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Crown Paints adds further Flexis to its forklift fleet

Crown Paints adds further Flexis to its forklift fleet

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Crown Paints has added further units to its existing fleet of Flexi articulated very narrow aisle (VNA) warehouse trucks which operate at the company’s production facility in Hull. Crown has operated Flexi trucks – which are designed and built in the UK by Narrow Aisle Ltd – at the Hull site for over three years and Narrow Aisle is providing the new fleet with a service agreement that includes all planned maintenance, safety inspections and repairs rolled-up in one fixed monthly charge. And operational efficiency at the Hull facility will be further enhanced thanks to an integrated battery charging solution designed and delivered by Narrow Aisle’s Warehouse Systems Division. Featuring ‘call-forward’ alert technology to identify the most appropriate fully charged battery when a...
Ardent places £26m Loadall order

Ardent places £26m Loadall order

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Ardent Hire Solutions has placed a £26m order with dealer Watling JCB for 525 new Loadall telescopic handlers. Ardent’s order spans the compact 525-60 to the 540-200 models, which have reaches of between six and 20 metres. It has also ordered 25 JCB 3CX backhoe loaders. It follows a deal in 2019 from Ardent for £75m-worth of JCB machines. The new JCB machines all come with JCB LiveLink telematics technology, providing real-time feeds to support Ardent’s ‘Site Manager’ digital platform. Ardent chief financial officer Julian O’Neill said: “Our telehandler fleet is already the largest anywhere in the UK and this substantial investment strengthens our position in the telescopic handler hire sector.”
Lifter by PRAMAC supports COVID-19 Vaccine Testing labs

Lifter by PRAMAC supports COVID-19 Vaccine Testing labs

General, Logistics
PRAMAC, the Pramac brand dedicated to the Material Handling Division, is providing equipment for the pharmaceutical industry, in particular to move materials in COVID-19 Vaccine testing labs in UK. The solution provided brings together in a competitive, compact and easy to handle product features that are essential for this industry purposes: with its powered Drive, built-in professional weighing technology and stainless-steel exterior that prevents germs and bacteria, the Agile Plus Inox GS/P offers indeed a safe and efficient way of moving materials in these clinical environments. Pramac offered its support, providing material handling products in order to facilitate logistic and organizational activities, also to a foundation in Siena engaged in a research project of medicines...
New Compact Lithium-Ion Pallet Truck Launched to Boost Efficiency

New Compact Lithium-Ion Pallet Truck Launched to Boost Efficiency

General, Handling
An ultra-compact lithium-ion pallet truck for loads up to 1.5 tonnes has been launched by global brand of materials handling equipment, Hyster. The new PC1.5 Pallet Truck, powered by a lithium-ion battery, can deliver greater efficiency than a hand pallet truck. “For those currently using hand pallet trucks in the warehouse, switching to the new PC1.5 brings efficiency gains, without complex maintenance requirements,” says Matt Hardy, Solutions Manager EMEA for Hyster Europe. “Operations with lean fleets will benefit from these dependable pallet trucks that are ready to go when needed.” Simple to use, the new lithium-ion pallet trucks offer significant benefits to the operator compared to a hand pallet truck, with powered travelling, lifting and lowering. Despite the small and...
B&B Attachments celebrates 40 years in business

B&B Attachments celebrates 40 years in business

Attachments, General
In the December of 1980, an entrepreneurial couple by the name George and Irene Bell, founded a forklift truck attachment company and named it B&B Fork Lift Truck Attachments Ltd (now B&B Attachments Ltd ). Initially, their plan was just to make a living and pay the mortgage. However, when all signs indicated that the industry was accepting B&B Attachments as a serious contender to the other attachment companies, George and Irene decided B&B was going to be number one, and planned to employ the best in the business to achieve this. This year marks B&B Attachments 40th year in business, that’s four decades of providing quality forklift truck attachments, masts and ancillary systems to the UK and Ireland. The company's reputation is built on its ability to ...
Customer Service at Heart of TVH Growth Strategy

Customer Service at Heart of TVH Growth Strategy

General, PARTS
“Sorry, our entire budget went to excellent customer service.” That’s what the new billboard on TVH’s headquarters in Waregem—looking out on motorway E17—says. The global supplier of parts and accessories for material handling and industrial equipment is known for its witty billboards, that are always designed in-house. But never before has one been this popular on social media. What’s more, it perfectly summarises TVH’s ambition for the coming years: optimising customer experience (CX). It was with this ambition in mind that TVH established a new division last year: Customer Experience. “This dedicated CX team brings together experts from different fields in order to put CX at the heart of our business,” said Silke Verfaillie, Global CX Manager at TVH. “We’ll be concentrating on e-...
Gunn JCB takes £12m Ridgway order

Gunn JCB takes £12m Ridgway order

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Ridgway Rentals has placed a £12m order with Gunn JCB for 200 new JCB machines for fleet renewal. The order includes both tracked and wheeled excavators, between 13 and 30 tonnes in size, as well as JS20MH materials handlers and 427, 437 & 457 wheeled loaders in response to demand from the waste and recycling sector. JCB Loadall telescopic handlers ranging from seven- to 20-metre reach are also in the order to serve house-builders as well as the agricultural sector. Some of the machines arrived in the second half of 2019, with more arrivals planned throughout the coming months. Ridgway Rentals chairman Tim Jones used to work for JCB for many years before moving into the hire sector with his son Stuart, who is managing director. Stuart Jones said: “Customers ask us fo...
Haulotte ramps up used sales

Haulotte ramps up used sales

Access, General
Haulotte Group has stepped up its activity in the used equipment market, launching a dedicated website for used machines from its 21 subsidiaries. http://used-equipement.haulotte.com/haulotte/com The company believes used equipment is "a smart way to expand a fleet with great pricing for a quick return on investment". Ludovic Jankov, corporate used equipment manager at Haulotte Group, says used equipment has, to date, accounted for less than 5% of Haulotte's total sales. All machines are inspected by dedicated teams and serviced with Haulotte parts. The equipment will undergo numerous checks before it is deemed 'ready to work'. According to Jankov, "All our MEWPs and telehandlers are (in demand) in the used equipment market." Haulotte's scissor lifts experience the stron...
A-Plant moves into new Manchester depot

A-Plant moves into new Manchester depot

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A-Plant has opened its biggest service centre to date near Oldham as a hub for the Greater Manchester region. The new Chadderton depot has 60,000 sqft of workshops and 18,000 sqft of office and training facilities, with more than 100 employees working there. Various divisions including A-Plant Rail, A-Plant Powered Access, Tool Hire Express, Astra Attachment Solutions, FLG Services and PSS Hire all operate from there. Chief operating officer Andy Wright said: “The investment in our new Manchester hub will support our on-going growth whilst further enhancing the service that we offer to our customers across the north. “Our new depot will allow us to serve our customers faster, and with multiple divisions housed in one hub we can also support our Manchester and northwest trad...
Quiet equipment ‘essential for good local relations’, says JCB boss

Quiet equipment ‘essential for good local relations’, says JCB boss

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If urban warehouse operators want to avoid costly legal disputes and be seen as good neighbours careful consideration must be given to the design of the facility and the mix of material handling equipment that operates outside and in, claims Paul Murray, JCB’s Teletruk General Manager. “Given that logistics hubs may need to operate 24 hours a day, it is essential that every effort is made to ensure that materials handling equipment in use within any urban warehouse is as quiet as possible,” he says. “Site managers must also ensure that they are using the cleanest machinery available and be certain that it complies with the minimum emission standard requirement for the area in which they operate – especially in higher density environments.” Two of the most common causes of fri...
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