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This is issue #359 - 08 May 2008 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
“Raymond VP retires from long career.”


Watts Urethane launches new green compound in Hannover
SMH expands distribution points
Raymond vice president retires after long career
ID Systems buys PowerKey, launches PowerKeyPlus
Crown MVP wins Chicago Athenaeum award
New directors in management buyout plan expansion for MSM/DRH
Aisle-Master polishes Tetrosyl’s performance
Product News
Konecranes supplies machines to the Mediterranean
Sample of used equipment for sale

Show trio ensures success
Eurolift secures major forklift contract
Cutting forklift emissions is vital
Toll sells NZ rail, buys trucking company
New safety code for waterfront
Pallet supplier asserts its rights

Bolzoni Auramo at CeMAT 2008
Show Time
Run Greener™ with Jungheinrich AC-powered Lift Trucks
HUBTEX presents sideloaders and picking solutions for long & heavy loads at CeMAT 2008
See Ningbo Ruyi at CeMAT - Hall 26, Stand B16 & Hall 12, Stand G50/3

Mobile Stackers

Kalmar - Five and Four High Top Picks for sale
Join at CeMAT - Hall 25, stand no. C26

FORK TALK: Call for nominations to AEM’s Hall of Fame

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Watts Urethane launches new green compound in Hannover
LYDNEY, United Kingdom

Watts Urethane Products is launching a new tyre compound with environmental benefits to compete with the market leader, Vulkollan, at CeMAT this month.

Callum Robin, Watts’s product manager, tells News that, after months of trials and tests, the tyre material is finally market ready.

“The natural colour of the material is a very bright white [but] we are adding a touch of green to make it stand out from the crowd as well as pushing on the green theme of the material,” Robin says.

Although the new material, marketed as Exel, shares similar characteristics with Vulkollan, it has a shorter cure time, making it more environmentally friendly.

“Technically, the new compound would be ready in 24 hours from the moment it is cast,” Robin says.

He says Vulkollan requires about six weeks’ curing time, which involves a combination of hot ovens and temperature-controlled conditioning rooms. The new material “is a much greener option with no need to run hot ovens for a long period”.

“The shorter cure time is a massive advantage. Companies don’t have to keep large stocks of products due to the long lead-time that you associate with Vulkollan.

“Exel can  increase battery life, it has a lower rolling resistance than Vulkollan and could even increase the top speed of the truck, due to how free rolling it is. It runs cooler internally compared to Vulkollan,” Robin says.

Exel has a similar shore hardness of 93-95 to Vulkollan’s 93-96. Both have similar wear characteristics and perform on par in cold-store conditions, Robin says. Shore hardness refers to a material’s hardness. Natural rubber’s shore hardness is 70. Materials have different shore hardness for different applications. Generally, the harder the material, the slower it wears.

While Exel has thrived in tests performed over 10 months in the UK, the journey was not without hiccups.

“As with all new materials, we’ve had a couple of trying moments but we have been able to put our years of polyurethane experience to good use and resolve them fast and efficiently,” Robin says.

Watts Urethane Products, part of the tyre manufacturer Watts of Lydney Group Ltd, has processed castable polyurethane and ultrathane for more than 25 years.

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SMH expands distribution points
OLATHE, KS, United States

Systems Material Handling (SMH), the US branch of TVH-Group Thermote & Vanhalst, has improved its service with the addition of two distribution centres in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Duncan, South Carolina.

SMH chief executive officer Els Thermote tells News that expanding the forklift parts company’s distribution network enables customers to benefit from more next-day ground delivery points.

“[This] reduces the [customers’] burden to maintain high inventory levels [and] provides a wider selection of products optimally spaced throughout the country.”

SMH now has five distribution points in the US covering more than 700,000 sq ft (65,032m²) and stocking more than 180,000 SKUs. They include the Olathe, Kansas, headquarters, which also serves as a manufacturing, assembly and kitting facility. Other warehouses are in Grayslake, Illinois, and Mira Loma, California.
Els Thermote, daughter of TVH co-founder Paul Thermote, moved to the US in 2003 when SMH and TVH merged ( News #102). As CEO of SMH, she is responsible for all the Americas and regularly visits the company’s branches and warehouses in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

In 2003, SMH had about 250 employees. With the expansion of its distribution network, acquisition of IMH Holdings in 2006 ( News #275) and increased market share, SMH now employs more than 700 people in 10 locations in North and South America.

