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|Linde celebrates 100th Chinese-made reach stacker |
|Linde (China) Forklift Truck Corp Ltd has held a ceremony at its Xiamen plant to mark production of its 100th reach stacker.|
Company CEO Chingpong Quek says the 100th reach stacker is a milestone for Linde’s heavy truck business.
“The first reach stacker produced by Linde China was delivered to the customer two years ago. Linde China can fully meet its customers’ productivity output, efficiency and reliability needs,” Quek says.
Davide Bertozzi, Linde Heavy Truck Division Ltd’s business development director, agrees:
“Linde reach stackers from the Xiamen plant are popular with international customers and have been widely exported to countries in south-east Asia, South America and Africa.”
Quek and Bertozzi revealed the 100th reach stacker to a cheering audience at the ceremony last month. A trained forklift driver showcased the reach stacker’s ability by stacking a 40-foot container six-high.
|For fleet managers, 'smart' means no surprises |
|By Tom Andel, contributing editor|
The worst part of any manager’s job is surprises. In many cases, a surprise is the result of poor management. That’s why after the big surprise of the 2008/9 recession, managers responsible for forklift fleets are seeing more value in heading off surprises with better information.
Forkliftaction.com News’s ongoing conversation with members of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) and the Industrial Truck Association (ITA) this week probes what smart customers are doing with their forklifts to improve efficiency and productivity.
Most respondents not only told us of companies improving their information management skills, but they also described how this new priority is helping forklift dealers solidify their own survival strategies—built around helping customers survive.
No more parking
One strategy that has only served companies as a temporary measure and has only hurt dealers has been the tendency to park surplus vehicles. Mark Milovich, president of Lift Atlanta, Inc., says his best (and, unfortunately, some of his largest) customers are in the building materials industry. At the height of the building boom in Atlanta (early to mid-2000s), these companies were constantly upgrading and adding equipment. That changed with the sharp and very quick decline of the housing market. That resulted in these customers having more forklifts than they needed.
“When one goes down, they simply park it and use a machine that has often been transferred from a closed location,” Milovich adds. “Not much in the way of improving efficiency or productivity with this large part of our customer base.”
However, while Jerry Weidmann, president of Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp., describes a similar downturn in his customers’ capacity, the smartest among them did a bit more than park the unused forklifts. They, in fact, took several steps:
1. They eliminated all rental equipment;
2. They idled their most expensive-to-operate equipment as business levels declined;
3. They transferred materials handling work to their lowest-hour, most cost-effective equipment; and
4. They maintained the equipment that was kept in service to ensure the lowest total lifecycle cost.
“If equipment needed to be replaced after all of these steps, they replaced it,” Weidemann explains. But again, the ideal situation involves reducing total lifecycle costs—or total cost of ownership.
Value, not price
Brett Wood, the new chairman and CEO of Toyota Material Handling USA, says the smartest fleet managers understand that the purchase price is a small component of a forklift’s true cost. The total cost of ownership is comprised of all the costs associated with a forklift, including purchase price, uptime vs. downtime, service, parts and rental costs during downtime.
In some cases, the right solution may no longer be a forklift. It might be automated guided vehicles, or even a turn-key solution, like outsourced fleet management. These may be seen as costly up front, but value is what pays the bills.
“In any industry, low prices are gaining attention,” Wood says. “In our business, the best value is often tied to providing an outstanding dealer network, service coverage, preventative maintenance plans, warranty and more.”
Tim Hilton, chief executive officer of Carolina Handling, LLC, agrees, saying his smartest customers are concentrating on long-term cost reduction, focused on building efficiencies into their business, improving productivity and eliminating redundant costs and non-value-added expenses.
“Fleet management is focused on data and their key metrics,” he maintains.
What metrics are those?
Jim Malvaso, president and CEO of The Raymond Corporation, identifies key metrics as those tied to forklift and operator utilisation. Those help managers get beyond truck acquisition costs and to understand the cost of operations, including the operator, maintenance and energy. Metrics are also key to identifying opportunities for improvement, including truck utilisation, travel paths and lifting versus transport efficiencies.
“This information will help warehouse operations in their layouts, slotting and pick routes,” Malvaso explains.
