Envirowales, a lead-acid battery recycler, handles about 300 tonnes of inbound lead batteries daily, and ships out 800 tonnes of lead per week. It was looking for a supplier that would help keep it keep its lift trucks running. It found the right fit with Briggs Equipment. It hopes to save a half million U.K. pounds in damage and maintenance through the new agreement.
Envirowales has taken delivery of seven Yale 4 tonne diesel trucks and one 12 tonne diesel truck as part of the five year agreement. It is keen to reduce the more than £100,000 in servicing and damage expenditure it faces each year.
Craig Williams, yard and materials movement manager at Envirowales, explained: "Our site presents a tough challenge for trucks and other materials handling equipment. As a result we needed robust machines to cope with our site conditions and a service partner to provide optimum up-time.
Kane Reynolds, account manager at Briggs, explained: "We took a completely different approach and supplied bespoke machines that could work efficiently with dust and heat." Design considerations included a vented bonnet and a lint screen in front of the radiator to prevent dust from settling. As well, special engineering design options were also added and the oil immersed brakes only require one oil change over the life of the contract. Briggs will also increase the service schedule on the Yale forklifts, and install its Speedshield system.
For Envirowales, they were glad they reviewed their application with their vendor, and found a better solution for their forklift requirements.