Founded in 1973, Imorex has since evolved to become a provider of a wide range of shipping services including car shipping, freight forwarding and warehousing. It is one of the largest companies in the region in terms of the volume of groupage containers that it handles, and was the first in the area to recognise the benefits that the SC would bring to its operations.
Before the SC’s arrival a combination of heavy duty forklifts and ramps were used to unload containers from the back of trailers, but according to MD Alan Nunn this was time consuming and restricted the size and weight of individual items that could be handled. Alan also wanted to go for ground based operations to make cargo handling quicker and researched alternatives.
“A lot of the container handling equipment on the market was unsuitable for our premises,” said Alan. “For a busy operation of our size the yard is relatively small for example, so best possible use of available space was a key requirement. When we saw the SC in action we realised that its extreme manoeuvrability and tight turning circle would be ideal for working in quite narrow confines.”
The Imorex team was won over by the SC’s engineering and simplicity of design as well as its reasonable cost. “We were assured that the machine would be dependable and easy to maintain and this has proved to be the case,” said Alan. “Reliability is vital, otherwise everything backs up, and the SC is also testimony to my belief that over-complicated pieces of equipment are not always the best.”
Getting rid of the ramps – which can be the same length as a trailer — has had multiple benefits. Space in the yard has been freed up to enable containers to be stored back to back, with the SC able to manoeuvre easily around them. Driving forklifts up and down the ramps puts a lot of wear and tear on the tyres and also necessitates tricky reversing manoeuvres for drivers. There is also no more risk of damage to the airlines on trailers that the ramps used to cause. Avoiding these drawbacks has resulted in substantial cost savings and improved health and safety procedures.
Imorex has also been able to reduce the number of its trailers from four down to three, saving outlay on insurance, fuel and maintenance whilst still easily coping with the almost 40% increase in the number of TEUs it can handle.
“We are delighted with the machine,” said Alan. “Since it was shipped over from Combilift’s manufacturing facility in Ireland and assembled on site in just one day it has made a huge difference to our daily operations.”