With a reputation for quality and service that has seen its customer base extend far beyond its local area, the company supplies galvanized products to the construction, utility, telecoms, road, rail and engineering sectors to name but a few. The move towards the need to galvanize ever longer lengths has had a knock-on effect on various aspects of the business as Director Malcolm Wright explains. “We can offer a more cost-effective service by increasing the size of the pretreatment tanks and galvanizing kettles, which are now 10.25m long compared to the old 7m kettles. This, in turn, means that our finished materials are longer than ever and the counterbalance forklifts we were using to transport them to the storage yard were not really up to the job.”
The C5000XL diesel model from Combilift’s wide range was considered to be the best for the task at hand. With a 5t capacity at 600mm load centre, it is more than well equipped to cope with the heaviest loads handled at Edward Howell’s site. It features a large cab, higher ground clearance and was also supplied with hydraulic fork positioners which make for easy handling of varied load sizes. Combilift also supplied a customized tapered platform which prevents round bars or similar products from rolling for more secure transportation.