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This is issue #444 - 14 January 2010 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
Avesco opens new head office


Alta closes deals, projects 166% growth
NITCO broadens base, adds Hyster
Analysis predicts job losses for the UK
Canadian distributor adds wholly owned brand
Avesco opens new head office
Konecranes starts new statutory negotiations
Union, Central Grocers agree on pact
Inventor launches economical Palletcap
Sample of used equipment for sale
PSA reports nearly 10% decline in container volumes
JCB undertakes large training exercise
Product News
Flexi EURO carries components for top-end cars
Reach truck carries world champion

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Maximizing Floor Space no problem with Combilift USA and KOOI Reachforks®
In search of the oldest truck
Chaintec expands Midlands operations with move to larger premises
Innovation trumps slumps
Doubling up on Advantages with Aisle-Master

New Generation, New Expectation


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2010 begins on a positive note, with reports of expansion and growth in various markets. But, as usual, analysts caution us not to read too much into early successes. In fact, UK industry observer Plimsoll warns that dangers still lurk, especially for those companies which did whatever it took to get through the tough times. Some of the “growth at any cost” activity will come home to roost and Plimsoll predicts that many firms will be in trouble – and forced to cut jobs. It looks like another interesting year ahead ….

Alta closes deals, projects 166% growth
Wixom, MI, United States
A prominent Michigan-based forklift dealership has a new corporate identity, a newly purchased headquarters and at least three acquisitions to absorb.

Alta Equipment Co, formerly Alta Lift Truck Services Inc, moved about 1 mile (1.6 km) into a 67,000 sqft (6,030 sqm) building still in Wixom and added some operations of Mid-State Industrial Services Inc of Eaton Rapids, Michigan; Aurora Lift-Truck Service Inc of Montgomery, Illinois ( News #442); and Wolverine Tractor & Equipment Co of Byron Center, Michigan.

Apparently, Alta, a longtime Yale dealership, is not finished acquiring.

“We are in active discussions with United Lift Truck LP for two branches,” says Ryan Greenawalt, Alta vice president of business development. “We are not acquiring any (United) facilities.”

Bellwood, Illinois-based United Lift Truck has operated since 1963, is an authorised dealer of Hyster forklifts and Genie aerial lifts and has Chicago market sites in west suburban Bellwood and south suburban Lansing.

“We are the Hyster dealer in the Chicago market,” Greenawalt notes. Nacco Material Handling Group Inc appointed Alta as the Hyster dealer in the western Michigan and Chicago markets, effective from 1 January.

“We are very pleased to see the merger of Alta and Mid-State to create a strong dealer representing both Hyster and Yale brands in western Michigan,” says Colin Wilson, chief operating officer and president, Americas for NMHG. “We are equally pleased to have Alta move into Chicago as the Hyster brand representative and feel that the dealership will do a great job serving the needs of current and future Hyster customers in that market.”

NMHG is moving toward selective geographic dealership consolidations in North America for its Hyster and Yale brands.

Wilson notes that existing Yale dealerships—YES Equipment & Services of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and Itasca, Illinois; Voss Equipment Inc of Harvey and Hillside, Illinois; and Fitzgerald Equipment Company Inc of Rockford and Mackinaw, Illinois—will continue to represent Yale in the Chicago market.

Including the additional businesses, Alta projects 2010 sales of USD120 million, up 166% from USD45 million last year and employment of 370 persons including 200 service technicians, up from 185 including 100 technicians.

Alta needs to deal with overlapping forklift sales and service locations in western Michigan. “We have duplication in Grand Rapids, Battle Creek and Lansing,” Greenawalt says.

In earlier deals in Michigan, Alta acquired the assets of Detroit Forklift in April 2009 and Van’s Industrial Equipment Co in October 2008.

In a separate market niche, Alta reached an agreement to acquire certain assets of Wolverine Tractor including a Byron Center building and from Volvo Construction Equipment North America Inc, a business unit of Gotherburg, Sweden-based AB Volvo.

As a result, Alta is the authorised dealer for construction equipment makers Volvo, Gomaco, Sennebogen, Mauldin and Link-Belt Cranes in the state of Michigan. In restructuring its organisation, Alta formed a construction division and a separate industrial equipment division for the forklift-related operations.