Indeed, several dealers responding to Forkliftaction.com News’s survey indicated that they are now partnering with customers in consultative relationships.
“Through Yale Fleet Management, we have done a much better job in cost accounting for our customers and brought large efficiencies,” says Kenneth MacDonald, president of M&G Materials Handling Co. in East Providence, RI. “Most have enjoyed an average of 15% reduction in their fleet operating cost.”
Bill Rowan, president of Sunbelt Industrial Trucks in Dallas, TX, adds that fixing their costs and making them more predictable is another valid strategy.
“With the costs of their equipment and maintenance fixed for a number of years, they do not have to make decisions that might jeopardize the safety of the equipment in order to cut corners,” he explains. “Even if you are adding or replacing in this market, it makes sense to only pay for utilisation and to lock in maintenance costs over the period of the lease.”
Keeping an eye on energy
Right-sizing fleets and using technology to manage them better are major feats, but the best managers also keep the big picture in mind. They work on what’s best for their entire company. Energy costs are one of those common denominators and these days, energy management is a major component of fleet management.
Dave Griffith, president and CEO of Bristol, PA-based Modern Group Ltd., is seeing a number of creative energy solutions, including generating power off the grid with standby power.
“New regulations will drive off-grid power generation,” he believes. “We’re also seeing a shift to electric in non-traditional applications as folks look at their total cost of operations.”
Meanwhile, Bruce Pelynio, president and CEO of Memphis-based Heli Americas, which represents a major line of Chinese-made forklifts in the States, emphasises cost over carbon as the main driver of alternative energy options. He points to Class 4 internal combustion engine models as an example, citing what’s happening as California tries to regulate emissions.
“California will lead the carbon footprint effort,” he says. “The over-the-road-truck guys get that this January. All the truck manufacturers are saying you can figure on adding USD9,000-USD11,000 per tractor to meet the current standard. If you downsize that to a forklift, you’ll probably be looking at USD3,000 for additional cost on diesel. Unless things are subsidised, I don’t see green taking off a lot because people won’t be willing in a recovering economy to spend the exponentially higher cost for the green footprint unless forced to.”
What about fuel cells? Long before we see fuel cells take off, Pelynio predicts, we’ll see a move to opportunity charging and fast charging.
No more lip service
Those are the kinds of opportunities the smartest fleet managers are considering—with input from their forklift dealers and OEMs. The security that comes from these kinds of relationships has resulted in a change in fleet management best practices.
In fact, the very notion of best practice has gone beyond the “lip service” many managers have given it in the past. Duncan Murphy, president of Riekes Equipment Company in Sioux Falls, SD, says his best customers now review their fleet mix and make sure they are right-sized and on a standard spec as much as possible.
“Continuous improvement” was always a popular management buzz phrase, but Jim Moran, executive vice president of Crown Equipment Corp., concludes that not only is it getting real, but it’s being merged with safety. “Years ago, those two things weren’t always hooked up,” he says. “Our customers are asking, what can I do to be more efficient and keep my cost of operation down?” Safety pays.
Next week, Part 3 in Forkliftaction.com News’s survey report examines trends in the lease vs. buy decision.
|Jungheinrich updates Wavin’s fleet |
Chippenham, United Kingdom
|Wavin, a water management and drainage systems supplier, has updated the forklift fleet at its Chippenham site with nearly 60 new and refurbished Jungheinrich units.|
Wavin’s logistics trainer Keith Rowles says the company’s fleet faced increasingly diversified loads.
“We needed to ensure our safety needs were met for the next five to seven years,” Rowles says. Wavin has manufacturing, warehousing and distribution facilities at Chippenham. The site has 30 acres (12.14 hectares) of covered and open storage and houses one of Waxin’s three main regional distribution centres.
Jungheinrich supplied Wavin with 10 2.5 tonne, 15 3.0 tonne and one 3.5 tonne capacity counterbalanced forklifts from its DFG range.
All of the trucks are fitted with Kaup fork spreaders that allow loads measuring up to six metres wide to be picked up.
The DFG 2.5 and 3.5 tonne LPG forklifts have hydrostatic drive, making them suited to intensive operations. Wavin’s trucks spend a lot of time shuttling between the factory and the store.
