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Inside Contact the Forkliftaction team News was the first to report the troubles at Spanish forklift manufacturer Mecano Continental, and we have been following the developments for some months. It has been a difficult process, with the company failing to provide any information to us - or, indeed, to its distributors and customers.
This week we confirm its closure - again, from non-official sources. But the good news is that parts will still be available through a new business started by the former managing director. And in another development, some of Mecano’s engineering expertise will return to the market after a former engineer established a new rough-terrain forklift company and is set to launch his new forklifts soon.

Conned forklift customers come forward Australasia News
Brisbane, Queensland More customers have come forward to claim they were duped by forklift supplier Rapid Lift after the recent article published by News ( News #619). Among them is... [more]
Logistics organisations scrap merger plans Australasia News
Sydney, New South Wales The Logistics Association of Australia (LAA) and the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) have announced that the proposed merger between the two organisations will not go ahead... [more]
Manitou launches new forklift range in Australia Australasia News
Sydney, New South Wales Equipment specialist Manitou has launched its new range of forklifts, the MI range, in Australia. The official launch, held at Manitou Australia in Sydney, was aimed at positioning the... [more]
Forklift dealer raises thousands for charity Australasia News
Sydney, New South Wales MD of Hystandard Handling Equipment John Flinn and Andrew Brown of Toll Intermodal, part of Toll Group, have returned from their epic motorbike tour around Australia to raise money for... [more]
Port Botany to receive milestone straddle carrier Australasia News
Sydney, New South Wales The 5,000th Kalmar straddle carrier to be manufactured rolled out of the assembly plant in Poland this week and is destined for Australia. The automated straddle carrier is part... [more]

Mast Explorer users can still get parts
Mecano Continental, whose Mast Explorer forklifts were distributed in over 50 countries, has closed down but truck users can still source parts, according to the Spanish rough-terrain forklift manufacturer’s distributors.... [more]
ITA articulates views in advance of transatlantic negotiations
UNITED STATES In conjunction with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations, the Industrial Truck Association (ITA) has two primary objectives: “the elimination of all tariffs immediately” and “harmonisation of non-tariff... [more]
TICO to invest billions to strengthen market position
JAPAN Toyota Industries will invest JPY300 billion (USD3.2 billion) to boost its position domestically and internationally over the next three years. The company’s new president, Akira Onishi, told Nikkei financial... [more]
Crown branch planned for northern Ohio
UNITED STATES Crown Equipment Corp plans to open a company-owned branch in Oakwood Village, Ohio in the Cleveland market. The facility will offer services available at all Crown-owned branches, including a... [more]
Lift Truck Supply adds LiuGong forklifts
UNITED STATES Equipment dealer Lift Truck Supply Inc has added the LiuGong line of forklifts to its product line. “We took on LiuGong to be more competitive in markets for price-conscious... [more]
Former Mecano engineer starts Bomaq
SPAIN A former Mecano Continental engineer has established a new rough-terrain forklift company and is set to launch more of the company’s Bomaq-branded forklifts soon. Antonio Martínez, managing director of... [more]
UKWA: HMRC imposing draconian sanctions
UNITED KINGDOM The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) is warning that Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is imposing “draconian” sanctions on companies in the excise goods supply chain that will drive... [more]
Movers & Shakers
JCB, Deutsche Messe, Toyota Material Handling USA Inc, Jungheinrich UK Ltd, Pyroban [more]
Product News
Mitsubishi expands PREMIA family - Almere, The Netherlands
Jungheinrich presents pallet mover - Hamburg, Germany
TMHE launches new 80-volt forklift - Brussels, Belgium [more]
Chinese expo held in Eastern Europe
ROMANIA Chinese forklift manufacturer Ningbo Ruyi Joint Stock Co Ltd was among the 60-odd companies that exhibited at the four-day China Machinery & Electronic Products Expo that was held in Europe... [more]
Field trial of E-LOG-Biofleet launched
AUSTRIA Linde Material Handling, Fronius International, DB Schenker, OMV, HyCentA Research and Joanneum Research have officially started the field phase of their E-LOG Biofleet research project. The project was first presented... [more]
Forklift rolls, fatally crushes two workers
UNITED STATES Investigators for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are reviewing how an apparently untended forklift fatally crushed two workers in Dallas. “OSHA is investigating the incident that took... [more]
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We’re moving our News special feature to June 27th and we've cast an even wider net to give you the best information on pallet mover and stacker equipment from around the globe.

