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A couple of months ago, we examined the big guns of the forklift arsenal in the first part of our two-part Heavy Lift feature. This week, we include the second instalment, looking at some global trends and developments.
It's clear from the report that these big guys warrant serious attention. They're more expensive to purchase, do a bigger job and are generally relied upon more than their lighter counterparts. So there's a strong emphasis on reliability and support.
End-users, no doubt, have big expectations from these machines - and the suppliers have a lot to live up to.
|This Week's Feature|
FROM THE FORKLIFTACTION.COM EDITORIAL TEAM
Thinking big - heavy forklifts move forward
What makes heavy lift forklifts (10-50T) different from their smaller counterparts? Obviously, heavy forklifts are different by virtue of their sheer size, capability and, of course, price - but essentially there are four main characteristics - working environment, workload, adaptability and the close relationship which forms between manufacturer/dealer and end-user. In the second part of Forkliftaction.com News’ special feature on heavy forklifts, Melissa Barnett looks at recent innovations and future trends for the leviathan of materials handling. [Read the full report]
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|Safety week targets all working Australians Australasia News|
Canberra, ACT Safe Work Australia chair Tom Phillips has called for nominations for the 2012 ‘safety ambassador of the year’ award.
“This year, national Safe Work Australia Week will be celebrated... [more]
|New project unites rival NZ ports Australasia News|
Auckland Port rivals Port of Tauranga and Ports of Auckland are launching a single container management portal called PortConnect to increase supply chain efficiencies.
“With this project, we have buried... [more]
|New facility for freight specialist Australasia News|
Sydney, New South Wales Development has begun on freight specialist DHL Global Forwarding’s new $45.8 million facility in Sydney.
The investment will combine its two existing Sydney sites into a new 19,619 sqm... [more]
|Call for papers for supply chain conference Australasia News|
Sydney, New South Wales Submissions for supply chain and logistics event, Smart Conference & Expo, close on 1 October 2012.
Supply chain professionals, experts and academics are encouraged to submit papers on:... [more]
|Global News||FROM THE FORKLIFTACTION.COM EDITORIAL TEAM|
|Nacco declares dividend as prelude to spin-off|
UNITED STATES The board of directors of Nacco Industries Inc has declared a stock dividend of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc shares as a prelude to a spin-off of the business to shareholders.... [more]
|Accrediting bodies unite under ABA|
UNITED KINGDOM The representatives of the UK’s four main accrediting bodies that cover forklift operator training have agreed to form the Accrediting Bodies Association (ABA).
In 1988, the first code of... [more]
|Canute invests in forklift transporter fleet|
UNITED KINGDOM A new fleet of 11 custom-built forklift trailers will cover over 80,000 km (49,710 mi.) a year for Barloworld Handling’s 17 regional support centres in the UK.
The new... [more]
|Importer wants to expand network|
UNITED KINGDOM The UK importer of Italian-branded, tracked forklifts is seeking industry specialists to grow its regional dealer network.
APS, based in Upton, near Huntingdon, is the exclusive UK importer for... [more]
|Cornil, Rowan plan succession for Sunbelt, Narrow Aisle|
UNITED STATES Warren Cornil and Bill Rowan have formed SBNA Holdings Inc for ownership of operating entities Sunbelt Industrial Trucks and Narrow Aisle Inc and, simultaneously, established an employee stock ownership plan... [more]
|Alta acquisition boosts service in northern Michigan|
UNITED STATES Alta Equipment Co acquired the assets of Northern Michigan Equipment Co in Traverse City from Jeff Dohm on 12 September. Terms were not disclosed.
The Traverse City site will... [more]
|One-machine solution for tower manufacturer|
IRELAND Combilift has helped Danish Andresen Towers address the logistical challenges in manufacturing and moving extreme lengths of product, which form the basis of Andresen’s new tower construction.