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Raymond vice president retires after long career
GREENE, NY, United States

Raymond Corp’s vice president of sales and dealer development, James B Bennett III, has retired after 43 years in the materials handling industry.

Jim Malvaso, Raymond president and CEO, praised Bennett’s dedication at the company.

“Jim took great pride in improving the effectiveness of sales force members by teaching, challenging and motivating them to exceed not only the customers’ expectations but also their own.”

Bennett was integral to the development and growth of Raymond’s national and major account programs, working closely with the dealer network to facilitate and strengthen sales programs, Malvaso says.

Bennett joined Raymond in 1994 as vice president and general manager for Raymond subsidiary Dockstocker Corp, managing all aspects of design, development and marketing of Dockstocker products. Before joining Raymond, he spent 16 years in forklift sales.

His professional accreditations and affiliations include the International Materials Management Society (IMMS) professional certification in material handling; IMMS professional certification in material management; vice chairman of the Material Handling Industry of America from 1987 to 1990; president of the Industrial Truck Association (ITA) in 1994; and vice president of ITA from 1988 to 1993.

At Raymond’s dealer management meeting on 29 March, Bennett was honoured with a Circle of Excellence award acknowledging his career accomplishments.

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ID Systems buys PowerKey, launches PowerKeyPlus
HACKENSACK, NJ, United States

ID Systems Inc has acquired PowerKey, the industrial vehicle monitoring products division of International Electronics Inc, for USD500,000.

ID Systems chairman and CEO Jeffrey Jagid says the acquisition gives his company “instant access” to a broader base of customers, product offerings for prospects in the industrial vehicle management market and consolidates its market position.

“PowerKey has earned a respectable brand name in this industry and achieved success with dealers, distributors and fleet management providers. We anticipate ID Systems will be able to capitalise on all these assets,” he says.

PowerKey customers include Caterpillar, Owens Corning, Visteon, Whirlpool and a network of forklift dealers and fleet management service providers.

Manufacturing, marketing and support of PowerKey products will be mostly absorbed into ID Systems’ existing operations, sales and customer service organisations.

ID Systems has also launched a wireless product, PowerKeyPlus, for the entry-level segment of the industrial vehicle management market.

Peter Fausel, ID Systems’ executive vice president of sales, says the new product will make ID Systems a one-stop shop that addresses all the needs of industrial fleets.

“We will promote an aggressively priced, entry-level PowerKey brand product that can be easily upgraded to our full-featured Wireless Asset Net solution as customers’ needs and wants evolve,” Fausel says.

PowerKeyPlus manages safety and maintenance issues for industrial vehicles by providing vehicle access control, safety checklists and impact sensing.

Separately, ID Systems has appointed Zetes Industries, of Brussels, Belgium, to market its products and services throughout Europe. Zetes, a systems integrator of automatic identification technologies, employs more than 700 people in 12 countries.

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Crown MVP wins Chicago Athenaeum award
NEW BREMEN, OH, United States

Crown Equipment Corp’s RC5500 Series stand-up counterbalanced forklift has won the Chicago Athenaeum – Museum of Architecture & Design’s international good design award.

The forklift, nicknamed Crown’s “most versatile performer”, joins seven other Crown industrial vehicles that have won the award over the past 10 years.

The museum presents the annual award to designers and manufacturers for advancing new, visionary and innovative product concepts, invention and originality.

Mike Gallagher, Crown’s design centre vice president, says he is glad the forklift is not only functional but acknowledged as well designed.

“Our team really worked smart to create innovation above and beyond our customers’ expectations. We extensively studied and analysed the behaviour of operators, including how they got on and off the forklift and manoeuvred around the warehouse managing loads,” he says.

Crown claims the RC5500 Series forklift’s FlexRide suspension reduces shock and vibration up to three times more than other stand-up counterbalanced forklifts, “providing a ride comparable to a high-quality automobile”.

Designers considered the shape of the forklift’s power unit and placement of the pillars, mast and overhead guard to maximise visibility, according to a Crown statement.

