UK sales of Jungheinrich’s used equipment have more than doubled over the past two years and the company says it expects this upward curve to be sustained throughout 2009 and beyond.
Jungheinrich recently completed a major overhaul of its used truck refurbishment factory in Dresden to ensure it could keep up with demand.
Trucks are completely dismantled at the plant and all worn or defective parts are replaced including tyres and lift chains.
The trucks are then cleaned inside and out and repainted before being reassembled and safety tested.
Neil Warren, used equipment and short term rental director at Jungheinrich UK, said: “Customers are now very open minded about buying using equipment. A growing number of companies are now happy to order a mixed fleet of new and used products. Typically, the operating costs of a used Jungheinrich truck will be the same as a new model, which means that our fully refurbished trucks will give many years of efficient and productive service.”
He added: “We would contend that a good quality used truck that has been fully refurbished to the relevant European standards represents far better value than certain new models on the market.
“When you buy a used Jungheinrich forklift, for example, you have the reassurance of knowing that you also get the infrastructure of a major forklift manufacturer with a proven track record in after-sales care and customer service that some of the recent entrants to the forklift market simply cannot match.”