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This is issue #367 - 03 July 2008 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
“Hyundai boosts production capacity.”


Chicago facility for European mobile weighing leader
Hyundai expands plant, confident in future growth
Portland Marina receives large forklift order
Association bridges student-employer gap
Linde’s high lifters meet Davies Turner’s needs
Large forklifts stolen from industrial site
Sample of used equipment for sale
CeMAT in Asia promises new displays
Dealers of Distinction and Merit honoured
Konecranes wins large St Petersburg order
Bird evades capture at JCB’s HQ
Komatsu Forklift awards European distributors
Mediterranean supply chain boosts handling capacity

New from Nichiyu
Calls for third terminal operator
Forklift chosen for safety and reliability
Opposite forces leave cash rate unchanged
First safety show for Perth

MEYER Sales Network is growing
Run Greener™ with Jungheinrich AC-powered Lift Trucks

Quality comes from a superior QC process

Forklifts in business through
HAND PALLET TRUCKS from $249* - while stocks last

SAFETY FIRST: Danny Maron: Bordering on bribery

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This must be the awards season as we have two major dealer awards covered in this week’s newsletter in the wake of a few others in the past weeks. While some tend to dismiss the manufacturer-initiated awards as meaningless and self-serving, it is interesting to note the many high-profile dealers who continue to be honoured year after year. And these dealers tend to pop up in various business achievement lists and chamber of commerce rankings. Sure it may be co-incidence, but it’s more likely that success breeds success. Those dealers who get on well with the manufacturers also tend to get on with their customers, creating a win-win-win situation, which generates more sales and keeps the suppliers happy. This is probably one of the most convoluted congratulations messages around, but it’s our way of saying “well done” to the winners.

Chicago facility for European mobile weighing leader
BUFFALO GROVE, IL, United States

RAVAS, a European producer of mobile weighing scales, has expanded in the US with the establishment of a sales and assembly facility in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

The Dutch company, which claims to produce one in every two mobile scales in Europe, says growing demand in the US is the reason for the new facility.

Tom Murphy, sales manager of RAVAS US, says the US market for mobile weighing is immature but has a huge growth potential.

“By immature, we mean that there’s no US-based competitor that applies mobile weighing the way we do. In that sense, we are far ahead with a balanced product range for numerous applications,” he says.

RAVAS produces scales for counterbalanced forklifts, walkie and rider pallet trucks, stackers, stock selectors and hand pallet trucks. The scales can link directly to WMS or ERP software packages via existing wireless networks and transform forklifts into platforms for gathering material flow information.

“Market analysis tells us that the potential volume of mobile weighing systems in the US amounts to over 17,000 units annually,” Murphy says, adding that the company currently sells several hundred systems to North America and that the US market is two-thirds of the European market size.

For the RAVAS group, this means there’s a potential volume growth of 40% in the US market. Before, the US market was served through several small dealers.

“The market demand strongly increased in the past few years and arrived at a level where it becomes necessary and logical for RAVAS to have a local presence,” Murphy explains.

RAVAS USA is part of RAVAS Group and has a production facility in Zaltbommel in the Netherlands and a Chinese production facility via a joint venture in Nanjing. There are 130 employees based in Europe. The Chicago 2000m² facility employs about 40 staff. Murphy and Mathew VanHowe are currently the only full-time sales and marketing staff. The Dutch office handles business and marketing support while RAVAS owner Henri Peter van Seumeren heads the US office.

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Hyundai expands plant, confident in future growth
ULSAN, Korea, South

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd plans to expand its construction equipment production capacity with new facilities on the outskirts of Ulsan in South Korea.

Close to its existing plant, the new facilities will include a production and assembly plant, technical engineering offices, test laboratories, a machine depot and sales and marketing offices. The new site is expected to begin operating in October 2010.

The new facilities will double Hyundai’s Ulsan plant space to 181,000m² (1,948,268sqft) and total production capacity will nearly treble from 22,000 units to about 60,000 units a year. The total area of the premises will grow from 218,000m² (2,346,533sqft) to 452,000m² (4,865,287sqft).

Hyundai will manufacture forklifts, excavators, wheel-loaders, mini/midi excavators and skid steer loaders at the new plant for the Korean and overseas markets.

