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This is issue #398 - 19 February 2009 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
Fantuzzi confirms Terex arbitration


SPECIAL REPORT: Small business opportunities during the credit crunch

KION Group reports record results
Jungheinrich appoints new dealer in US
Clark focuses on ways to help dealers
Fantuzzi confirms Terex arbitration
Economic downturn hits Briggs
MSE-Forks appoints new distributor in US
Cromer gets judgment against Rigger Xtreme
Iowa agency investigates forklift-related death
Sample of used equipment for sale
WorkSafeBC reports forklift-related violations
Solution turns forklift into logistics hub
JLG introduces new online courses
Terex launches new ordering website
Hyster offers forklift weather protection
JCB apprentice wins regional award

Veggie grower picks Toyota
Campaigns target safety
Grim outlook for June quarter
Paying the forklift challenge forward
Women in freight award
Container volumes dip at port

Revolutionary RFID Inventory & Indoor Vehicle Tracking Supply Chain solution already bears fruit!
EP- New T-Series Truck comes with Two Year Warranty

Maximal Launches Two New Products
Taylor Machine Works, Inc. New TXB Series
Yale's new electric forklift trucks - everything's in the right place
Icem’s INOX range for tough environments

Forkliftaction’s 8GB Memory Stick Giveaway!

FORK TALK: ITA announces spring meeting dates

SAFETY FIRST: Richard Shaw: What does ‘accredited training’ mean?

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We welcome a new contributor to our Safety First panel this week. Richard Shaw is managing director of the UK’s Mentor FLT Training Limited, a leading provider of training and associated services for all types of materials handling equipment and workplace transport. He adds a UK perspective to augment our contributions from the US, Canada and Australia, and brings some unique experience.
While we’re talking about safety, it is also the topic of next week’s Special Feature. We’ve already heard from a large number of trainers, safety consultants and product suppliers, but if you feel you have something to add, please contact us as soon as possible with your comments.

Small business opportunities during the credit crunch
Continuing our series of tips for tough times, this week we share some advice from Australia’s Anthill magazine. The latest edition argues that the current conditions may present opportunities for smaller businesses  Read more
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KION Group reports record results
Wiesbaden, Germany
Global materials handling manufacturer KION Group has reported record revenue for 2008, despite the impact of the financial crisis on global markets.

The company says it was able to maintain its share of the global market at just under 17%. The company was recently ranked at number two on the dhf-intralogistik’s annual world ranking of materials handling manufacturers ( News #397).

Net revenue increased (preliminary figure) by 5.6% to EUR4.554 billion (USD5.747 billion). Revenue for the Linde brand rose by just under 4% with the brand performing well in China.  The markets of Brazil, eastern Europe and the German market grew by 11%.

Earnings before interest and tax and before one-off items improved by 7.1% from EUR330 million (USD416 million) to EUR353 million (USD445 million).

Gordon Riske, KION CEO, says 2008 was the best year ever for the group because of good business in the first half of the year. “In the second half of the year, however, we felt the impact of the global financial and economic crisis as the propensity of our customers to make capital expenditure dropped significantly.”

Riske says KION has been able to adapt to changing market conditions because of the flexibility and dedication of its workforce and the rapid implementation of counter-measures. "The economic downturn that lies ahead of us will demand further efforts and sacrifices in order to mitigate the expected decline in revenue.

“However, the KION Group and its brands have demonstrated that we have solid foundations and will be able to prosper in the difficult economic times that lie ahead."
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Jungheinrich appoints new dealer in US
Richmond VA
Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp is selling its Cincinnati factory store to an Ohio-based dealership in a bid to expand its North American dealer network.

The manufacturer has clinched an agreement with Equipment Depot and will finalise the sales of its assets and the virtual relocation of its Cincinnati store in March.

Equipment Depot’s network has five regional equipment dealers with 40 locations in 12 states and is owned by the Pon family.

Ed Neyer, president and CEO of Equipment Depot, says the agreement with Jungheinrich will give existing customers a broader selection of order pickers, reach trucks and other forklifts. “Their feature-rich line of turret trucks will be an exciting addition to our systems group and will boost our ability to help customers optimise the flow of material in their warehouses and distribution centres.”