Alta was formed in 1984 and recently received its eighth Yale “dealer of excellence” award.

In an unrelated development in November, Yale dealer YES moved its Illinois location about 10 miles (16 km) to a 54,000 sqft (4,860 sqm) site in Itasca from smaller quarters in Rosemont.
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NITCO broadens base, adds Hyster
Wilmington, MA, United States
Northland Industrial Truck Co Inc (NITCO) has gained access to the Connecticut market and added a New Hampshire site with its 1 January acquisition of Hyster New England Inc assets ( News #442) from Charlie Haywood.

Historically a Yale outlet, NITCO is now a “dual-branded dealer (including Hyster) in certain marketplaces,” Stephen O’Leary tells News. O’Leary is president, chief executive officer and dealer principal of Wilmington-based NITCO.

NITCO staff members’ “professionalism and passion, combined with their ability to provide material handling solutions of the highest quality will certainly enhance the customer experience,” says Bob Sattler, vice president of dealer business development for Nacco Materials Handling Group Inc (NMHG). “We would like to thank Hyster New England, its ownership and its employees for their 30 years of dedication to the Hyster brand.”

NMHG appointed NITCO as the Hyster dealer for Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and parts of Vermont and Massachusetts. NITCO continues as the Yale dealer in Maine, New Hampshire and part of Massachusetts.

NMHG is moving toward selective geographic dealership consolidations in North America for its Hyster and Yale brands.

O’Leary says NITCO took a temporary 90-day lease on Hyster New England’s Berlin, Connecticut facility and may pursue a long-term arrangement.

In Concord, New Hampshire, NITCO took occupancy of a 15,000 sqft (1,350 sm) facility representing an improvement on a previous Hyster New England site in that state’s capital city. A Concord presence gives NITCO better market access, O’Leary notes. “Previously, we did New Hampshire (business) from Massachusetts.”

O’Leary says NITCO will not occupy either the former Hyster New England headquarters in North Billerica, Massachusetts or a Hyster New England facility in Scarborough, Maine.

NITCO employs 234 and, going forward, has operations in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and Lewiston, Maine in addition to the Wilmington, Berlin and Concord locations.

Other Yale dealers within the expanded NITCO market include M&G Materials Handling Co of East Providence, Rhode Island and Industrial Trucks Inc. of North Haven, Connecticut.
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Analysis predicts job losses for the UK
Stockton, United Kingdom
The UK forklift industry is on the road to recovery but more jobs will be lost along the way, according to the latest research by Plimsoll.

David Pattison, author of the 2010 Plimsoll Analysis, says the global recession has forced “growth at all cost” business operators to abandon their reckless strategies and many are now in trouble.

His analysis predicts that 1,000 jobs will be shed for companies to return to profitability and remain competitive in 2010. “With the average sales per employee figure down to GBP160,000 (USD258,539), employees need to contribute more to the recovery of their companies – if you still have a job, expect to work harder in 2010.”

“[About] GBP344 million (USD555.9 million) of profit has been wiped from the market in the last year and employers have no choice but to cut their cloth accordingly and get more from their resources,” Pattison adds.

The study names 76 UK forklift companies that are ripe for a takeover or merger.

“For many struggling companies, a buy-out may be the quickest route to get the company back on an even keel. Inevitably, this will further increase job losses as new owners would quickly look for efficiency gains and [synergies],” Pattison says. News readers who quote reference PR/SD33 can get a GBP50 (USD80.80) discount on the 2010 Plimsoll Analysis. Call +44 1642 626 400 for details.
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Canadian distributor adds wholly owned brand
Thorold, ON, Canada
Canadian Forklift Distributors Ltd (CFDL) has launched the Stärke Material Handling Group as a new division.

The Stärke brand is a wholly owned CFDL trade name.

CFDL general manager Jim Chesla notes that Stärke means “strength” in German and says that word “truly represents the Stärke forklift product”. Models in the line are available with cushion or pneumatic tyres, a Nissan, GM, Kubota, Cummins or Perkins engine (internal combustion or electric options) and Cascade and other components.