Crown vehicles that have received the accolade are the Wave Assist Work Vehicle (1998), the RR 5000 and RR 5000S rider reach truck (1999), the SC 4000 counterbalanced forklift (2000), the FC 4000 counterbalanced sit-down rider (2002), the SX 3000 stacker (2004) and the TSP 6000 turret stock picker (2006).

Crown has recognised 14 branches and dealers in its annual summit awards program. Crown Lift Trucks, of Long Beach, California, and AJ Jersey Inc, of South Plainfield, New Jersey, were named top Crown branch and dealer respectively for 2007. Both earned the James F Dicke Pioneer Award. The winners were honoured at a ceremony last month at the LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort in Naples, Florida.

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SMH and IMC still merging
OLATHE, KS, United States

SMH and IMC Holdings are currently merging their purchasing departments, says SMH CEO Els Thermote.

Since SMH’s parent TVH bought IMC Holdings in 2006, the two US-based companies now share a sales force, a company website, product development departments, marketing and advertising initiatives and a new e-commerce site, launched this year.

Thermote says: “In 2008, the journey continues. As the first sentence of our corporate mission statement [says], ‘We are committed to have highly enthusiastic customer relationships’.”

Ritchie Bros moves to larger office
LINCOLN, NE, United States

Ritchie Bros Auctioneers will celebrate the opening of its new US head office in Lincoln, Nebraska, on 12 May.

The world’s largest industrial equipment auctioneer moved its US head office to a 12,000 sq ft (1,114m²) building, five times larger than the old office, to accommodate its growing staff.

Lincoln mayor Chris Beutler will officially open the office at a ribbon-cutting ceremony next Monday.

Terex appoints Kiernan
WESTPORT, CT, United States

Terex Corp has appointed Laura Kiernan as director of investor relations. She replaces Tom Gelston, who has been promoted to vice president of business development.

Kiernan was vice president of investor relations at Playtex Products Inc, which has merged with Energizer. She has more than 17 years’ experience in investor relations, corporate finance, accounting, treasury and auditing. She is a certified public accountant and a New York University Stern Scholar.

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Join at CeMAT - Hall 25, stand no. C26 will return to CeMAT with a stand and we’re keen to meet up with members and advertisers.

If you plan to attend this international event from 27 – 31 May in Hannover, Germany, feel welcome to drop in for a chat: Hall 25, stand no. C26 - just look out for the bright orange stand!

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New directors in management buyout plan expansion for MSM/DRH

Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks dealer MSM/DRH Ltd is expanding its business after receiving a funding package from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

The Worcestershire-based dealer underwent a management change last December  when four long-term employees took ownership of the company.

Managing director Alan Barnes says the management team wants to take the company to a “whole new level”.

“To do this, we needed to find a financial partner who could share our vision for the company,” Barnes says. “We are pleased to have concluded our negotiations with RBS.”

MSM/DRH serves the Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire counties. It has been a Mitsubishi forklift dealer since 1998, offering more than 100 forklift models, including Ausa rough-terrain forklifts, utility vehicles and dumpers and JCB telescopic forklifts.

The four new directors, Alan Barnes (managing director), Christine Waring (finance director), Kevin Ratcliffe (service director - tail lift) and Dean Tandy (service director - forklift), who bought the business from Dud Delaney and Martha Francis, plan to maximise the company’s potential.

Key to the company’s strategy is boosting its engineering and servicing staff and expanding its sales operation into new markets, Barnes says.

Danielle Oliver, RBS commercial banking manager, says the bank has put together a funding package that will grow with MSM/DRH’s needs over the next few years.

“This is an exciting time for Alan and his fellow directors who have demonstrated to us a clear process for how they want to take the company forward,” she says.

Terry Foreman, general manager of Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks UK, says Mitsubishi will give the dealer its full support.

Details of the funding package were not disclosed.

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Aisle-Master polishes Tetrosyl’s performance

Leading UK car care products supplier Tetrosyl has chosen a fleet of Aisle-Master articulated forklifts for its new warehouse near Manchester.

Barry Rennie, the site’s manager, says the company required a system that would provide good storage density for 18,000 pallets and versatile indoor and outdoor operation.

“After a demo of the Aisle-Master, we visited the manufacturing facility in Ireland and were impressed with the standards we saw.

