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Sanko Gosei, the leading precision injection moulding manufacturer and major OEM provider to the automotive industry, has appointed Impact Handling as their sole material handling equipment supplier in the UK.

The new exclusive rental agreement sees Sanko Gosei take delivery of the latest Cat® Forklift Lift Trucks GP25 and GP18 machines, which are further complemented by a 16 tonne Konecranes Lift Truck, a Flexi Narrow-Aisle Forklift and two Scrubber Driers  all from Impact’s premium brand product portfolio.

Following a thorough audit of Sanko Gosei’s existing operation, the Impact team were able to identify a number of root causes of excessive operational cost, specifically from damage, consumables and fuel. Through its flexible approach, Impact has enabled all of those area to be directly addressed within its  agreement without any additional upfront costs to Sanko Gosei.

Dan Chapman, Logistics Manager at Sanko Gosei, says: “We didn’t initially want a five year deal and we were particularly concerned about having battered-looking trucks on site. However, with this agreement, we effectively now have a new fleet every two and half years.”

Impact’s focus on driving out unnecessary cost wherever possible, led to the replacement of a number of forklifts with lower spec alternatives, usefully reducing cost but without compromising operational reliability or up-time.

Mr Chapman goes on to say; “The forklift fleet renewal process really has been entirely painless. Impact have a huge amount of knowledge and worked closely with us to make sure we got exactly what we needed – saving us money as well as future-proofing our operation”

Recent site expansion, which had compromised trailer loading efficiency at Sanko Gosei’s site, has also been addressed by Impact through the fitting of extending forks to part of the fleet. The new customised CAT GP25 lift trucks can now fully load and unload trailers even where access is limited to only one side.

The new fleet has also been equipped with an extensive forklift fleet management system allowing the business to monitor both operators and the machinery itself. The inclusion of an easy to use cab-mounted screen will additionally log the period of time taken by drivers to conduct their pre-checks.

This new feature discourages drivers from skipping important pre-check stages that can identify minor faults before they escalate – something that Impact had identified as an existing issue for the business. The system also features ‘Idle Shutdown’, which automatically switches off trucks when left idling, and TXP Protection to prevent wheel spin – further protecting the transmission, prolonging tyre life and reducing fuel usage.

Peter Wilson, Area Sales Manager for Impact comments: “The real advantage of the fleet management system is that it gives the customer greater control and visibility over their fleet. This enables them to immediately pin point any issues, make informed decisions on remedial actions and avoid unwanted costs”.

Safety has also been enhanced across the new fleet, most notably with the addition of a Blue Spot lighting system to increase pedestrian awareness of approaching machinery.

Mr Wilson, continues: “Packaging a comprehensive fleet management system into Sanko Gosei’s new agreement, alongside a fleet refresh and many other improvements, really does demonstrate how Impact’s uniquely flexible approach can deliver outstanding value to customers, all within an easy to manage fixed price.”

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