CFDL contracted with an unidentified third party for manufacturing purposes and, effective from 1 January, makes the forklifts and pallet trucks available in Canada through its nationwide network of dealerships.

CFDL intends to introduce the Stärke line in the United States later in 2010 and begin development of a US dealer network.

The equipment’s lifting range at this time is 3,000-22,000 lbs (1,350-9,000 kg).

Models include the Stärke Professional and Elite Series of internal combustion forklifts, the Stärke Energy Series lineup of AC electric forklifts, the Stärke LiftMaxx line of industrial, narrow-aisle and electric pallet trucks and walkie straddle stackers, and the Stärke Pallet Boss line of manual pallet trucks.

Thorold-based CFDL employs 21 staff and has relationships with more than 35 independently owned dealerships, with the strongest concentration in the company’s home province of Ontario.

In addition to the Stärke group, other CFDL divisions represent the forklift line from Anhui Heli Co Ltd, of Hefei, China; rough-terrain forklifts from Master Craft Industrial Equipment of Tifton Georgia; the narrow-aisle warehouse line of E-P Equipment Co Ltd of Xiacheng, China; MD-brand attachments from Mo Doo Industry Co Ltd of Seoul, South Korea; tyres from L-Guard International Enterprise Ltd of Qingdao, China; and forks from Vision Manufacturing Inc Ltd of Zhejiang, China. Other CFDL divisions include the on-line Material Handling Express service and the Canadian Forklift Wholesale business unit.

Chesla reports: “The Heli forklift line will remain a dependable but economical option for our market. The Stärke Professional will offer improved sightlines and ergonomics and a more maintenance-free design. Moving up, the (Stärke) Elite has a very attractive and modern design, excellent sightlines and operator comfort that is driven by the standard anti-vibration and anti-shock cab design with full suspension seat option.”

CFDL-affiliated dealers can obtain financing and leasing services in Canada through the Burlington, Ontario-based unit of Marubeni Corporation subsidiary CoActiv Capital Partners Inc.
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Avesco opens new head office
Langenthal, Switzerland
Yale’s sole authorised dealer in Switzerland, Avesco AG, has opened a new head office for its materials handling division.

Located at the group’s headquarters in Langenthal, the 6,100 sqm (65,660 sqft) premises, named “Visavis”, consists of offices, workshops and a state-of-the-art showroom.

Avesco CEO Stefan Sutter says the dealer has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Yale. “We took the decision to build the new head office for our materials handling division 18 months ago as an investment in our future.”

Sutter adds that the new facility reflects the company’s image as a materials handling specialist.

Yale EMEA managing director Frank Ulbricht was at the facility’s official launch to provide guests with a preview of Yale’s new VL electric counterbalance forklift series.

Avesco has been distributing Yale materials handling equipment for the past 26 years. It currently employs 45 people and manages about 7,000 units of materials handling equipment.
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Konecranes starts new statutory negotiations
Hyvinkää, Finland
Konecranes has started new statutory negotiations for possible temporary and permanent layoffs in Konecranes Service Corporation, Finland.

The company says the measure was taken to combat continuing weak demand for maintenance services in the Finnish market. It is estimated that up to 15 employees could lose their jobs.

Previous Konecranes Service Corporation statutory negotiations ended on 5 June 2009, resulting in 10 employees losing their jobs and other temporary layoffs.

Konecranes Service Corporation offers service solutions for cranes, port equipment and machine tools. It currently has about 620 employees.

Konecranes had estimated a reduction of about 1,600 employees for the group in 2009. Most recently, 21 employees were laid off at Hyvinkää-based Konecranes Plc and Konecranes Finance Corp in the last quarter of 2009 ( News #443).
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Union, Central Grocers agree on pact
Joliet, IL, United States
Union members including about 100 forklift operators in a Joliet warehouse of Central Grocers Inc adopted a three-year contract on  9 January and stepped back from a threatened strike.

Each of the 335 members of International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) local 703 is eligible for a one-time USD500 signing bonus, says Chuck Murdoch, president of the IBT local. The vote was 143 to 32 among those members in attendance for the local 703 balloting.