“The engineers and management have pulled out all stops to meet our very demanding delivery schedule and I am happy to report the trucks do exactly what we were promised,” he says.

Tetrosyl had a mixed fleet of counterbalanced forklifts and reach trucks before switching to the articulated forklifts. Since using the Aisle-Master forklifts, which can work in aisles 1.75 metres (5.74 feet) wide, the 156,000 sq ft (14,493m²) warehouse has increased storage space by 30%.

Paul Connor, managing director of Premier Lift Trucks, an Aisle-Master dealer, says the operators are happy.

Feedback received includes that “familiarisation training with the articulated Aisle-Master concept was straightforward and they are easy to drive”.

The Aisle-Masters are fitted with 930amp batteries enabling them to handle the 24/7 operation, handling more than 7,000 pallets a week to process more than 1,700 deliveries. They can lift up to 2.5 tonnes and up to 12.5 metres (41 feet). Racking in the warehouse has been configured around the manoeuvrable capabilities of the forklifts and goes up to 7.6 metres (24.9 feet), allowing good pallet density, Rennie says.

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Product News

TMHE expands pedestrian range
MJÖLBY, Sweden

Toyota Material Handling Europe has introduced the BT Lexio pedestrian pallet truck and the BT Staxio pedestrian stacker.

The BT Lexio range consists of five models with load capacities from 1.4 tonnes to 2.5 tonnes. BT Staxio has eight models with capacities from 0.8 tonnes to 1.4 tonnes and lift heights up to 4.8 metres. Both were specifically developed for pedestrian or “walkie” applications.

The forklifts are manufactured in Mjölby, Sweden, and available globally.

New stackers and forklift-tractor
HAMBURG, Germany

Still has introduced the EXV series of high lift tiller stackers with load capacities of 1.0 tonne and 1.2 tonnes.

The forklifts, which replace the EGV series, will be presented at CeMAT 2008. Manufactured in France, the EXV series has AC technology, smoother handling and better manoeuvrability.

Another product from Still’s facility in France is Kanvan, a forklift and tractor combo based on Still’s CX-T tow tractor that expands the range of applications for tugger trains.

It can be used to tow, load and unload a trailer. Its load capacity is 500kg (1,102lbs).

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Konecranes supplies machines to the Mediterranean

Konecranes has received an order for 12 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from MSC Terminal Valencia (MSC), a Spanish subsidiary of the Swiss-based MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company group.

The value of the order was not disclosed.

MSC Mediterranean has expanded its maritime fleet and increased its ownership in container terminals over the past few years. It is investing in the RTGs for its container terminal in Valencia to cope with increasing container traffic.

Aku Lehtinen, Konecranes’ RTG cranes director, says the manufacturer’s strong position and service network in Spain and its advanced technical solutions were deciding factors in sealing the deal.

The cranes have 50 metric ton lifting capacities and can stack one-over-five containers high and six-plus truck lanes wide. They will be equipped with autosteering, container positioning and autostop features. The order will start delivery at the end of 2008.

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Show trio ensures success
MELBOURNE, Australia, Australia

Visitors flocked to see the 405 exhibitors participating in co-located trade shows, Safety in Action and Melbourne Materials Handling, which ran concurrently with the Australian Carbon Trading Expo in Melbourne last week.

"The success of the three events – which drew 11,521 visits from industry – means we will certainly run them in tandem again next year in Melbourne,” says Australian Exhibitions & Conferences MD Marie Kinsella.

“What surprised us, and our exhibitors, was the intensity of their interest in everything the Australian Carbon Trading Expo had to offer. Visitors seemed so keen for information. In fact, we had to increase the size of the seminar room at the last minute to accommodate the 765 people who heard from our speakers.

"There were synergies between exhibitors. For example, logistics providers and forklift suppliers were keen to partner with organisations that could provide carbon offsets or reduce emissions."

Among the 67 exhibitors taking part in the materials handling show was forklift manufacturer Crown Equipment, who tells News it was happy with the interest shown in its new products and took several promising enquiries. “The attendance was considerably stronger than Matex, from our observations, helped no doubt by the combination of exhibitions," says Craig Kenchington, general manager, marketing.

He says the company introduced its new, Australian designed and built SHR5500 Series Crown power-Steered walkie reach truck at the show.