John Sneddon, president of Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp, says the company is excited about this move because the business opportunities, through this new agreement, offer more than other alternative approaches. “We have a very optimistic and positive outlook for the future as we effect this transition over the next month or so.”

All current customer contracts and agreements with the Jungheinrich factory store, including rental contracts, will be transferred and supported by Equipment Depot.
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Clark focuses on ways to help dealers
Lexington, KY, United States
Trying to aid its North American dealers, Clark Material Handling Co unveiled a dozen initiatives on 16 February that may help distributors in the areas of aftermarket parts, new equipment financing and forklift sales.

“We need to provide an element of support and focus for our dealers during these challenging times,” Dennis Lawrence, president and chief executive officer of Lexington-based Clark, says in a statement. “Clark is very focused on running its business in a manner that positively contributes to our dealers’ overall operations.”

The stimulus initiatives are intended to help Clark’s authorised dealers over a 90-day business period and include incentives for dealership parts, service, rental and sales departments.

Lawrence initiated the program and directed members of his senior staff to focus on programs that can aid dealers quickly.

“We have spent a tremendous amount of time and resources in developing a series of strategies,” notes Scott Johnson, Clark director of dealer services. “We have utilised teams to address specific disciplines and issues” and given consideration and review to possible contingencies.
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Fantuzzi confirms Terex arbitration
Lentigione, Italy
Fantuzzi has begun arbitration proceedings against Terex’s termination of the deal to purchase the Italian port equipment manufacturer.

The proceedings will dispute the validity and legal basis of the unilateral termination by Terex of the definitive agreement reached in August 2008 ( News #374).

Terex announced in January it would not proceed with its planned purchase of the company, telling the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) it had terminated its agreement because of delays in getting final approval and due to “materially adverse changes” ( News #393).

Fantuzzi says it is continuing discussions with Terex and hopes to settle the dispute amicably.

The company has revealed it is also negotiating with other potential investors.

Fantuzzi has meanwhile announced a meeting of the company’s bondholders on February 24 to seek approval to extend outstanding bond repayments to 31 July 2009. The original instalment was due in July 2008.
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Economic downturn hits Briggs
Cannock, United Kingdom
Briggs Equipment UK Ltd is reducing its workforce in order to ride out the harsh economic times.

Briggs began its staff reductions program in November 2008 to ensure the company remains in a strong position in the long term. The company has cut 100 jobs through early retirements, redundancies and reducing temporary worker numbers. News reported on a number of job cuts throughout the UK including at Briggs ( News #378) in early February. At that time, job cut numbers at Briggs were unconfirmed.

Richard Close, Briggs’ CEO, says the company’s primary purpose is to ensure its customers’ businesses survive the economic uncertainty. “As a result, we must adjust our cost base to align with the needs and requirements of our customers.  

“We are retaining a long-term focus for the business and are investing in key areas such as training, marketing and customer relationship management (CRM). Ultimately, we are making changes that will increase our responsiveness and efficiency to ensure that we continue to add value to our customers,” he explains.
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MSE-Forks appoints new distributor in US
Jacobiparochie, The Netherlands and Chesapeake, VA, United States
MSE-Forks (Meijer Special Equipment) has appointed a new distributor in the United States.

Materials handling solutions company Reachable Solutions will distribute MSE-Forks’ range of Kooi ReachForks and RollerForks.

Mike Yacks, managing director of Reachable Solutions, says the company was formed specifically to accommodate this new agreement. “After MSE-Forks developed the RollerForks (for palletless handling) and Dual Height Shift System Forks (for additional vertical lift), it decided it was time for full-time representation in the US.”

Yacks explains that his experience with MSE-Forks’ products created an ideal opportunity for both companies.

“I have been in the forklift business for 25 years and have spent the past 20 working directly for Atlet who utilised Kooi-ReachForks as a standard component on their double-deep reach truck.”

The long-term agreement between Reachable Solutions and MSE-Forks involves heavy marketing and promotion to OEMs, dealers and potential end-users.  

