Monday 24th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Recycler looks for £100,000 savings from new forklifts

Envirowales is hoping to save £100,000 a year on damage and maintenance from a new fleet of forklifts.

It has taken delivery of seven Yale 4 tonne diesel trucks and one 12 tonne diesel truck as part of a new five-year contract with Briggs.

Envirowales handles up to 300 tonnes of lead acid batteries that come into the site daily and sees nearly 800 tonnes of recycled lead leave its facility each week. But the tough environment faced by trucks at the site has cost the company more than £100,000 in servicing and damage costs every year; expenditure it was keen to reduce.

“Our site presents a tough challenge for trucks and other materials handling equipment. As a result we needed robust machines to cope with our site conditions and a service partner to provide optimum uptime,” said Craig Williams, yard and materials movement manager.

“Our machines do 1,000 hours per year which would usually only warrant up to three service visits. Briggs decided to allocate a whole day each week for preventative maintenance to keep the machines running and dust free. This was a really proactive approach which means our operations will run more efficiently.”

“Over the length of the contract we hope to realise up to £100,000 per year on service, maintenance and damage costs.”

Kane Reynolds, account manager at Briggs, said: “The Yale machines have an open chassis design, vented bonnet and a lint screen in front of the radiator to prevent dust from settling. Special engineering design options were also added and the oil immersed brakes only require one oil change over the life of the contract.”