Kiu-Hyun Park, Hyundai’s construction equipment department COO, says the project reflects the company’s confidence in the growing acceptance of its products in the global marketplace.

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Portland Marina receives large forklift order
DORSET, United Kingdom

Marina operator Dean & Reddyhoff has ordered the largest Neptune Series marina forklift ever imported into the UK for the new Portland Marina in Dorset.

The Neptune Series M270 marina forklift, manufactured by US-based Hoist Liftruck and supplied by UK importer Shoreline Storage Solutions, can lift boats weighing 27,000lbs (12 tonnes) over 42 feet (12.8 metres). It can stack boats to 54 feet (16.5 metre) high and with a negative lift to 14 feet (4.3 metres).

The forklift will be used to service a new undercover dry stack storage facility at Portland Marina. The marina is part of the London 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Games sailing event venue. It is also the largest single marina built in the UK in 15 years. The dry stack facility can store around 170 powerboats.

Dean & Reddyhoff operations director James Beaver says the marina operator wanted to ensure Portland’s facilities were “first class” because it was a high-profile site.

“When it came to ordering a forklift, we thoroughly researched the market for the best machine for the job. The Hoist M270, with the ability to lift vessels in excess of 12 tonnes, means we will be able to cater for larger boats than any other current UK dry stack provider,” he says.

Delivery of the forklift is expected in September 2008. The value of the order was not disclosed.

Dean & Reddyhoff operate three marinas on the south coast of the UK: Haslar Marina, East Cowes Marina and Weymouth Marina. It is currently building a new 600-berth marina in Portland Harbour.

Delivery of the truck is expected in September 2008, in time to be used for winter lift-out and storage ashore at Portland during winter 2008/09.

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Association bridges student-employer gap
VERNON HILLS, IL, United States

In an effort to draw more young people to the materials handling industry, the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) has included a resume bank and job listings section on its new webpage.

Named “Gateway” for its purpose in linking students to materials handling professionals, the web page and program have features for students, academic advisors and industry professionals.

Mike Romano, chairman of MHEDA's industry advocacy committee, says the program, that was launched in New York at Clarkson University of Potsdam’s Careers Fair, is one of MHEDA’s most exciting accomplishments.

“We are all vying for new talent in this industry and recruitment of employees is an ongoing struggle. Part of our challenge is that material handling is a ‘hidden’ industry, particularly when it comes to students entering the job market.”

In the “Student section”, visitors are told that every product they “have ever used, from televisions to tennis shoes” has been touched by the materials handling industry and that the industry employs over 700,000 people.

Visitors curious about the materials handling industry can click on a link to a 12-minute video presentation produced by Material Handling Industry of America. Those serious about joining the industry can view industry job descriptions along with corresponding salary ranges on the site.

The resume bank currently lists over 90 resumes of students and graduates looking for jobs, internships and co-operative opportunities.

Academic advisors can access teaching materials including a comprehensive multimedia bank containing photos and videos of materials handling equipment, systems and interfaces. Other classroom tools, teaching materials and case studies are also available.

Industry professionals can search the resume bank for talent or post job advertisements.

An article by Mike Ensby, director of Clarkson’s graduate program in engineering and global operations management, provides advice on internship and co-operative programs at companies.

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    Jungheinrich is GAP Group’s sole supplier
    MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom

    Jungheinrich will be the sole forklift supplier to plant and tool hire specialists GAP Group Ltd’s 58 depot locations in the UK.

    In April, 20 diesel-powered, 3,500kg capacity counterbalanced forklifts were delivered while the remaining sites receive their forklifts in 2008/09.

    GAP group procurement manager Ken Stewart says depot foremen participated in field evaluation trials of leading European and Japanese forklift brands before deciding on Jungheinrich.

    Hecha’s first mass export
    BEIJING, China

    New forklift manufacturer Anhui Hecha Forklift Co Ltd has exported 30 units of 25 tonne and above forklifts with automatic sideshifters to Vietnam.

    With the total export valued at USD300,000, the delivery is the company’s first mass export, China Industry Daily News  reported.

    Hecha Forklift was established at the end of 2006 by Hefei Duanya Group and manufactures over 30 product types. It sold 200 forklifts in April and plans to produce over 3,000 units by the end of 2008.