Yacks says although the US is battling the toughest economic times in many decades, there is increased interest in MSE attachments as companies search for new ways to cut costs.

“Kooi ReachForks and Dual Height Shift System Forks allow them to improve the flexibility of existing forklift fleets while the RollerForks provide a highly efficient and cost-effective means of going palletless in order to lower costs and increase cube utilization of freight shipments,” he comments.

“Working with MSE-Forks is very exciting as they are a strong, fourth-generation business producing high quality and innovative products. They see the potential within the North American marketplace and are committed to the growth and support of their products.”
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Cromer gets judgment against Rigger Xtreme
London, ON, Canada
A forklift dealer in California has obtained a judgment of USD91,570.59 against Rigger Xtreme Inc and owner Michael Salter for failing to deliver on an order for a machine to lift space satellites.

Cromer Equipment, under its legal identity East Bay Clarklift Inc of Oakland, California, filed the fraud-and-deceit action in September after making an USD84,000 deposit in January 2008 on behalf of a major defense and aerospace customer and not getting what was promised.

Justice Peter B Hockin heard the case in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in London on 10 February, and the order was entered on 11 February.

The order requires Rigger Xtreme of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada and Salter to pay USD88,490.40, pre-judgment interest of USD3,080.19 from 21 January 2008 and an additional USD3,511.67 for the plaintiff’s costs.

“This order bears interest at the rate of 4% per annum from February 10, 2009,” Judge Hockin directs.

“The lawsuit was filed after countless lies from Michael Salter that he would produce a machine and also give us our deposit back,” says Marshall Cromer, owner of Cromer Equipment. “Included in the lawsuit is a personal judgment against Michael Salter himself that will carry on wherever he goes. It was proven that it was Michael Salter that defrauded us from the very beginning.”

Salter “has been taking deposits and not building forklifts,” Cromer reports. “I do not want to see other forklift companies get caught with the scam that Michael Salter is pulling on other forklift dealers and customers.” Typically, machinery movers need the type of forklift that Salter was promising.

In business for 20 years, Cromer Equipment operates full-service facilities in Oakland and Santa Rosa, California, has an extensive rental fleet, and distributes Caterpillar, Clark, Doosan, Kalmar, Combilift and Donkey brand forklifts and specialty rack and shelving products.

Shawn Laurie Graham of the London law firm of Siskinds LLP represented Cromer in the court case. Salter opted to go without legal representation, did not respond to the court complaint and allowed the matter to go to the judgment.

Multiple attempts to reach Salter were unsuccessful.
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Iowa agency investigates forklift-related death
Muscatine, IA, United States
The Iowa workforce development division of labour services is investigating an industrial forklift accident that resulted in the death of Ryan Bierman, 25.

The accident occurred on 11 February in a Muscatine plastic packaging and container plant of Rochester, Michigan-based family-owned Letica Corp.

The Des Moines, Iowa-based state agency serves as the arm of the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Iowa incidents and anticipates completing the investigation within one month.

The Muscatine police and fire departments responded to emergency calls from the Letica of Iowa Inc facility. The police concluded that an accident had occurred and that, according to Police Chief Gary R Coderoni, no foul play was involved.
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WorkSafeBC reports forklift-related violations
Delta, BC, Canada
WorkSafeBC has fined Delta Pacific Seafoods Ltd CAD93,387 for several forklift violations following an investigation of a serious worker injury.

The independent British Columbia agency publicised its 2008 penalties involving 152 employers and totaling CAD2.7 million for violations of the provincial occupational health and safety regulation and the workers compensation act.

The agency cited the Delta workplace of seafood and fish processor and distributor Delta Pacific for repeated failure to ensure a worker wears a seatbelt when operating a forklift ensure adequate lights exist on a forklift to ensure the presence of adequate illumination in work areas and ensure that workers exposed to forklift traffic wear high-visibility apparel.

WorkSafeBC fined Delta-based Horizon Communications Ltd CAD51,178 for repeat violations in failing to ensure workers are provided with and using a fall protection system while working on a boom-mounted work platform.