There are 22 aisles of pallet racking at the site. Each racking features eight storage levels with the ground and first floor levels used for order picking, and the upper levels accommodating replenishment stocks.
A fleet of 20 refurbished Jungheinrich low-level order pickers, three very-narrow-aisle combination stackers and a reach truck undertake picking. Six pedestrian pallet trucks were supplied for general use in the plant.
The order pickers have undergone a major overhaul at Jungheinrich’s used truck refurbishment plant at Dresden, Germany.
Jungheinrich’s division sales manager Russ Palmer says a growing number of companies are ordering mixed fleets of new and used forklifts.
“Typically, the operating costs of a used Jungheinrich truck will be the same as a new model,” he says.
|MHI moves forward with hybrid launch |
|Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) has beat Toyota to introduce the world’s first engine-battery hybrid forklift to the Japanese market.|
Launched last week, the GRENDiA EX hybrid forklift model, with 4-ton-to-5-ton loading capacities, has a lithium-ion secondary battery and high-efficiency motors, integrated with a small-sized diesel engine that complies with Japan’s newest emission regulations.
The forklifts’ power train is MHI’s proprietary lithium-ion battery, a diesel engine, two induction motors and an inverter. MHI used the “series and parallel” method and its high-capacity lithium-ion battery to downsize the engine while maintaining performance. The company says that boosts fuel efficiency and reduces carbon dioxide emissions “by slashing engine-displacement by one-third”.
The series and parallel method, which the forklift adopts for travel mode, enables its wheels to be driven by the engine only, battery only, or engine and drive motor simultaneously. When lifting, the forklift adopts the parallel method that enables the engine to operate the hydraulic pump and lifting motor simultaneously.
MHI says the forklifts have about “39% greater fuel efficiency” than standard internal combustion forklifts.
The GRENDiA EX hybrid is MHI’s first product to be equipped with its proprietary lithium-ion battery, which the company is currently preparing for full-scale commercial production.
MHI spokesman Hideo Ikuno tells Forkliftaction.com News the Grendia EX hybrid forklifts will be available outside Japan by the first quarter of 2011.
Toyota Industries Corp’s internal combustion hybrid forklift, the Geneo Hybrid, targeted at the more than three-ton load capacity electric forklift market, will be released in Japan in December. The Geneo’s hybrid system combines a diesel engine, an electric motor and a battery. (Forkliftaction.com News #413).
In 2006, Still GmbH introduced the world’s first hybrid forklift. Awarded the UK Fork Lift Truck Association’s environmental award for 2008, the RX70 is equipped with super-capacitors, which are charged with energy released when the forklift brakes. During acceleration, power from the capacitors boosts the forklift’s performance and its diesel engine generates extra electric current with a three-phase generator for the electric drive motor. Still has delayed the series’ production, pending lower super-capacitor prices (Forkliftaction.com News # 360).
In 2007, Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH combined a fuel cell, a battery and supercapacitors to produce what it claims is the world’s first triple-hybrid forklift system. The system was demonstrated on a Still R60 forklift and an earlier prototype operated at Munich Airport until 2006 (Forkliftaction.com News #331).
Last month, Komatsu introduced the world’s first electric hybrid counterbalanced forklift in Australia. A Komatsu Forklift Australia spokesperson said the forklift’s dual-power capacitor and maintenance-free battery result in 11 hours of operation with a one-hour recharge interval (Forkliftaction.com News #427).
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|JCB introduces its smallest Loadall |
Rocester, United Kingdom
|JCB has produced its smallest Loadall telehandler, the result of a design innovation that has reduced the machine height to less than two metres.|
The 515-40 Miniscopic model is 1.8 metres (5.9 feet) high, 2.97 metres (9.74 feet) long and weighs less than 3.5 tonnes (7,716lbs). JCB spokesman Nigel Chell tells Forkliftaction.com News the machine’s “excellent power to weight ratio”, enables it to deliver a powerful performance despite its compact dimensions.
To achieve the low working height, JCB says it challenged conventional design concepts to develop a unique, off-set, single-spine chassis. The machine’s cab occupies the resulting space.
The new model is targeted at building contractors, builders’ merchants and plant hirers. It features four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and a hydrostatic transmission. Powered by a 50hp Deutz engine, the JCB Loadall can handle a 1,500kg (3,307lb) payload at a four-metre (13.12 foot) lift height.