Featuring contributions from Task, Hewitt, Hangcha, Ruyi, TVH, Still, Ravas, Jungheinrich and Zowell.

Get a handle on your warehouse operations on June 27 with our Pallet Movers and Stackers Special Feature.

More info? Contact Us [more]
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Easy Solutions for Testing Forklift Batteries
Eagle Eye Power Solutions offers the complete discharge testing solution for your forklift batteries.  The LB-24/36/48-300 and LB-24/36/48/80-200 Load Banks are specifically designed for the motive power industry to load test and maintain your batteries - saving you time & money. [more]
Mobicon Systems & Tom Schults - How an Idea is born
For over 15 years Mobicon Systems has provided logistics solutions. 2013 will see Mobicon Systems launch a brand new international web platform to further stimulate the international market. [more]
Lencrow keeps on path to greener environment
Lencrow Materials Handling has kept on its path of corporate social responsibility by installing a 30kilowatt solar power system to their NSW workshops. The unit is designed to supply enough power to run the workshop and offices during daylight hours. [more]
LiuGong Announces Lift Truck Supply as New Forklift Dealer in Texas
Houston, Texas, June 17, 2013 - LiuGong Construction Machinery N.A. LLC, headquartered in Katy, Texas, is pleased to announce that Lift Truck Supply, Inc. has recently joined them as a new forklift dealer in Texas, USA. [more]
Yale Carolinas President Named 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Ernst & Young LLP has named Yale Carolinas, Inc. President C. Gray Wheeler as 013 Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southeast region. The program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success. [more]
CeMAT - Increase your world wide business
Participate in CeMAT Worldwide shows. Benefit from the international impact of CeMAT and build new contacts. Explore new markets and increase your reach in the existing markets. [more]
Breakbulk South America Congress 2013
Breakbulk South America Congress 2013 is an important gathering of the top cargo owners, carriers, forwarders and ports that are moving cargo and building key business relationships in Brazil and the Greater South America Region. An unprecedented networking opportunity. [more]
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A big congratulations to John Flinn of Hystandard Handling Equipment and Andrew Brown of Toll Intermodal who have raised over $20,000 from their epic motorbike tour around Australia to raise money for the NSW Cancer Council.

The roundtrip adventure from Fremantle, WA spanned over 16,193kms, and 35 days.  

From the team at Forkliftaction, congratulations! We have loved following your epic journey through Australia's beautiful and varied landscape, it's been a great ride.

To view some of the photographs on this epic tour, visit the photo blog. [more]
Easy Solutions for Testing Forklift Batteries
Mobicon Systems & Tom Schults - How an Idea is born
Lencrow keeps on path to greener environment
LiuGong Announces Lift Truck Supply as New Forklift Dealer in Texas
Yale Carolinas President Named 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year
CeMAT - Increase your world wide business
Breakbulk South America Congress 2013
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In The Discussion Forums
"How do you peoples deal with the customer that stands there and watches everything you do, the whole time you're working on their forklift? I have a few that drive me nuts. I even have one that insists I tell him exactly when I'll be there so he can make sure he is there to "help me". And then there is some places, with several employees, where it is like, "lets go gather around and talk to the forklift guy".".
mrfixit, United States
"Actually even though (Hyster and Yale) appear to be identical on the outside (aside from the paint and logo), for the most part they are, there are some slight differences in certain components between the two brands in either case. Their premium features may be different in brand/mfg, could be different mfg motor or maybe a control system component. But you are right, to look at them you can hardly tell them apart in most cases.".
Jplayer, United States
"Has the quality of aftermarket parts increased or are "we" still the quality control for these companies? They expect us to report to them regarding problems and issues with parts while the cost of these parts continue to increase.".
BrewCrew, Canada
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