Also, the agency fined Human Resources Capital Group Inc of Delta CAD26,846 for repeat failures to take reasonable steps to ensure the health and safety of workers and provide information, training and supervision to ensure workers’ safety and failure to ensure workers exposed to forklift traffic wear high-visibility apparel. WorkSafeBC found those violations in the investigation of a serious injury.

“Many of the 2008 penalties are associated with a fatality or serious injury,” says Roberta Ellis, vice president of Richmond-based WorkSafeBC’s policy, investigations and review divisions, in a 5 February statement. “Our focus must be on preventing these tragedies.”
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Solution turns forklift into logistics hub
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Jungheinrich UK has launched two new automated pallet scanning and identification solutions that “turn forklifts into logistics units”.

Steve Richmond, general manager of Jungheinrich UK Ltd’s systems and projects division, says Jungheinrich feels the solutions developed turn forklifts into the communication centre for processing material and information between the warehouse management system and the warehouse floor.

“By integrating the forklift into the information process, we can increase efficiency and safety, reduce costs and energy consumption, and improve on ergonomics for the operator.”

Richmond says the new systems optimise the forklift’s on-board intelligence systems and integrate them into the supply chain information process. “We believe that our new automatic scanning systems represent a significant step forward in forklift intelligence.”

The new pallet scanning system fits a scanning device to the back of the fork assembly and automatically records the ID barcode on the pallet load.
After scanning the barcode, the scanner automatically switches off for safety reasons. The information on the barcode is relayed to the warehouse management system (WMS) and a pallet location is allocated within the racking.

The forklift delivers the load to the specified destination and the pallet location ID is scanned to confirm it is in the proper place. Once the WMS has confirmed the pallet’s correct location, the forklift operator receives the next set of instructions via the on-board terminal.

The new scanning system is compatible with most leading WMS brands and all Jungheinrich models.

Richmond says traditional pallet scanning methods take time and can be difficult – particularly when the operator is trying to scan through the mast.
“There are also ergonomic implications if the driver is forced to twist and turn in order to get a good ‘shot’ at the barcode with the terminal. Our new systems remove these issues.”

Jungheinrich has also devised a similar fork-based system that uses RFID technology and scanning antennae integrated within the forks to automatically scan several pallets at the same time.

All pallets are fitted with their own built-in RFID transponder that contains the pallet ID. The antennae within the forks read the pallet’s ID and relay the information to the WMS.

Richmond says the ability to identify multiple pallets at the same time using RFID technology in a single scanning step is a significant benefit. “It saves time compared to manual scanning and improves the ergonomics for the driver. It also improves process safety and operational efficiency by reducing put-away errors.”

“At the moment, this new system is at its most productive in closed pallet systems, but RFID will become more and more widely used for pallet identification purposes,” he adds. “We believe it is only a matter of time before this technology is more widely adopted.”
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JLG introduces new online courses
McConnellsburg, PA, United States
JLG Industries has developed an online Learning Management System to deliver training for its customers.

The online system will deliver four courses - basic electric, basic hydraulic, warranty fundamentals (warranty policy) and service bench (warranty system). The company plans to develop further the range of courses.

Todd Truax, JLG Industries director of training, says online training is the fastest growing venue for training in education and business. “JLG’s online training offers a convenient and effective means for customers to build their skills and knowledge in a variety of functional areas pertinent to their business.”

The warranty courses are offered free-of-charge and the basic electric and basic hydraulic courses can be taken for USD150 each or USD199 for both.  

Customers can also maintain their training history for both online and classroom courses through the online system.

To register for JLG’s online training, contact the JLG Training Department via the JLG Training Request Form.
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Terex launches new ordering website
Redmond, WA, United States
Terex AWP has revamped its website to include online manuals in a move to reduce its impact on the environment.  

Dave Schille, director of parts and warranty at Terex AWP, says the new system provides customers with easy-to-access, up-to-date information “and reduces our carbon footprint by cutting down our overall paper consumption".

Customers will also receive a DVD with all Genie boom, scissor and telehandler products instead of a printed service and parts manual. The DVD will be updated quarterly and will have all service and parts manuals for current products as well as historical versions.

However, the printed catalogue will still be available to purchase.

