to acquire a 53% stake in Korea’s leading hydraulic equipment maker, Tongmyung Mottrol, for KRW104 billion (USD107.7 million).

Tongmyung Mottrol in Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do manufactures excavator components like main pumps, travel motors and other hydraulic machines.

It employs 370 people and posted sales of KRW222.7 billion (USD230.5 million) and a net profit of KRW13.5 billion (USD14.0 million) in 2007.

Demand for paperboard boxes rising
CLEVELAND, OH, United States

Demand for corrugated and paperboard boxes is expected to rise 2.5% per annum through  to 2012 to USD39.9 billion, according to a report by The Freedonia Group Inc.

The study, titled Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes, says the growth will be spurred by producers seeking to boost the aesthetic appeal of boxes that offer improved printing and graphics capabilities in the face of competition from alternative packaging.

Internet shopping’s popularity is also predicted to drive demand for shipping boxes.

Jungheinrich forecasts single-digit growth
HAMBURG, Germany

Jungheinrich AG expects to grow in the medium single-digit percent range this year following the strong growth it achieved in 2007.

The group’s management board proposed dividend increases after announcing a 14% hike in net sales from EUR1.748 billion (USD2.687 billion) in 2006 to EUR2.001 million (USD3.075 billion) in 2007. Operating income jumped 18% from EUR118.3 million (USD181.8 million) to EUR139.5 million (USD214.4 million).

Jungheinrich will disclose details on its 2007 financial year at its press conference on 9 April in Hamburg.

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JLG boosts facilities
GREENFIELDS, Adelaide, Australia

JLG Industries has relocated its South Australian business to new, larger, purpose-built premises at Greenfields in Adelaide's north.

The new 3,000 square metre branch premises are almost five times the size of the Salisbury South premises which have served JLG customers in South Australia for 13 years.

JLG Industries state manager SA, Wayne Moschetti, says the company is now able to stock and display a vastly wider range of aerial work platforms and telehandlers than previously.

"There's a large hardstand display area with underground power connections, so there are no problems raising scissor lifts or telescopic boom lifts to their full height during customer demonstrations.

"Even more importantly, the new premises include a greatly enhanced service workshop for South Australia.

"With an overhead gantry crane we can carry out major inspections and repairs efficiently, to keep equipment downtime to an absolute minimum.”

The new branch also includes a training venue where JLG specialists will conduct seminars to educate customers' maintenance staff about correct diagnostic and service procedures.

The company also plans to establish a major parts facility in Perth. The new warehouse will provide South Australia with a second source for parts now supplied from Sydney.

"Our new South Australian branch is the latest move in what is a total renewal of JLG facilities around the nation,” says Andrew Satterley, general manager Australia and New Zealand.

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Stevedore fined for unsafe workplace
PERTH, WA, Australia

Stevedoring and cargo handling company P&O Ports has been fined AUD40,000 for failing to provide a safe workplace after an incident at Port Hedland in which a worker’s legs were seriously and permanently injured.

The company pleaded guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court last week to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious injury to a worker.

The incident occurred in 2004 when P&O Ports was conducting stevedoring operations at the Port Hedland Wharf and three employees were given the task of dismantling a large bar that had been left on the wharf after a ship had been unloaded.

The bar, which was 13m long, weighed more than 2 tonnes and was used to unload lengths of railway, had removable plates affixed at each end with shelves to hold the lengths of railway and wire rope slings attached along its length.

The workers elevated the bar on two stacks of wooden gluts and removed the plates from the ends, and while one of the men moved the plates to a storage area, the other two tied up the rope slings so they would not hang loose during transportation.

While the rope slings were being secured, the bar toppled and fell onto a worker’s legs.  Another worker who was nearby used a forklift to lift the bar from the man’s legs.

He suffered serious fracture and crush injuries to both legs and has been left with a substantial permanent disability.

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New action plans to reduce workplace death and injury
Queensland, Australia

Seven new industry action plans which focus on the Queensland state government’s workplace health and safety efforts for the next three years were launched by Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations John Mickel last week.

The action plans are the second stage of the Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Strategy 2004-12 which aims to reduce work-related injuries by 40% and fatalities by 20%.

