Impact sees demand soar for Konecranes ’Super’ lift trucks
Impact handling, the exclusive UK distributor for Konecranes Lift Trucks, has seen a recent surge in demand for its largest 60 tonne machines.
The purpose-built heavy duty Konecranes forklifts, capable of handling the largest and most demanding of loads, have helped enable ambitious projects across the construction and industrial sectors.
Impact worked closely with their customers and the Konecranes factory team to carefully design the customised machines to perfectly fit their intended applications. A comprehensive delivery and training support programme ensured the machines were efficiently integrated into their new environments, whilst further peace of mind was provided by Impact’s extensive and readily available UK parts supply.
Terry Kendrew, Managing Director at Impact Handling says: “There hasn’t been a single 60 tonne machine sold in the UK for over 10 years – by any manufacturer – and we have just delivered our second in only a matter of months, with more on our order books and in production.” Mr. Kendrew goes on to say, “These 60 tonne machines allow project planners to think bigger and are capable of delivering increased efficiencies of scale. With the quality and reliability of the Konecranes product really coming into its own in these most extreme of applications.”
The first of the giant machines was commissioned for Harsco Metals at Liberty Steel’s Rotherham works site and fulfils a crucial role as part of the revitalised UK Steel industry. The second 60 tonne machine entered service as part of the innovative Aberdeen Harbour Extension Project (AHEP).
Konecranes Lift Trucks and the Aberdeen Harbour Extension Project
The AHEP, saw Spanish marine engineering specialist, Dragados, seek to scale their proven breakwater ‘Accropode’ technology to new heights. Bringing with it the need for an even larger handling solution.
Konecranes heavy lift trucks, having repeatedly proven their reliability across all of Dragados’s previous global Accropode projects, were the natural partner for this even more ambitious and ground-breaking new project.
Not only did the massive 40 tonne Accropodes challenge Konecranes’s engineers with their long load centres, but the construction site required the lift trucks to travel a remarkable 800 metres fully laden, over a significant gradient.
Impact’s official Konecranes dealer for Northern Scotland, Gray Forklift Services Ltd, worked closely with Dragados to overcome these logistical and site handling challenges to ultimately enable the AHEP to meet its operational objectives.
Keith Robertson, Managing Director at Gray Forklift Services explains: “Being so large, the Accropodes are manufactured in a specialist facility on site. With the demanding schedule of the project necessitating 12 hour shifts to achieve a remarkable output of one Accropode every twenty minutes. These then need to be moved for curing and finally carried all the way down to the harbour construction site to be craned into their final position within the breakwater.”
The project sees Grays supply all material handling equipment for the Aberdeen Harbour Extension site and continue to extend its dominance of the heavy truck industry across the region.
Mr Robertson, goes on to say: “We support over 450 big trucks across the region, predominantly in the Oil and Gas sector, but also in industrial and construction applications. With almost all of our customer’s MHE applications being critical to their operation, we carry an extensive live parts inventory in Aberdeen. This together with our fleet of specially equipped support vehicles enables our fully factory trained engineers to be on site with everything they need within no more than 2 hours.”
Impact sees the increase in demand for this latest generation of ‘Super’ lift trucks as yet further evidence of customers’ relentless appetite for new ways to achieve greater efficiencies – and subsequent cost savings – from their existing processes and operations. Something Impact are uniquely positioned to deliver via their market-leading flexible contractual and financial solutions and their fully customisable range of premium handling equipment.