Friday, March 27, 2015

Tail Lift Specialist Ups Its Game with Move to Heavier Products

Swedish Equipment Will be Marketed in UK by Corporate Sibling
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UK – IRELAND – SWEDEN – Oxford based DEL Equipment (UK), which claims to be Britain’s number one manufacturer of column, tuckaway and bin lifts, has literally raised its game after acquiring the rights to supply, build and support the Swedish manufactured ZEPRO range of cantilever lifts and sliders. Previously DEL has specialised in own lifts, all of which open and close manually whereas the new products are designed for heavy-duty trucks and semi-trailers, and incorporate powered deployment as well as lifting systems.

Both companies are part of the multi-national Cargotec Corporation’s HIAB division, the largest tail-lift manufacturer in the world, and are renowned for the ‘bullet-proof’ build quality and reliability of their products. The ZEPRO range was previously marketed in the UK by an agent based in Northern Ireland and wholly-owned by Dublin-based transport refrigeration and tail-lift specialist Technical Support Services. The TSS operation will continue to serve ZEPRO customers throughout Ireland, but from April 1 DEL assumes responsibility for supplying and supporting operators in England, Scotland and Wales. The two companies are working closely to ensure a smooth transition for customers.

ZEPRO manufactures a wide range of cantilever and slider tail-lifts and products will now be shipped to the mainland UK where DEL will adapt them for use by domestic operators in its own production facility. Most will be cantilever platforms with carrying capacities of 500-3,000 kgs, when not in operation a cantilever lift forms the rear closure of the truck or trailer, negating the requirement for a back door and thereby saving weight. ZEPRO sliders are installed beneath the truck or semi-trailer chassis, and allow unhindered access to the rear doors.

DEL Equipment (UK) has been designing and manufacturing tail lifts in Britain since 1987, and moved to its current, 64,000 square foot factory in Witney in 2006. The company sold a record number of lifts last year on a turnover of £12 million, 60% of these were column lifts, for which DEL is the market leader. DEL Managing Director Martin Saint declares:

“The ZEPRO range represents a perfect ‘fit’ for our business. Customer satisfaction is our first priority and this extension to our product portfolio means that we are now in a position to supply a complete range of tail-lifts able to meet any requirement. We’re particularly excited that for the first time we can offer a broad selection of products which are perfectly suited to those running heavy trucks and semi-trailers.”