Chell says the JCB 520-40, the company’s next smallest Loadall, is 1.97 metres (6.46 feet) high, 2.92 metres (9.58 feet) long, and weighs 4.4 tonnes (9,700lbs).
|Fuel cell challenge offers millions for R&D|
London, United Kingdom
|The UK government-backed Carbon Trust has introduced a GBP8 million (USD12.8 million) Polymer Fuel Cells Challenge to encourage cost-effective, home-grown breakthroughs in fuel cell technology. Carbon Trust says fuel cells currently power forklifts and mobile phone masts or provide power in camper vans but the technology is too expensive to be more widespread.|
A breakthrough in fuel cell technology could open a global fuel cell market worth more than USD180 billion by 2050, according to new Carbon Trust analysis. Mass market applications of fuel cell technology, like fuel cell cars and buses, and fuel cell-generated electricity and heating in homes and businesses, could save the UK up to 7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050, the equivalent to taking two million cars off the road.
Robert Trezona, Carbon Trust’s R&D chief, says fuel cells have been 10 years away from a real breakthrough for the past 20 years.
“Our initiative aims to drive forward commercialisation of the UK’s unique fuel cell expertise, which will play a crucial role in cutting carbon and creating jobs and economic value.”
Carbon Trust analysis shows that if substantial cost cuts can be achieved, the global fuel cell market could be worth more than USD26 billion in 2020 and more than USD180 billion in 2050. The UK share of the market is projected to be USD1 billion in 2020, rising to USD19 billion in 2050.
Celia Greaves, from Fuel Cells UK, welcomes the Polymer Fuel Cells Challenge.
“The UK is home to [several] world-class fuel cell companies and research centres, and substantive intellectual property has already been created. Initiatives like this from the Carbon Trust are vital to strengthening the UK’s position and ensuring the UK remains competitive in this growing global industry.”
The Polymer Fuel Cells Challenge aims to support breakthroughs that will allow high-volume costs to come down by 35%, making the technology attractive for mass markets.
A call for proposals for fuel cell projects is now open. Carbon Trust will select three novel ideas and offer up to GBP1 million (USD1.6 million) to each participant to develop and prove their ideas.
If one of the three demonstrates its potential for lower-cost fuel cell systems, Carbon Trust will co-invest up to GBP5 million (USD7.98 million) to develop the technology commercially.
For more information, visit http://carbontrust.co.uk/fuelcells.
Carbon Trust was set up by the UK Government in 2001 as an independent company to accelerate the move to a low-carbon economy and develop low-carbon technologies.
|Overhead handling and forklifts co-operate |
Charlotte, NC, United States
|It’s natural for people who have been around forklifts all their business lives to view this equipment as the best option for all lifting and moving tasks. However, a group of professionals associated with hoists, cranes and overhead conveyors wants to send the following message to the next generation of materials handling professionals: “Mature technologies can offer something new.”|
Take a tool and die operation, for example. While a forklift might often be used to deliver a die on a pallet to a tooling area, the Overhead Alliance wants materials handlers to know that setting the die into the machine might be better accomplished with an overhead lifting device.
The Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA), Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI) and Monorail Manufacturers Association (MMA) of the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) formed the Overhead Alliance in 2008 to reintroduce their technologies to a new generation of engineers, says Scott Miller, chair of the Alliance and vice president of operations for Harrington Hoist.
“Young engineering graduates may not be familiar with the technology of overhead lifting,” he says. “In the past, with single speed electric motors, speeds might have been too fast to lower a USD50,000 die into a machine. But with the advancement of dual speed and infinitely variable speed using variable frequency devices, there’s much better speed control today than 20 years ago and it’s downright common and available as standard equipment.”
Miller admits his industry has to prove a return on investment. He believes that as forklifts reach the end of their useful life, instead of replacing all of them, a case can be made for replacing one or two with an overhead lifting device. He adds that his Alliance will need to educate salespeople at material handling equipment distributors to help make that case. Will they buy into the Alliance’s message that it’s time to change some long-held beliefs about this equipment?