In early December, the workers rejected a proposed five-year contract, terminated an agreement extending the previous contract beyond 30 April 2009 and authorised a strike. At that time, Central Grocers indicated it needed to gradually phase in productivity standards for the distribution centre’s forklift operators in order to compete effectively with major grocery outlets such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc of Bentonville, Arkansas and Meijer Inc of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Further negotiations led to an agreement on wage increases of 5.7% to 7.8%, additional personal days or floating holidays and more vacation pay. The benefits vary depending on a worker’s seniority and years of service.

The agreement is retroactive to 1 May with first-year per-hour increases of 55 cents in wages, 80 cents in pension benefits and 10 cents into a personal severance-fund account.

Murdoch says separate negotiations on a 15-member produce warehouse bargaining unit at Central Grocers will begin in mid-January.

Central Grocers invested about USD90 million for land, construction and infrastructure in establishing its new corporate headquarters, freezer/cooler space and ambient warehouse in Joliet. An opening ceremony was held in March ( News #404).

For the new location, Central Grocers purchased 219 fuel cell-powered Yale pallet trucks, reach trucks, counterbalance stand-ups and counterbalance forklifts with the intention to retire 170 battery-powered forklifts through YES Equipment & Services of Itasca, Illinois. Initial deliveries involved about 150 tuggers with other equipment slated for delivery in early 2010.

The unionised operation was moved about 40 miles (64 km) from Franklin Park, Illinois. “We represented the workers in Franklin Park for about 30 years,” Murdoch notes.

As of mid-December, Central Grocers employed 425 staff including some workers from its May 2008 absorption of Certified Grocers Inc of Hodgkins, Illinois.

Central Grocers supplies about 225 independent businesses operating 450 stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin.
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Inventor launches economical Palletcap
Cannock, United Kingdom
The Staffordshire inventor who claims his cardboard cone has saved the global materials handling industry millions in damaged stock has launched a new, cost-effective version of the Palletcap.

Inventor and former pallet distribution manager Hayley Shirley says with over 750,000 Palletcaps sold, the product’s manufacturer can now achieve economies of scale for companies who bulk buy the product.

“We have achieved this by removing much of the outer packaging, and reducing flood printing and labour costs,” Shirley explains.

Eco-Cap, selling for 45p (USD0.73) a unit, is a new version of the cardboard cone which, when stacked on pallets, provides a visual warning and physical obstacle to accidental stacking on fragile goods.

The new product has been trialled with a variety of Palletcap users, including distribution specialist Mitchells of Mansfield.

Managing director Andy Mitchell says the Eco-Cap has saved the company money and has proven to be every bit as effective as the Palletcap.

Shirley estimates the original 62p (USD1) cardboard cone has saved the global materials handling industry an estimated GBP40 million (USD64.8 million) in damaged stock. It is now a familiar sight in warehouses worldwide and has won an array of awards including the Fork Lift Truck Association’s 2005 award for excellence in safety ( News #222).
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PSA reports nearly 10% decline in container volumes
PSA International Pte Ltd has reported that it handled 56.93 million TEUs at its port projects around the world for 2009.

The group’s handling volume represents a 9.9% decline from 2008, with PSA Singapore Terminals contributing 25.14 million TEUs (-13.1%) and PSA terminals outside Singapore handling 31.78 million TEUs (-7.1%).

A sharp contraction in world trade last year brought on the first-ever decline in PSA’s global container throughput.

PSA International group CEO Eddie Teh says 2009 was a year of “unprecedented hardship and challenges” for the port and shipping industries.

“The global economic downturn and massive slump in global trade caused a dramatic drop in demand for container shipping,” Teh says.

He explains that PSA took measures in 2009 to reset its capacity needs and reduce operating costs. “We will continue to work very closely with all our customers through these difficult times.”
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JCB undertakes large training exercise
Rocester, United Kingdom
JCB has partnered with Derby College’s skills solutions provider, Corporate College, to enhance the skills of over 600 of its employees.

Graeme Macdonald, JCB’s group managing director for business operations, says the initiative tackles the continuing effects of the global economic downturn.

“We need to face the challenges posed by the economic climate head-on, and improving skills levels, which makes us more efficient, productive and knowledgeable, is key to being successful now and in the future when recovery arrives,” Macdonald explains.

