If you don’t have a dedicated, raised loading bay area and want to increase efficiency, enhance safety and save money during vehicle loading and unloading, then you need look no further than Thorworld Industries.

The Midlands-based loading and unloading specialist offers the most comprehensive range of mobile yardramps specifically designed for the fast and efficient loading and unloading of vehicles and containers by forklift truck.

There are three main Thorworld mobile yardramp ranges available, including Super Deluxe, Deluxe and Standard (heavy, medium and light duty) models, which have all been developed by the company’s in-house design engineers and manufactured using up-to-the-minute production equipment and techniques. The ramps are all CE marked and fully conform to the latest European quality and safety standards and legislation.

In addition, all container loading ramps include a steel superstructure for maximum strength, a hand operated hydraulic pump to allow the ramp to be raised up to the required height, as well as a built-in towing mechanism for quickly and easily moving the ramp by fork truck. They also feature solid tyres, 1.8m of safety chain on each side to secure the ramp to the vehicle or dock, thus helping to eradicate potentially dangerous vehicle creep, and a serrated open grid deck to ensure positive traction in all weather conditions.

The Super Deluxe Ramp is available in both 12 and 15 tonne capacities and is also known as the Recycling Ramp because of its ability to withstand very heavy workloads performed during a three-shift operation in even the most rigorous environments, such as the metal and waste recycling industry. They come with high side rails as standard and fold down entry ramps for a fixed approach angle.

The Deluxe Ramp is ideally suited for medium duty applications such as continual use on a single shift basis. There are two versions available; the ‘Type 7’, which is available with either a seven or 10 tonne capacity, and Thorworld’s most popular ramp, the Type 6, a 10 tonne ramp, which comes with high side rails and fold down entry ramps as standard.

Thorworld’s Standard (or Thrifty) Ramp is designed specifically for applications where it may only be used three or four times a day and therefore offers a more cost-effective solution. The ‘Type 9’ model is available in 10 tonne capacity and features an integrated entry plate, whilst the ‘Type 8 and 10’ models are available in 10 and seven tonne capacities respectively, with an additional six tonne capacity model in the ‘Type 10’ range featuring the more traditional fold-down entry ramps.

Bespoke models can also be supplied to meet individual requirements, in combination with modular loading dock facilities where required, and a comprehensive service and maintenance back-up facility is available to ensure that the ramps are always kept in prime operating condition.

Thorworld also provides a RentARamp resource, which allows customers who may not want the capital outlay associated with buying a ramp to hire one instead. What’s more, there’s a sale or return option available which enables them to spread the cost of ownership or simply continue to hire.

“Loading and unloading goods safely and efficiently can have a huge impact on a company’s bottom line,” explained John Meale, Managing Director of Thorworld Industries. “As a result, we have worked hard to develop a range of yardramps that are extremely easy to use and which can withstand the rigours associated with everything from occasional to constant use.”

“However, we appreciate that one size doesn’t fit all and, as a result, we offer a bespoke service which allows our in-house design team to develop and manufacture ramps and associated loading/unloading equipment that meet the exact needs of our customers, whatever they may be.”

Thorworld is firmly established as one of the foremost designers, manufacturers and suppliers to the loading bay and materials handling sectors and is recognised as both a market leader and innovator in the supply of quality engineered equipment.

BSI registered with ISO 9002 accreditation since 1992, it was one of the first companies in the industry to achieve the latest international quality management standard and now has an extensive list of prestige customers across a wide range of industries and business types, including distribution, logistics, transport, retail, food, drink, manufacturing, industry, waste management and recycling and the service sector.

Thorworld provides a one-stop, single source for the UK’s widest range of high quality loading bay and materials handling equipment, safety aids and accessories, including dock seals and shelters, dock levellers, modular loading docks, dock plates and boards, dock and vehicle bumpers, wheel chocks, vehicle restraints, traffic lights, dock lights, wheel guides and alignment curbs, access ramps, trailer safety jacks and mobile yardramps – yardramps are available for purchase or rental on a sale or return basis – together with the Truckloada mobile yardlift and the Dockloada scissor lift platform.

For more information about Thorworld’s market-leading loading/unloading equipment and to obtain a copy of their latest Product Range Catalogue contact: Thorworld Industries Ltd, telephone 01246 260981,

e-mail: info@thorworld.co.uk or visit www.thorworld.co.uk. Alternatively, visit the Thorworld stand 20 B111 at IMHX 2010 (16th-19th November 2010, NEC, Birmingham).

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