The rules have changed. That’s the theme the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) will be supporting next year. Liz Richards, executive vice president of MHEDA, tells Forkliftaction.com News that the economic challenges of the past year are forcing businesses to change in order to survive. The distributor must provide the customer with a total solution versus focusing on one piece of equipment.
“The customer landscape has changed due to a variety of factors, including consolidation,” she says. “Being flexible and innovative is critical. In today's marketplace, the MHEDA member understands the importance of identifying different business opportunities, depending on the customers' need and application."
To learn more about the Alliance’s case for overhead lifting and moving, visit www.OverheadAlliance.org.
|Still time to ride in a rodeo|
Springfield, OH, United States
|The 15th annual US Open Forklift Rodeo & Safety Expo, sponsored by the Springfield/Clark County Safety Council (SCCSC) and Forkliftaction.com, will take place on October 30-31 in Springfield, OH. Dick Higgins, president of Higgins Group Inc., has been the motivating force behind this event, and has even written a book about how to produce a rodeo. The purpose: to promote the safe and efficient operation of forklifts.|
“Safety has a major impact on the bottom line, just as efficiency does,” he says.
Teams of operators will not only drive their forklifts through obstacle courses and manipulate loads, but they’ll also take a written quiz to test their knowledge of safety and maintenance. Questions are customised to operators of order pickers, sit down counterbalance riders and the other vehicle classes.
Higgins reports that registration is filling up fast, but there is still time for a few more companies/teams to sign up. For more information, see the event website.
|Basic forklift training the Marine way|
Suffolk, VA, United States
|Col. Alan Will is a Marine on a mission and needs volunteers to help him execute it. His goal: to teach a new generation of warehousing professionals the skills to master forklifts. He’s working with Paul D. Camp Community College to develop a warehouse training program. He wants to make sure the distribution centres under construction near that growing logistics hub have access to a quality workforce that knows how to use forklifts productively and safely.|
His team has already identified a new facility with 8,000-12,000 sqft, (745-1,115 sqm), two dock doors, skylights, and good proximity to the transportation infrastructure. All they need now are funds to rent this facility for three years and the materials handling equipment to use in it.
“Our forklift training will include operation of counterbalance vehicles and reach trucks,” he explains. “Many of the firms already operating distribution centres in this region utilise reach trucks. We only need 4,000 lb (1,815 kg) capacity for our training.”
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|Dealer funds student space |
Addison, IL, United States
|Associated Material Handling has funded a new student lounge at the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Glendale Heights, in DuPage County, Illinois, to boost awareness of the materials handling industry.|
“We are grateful to Associated for generously sponsoring the lounge, which gives students a great place to study and relax,” says Pat Kellen, UTI Glendale Heights campus president.
“This is another example of how the strong relationships UTI has across all the industries it serves enhance our students’ experience and training, and provide diverse career opportunities for graduates,” he says.
Associated has had a history of hiring UTI graduates as field service technicians. To promote materials handling careers to emerging technicians, Associated offered to create the student lounge, which has nine workstations, computers with internet access, wireless capability for laptop users, a learning centre and flat screen TVs.
“For students, and the academic community, we hope this student lounge will create awareness for an industry in which career opportunities are endless,” says Michael B Romano, Associated’s CEO.
Established in 1960 in the Chicagoland area, Associated now serves customers from six locations covering six states in the upper midwest of the United States. It employs more than 300 people and represents Raymond narrow-aisle forklifts and related materials handling storage and picking solutions.
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|Task takes advantage of trends |
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
|Business at South Australian manufacturer Task Forklifts is going “gangbusters”, according to chief executive Ben Rainsford.|
He tells Forkliftaction.com News that, despite the slowdown in the economy, the company has successfully targeted businesses that are booming in difficult times and is quick to adapt its business to emerging trends.
“We’ve [just] secured a domestic contract to supply a customer in the alternative energy business and are currently delivering 36 forklifts,” he says.
The Cobra, a heavy-duty counterbalanced pedestrian forklift with power steering, is Task’s newest product (Forkliftaction.com News #416).
Also finding a niche is the company’s new pallet truck, the Sumi Mamba 2, which is now being supplied to clothing retailers across Australia.
Rainsford is critical of last week’s interest rate hike, arguing that it hurts asset sales. “Every time the rate goes up, the market’s confidence gets clipped a little.”