Last week, shopfloor employees from JCB’s Rocester headquarters spent four weeks participating in workshops held at Uttoxeter Racecourse on team leading, problem solving, performing manufacturing operations, business improvement techniques, numeracy and literacy, and management.

Andrew Rice, 38, a welder in the Backhoe Loader Business Unit, says the workshops inspired him to enhance his qualifications at a local college or learning online. “During the literacy course, the tutors picked up that I was mildly dyslexic. I’d had an inkling that I may be dyslexic, but this means I can now go away and get more support,” he explains.

Dave Beech, an assembler in the Loadall Business Unit, says: “It’s been very useful as well as bringing the lads together. The team building has been good and everyone has got involved and joined in.”

Corporate College business development director April Hayhurst says JCB has set an example for other companies. “[JCB] has thoroughly committed to up-skilling their workforce to meet future skills needs when the market returns to some normality. The company is to be commended.”

Last year, JCB undertook a training program that involved over 2,000 employees from its Midlands’ and Wales factories, with plants in Rocester, Cheadle, Uttoxeter, Wrexham, Rugeley and Derbyshire participating.

Corporate College delivered the training for the Rocester employees, with colleges in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Burton, Walsall, Lichfield and Tamworth delivering similar training to the other staff.
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Konecranes outsources data centre services
Hyvinkää, Finland

Hewlett Packard will operate Konecranes’ data centre services under a seven-year agreement.
Konecranes’ data centre services include the hosting of application servers, back-up equipment and databases. Konecranes CIO Antti Koskelin says the agreement will enable Konecranes to offer a standardised solution for IT data services.
“This new arrangement will also give us the opportunity to operate world-class business applications,” he says. The project will start this year and be implemented by 2012.

AWPT offers free stickers
Des Plaines, IL, United States

The American Work Platform Training (AWPT) subsidiary of the International Powered Access Federation is offering free stickers to promote workplace safety.
The stickers, placed on aerial work platforms or mast climbing work platforms, remind operators that they have to be properly trained to operate the equipment.
AWPT hopes that the voluntary program will result in increased awareness of the need for operators to be trained before using work platforms. For more information, go to
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Cargotec launches new reach stacker
Stockholm, Sweden

Cargotec has added the Kalmar DRF420-450L, which is suitable for terminals with medium capacity, to its reach stacker range.
Cargotec vice president for reach stackers Mikael Persson says the new machine meets the needs of new customers that do not have the operational requirements that are offered with current models.
“The new model has an excellent level of total cost of ownership. It has low operating costs especially regarding energy consumption and maintenance costs,” Persson adds.

Jungheinrich introduces counterbalance trucks
Hamburg, Germany

Jungheinrich has introduced the new 3-Series counterbalance forklifts that feature the same hydrostatic drive technology as its 4-Series range.
Jungheinrich claims that unlike other forklifts with hydrostatic drive currently on the market, its hydrostatic drive components have been specifically designed for forklift use.
Powered by Volkswagen engines, the new 3-Series is promoted as offering “class-leading fuel efficiency, productivity, safety and reliability”.

Hyster launches new electric forklifts
Fleet, United Kingdom

Hyster Europe has extended its JXN range to include 2.2, 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 tonne electric counterbalance forklifts for indoor and outdoor operation.
The company claims the new JXN forklifts move more loads while using less energy than its competitors.
David Rowell, Hyster European operations manager, says the forklifts “maintain powerful performance over a full shift with travel speeds up to 21km/h (13mph) and have energy efficiencies that exceed the industry average”.
The new models are available in the Advance and Advance+ configurations, the latter designed for intensive, high productivity applications with long runs and high lifts.
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Flexi EURO carries components for top-end cars
Tipton, United Kingdom
Narrow Aisle Ltd has won a contract to supply Flexi EURO articulated forklifts to automotive component supplier Magna Intier’s Leipzig factory.

The Flexi EURO has a compact chassis and narrow front axle, allowing it to work in aisles as narrow as 1.6 metres (5.3 feet). It can lift 1,800kgs (3,968lbs), with lift heights of over 8 metres (26 feet), making it suitable for facilities where space is at a premium. Its treaded cushion rubber tyres make it suitable for working indoors and outdoors.

