“A good idea that just keeps on getting better.”
Garnalex has made substantial investments in its new extrusion factory in Derbyshire to revolutionise the way aluminium windows and doors are fabricated, installed and sold. It has also invested in a fleet of Combilift multidirectional forklifts which play an integral role in ensuring maximum efficiency in this advanced facility.
CEO Roger Hartshorn was one of Combilift’s first customers around twenty years ago when he used the original C-Series trucks in a previous company he owned, and he had no hesitation in choosing Combilift once again, stating that “the trucks are now a standard in the industry, crucial to high levels of safety and operational flexibility.”
The scale of production in the 100,000ft² factory, which can extrude four tonnes of aluminium an hour, requires a coordinated approach, and the Combilifts are fitted with weighing scales, bar code scanners, QR code readers and PCs. These feed information into Garnalex’ bespoke management and tracking system, enabling the precise location of all products to be identified at any time.
The four 4 tonne C4000 LPG powered models were chosen for their ability to be used as universal trucks, outside as well as inside, for handling long lengths of raw materials and finished products in all areas. They offload incoming 7m long logs, bring baskets of extrusions to the ovens, and back to storage areas once the process has been completed. The 5.5m triplex masts enable them to pass under low doorways, and lift goods to high storage bays when extended.
The Combi-CB, the first truck of its kind to combine compact counterbalance design with multidirectional capability, can carry pallets as well as longer loads and is also used for handling plastic extrusions at LB Plastics, part of the Garner Holdings group and co-located with Garnalex. “This truck’s clever design and versatility is a great asset,” said Roger.
Roger continues: “Before we had Combilifts in the companies I used to own, we had tried all sorts of different pieces of equipment, but once we discovered the C4000 we had the ideal solution. Martin McVicar and Robert Moffett came up with a good idea that that just keeps on getting better. The engineers at the factory in Ireland continue to enhance and customise products to individual requirements as they did for us by incorporating the technology we needed.”