Work-related injury and illness in Queensland costs an estimated AUD5.2 billion each year with 100 Queenslanders dying as a result of a work-related incident or disease and more than 100,000 suffering a work-related injury or illness.

The action plans focus on educating and informing employers and employees on managing risks in the workplace and aim to build a Queensland workplace culture that sees health and safety as an integral part of normal business operations.

Each action plan was developed in consultation with industry and covers construction; health and community services; transport and storage; manufacturing; rural; hospitality, recreation and other services and retail and wholesale industry sectors.

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Steady growth for POA
AUCKLAND, New Zealand

Ports of Auckland last week announced an interim net profit after tax of NZD12.6 million, up 19% for the half year to December 2007 (December 2006: NZD10.6 million).  

Total container volumes for the six-month period were 427,867 TEU, up 20%, with full import and full export container volumes up 9% and 7%, respectively. There was significant growth in trans-shipment volumes as more cargo was hubbed over the Port of Auckland.  

Ports of Auckland continued a programme of investment in capacity and capability measures during the six month period.  

Recent infrastructure projects completed include the final phase of Stage One (5.8 of the planned 9.4 hectares) of the Axis Fergusson container terminal extension and the related commercial shipping lane deepening. The shipping lane was officially opened in the early part of the financial year and the Fergusson extension is providing an increased capacity of well in excess of 100,000 TEU per annum.  

The company also invested in 10 new diesel-electric straddle carriers for the container terminal operations, taking its straddle fleet to 44, with 35 being new diesel-electric “eco” straddles ( News #350).

Future capacity and capability options are also being investigated. Options include higher container terminal stacking operations, similar measures to increase capacity for breakbulk cargo, a rail connection between the seaport and Wiri Inland Port, further reclamations within the existing port and a new container ship berth on the northern end of the Fergusson container terminal.

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Football tipping competition

Supplier of fork parts and attachments, the EMC Group, is hosting a materials handling footy tipping competition.

Open to all EMC customers and suppliers in Australia and New Zealand and free of charge, the competition will be for both NRL and AFL, with the grand prize for each code nationally of a plasma TV, plus weekly prizes and individual territory prizes.

Neil Adlam, group sales and marketing manager, says the company felt the competition would create a platform where the industry can compete in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

Logistics infrastructure forum on Friday

The Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA), together with Jones Lang Lasalle, is hosting a forum tomorrow on the current and future state of planned logistics infrastructure in WA.

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Electronic newsletter for OHS

WorkCover NSW has launched a free monthly electronic newsletter for people who are interested in OHS and workers compensation.

It provides information on a wide range of WorkCover services, including safety alerts, regulatory requirements, new Codes of Practice, as well as WorkCover’s wide range of free small business forums, workshops and seminars.  

News items are directly linked to the relevant information pages on the WorkCover website, making it easy and simple for subscribers to select items of interest.

WorkCover eNews provides an easy way for subscribers, including OHS and workers compensation professionals, industry stakeholders as well as owners and supervisors of busy small to medium businesses who are often time-poor, to keep up to date with the latest news on workplace safety and workers compensation.

It also provides news of rewards for the proactive manager, such as cash-back schemes for safety initiatives; power take-off rebates, and chances to win free tickets to safety conferences.

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A Plus Plastics to showcase collapsible heavy duty bulk packs during MATEX 2008

A Plus Plastics will be showcasing their AP series of materials handling crates and their collapsible heavy duty bulk pak’s on stand 104 at MATEX 2008.

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EMC double the competition (free footy tipping comp)!

EMC Group is proud to announce its inaugural Materials Handling Footy Tipping Competition.  The competition is open to all EMC customers and suppliers in Australia and New Zealand free of charge. The competition will be for both NRL and AFL, with the grand prize for each code nationally of a plasma TV, plus weekly prizes and individual territory prizes.

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

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Fantuzzi Reach Stacker for sale

Fantuzzi Reach Stacker, for sale:- Model MJ50RS, Serial Number: 500693, Build Date: 2000, 5500 original hours, New engine 300 hours, Full service history, Excellent condition, Seconf rail capacity 99,000 lb/45,000 kg

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OM Carrelli forklifts are appointing dealers in Australia now

SA Forklift Sales Pty Ltd the National distributor for OM Carrelli is now seeking metropolitan and regional distributors to commence trading in 2008 Australia-wide.