    Triple-hybrid fuel cell technology wins award
    PUCHHEIM, Gemany

    Fuel cell developer Proton Power Systems plc’s wholly owned subsidiary, Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH, has received the Bavarian Innovation Award for its triple-hybrid fuel cell forklift drive.

    Proton’s triple-hybrid technology manages the storage and output of power across a fuel cell, battery and super-capacitors to offer energy savings for stop-and-go vehicles like forklifts and buses.

    The innovation was chosen out of over 100 nominations as one of the 11 best technologies in the Bavarian region.

    Norco-supported group races to final
    ABERDEEN, United Kingdom

    The Norco Group-supported “Bankhead Blazers” finished third and won the “Fastest Lap” award in the Scottish heats of the IMecH Greenpower Formula 24 race sponsored by Shell UK.

    Norco marketing manager Amy Davidson says the project involving electric car building and racing demonstrates the importance of electric power and how it can be used to improve energy issues.

    Bankhead Blazers’ third place qualifies them to race in the national finals at Goodwood Motor Circuit on 19 October.

    Industrial battery specialist Norco Group has been providing the team with support, parts and transportation.

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    Linde’s high lifters meet Davies Turner’s needs
    BASINGSTOKE, United Kingdom

    The Davies Turner freight and logistics hub in Bristol has installed three Linde K-range very narrow-aisle forklifts as it needed forklifts that could lift over 16 metres (52.5 feet).

    The new hub comprising of two warehouses occupies 21,000m² (226,042sqft) and employs over 100 people. The Linde equipment operate at a site having about 15,000m² (161,459sqft) of storage space, housing 8,000 pallet locations in high bay racking and four mezzanine floors for pick-packing and order-sorting.

    To maximise floor space, the warehouse is racked right to the building’s eaves and the mezzanines are built above the ground-floor dispatch area.

    Roger Lucy, director for Davies Turner, says the company chose Linde forklifts for their suitability to the warehouse application. Configuration software was used to analyse the site and application requirements before providing a match from a potential 500,000 permutations. Being of modular design, the forklifts’ major components and truck system were chosen to match the application.

    “Linde was able to meet the specific requirements that we had in Avonmouth,” Lucy says. “They helped us gain maximum benefit from our new building and I am very pleased with the final outcome.”

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    LONDON, United Kingdom

    The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) is sad to announce the death of Alan Grant.

    Grant was managing director of Lingfield Warehousing and had served on the UKWA executive council for several years. He was association vice chairman twice. He was also a former chairman of the Warehouse Industry Training Organisation and UKWA’s representative on the National Training Organisation. He recently served as a board member of Skills for Logistics Sector Skills Council.

    UKWA CEO Roger Williams says Grant will be “sorely missed”.

    “Alan’s work chairing steering groups to develop NVQ and Modern Apprenticeships was immense and his stolid determination, thick skin, and a total dedication to driving up the skills levels of our industry made him a respected and effective representative.”

    Established in 1944, UKWA has over 600 members providing storage and third-party logistics services, and represents the industry to the commerce and government sectors.

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    Large forklifts stolen from industrial site
    HUNTINGDON, United Kingdom

    Thieves have got away with two seven-ton Caterpillar forklifts, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

    The forklifts were stolen from Kirby Agricultural Ltd in Thrapston Road, Spaldwick, according to The Hunts Post, and the thieves escaped in the forklifts, crashing through fences in their way.

    Kirby manager Paul Williamson told the newspaper this was the first time forklifts had been stolen from the site in his 15 years of working there.

    "We had only taken delivery of them a month ago and had lined up a buyer and were waiting for them to be collected. We will now have to find replacements."

    One of the forklifts has a yellow and black pallet fork carriage with JCB Q-fit brackets. The combined value of the forklifts is GBP60,000 (USD119,580).

    Anyone with information should call +44 845 4564564.

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    CeMAT in Asia promises new displays
    BANGALORE, India and SHANGHAI, China

    Following CeMAT 2008 in Hannover, organiser Deutsche Messe is hoping to repeat its success with two upcoming shows in Bangalore and Shanghai.

