Combilift has signed a contract with Kingfisher, Europe’s largest home improvement retailer, to deliver a mix of Aisle-Master VNA articulated forklifts and Combi-WR walk behind machines to the company’s French outlets during 2017. The contract signing was witnessed by Leo Varadkar, Minister for Social Protection and Geraldine Nason-Byrne, Ireland’s Ambassador to France during an Enterprise Ireland trade visit to France on 16th March.
Kingfisher operates over 1,100 stores and growing omnichannel operations across 10 countries in Europe and is represented in the UK by the B&Q and Screwfix brands. The order is worth in the region of €1m, and is a further boost for Combilift’s Aisle-Master brand and its Combi-WR pedestrian models which are enjoying increasingly strong sales around the world in a wide variety of industry sectors. The trucks will be working in retail areas and back of store in Castorama and Bricot Dépôt stores and will be supplied by Aprolis, Kingfisher’s rental and service partner in France.
Combilift MD Martin McVicar said: “The Kingfisher group fully understands the value of safer operations and space saving storage that our products offer, and already operates 79 Aisle-Masters in France, as well as numerous ones in Castorama depots in Russia and Poland. We are very pleased to further cement our relationship with this prestigious company following the signing of this contract to supply a substantial number of new trucks this year.”