Meanwhile, Genie Industries, a subsidiary of Terex Corp, has launched a new online parts ordering system.

The new online parts ordering system is designed to increase ordering accuracy and customers’ productivity. It is used in conjunction with Genie’s Serial Number Smart Parts Lookup System.

Customers will be able to identify a part, add it to the virtual pick list, then transfer the pick list directly into an online order.

Customers will need a registered account to access the system, look up and order parts for various Genie products.  

Genie manufactures material lifts, aerial work platforms, trailer-mounted booms and light towers, scissor lifts, self-propelled telescopic and articulating booms, and telehandlers.
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Hyster offers forklift weather protection
Hampshire, United Kingdom
Hyster has unveiled new weather protection options for its new electric forklifts to protect operators from the extreme UK winter.

The new Hyster three- and four-wheel electric forklifts have been designed for maximum productivity in both indoor and outdoor operations. The new series comes with a full range of weather protection options for the new J1.5-2.0XNT and J1.6-2.0XN models.

The new range features full-steel cabs and a variety of factory-installed or aftermarket kits that can be mounted onto the standard overhead guard. The weather protection kits include front, top and rear toughened glass screens with a choice of either steel or PVC doors.  

David Rowell, Hyster’s European operations manager, says visibility is a primary focus when operating in extreme weather. “Hyster has achieved excellent all-round visibility through a combination of slim profile guards and maximum glazed areas on the doors, front and rear screens.”

To protect the operator from the cold, a heater/demister is also available with the steel door option to keep the driver comfortable throughout a shift. The heavyweight PVC doors have zippers and in hot weather can be removed by unzipping.

Rowell explains the weather protection options are ideal for businesses using Hyster electric trucks in outside operations. “The purpose is to keep the drivers comfortable in all weather conditions so that they continue to perform efficiently.”
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JCB apprentice wins regional award
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
A JCB Transmissions apprentice has been crowned regional champion in the finals of the 1st Year Modern Apprenticeship Competition.

Paul Howard, who works at JCB’s Wrexham factory, was awarded first place in the north and mid-Wales final of the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) competition for engineering and engineering manufacture.

Entrants were judged on all aspects of their work, including health and safety, worksheets, designs and technical drawings, engineering models and shop floor skills, and were interviewed by a panel of judges.

Over 40 apprentices, nominated by their employers and course tutors, competed for the title.  

Howard will now compete for the EEF’s 1st Year Modern Apprentice Overall Winner for Wales at the national final on February 19 at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells, Powys.

He says it is fantastic to be recognised in this way. “It is great for me and great for JCB, too. When I was nominated for this I knew I would be up against some stiff competition, but I knew the range of skills I have learned would stand me in good stead.”

“At the final, I will be making another presentation to the judges, showing them the full range of my work portfolio. I am really looking forward to the ceremony and will give it my best shot to be in contention for the national award.”

The competition was established 58 years ago and is organised by the EEF – the manufacturers’ organisation that represents almost 6,000 companies throughout the UK.
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Veggie grower picks Toyota
Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
Produce grower Barbera Farms has signed a five-year agreement to rent 15 Toyota 8-series forklift trucks.

The forklifts have a basic capacity of 1.5-tonne at 500mm load centre, a three-metre two-stage mast and a side shift.

Barbera Farms general manager, logistics, Jamie Geaney, says the company chose the forklifts on the basis of product range, performance and reliability.

"We've used other brands and found the Toyota 8FG15 forklifts are good machines. They're competitive on rental price and they're just so reliable.

"We're switching to Toyota commercial vehicles for the same reason.”

Barbera Farms grows produce at Bundaberg, Bowen and Childers, and packs produce from other growers in Bowen and Bundaberg.

"In busy times, we dispatch up to 300 pallets of produce per day out of Bundaberg," says Geaney.
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Campaigns target safety
Ararat, Victoria, Australia
A number of targeted workplace safety campaigns by WorkSafe will kick off between February and June this year.

Inspectors will visit workplaces to check on the management of common safety issues in Ararat, Footscray, Frankston/Cranbourne, Maryborough, Scoresby and Morwell.

