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There are some interesting market insights in this week’s newsletter, as we report an unchanged top-three line-up in the latest ranking of forklift manufacturers. Toyota retains the top spot, followed by KION and Jungheinrich.
There are also some fascinating observations from ambitious Chinese maker, Anhui Forklift, which predicts that China will produce 300,000 forklifts this year, of which Anhui will account for 80,000. That’s not bad for a company which doesn’t even rank in the top 20.

Salta expands logistics services to meet demand Australasia News
Melbourne, Victoria Salta Properties has struck an agreement with Qube Logistics to operate the site assets of Victoria Dock and to implement Salta’s inland transport hub strategy. Qube is Australia’s largest... [more]
Forklifts integral to factory’s finish Australasia News
Perth, Western Australia One of Australia’s largest powder-coating companies is using Toyota 8-series forklifts in an environment where quality of finish is critical. Supacoat specialises in powder coating large items such as... [more]
Forum will focus on intermodal freight Australasia News
Sydney, New South Wales The need for efficient, effective and seamless intermodal freight in Australia comes under the spotlight at the upcoming ALC Forum taking place from 28-30 March in Sydney. Discussions will... [more]
Freight forwarder to invest $15 million in new facility Australasia News
Brisbane, Queensland DHL has announced plans to invest $15 million in a purpose-built facility at Brisbane Airport. The new facilities form part of its 10-year strategic initiative to invest in growth for... [more]
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Yang: Chinese forklift production to hit 300,000 units
CHINA The general manager of a leading Chinese forklift manufacturer predicts that China will produce at least 300,000 forklifts this year. Anhui Forklift Group Co Ltd’s Yang An’guo says that... [more]
Top three hold onto spots in world ranking
GERMANY The top three forklift manufacturers remain unchanged in dhf-intalogistik’s latest world ranking list of industrial truck makers, while Chinese manufacturers are approaching the Top 10 ( News #499).... [more]
Fuel cell venture HyPulsion targets European market
UNITED STATES Plug Power Inc of Latham and Axane SA of Sassenage, France completed formation in February of a joint venture targeting the European market for fuel cell-powered forklift trucks. The... [more]
Briggs profit grows 10-fold
UNITED KINGDOM Despite difficult trading conditions, Briggs Equipment says its annual profit grew from GBP300,000 (USD470,740) in 2010 to GBP3 million (USD4.7 million) in 2011. Turnover for the period increased by 17%.... [more]
Lilly pays NMHG in settlement
UNITED STATES Forklift dealer Lilly Co has paid more than USD500,000 as part of a negotiated settlement with equipment manufacturer Nacco Materials Handling Group Inc (NMHG). NMHG, through its Yale Materials... [more]
Luka Koper orders three more
FINLAND Konecranes has received an order for three rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Slovenian port operator Luka Koper. This is the crane manufacturer’s seventh RTG crane delivery to Luka Koper,... [more]
Product News
Mitsubishi’s EDIA EM - Reading, United Kingdom
Warehouse simulator used in Dubai - Fleet, United Kingdom
Reach truck makes debut - Stuttgart, Germany
Jungheinrich adds to engine and electric range - Hamburg, Germany
Cargotec introduces SmartPower - Helsinki, Finland [more]
Crown turret truck series offers advantages
UNITED STATES Crown Equipment Corp is marketing new MonoLift mast-equipped turret trucks that Crown says have faster lift speeds, more capacities at higher elevations and greater operator control and comfort. The... [more]
Movers & Shakers
Toyota Material Handling Europe, Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association [more]
MHEDA gears up for Miami Beach convention
UNITED STATES “Re-Imagine Your Business” is the theme for MHEDA’s 57th annual convention on  5-9 May in Miami Beach, Florida. Jerry Weidmann, president of Brookfield, Wisconsin-based Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp,... [more]
FLTA takes pro-active stand with wear-and-tear guide
UNITED KINGDOM The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has produced a booklet to establish best practice guidelines for forklift hire. The “Fair Wear and Tear” guide that is exclusively available through... [more]
Chance to win tablet at Big Bang Fair
UNITED KINGDOM Students stand a chance to win a tablet computer when they visit the BITA Academy’s stand at the 2012 Big Bang Fair in Birmingham’s NEC this week. The academy’s... [more]
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MSE-FORKS introduces an electric pallet truck with integrated ROLLERFORKS®, which makes it possible to dispense with the pallet during road transport. This eliminates the costs of sending back empty pallets and the associated physical and administrative procedures. [more]
Rocla AGV increases safety in VNA warehouse application
Rocla offers an effective automated solution to increases safety and reduce operating costs in VNA warehouse applications. Using Rocla AGVs in VNA warehouses minimizes the risk of incorrect load handling. [more]
Explosionproof conversions Made in Italy - Sole 24 ore reports
Miretti SpA, explosionproof conversion world leader” - Sole 24 ore: Italian example of passion and know-how. [more]
UN Forklift’s new diesel forklift trucks
UN Forklift’s new diesel forklift trucks are equipped with a Smoke Purification Device to eliminate particulate matter in the discharge of diesel engines effectively. The device transforms toxic gas into harmless carbon dioxide and water vapour, minimizing environmental impacts.
DOOSAN reach out at Logimat 2012
Doosan has launched its latest reach truck, the BR-7 at this month’s LogiMat exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany. Visitors were able to try out the new reach truck as well as discuss other developments in products and services for 2012. [more]
Strong support for the 15th Annual BC Championship Forklift Rally
Most forklift competitions work from a grassroots level and the BC Championship Forklift Rally is no different. One of the things that is proud and able to do is to support these types of events with marketing support. [more]
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