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

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Introducing the All-New TCM PRO Cushion Tire Lift Trucks

These trucks are specially engineered for demanding high-cycle applications. 100% clean sheet designs, the all-new 3,000 to 6,000 pound TCM PRO cushion tire lift trucks increase your operation’s productivity and profitability! More than 58 years of TCM innovations and continuous improvement have been built into TCM PRO, making them the most reliable and powerful TCM lift trucks ever. Optimized to deliver outstanding performance every day, they also feature improved safety, operating precision, and simplified maintenance as top priorities.

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Meclift Variable Reach Truck ML 5012R

Oy Meclift Ltd, a Finnish manufacturer of Variable Reach Trucks and Side Reach Stackers, launches its Variable Reach Truck ML 5012R for heavy lift applications. The first truck is delivered to an Italian customer for in-ship stone handling.

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Danny Maron: To be … or not to be (competent)
OTTAWA, Canada

Competency certification is not straight-forward and it's about more than pass or fail.

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Gary Wilson, Master Lift Truck Services Inc.
Oakville, ON, Canada

A change of strategy has seen Master Lift turn its back on a major manufacturer and take charge of its own destiny.

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Crown - RR3040-45 - 2000
dandenong, Victoria, Australia
Hyster - H110XL - 1999
Levittown, Pennsylvania, United States
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Stuhr, Germany

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In the Discussion Forums

Calculating forklift usage
"I would like to know how I can calculate the cost per hour for forklift usage in my warehouse. We have an old fleet which we own. I want to know my savings as I get more productive and reduce the number of forklifts I have."
anthony_h, United States

Is this normal?
"I noticed a forklift driver filling LP tank that was still latched and hose still coupled to valve while running. I asked him if this was normal. He said he was giving it a quick shot of gas and did it occasionally to finish his shift. Any of you see this in your world?"
roadrat, United States

Looking for a wiring diagram
"Hi guys, I have a Lansing Foer 17/1.5 s/n 8812401010 of which i am restoring. Unfortunately though I have no drive. Would anyone have a wiring diagram for this model?"
bruce_k, United Kingdom

Forklift displaying error code
"We have an electric forklift that is displaying code 08. I need to know what that error is. Please help!"
jorgeeliecer_l, Colombia

Discussion Forums

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Upcoming Events

Las Vegas, United States
11th to 15th march 2008

2. Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) Safety Conference 2007
Warwick, United Kingdom
25th September 2008

3. Manutention
Paris, France
11th to 14th March 2008


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1. Technician, Battery & Charger - Full time
United States, Oakland, CA

2. Capital Equipment Salesman - Full time
United States, Memphis

3. Associated Integrated Solutions Sales Representative - Full time
United States, Carol Stream, IL

4. Sales/Marketing Person - Full time
United States, San Diego

5. Technician, Battery & Charger - Full time
United States, Bristol, PA

6. Technician, Battery & Charger - Full time
United States, Corona, CA

7. Director of Sales - Full time
United States, Northern New Jersey

8. Production Material Co-ordinator - Full time
United States, LEXINGTON


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1. Management,Training /sales & technical support - Full time
USA/Worldwide willing to relocate, United States


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Fast Facts

1. Reed Business Information’s survey has ranked Toyota Material Handling USA’s forklifts number one in quality and value.

2. Hyster Company has introduced a fleet management program that it says cut costs and raises productivity.

3. Esmerk Swedish News reports that Sweden-based Robust Komponenter’s expanded product range includes forklifts from Chinese manufacturer Hangcha.

4. A Plus Plastics to showcase collapsible heavy duty bulk packs during MATEX 2008

5. EMC double the competition (free footy tipping comp)!

6. Fantuzzi Reach Stacker for sale

7. OM Carrelli forklifts are appointing dealers in Australia now


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Editorial Calendar 2008

Review of 2007
Forklift safety in warehouses
Forklifts in the construction industry
Materials Handling in the Benelux
Straddle Carriers
Attachments: clamps
ICE forklifts - trends
The forklift market in Australia
Batteries and chargers
Pallet stackers
The forklift market in Russia


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