Hoppecke Industrial Batteries has appointed Stuart Browne as general manager. Having joined Hoppecke UK in 2015 as service director, Browne was promoted to operations director-sales and service in January last year. This specially created role was a significant move tied into the company’s decision to forge closer links between its sales and service divisions to enhance customer support.
The Fork Lift Truck Association has revealed plans for its annual safety campaign – Safe member – which runs from 1 to 30 September.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, it’s possibly the most important 30 days of the year for FLTA Members, their customers and the wider industry: helping increase awareness of the dangers associated with fork lift truck operations.
Although at three years of age Starco’s solid industrial tyre production plant in Sri Lanka is still a relative infant, initial targets set for the facility have already been reached and the company is now looking ahead to the next milestones. This sort of success doesn’t occur by accident, and the good experiences Starco has enjoyed so far in Sri Lanka are the result of planning that began long before the plant was even set up. Tyres & Accessories recently met a key figure Starco assigned to implement the solid tyre project, and learned a little more about the factory and the products being made there.
Starco has opened a new solid tyre manufacturing facility in Sri Lanka. The new facility, which has a capacity of 100,000 tyres per annum, replaces the original Starco facility in the country three years after starting production, and Starco states that the success of the venture has led to the need for a larger, more modern and better equipped factory. Starco continues that much attention has been paid to employee health and safety and welfare A Sri Lankan ceremony, in which the new workplace and its employees and management were blessed according to the local Buddhist tradition, was held in September to mark the opening.
At this year’s CeMAT show in Germany, Continental Commercial Specialty Tires is exhibiting a range of new products from its portfolio, including the V.ply port range, which will enjoy its local premiere at the exhibition. The tyre maker is presenting itself as “Your Premium Partner for Smart Solutions” at the show and is exhibiting at stand L11 in hall 25.
Russia’s Baltika Breweries, a member of the Carlsberg Group, is the largest player in the country’s beer market and holds a 36.8 per cent market share. The company operates eleven breweries and a number of maltings and distribution centres across Russia, and operates a sizable fleet of forklift trucks in these facilities. Starco reports that Baltika has adopted its Starco-brand Tusker forklift tyre as standard across this fleet fleet.
Maxam Tire has announced a new addition to its industrial tyre range; the MS702 STR (Standard) resilient, solid tyre. The new tyre is designed for forklift truck and industrial applications. According to the company, the intention is for the product to become the reference tyre in its segment.
Steinbichler Optotechnik is a worldwide leading supplier of optical measuring and sensor technology. The ‘Intact’ tyre shearographic inspection systems by Steinbichler are used at numerous major names within the industry for the non-destructive testing of passenger car, truck, aircraft, OTR as well as Formula 1 racing tyres, and have proven their functionality around the world.
US-based automotive lifting equipment manufacturer Forward Lift has expanded its heavy-duty product offering, and for the first time is offering battery-operated mobile column lifts. The new FCH family of mobile column lifts offers 18,000 pounds (8,150kg) of capacity per column in a package it describes as affordable and perfect for independent repair facilities.
India’s BKT is exhibiting its latest high speed crane and forklift tyres at Tyrexpo Asia 2013. The 445/95 R25 Airomax AM27 pattern for high speed crane fitments and the Maglift STF solid range for forklift trucks debuted at the show, along with the recently introduced Container King 18.00-25 tyre popular in Asian ports.
Dutch OTR tyre manufacturer Magna Tyres Group has announced details of a “strategic relationship” with wholesaler Interpneu. Beginning in April 2013 the agreement is described as “an important step” in introducing and building the Magna brand in Germany. Based in Waalwijk, Netherlands Magna says it is seeking to expand having manufactured compounds for three decades.
The Intermat construction equipment show got underway in Paris yesterday, and Mitas used the occasion to introduce two new European-made tyres intended for material handling machinery. The new FLR-01 and SC-01 can be fitted on straddle carriers, terminal tractors, container handlers and forklifts used in port terminals and intermodal yards to handle bulk goods and large containers.
During its 50th anniversary year Starco is looking back over its half-century in the business and notes that one of the company’s oldest partners, Kenda, also celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The relationship between Starco and Kenda goes back 30 years to when the Danish company began selling Kenda tyres in its domestic market; Starco reflects that in those days before e-mail and regular air travel, this long-distance trading relationship was forged by telex and registered mail.
The latest EM/OTR sector product from Steinbichler Optotechnik is the Intact 4300 tyre shearography machine. This unit machine is designed for the non-destructive testing of giant OTR tyres with an inner diameter between 45 and 63-inches, a width of 550 to 1550 mm and a maximum weight of 7500 kilograms. This most recent addition to the Intact series can clearly detect non-visible separation in the bead, sidewall and tread area within 20 minutes, enabling the easy identification of areas where belt separation has occurred. The first Intact 4300 is already in service with Togliatti, Russia-based company Povolzhskaya Shinnaya Kompaniya, the German manufacturer reports.
Iowa-based Thombert Inc says it has developed a new forklift truck tyre for better operation in areas with moisture on the floor. The THp-GripTM tyre has a special hole pattern to give operators better grip in produce areas, cold storage facilities, ramps, or any other place where moisture or traction are issues. According to Reggie Collette, sales marketing manager at Thombert, the tyres offer better traction, better braking and improved safety. In addition, he says, “siped tyres may have a tendency to chunk out in the centre after some use, but the THp-GripTM tyre averages more hours of use with no chunking.”