The forklift’s compact dimensions and ability to work inside the warehouse and the factory, and outside to unload incoming deliveries, enable it to do the work of a counterbalance forklift and reach truck.

This has reduced Magna Intier’s forklift fleet operating costs and increased its storage capacity by 25%.

Magna Intier is using the Flexi forklifts to deliver components from an on-site warehouse to the production line. The company provides component parts and other services to a range of top-end car manufacturers including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Aston Martin.

According to Narrow Aisle, Magna Intier is the latest German manufacturing company to have ordered Flexi forklifts. Other companies include Brose, a supplier of outsourced assembly services to car manufacturers; Robert Brosch, a manufacturer and supplier of automotive technology, consumer goods and industrial technology products; and Heidelberg, a printing machinery provider.
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Reach truck carries world champion
Xiamen, China
A Linde R14S reach truck participated in the launch of the Xiamen International Marathon early this month.

The reach truck lifted Bai Xue to complete the marathon’s torch-lighting ceremony. Bai, 20, was the winner of the 2009 World Championships Women’s Marathon held in Berlin, and the youngest women’s world marathon champion. She is also China’s first athlete to win a marathon in the World Championships.

CEO of Linde (China), CP Quek, who flagged off the marathon runners, said the forklift company was honoured to contribute to the prestigious international sporting event.

After the torch ceremony, the Linde reach truck provided Xiamen Daily and Xiamen TV with an elevated platform to record the event.
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Australasian news will return in February.
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Maximizing Floor Space no problem with Combilift USA and KOOI Reachforks®
As well as a variety of chassis sizes, mast heights, platform lengths and power options, the choice of forks naturally plays a crucial role in the customization process. MSE-Forks works closely with Combilift design engineers to supply a range of KOOI-ReachForks® which are making a valuable contribution to safer product handling and better utilization of floor space for Combilift customers worldwide.

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In search of the oldest truck
Widely recognised as introducing the very first electric powered low lift platform truck to the European market, Yale is searching for the oldest Yale forklift truck or pallet truck, still in operation today, to mark its 90th anniversary year in 2010. Yale is offering a trip to the Big Apple in return for information on the oldest Yale forklift truck or pallet truck still in operation*.

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Chaintec expands Midlands operations with move to larger premises
Chaintec, the country’s leading supplier of leaf chain to the forklift truck replacement market, is further expanding its footprint in the UK with the move of its existing Midlands business to larger, purpose built premises at Bentley Bridge Business Park, Wednesfield, West Midlands.  The new offices, open on Monday 4th January 2010, can be contacted on Tel: +44 (0)1902 307777.

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Innovation trumps slumps
Innovation, Innovation, innovation: The business model that my father, Freddy Brown, inventor of the Bendi forklift, has always espoused and which underlies his stunning success. “Give the customer more through the product design than is available from any other solution and you’ll add value to their business,” he said. It is a maxim that many other engineering firms failed to grasp and so have passed into history.

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Doubling up on Advantages with Aisle-Master
A combination of two AC electric powered Aisle-Master articulated forklifts fitted with telescopic forks and a double-deep storage system is enabling North of England based Walkers Transport to make maximum use of its warehousing facilities in Leeds.

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New Generation, New Expectation
Two months after the relocation to new plant facility, HANGCHA now is proud to formally launch the new generation, XF Series, to global market. XF series is more than just good looking, although the XF is the best looking generation ever in HANGCHA 35 years of production. With the design concept of “Simple, Solid, Smart”, the XF series, which is produced from extensive research and improved through thousands of tests, represent a true solution to different needs.

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"Speed, turning a corner too sharply, too abruptly is the biggest cause of forklift tipovers, especially when the truck is empty. If people would slow down when turning, we can eliminate many tipovers. It always amazes me on how many people out there believe, either because they have been taught, or merely assumed, the a forklift is more stable empty, hence they can drive faster without a load. So, if we work on the root of the problem, then maybe we can lessen the amount of tipovers."
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"So far, it seems as though the Yale dealers are looking to gobble up the Hyster dealers. If someone would have told me 10 years ago that this was going to happen, I would have thought that they were out of their ever loving mind."
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Editorial Calendar 2009

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
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