    Two months after the Beijing Olympics, 380 intralogistics exhibitors will occupy around 10,000m² (107,639sqft) of exhibition space at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from 27-30 October at CeMAT Asia 2008.

    Exhibitors will display industrial trucks, cranes and lifting platforms, conveyor systems, warehousing systems, loading equipment and software, and materials handling accessories.

    This year’s CeMAT Asia 2008 will introduce two special displays, the “Automated Guided Vehicles Pavilion” showcasing driverless transport systems and the “Logistics System Integration Area”, for system providers, project planners and IT enterprises.

    From 10-13 December, CeMAT India 2008 will be staged at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, running concurrently with other trade shows like Industrial Automation India and MDA India, while Deustche Messe is partnering with its subsidiary Hannover Fairs India to organise the Energy India show.

    “Fresh Logistics” and “Contract Logistics” are two new topics that have been added to the show. The establishment of unbroken cold chains is considered a lucrative market in India because the country lacks the infrastructure to cope with perishable goods. India’s deficient infrastructure has also impacted on logistics costs resulting in corporate logistics being outsourced to third-party providers.

    According to the German Office for Foreign Trade, the Indian logistics market is experiencing 20-30% growth rates and by 2015 the market is expected to reach a total sales volume of EUR140 billion (USD222 billion).

    Around 180 exhibitors are expected to participate in the show, up from the inaugural CeMAT India 2007 total exhibitor number of 150.

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    Dealers of Distinction and Merit honoured
    GREENE, NY, United States

    Raymond Corp has presented nine of its dealers with the Dealer of Distinction award and 10 others, the Dealer of Merit award.

    The Dealer of Distinction is given to companies that attain the highest evaluation scores combined with top market share performance. Dealer of Merit recipients have the next-highest scores and market share performance.

    Dealer of Distinction award recipients:
    • Arbor Material Handling Inc, Willow Grove, PA
    • Associated Material Handling North, Eagan, MN
    • Carolina Handling LLC, Charlotte, NC
    • GN Johnston Equipment Co Ltd, Mississauga, Ontario
    • Heubel Material Handling Inc, Kansas City, MO
    • Malin Integrated Handling Solutions and Design, Addison, TX
    • Pengate Handling Solutions Inc, York, PA
    • Raymond Handling Concepts Corp, Freemont, CA
    • Welch Equipment Company Inc, Denver, CO
    Dealer or Merit award recipients:
    • Abel Womack Inc, Lawrence, MS
    • Associated Material Handling Central, Carol Stream, IL
    • Andersen & Associates Inc, Twinsburg, OH
    • Brauer Material Handling Systems Inc, Hendersonville, TN
    • Hooper Handling Inc, Buffalo, NY
    • Raymond of New Jersey LLC, Union, NJ
    • Raymond Handling Consultants LLC, Lakeland, FL
    • Stoffel Equipment Company, Milwaukee, WI
    • Raymond Handling Solutions Inc, Santa Fe Springs, CA
    • Welch Equipment Company Inc, Salt Lake City, UT

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    Konecranes wins large St Petersburg order
    HYVINKÄÄ, Finland

    Konecranes received one of its largest-ever orders last month: four ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and 10 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Russian operator JSC Fourth Stevedoring Company.

    The value of the order is said to be over EUR40 million (USD63.5 million). Delivery will start in the third quarter of 2009.

    JSC is a new customer for Konecranes’ STS and RTG cranes, according to the Finnish crane manufacturer. It is part of the largest group of stevedoring companies in St Petersburg.

    A container terminal under construction in JSC’s territory is expected to have an annual capacity of 350,000 TEUs by 2009 when the first stage is launched. By 2011, throughput is expected to rise to 1.4 million TEUs.

    “The Russian market is one of the world’s fastest-growing markets,” says Tuomas Saastamoinen, Konecranes’s sales and marketing director for port cranes. “This order and previous orders from St Petersburg and Baltic ports over recent months confirm our leading position in the area.”

    The four Panamax STS container cranes load and unload Panamax-sized vessels. They can lift 50 metric tons, have an outreach of 38 meters and are equipped with Konecranes AC electrical control system. The 16-wheel RTGs can lift 50 metric tons and can stack 1-over-5 containers high and seven wide plus a truck lane.

