Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fuel Efficient Fork Trucks Save Freight and Logistics Group Hard Cash

Essex Based Firm Doubles Running Time with New Fleet
Shipping News Feature

UK – Essex based freight and logistics firm Simarco says it has made substantial savings by switching its fork lift fleet entirely to Mitsubishi’s GRENDiA models. A new deal with Bronze Mechanical Handling has seen eight of the trucks, with capacities from 2 to 3 tonnes, replace the Witham headquartered freight company's outgoing fleet of mixed suppliers and brands.

The clincher was the decreased fuel consumption the new trucks required against the old models, Simarco conducted an exhaustive tendering process, with the LPG-powered GRENDiA outperforming its rivals during on-site trials each running on a single bottle of LP Gas for 13 hours; twice as long as its previous trucks and significantly longer than any other truck on the test.

Like any freight company with a busy warehouse Simarco's work can be intensive, with 50-hour weeks for the trucks not uncommon, making fuel an important cost centre and the fitted speed limiters proved a great aid to improving efficiency, while the 3-way catalytic converter, fitted as standard, also helped to boost both truck and users green credentials by dramatically reducing harmful NOx emissions. Simarco Managing Director Trevor Scott commented:

"We’re getting busier month-by-month and we were looking for forklifts which could, quite literally, support our growth while limiting the ecological consequences which our work might have. The fact that our new machines are even more fuel efficient than those which we had run previously was certainly a factor and, as our business continues both at Witham and our facility in Staffordshire, the potential for further such revisions to our forklift fleet there grows too.”