Leeds Welding is predominantly a subcontract manufacturing company, fabricating steel, stainless steel and aluminium products and components for a broad range of industries and applications.
As a rapidly expanding business, Leeds Welding has invested heavily in cutting-edge technology to drive the fast and efficient processes needed to manufacture precision-made, well-finished products.
“At just shy of a million pounds for the latest laser cutter these are expensive pieces of kit,” says Richard Eaglen, MD of Leeds Welding. “So, an uninterrupted flow of material between processes is critical to maximizing productivity and getting the most value from these sophisticated machines.”
However, moving heavy loads of sheet-steel, components and work-in-progress between cutting, forming, fabrication and finishing processes is tough work, requiring a reliable fleet of highly maneuverable counterbalance forklift trucks. Heavy lifting with precision control is absolutely essential when working indoors with such high capital worth machinery.
After operating a mixed forklift truck fleet for many years, when contracts came up for renewal, Leeds Welding decided to standardise on a single supplier – one that they could trust on handling performance and reliability. Stepping up to the mark, Doosan’s robust, feature-rich range of standard heavy-lifting counterbalance models were selected – five Doosan G30GP 3.0 tonne four-wheel trucks, one Doosan G20SC-5 2.0 tonne capacity machine and a Doosan G35C-7 3.5 tonne forklift. All were gas powered for continuous shift indoor operations.
“We have been with Doosan for about six years – a long-standing relationship, where the trucks and the service & maintenance have always been good. Any issues are sorted out very quickly, which is important to us as an interruption to production can have significant cost implications,” says Richard.