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    Bird evades capture at JCB’s HQ
    ROCESTER, United Kingdom

    An Australian native bird has found it way into the grounds of JCB’s world headquarters in Rocester.

    Staff have been trying to help the bright red bird that was spotted in trees near the Hydraulic Business unit.

    Quality engineer Andy Mullins says he and welding specialist Les Walker approached the bird hoping to catch it with the help of protective gloves, but it flew away.

    “It stands out like a sore thumb and we’re all worried it might not survive long … It must have managed to get free somehow or been released by someone who couldn’t look after it.”

    Parrot expert Marian Ralphs identified the bird as a young Crimson Rosella parrot.

    “As long as it’s not attacked by blackbirds, crows or birds of prey, it could conceivably live for some months,” she says.

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    Komatsu Forklift awards European distributors
    MILAN, Italy

    Komatsu Forklift Europe presented prizes to its distributors at its annual meeting in Juan Les Pins, attended by over 80 delegates this month.

    The distributors that received performance awards from Komatsu Forklift Europe general manager Eiji Fukuda and Komatsu Forklift general manager for European sales Rory Harvey-Kelly were:
    • Kirov PLC, Bulgaria, for highest market share in its dedicated region
    • Makolift SA, France, for highest volume
    • Sia Baltexim, Baltics, for best new distributor
    • Kirov PLC, Bulgaria; Northern Forklift Ltd, Ireland; and MT Truck, Denmark, for most improved sales over 2006
    • Setmil Sp zoo, Poland, for best corporate distributor for increasing Komatsu brand awareness
    • Matermaco, Belgium, for most balanced method of selling electric and ICE forklifts, and warehouse trucks, matching the market situation
    • Erwin Ehlers GmbH & Co KG, Kloz GmbH & Co KG, Lenzing GmbH and Dipl –Ing M Weyer GmbH, Germany, for jointly organising a successful marketing approach for the German market.

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    Mediterranean supply chain boosts handling capacity
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden

    Kalmar has received orders for its all-electric rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Moroccan and Spanish ports.

    Somaport, operating at the Port of Casablanca, ordered 10 7+1 wide, 1-over-5 high E-One units that are outfitted with Bromma twinlift spreaders and Kalmar’s autosteering and container position verification system. They will be delivered by early 2009.

    Somaport also opted to equip the cranes with Kalmar’s remote machine interface tool for remote monitoring, maintenance tasking and reporting.

    The agreement includes full maintenance by Kalmar for a seven-year period.

    Michel Geernaert, Kalmar France SA’s port division director, says Kalmar’s commitment to establishing a local service centre in Morocco convinced Somaport that Kalmar’s products and services were the best fit for its operations.

    “For many years Kalmar worked hard to meet the handling needs of Somaport’s global parent company, (COMANOV, now acquired by CMA-CGM).

    “Furthermore, Kalmar’s promise of fast, reliable on-site service backed by its global network of experienced maintenance technicians reassured Somaport its terminal will operate with the highest machine availability,” Geernaert says.

    Meanwhile, Abra Terminales Maritimas (ATM) SA operating at the Port of Bilbao in Spain has ordered similar units with Kalmar’s Smartrail automation tool to update the terminal’s infrastructure. ATM handled 500,000 TEUs in 2007.

    Port Nou at the Port of Barcelona ordered two six-wheeled E-One RTGs to replace the operator’s existing RTG cranes.  Port Nou handles over 52,000 TEUs and is the third busiest container terminal in Barcelona.

    OPSCA’s terminal in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has received four Kalmar E-One RTGs. The port handled 1.3 million TEUs in 2007 and is one of Spain’s busiest port terminals.

    The value of the orders was not disclosed.

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    New from Nichiyu
    HUNTINGWOOD, NSW, Australia

    Japanese specialist in battery electric forklifts, Nichiyu, this year celebrates its 70th anniversary. The company’s latest three-wheel forklift to be launched is now available in Australia.

    Australian distributor, Nichiyu Australia, received its first units of the FBT-75 series earlier this year.

    Chief executive officer John Ackland tells News that the company has signed an agreement to supply forklifts, including the latest series, to local dealer United Equipment.

