Wednesday 17th Oct 2018 - Logistics Manager Magazine

Robust and reliable trucks vital

Allied Bakeries has been supplied with 29 new forklift trucks by Mitsubishi Forklift

Trucks dealer Welfaux.

The bread-making giant, whose brands include Kingsmill, Sunblest and Burgen, has a third share of the total UK bread market and delivers to thousands of shops daily from Londonderry to London, Perth to Penzance.

To achieve this, it is vital that the materials handling equipment, at Allied’s 20 sites nationwide, is of the highest quality and reliability.

He continues: “We work our trucks pretty hard,” says Allied’s southern purchasing manager Jon Berry.

They have to work up to 90 hours a week in some cases. So above all, we need trucks that are robust and reliable – and Mitsubishi trucks are well known to us as dependable.”

The new Mitsubishi forklift trucks, supplied by Welfaux to Allied comprise 24 N series LPG counterbalance versions, equipped with special “bread clamps”, two FB18KT 48V electric counterbalance models and three RB14 & 16 K series reach trucks.

All of the models supplied are among the cleanest and most environmentally friendly of their type – an important consideration when handling staple foodstuffs such as bread.

“It is essential that all our equipment meets strict environmental controls and targets,” explains Berry.

The trucks will be used at Allied depots nationwide. This was one reason for choosing Welfaux, which can service and maintain equipment on a national scale.

Welfaux has now also received a contract to maintain a large proportion of Allied’s other materials handling equipment.