To say 2009 was a bleak year in business is no meagre statement. Virtually every sector was hit hard and the materials handling industry was no exception. Crown Scotland, a wholly owned sales and service centre of Crown Lift Trucks UK Limited, began trading in the first quarter of 2009. It may come as a surprise then, that it can report a successful first year of trading.

Strategically placed just off the M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh, the new centre serves as the materials handling partner for a growing number of companies throughout Scotland. From Glasgow to Inverness, Aberdeen to Edinburgh, Crown Scotland offers a full range of services, including hire, maintenance and repair.

Simon Emery, Managing Director of Crown Lift Trucks UK, commented: “We opened the Scotland branch in response to demand. While we have certainly not been immune to the effects of last year’s recession, we did see a number of large projects come to fruition.

“Our range of lift trucks also boasts the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Couple to this the launch of our new wireless fleet management system, InfoLink, and we can see why Crown Scotland bucked the trend for 2009,” he said.

InfoLink is a wireless fleet management system that monitors and reports on a wide range of fleet usage and performance information. “We believe InfoLink is the most advanced fleet management system available today, providing managers with easy to read management data in real time. Customers employing this system have reported a significant reduction in the cost of their fleet,” said Simon.

Kenny Watson, Branch Manager of Crown Scotland, believes customers are also attracted by Crown’s industry-leading durability and ease of servicing. “Our lift trucks are among the most reliable performers available today. As we manufacture nearly every component in-house – a statement that no other major lift truck manufacturer can make – we’re in direct control of the design and build quality,” said Kenny, adding: “Our unique Access 123 Comprehensive System Control greatly simplifies troubleshooting and further reduces servicing costs. It’s attributes like these that guarantee the lowest cost of ownership.”

The Access 123 Comprehensive System Control continuously analyses factors that can influence performance and safety and responds with optimised performance as conditions change. Access 123 technology is complemented by Crown’s InfoPoint system, which allows logical and easy to understand troubleshooting for faster, simpler and lower cost servicing. What’s more, Access 123 is generic across the whole of the Crown range.

“We’ve made a very positive start to our Scotland operation,” said Simon. “With an easy to service advanced product range, innovative systems, fast response times and low lifetime costs, we’re confident that Crown will continue to grow in Scotland.”

Crown Lift Trucks Ltd

Tel: 0845 850 9276


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