    According to Nichiyu Australia national product manager Craig Coles, the new series of three-wheel forklifts incorporates a host of features that make the performance of the new models comparable to and, in some cases, superior to that of larger four-wheel variants available in the market today.

    “Our new FBT-75s provide the most stable performance I have experienced in a three-wheel forklift, thanks to the widest rear tyre footprint in the industry,” says Coles.

    “The wider tread of the dual rear wheels provides excellent stability during turns and when lifting to heights, overcoming one of the perceived weaknesses concerning three-wheel forklifts of any type.”

    He says Nichiyu’s synchronised tyre rotation system and curved rear counterbalance mean the forklifts have a minimum turning radius of just 1.5m and the ability to right-angle stack in aisles as narrow as 3.2m.

    “Like all Nichiyu counterbalance battery-electric forklifts, they also come standard with IPX3 waterproof rating, enabling their use outdoors, even on a windy, rainy day.”

    These features resulted in the company securing an order from a customer who replaced two existing forklifts with one of the new three-wheelers.

    “The customer was using a conventional four-wheel forklift for truck loading and unloading and general materials handling plus a reach truck in their narrow-aisle warehouse.

    “They are delighted to have been able to replace those two units with one FBT-75, significantly reducing their materials handling operating costs.”

    He adds that Nichiyu’s high-mount hydraulic levers make the task of getting on and off the forklift easy on either side. Overall performance and pedestrian safety is also enhanced by having the horn on the hydraulic lever, meaning the operator doesn’t need to take their hands off the wheel and hydraulic lever during normal operation.

    “Lifting, tilting and other hydraulic operations can also be controlled using our armrest-mounted fingertip lever option, which greatly reduces operator fatigue in high volume applications,” says Coles.

    Other features include the inbuilt digital scale monitoring system. Available as a low-cost software upgrade option on the operator display panel, the load indicator instantly shows the weight of any load, preventing drivers from lifting loads that are too heavy for the forklift or the storage system the load is to be placed into.

    “Another Nichiyu option that drivers appreciate is our laser beam pointer, which simplifies fork positioning, improving the speed of operation and reducing the risk of damage to pallets and goods through mishandling,” adds Coles.

    Driver safety is ensured by an operator interlock system, which locks travelling and hydraulic functions if the operator is not seated correctly for more than two seconds.

    Safety has also been improved with new wet disk brakes providing more powerful and stable braking.

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    Calls for third terminal operator
    SYDNEY, NSW, Australia

    The international tender to select a stevedore to operate the third terminal at Port Botany opened this week, with a final decision expected by early 2009.

    The invitation for expressions of interest is the first stage in a two-step process to select the operator for the third container terminal, and is open to all stevedores including the existing operators in Port Botany.

    “The new Port Botany terminal is the biggest port expansion NSW has ever seen – an AUD1 billion development,” says Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi.

    “The opportunity to operate Sydney’s newest terminal at Port Botany has already generated significant international interest. I anticipate the field will be strong and extremely competitive.”

    The expansion is tipped to deliver 9,000 new jobs to NSW and boost the state’s economy by an average of AUD800 million a year.

    A decision on the stevedore is expected early 2009, with the first berths available for trade from 2012.

    The construction of the third terminal will be under way soon, with building activities to commence later this year. The land area will be available for fit-out by the successful proponent in 2011.

    Applicants will have to demonstrate their capability and expertise in the areas of financial and resource capability; container terminal experience; and ability to resource and manage the new terminal.

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    Forklift chosen for safety and reliability
    CANBERRA, ACT, Australia

    Glass and aluminium fabricator, Sohos Aluminium Framing, has commissioned its first Toyota forklift for its materials handling needs.

    According to office manager Lisa Pomakis, the company chose a forklift from Toyota’s popular 8-series range to handle the 6.5m long aluminium material that comes into the fabricating workshop.

    "The 1,500kg Model 8-FG15 is going great. We knew the Toyota forklifts were reliable and the service back-up was good. With our new forklift, we have all the latest Toyota safety features," she says

    The 8-Series forklift has a number of safety features including the brand’s system of active stability that monitors key forklift operations, detecting and counteracting instability to help reduce the risk of tip-overs.