However, he says the company is benefitting from the tendency by some to hang onto materials handling equipment for longer. “We’ve had a strong focus on service and, as a result, our service and spare parts divisions have seen a huge spike in business.” Also improving dramatically is the company’s hire fleet business.
Looking ahead, Rainsford says Task has been approached by Austrade about exporting its products to an eastern Europe country, a project it will investigate over the next six to eight months.
|Toll expands express freight operations |
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Global logistics giant Toll Group has expanded its express freight operations, with the announcement this week that it has acquired one of Japan’s largest logistics companies, Footwork Express.|
Subject to regulatory approval, the acquisition will result in Toll, which already owns 36% of the company, paying a further AUD95 million for the remaining 64% shareholding.
“The control we will gain from the acquisition of the remaining equity will allow us to make the operational changes needed to secure the future success of Footwork within Japan and the region,” says Toll MD Paul Little.
Toll Group’s express service providers include Toll Ipec, Toll Priority, Toll Express and NQX Freight System.
|AUD100-million freight contract extended |
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
|Cobham Aviation Services Australia has won a AUD100-million extension to its freight contract with Australian air Express (AaE) to provide air freight services to eastern Australian ports.|
The contract, which extends to 2015, will see Cobham continuing to provide three low-noise aircraft and crews to fly high-priority overnight freight services connecting Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
The aircraft’s low-noise profile enables Cobham to operate scheduled airfreight services during curfew hours, ensuring delivery of critical overnight freight.
|New chairman for freight council |
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
|John McArdle, newly elected chairman of the South Australian Freight Council (SAFC), replaces Vincent Tremaine, who has stood down after almost seven years in the role.|
McArdle, general manager, corporate affairs, of Adelaide and Parafield Airports, is widely regarded in the aviation and freight transport industries. He has more than 40 years’ experience.
The SAFC is the state’s peak, multi-modal industry group and advises the federal and state governments on industry related issues. It is funded by both governments.
It represents road, rail, sea and air freight modes and operations and assists the industry on freight logistics issues across all modes.
Speaking at the council’s AGM last week, McArdle thanked Tremaine for his contribution to the council, which included overseeing the integration of three separate industry councils into a single, cross-modal freight council.
The SAFC executive committee now comprises:
• John McArdle, Adelaide Airport Ltd (chairman)
• Tony Grant, Shipping Information Agency (vice-chairman)
• Kevin English, International Trade Association of SA
• Gemma Gordon, SA Road Transport Association and Macklin Transport
• Damien White, Pacific National
• Lu Feltrin, Shipping Australia Ltd and CMA-CGM Australia
• John Warda, ABB Grain/Viterra
• Sherree Goldsworthy, nominee of the Minister for Transport
• Neil Murphy, SAFC (ex-officio)
|Employment expectations improve|
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Australia’s employment expectations are rising with 14% of businesses expecting to increase staff before Christmas, according to the latest business expectations survey from Dun & Bradstreet.|
This comes on the back of improvements in the employment market in the June quarter, which saw 11% of companies employ new staff.
Firms are also positive about the sales and profits outlook and are confident about increasing inventory levels and capital investment in the quarter ahead.
Christine Christian, D&B’s chief executive, says the rise in employment expectations is important.
“Employment intentions often have a significant impact on the long-term unemployment rate; therefore the drastic improvement in this index should play a critical role in helping reduce unemployment. After the 1991 recession, it took 11 years for unemployment to return to pre-recession levels, however, current expectations suggest the return to lower unemployment figures should occur more quickly this time around.”
About 40% of executives believe a slow growth in demand will be their biggest barrier to success in the year ahead. Funding shortages and access to skilled staff are also seen as barriers, with 20% and 10% of firms reporting these issues respectively as those most likely to impede growth.
|Container volumes head upwards |
Auckland, New Zealand, New Zealand
|Ports of Auckland has seen container volumes rise to 208,812 TEU in the July-September quarter, up 7% from the previous quarter.|
Despite the increase, volumes are still below 2008 levels, with total TEU for the July-September quarter down 5% year on year.
Managing director Jens Madsen says while some of the increase is attributable to normal seasonal fluctuations, the overall trend is heartening.