Among the safety issues to be targeted are the use of physical barriers and guards to isolate people from mobile plant and machinery such as forklifts, and whether forklift drivers are licensed.

WorkSafe executive director John Merritt says experience shows that despite plenty of warning of the visits, too many people fail to act and consequently, receive safety improvement notices.

“Employers, managers and workers need to take responsibility for safety. No-one can afford to take a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude. If you do, the consequences can be catastrophic.

“Inspectors will be offering help and advice on how to resolve safety issues, but where there are hazards, safety improvement notices will be issued.”

Twenty-two Victorians died in traumatic work-related incidents in 2008. Around 29,000 people were seriously hurt last financial year.  

“In most cases, safety improvements can be made at little or no cost, but not addressing safety issues can have serious human and commercial consequences, including the potential for prosecution.”
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Grim outlook for June quarter
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Sales, profits, employment and capital investment look set to deteriorate further in the June quarter, according to the latest business expectations survey by Dun and Bradstreet.

The impacts of global and local economic conditions are evident in executives' expectations for the June quarter, with 53% of firms anticipating declining sales and 60% expecting the same for profits. Expectations for employment and capital investment are following the same downward trend, with 24% of firms tipped to cut back on staff and 10% anticipating a need to decrease capital investment.

Selling price expectations rose by 30% between the March and December quarters of 2008, hitting the highest level ever recorded by the survey in the March quarter of 2009. Expectations have dropped back 5%, but three in four (74%) firms continue to expect that they will need to raise prices in the quarter ahead.

Christine Christian, Dun & Bradstreet's CEO, says the latest survey reveals a further drop in business sentiment and demonstrates that Australian executives are feeling the very real pressures stemming from the recessionary global climate and slowing local economic conditions.

According to Dr Duncan Ironmonger, Dun & Bradstreet's economic consultant, the survey indicates that Australian firms are expecting 2009 to be exceptionally challenging.

"However, the prompt and substantial fiscal stimulus packages from the federal government and the record sharp reductions in interest rates by the Reserve Bank should offset a significant amount of the impact that the world financial crisis and global recession are having on Australian firms.

"Lower oil prices are helping to contain household and business costs and the lower value of the Australian dollar is encouraging exports and domestic spending. Consequently, the worst expectations of Australian businesses may not eventuate."
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Paying the forklift challenge forward
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Hyster dealer Hystandard Handling Equipment of Sydney has risen to a fund-raising challenge issued in News last week by forklift supplier Red Australia.

Red Australia had challenged other forklift companies to raise money for the victims of the Victoria bush fires, setting a fine example itself by promising to donate AUD10,000 as well as offering to match employee contributions dollar-for-dollar. ( News #397)

This week, Hystandard Handling Equipment held a fund-raising function which raised over AUD4,500 towards the bushfire appeal. The company now extends the challenge to NMHG and other Hyster dealers. Watch this space!
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Women in freight award
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Marnie Ireland of Richmond is this year’s winner of the annual Women in Freight, Logistics and Marine Management Scholarship.

The scholarship provides AUD10,000 to fund further study in freight, logistics and marine-related fields, in an effort to boost the number of women in senior roles within these typically male-dominated industries.

Women currently make up less than 13% of transport company managers, 12% of supply and distribution managers and 2% of marine specialists.

“This scholarship offers women the opportunity to develop strong technical and business skills through education and industry experience, which we believe is the best way to address this imbalance,” says federal roads and ports minister Tim Pallas.

Ireland, who was presented with the scholarship at the Australian Logistics Council Annual Forum Dinner last week, is interested in the fundamental importance of pricing in the freight and logistics sector. This has led her to embark on a PhD, analysing sustainable options for freight transport logistics in rural Australia.

She is currently developing a model that will help users make freight and logistics decisions based on triple bottom line principles.

The scholarship will allow her to continue her studies and help to contribute important knowledge to meet future challenges in the transport and logistics industry.
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Container volumes dip at port
Auckland, New Zealand
Following a record high in December, container volumes at Ports of Auckland have dipped in January, down 4.7% on the same time last year.

