13/01/2015 - 19:50 pm

UK Construction Building Material Supplier Adds 13 Kalmar Forklifts to Fleet | Industry News

Kalmar has supplied Tarmac Building Products (TBP), one of the UK’s largest construction manufacturers, with a new fleet of 13 Kalmar medium forklifts. The fleet comprises eight Kalmar DCG100-6, three Kalmar DCG140-6, and two Kalmar DCG120-6 forklifts. Each type of forklift is designed to offer benefits for specific environments, making them ideal for loading the range of heavy construction materials used by TBP. The order was signed in September 2014, and the machines were delivered in December 2014.

TBP supplies a wide range of building materials and construction solutions including blocks and mortar, screeds and flooring, grouts, plasters and renders, foundry sands, and cement and  landscaping products among others. The company will be using its forklift fleet to load and unload products and stock onto distribution lorries for customer deliveries. 

Bob Godfrey, Senior Operations Manager at TBP, said: “Our drivers had exposure to more than one type of manufacturers’ truck, and they trialed each one before giving us their final decision. It was the familiarity and previous experience of Kalmar machines that made our drivers go for these trucks. Using trucks they are familiar with means our drivers won’t be compromising on their safety.” He added the turning radius makes the trucks easier and better suited to use in heavy-duty environments.

All the forklift trucks are equipped with the latest generation Stage IIIB engines for lower fuel consumption. The hydraulic system uses variable pumps for heavy lifting, meaning that energy use is restricted to actual performance, while the new EGO cabin increases driver comfort and productivity. The timescale from the initial enquiry to acquiring the fleet was around 16 weeks.

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