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    Opposite forces leave cash rate unchanged
    SYDNEY, NSW, Australia

    At its meeting this week, the Board of the Reserve Bank decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 7.25%.

    According to a statement by governor Glenn Stevens, inflation in Australia has been high over the past year in an environment of limited spare capacity and earlier strong growth in demand. In these circumstances, the board has been seeking to restrain demand in order to reduce inflation over time.

    “As a result of earlier decisions by the board, additional rises in market interest rates and tougher credit standards for some borrowers, there has been a substantial tightening in financial conditions since the middle of last year. Conditions in international financial markets remain difficult, with credit concerns resurfacing in the past month.

    “The evidence is that the tightening in financial conditions, in conjunction with other factors including rising fuel costs, is working to restrain demand. Indicators of household spending have recorded subdued outcomes over recent months, and credit expansion to both households and businesses has weakened significantly. There have also been some tentative signs of an easing in labour market conditions.”

    But working in the opposite direction is the current rise in the country’s terms of trade. Stevens explains that this will add substantially to national income and ability to spend, even with the slowing in global growth to below-trend pace that the Bank is assuming. At the same time, rising prices of oil and a range of other commodities are adding to global inflationary risks.

    “Given the opposing forces at work, considerable uncertainty remains about the outlook for demand and inflation. On balance, while the inflation outlook remains concerning, the board’s assessment continues to be that demand growth will be moderate this year. The most recent flow of information has given additional support to that assessment. Inflation is likely to remain relatively high in the short term, and the CPI will be further boosted in coming quarters by the recent rises in global oil prices. Looking further ahead, inflation in both CPI and underlying terms should decline over time, provided demand continues to evolve as expected.

    “Weighing up the available domestic and international information, the board’s judgement is that the current stance of monetary policy remains appropriate. The board will continue to evaluate prospects for economic activity and inflation in the light of new information.”

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    First safety show for Perth
    PERTH, WA, Australia

    Western Australia will host its first-ever Safety Show and Conference in Perth from 12–14 August.

    The inaugural WA Safety Conference will be hosted by the Safety Institute of Australia, sponsored by the Western Australian Department of Consumer and Employment Protection and run concurrently with the WA Safety Show.

    The WA Safety Conference will feature more than 40 Australian and international speakers and focus on topics including:

    • federal government legislation reforms
    • workplace bullying
    • the responsibilities of OHS managers
    • corporate safety cultures
    • safe design
    • the lessons from major safety incidents
    • workplace wellness

    The Safety Show is dedicated to occupational health and safety and is expected to attract more than 150 exhibitors and 3,000 visitors over the three days. Health and safety representatives from a broad range of industry sectors including manufacturing, mining, building/construction, government, emergency services and transport will be attending.

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    Last key appointment for Infrastructure Australia

    Michael Deegan has been appointed as the inaugural infrastructure co-ordinator in charge of overseeing the day-to-day operations of Infrastructure Australia and working closely with its 12 members.

    Deegan has a wealth of experience across infrastructure sectors, having worked in both the public and private domain. His work experience includes positions as a director general of the NSW Department of Transport; assistant secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Administrative Services; secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet; director of various construction and investment companies; president of the Property Council of Australia; and chairman of the National Transport Commission.

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    MEYER Sales Network is growing

    MEYER Forklift Attachments have become successful all over the world, whether in Eastern Europe or South America. Almost every second attachment, produced in Salzgitter, is for the export market. Hansjörg Freund, MEYER Sales Director, declares: “Here we intend to continue to grow our export market”. To this effect a new branch in Russia has been founded”. The new Export Manager Michael Knerr ensures that this trend continues to rise: “Now we have won additional partners in Chile, India and Portugal”. Especially the market in India shows high growth rates.

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

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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.

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

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    Quality comes from a superior QC process

    Microlift adopts superior Quality Control at every stage of its production process, from raw materials to distribution.

    Click here for more information on this product, including pictures.

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    Danny Maron: Bordering on bribery
    OTTAWA, Canada

    It's dishonest to take money for sub-standard training, and safety should be the main concern.

    Click here for the full Safety First feature, including pictures.

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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
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    ICE forklifts - trends
    The forklift market in Australia
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