Andresen Towers... [more]
Linde (China) promotes forklifts on TV
- Xiamen, China
Forklift firm gets green gong
- Skelmersdale, United Kingdom
Future of load handling at IAA
- Hannover, Germany
CeMAT held biennially now
- Hannover, Germany [more]
|Movers & Shakers|
European Materials Handling Federation, FleetNet America Inc, Clark Material Handling Company, [more]
|Carrying away own pickup goes awry for equipment operator|
UNITED STATES Police say Donald Smith, 30, used a stolen John Deere-brand front-end loader with forks to break into the Stop-N-Go Auto Repair shop and carry away his pickup truck early on... [more]
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|Meclift variable reach trucks - attachments for various lift tasks|
Meclift variable reach trucks are available exclusively in Africa from materials handling specialists, Big Lift Trucks. These machines are designed for swift, efficient and safe goods and equipment handling in diverse industries. [more]
|The Omega Heavy Trucks Range delivers productivity and comfort|
Designed and manufactured in Australia by Clark Equipment, Omega Heavy Trucks are distributed across the globe, operating in ports, heavy industries and other applications within South Pacific, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America. [more]
|New Maximal “A” Series Forklift: Engineering for the driver|
The new Maximal “A” series forklifts will be launched at the end of 2012 and focuses on improved comfort and safety for drivers, with lower noise levels, less vibration, and every small detail carefully designed with the driver experience in mind. [more]
|The right forks for heavy forklifts|
Scana Booforge, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of large and customized fork arms, is focusing in the heavier segment and assures the design and quality which a large fork requires in order to withstand the heavy wear and tear. [more]
|Introducing Forkliftcenter B.V.|
As a result of continuously expanding over the past 10 years Forkliftcenter, a brand-independent company, is considered one of the world’s leading companies in the field of trading forklifts, reachstackers, container handling & port equipment. [more]
|BIGForks for BIG forklift trucks|
VETTER offers a full range of QualityForks “made in Germany” from 1 ton up to 120 tons. The engineering service offers comprehensive know-how of forks and designs the best possible fork using finite element analysis and in-house testing facilities. [more]
|A New Tire Design for High Demand & Extreme Duty Heavy Lift Equipment Customers|
Superior Tire & Rubber Corp. manufactures heavy-duty tire and wheel assemblies for the material handling, road construction and mining industries with more than 25 in-house elastomeric compounds. They produce all associated components that could be used with a tire and wheel assembly. [more]
|Linde Heavy Truck Division recently unveiled New Products at The Port of Minden|
Linde Heavy Truck Division has demonstrated its leading position in the Heavy Fork Lift and Container Handling Equipment by unveiling a wide range of new machines, the new Linde Barge Handler and the prototype Heavy-Load Forklift Truck 1401. [more]
|RadarEye offers added safety by combining sight and detection|
Orlaco’s RadarEye camera and monitor system provides the driver with maximum visibility around his forklift truck. The innovative RadarEye supplements the visibility solution by sounding active alarms to the operator when there is something or someone behind the forklift truck. [more]
|Adaptalift Hyster’s H36-48XM(S)-12 Forklift Series makes a great truck even better|
Adaptalift Hyster’s next generation forklift series offers maximum flexibility for a range of heavy-duty applications, are ideally suited to steel, quarrying, mining and port applications and have the benefit of Tier 4i/Stage IIIB compliance and low fuel consumption. [more]
|RAEDER-VOGEL®: German Manufacturer of Premium Quality Wheels, Tires, and Castors for Heavy Forklifts|
RAEDER-VOGEL® is the renowned specialist manufacturer of premium quality wheels, press-on tires, and castors for all demanding and heavy-duty applications. OEM manufacturers around the world rely on our wheels and castors for their standard and custom-built heavy forklifts. [more]
|EP launches new Counterbalanced Electric Stacker|
The new EP Counterbalanced Electric Stacker features AC technology in a compact and flexible design, with the ability to handle loads just like a sit-down rider truck, but at a lower purchase price and with significantly lower operating costs. [more]
|The success of the Kalmar DCG 90-180 continues|
Cargotec’s new DCG90-180 range of Kalmar lift trucks promise to deliver improvements in fuel efficiency, safety, serviceability and ergonomics while reducing environmental impact. With capacities ranging from 9-18 tonnes - it’s the first of Kalmar’s G generation material handling equipment. [more]
|SHANGLi targets European heavy electric forklift market |
Today, Shangli launches a new 5 ton electric forklift. With more than two years’ experience in application, the Shangli CPD40/45/50 electric forklift betters the best performance in special applications of diesel and LPG forklifts with the same capacity. [more]
|Cascade Corporation Adds Magnetic Fork Covers - DAGS |
Cascade Corporation's, magnetic fork covers (DAGS) are designed to protect a wide variety of loads. These versatile magnetic covers can be installed in seconds, are resistant to abrasions, atmospheric agents, oil, and heat and reduce noise. [more]
|RUYI Electric Pallet Truck - Model: CBD25T; CBD30T|
Ruyi’s Electric Pallet Truck (Models CBD25T and CBD30T) is packed with great features - safety and efficiency, productivity, optimum structural design, easy maintenance and serviceability. With its clever design it's the ideal option for materials handling and goods stacking. [more]
|Balkancar GM - how to globalize and boost your business using local traditions and experience|
Balkancar GM, 100% privately owned company, specialises in the production, maintenance and repair of electromagnets, Reversers, DC electrical motors, Electric panels and installations, Coils and rotors, Repair of all kinds of AC/DC motors up to 400 kV and 0.4 kV. [more]