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Metal fabricator chooses UTILEV from Briggs

August 03, 2017 by David Turner

Briggs Equipment has helped a local business save on crippling running costs after delivering a brand new fleet of UTILEV forklift trucks.

After expanding their metal fabrication business to a new site in 2016, Specialist Metallic Coatings found their existing fleet of forklift trucks were not meeting new business requirements.

“We moved to a much larger site with varying height in the workshop and soon found that the old trucks were not only slow but costing us in repairs,” said Barrie Davenport, site manager.

The SMC forklift fleet was being used inside the Wolverhampton based factory for lifting metal structures during the coating process and outside loading and unloading lorries. Despite the flooring being level throughout, the existing trucks were working harder as they were covering more ground at the larger site. Wear and tear began to increase two fold and SMC found the trucks were no longer cost effective.

Briggs regional sales executive Steve Rock conducted a site survey and advised the owner that by moving to the UTILEV product, the machines have lower closed height on the masts to allow them full access throughout their premises, whereas the existing equipment was restricting their operation. 

A Briggs site survey is conducted by experienced staff who can identify potential cost saving strategies by working smarter with appropriate equipment. They can advise on safety, productivity and problem areas such as inclines, damaged or uneven floors or height restricted doorways.

“With the new trucks that can be used both inside and outside the factory we are now making a saving of over £1000 per month,” said the owner, Rob. 

With improved productivity, SMC are now looking at replacing their current floor cleaner for an updated model to complete the clean sweep.