Another exhibitor, NTP Forklifts, says it seems to be the best exhibition to show its range of industrial and warehouse equipment.

“We have had the best response this year and believe the expo is improving each year,” says national sales manager Damien Garvey.

The company, which has just been appointed national distributor for the Jungheinrich range of products, says the exhibition was a good platform for it to inform the market about that development.

It launched its new Jungheinrich pantograph reach truck at the show. “This is the first European-built pantograph reach truck developed for the Australian and American markets. They have initially produced two models, a single and double deep reach truck, with capacities up to 2 tonne and lift heights up to 10.16 metres. The usual signatures of Jungheinrich are there, AC technology, travel and lift speeds the best in the range and the longest running time per charge,” Garvey says.

He says response from visitors to the new model was very positive. “This model is now a superior-quality option for customers who were limited to two or three manufacturers previously.”

He suggested next year’s show should extend one day to close later to help those who could not attend during normal working hours.

Toyota Material Handling Australia, which has exhibited at the show since its inception, tells News the show enabled the company to improve exposure on some of its forklifts and demonstrate its commitment to the importance of safety in the materials handling workplace.

George Malamatinis, marketing and business development manager, suggests  a demonstration area for forklifts would be beneficial next year.

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Eurolift secures major forklift contract
AUCKLAND, New Zealand

Materials handling equipment supplier Eurolift NZ has been awarded a five-year, “multi-million dollar” contract from dairy giant Fonterra Cooperative Group to supply and service the group’s New Zealand forklifts.

Eurolift is now the exclusive supplier of core forklift fleets at 34 of Fonterra’s manufacturing and warehousing sites in New Zealand.

Eurolift, a subsidiary of Hellaby Holdings, supplies forklifts from German manufacturer Linde Materials Handling.

“Fonterra has a significant forklift fleet in New Zealand and the effective operation of this fleet plays an integral part in our supply chain,” says Scott Brownlee, Fonterra’s general manager procurement.

“The decision to go with Eurolift as our preferred vendor for the core range of forklifts to our warehousing and manufacturing operations was based on a total-cost-of-ownership analysis.

“Eurolift’s Linde product offered the best overall package, including reduced running costs, a reputation for reliability and driver comfort and safety. In addition, their strong focus on meeting the highest environmental standards will serve Fonterra now and into the future.”

Newly appointed general manager of Eurolift Bruce Dabb says securing the Fonterra contract is a significant achievement for Eurolift and demonstrates its strong reputation for excellent products and servicing capability.

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Cutting forklift emissions is vital
MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia

Reducing carbon emissions across each step of the supply chain, including use of forklifts, is becoming an imperative for Australian businesses, says David Bignold, CEO of Mtech Australia.

Speaking at the Australian Carbon Trading Expo in Melbourne last week, Bignold said it was imperative that Australian businesses focused on measuring the complete carbon footprint of a product, incorporating every stage of its life.

“Measuring a product’s carbon footprint from cradle to grave certainly is not simple. There are tens and, in some cases, hundreds of products and services used to bring a product to market. It’s easy to see why the supply chain is the source of the majority of a product’s emissions.

“Consider one small part of the process, warehousing. Drilling down even further, simply consider forklift emissions,” Bignold says.

“Imagine how many forklifts whiz around warehouses just in the grocery sector and you can begin to appreciate the impact a 23% reduction in each forklift’s emissions could make on a single packet of biscuits.”

Bignold says one solution to reducing engine emissions is the Mtech Fuel Saver. The product has three clip-in modules, which are easily installed in less than an hour. He says it maximises an engine’s fuel efficiency and decreases greenhouse gas emissions. Specific models have been created for petrol, diesel and LPG engines.  

According to Bignold, laboratory testing of the product, conducted by the Orbital Corporation, in Perth, showed a 23% reduction in greenhouse gases.

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Toll sells NZ rail, buys trucking company
WHANGAREI, Northland, New Zealand

Logistics giant Toll Holdings this week announced the sale of its New Zealand rail and ferry operations to the New Zealand Government.

The sale involves payment of NZD665 million for equity plus a six-year, rent-free period on existing premises. Toll will retain the Tranzlink business.  

“We support the government’s objective of boosting capital spending on rail and our New Zealand freight businesses will continue to be major users of rail capacity,” says Toll managing director Paul Little.

