News for March 2011

Some Japanese Forklift Plants To Be Shut Down For Awhile

Japanese forklift companies are resuming production in some plants while others remained shut after being affected by the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami two weeks ago.

Komatsu Group says while it has confirmed the safety of all of its employees, some of its staff are unsure about the safety of their family members and relatives.  Komatsu says it will take “some time” for the resumption of normal levels of operation for its sales, service and other operations in the Tohoku region that were damaged by the tsunami.

Six of Komatsu’s Japanese plants are affected. Production has stopped at Komatsu’s Oyama, Ibaraki and Koriyaya plants and some production lines have been shut at the Awazu and Osaka plants. Komatsu Utility Co Ltd in Oyama City, which produces forklifts, has resumed production.

The group says it is making progress in repairing its plants in the affected areas and supporting its suppliers which have been adversely affected by the disaster. However, Komatsu anticipates some difficulty in parts procurement for the coming weeks.

Nissan Forklift spokesman Yuasa Katsutoshi Says that all of the Yokohama-headquartered company’s employees and their families are safe, but some of its dealerships in the northern part of Japan were severely damaged. The facilities of suppliers located in the disaster area are also damaged.

Nissan Forklift stopped production at its Takada factory at the end of last week and Katsutoshi says there is “no concrete plan” to resume production at the facility. The Takada plant mainly services Nissan’s Asian and Australian customers. 

They further  explain that the factory was not damaged but production could not continue because of the damage suffered by it suppliers, the limited supply of electricity to Takada and its suppliers, and the logistic problems caused by the damage to many main roads.

Edited: March 29th, 2011

TVH plans to buy Dutch companies

TVH Services NV plans to buy Netherlands company Pon’s crane and access sales and rental operations for an undisclosed sum. 

Gunco and Milcon are Netherlands-based rental and service companies specialising in forklifts, telehandlers, aerial work platforms and scaffolding. HDW distributes Genie lifting equipment in Benelux and Eastern Europe, Tuepen and Unic Cranes in the Netherlands, and last December took on the Netherlands dealership for Italy’s Isoli.

TVH Services, part of the Waregem-headquartered TVH Group, Which is the main compnany of Systems Material Handling is a parts and service specialist for industrial forklifts, and sells forklifts. It has operations worldwide.

Edited: March 9th, 2011