“In particular, we are seeing a gradual increase in full import container volumes. This is a good sign as we head into the traditional busy import season ahead of Christmas,” Madsen says.
“We anticipate a similar trend with export volumes over the coming months.”
Trans-shipment volumes, where containers destined for on-shipping to other New Zealand ports are routed through Auckland, were up 8% for the quarter, compared to 2008.
Car volumes, and break-bulk (non-containerised) and bulk volumes, were up 14.8% and 9.0% respectively from the April-June 2009 quarter, but were down 29% and 33% compared to last year.
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Store-All Warehousing Ltd stores a wide range of products for different companies under optimal conditions.
The company is extremely satisfied with its RollerForks®/Pallet Inverter combination – both of which were supplied by A.F. Engineering, Irish dealer for the Dutch manufacturer, MSE-Forks.
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|SMHCO is Now on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!! |
|In September, 2009 Systems Material Handling launched their new Social Networking Project. Social Networking is the new phrase that is being used to describe the online communities where information is shared publicly. Some examples of these networking sites are Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and MySpace. While Social Networking started as merely a forum for personal relationships in recent years this technology has moved into the business community.|
In an effort to always use innovative business practices SMH has started to use networking technology. SMH can be found on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The value for SMH customers is that it gives them the ability to find out more information on SMH and view the latest company news on their social network.
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|Yale VG Takes Internal Electric Counterbalance Forklift Trucks To New Heights |
|Following the successful launch of the VT and the VF electric powered forklift trucks, Yale continues its NexGen product introduction programme with the release of the VG cushion tyre series. |
Available in lifting capacities from 2,200kg to 3,500 kg, the VG series is a cushion tyre truck generally used in internal applications where lifting capacities are in excess of 2,000kg and space to manoeuvre is at a premium. Typical examples are engineering and industrial manufacturing; print facilities; paper and packaging manufacturers and distributors; as well as cross docking in warehouse and distribution applications.
All of the new features introduced on the VT and VF models are incorporated into the VG series with the key focus being on productivity and ergonomics.
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|Nissan Forklift’s Vice President, Sales & Marketing Retires |
|Marengo, Illinois – October 2009. Known to many in the Nissan Forklift family as the company cheerleader for his unending devotion to growing the Nissan brand for nearly 20 years, Mr. Nick Tortorich will be retiring from his post as Vice President, Sales and Marketing on October 30th, 2009.|
In 1968, Nick’s passion for sales led him to begin a career in the material handling industry, landing him two consecutive jobs with Chicago forklift dealerships that spanned nearly a quarter century. In 1992, Nick joined the Nissan team – then known as Nissan Industrial Equipment Corporation (NIEC) – as General Sales Manager in its Schaumburg, Illinois office. Just one year later, he was promoted to Director of National Sales and transferred to his new position in Nissan Forklift Corporation’s Marengo facility.
Nissan Forklift congratulates Nick Tortorich on his well-earned retirement. His significant contributions, positive attitude and friendship will be missed.
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|New Factory for Hytsu |
|HYTSU group has opened its third factory, with the launch of Shanghai T&U Forklifts Co, ltd, a facility for the manufacture of 1-10 ton internal combustion forklifts and 1-3.5 ton AC-powered forklifts, electric stackers and electric pallet trucks. The factory, with a production capacity of over 5,000 units annually, was officially opened at Eur. Industry Park, Fengxian, Shanghai, on 30th September 2009.|
The new capacity will add to the group’s annual production of 10,000 units.
The new company, the result of a CNY 30 million investment, consists of buildings covering 10,000 sqm on 20,000sqm of land. It includes a forklift assembly line, automatic vehicle testing systems, a product testing centre, an R&D testing centre and a modern logistics distribution centre.
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Editorial Calendar 2010
THE FORKLIFT MARKET IN THE USA
ATTACHMENTS: PALLET HANDLING
USED FORKLIFT DEALERS
THE FORKLIFT MARKET IN CHINA
MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT IN PORTS
THE FORKLIFT MARKET IN LATIN AMERICA
INDUSTRIAL TRYES AND WHEELS
BATTERIES AND CHARGERS
MATERIALS HANDLING IN EUROPE
WAREHOUSE COUNTER BALANCE FORKLIFTS