As measured by the industry standard TEU (20-foot equivalent unit), volumes were 63,571, down 4.2%.

International cruise ship calls remained strong, with 15 in January and another 24 scheduled for February, including the Queen Mary 2 – two more calls than for the same period last year.

Managing director Jens Madsen says the company remains concerned about the economic outlook.

“Over the last few months, there have been reports of significant reductions in container volumes through major world ports such as Singapore and Long Beach. New Zealand seems to have remained fairly insulated from the impacts until now.”

“As flagged last month, we are gearing the business to cope with what appear to be very challenging times ahead,” says Madsen.
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Revolutionary RFID Inventory & Indoor Vehicle Tracking Supply Chain solution already bears fruit!
EastPack, one of the largest Kiwi Fruit pack houses in New Zealand, was the first to implement the revolutionary new RFID and indoor vehicle management supply chain solution from Peacock Bros. Combining RFID, indoor vehicle tracking, mobile data capture and inventory management software, this unique solution has already achieved an ROI for EastPak just months after its deployment.

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EP- New T-Series Truck comes with Two Year Warranty
E-P launches its new model forklift T-Series: “TIGER”.  The TIGER series comes with a 24 month warranty, excellent Quality Control, CE certificate and with a competitive price and a 100% service guarantee.

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Maximal Launches Two New Products
Maximal this month launched two products - new 10 ton and 4 ton diesel forklifts. These two models are designed to maximize ergonomics and ensure driver comfort.

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Taylor Machine Works, Inc. New TXB Series
Taylor Machine Works, Inc. recently introduced the TXB Series – the workhorse in big wheel industrial lift trucks. The TXB Series has been designed and built to meet the needs of customers that have rough yard applications.

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Yale's new electric forklift trucks - everything's in the right place
The new generation of Yale electric counterbalance lift trucks, the VT and VF Series, combines ergonomic excellence, class leading manoeuvrability and "e-balance", the symmetry of energy efficiency and high productivity.

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Icem’s INOX range for tough environments
Harsh work environments or environments with special hygiene or medical requirements call for special machines made entirely of high-quality stainless steel and designed to avoid contamination. The stainless steel trucks are very similar to standard trucks in terms of line, size and ease of use, even if Icem pallet trucks actually feature several specific solutions that ensure the maximum compatibility with this type of work environment.

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ITA announces spring meeting dates
Washington, DC, United States
The date for the Industrial Truck Association’s (ITA) next meeting has been announced. The ITA’s spring meeting will be held from March 30 to April 1 at The Madison Hotel, Washington, D.C.

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Richard Shaw: What does ‘accredited training’ mean?
London, United Kingdom
Training is not an end in itself and needs to meet certain standards.

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8th - 10th June 2009

2. INTEC / Z 2009
LEIPZIG, Germany
24th - 27th February 2009

3. WLPGAS Forum 2009
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
7-9 October 2009

4. LPG & CNG Gas Forum 2009
Warsaw, Poland
18-19 March 2009

5. NPGA Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo 2010
Atlanta, United States
10-12 April 2010

6. NPGA Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo 2011
Atlanta, United States
17-19 April 2011

7. AEGPL Congress 2009
Vienna, Austria
13-15 May 2009

8. WAMEX Mining & Engineering Expo 2009
Perth, Australia
23-25 September 2009

9. Melbourne Materials handling
Melbourne, Australia
31 March - 2 April 2009

10. NPGA Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo 2009
Atlanta, United States
4-6 April 2009


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1. Sales Representative - Full time
United States, Northern California

2. Service Manager - Material Handling Equipment - Full time
United States, Salt Lake City Utah


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1. Equipment Sales - Full time
Nashville, TN will consider relocation, United States

2. Regional/Territory Manager - Full time
Midwest, United States


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Fast Facts

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Editorial Calendar 2008

Editorial Calendar 2009

Rough Terrain forklifts
Safety products in MH
Forklift Market in Canada
Tow trucks
Forklift Market in the United Kingdom
Fleet & Asset management
Narrow Aisle forklifts
Industrial tyres/wheels
Forklift batteries and power solutions
Side loaders
Explosion-proof forklifts
Forklift Market in India


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