“While we had not been looking to sell the rail operating business back to the government, the sale has enabled us to re-focus our efforts on accelerating growth in our road and rail forwarding and logistics businesses, and this will include acquisition-based growth.

“Proceeds from the disposal will further enhance Toll’s capacity to aggressively pursue acquisition-based growth consistent with our Asian region growth strategy,” Little says.

Yesterday Toll boosted its presence in New Zealand by announcing it had signed a conditional purchase agreement for trucking company United Carriers, which has an annual turnover of NZD50 million.

United Carriers employs 360 staff and has a fleet of 220 trucks. It has businesses in a range of logistics sectors, including general freight, livestock, logging, warehousing and international freight forwarding.

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New safety code for waterfront
SYDNEY, New South Wales, Australia

The Maritime Union has welcomed an announcement by the Australian Safety & Compensation Council (ASCC) that it will develop a nationally consistent approach for OH&S at Australian stevedoring ports.

The decision follows the deaths of four stevedoring workers in four years and a national and international union campaign to tighten safety on the job.

"We lost four waterside workers, two last year in Victoria," says MUA national secretary Paddy Crumlin.

He says it is important the ASCC achieves a nationally consistent, enforceable standard for stevedoring OH&S that is monitored by a national OH&S regulatory agency.

"A comprehensive overhaul of OH&S standards in stevedoring and an enforceable code of practice are long overdue, given the unique nature and critical economic and industrial importance of the industry," Crumlin says.

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Pallet supplier asserts its rights
MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia

Pallet supplier Chep Australia has settled a dispute with a Victorian food wholesaler over use of its blue pallets.

Chep took legal action against the wholesaler after commercial negotiations failed.

It is the fourth dispute over pallet ownership that Chep has successfully resolved over the past year.

Chep tells News that only the company’s customers and their agents are entitled to use its equipment. Neither its customers, nor anyone else, can buy, sell, modify or otherwise exchange its pallets.

Chep Australia president Paul McGlone said: “Those who seek to gain an advantage by attempting to use Chep assets, like pallets, without being a customer will be caught out.

“Unauthorised use of Chep assets erodes the value of our managed, returnable, reusable system and creates unnecessary control burdens and costs on our legitimate users,” he said.

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Bolzoni Auramo at CeMAT 2008

The Exhibition CeMAT 2008 represents a very important step forward for Bolzoni Auramo Group and its continuous effort in always finding the most proper answer to any sort of logistic and material handling demand. This year it will certainly represent a matter of great interest for all the forklift trucks operators.

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Show Time

E-P will be attending Hannover CeMat 2008. Our full range of material handling products will be on show at our booth which will be decorated in the traditional Chinese Palace style.

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Run Greener™ with Jungheinrich AC-powered Lift Trucks

As the leader in AC-powered electric lift truck technology, Jungheinrich champions the use of eco-friendly electric lift trucks throughout the warehouse environment.

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HUBTEX presents sideloaders and picking solutions for long & heavy loads at CeMAT 2008

HUBTEX will be presenting sideloaders and picking solutions for long & heavy loads at CeMAT 2008 in Hanover, Gemany. You are welcome to visit us at hall 26 / stand H 10.

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See Ningbo Ruyi at CeMAT - Hall 26, Stand B16 & Hall 12, Stand G50/3

Ningbo Ruyi Joint Stock Co. Ltd. will exhibit at the CeMAT show in Hanover, Germany from 27th – 31st May 2008.

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Mobile Stackers

Mobile started out as a custom Pallet Truck manufacturer but it was only a matter of time before this would expand into supplying pieces of equipment that required higher lift capabilities, and thus the Mobile manual push Stackers were born.

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Call for nominations to AEM’s Hall of Fame
MILWAUKEE, WI, United States

Members of the equipment industry have until 1 June to nominate potential inductees into the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) Construction Equipment Hall of Fame.

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3. Territory Parts & Service Manager - Full time
United States, Field: Southwest Region of U.S.

4. Sales Manager (North America) - Full time
United States, Fremont

5. Graphic Designer - Full time
United States, Lexington

6. Capital Equipment Sales Rep - Forklifts - Full time
United States, New Jersey

7. Service Tech - Full time
United States, Tampa


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Fast Facts

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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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