The new DRG-1000-92 ZXS reachstacker range is the world’s largest industrial reachstacker in Kalmar’s Gloria range, claimed the company.The new design has been developed to meet customer specifications, with lift capabilities of up to 120 tonnes depending on application.Kalmar says that the innovative boom design with rotation, and the wide range of attachment options, means that these machines can be adapted for a huge variety of applications, including steel handling, wind turbine construction, and other demanding heavy lifting tasks. www.kalmarglobal.com
International firm Fieldfisher has challenged litigation funders with a ‘more competitive’ insurance policy for damages-based agreements.Having introduced a litigation funding service for commercial claims last year, the firm has announced a DBA insurance policy that will guarantee a proportion of the firm’s unbilled work in progress and disbursements at the end of the case. Fieldfisher said the product is the ‘first of its kind’ as it covers a portfolio of cases directly funded by the firm.The City practice moved into the litigation funding market in 2019 with FeeSolve, a package of alternative funding arrangements including DBAs. Such agreements have proved largely unpopular with the profession because of the risk involved. Tony Lewis, dispute resolution partner and head of FeeSolve at Fieldfisher, said: ‘This product is a real challenge to funders in the market and incredibly timely. In the new Covid 19 world, businesses more than ever are looking at how they can manage costs. We are providing certainty of cost for clients and showing that we have skin in the game, without the need for funders. We are taking the risk and costs off of businesses bottom line. Why should clients share a hefty portion of their winnings with funders when they can work directly with us on a more competitive basis?’The firm said it has restructured internally to provide ‘unbiased and independent assessment’ about the chance of winning and likely costs of completing the case. It has triaged around 20 cases so far.
Wataru Okutani and Satoshi Irifune also qualified in the men’s field.In the selection for the women’s field, the 23-year-old Hara made an impressive marathon debut with her surprise victory Sunday in the Nagoya International Women’s Marathon in 2:24:19.The JAAF turned to two other runners from the Nagoya race — runnerup Megumi Oshima, who finished six seconds behind Hara, and third-placed Ryoko Eda. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 National record holder Toshinari Takaoka and Yumiko Hara, fresh from winning the race in Nagoya in her marathon debut, head the list of 10 runners named Monday for the marathon races at this summer’s World Athletics Championships.Fukuoka winner Tsuyoshi Ogata and Mari Ozaki, runnerup in the Osaka women’s marathon, also received the nod as the Japan Association of Athletics Federations announced its selection of five runners each for the men’s and women’s races in Helsinki in August. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES